Fred Lane Fox - BA (Hons) Music Technology, 2016
I became interested in Leeds Beckett from my work experience at the BBC. I worked for BBC Music, Introducing in Leeds when I left school.
What brought you to Leeds Beckett?
“I became interested in Leeds Beckett from my work experience at the BBC. I worked for BBC Music, Introducing in Leeds when I left school.
"I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I overheard some of the producers and radio DJs there saying how it was a great course, so I applied! It was very sudden.”
How did Leeds Beckett help you to career success?
“After studying the modules Music in context and Music in industry, I realised I wanted to go into working in the industry rather than be an Artist/Songwriter or Producer. During the holidays at university, I aimed to complete as much work experience as possible. I emailed literally thousands of labels, managers, music mags and recording studios, so by the time I left I’d already got five or six good bits of work experience, all in different areas and that was a good thing. My course really helped me to gain a good understanding of many aspects of the music industry.
And what do you do now?
“I left university and started managing my own act, I planned a very DIY tour, got a friend to film it and we released music independently and had a nice bit of success along the way. I now work with UROK who manage artists such as Liam Gallagher, Jess Glynne and Plan B.
“I think the course gave me a very good understanding of how music works, how the recording, mixing process works, the importance of good song writing. This has helped me a lot when I speak to artists. People take you a lot more seriously when you understand what you’re talking about.”
What advice would you give to current and upcoming students?
“Do it all, don’t say no to anything, you never know who you will meet and who will give you an opportunity. Also, if you do want to work in the music industry read Music: The Business by Anne Harrison. Make it your bible.”