18th October 13
Aspiring musicians, producers, managers and artists got the chance to put their questions to respected record label owner Nikki Acute when the esteemed artist manager visited Music and Music Technology students at DLD College London.
On Tuesday, 8 October, Nikki, the founder of Synchronicity Records, Acute Artists and ukbassmusic.com gave an intriguing talk to A-level, GCSE and BTEC students at the leading independent Marylebone college and offered an insight into what it’s really like to work in one of the biggest creative industries on the planet.
Amongst the students who got to speak with Nikki Acute was Nickita Smelkov. Nickita was keen to quiz Nikki for her advice regarding how to get into the profession and any tips on artist promotion and marketing.
Nickita, who is currently studying A-levels in Media Technology and Russian plus a BTEC in Media at DLD, said: “I was very impressed with Nikki and delighted to meet her. She manages to run three companies at the same time at the age of 27 which is just incredible.
“She had no musical background what so ever when she started her businesses but she does what she loves and that’s very inspiring for us as students.
“In her brilliant presentation she showed us how she reached the point where she is now. She doesn’t concentrate on one particular genre of music; she chooses what she likes regardless of the pressures of the money-making aspect of the industry. That is unusual these days to be honest and very impressive.
The students previously enjoyed another enlightening talk from Roselie Niclasson, a London-based singer, songwriter and producer.
DLD currently offers its GCSE and A-level Music and Music Technology students, as well as their BTEC Media Production and Music Foundation Degree peers, the opportunity to study in the a state-of-the-art recording studio which features a 24 channel mixing desk, a comprehensive set of professional microphones, a control room and two live rooms.
The studio control room doubles as a tuition room with eight brand new individual Apple I-Mac workstations where students are encouraged to pursue their own projects outside teaching hours.
DLD’s expert team of tutors includes professional producers, engineers and recording artists.