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Wednesday 9 December 2015

Mayfield Studios hires Solent Graduates

Three Solent graduates from BSc (Hons) Live and Studio SoundBA (Hons) Popular Music Production and BA (Hons) Digital Music have successfully landed jobs at a new music studio in Portsmouth. Mayfield Studios caters for bands, solo and voice over-artists with recording equipment, production space and in-house post-production facilities.

We spoke to Gregg Powell, Chris Wood and Jervace Ramsey Linton about their experiences since graduating from Solent and what each of them think of their new role.

Gregg Powell, Lead Engineer at Mayfield Studios:

How did you get involved with Mayfield Studios?

After my degree, I emailed some recording studios around the South to find some work. River Studios in Totton, Southampton were kind enough to let me sit in on some sessions for experience. Dominic Elton was at one of these sessions with his band, Mayfield, and, after working together on his track, asked me if I’d be interested in helping him build and run his studio.

Do you think your time at Solent helped you get the job? If so, how?

Totally. During my degree, I learned a ton of skills that I use every day, be it technical audio stuff or knowing how to communicate with clients about the work involved.

What has been your biggest achievement in your work so far?

Building and running a recording studio! In terms of what I’ve worked on… I’m currently recording two albums and earlier in the year we recorded a voice over with Jill Halfpenny for a program on Channel 5. She also agreed to do the voice over for our Mayfield Media promotional video.

What is the most important advice/knowledge you learnt at University that prepared you for the world of work?

Obviously, you need the technical skills. You learn both in lectures and on work experience events. In addition (and just as important), you need to learn how to talk to people and establish relationships. Also, a strong work ethic, professionalism and positivity go a long way.

What advice would you give to current students?

Be boring and keep up with work – you will thank me at the end of the

year (especially final year!). Make the most of every work experience event. If you haven’t already, get yourself a business card and start making industry contacts. Get good at what you do.

Gregg Powell, courtesy of Mayfield Studios.

Why would you recommend your course and Solent to others?

My course had great facilities to help us learn and provided lots of opportunities to get experience within the industry. Experience is what employers/clients look for, so this is just as important as completing your degree. The assignments are really varied so you will learn a multitude of skills to do with your chosen industry.

Jervace Ramsey Linton, Music Producer at Mayfield Studios:

Why do you think you got the job?

I showed attributes of what they were looking for through demos I had brought along with me on the interview day and showing my knowledge of producing electronic music (EDM) as they were looking for an electronic music producer. They had told me my CV stood out which is why they asked me for an interview to begin with and told me that they had loads of CVs/applications.

What advice would you give to current students?

Work hard at what you do, not only that but study deeper into the where you think your skill sets are. For example I could not play piano but I had taught myself by watching endless videos from YouTube. Anything you want to learn is on the Internet…. use it!

Chris Wood, Freelance Studio Designer at Mayfield Studios:

What do you love about your career?

The best part, is being able to do something you’re passionate about for a living but also being a part of the tracks as a producer, helping the band achieve the best possible version of their song possible.

What is the most important advice/knowledge you learnt at University that prepared you for the world of work?

That things are not going to be easy, but by working every session and improving from your last. You have a chance to record that one breakthrough act that will project your work into the spotlight and hopefully generate you a lot more work.

What advice would you give to current students?

You have to really want to make this happen if you’re studying this subject. Going to lectures won’t be enough and you need to make the most of your time recording and mixing whenever and wherever possible. The industry is less focused on what grade you leave with, but how great the work in your portfolio is. The quote I always remember is: “You’re only ever as good as your last record!”

Why would you recommend your course and Solent to others?

It’s a good place to get started using the studios to gain practice before going out into the industry.

To find out more about our Music courses at Solent, visit our course pages.