From the arts to music, Bristol’s creative influence has long been at the cutting edge of popular culture, echoing throughout the city’s vibrant underground scene and tapping into the UK mainstream and beyond.
With an industrious history, a diverse cultural heritage and a collectively forward-thinking mindset, Bristol is a creative epicentre. The city’s rich musical seam has produced critically acclaimed artists and inventive new genres throughout the decades.
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Then, of course, there are our students; many of whom have gone on to engineer their own success stories. Recent examples include Music Production graduates such as Pilton, Gardna, Mauwe and Drone, all of whom are currently making their mark on the UK’s bass music, grime and electronic scenes.
If you’re an aspiring electronic artist looking to raise your flag in one of the most respected and flourishing electronic music scenes in the country – or if you’re looking to learn the skills needed to produce professional-quality studio recordings for Bristol’s plentiful talent stream – why not take a look at our brand new Music Production Diploma? See how you could start your journey to both creative freedom and commercial success.
Thanks to the balanced mix of modules ranging from Studio Techniques to Music Industry Career Development, successful students will graduate with an enviable skill set accompanied by a strong sense of where to head next.
And if you wish to take your studies to a more professional level, our Diploma acts as the perfect precursor to our popular BA (Hons) Degree in Music Production.
Bristol’s musical heritage
The club culture for which Bristol is so highly regarded sprung from the dub-reggae soundclash era of the eighties – which paved the way for everything from the jungle and drum ‘n’ bass raves of the nineties to the EDM, hip hop, grime and trap scenes of today.
Just as the nineties kicked-in, a cross-pollination of musical cultures gave rise to trip-hop; the emblematic sub-genre that truly established the city’s music scene as one to be reckoned with worldwide. Its hazy, introspective, loop-driven soundscapes also served as the perfect backdrop for the city’s equally influential graffiti and street art movement.
Pioneering producers, turntablists and MCs were at the heart of the movement, with key acts such as The Wild Bunch, Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky and Roni Size/Reprazent. In time, they blazed the trail for artists such as Fuck Buttons, Giant Swan, Redlight, Julio Bashmore, Eats Everything and GotSome to follow.
Of course, the city’s legendary musical heritage doesn’t stop with the clubbing scene. Its creative inventiveness continues with exemplars of the UK indie, punk and rock scenes too, such as Goan Dogs, Heavy Lungs, Turbowolf, Milo’s Planes, Spectres and recent Ivor Novello award-winners IDLES.
Bristol has plenty more to offer than its world-class music scene alone. It was recently voted as The Best City To Live by the Guardian and was also listed as one of the Top 10 Happiest Places to Work in the UK.
We also have lots of examples of why our students love living in Bristol on the BIMM Blog. Check out what current Songwriting student and BBC Introducing favourite Mercy’s Cartel had to say about her experience of the city.
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