For Together We Create, we decided to take a look back to when five lucky BIMM London students made the trip to BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in West London, an iconic spot which has hosted over 85 years’ worth of BBC radio shows. The group produced an incredible track together alongside a host of current pop icons.
Radio broadcasting legend Jess Izsatt joined the students for a very special interactive workshop and subsequently played the finished track on her BBC Introducing London show.
The lucky students were Tyler Browne (Tyler Laveau), who studies Songwriting and Music Business, Teodora Sabine Sava, who studies Popular Music Performance and Music Business, Jon Le Coutre, who’s studying Music Production and Music Business, Rosanne Wu, who’s on our Electronic Music Production and Noelle Vanyi Descartin, who’s doing Popular Music Performance and Songwriting.
The workshop consisted of writing sessions with current pop icons, including rave duo Joy Anonymous, who fuse elements of disco, house and gospel; GRACEY, who’s written songs for Sub Focus, Rita Ora, Olly Murs, and Kylie Minogue; underground hip hop artist Isatta Sheriff and east London-based music producer J.Ar.J.
Music Production and Music Business student Jon Le Coutre said: “I’m really grateful for the opportunity, I had a fantastic time networking and collaborating with my friends from BIMM. It was also super cool to get to meet the artists and Jess, they all made us feel comfortable, and the track we made was truly a joint effort of every single person present. I’m also particularly happy as the foundation loop used in the song is a loop I composed on the guitar, so the song feels really personal to me. I managed to get the maximum out of it, both on a creative and networking level.”
Host of the workshop and BBC Introducing presenter Jess Izsatt added: “I feel so inspired after meeting all of the students, and I hope they came away with something too – whether it be a new connection, feeling inspired, learning a new way to work, and even being able to say that they contributed to the final track. Of course, the goal of the day wasn’t the end product in this case, but more the opportunity to collaborate, experiment and learn from some of our amazing artists that are doing so well in the industry.”
Photo credit the BBC & @TriciaYourkevich
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