Commercial Music Production: Work with the Stars

Our Commercial Music Production graduates have gone on to work with some of the most high-profile artists in the industry, and in this blog we profile just two of our recent success stories. Throughout the three years of your degree here, you will be working with specialist recording equipment, so there is no shortage of opportunities to hone your skills before heading out into the industry. The degree culminates in the Aspiration Live showcase, an unrivalled opportunity to recruit, promote and produce live music acts, outside of the comforts of the classroom.

But don’t just take our word for it. At an Applicant Day, you can meet the tutors, see our facilities and equipment, and find out how you could follow in the footsteps of our successful graduates.

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Commercial Music Production Graduate Remix Success

Lauren L’Aimant

Our first graduate success story comes from Lauren L’Aimant, who has produced an official remix of the single 'Come Alive' for drum and bass chart stars Drumsound & Bassline Smith.

Lauren’s talents have been praised by her course tutors, who predict more successes for her in the future. But Lauren credits the training she received on the Commercial Music Production degree, saying: “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am now without the knowledge I gained from this course.”

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Students work at world-famous studios

Russell Cottier

As well as having access to excellent recording and production facilities at our Warrington Campus, Commercial Music Production students may have the opportunity to work in professional recording studios. One of the studios used is Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, which was where Coldplay’s Grammy Award winning debut album ‘Parachutes’ was recorded, along with projects for Elbow and Take That.

Engineer, Producer and Parr Street Studios resident Russell Cottier worked with our students and praised their skills, as they experienced first-hand the fast-paced environment demanded by the record industry.

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Field Trips and External Opportunities

Commercial Music Production students have also had the opportunity to experience music production in more unusual settings. These have included the ‘Noisy Table’ exhibition, a table-tennis table that triggers different audio samples when the ball strikes the surface of the table. Following the installation, the students were invited by the artist to produce their own sample packs.

Students have worked on a variety of projects such as recording the historic church organ at St. Elphins in Warrington, and a 40-piece choral production with music students. By working in such a diverse range of settings you will benefit from experiencing different recording environments, each with their own acoustic challenges, which in turn will give you the opportunity to gain additional skills.

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Aspiration Live 2015 showcase

Aspiration Live 2015

One of the highlights of the year for Commercial Music Production students is the annual Aspiration Live showcase. This extended final-year project is now in its 15th year, and empowers students to manage all aspects of launching a musical act, including recruiting, production, promotion, financing and management.

The 2015 event will have an experimental twist as members of the public will be invited to view the showcase at the Warrington Campus, giving students additional experience of marketing and venue management.

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CMP graduate works with Katherine Jenkins and Little Mix

Katherine Jenkins

And finally, we profile one of our rising star graduates. Soon after graduating in 2005, Samantha Cox landed an initial placement as a receptionist with the Independiente record label. However, her proactive attitude to securing roles which drew on her marketing experience led to a position in the Artist Relations department at Warner Music, responsible for artists such as Michael Bublé, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance.

In 2008, Sam accompanied Kylie Minogue on a three month European Tour, undertook an Events Coordinator role with a music therapy charity before becoming a Management Assistant to Katherine Jenkins in 2010, a position she held for 2 years.

In 2012, Sam joined Modest! Management, the company responsible for many of the most successful X Factor acts of recent years including One Direction, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Leona Lewis and JLS. Sam describes this role as her “dream job”, which she certainly deserves after her many years of hard work in various areas of the music industry.

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Visit us at an Applicant Day

To see our facilities, meet tutors and students and find out everything you need to know about being a Commercial Music Production student, book a place for one of our Applicant Days at the Warrington Campus. And if you have any queries in the meantime, you can contact the Programme Leader, Jim Mason at j.mason@chester.ac.uk or call 01925 534347. You can also follow the Commercial Music Production course on Twitter @MediaCMP and the Department of Media @media_chester.

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