International Women's Day at ACM
08 Mar 2017

International Women’s Day at ACM

As part of International Women’s Day 2017, we spoke to current students and alumni from our Music Production courses to get their thoughts on Music Production, IWD, and women in the music industry:

Emilia-Quinn-300x300  Emilia Quinn, Music Production Degree

What made you choose Music Production?
I have more of an interest in making records than performing, I’m really passionate about being able to play with effects and get creative on the production and the ability to bring a whole new life to a track through arrangements and processing.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt on your ACM course so far?
The most important thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay to rely on other people, and essential to work with other people to get the most out of the recording sessions. It’s also a lot more fun to have other people around in the studio to bounce ideas off and learn from their experiences.

What’s your advice to women looking to get into production?
The same advice it would be to anyone looking to get into production: get as much experience as you can; take on board advice from peers, teachers, professionals and so on because you never know what will come in useful. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the numbers and letters and serial numbers of equipment like microphones, no one starts off knowing them, it will come with time. Be confident, even if you have no idea what’s going on, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Rosie-Krause-244x300  Rosie Krause, Music Production Degree

What have you been up to since you left ACM?
I’m a part of a female punk duo called MOTHER and we record, mix and master our own music. We’ve released an EP called Winter and we’re working on our next EP.
I’ve also shadowed a sound engineer at Encore Studio, which gave me an insight into mixing sound for TV.
Also, I’ve been asked to mix a cover for a band called The Paradox.

What made you choose Music Production?
My earliest memory of mixing was using rudimentary music programs on my computer when I was about 14. I wasn’t very good but it’s what first got me fascinated in the world of production without even knowing what production was. Then, I decided to take Music GCSE and by far my favourite aspect of the course was producing our own songs using Garageband. What drew me in was being able to recreate the music I was constantly hearing in my head. At the beginning, it was very much me trying to reproduce what my brain was doing and failing spectacularly, but still creating something interesting. The more I did it the more I was able to reproduce that sound and by upgrading to DAWs like Logic, it made it easier to do it in more detail. I still find that I don’t always capture what my brain is singing at me, but I’ve also realised that that’s ok as long as what I make is what I’m proud of.

Erin-Evans-240x300  Erin Evans, Music Technology Diploma

What made you choose Music Production?
About 5 years ago my parents bought me a synthesiser for Christmas; I had no idea what it was until I started writing music with it. It then developed a passion of writing music and producing music. It has changed my life.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned on your course so far?
The most important thing I’ve learnt on my course so far is to be yourself, find your unique way of making music whether you’re into EDM or contemporary music. Having your own touch on music matters.

Why should women consider music production as a career?
If they have a passion for it then go out and do it, nothing is stopping you, you just need to have the determination and skill to do it which you learn along the way.

Natalie Bibby, Music Production, graduated in 2015

What have you been up to since you left ACM?
I was a studio runner at Metropolis Studios from November 2015 – June 2016. I did all the odd jobs there: collecting food, cleaning, running errands and such; but as a reward I got to help assist on some recording sessions. In June 2016 I started doing reception work at Metropolis, which I continue to do at present. I would ideally like to move up further and get into the mastering department, or become a mastering engineer at another studio. I’ve actually been doing some work experience at Fluid Mastering for the last couple of weeks. I get to sit in on sessions there and I have assisted with retouching edits and mastering to vinyl.  I hope to continue on this path towards becoming a professional mastering engineer, I realise this may take years but I’m committed and I never give up. When I am not between studios: I write, record and mix my own stuff under the name ‘WANWEIRD‘.

What’s your advice to other women looking to go down the production route?
My advice to other women is don’t feel put off when you find you are one of only a few women in your production class or work environment. It can be kind of disheartening at times, but just remind yourself why you want to be in production, and be confident about what you know. Hone your skills and then know them, know you have the ability and can do it. Don’t hold back offering your ideas and stuff, just be bold and do it, don’t hesitate or doubt yourself. If you ever get any kind of rubbish from guys for this, just ignore them and while they are still growing up, you will have already become successful…if you work hard! The bottom line is be sure of what you want to do, and then work really, really, really hard…because it can take time and a lot of effort and sacrifices, but you can get there. Personally I’ve yet to experience any negative attitudes from men in professional working studios, usually they really want you to make it because in the past, and still to the present day, women are under-represented in this industry.

If you’d like to join us at ACM and fly the flag for women in music, then 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.

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