Why I Chose BIMM

Why I Chose BIMM – Jamie Ferguson

13th July 2017

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Introduce yourself…

I am a solo percussive acoustic guitarist from Skipton in Yorkshire, studying at BIMM Manchester.

How did you get started?

I started with the electric guitar when I was 11 and later progressed to acoustic due to artists such as Andy Mckee, Jon Gomm, and Newton Faulkner. The idea of getting so many different layers of sound has always inspired me, alongside the ability to essentially display myself as a ‘one man band’.

Why did you choose BIMM?

I chose BIMM so that I could make connections with as many musicians as possible both in and out of university. The location (Manchester) is brilliant as it holds plenty of enthusiastic musicians and venues ready to be utilised. The university offers a lot of great opportunities if you are assertive enough to go for them. For example, keeping an eye out on the BIMM page has led me to a lot of session work. One thing often leads to another in this industry, I suppose it is kind of like a snowball effect.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to pursue music?

I would say do not do it if you plan on doing it in a halfhearted manner. Music requires an immense amount of dedication and is no easy career path. I think it should always be the number one priority if you want to make your living from it. I would also say that anyone thinking of coming to a musical institution should be prepared to work harder than ever before at their chosen discipline. It is hard work but if you are really passionate about it you will do well.

What’s your career goal?

My goal is to travel the world with my original music and connect with people all over the globe. I am always looking to progress my sound by developing technique; tone or stage presence. I would love to have regular videos released with Candyrat Records. I have enough material for an album so would like to have something released as soon as I can afford the recording process.

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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.