#LifeAtBIMM

#BIMMspo – Colleen Heavey

18th April 2017

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What difference has BIMM made to your career?

The best thing BIMM has done for me is allow me to find my strengths and bring them to the fore. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do musically when I first started, but as I progressed through classes and met so many amazing musicians I found my strength in electronic music and production, something I’d never even tried before BIMM. There’s never been a shortage of amazing tutors who guide me through every step, and other students who inspire me. BIMM has given me such a well-rounded view of music, as well as a high knowledge of music law, publishing and business that I hope to pursue a career in commercial songwriting and music publishing after I graduate this year.

What inspires you to write/play music?

For me, it’s the feeling of creating something that has never existed before, almost like having a child. I’m a songwriter, and there’s nothing more special than bringing your art form into a group of like-minded people who want to see you learn and succeed with them. One thing I love to do is go to my friend’s gigs (there’s something on every night of the week around Dublin), then heading home with a head full of inspiration. I like to scribble out a heap of lyrics, chuck a few chords on a loop and see what happens. I also find that playing ridiculous instruments gives me so much inspiration – trying to write songs with an instrument you’re unfamiliar with can yield some unexpected and surprising results.

Do you have any advice for new and future students?

Get out of your comfort zone for sure! I’m not a singer, yet in my first term in BIMM I sang a Tool cover with a band to a room full of people, because there’s no reason not to! BIMM has to be the least judgemental environment I’ve ever experienced. Do things that scare you, take tutorials in an instrument you don’t play, go to gigs for a genre of music you’ve never listened to, ask your tutors about their careers and realise that there’s so many bumps along the way to success, yet the journey is the best part.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.