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There’s never a dull moment here at ACM Guildford and that particularly rung true when producer/vocalist Jason Perry hosted a masterclass for our Music and Music Production students about his career to date in the music industry.
The session, hosted by ACM Production tutor John Gallen, focused on Jason’s career and his advice for the next generation, and also included a case study about taking a demo from the start of the process right through to the finished production. Jason began the class with an overview of his life in music, speaking about how it was The Jam that first sparked his interest in music at age 11, and how he got his first record deal at 27. Prior to achieving his dream of getting signed, Jason told the students how he rented a studio space in Shoreditch for just £50 per month where he started in the production world making records with 18 Wheeler.
When asked about how his background as an artist influences his production style, Jason told students how it was vital to get the product (the music) right and then everything else will come to you. He said that in his sessions he worries about the production element last, as getting the band comfortable so that ‘magic’ can happen is the most integral part. When asked about where his passion comes from, Jason revealed that he prefers to hear music he has produced live in a stadium rather than on the finished record. He also revealed that his favourite writing trick was to have an instrumental section that follows the vocal melody.
Throughout the class, Jason shared production tips with students, such as putting a snare through a distorted amp to create a huge sound, and how his favourite plugin at the moment is the Devil-Loc Pro. Jason also explained his top recording tip to the group: “Make sure you use the right mic for the right job… and that doesn’t mean the most expensive mic. You need to go with your instincts.”
When sharing his best industry stories, Jason told students that he had his first ideas for the ‘Star Girl’ McFly track when he was in the bath. They then recorded the whole song, but the band made a sudden decision to re-record all of the lyrics with new ones right at the very end, which they sorted in just one hour.
As the masterclass drew to a close, many students chose to stay back and ask Jason more questions, which he happily answered, ensuring every student left with the information they needed. John Gallen described the session as a resounding success:
“It was fantastic to have such a passionate guy in to speak to our students. Jason has had an amazing career so far in this industry and it was great to have him pass on all his tips and tricks to our students.”
John Gallen, ACM Production Tutor
We’d like to say a huge thanks to Jason for taking time out of his day to talk to our students.
If you’d like to join ACM and have a chance to receive all the necessary insider tips to kick start your career, then please call the admissions team now: 01483 500 841