World Class product and demonstration comes to Bournemouth.
By Mollie Campbell.
Have you just finished your GCSE’s? Do you want to study music and begin your venture into the music business? Interested in World Class products and DJ skills?
Worldwide electronic manufacturer ‘Akai’ are bringing their new MPC Live product to Bournemouth, and you can be one of the first to watch a live demonstration of the brand new product. The new product has futuristic and top of the range features, and with a professional DJ demonstration, it won’t be something you’ll want to miss. Be a part of this free and exciting opportunity by coming down to the next BAMM open day at Absolute Music in Wallisdown, Bournemouth on Saturday 19th August.
Open from 10am-4pm, there will be plenty of time to have a look around the Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music, located in the Absolute Music store. You can look into the many different BTEC courses the college has to offer, ranging from Performance, Production, Songwriting and DJ skills (Brand new for 2017). The course is equivalent to 3 A-levels and is perfect for 16 year olds who want to gain a qualification whilst doing something that they love.
Absolute music is an award winning superstore that provides excellent opportunities for BAMM students, with unlimited access to multiple master classes from global brands such as Orange Amplifiers, Marshall and Mapex Drums etc., it really is the place to be for local musicians looking to begin their venture into the music industry. The partnership also gives students access to several rehearsal rooms which can be used for free, and allows students to surround themselves with experts from the industry. As well as rehearsal rooms, there are studios for recording, special events designed to help and enrich young musicians experiences and knowledge, and an onsite cafe (prices of which are subsidised for students).
BAMM is the perfect place for aspiring musicians, songwriters, producers and DJ’s, providing a direct link to the music business, and giving students a great support network in every aspect across music. Learn more about every exciting opportunity BAMM has to offer by joining us on Saturday 19th August at Absolute music. The event is free, and there is no need to book. For further information contact Absolute Music at 01202 597180.
Canvas gig- Review
By Mollie Campbell.
On Wednesday 13th June, young musicians from the Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music took to the stage to showcase their end of year gig in front of family, friends and industry VIP’s. As the bands filled the room with sounds old and new, it was difficult to not feel inspired. From the moment the up and coming talent of Bournemouth took to the spotlight, it was foreshadowing a very impressive night of live music to come.
The opening bands included first year students of the academy, and whilst ordinarily you might expect them to not have developed a ‘professional’ way of performing yet, this was not the case on Wednesday night as they graced the stage with confidence and a refreshing sense of familiarity. The second year 2 band to play featured very impressive musicianship, a level of expertise you might not expect from young adults, the vocals matched that of a seasoned musician, only adding to the excellence of the showcase. The splurge of funk sounds filled up the intimate venue with infectious energy and an accomplished level of skill. Whilst some speech extracts can feel forced and cliché in a music venue, these guys delivered their audience interaction with conviction and a sense of boldness that even some professional musicians find hard to muster. The audience response was energetic to say the least, especially for such a small venue. Breaking into a Bill Withers cover was an audacious move for a student – assembled band, yet it paid off, coming across as an undeniable parallel with the original, a feat hard to achieve. Whilst the replication was special, the musical interpretation was brimming with artistic flair and intuition, achieving a powerful measure of competence.
An unexpected interjection was the inclusion of BAMM principal Martin Bradford on saxophone, which not only contributed to this sense of unity from the small music college, but it also portrayed the inclusion of music role models who don’t shy away from music performance themselves, something for students look up to and learn from. Next was an old school-infused band who opened their set with a soft-rock 70’s classic, Hotel California by The Eagles was never going to be an easy song to cover but they pulled it off. Musically very impressive, the sounds flowed throughout the venue, provoking a mystical sense of nostalgia. Specific praise should be directed towards the guitarist in this band, who provided an immaculate replication of Don Felder’s timeless sound. This audience focused band finished their set with a Guns ‘N’ Roses classic (Paradise City), encapsulating their hard-rock driven, glam-rock attempt in this post-glam modern world.
The passion surrounding the tutors and students of BAMM is evident from the moment you walked into the venue, and when onstage this passion manifests into pure energy, making it nearly impossible to look away. Their infectious sounds and an undeniable hunger for success ensured that the audience was experiencing a glimpse of the future of music, and based off this gig, a future that will hardly disappoint.
Thanks for joining me at the start of my creative journey.
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – John F. Kennedy