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Top music professionals visit students for Industry Week

April 21, 2023

Student James during music industry week

An impressive array of talent joined eager music students at ‘Industry Week’ at HSDC South Downs.

Held in our prestigious theatre, HSDC students studying music-related courses were visited by a variety of industry professionals, including notable HSDC alumni to gain real insight into the music world.

Throughout the week, a range of HSDC alumni and industry professionals shared their experiences through presentations and discussion sessions where students were able to ask any burning questions.

The guest list consisted of:

  • Ben Miles; Victorious Festival Co-Founder and former HSDC student
  • Jeordie Shenton; TONIC: Music from Mental Health representative
  • Paul Caruana; Casemates Rehearsal and Recording Studio founder and owner
  • Sophie Darling; HSDC Level 3 Music Production alumni and SOAS graduate
  • Joel Richardson; Production Manager and HSDC Level 3 Music Production alumni
  • Ben Ottensen; Band Manager
  • Focusrite; A global music and audio products group

Not only did the event give students a taste of the many and varied career paths within the Music industry, but it also provided them with tips and tricks to help them with their future career aspirations.

Sophie Darling, who studied Music Production at HSDC South Downs previously, gave the students an insight into her journey.

Dean Clarke, Lecturer of Music supported Sophie in applying for her dream university, SOAS. Despite this being notoriously difficult to get into, Sophie secured a place. Since graduating she has really made a mark within the industry and one of her highlights so far was interviewing British music producer and DJ, Goldie.

Dean Clarke, Lecturer of Music added:

Joel Richardson

Joel Richardson

“Despite having good career potential, there is often some disconnect on how this will transition into the industry. However, the guest speakers including Sophie Darling and Joel Richardson have shown students how this is possible which has been great to see”.

In addition, Focusrite, a global music and audio products group showcased intriguing demos alongside providing a range of equipment for students to fully immerse themselves in which proved extremely popular.

Alex Jann, who works as a Business Development Manager for Focusrite and is also a former HSDC student said:

“It is really great to give back to the college and to inspire students to pursue a career within the music industry. I have really enjoyed coming back into the college to give the students a day-to-day insight of what I do.”

Music Student Angel

Angel Jones

One of the students benefitting from Industry week was Angel Jones, who said:

“I have found this week really interesting as I have been able to learn from professionals within the industry. The guest speakers have shown me the importance of networking and how to get yourself out there, which has been extremely beneficial. I have thoroughly enjoyed each guest speaker and I have found their backstories very intriguing. It really has inspired me to pursue a similar career and has planted the seed for success”.

A huge thank you to all guests who contributed to making the week a success.

For more information about our Music courses at HSDC – click here.