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Louis La Roche
Louis La Roche
Louis La Roche

Louis La Roche is a producer, remixer and DJ with a glamorous roster of artist credits to his name. Louis has created remixes for Basement Jaxx, VV Brown, Mercury Awards prize winner Speech Debelle, Madonna and The Noisettes.

He is also a talented creator of original music with a number of single and EP releases which have been played out by major DJs such as Armand Van Helden, Breakbot and Wolfgang Gartner and his tracks have been featured on Ministry of Sound compilations.

One interesting project Louis is working on is an album sampling Paul McCartney records, spanning five decades of material. Each track will contain instrumentals/stems sampled from Paul McCartney where the components, such as drums, bass, keys and vocals are all taken from different tracks. He also plans to make a film about it.

Louis studied at Access to Music Norwich and then went on to the Artist Development course in London.


What were your reasons for choosing Access To Music?
Local location, welcoming staff, accessible hardware/software, and to build on the knowledge I had at the time. Mainly to get a step in the right direction and start studying for a career in music.

How did you find your course?
I found the practical side fascinating, learning about desks, recordings different instruments, the history of different genres/artists, and getting my head around different software. I think going to Access to Music made me realize that having a career in the music industry was definitely something I wanted to do.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Access to Music?
I think being spoken to one on one. I can honestly say I made more friends with the teachers than with the pupils. I loved picking their brains with questions and finding out new areas of music to explore. It was welcoming and I generally felt excited about coming in every day. I would recommend Access to Music to other people looking for somewhere to study music. It's certainly a great stepping stone to point someone in the right direction.


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Albert Gold
Albert Gold
Albert Gold

Music Performance
British Academy of New Music, London

What were your reasons for choosing Access to Music?
It was the best college for me to learn the right tools to become a performing artist.

How did you find your course?
It was amazing! I really learnt a lot from the teachers and other students. It was brilliant when I was given the student of the Year award as it made me feel I had really achieved something and that the hard work was worthwhile.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Access to Music?
Everyone was here for the same reason – love of music – and the teachers really care about you and what you will do with your life. I was always challenged, which was hard but it was worth it. I still go into the centre, catch up with people and ask for advice.

What are you doing now?
I have signed a management deal with Fierce Panda and currently working on releasing my first EP. The video has just been completed and will be available online.

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Check Albert out on Soundcloud


Strike
Strike
Strike

Music Technology
British Academy of New Music, London

What were your reasons for choosing Access to Music?
Facilities and reputation.

How did you find your course?
I found the whole experience much more than I expected. I learnt so much and was taught at an above average level, which gave me a great start to pursuing a career in music.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Access to Music?
Every week I would discover something new, or find a new concept in which to think about music, which gave me a broader and better overview of how it works. I also really got on well with all the staff and students, which helped me put together my own live music act.

What are you doing now?
I moved to London and I am currently doing a music degree. I am an active music artist and producer who regularly plays events in London.


Raffael Thatcher
Raffael Thatcher
Raffael Thatcher

Artist Development
Access to Music Bristol

What were your reasons for choosing Access to Music?
I chose access to music as I knew friends who had attended the college and spoke very highly of their experience.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Access to Music?
My favourite thing is the facilities such as the recording studio. Such facilities enable me to completely get lost in music and my voice.

What are you going to do next?
My background is within musical theatre and I have just been offered a chorus role and understudy to a main role (Sheila), in the theatre production of Hair The Musical. I plan to keep on doing musical theatre and having my band as a side project.


Freddie Gomas
Freddie Gomas
Freddie Gomas

What were your reasons for choosing Access to Music?
After a difficult time at school my enthusiasm for education was diminishing. A friend of mine recommended me to Access to Music. So with a passion for music and not much to lose, I skipped sixth form and applied for the Music Technology course at the British Academy of New Music.

How did you find your course?
Not only did I find myself in an engrossing environment, that both inspired and gave me the freedom to explore my potential, I was able to understand and find enthusiasm for subjects that never had appealed to me in the past. It opened new doors to me and from this I have been able to discover what it is I want to do in this world.

What was your favourite thing about studying here?
The course gave me a focus, discipline and nurtured my abilities. All the staff at college were extremely supportive and through their teaching and guidance it was possible for me to create my own future.

