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Paul  Rutter

Paul Rutter

Head of Music

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3468 ext. 3468 Room no. JM211


Paul Rutter MProf; associate professor and programme group leader for the popular music scheme at Southampton Solent University.

Paul is a musician, published music industry writer, internationally published composer-lyricist and music producer. He is the author of 'The Music Industry Handbook' published by Routledge, has over thirty years experience in the music industries and has ongoing research interests in evolutionary global music industries. Paul is a frequent on-air contributor, commentator and research consultant in regional BBC media popular music feature programmes.     

Paul has a hugely varied experiential research and teaching background in popular music; his first instrument was piano, thereafter fostering an excursion into rock drumming. To date he has subsequently performed and played his way through most music genres, on a wide range of instruments - in many music collaborations. Paul co-founded his first rock band Loaded Dice in the seventies, and after over five years touring the UK, Paul returned to piano to pursue song writing, coupled with the art of music production, sound engineering and studio recording. Paul gradually amassed a collection of synthesisers and recording equipment; in the early eighties, music became his full time occupation and Paul established his own music production company, Mastersong Music. His first solo single release enjoyed national radio airplay - numerous commercial recording projects followed.

Paul is keen to pass on his research to students, through his wide and varied experience in the popular music industries via his commercial studio production work, song writing, music commissions, performance and music technology history. Paul has been an educational guest speaker in many international academic institutions - New York, South Africa, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Spain.

Paul joined Southampton Solent University in 2006 and remains an active academic music industry writer, researcher, song writer, producer and performer of music. He has presented, interviewed and hosted events with high profile guests from the music industry at SSU including; Trevor Horn, Feargal Sharkey, Craig David, Colin Lester (JEM artists), Mike Smith, Carl Palmer (ELP) and Simon May (composer) to name a few.

Paul’s teaching at SSU recognises and acknowledges the professional interests of higher education students who wish to forge confident futures in the music and entertainment related industries.

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