We got in touch with some of the tutors at BIMM Brighton to find out what they had to say about their students keeping healthy!
Martin Wright, BIMM Brighton Principal
When I think of students health, I think of body and mind and the importance of getting this balance right. There are a lot of obvious words of advice I could give, such as healthy eating, a good night’s sleep or keeping yourself fit, but as a music student studying in London in 1991 myself, it was keeping my mind healthy was the greatest challenge.
I found the transition hard, as it was my first experience of being away from home and in such a new and competitive environment, it felt quite isolating. That feeling can easily spiral out of control with anxiety and can challenge the strongest of minds. I was lucky enough to have the confidence to turn to those around me, who I was surprised to find out were feeling similar to me.
I can honestly say that without my network of friends I would not have survived my time at college, so I think the best bit of advice I could give you is stay close to each other and don’t be afraid to reach out if you need someone.
Matt Hodson, Head of Music Production
For me, keeping myself healthy in the Music Production world requires getting away from the computer and the same 4 walls of the production studio whenever I can. This is usually a walk rather than hitting the gym and I try to walk 5-6 miles a day minimum. I find walking allows me to put things in order in my mind – listening to mixes, taking in the fresh air, and observing nature. It can be easy to forget the massive amount of wildlife and biodiversity that exists when you’re locked into producing music all day long. It’s these reminders of the intricacies of our planet that I find inspiring, taking me 100% away from the world of plugins, computers, and hours of editing. I honestly feel the difference if I haven’t been outside for a walk. Upon my return I’m full of energy and I feel completely refreshed and ready to hit the studio again.
Pat Garvey, Head of Drums
Your general health is so important as a musician; you need your body to work perfectly in order to play, sing, get through rehearsal schedules, gigs, and tours – and that’s potentially for decades to come. A big part of this is understanding some basic physiology about how your body is designed to work in relation to the repetitive nature of mastering an instrument – voice, drums, guitar, cello, bass, keys, whatever – this stuff is important!
Kate Cameron, Head of Vocals
Take regular exercise – that is both aerobic (makes your lungs work hard) and stretchy – trampolining and swimming are the best!
Martin Rossiter, Head of Songwriting
Songwriters need to look after their mental health as much as their physical health so my tip would be; if you feel your mental health slipping you need to address it early. As predictable as it sounds, eating well, drinking less, and getting good quality sleep really does help. Also, write down what you are good at, sit in front of a mirror and read it to yourself. We all need the occasional pat on the back so if no-one else is going to do it for you, do it yourself.
Franc O’Shea, Head of Bass
Don’t fight your instrument or be scared of it; allow it to become an extension of your body.