A more serious interest developed in music for me when I started to DJ. Through mixing songs together, I felt a kind of creative control that I believe was the start of the path towards production. I began the long and arduous journey of music production around the age of 18 and have fought with the frustrating challenges of self-criticism since – we only ever compare ourselves to the best!?
For me, the most beneficial environment in this scenario was to be around others who were at a similar level. Your peers help fend off the feeling of alienation as an artist and keep you grounded. This also helps you to remain objective as to where your work is positioned in the musical landscape. I have found this element most beneficial in my time here at BIMM.
I was always going to move to Brighton for a while – primarily to get a break from London – and I decided it’d be easier to spend time doing something I enjoyed if I enrolled on a degree in music. After initially applying to study at Sussex (and failing due to lack of UCAS Points) I got in contact with BIMM. I managed to squeeze onto the production course with an APEL application to prove my skillset and enthusiasm for the field of study.
Over the two and a half years, I have grown more appreciative of BIMM, student life, and the ability to do a degree in music production. Sure, maybe I haven’t wound up with a clear-cut career path bound for success in the industry but I have learned tons of interesting information (most of which I wouldn’t have expected to enjoy) and met some great people.
It’s funny doing a degree in something you love; you spend a fair amount of time doing things that aren’t exactly what you envisaged yourself doing (or necessarily envisaged wanting to do). In my case the reality of this in itself has been an aspect that has proven to be the most rewarding. I haven’t come to music college and sat in a room and ‘made beats’ or spent much time using expensive samplers, or learned how to use a compressor the ‘perfect way’. Instead, I have had the chance to be introduced to all the paths that music production can go down (and there are many – around 6 different modules per year). In doing this, I’ve identified what I like, what I don’t like, and where my skills ACTUALLY lie.
The course means something different to everyone in my year so there isn’t one answer to solve the issue of whether it will be right for someone else. If you keep your mind as open as you can about the course content, the lecturers, and your classmates, I will be dumbfounded to hear that there was nothing rewarding about your experience of the degree.