What are you doing now?
I am now studying my final year at university in Cambridge. Studying with Access to Music was a great way to prepare me for higher education, as all I had learned from the course, I have been able to apply to and build on at university. Without the support I received I would not have been accepted into university and would have not been able to experience all that I have done. In parallel to releasing my own music on established labels and traveling around the world, I am now developing and producing real-time Geometric Rendered Artificial Acoustic software for video game engines and will be studying my Masters degree in Berlin, Germany.


Ria Ritchie
Ria Ritchie
Ria Ritchie

What were your reasons for choosing Access to Music?
I left university after 2 weeks because I decided against my initial career path and I wanted to pursue my music career! I wanted to attend a music college nearby and heard about Access to Music and it seemed like the perfect step for me to take.

How did you find your course?
It was very useful! I learnt so much, not only about the practical aspects to do with music, but also about the music business as a whole. My confidence also increased during the course.

What was your favourite thing about studying there?
It was a really fun college to be at and all of the tutors were so nice and real easy to get along with. The college had a really chilled vibe and music was the focus which I really enjoyed.

What are you doing now?
At the moment I am signed to Sony Publishing writing for myself and other artists. I have just featured on a single for Wilkinson that will hopefully be released later on this year, as well as writing for some other upcoming producers.


Gecko
Gecko
Gecko

The two founding members of the popular Tropical Pop group Gecko, Will Sanderson-Thwaite and Simon Cole, studied Music Performance at Access to Music Bristol then took our Artist Development course at Access to Music London.

What did you study at ATM and when?

Me and Si from the band both studied on the 'Performing musician' course in Bristol and then at the ADP in London.

How did you hear about ATM?

Handed a leaflet.

Which school did you go to?

KLB school in Gloucestershire

How old are you?

Cheeky! 26.

What was the best thing about studying at ATM?

Time to focus and really work out what kind of music we wanted to make.

Briefly describe the sort of things you've been doing since you left.

Touring, recording, eating, sleeping

What has been the highlight of your music career so far?

Supporting our friends The Skints at London's Koko and playing our first European festival PinkPop in Holland.

What's next on the horizon?

A brand new single, EP and lots more in Europe!


Richard Lardner - Lock & Key
Richard Lardner - Lock & Key
Richard Lardner - Lock & Key

Our former student Richard Lardner and his band Lock & Key only have one single behind them, the hard-hitting So Alone, but they are already sharing stages with the likes of Heart of a Coward, Bury Tomorrow and Funeral for a Friend! The band have just come back from a tour of Spain and Portugal with Bury Tomorrow and we managed to have a quick catch-up with Richard:

What did you study at ATM and when?
I studied a Music Production course for 2 years back in 2009 and finished in 2011!

What was the best thing about studying at ATM?
The overall vibe of the place was great and the teachers always put in as much effort with you on a one to one level as they could. I was definitely pushed in the right direction and learning about some of the industry side of things has definitely given me an advantage when it comes to pursuing my own personal career as a musician. Through learning these things I've been able to negotiate with record labels and have a clearer understanding when it comes to signing contracts etc.

Where is your dream gig?
Anywhere at all in Spain/Portugal. Best place I've ever had the honour of touring!

If you could collaborate with any artist/band (living or dead) who would it be?
I'd probably say a producer actually - I'd love to work with Rick Rubin.. he's responsible for a huge back catalogue of hits and it would be great to get his stance on things as far as writing heavy music goes.

What’s the most played track on your iPod at the moment?
Probably the new Boston Manor EP, it's an absolute banger!

What has been the highlight of your music career so far?
I'd say probably flying for the first ever time earlier this year. It was a total new experience and the shows were crazy!

What's next on the horizon?
Currently recording the album for release at some point next year - it's all looking good though!


Monarks
Monarks
Monarks

What did you study at ATM and when?

Matt, our bassist, Paul, our drummer, and I all studied Music Performance from 2010 to 2012.

How did you hear about ATM?

A friend told me about it so I came up to Bristol to check out the course. Which school did you go to? Great Torrington School in Devon.

How old are you?

21.

What was the best thing about studying at ATM?

Having a lot of free time to play as a band/collaborate with different musicians. I wouldn't be progressing as a successful musician if it wasn't for the lessons and advice that the tutors gave me. I could barely sing or play guitar when I first started at ATM so I definitely have a lot to thank them for.

