Advice Clinic


5th December 2017

Maybe you know exactly where you want your music production degree to take you. You can already see yourself in the control room at Abbey Road, feet up on the desk, fingering the faders, coaxing a career-best vocal from Pharrell or telling Pete Doherty to try it once more without the bum notes. Of course, you could use your BIMM degree as the jump-off to a career in traditional record production. But let’s look at five other options…

#1. Recording Engineer

If you’re nuts about equipment, and have a knack for getting a killer sound, then a good music production degree will kick open the door to becoming a studio engineer. As the producer’s right-hand man, you’ll mastermind the gear setup and the recording levels, drawing on everything you’ve learnt on your BIMM course – from mic placement to soundwave integration – to achieve a sound that blows minds (and speakers).

#2. Live Sound Engineer

If you like the idea of production – but also fancy a spot of swashbuckling adventure and rampant hedonism – then you’d probably thrive as a live sound engineer. Having learnt the nitty-gritty of PA technology, acoustics and more at BIMM, you’ll hit the road running, controlling the mixing board, leading the soundcheck, fine-tuning the levels during the performance – and getting messy with the band afterwards.

#3. Computer Music Designer

Whatever the Foo Fighters say, computers are the beating heart of modern music-making, and a BIMM course will make you futureproof, with modules that address everything from DAW to modular software platforms and synthesis. Where you could take that knowledge is tantalising: you might become a software developer for a big boy like Ableton, or strike out solo as an app developer, creating the next GarageBand.

#4. Film and TV Music Producer

Producing records is a no-brainer – but think a little bigger. There’s music and money to be made in the visual arts, whether that’s editing film soundtracks, composing TV scores or creating the Foley sound effects for a zombie splatter movie. You’ll do all the groundwork on your BIMM course, with modules that cover post-production, location sound, editing, mixing, formats and finishing.

#5. Studio owner

Home recording might be on the rise, but serious bands will always flock to a studio with an electric atmosphere and great gear. Your BIMM course can help out here, too, sharpening your business acumen and giving you the marketing skills you’ll need to attract bands – while your production chops will help you recruit the house engineers that will make your enterprise fly. Just think: a few years from now, you could be running the next Abbey Road.

Discover more about studying Music Production at BIMM here…


Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written for music magazines including Classic Rock, Total Guitar, Guitarist, NME and Metal Hammer, and brands including V Festival, Download, Epiphone, Yamaha, Roland and Universal. His proudest career moment was meeting Jimmy Page - and his toughest assignment was interviewing Pharrell Williams."