Southport KGV Music Technology Industry Day

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Southport KGV Music Technology Industry Day

King George V College was privileged to welcome Dave Swallow, Nigel Banks and Paul Stevart on Wednesday 15th January to deliver a Music Technology Industry Day aimed primarily at the BTEC Music Technology students.

Dave Swallow is a live sound engineer who has worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse, La Roux, Billy Ocean, Seasick Steve and Underworld. He delivered a lecture to the students named “Learning to Listen”, giving the students an abstract insight into how we listen to music and sound and how to get the best results when working with audio.

Nigel Banks (guitar and backline technician) and Paul “Stev” Stevart (chief system designer for Audile PA Company) accompanied Dave in the afternoon for a panel Q&A session with the students. Nigel, who has had a successful career touring with artists and bands such as Amy Winehouse, The Buzzcocks and most recently One Direction, provided a rare insight into life on the road with a touring band. Audile provide sound and lighting systems for events and festivals including Glastonbury, Creamfields and Parklife to name a few, and Paul was therefore able to explain his role as chief system designer and what it is like to work in the muddy fields of Glastonbury!

All were able to provide words of wisdom to the students about working in the music industry. Paul explained to the students that “a job that you love doing takes over your life” and to “stick at it”. Nigel backed this up by saying “I’d rather struggle and do something I love” and to “be into your job.” Dave stressed the importance of education by saying “learn as much as you can” and “when you get it, you mix like that”. All three guests remarked that “if you haven’t had any disasters, you haven’t really lived” following stories of fire, floods and power cuts.

Tom Forster, BTEC Course Leader and organiser of the day said “We were very privileged to have guests of this calibre in College and all the students that attended seemed to take something away from the day.” One student commented on the day by saying “The day was very informative and gave a good insight into how the industry works and what type of person would get a job in the industry.”

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