BIMM Birmingham: Meet the Students

29th June 2017

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It’s Summer! And that means the count down is on to BIMM Birmingham to open its doors! We’re so excited, and then we get to meet some of the amazing students joining us, and we get even more excited! Especially with some of the incredible things they’re already doing!

So first up, we caught up with Reece Downton, who’s joining us on our BA(Hons) Professional Musicianship – Drums. His band Sugarthief are playing Y Not on the main stage on 28/07/17, Kendal Calling on 30/07/17, AND Beyond the Tracks on 16/09/2017!

Introduce yourself…

My name is Reece Downtown, and I’m the drummer in Sugarthief. I am currently taking my A levels and looking forward to starting at BIMM Birmingham in October.

How did you get into music/how long have you been playing?

My first memory of music was receiving a letter from my first school advertising music tuition. I would have been about six years old, and I remember randomly choosing to take drum lessons. Taking drumming up at such an early age, meant that when I later came to play, it didn’t feel like I had been through the learning process, as it felt natural to me. Through my teacher, I was introduced to orchestral and jazz bands, and later I joined a band with my classmates who became Sugarthief.

What’s your favorite venue in Birmingham to play?

My favourite venue to play in Birmingham would have to be The Sunflower Lounge. Having played there so many times, it now feels like a second home to the band. The highlight of playing this venue is how close the fans are to the band. The whole vibe to the Sunflower Lounge is everything a band wants when playing live. Other than the Sunflower Lounge, another venue that is very cool in Birmingham is the Mama Roux in Digbeth.

What are you most looking forward to about joining BIMM Birmingham?

I’m most looking forward to about joining BIMM Birmingham is the fact that I’ll be gaining experience and learning from music professionals and the contacts I’ll hopefully make. I just can’t wait to start the course.



Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.