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Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Music - A hard road to travel...

Dated: 21 April 2016

Noted music producer Mykaell Riley dropped by this week, to give our students an insiders view of the music industry.
Mykaell started out in music as part of legendary UK reggae group Steel Pulse in the late 1970's, enjoying great success and touring with Bob Marley. He then went on to produce a string of other bands and singles, having a hand in many chart successes throughout the eighties and nineties. He also founded and toured with the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.
He continues to write, produce, perform and collaborate with artists around the world, as well as lecture at Westminster University.
He came to Woodhouse to chat with a select group of our students who have voiced a serious interest in a career in the music industry, in various roles - from performers and soundtrack musicians to producers and journalists. They received an invaluable, first-hand account of the peaks and pitfalls of the music entertainment industry, including the harsh realities of the reality show merry-go-rounds of X-Factor and The Voice...
With comprehensive answers, littered with entertaining and insightful anecdotes, Mykaell hammered home the point that incredibly few people enjoy the mega financial success most young wannabes dream of, but many thousands do carve a career out of other aspects of the industry and students have to be realistic about the chances to 'make it'.
He made it clear that if you come to the industry just to make money you are in for a hard ride and you really need to have music in your blood, a very thick skin and be driven, in order to break into music. And possibly a great lawyer...
The students got a great deal from the visit and the college thank Mykaell for giving up his valuable time to visit us.
We hope to coax him back here again, to talk to a larger group at a later date - and maybe bring a band!

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