In ICMP, ourIndustry ConnectionsThey are an integral part of the student experience.
not just manyfaculty membersactively involved in advancing their own music industry careers outside of our classrooms, but we also bring many leading innovators, thought leaders and artists to our campuses to share their wisdom and knowledge with students.
Either through oursmaster class,circle of composersEvents or 1:1 sessions, these visits offer our students a fantastic opportunity to hear from those who have achieved great success in business.
Encountering these professionals also offers students the opportunity to expand their networks and make valuable connections that can help them take their careers to the next level.
Here we outline some of the industry success stories that passed through our doors and classrooms during the 2022-23 school year...
Grace Carter is a fast rising star who gave oursAn inspiring welcome talk for new studentsin the first week of school.
Grace is signed to Polydor and has several releases under her name including her debut single.'Be silent', which currently has over a million streams per month.
His live endeavors have seen him tour with some of the pop music world's biggest hits, including Haim, Mabel and Dua Lipa.
Connect with Grace on Instagram.
Matt Brooks (Drummer, Music Director) and Nate Notes (Producer, Guitarist)
Mateand Nate visited the students to give them some tips and advice on how best to put on a show.
Matt is a music director, drummer and programmer who has worked with various artists over the years including Little Mix, Nicole Scherzinger, Jason Derulo, Nina Nesbitt, Raye and MNEK.
Matt put the band together for Meghan Trainor's performance on The Graham Norton Show and has played at festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW, Reading and Leeds.
Nate is an ICMP alumnus and now works in the industry as a producer, musician and performer. He has performed with the likes of Wes Nelson and Becky Hill and written songs for renowned brands such as Sky, Puma, Skoda and PlayStation. More recently, Nate has worked closely with Bree Runway, touring the US and UK with her and performing at the 2021 MOBO Awards.
Matt and Nate joined usa master class during Freshers Week.
Affy Green und Tina Hizon
Affy and Tina took part in an interactive master class at ICMPHow to become a session musician on October 26, 2022.
Tina is a studio musician, music director and producer with extensive experience touring around the world. He is a singer and multi-instrumentalist; play keyboard, violin and guitar. During his career to date he has played with many artists including Dua Lipa, Roger Taylor, Pet Shop Boys, Clean Bandit, Becky Hill and toured with Maisie Peters and Ed Sheeran at their stadium shows.
British-American drummer Affy graduated with a first class degree in Music Performance and currently plays drums for the Pet Shop Boys.
During the tour, he completed his memoir, which he hopes will provide a candid look at the struggles and achievements he's had throughout his music career.
British singer-songwriter Malika's sound is rooted in soul music, reinforced by the big hooks and hip-hop beats she performed at the intimate setting of the Songwriters' Circle event.
With a strong musical background, Malika's father founded London's first pirate radio station, Time Radio, and introduced her to the melting pot of sounds Britain is known and loved for.
She honed her craft among the music legends of the Lovers Rock era and grew up surrounded by family friends.janet kayand Carol Thompson. He had major hits in music early in his career, most notably with Crazy Cousinz when he asked them to remix his music.musica r'n'b original'Y'.
Malika also co-wrote and appeared in the Nathan Dawe hit'trap' and 'flowers'and built a respected reputation as a songwriter and singer after collaborating with Snakehips, Rita Ora, SG Lewis, Basement Jaxx, Ella Eyre, Jess Glynne and many others.
Escuchar"tricking the flowers".
Grammy Award Winning ProducerAamir attended ICMP for a master classto share ideas about his career and creative process.
Drawing influences from a wide range of contemporary styles spanning soul, hip hop, pop and more, Aamir is known as a producer, writer and engineer.
After graduating in music production, Aamir did an internship at Metropolis Studios, which turned out to be his path into the industry.
Among his many career highlights is winning a Grammy for his role as the audio engineer on Rihanna's 2013 album.'No regret'and collaborating with top artists like David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Sia, Alicia Keys and Will.I.Am. CanConnect with Aamir on Instagram hereand watch our interview with him on his last visit.
23-year-old singer-songwriter from East London, known asHamzais a musical force to be reckoned with thanks to its 'alternative-pop-soul' sound. He visited ICMP to share his experiences with himour students for a master class.
Hamzaa first appeared with his EP in 2018,"First Signs of Me", which The Native Mag described as a "six-track EP that highlights music's ability to help us feel better," and has since used his inspirational lyrics and vocal prowess to build an audience of over 300,000 Spotify listeners .
His shows have sold out shows at London's St Pancras Old Church, Omeara and Scala, along with collaborations with the likes of Wretch 32, Dave, Rudimental and The Ghetts.
Sponsored by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, KCRW and NPR, Matilda has played a number of festival appearances including the prestigious Park Stage in Glastonbury and has previously supported Arlo Parks, Beabadoobee and The Staves.
