Spotify Playlist: BIMM Brighton 2018

24 October, 2018

The release of the BIMM Album has been a staple of our calendar since we first opened our doors back in 2002. Appearing on our annual compilation has become a right of passage for many of our brightest performance students throughout the years, often serving as their first professional release before graduating to commercial success in the music industry.

Just a handful of notable BIMM graduates to have previously featured on the yearly release include The Kooks, James Bay, Tom Odell, Beth Rowley and Luke Sital-Singh, with many more featured instrumentalists and songwriting collaborators going on to forge successful music careers of their own.

For years, the album was released digitally on iTunes, as well as being pressed onto physical formats such as CD and limited edition vinyl. Through our Careers Hub teams, these records reached the desks and inboxes of some of the most influential publishers, managers, agents, A&R and label representatives in the music industry.

But, as Bob Dylan once famously proclaimed, “the times they are a-changin”. The CD format began succumbing to the digital age years ago, leading to curated playlists on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music becoming the dominant portals for many of today’s new music discoveries. BIMM has fully embraced this change, which is why we’re pleased to introduce the first in a series of official BIMM Spotify playlists. First up, it’s our Brighton campus.

“This year we had more submissions for the BIMM Recording project than ever before, with over 250 demo submissions.” Said BIMM Brighton’s Head Of Careers & Artist Development, Andy Maclure.

“We decided to change to a BIMM playlist rather than releasing music on our own label and this has been incredibly successful. We were able to support each act to release their own records, so they keep control of their music and determined the best time to release, e.g. to coincide with a launch gig. This meant over 30 bands received support from the Artist Development team; from recording with a producer in a professional studio, to mixing, mastering or even PR and promotion.”

The benefits of the release extended to our Music Production students too, who were involved in engineering and mixing many of the tracks. Moving forward, we will be adding tracks to the playlist throughout the year along with curating genre-specific playlists with other BIMM colleges.

Watch this space for updates from Brighton and our other campuses.

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