But how did he get these opportunities. We caught up with him (very quickly) in between the festivals…
I first heard about BIMM while at 2000trees festival in 2016. I’d played the busking stages that year and the one before too, and it’s my favourite festival… so when I met some lads from Brighton in the band Episodes who said they were playing their university’s stage, I had to go and watch. I ended up stumbling upon an absolute treasure of a stage in the forest and was instantly on board.
When I arrived home, I visited BIMM Manchester, which is near to where I live, and I thought the campus was really cool. And Manchester has such as massive music history, so the choice of where to study was easy. Then, after celebrating being accepted onto the course, I started my Songwriting degree.
One of the things that impressed me about the college was that they said they had the contacts to really help us succeed, and in this case it was definitely true. Within a month of joining BIMM, I found myself opening for Sex Pistols legend Glen Matlock, and in the summer of my first year, I was stunned to find I’d been put forward to play at BIMM’s bandstand at GLASTONBURY, as well as at my personal favourite festival, and the one that started it all… 2000trees!
As I write this, I’m just home from Glastonbury and can only say that it was the best experience of my music career! I can’t wait to play 2000trees, as there are so many artists (many of them BIMM students) from this year’s line-up who I’m excited to see. My favourite band Skinny Lister are playing (and their drummer is an ex-BIMM Brighton graduate) so I’ll be at the front for that! I also can’t wait to see Slaves, Mallory Knox and Will Varley, in particular, but it’ll be difficult, as so many of my mates are playing from BIMM! I can’t wait to see Carl North again after I met him at Glasto, as well as Chloe Leigh, Rye Milligan and my Manchester mate IORA. It’s insane that we’re playing the same stage as Will Varley – it’s all a bit surreal!
And what’s even more circular is that I wrote a song at 2000trees in 2015 called ‘Under a Tree’ which I then played there in 2016. It’s now almost ready to release as a single and I’ll be playing it this year at the festival with a band I’ve met at BIMM, in the forest where I wrote it! What an experience!
The best thing about BIMM is the contacts you make, because they’re there for the taking! Even if you’re not on the Songwriting course, it’s still a good idea to write lots – you can always network and you’ll definitely meet tonnes of people who can help you out. I mean, I can’t believe I just played Glastonbury! Thanks BIMM!