Applying to BIMM

BIMM Berlin Audition + Interview Guide

29th March 2017


At BIMM Berlin, we understand that auditions and interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking experiences. In order to ease your worries and arm you with information, we’ve compiled a list of what to expect on the big day.

Location and Timings

When: if you’re invited to audition by the Admissions Team, you should complete your assessment within a two to three week timeframe. Interviews and auditions last no more than 30 minutes.

Where: auditions and interviews are held in the reputable Noisy rehearsal rooms, where huge artists such as Peaches, Egotronic and Raf Camora have prepared for their Berlin shows. This is also where many of our lessons are taught and where our students practice and rehearse.

What To Prepare

Professional Musicianship: you’ll need to perform two tracks of no more than four minutes in length, preferably in varying styles so you can show off different techniques.

Songwriting: for your assessment, two original songs will need to be performed live. Don’t view it as an audition; think of it as pitching your work to a potential client!

Music Production: you’ll need to submit four examples of your work (with a minimum duration of three minutes each). We’re looking for some complexity in terms of song arrangement, programming and recording skills, and quality of mix – show us what you can do!

Music Business: a personal statement of no more than 500 words is required. We can send you an extensive guide on what to include, if necessary. There will also be an interview.

What to bring: with the exception of drummers (bring your sticks!), you’ll need to bring your own instruments. You don’t need to bring mics/amps though – we’ll provide those.

Who’ll Be There

 We have a wide variety of our tutors conducting auditions/interviews. This varies based on your course, but you can view all of our tutors here. Here’s a snapshot to give you an idea of who you might see on the day:

Guitar: Knox Chandler, whose musical career has spanned over three decades, during which he’s performed as guitarist for The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees and as part of Cyndi Lauper’s band.

Music Business: Charlie Layton, who has worked as tour manager for The Heavy, Klee, and Lily & Madeleine, and also hosts Off The Record on Flux FM – a renowned Berlin-based radio station.

Other Options

What happens if you can’t get to Berlin: if auditioning/interviewing in Berlin itself isn’t possible for you, there’s the option of having a remote assessment. If you require a distance audition, you can state this when invited to interview and we should be able to accommodate it.

If you have any questions which we haven’t answered (big or small), please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll try our best to help! We can also provide you with detailed information, we have a number of course-specific interview/audition guidelines available upon request.


Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for indieBerlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and is studying for a PgCert in Translation.