BIMM Birmingham: Meet the students

17th July 2017

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Introduce yourself

My name is Hello Thieves, A.K.A. Kimberley Ann Swales and I’m an 18 year-old singer and producer from Northfield, Birmingham. I was raised on quite a few different genres of music, however the key artist that pops into my head that began my love for music is Eminem. From the days I was at nursery I would sit in the car with my dad listening to his stuff and try to sing along to the lyrics whilst clapping my hands and kicking my legs to the beat.

How did you get into music?

I remember when Martin Garrix’s debut UK single “Animals” went to number 1 on Vodafone’s Big Top 40. I was sat at my mum’s desk in the living room researching DJ software on my laptop and suddenly I heard “that” melody and fell in love.
That was the day I thought to myself that producing looked interesting and I moved schools to study Music Technology. It took me at least 6 months to find the power button on a Mac, which is embarrassing but bearable because it meant I could mess about on Logic Pro, which was the first ever software I got to grips with.
One of my music teachers at school said that one of my tracks reminded him of The Chemical Brothers. Jump ahead three years and I’ve built upon my knowledge of Pro Tools and have started posting tracks onto my SoundCloud.

Favourite venue to play?

I would have to say The River Rooms in Stourbridge. The capacity is around 500 and when I found out I’d be performing on it with a Rockschool choir I’m part of, my heart was racing! This fact ended up making me even more anxious to go on stage. I remember standing at the bar in the venue ordering a vodka and coke to settle my nerves. Since then, this has become a little ritual of mine before going on-stage.

What are you most looking forward to about studying at BIMM Birmingham?

I’m looking forward to building myself up as an artist and pursuing dreams I’ve had for years, like DJing in Amsterdam and having my own record label where I can showcase amazing talents around the world and give them a chance to shine.
I can’t wait to begin my course in October as not only do I get to learn more things I may not know about, but it’ll also help build up my contacts.



James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.