Tom Povey

Recording artist at Universal Records.

North Walsham High School
7 B grades and 1 C grade

Media Studies
Music Technology
English Literature and Language

University of Westminster
BA (hons) Music

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
I am a recording artist at Universal Records. I make my music with a loop pedal, layering beatbox looping my version of basslines synthesizers and harmonies before adding the lyrics on top.

What is a ‘typical day’ at work like?
It really varies, there's no typical day as a musician. Some days I have to travel hundreds of miles to do a gig, or to a music studio. Sometimes it's at home writing music and recording at home, and there's a lot of meetings, a lot! Meetings aren't boring when you're in a room with walls covered in record sales plaques of your favourite artists though!

How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
Studying Music at Paston really helped me develop myself artistically, I was taught how to use a music studio and recording software, and given time to experiment with recording techniques, with two live rooms we were always able to write and rehearse with a sound system at full volume without disturbing the neighbours!

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
Determination I guess, it's been really important to keep positive and look to the future even when it seemed nothing was happening, but after years of sending out emails to get myself on gig lineups and putting up videos on youtube it all seems to have worked out so far, it really is just the start though!

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
It was my goal to be doing this, so to look back and think that it's a reality now is pretty cool.
I knew what I wanted to do and even though some people didn't really believe in me I kept going!

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Graduating from Paston? Went straight to Westminster University, then a month after I graduated I signed a record deal!

"I knew what I wanted to do and even though some people didn't really believe in me I kept going! "