#LifeAtBIMM

From Singapore to Dublin with Matt Wilson

15th October 2018

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What attracted you to study at BIMM Dublin?

I had heard about BIMM quite a few times before finally checking it out, I actually remember seeing an advert for BIMM on a TV screen at a train station while visiting Northern Ireland. I checked out the alumni online and saw just how connected the college really is. What I love most about studying at BIMM is the wealth of knowledge coming from the lecturers, all of whom are seasoned professionals.

How does the music scene compare to Singapore? Do you have a preference?

Singapore is a very modern city, and this can easily be seen in the type of music the population favours. While you can find live bands playing specific venues occasionally, they are often few and far between. Sadly, there are only about 4 music festivals there each year there, half of which book large electronic artists. Dublin on the other hand boasts a massive musical culture, with all kinds of music being played all over the city. This diverse and lively musical culture makes Dublin the perfect place to study music.

Has it been easy settling in to Dublin?

While I did suffer from a small amount of culture shock, and the stress of living independently, I was able to find my place in the BIMM community fairly quickly.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as a musician?

The college has really helped me develop my knowledge of theory, something I had struggled with a lot when I was younger. I have also gained a good understanding of the business surrounding the music industry and how it can be used to further your musical career.

What are the stand out differences of being a musician in Singapore and Dublin?

Personally, the only gigs I played in Singapore were ones set up by other organisations, as it was difficult to get gigs independently. However, Singapore does have its own musicians guild, so performers there have the support they need to make a living from music. In Dublin, the amount of venues and bars willing to take on local artists is huge, and makes it easy to establish a foundation for your work.

Any advice you would give to someone making the move to study here in Dublin?

While it does take time to settle into Dublin life, in the end it will truly be worth it. Take time to explore the city, and remember that beauty is often hidden in the unlikeliest of places.

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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.