Not only is Damian Morgan our brilliant Head of Careers and Industry Liaison at BIMM Manchester but he is also the manager of young garage band The Orielles.
Damian has been kind enough to give us and you a little insight into his journey so far with the band:
Tell us about the process of finding The Orielles?
I saw The Orielles (then called The Oreoh!s} for the first time in August 2013. They were playing to about 5 people at Sound Control in Manchester. They were very young, aged 12-16, but they had some spark, looked good, and could play fairly well. There was something there to work with. They had loads of spirit and energy, which they have retained.
They gave me a CD and I really liked their aesthetic…very DIY and arty. They were very, very shy back then. I spoke to them but they hardly said a word back!
What, if any, difficulties have you stumbled across along the way?
Many. Firstly the age of the band members has been restrictive when it comes to playing licensed venues. We’ve had to tell porkies about their ages at times.
Secondly, school/college gets in the way of gigging. But they have worked so very hard and continue to do so. We always worked around the age thing and school dates, and built a profile by putting out cool little singles and making friends with tastemaker bloggers and other bands on the scene.
What advice would you give to students who are wanting to head in the same direction as you?
I’d say go with your gut feeling and trust your instincts. Be headstrong and stay positive. Provide your band a space to develop at their own pace, don’t try and create a false audience, let the fans find them.
Managing a band is hard work but the rewards are huge if it pays off. It might be your first band or your 10th band but with experience you’ll get there. Just never give up.