Oli Ferris is the Foley/ADR Assistant at Twickenham Studios.
He joined the award winning team in 2016 as a runner, then after a year of helping in the Foley department he went full-time. He has received Foley Artist credits for Black Mirror and McMafia and has a Foley Assistant credit on All the Money in the World.
He was even nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award (Foley Artist on Black Mirror USS Callister.
“I’ve really found something that I love doing. The work is very varied depending on the project and the budget and timescale of the film or production. I can step in as Foley Artist or as Foley Editor depending on what is required.
I’m still learning every day and I’m lucky that there’s a lot of very talented people around me here, which makes it so great to be a part of. The film industry is an amazing, creative place to be and I plan to be in it for the long term.”
Zelah Van-Gowler has got a new job working at the Insanity Group which is part of Sony Music.
“I’ll be working as an assistant in their digital division so I think I’ll be doing a lot of the social media, marketing and working on brand deals. I start tomorrow so should know even more then!
The label side of things which I am hoping to become more a part of as time goes on have acts such as Bad Sounds and Tom Grennan on their roster which is really exciting!”
Good luck Zelah. CM legend.
Mike Dawes has been voted the best acoustic guitarist in the world.
Music Radar (the No.1 website for musicians) has published the results of its 2017 poll.
The MusicRadar/Total Guitar Best in guitars 2017 polls received over 136,000 votes, the nominees were the guitarists and guitar gear that have excelled in 2017.
Mike is at number one.
I told him the news:
“Woah, that’s incredibly flattering as this year has probably been the busiest yet. I set up a label, self-released and promoted a new record, new videos and toured literally ALL YEAR. It’s super nice that Musicradar acknowledges the grind. I just feel awkward as I’m the youngling on the list and most of the others are mates (or even extended family.) But yeah, sick. Thanks Musicradar!”
Mike will be coming back to university for Music Think Tank in February 2018.
They’ve played with The Stones, The Who, Guns’n’Roses, Mötley Crüe and The Killers. Now Jed Elliot’s band The Struts is going on tour with The Foo Fighters.
“After studying Commercial Music at Bath Spa University I had the opportunity to join a new band called The Struts. We signed with Virgin EMI and toured extensively across the UK and into France for 3 or 4 years, leading to a support show with The Rolling Stones in Paris. This attracted the attention of management based in America and in 2015 we signed with Interscope Records and relocated to LA.”
The band has spent the last two years touring the USA and Japan and is currently recording the second album ready for a 2018 release.
“I feel that the Commercial Music course inspired me to improve not only as a musician but also equipped me with the skills to form relationships in the music industry, based on an understanding of the roles involved.
I was able to have a solid idea of how to treat my band as a product, without inhibiting the creativity, and this proved invaluable when it came to management and record label discussions. I also developed production skills, became much more confident as a performer and fell even more in love with music. I have a lot to thank the course for!”
Tour dates and more at www.thestruts.com
Ben Green is busy.
His band Pattern Pusher has just recorded an album with John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass…) and a release is imminent.
“I also played Beautiful Days three times last year, culminating in sharing a stage with The Levellers while playing bass for the Rev Hammer band.”
He has also just started a job teaching music tech, entrepreneurship and events (and “teaching kids how to make synths and drum machines go ‘bleep-bloop’ in a satisfying manner”) to BTEC and Foundation students at the Exeter Academy of Sound.
Pattern Pusher, the band Ben plays synth and bass in, is supporting Dutch Uncles at Moles in Bath on October 6th. (£10 adv but he’s got some £6 tickets that I’m fairly sure you could tap into if you get in touch with him.)
Chris Johnston has got a job working in sales for Paxt, an international distribution company selling sound equipment and DJ gear to retailers in the developing world.
The Cambridge-based company has been around for 30 years and has relationships with thousands of distributors, exporters and retailers throughout the Middle east, Africa, Eastern Europe and India.
“Paxt represents brands such as Roland, Numark, Focusrite, Marshall and Pioneer. At the moment I’m in charge of accounts from Africa, the Middle East and India so this will mean travelling all over the place eventually which is exciting!”
Good luck Chris. Send us a postcard.
CM legend Jaidon Kent has got a job as a Music Licensing Agent with the PRS at the Kings Cross office in London.
“I will be communicating with labels, venues, businesses and other members on music usage claims, new licenses and other queries. That’s all I really know about it at the moment, I start on Monday!”
“I’ve spent every day for the past year looking for a music industry job, so it feels amazing that it’s paid off. CM really inspired me over the three years and beyond. Having the CM degree is a small part of it, the rest is all about the people I was surrounded by, the support from lecturers (even a year on!) and the realisation that I can bring something to the music industry.”