Who, What, Why

Who What Why: Mandy Sludds

4th March 2019

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Who are you listening to at the moment?

Because I am studying vocals, I find I am listening to a number of artists in all genres.
Some artists include Al green , Stevie wonder, Jackson five, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Ike and Tina Turner, The Supremes and the list goes on.

I find myself being drawn to Al Green as he is so unique and uses so many vocal styles; he’s quite the powerhouse. I’m mainly listening to songs that I am learning for live performances or study as opposed to songs of my choice at the moment. But loving it!

What do you love about Dublin?

What I adore most about Dublin is the people. From the diversity of culture to the willingness of people to grow meaningful friendships and also musical friendships. Someone always wants to jump on board a project to jam it out. There are endless opportunities to be had as an artist, from open mic nights to gigs slots. You just have to go and get it. The music scene is big with some great talent around.

Why Vocals?

I decided to study vocals as I am currently writing for my up and coming album as artist Mandy J ( get a plug in there). I studied songwriting at Berkeley Collage in Jersey New York. So, the next step for me in my personal development as a recording and performing artist is to study vocals to gain better insight of my vocal instrument and learn to use it correctly, so it can last me a lifetime for touring, etc.

To be honest, I had been to a couple of vocal coaches and I just was not feeling like they were giving me the info I needed to move forward in a structured way. Plus, it was costing a fortune. So, I looked into BIMM and they seemed to tick all the boxes for me. I’m so glad I came to study at BIMM as I am gaining all the knowledge in a structured way to enable me to be the best I can be.

Author

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.