Five years ago, I was gearing up for university for the first time.
Four years ago, I had dropped out and was working in a school kitchen.
Three years ago, I was preparing to quit a full time job to go back to university for the second time.
Two years ago, I passed my first full year of uni.
A year ago, I had a job at a label and had passed my second year of uni.
Today, I no longer have that job but I am editor in chief of my own music blog and I got the news that I’d be graduating with a 2:1. A 2:1. Like, how did that happen? Four and a half years ago, I immersed myself in music, particularly hip hop. I had been talking to a producer I’d met online for a few weeks and really wanted to get into getting his name out. I was in awe of his techniques and how he’d put all those sounds together into one coherent song. I remember thinking (and saying):
I don’t think I could ever produce music like that.
How wrong I was. Very wrong. Music technology wasn’t even my first choice in degree after I decided to go back. I had my heart set on graphic design for a while but upon rejection at my first uni interview, I was left feeling bereft. A talk with my dad a few years before reminded me of another route I could take: music. The music tech course at my local uni didn’t require an interview and the curriculum sounded interesting. And the rest, they say, is history.
As some of you may have heard (because lord knows I’ve gone on about it ad infinitum), I wrote a dissertation for my final year and it got an A-, which I was surprised and very pleased with (I totally thought I’d get a B/B+). As a thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed, I’ve uploaded it for you all to read. The title is Black On Both Sides: Should the term “black music” be used in the music industry today? and looks at the use of the term “black music” and how it has been constantly re-evaluated as the socio-political landscape that defines it has changed (to quote my abstract). It has been something of a controversial topic for some musicians, listeners and critics but it was something I had been intrigued during my studies and fancied giving it my academic attention. Naturally, I welcome all comments and critiques. Some will agree, others won’t but I’m open to discussion on it else why write about it?