Music case study

Amy Wareing - FdA Music (DJ Pathway)

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?
I originally came to the college to do a maths course, but then I noticed there was a DJ and Electronic Music night class which was free, and so I decided to give it a go. I learned to mix in something like three sessions, and I’ve never looked back. I enjoyed it so much that I really wanted to keep moving up so I did Level 2 and then Level 3 and then decided to go on to the Foundation Degree because I knew that this it the right course and career path for me.

Have you had the opportunity to go on a work placement (or work on live briefs) as part of your course/what skills have you gained as a result?
I got involved with Minor 7th at Newcastle College and now DJ for student club nights at Cosmic Ballroom. It’s been a great opportunity to take control of freelance work and also to understand how social media and everything can be used to really build up a buzz around your work. Also there have been networking opportunities with some big hitters but I’ve always been quite pro-active in this respect too.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
Working with lots of other students and being around really different musical influences. I think we’re really lucky in the Performance Academy to be able to approach say, a guitarist or a singer and ask them to work in collaboration with you. Because we all work in the same building it’s much easier to access different skills and sounds for different people.

What are the staff/facilities at the college like?
I literally had nothing at home to practice with, but I didn’t need anything. Newcastle College and the Performance Academy literally have everything you could possibly need. I think lots of other performing arts schools don’t have the great facilities that are here.

What are your future ambitions?
My main priority is to be able to control the process of my music from start to finish like Maya Jane Coles, she’s a massive inspiration!

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying Music with Newcastle College?
I’d like to inspire more girls into music, it can be quite a male-dominated industry- especially in DJing and electronic music production, but I’ve found that there is work around and it can actually be a bonus to be one of just a few upcoming women in music in this area.