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Music Masterclass

Music students recently enjoyed the amazing experience of meeting and interacting with highly successful artists and managers from the industry as part of a Music Masterclass.

A range of industry experts shared their knowledge and experience with our budding musicians and answered numerous questions with great insight and detail.

The line-up:

Max Helyer

Max is a guitarist and a songwriter. He is best known as one of the founding members of UK band You Me At Six.




James Leach

James is best known for his work with progressive metal band Sikth. Sikth are often cited as one of the most influential UK metal bands of the last decade.




Jack Kenny

Jack is a professional session drummer and drum tutor based in Watford. Currently working from Titan Studios, Jack has over 15 years drumming experience.



Ben Sansom

Ben, a West Herts College alumni, is a guitarist, songwriter, engineer and producer. Ben is best known for work as a member of Lower Than Atlantis.



Luke Hinton

Luke is the founder of Juicebox Live, which has been running as an independent live music promotion company since 2007, booking some of the UK’s best grassroots music venues.



Jamie Ahye

Jamie started working in the industry in 2012 as an intern. Career highlights include signing FLAWES to a global deal and working on a #1 record with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.



Clare Maxwell

Clare spent 8 years as Senior Manager at alternative management company, Raw Power Management, looking after the likes of Gallows, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout, Modestep & Pure Love.



Amy Smith, who studies Level 3 Music Practice, said: “Not only was the Masterclass a fascinating insight into the music industry but I found it inspiring to hear how established artists and managers started in similar situations to me.

“This experience has given me even more motivation to push on with my studies and become successful musician!”

The event was organised by Music tutor Steph Carter, previously a member of the well-known band Gallows, who used his contacts to great effect in arranging the line-up.

He said: “Our first Music Masterclass was a complete success. The students were able to gain an invaluable insight into multiple facets of the music industry. Between our guest speakers, the wealth of industry knowledge was exceptional and the students were engaged throughout.

“This masterclass has made an overwhelming mark on the student experience at West Herts College. All students are desperate for the next instalment of industry professionals helping to guide their career to its desired goals.”

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