Yesterday, Leicester College music students and students from Peterborough all attended an event at Guildhall Leicester for a ‘rethinkyourmind’ showcase.
The event included three masterclasses that were all from different spectrum’s of the music industry.
- Tour manager
- Folk artist/ singer songwriter Lucy Ward who formed her own record label
- Mark Morriss from The Blue Tones with hit singles and gold albums.
In my opinion the tour manager masterclass didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. I also felt like when asked questions, the answers were not realistic to the times we live in now. Therefor I don’t feel like their advice would help in today’s generation of touring.
Obviously it was still interesting to hear some of the stories, I just don’t feel like it helped me to gain any relevant knowledge of today’s music industry of tour managing.
The folk artist masterclass was really interesting! It was so great to listen to someones journey of being so young, signed to a label, and then going to run their own label and managing themselves with help from their family and friends. It was really refreshing to hear about how organic her process was and how much she has control of the visual side of music as well as the actual audio.
She had a really infectious personality and voice that you just wanted to listen to. I really enjoyed her original song ‘Julia’ it was so emotional and beautiful. She has a gorgeous tone to her voice that sent shivers down my spine and is a very talented songwriter.
The last master class was with Mark Morriss of The Blue Tones. He’s very narcissistic but in a humorous way. It was quite cool listening to someone talk about how they got to ‘the top’ of their career. It was also lovely that he gave advice on how to be the best you can be in the industry and that’s simply being the best. Starting off in your street, your town and eventually your county. Although it seems super far fetched, it’s still really encouraging to know it can happen for you, as long as you put the work into it.
Now onto the band performances!
I really enjoyed all of the acts to be honest. They all brought something different to the table. The vibes ranged from funky to slow and emotional.
Overall I had a great experience at the event and will definitely remember it.