A dream job? I've landed two, says DMU graduate

A music technician has managed to get not one but two dream jobs thanks to the skills and experience he gained at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

Adam Walker graduated this summer from DMU with first class honours in a Music Technology degree.

But almost as soon as the 21-year-old had shrugged off his gown and cap, he was snapped up to become a casual technician at Town Hall, Symphony Hall in Birmingham.


And not long after starting there he was offered work as a sound engineer at The Mushrooms, a recording studio only a few streets away.

Adam said the two jobs tested the full range of skills he had learned while at DMU.

He said: "It's absolutely brilliant; I'm getting paid to do what I love. A lot of the time when people have trained to be music technicians they might end up in a job where the studio work is a small part of what they do. But I've managed to get two jobs which are basically exactly what I always wanted to do."

At Town Hall, Symphony Hall, Adam said he was responsible for audio rigging, stage management and other aspects behind the scenes of performances, which have recently included choir show Got 2 Sing and eighties pop star Belinda Carlisle.

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Meanwhile, Adam works as a sound engineer at The Mushrooms, helping record singers and full bands.

He said the experience he had at DMU helped him jump into these roles.

He said: "I chose DMU initially because it's in a great, central location and it had a great student's union. The course itself was very well run and the equipment was as good as I could have hoped for. A lot of music technology courses jazz up the look of what they have but at DMU it is just top of the line; genuinely good.

"In the third year it was very much about being able to go out and work in studios and get that experience which gives you the edge when it comes to getting work afterwards. On top of that, the lecturers are really inspiring, fresh and when I found some work doing audio visual on a film set, I found that I would not have known what to do had it not been for what I'd learned in the AV modules at DMU.

"This is a slow-burning career and I am just so happy to be learning my craft, and the opportunity I had was in a big way down to DMU."

Posted on Tuesday 29th September 2015

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