Student Is Making It Musically
A Northbrook College Music student is enjoying success as a music producer with his production project making it into the Top 30 in the iTunes RnB chart and getting BBC radio plays.
Tom Stephens, 28, who graduated last year from the BA Music Production course, produced an album for Baby Charles, a sensational deep funk band, as his final year project. The album was then released by label Record Kicks and they have since had sessions on BBC radio shows, including Craig Charles, Mark Lamarr and Gilles Peterson as well as one of the tracks being played on Football Focus on BBC 1. They have also toured extensively in Europe and been termed leaders of the nu-funk movement by Mojo magazine.
Tom originally produced a three track demo for them in the second year of his degree, which he recorded at Northbrook and then mixed in New York. The band were so impressed that they agreed to do an album with him for his final project. The tracks recorded for that album then formed the album that was released.
Currently working as a freelance producer/engineer, Tom can organise studio time, get involved in rehearsals and develop any sound to meet an artist’s need. At present he is producing the second Baby Charles album and recently has been asked to help prepare and perform live sets with other bands.
Tom, who has been involved in production for 11 years, believes his Music Production degree helped him establish some excellent contacts and was a really enjoyable course. For more information on Tom Stephens’ recordings check out his MySpace