SAE Industry Insight: Brighton Electric General Manager, Jimi Wheelwright

09 Oct 2020

Jimi Wheelwright is the General Manager at Brighton Electric Recording Co Ltd and is also part of alt-noise-pop trio, Tigercub. 

Brighton Electric was founded in 2000 and has hosted many successful artists as well as playing a strong role in the vibrant local music scene. Their clients include The Cure, British Sea Power, Blood Red Shoes, Foals, The Go! Team, Laura Marling, Noisettes, NEON SAINTS Brass Band, The Maccabees, Nick Cave, and Architects. 

What does Jimi’s role involve? 

Jimi looks after the calendars, staff, recordings and event bookings and all that entails for a large studio complex in Brighton. He enjoys the people, the diversity and the view of the industry from where they are. 

How did Jimi get to where he is today? 

For Jimi, his greatest professional achievement is taking on a dwindling recording studio and tripling the turnover in the first year of looking after it. 

In terms of his biggest challenge, Jimi said balancing his desire to perform and tour alongside the steady studio work has been the hardest. He said: “Both are fantastic and what I love doing, it is unfortunately the case that there aren't enough days in the week or weeks in the year to do everything. To overcome this I've had to manage my expectations, be honest and open with everyone involved & very occasionally broken a few rules - like at the end of Toy Story.”  

Going forwards, Jimi said: “I just want to see where the journey takes me really. To be a bona fide member of the musical community. To facilitate fantastic projects and moments.” 

If he could go back in time and tell his younger self how to get ahead in the music industry, what would he say?

He would say: “Don’t worry. Life is indeed suffering”. Practically, he recommends that SAE students listen to music (it sounds obvious, but it’s the only way you’re going to know what differentiates good music from bad!), genuinely take an interest. Subscribe to CMU Daily, go to gigs. Meet people. Have an opinion!"

Find out more about Brighton Electric here, and listen to Tigercub on Spotify.

Note: SAE Industry Insight is an interview feature where we talk to people working within the creative industries about their roles and how they got there, with the intention of providing SAE students with career advice. The people we interview are not necessarily affiliated with SAE in any way.