Briefly describe the sort of things you've been doing since you left:

Playing in a wedding band to fund our band Monarks as well as writing and performing as Monarks. We have worked with some great producers over the last year and have learnt a lot about the industry and how to take the right steps to become a successful act in today's industry. We aren't there yet, but we would like to think that we aren't too far off at the moment. I also studied at a London Music University for a year/2 years. It was a waste of time and I learnt so much more during my years at ATM.

What has been the highlight of your music career so far?

We haven't had any great big gigs yet, but we are extremely proud of the music we have been writing and recording lately, so hearing those tracks back is a big enough highlight for us at the moment.

What's next on the horizon?

We are releasing our debut EP in April this year - we hope to play a few festivals and depending on the success of our next two singles, a tour support with a bigger band may crop up for us.


Kitty Cowell
Kitty Cowell
Kitty Cowell

Our former Artist Development student Kitty Cowell chose a different path to music; she is now a freelance fashion stylist, editor and occasional model! Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

What did you study at ATM and when?

I studied the Artist development course in 2012.

How did you hear about ATM?

Google! I had Googled a lot of courses.

Which school did you go to?

Oh I went to a few schools but my last secondary was Chipping Campden School. Before that I was at Bloxham for a bit with a scholarship but then it got too expensive.

How old are you?

28.

What was the best thing about studying at ATM?

I learned so much about myself and about how to be the best creative I can be. I learned how to break down marketing myself as well as channelling ideas. Song writing was so important as they broke down why you wrote things and made you understand the process you just 'did'.

Briefly describe the sort of things you've been doing since you left:

At first I played some pretty cool shows with people like Mr Hudson and had some pretty cool press in The Independent and Music Week etc... Then I got picked up by major management and started to record with massive producers.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Interviewing Rita Ora the other day for my blog was pretty awesome and featuring on Sky 1 this year also being interviewed about Unisex Fashion felt like a pretty awesome landmark.

What's next on the horizon?

Design! Styling/fashion videos which I've been commissioned by Shop Cade for and hopefully more video/presenting kind of work. I'm learning a lot filming my style videos and hope it leads to more TV/video work as I really enjoy it. 


Becky Jerams
Becky Jerams
Becky Jerams
What did you study at ATM and when?
I studied Music Performance in Brighton in 2006.
 
Which school did you go to?
I went to City Of Portsmouth Girls' School, followed by Havant College before taking my course at ATM.
 
How old are you?
28.
 
What was the best thing about studying at ATM?
I got to learn about so many different aspects of music, not just performance but music business, theory and studio skills which were all such important lessons to learn at the start of my career. I also got to meet people from many different walks of life who introduced me to a huge range of different musical styles. It was amazing to collaborate with each other and get to be so creative on a daily basis.
 
Briefly describe the sort of things you've been doing since you left:
Besides performing my solo material, I have also been writing for other artists and projects. I am currently signed with a publishing company and my tracks have been used on various films, shows and adverts as well being placed with other artists. My company get a lot of leads for acts in Japan and Korea who are looking for songs, so I have been learning a lot about that market and collaborating with some of the top songwriters and producers for Asia. I have also been pitching songs out to Eurovision and made it through to the first heat for Malta this year. Sadly we didn't get to the next stage, but I'm hoping to get a song into the competition one day!
 
What has been the highlight of your music career so far?
It has been really great being invited to writing camps and working with people at the top of their game. Last year I did an Asian Pop camp in Denmark, a Eurovision camp in Holland followed by a trip to Sweden at the end of the year to write with a contact I met through my company. It has always been my dream to travel around the world, meet great people and have adventures whilst doing what I love, so it's amazing to know I'm actually living that dream right now!
 
What's next on the horizon?
I am hopeful that 2016 will finally bring me some cuts in Asia and that I can continue writing for that market. I am definitely going to keep collaborating with as many people as possible on all different styles of music and I'm looking to try and get some more TV syncs too. I was very close to a few big US adverts last year and came second choice twice for two big campaigns, so I am determined to keep writing and pitching until I make it all the way next time. Alongside my songwriting, I am currently getting a band together so I can also go out and perform my solo material to new audience and maybe even play some festivals. There are lots of routes and possibilities out there for my songs, it's all about having the right track at the right time so I'm going to keep working and enjoying the ride until I get to the next step :)
 



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