His live skills, his calm and magnetic performances that quietly draw you in and include you in the stories he tells in his songs have also earned him praise.
his bachelorPaper mache worldrecently appeared in the uplifting Netflix drama LQBTQ+'heartbreaker'and was recently nominated for an Ivor Novello in the Rising Star category. Matilda was a guest at ourEvent of the Composers Circleand you can listen"Paper Mache World"under:
Jon Gomm is an innovative acoustic singer, songwriter and solo artist from Yorkshire, UK, known for his unforgettable virtuoso guitar playing style.
This involves playing, playing, and re-tuning as you play to create a massive, layered sound filled with bass, drums, and near-orchestral depth and complexity, all from a single instrument.
His breakthrough came in 2012 when he released his first single,"Flower of Passion", along with a video of him performing the song, which went viral and has totaled more than 20 million views across all platforms. He has released several solo albums and continues to amaze with his musical skills, both as a songwriter and as a performer.
In 2020, Jon was named the "World's Best Acoustic Guitarist" in the largest online poll of its kind conducted by MusicRadar and its sister publications, including Total Guitar and Guitar World.You can read our previous interview with Jon.
Kelli-Leigh's signature voice has garnered three UK Top 10 records, two UK Number One records, two Billboard Dance Chart hits and a Grammy nominated record.
Kelli-Leigh's South London voice can be heard'I catch you'for duke dumont and jax jones,'I want to feel'for Second City and the hit of the summer 2017'More than friends'mit James Hype.
As an artist and songwriter, Kelli-Leigh's songwriting credits include recordings for Low Steppa, Sonny Fedora, Aluna, Duke Dumont, Tiesto, Kream, Michael Calfan and more.
He visited ICMP to share his experiences with our students.in a master class.
Holly Manners, retired of Warner Records A&R
Holly is A&R Manager at Warner Records UK.
In his current role he has signed a number of top artists including Thomas Headon, HYYTS, Jalle, The Stickmen and Sleepwalkrs.
Prior to that, Holly worked at Bucks Music Publishing where she started a new branch of the Sync team. Holly also freelances for Line of Best Fit and The Most Radicalist and is a Richard Toeman MPA Fellow.
she is running tooshe grows up, a women-led project for SheSaid.So, a network of women in the music industry, and sits on the UK's First Music Futures Board.
After graduating in audio engineering from the University of Miami,Other SchepsHe worked for New England Digital for some time as a field engineer for Synclavier, one of the first synthesizer/sampler/digital workstations, and later toured live with Stevie Wonder (keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (sound mixing). vivo) before focusing on studio work.
Since then he has collaborated with some of the best artists and bands in pop, rock and hip hop including Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Hozier, Metallica, U2, Justin Timberlake , Black Sabbath and Limp Bizkit. He received the Grammy for Best Rock Album for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers."Arcadio-Stadion", Album of the Year for Adele'21'and Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's'rasta bow tie'.
Watch our previous interview with Andrew below:
Amane Suganami und Jas Kayser
After touring the US and Europe with Jorja Smith in 2022, Amane and Jas performed ICMPstudents a master classabout how they developed the live show.
Amane Suganami is a London-based musician, music director and producer with a career that has spanned a wide spectrum of genres and art. In recent years, Amane has served as MD for Jorja Smith, Amaarae, Ego Ella May and Maverick Saber.
Jas now plays drums for Jorja Smith, Alfa Mist and has played in bands with leading UK stars Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and American drummer Ralph Peterson's Big Band.
As a live music promoter for Metropolis Music, part of Live Nation Entertainment, Alexandra has worked on live shows for a variety of artists including Arlo Parks, Lauryn Hill and Robbie Williams.
He also found time to start the events company Acoustic Live,Women's collective Women Connectand assisting in leading the LNE's diversity initiativeembrace the nation.
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Ivor Novello Award-winning composer and lead singer of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells has teamed up with ICMPa master class in February.
His 20-year career has taken him (and his songs) into the worlds of dance, theatre, television and film. He has written, arranged and produced for and with artists as diverse as Becky Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rufus Wainwright and Chaka Khan.
The Feeling's debut album"Twelve Stops and Home"sold over a million copies while their second album,'Unetenos'it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.
Dan wrote the subject for the BBC.'Pretty People'TV show in 2008, as well as the music from the hit musical"Everybody's talking about Jamie."
Watch our interview with Dan below:
Jordan Gray is one of the UK's most celebrated emerging comedians and screenwriters and we were delighted to welcome her.for a master class. She is also the creator and co-star of the sitcom Comedy Central.'Transaction'- is now being developed for TV by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Jordan changed the face of British television with a legendary appearance on Channel 4"Friday Night Live", and a week later he became the first transgender person to stage a solo exhibition at the London Palladium.
He has recently appeared on The Russell Howard Hour, Joe Lycett's Got Your Back and Jack Whitehall's Safe Space. Before the sitcom, she was perhaps best known for being the first transgender contestant'One vote'.
With degrees in economics and math combining his passion for music, business and data, Jeremiah built a career that has been, and continues to be, strong.
Starting out as part of the Universal Music business team, he joined Warner to lead business analysis and now works as Head of Data Analysis and A&R at Atlantic Records UK.
Listen to his previous guest appearances on the ICMP podcast Sound Like These.