Nina Schofield is a bonafide music industry globetrotter…
We managed to squeeze in an interview with the ever busy ACM Guildford Vocals graduate Nina Schofield in between songwriting trips to Stockholm and Dublin to chat about her career so far and what 2018 holds…
Why did you want to work in this industry?
“I began playing piano when I was 5 and singing followed shortly after, which culminated in years of performing, writing and gigging before joining ACM and starting to work within the music industry. I was classically trained but used that to influence my pop writing and after knocking down a few doors / gigging a lot, I secured writing sessions with some great names. Writing is my number one passion – it’s what keeps me going through the craziness!”
Tell us about what you’ve been involved with since leaving ACM?
“Since leaving ACM I have been on writing trips around the world, including; LA, Switzerland & Holland where I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some incredible talents (Jud Friedman – Whitney Houston, Dutch boy band Romeo, Ryan Ghost Bowser – Kelly Rowland to name a few) – my writing work secured me a publishing deal with 23rd Precinct Music/Notting Hill Music which has resulted in me writing for hundreds of different briefs both here and abroad.”
“For my own artist project I’ve released an album called SHAPES, worked with several dance artists (such as Aurosonic and Vintage & Morelli) on featured collaborations, and am now lucky enough to be heading to Stockholm to start work on my next record with the Family Stockholm team. I’m also off to Dublin shortly to do a writing camp which I can’t wait to do! I’ve also done a few UK tours supporting artists like Nell Bryden and had radio airplay from BBC Introducing, Best of British unsigned and many more!”
What are your aspirations for the future?
“My main focus now is on writing my next album and taking everything to the next level in terms of live shows, support slots, visuals and marketing. I want to make this next record so good that you can’t avoid it! I also want to secure a huge songwriting cut in Asia/America.”
How did your course prepare you for life in the music business world?
“It was invaluable – especially in terms of learning about royalty collection societies and how I can look after my money. It also helped me become organised, savvy, and wary of people who aren’t in the business for the right reasons. I learnt more about the business side of music from that course in 2 years than I have ever learnt anywhere else. I’ve kept a lot of the friends I made who are still now in the industry and it can feel like one big family! The business side of the course has also stayed with me throughout my career.”
Do you have any advice for those looking to get in to industry?
“Be business smart in all areas; not only in finding your unique marketable sound/look, but also in looking after yourself and being aware of your own value.”
If you’d like to study at ACM and follow in the footsteps of our alumni like Nina, please call our Admissions Team on 01483 500 841 or visit www.acm.ac.uk/open-days to book a place on an ACM Open Day today.