As a Southampton local, Jamie has always been involved in the
creativity this city has produced over the years. It’s always easy to not feel in the right
place when you first move to a new city, a new university and a new creative
environment, but it was no issue for Jamie as he was already involved in the
local scene with his band at the time and the fact that he already knew that
Southampton had creative courses at colleges and universities.
After studying media at college he wanted to combine his two
favourite things, media and music and that is when his story at Solent starts.
Even though Jamie focused on his studies he ended up becoming
the manager for his band, booking the gigs and reaching out to journalists and
take what he was learning on his music promotion course and apply it to a
real-world situation, which is what our music courses are all about!
Following up from managing his own band, he ended up gaining
an internship at Music Gateway as a Social Media and Promotion Assistant, where
he learned another way of helping out bands.
After four months of doing that he gained an internship at Wichita
Recordings, which was 1-2 days a week in London, which was a different type of
environment he was used to but learned so much by being at that record label
and gained knowledge he wouldn’t have if he had just stayed in lectures. Because, what’s a chilled university life?
The internship he gained at the independent record label
wasn’t actually a position that was advertised, he just emailed time and time
again until they offered him the internship, he just loved the record label so
much that he felt he had to work there and it paid off.
Following on from that, Jamie looked more locally for music
opportunities and looked to The Joiners and as he kept doing the role of
assisting the main promoter he was able to see what he liked and what he didn’t
like when it comes to working in music.
To do all of this whilst studying his something that students
need to take notes of as it’s all good knowing you need to focus on your
studies, but experience is what the industry is obsessed with and demand you
have as much as humanly possible.
It’s why Jamie got himself so involved with the music
community in Southampton because he found like-minded people. Whether it was promoters, managers or
journalists, everyone shows that they are passionate about what they do, but
most importantly everyone sticks together because they all know the struggles
of being in this industry so everyone is welcome.
important thing is to not take anything personally”
Even though Jamie was local he had heard that Solent had so
many different creative courses but was so undecided about university that he
left it fourteen days before the deadline to apply for Solent.
In a guest lecture he recently had at Solent, he mentioned
that he noticed other universities were so focused on academic reputation and
statistics, but he noticed that Solent was vibrant and filled with
In this lecture he also spoke about how tough this industry
has been, whether that was because people were not buying records anymore as
streaming music was becoming more and more popular or that was because labels
stopped offering advances to their artists for touring as the budget was no
longer there. He also mentioned that
it’s getting more and more difficult to get people to come to live shows
anymore, especially in the Netflix era that we’re currently in and that younger
people have less money these days.
Jamie has also pointed out that die hard gig-goers are still
going to gigs and spending their money in the venues to help out the local
scene so it’s not all doom and gloom.
But he also pointed out to keep being nice to people and not let your
reputation go down whilst you’re trying to be in this industry as word spreads
When giving advice to students he mentioned that the most
important thing is to not take it all personally if things don’t go your way or
when you’re let down because there are opportunities in the music industry at
the moment, whether that is from jobs or for the industry to bounce back by
seeing streaming and digital as a positive by using insight and data to keep
ahead of the game.
“Why not a
record label in Southampton?”
When asked about Honeymooner, his record label/promotion
company, he mentioned that location doesn’t matter when it comes to what he
does. He loves music and if loves the
music that bands put out, he will happily release bands all over the
world. Why not a record label in
To which, he has a point! Southampton has an amazing music
scene that can be expanded and Jamie worked within venues like The Joiners and
The 1865 after graduating but even during university Southampton was always a part
of Jamie’s music life as he actually wanted to create Honeymooner in his final
year, but didn’t want to force it for a grade.
“Be nice to
people, be resilient and persistent”
The thing about Honeymooner that Jamie has always been
passionate about has been the live shows and being able to show the talent out
there. It’s why when speaking to
students in his guest lecture at Solent he said to students about how you need
to be nice to people, be resilient and keep persisting because you may have to
do things yourself, but it will pay off.
Follow what you’re passionate about as that way it will never get