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CMP Studios launch work experience placements

Posted on Monday, 1 October by

Work experience in the creative fields can be few and far between, but it seems CMP Studios, based in Eastbourne, have been hard at work giving back to the community and crucially, expertise to young volunteers seeking experience.

CMP Studios now has seven volunteers under its fold, the majority of which now live in Brighton, which is known for its vibrant live music scene and for having its fair share of recording studios (not to mention record labels!).

It may seem a little odd, therefore, that these volunteers have decided to gain work experience away from their chosen hometown. There is, however, a method to their madness: the type of work offered at CMP Studios is equivalent to that of professional sound engineers – with years of experience under their belt.

This is in stark contrast to what is usually offered in Brighton’s recording studios (where even employed sound engineers have to spend years ‘making the tea’ before their bosses even think of letting them near the Control Room!). In fact, the volunteers have all experienced the frustrating phenomenon of walking up to any number of Brighton’s recording studios, only to discover a ‘No Interns!’ sign blu-tacked to the window!

It is for this very reason that these seven aspiring sound engineers have all flocked to the Eastbourne studio, to snap up the amazing work experience on offer. CMP Studios has an excellent working relationship with its volunteers, which is evidenced by the fact that some of them have already been at the studio for more than a year.

As with any of the creative industries, the music industry is not easy to break into. Getting a job in a recording studio is about as difficult as it gets, as so many people are keen to forge careers in this exciting sector – through which they have the opportunity to sculpt and mould fresh new talent. The volunteers at CMP Studios are not left wanting in this department.

Not only do they gain direct experience of working with a multitude of up-and-coming solo artists, singer-songwriters and bands of all styles and genres, they also have access to a wide-range of up-to-date technical wizardry at their very fingertips (including vast amounts of high-end recording studio equipment). To top it all off, they have the chance to be guided and mentored by top local record producer Tom Askaroff himself (co-owner of CMP Studios).

The volunteers have all recently gained degrees in Music Production, at local colleges such as BIMM and Sussex Downs College, and all liked living in Brighton so much that they decided to stay on after their courses ended. Hardly surprising, given that Brighton is the number one city for graduates to remain in after leaving behind their student days! Their shared success in completing their music degrees, coupled with the fact that they’re gaining in-depth knowledge and a huge breadth of experience at the studio, means that they will be well-placed to secure professional positions as sound engineers in the not-too-distant future.

Contact CMP Studios through their website.

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.

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