Can you tell us a bit about your new music?

My new music is raw. Capturing the energy and feel of live instruments creating a jazzy, funkier sound. I am in the process of making a house track i made with two friends from college, Rory Dewar on bass and Owen Turnbull on drums. After recording through Protools, I take the audio files into Ableton and arrange, mix, then master it adding some keys/synths, guitars, effects.

Tell us a bit about your own musical background/influences?

I have a real pleasure for rock and the blues, it’s what I was brought up listening to but over the last year it feels like my knowledge and vastness of music is listen to has exploded. I Slowly discovered the world of Jazz/Hiphop/African/Latin/Reggae etc and find so much inspiration in all the new tunes.
Just before starting college last year myself and a fellow pupil, Elliot Monteith, started selling records together and started building our brand of Echo. As the year passed we encountered so many amazing records through all genres and with this I started to DJ. 
In March we ran our first ever event which took place in an intimate venue with surround sound and visual artwork, with a projector on each wall. The Glasgow to Detroit night was a major success and we are planning another Tribal night in June.

How has the HND Sound Production course helped you – which skills, knowledge/classes have been the most useful for you?

The course has vastly expanded my knowledge of using DAWs such as Ableton and Protools. Over the year we spent time developing knowledge and skills such as recording and processing signals, eq, compression, time modulation effects, mixing and mastering. This was learned through literally being put in the environment of a sound engineer in the studio, to me the hands on experience is so important to keep improving.

Why did you want to study at Riverside Music College?

At first i didn’t really know what it was gonna be like, I just applied because my friend was too. Got to the interview and i was blown away by the facilities and meeting ‘The Dunc’ (Duncan Cameron, Head of Centre) and the incredible story behind the college. It just seemed right for me, the potential to get lots of work and experience with loads of nice, laid back peers and lecturers.

What are your future plans?

The plan is to complete my second year next year while keeping my vinyl business running and DJing in various places over the country. I am considering doing a third year for a degree. The college is a great place to be and I am building lots of connections and networks here which is amazing.

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