Making Music


58 careers advice results in total for Making Music


Being a project musician

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Ed teaches people of all ages to sing, describing himself as "wildly passionate" about music. He explains how he became interested in community work as a profession and how Nina Simone was the person who got him into music.


Steve recommends working with a local band as a way to gain production experience.

Steve Levine, record producer

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Steve started out as a trainee tape operator in 1975. He went on to become an award-winning producer, working with the likes of the Beach Boys and Culture Club. He talks about his journey in production.


Leroy was encouraged by his tutors to play music in his local area as a way of practising performance.

Leroy Rahman, tech music student

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Leroy is a musician who completed a course at London's Tech Music School. He talks about being taught by Amy Winehouse's drummer and gives advice for people who also want to get into music.


Music management is a tough industry and you have to be committed to your artists.

Chris Collins, band manager

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Chris Collins has a long background working with artists in roles that see him travelling the world. He shares what the music industry is really like and why it's a great place to be.


Loop Ellington combine live trumpet playing with electronic samples generated on a laptop.

Performing electronic music

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Andrej Bako is one half of electronic music duo Loop Ellington, which he set up with Andy Diagram. He spoke about how technology has enabled him to create and perform music in an affordable way.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

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After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


Tommy Four Seven has worked as a DJ, both producing his own music and playing in clubs. Photo: Ralf Obergfell

5 tips for a DJ career

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Tommy Four Seven got his first club residency at the age of 17 and has worked his way up to launching his own record label. He shared five pieces of advice for succeeding as a DJ.


Netsayi says her music uses Zimbabwean rhythyms, but experiments with a wide range of styles. Photo: Joke Schot

Being a singer and songwriter

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Singer and songwriter Netsayi began entering singing competitions at the age of 10, but didn’t consider a career in music until later. She spoke about her career journey.


Eric Lau has worked with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and has toured with Erykah Badu.

Being a hip hop producer

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Hip hop producer Eric Lau started out trying to emulate his musical heroes. Gradually he learned to record his own tracks. From there he got into production. He spoke about his career journey.


Nathan Lee, flute beat-boxer.

Learning to flutebox

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Nathan Lee has built a successful musical career with his unique method of playing the flute and beatboxing at the same time. He spoke to Creative Choices about how he got started.


Bryan Grant, MD, Britannia Row Productions

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For the past 40 years Bryan Grant has been managing director of Britannia Row Productions, who provide audio equipment and technicians for concerts and events around the world.


Tony Morrison, promoter and producer

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Tony works as a promoter, producer and project manager. He offers five tips for succeeding at his job.


JD Hawksley, audio visual technician

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JD, from Manchester, has worked as a technician since he was 21. He has no formal tech qualifications but has built up a wealth of experience.


Dan Howson, Event Producer & Youth Worker

Dan Howson, event producer

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After finding it difficult to access information about careers in event production, Dan set up a company to help future generations.


John Douglass, head of special projects

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John worked at Access To Music and the Armstrong Learning Group, but now works freelance in business and education. He also runs a small label, as well as continuing with song-writing and performing.


Mark Collins, musical director

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Mark is a freelance musical director, with both TV and stage credits on his CV. He is also a musical arranger, composer, and vocal coach.


Kid Circus, DJ and producer

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Kid starting singing in a vocal group with a couple of friends and is now an established DJ and promoter.


Graham Coatman, musical director

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Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.


Neil Butler, artistic director

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Neil Butler set up Brighton's famous, and sadly now closed, Zap Club. The former drama teacher specialises in running outdoor festivals and events.


You could start by writing material for yourself, or for your friends to perform.

Songwriter

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Songwriters create their own original material for themselves or for other performers. They may specialise in a particular style of music including pop, rock, indie, jazz, RnB soul, blues and folk.


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