Freelance Sound/Monitor Engineer and Tour Manager, Jack, is one of our many graduates who prove just how easy it is to get the music industry career you aspire to with one of BIMM’s practical, real-world courses.
Jack studied the Live Sound and Tour Production diploma at BIMM Brighton, and really made the most of his time while there, networking and constantly building up his list of industry connections. While studying, he was employed as an in-house sound engineer for a few venues in Brighton, as well as working for a local touring company as a driver, sound engineer and part of their production crew.
Eager to gain as much experience as possible, Jack set up a small promotions company in Brighton where he would put on and engineer shows for a number of local and touring bands in different venues around the city. This gave him the confidence he needed to put himself forward for some bigger and better roles, including managing and engineering a stage at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival, working at the Sundance London and Country to Country festivals at The O2 in London, and running a small stage at the 2014 Brit Awards.
More than anything, BIMM is about making connections with the music industry, and Jack always took advantage of these whenever opportunities arose. As a student, his name was put forward as a potential tour manager for American artist Stephen Kellogg on his UK headline tour – he got the gig, did a great job and has continued to work with him on tours in the UK and Europe ever since.
Since Jack graduated in 2014, he spends a large amount of his time working with the band Public Service Broadcasting as their monitor engineer. The London-based duo play a whole assortment of different instruments, including guitars, banjos, drums, and pianos, and are well-known for sampling old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material and using them as the basis for their music, which somehow manages to sound retro and futuristic at the same time.
Jack and the band are supporting The Kaiser Chiefs on their UK arena tour, playing in venues including The Brighton Centre and London’s The O2. Following that is Public Service Broadcasting’s own headline tour of the UK and Europe, which culminates in a sold-out show at The Roundhouse in North London.
Add to that a summer packed full of festivals, including Glastonbury and the Secret Garden Party, and Jack is going to be one busy and in-demand sound engineer – and it couldn’t have happened to a more hardworking and talented bloke. Well deserved success indeed!