What did you do before joining dBs?
I studied English Lit, and then Hospitality Management at Plymouth Uni before taking some time out to re-evaluate. I have always been passionate about music, but not necessarily talented musically. After researching careers in music I discovered dBs Plymouth and the Music Production BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. At 25, I joined the course and went on to complete the FDA in Audio and Music Production and joined the student support team in 2013.
Why did you first get into studio engineering?
Like many people, I have always been passionate about music. I am a big fan of most genres and have wanted to work with music in some capacity for quite some time. However, I never felt like this was possible as I was not musically inclined as an instrumentalist or performer. After discovering dBs, I found my calling - studio engineering. I was now able to produce and collaborate with musicians in a medium that I was passionate about and proficient in.
Any special areas of interest?
I am really interested in traditional analogue recording practices and recording within those limitations.
What do you love most about what you do?
In my role as Student Support coordinator and Outreach and Events officer, I am fortunate to meet our students at the very start of their journey with dBs Institute. It is extremely fulfilling supporting the students throughout the entirety of their studies and watching them evolve into successful and innovative industry professionals.
Tell us about your proudest career moment?
Making the transition from student to teacher during my PGCE. It felt like my journey had come full circle as I taught alongside Pete Day on the FDA Sound and Music Technology.
What do you get up to outside of your role at dBs?
I have two young children so my time is mostly tied up with them and educating them in Queens of the Stone Age and Rammstein. When I can, I like to go to the theatre and watch live music as much as possible.
Tell us something our students may not know about you?
I can snowboard, although I haven’t had a chance to hit the slopes since the pandemic.
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