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Leading sound engineer Jamie Harley gave students a valuable insight into the music industry during an hour-long talk at Bath College.

 

Based in London, Mr Harley has worked with some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Aphex Twin Autechre, Mogwai, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Hot Chip and Square Pusher.

 

He spoke to students about his passion for sound effects, what it was like to be on tour, setting up for a gig, and how to develop your career.

 

Mr Harley studied communications technology at a polytechnic college in Plymouth before landing a job in a London music studio fixing equipment.

 

Speaking to students, he said: “There was nowhere to learning what you’re learning now, there was nowhere at all. If you wanted to get involved you got your nose in somehow.

 

“You’re pretty lucky to have something like this. When I left college I moved to London with a band and because I had done a little bit of electronic engineering, I blagged my way in.

 

“I went from fixing things in a studio, which I couldn’t do, to actually engineering things because I was there and I was expressing an interest.

 

“People have trusted me, and that element of trust has allowed me to do what I do and enjoy doing it.”

 

Mark Smithers, learning coordinator for music technology, was delighted to welcome Jamie to Bath College.

 

He said: “Jamie is head sound engineer for some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene and often works on high budget world tours.

 

“He gave a very insightful talk followed by a question and answer session about how to gain employment within the industry and how this field of work has changed over the years.

 

“The students were very excited to hear he was coming in and, after seeing posts on social media, many ex-students were also keen to attend, which is testament to his status.

 

“We are very lucky to have strong industry links and work-based learning opportunities in music and we look forward to many more industry practitioners working with us in the future.”

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