On 16 May, Funnel Music visited SAE Oxford to deliver an industry brief to Film and Audio students. The task the students were given was to record a studio-quality “live” session of the band Knobblehead, who are self-described as a “7-piece psychedelic cacophony of tambourine enthusiasts”.
Row Janjuah, a member of the band said:
“I was very nervous arriving but the staff here made me feel really comfortable straight away. The facilities are amazing and we can’t wait to start playing. Out of the way hippie!”
Funnel Music are a music company with a shared outcome model that supports artist development whilst rewarding professionals across all revenue streams. They visited SAE Oxford, SAE Liverpool and SAE London earlier this year to talk about their business model and to offer work opportunities for SAE students.
The Knobblehead recording session was run primarily by SAE Audio and Film students, with supervision from Campus Support Technician Dani Bonventre, as well as Funnel Music’s Content Manager, Tom Andrew, who gave guidance and direction to the students where necessary.
CST Dani Bonventre said:
“The students worked really well as a team. They operated as a professional unit and took any problems that came in their stride. At the end of the day they got a really great recording from a really talented band. All they need to do now is put the same level of hard work into polishing the video and audio!”
The students have been given a deadline by Funnel of 31 May, to simulate a high pressured industry brief. The release date for this showcase will be decided collaboratively to fit in with the band’s release plans, although mid-June is the target.
Working to a deadline set by industry professionals such as Funnel Music gives SAE students important time management and planning skills which will be transferable to future internships and graduate roles.
Connor Godfrey, Production Manager at Funnel Music said:
“We are expecting the SAE students to record, film and edit an industry-standard, live-performance video. We hope that this gives the students an opportunity to work on an industry brief that falls outside of their curriculum and take the skills they have learned whilst at SAE and put them into practice by interpreting how a “live” audio recording/video should sound and look.”
The brief delivered by Funnel aligns with the student’s ongoing work on the SAE Live Lounge series, where artists are filmed and recorded before the students deliver a mixed and mastered copy of the performance.
Working alongside industry professionals such as Funnel Music is an invaluable experience which prepares students who may go on to work for agencies or even on a freelance basis to meet a client’s brief and deliver a high-quality finished product.
Connor Godfrey said:
“Funnel’s relationship with SAE is based around introducing the next generation of music professionals to our innovative industry model and educate them about the evolving nature of the music industry. Working with SAE allows us to be introduced to some of the most promising young talent in the country in their field, exposing us to artists and professionals with whom we have the chance to build long-standing relationships.”
"WORKING WITH SAE ALLOWS US TO BE INTRODUCED TO SOME OF THE MOST PROMISING YOUNG TALENT IN THE COUNTRY IN THEIR FIELD, EXPOSING US TO ARTISTS AND PROFESSIONALS WITH WHOM WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO BUILD LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIPS."
- CONNOR GODFREY, PRODUCTION MANAGER AT FUNNEL MUSIC
Both SAE and Funnel can’t wait to see the finished product - keep your eyes on the SAE social channels in the meantime!