As a prospective new student at BIMM, we figured you’d be interested to read about our tutors and their backgrounds within the music industry, which is why we’ve been conducting Q&A’s with some of our newest recruits to scratch beneath the surface and highlight why they’re such an asset to our faculty. Expect rock ‘n’ roll stories, career-making anecdotes and just a bit of name-dropping for good measure.
Who are you and what department are you joining at BIMM Birmingham?
Steve Osborne – Studio recording, Mixing & Music Production.
Can you sum up your career highlights in the music industry up until this point?
I’ve had many career highlights, but one would be the first production I did which was’ Step On ‘ with the Happy Monday’s (still my favourite production) but I’ll mention a more obscure one. After working as one of the producers on U2’s ‘Pop’ album, I stayed an extra few days to do a remix of ‘Pop Muzik’ by ‘M ‘ for the opening of the live shows. I did a drop in the middle and added crowd noise as the track built up. Seeing the show at Wembley stadium it worked extremely well , as the crowd noise came in on the mix the stadium erupted joining in and at this point Bono came out from the side. Job done.
What are you most excited about teaching the students/what excites you most about working at BIMM?
I find increasingly that making records can be more like being a computer programmer. I much prefer working with people and am looking forward to interacting with the students and passing on my experience. Not just the technical but the skills needed on a human and musical level to make good records.
Top 5 records of all time?
That’s a purely subjective question, plus 5 is an extremely small number so I’ll put a list of influential albums and tracks.
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon – The first record that got me interested in sound.
David Bowie – Hunky Dory – He’s in a class of his own.
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – One of the most creative pop records ever, can you imagine getting something like this on the radio now?
Donna Summer – I feel love – It takes a lot from Kraftwerk but when I heard this in a club growing up I was blown away.
Joy Division – Closer – For those angst teenage years.