Max has got a job in London

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Max Lewin has started a 15-month paid internship working in digital marketing for Beautiful Digital a creative digital agency which builds relationships between talent, brands and audiences.

“We control and run social media campaigns and strategies for artists and labels. I help the running of social media accounts for Warner and UMG artists such as Emeli Sande, Kesha, Charli XCX, and Enter Shikari. Bit surreal!”

And then he generously added,

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the skills I’ve gained from the course.”

Which helped balance out the composition of this piece, bringing it to a natural and satisfying conclusion.

Good luck Max.

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Zelah has got a job in London

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Zelah Van-Gowler has got a new job at UKNY Music, a London booking agency that specialises in private events, functions and festivals, working with artists such as (take a breath):

Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Robbie Williams, Craig David, Mark Ronson, David Guetta, The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Nile Rodgers, Fergie, Little Mix, Nicole Scherzinger, Izzy Bizu, Bloc Party, Jess Glynne, Kelis, Iggy Azalea, Lionel Richie, Jamie Cullum, Frankie Valli, Alison Moyet, Barlow, Goulding and Ronson.

Zelah starts as junior assistant working on events, marketing and social media etc and very quickly works her way up to a management position.

 

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Charlie Pollard is busy.
His band Wallflower is in the middle of a UK tour and has gigs lined up for the rest of the year including appearances at 2000 Trees, Great Escape and…Download (on Aerosmith day.)
Plus there’s a new album set for release this summer.
AND, he’s in another band called Big Bug and you can read about that here.

He’s Only Human

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Human by Rag’n’Bone Man is out today and (literal, actual CM legend) Ben Jackson-Cook plays piano on it. And he is the band’s MD.

“The job means I’m responsible for the live band and Rory’s live performance. This can mean choosing musicians, creating new arrangements, organising live lounge covers, creating track if needed. It also stretches to making sure the musicians are paid correctly and looked after. I’ve been working with Rory for two years, and before I was playing for other major label artists in London”

After graduation Ben got a job with his friends from CM working for Disney Cruise Line in the US for a year before heading back to London where he got stuck into some serious networking.

“I’d go to lots of pop gigs and find out who the musicians who were in the band, add them on Facebook and hope that one day they would need a keyboard player urgently and I could save the day, which worked a couple of times. I met a couple of fixers in London, who helped me with my first TV work with X Factor. I got in contact with ex Bath Spa student Sam Kennedy who is musical director for Foxes, and who gave me great advice and also my first bits of MD work. I then ended up playing for Foxes when Sam wasn’t free. Other people I’ve played for include Omi, Angel, Kelvin Jones, Little Mix, The Beach, Ben Haenow, Mollie King (The Saturdays) and Ella Eyre.”

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Last year Rag’n’Bone Man played Montreaux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz and travelled across Europe, Australia and the States.Along with these gigs and festivals the band has been doing a lot of TV including Jools Holland, Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton.
Which goes out tonight!

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Breaking Bad

Bad Sounds are on the up. And Sam Hunt is on the bass.

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This is what the Guardian says:

If you liked Beck when he was trying to be Prince rather than when he was trying to be Nick Drake and if you like 70s dance music with an 80s production gloss and a 90s baggy undercarriage that invites 60s-style exclamations of appreciation, then you’ll love Bad Sounds. Radio 1’s Annie Mac does – she made one of the band’s singles, Wages, hottest record in the world, and another, Avalanche, tune of the week. People are currently making their musical predictions for 2017. People are also currently complaining about the proliferation of musical predictions for 2017. Still, if you’re a betting type, the smart money is on Bad Sounds.

Which was nice.
And this is what Sam says:

“I was the last to join Bad Sounds but I had actually played with them whilst at Bath Spa, supporting their old band a few times. I always thought that I really wanted to be in their band, and hey ho they started something new and it happened!
I’m really into sampling and synthesizers and when I first went round to meet the band they had tons of gear like I did, so it all fitted. I think there are more Akai MPCs in the band than actual people, and there are 5 of us!
We practised a lot and did a lot of very bad shows in the beginning, like everyone does. More and more stuff got written and better songs came around, the set got stronger and then the BBC started to get interested. The “Introducing” folk helped to push the songs out to the broader radio waves, and after some videos and loads of shows, Annie Mac started to play us lots. We got an “Introducing” slot at Glastonbury and a few other cool opportunities, like an academy sized UK tour support slot. We did 2 final headline shows for 2016 in London and Bristol which both sold out, so yeah, it’s going alright. Hopefully next year will be even better.”

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Oh, oh, oh it’s magic…

Sam Kennedy (ROMANS, Foxes) is fast-developing another career; as a magician.
Please see below for further evidence…

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“Music has given me a lot of things over the last 10 years…I’ve traveled the world, made some best friends and am grateful that I have got to tick a lot of those ‘cool’ musical fun boxes. However, the most random thing music gave me was the time and inspiration to learn “Magic”. Not the White Rabbit, White Glove, Magic Wand and Cups and Balls kind – but the WTF you’ve unlocked my phone and read my mind, stolen my watch and boomeranged a card around my head kind.

I had a ‘right place, right time’ moment on tour with Coldplay this year, where Chris Martin asked me to open one of their stadium shows in the US with a 20 minute close-up magic show. He was even kind enough to introduce me on stage…which made me feel slightly better about the 24 hours notice I had to prepare the performance as a magician!”

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Aaaand, she’s off!

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Lil Patuck is the new “Research and Development Executive” at Music Ally.

Music Ally delivers information and training to labels, artists, DSPs, universities and publishing companies on digital technology, digital marketing, social media and all the latest news and developments across the digital spectrum.

“In my second year I was keen to do an internship over the Easter holidays so approached Nigel about it who told me that someone from Music Ally was coming in on that day to talk at our Music Think Tank lecture. So 2 hours later (after frantically Googling Music Ally) I was introduced to the guest speaker. He said they needed someone to come in and handle data, and I said “yeah, yeah sure! I love data!” After an interview in London I started interning two days a week, living out of a rucksack, staying on sofas and in creepy Airbnbs.”

Lil applied for the Cullum Family Award to fund her travel and accommodation, and got money to support the internship.

“I never would have survived without that. I would recommend anyone wanting to do something outside of university apply for this funding. John Cullum is a great guy and has an amazing grasp of how important it is to discover other avenues in the industry.”

After four months Lil was offered a part time job and worked 2 days per week throughout the third year (“which was incredibly difficult”) and now following graduation she has started a full-time role as “Research and Development Executive” where she coordinates events, research for training modules and writes articles on marketing platforms, startups and artist marketing campaigns.

“I’d worked really hard and become responsible for the projects I worked on, so it was amazing to know they trusted me to continue. The work is nerdy and meticulous, and I love it.”

In November she met with the London team of Sofar Sounds and was asked to found the first ever Sofar Sounds Bath, which involved managing a team and putting on secret gigs as part of a worldwide brand.

“I never would have got here with the CM course – and certainly not without their support and lenience with all the travel etc. It all started with a vague conversation in Nigel’s office about wanting to maybe be a music journalist, you know, something like that? And now I’m an adult with a grown up job.”

Lil will be a guest speaker at Music Think Tank in 2017.