What did you do before joining dBs?
"I first stumbled into music when I was 8, where I was fortunate enough to take piano lessons. I then picked up my mum’s old guitar. By the time I knew it, I was singing and writing my own music and gigging. I then took my grade 8 vocals at fourteen and since then I have studied music at every stage of further education.
"Once I graduated, I was working as a freelance Artist Liaison and Stage Assistant at events and festivals all across the North-West, while performing as a solo musician and teaching alongside this. In my last role, I was the Head Female Vocal Coach at Darwen School of Music."
Why did you first get into Vocals & Production?
"I was always very performance based until I discovered how to record and produce my own music. I have always loved dance music from an early age. I think a pivotal moment for me was when I first watched a video of Keri Chandler playing keys and DJing. This changed my perception on what I thought was possible with my experience. I was so inspired by DJs and artists like The Streets, Job Joyse, Four Tet and Tale of Us. I never saw the connection from my childhood musical background into DJing and Music Production until I was introduced to it at University and I made the course swap from performance to music technology."
Any special areas of interest?
"I love all genres. As a musician and singer, I appreciate all music and growing up I was heavily inspired by the music of my parents and their favourite songwriters and bands such as Joni Mitchell, The Jam, Paolo Nutini.
"But I am mostly interested in melodic techno music and creating electronic music. At the moment I am currently working on a solo EP and Ableton Live set incorporating DJing, Piano and Vocals.
"I enjoy performing live as both an acoustic act and electronically, so I am excited about the possibilities and prospects of merging two different genres together to form something new."
What do you love most about what you do?
"I love being in a creative environment and it's so inspiring to be surrounded by all the talented students and staff members, too. It really is one big hub for positivity with music and technology at its core. I am a big advocate of pushing the boundaries and striving to reach your full potential and I believe that I bring this energy with me to dBs too. I love being able to create new music based on new experiences and I enjoy knowing that there is always something new to learn within the world of sound."
Tell us about your proudest career moment?
"I have worked for some of the biggest events and festivals across Greater Manchester including : The Warehouse Project, Parklife, The Love Factory and Sounds from The Other City.
"But my proudest career moment would be taking my students through their grade 8 exams and seeing them on stage at their first live performance. This is truly something that I am very proud of. Seeing the students unlock their full potential is very rewarding."
What do you get up to outside of your role at dBs?
"Outside of my job I love to train, CrossFit style and a lot of running too. I am passionate about music production, travel and culture. I love exploring new cities and visiting new places as this inspires so much of my music making."
Tell us something our students may not know about you?
"I am in an electronic Techno duo called ‘2 Hertz’ . We are currently working on our first EP and Live Set which will be making its debut this year."
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