Want a career in music but don’t know where to begin? We’ve had a chat with past and present students to give you an insight into what inspires them!
It’s been a while so here’s a little weekday #BIMMspo from BIMM Bristol student, Ben Chilton.
What difference has BIMM made to your career?
BIMM has introduced me to types of music I would never have experienced elsewhere. This is mostly down to the ongoing research and musical output of the lecturers who constantly push each student to explore and diversify their own style and genre.
Massive shouts to Craig Stennet for introducing electro-acoustic and experimental electronics to my aural field as well as Sophia Loizou for encouraging conceptual experimentation within every aspect of my music.
I’ve also gained a wealth of contacts, had support for putting music out and starting a label, ran nights and had the opportunity to help new students.
What inspires you to write/play music?
A mixture of sources. I find that different stimuli will inspire very different outcomes. My main inspiration for making techno (my main output) comes from futurist concepts, brutalist architecture and 80’s science fiction. I often find inspiration in new music, technology or trying to synthesize or chase a specific genre on an unusual format/concept. (e.g, making a roots reggae tune on a modular system, or producing house music using only samples of water.)
Do you have any advice for new and future students?
Get stuck in. Both in BIMM and your chosen city of study. Explore every venue, learn the best labels in the city, meet the heads, make friends, put on nights, play shows, have fun. Collaborate with everyone, get as weird as you’re comfortable with and then push it more.
You’ve got 3 years to explore your creative output and it will fly by, so do something creative and new.