Orsii BCU

What a week it’s been…and it’s not even over yet!

Im still recovering from the Jamaican jetlag – or more like desperately trying to adjust to the very dark and grey weather here in the UK.

Was gonna try to be up by 7am every morning this week, maybe go to the gym, and start new good habits now that my holiday is over.

But that lasted two days and on the third day I was so knackered from not being able to fall asleep at night that I overslept with 2 hours!

To add to my tiredness I’ve also been super busy at work, even though I worked extra hours for more than two weeks before my holiday, argh! Not my fault though, we’re just in such a busy period now with new releases and events that I just haven’t been able to catch up with it all.

Me talking at BCU - picture borrowed from @craigfots

Me talking at BCU – picture borrowed from @craigfots

On Thursday I went up to Birmingham to talk to some BA and MA students at BCU.

The perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with my performance, I personally really enjoyed the experience.

Of course, practise makes perfect, so I would love to be able to do more talks like this at universities about the music industries, my work at Jazzman and with the MIC, and about being enterprising. So if you need a guest speaker, drop me a line!

Plus, I got to see the new media campus that I was part of but never attended (sadly!), and I got to meet loads of people that I either haven’t seen for ages or who I finally got to meet IRL for the first time.

Fantastic day overall but extremely tiring! No rest for the wicked I suppose.

I will be DJing tonight at the Alibi as well and it would be great to see some friendly faces. It’s free entry all night so come and say hello if you’re in East London!

Fingers crossed I can have a bit of a lie in tomorrow and recharge my batteries, but for now I better go and select some records to play tonight.

Hopefully catch some of you on the dancefloor later!

Orsii in graduation gown

My friends, last week it finally happened! 20 days away from my 9 year anniversary in the UK I was awarded an MA Degree with distinction in Music Industries!

Orsii Graduation Selfie

I’m gonna be honest, not having been to my BA graduation, I didn’t even give the event much thought! I just assumed it would be like any other day but with me wearing a funny outfit for a few hours. But I was so wrong!

Orsii on stage graduation

Sitting in that big symphony hall and seeing all the people in different robes up on stage made me realise what an incredible achievement it actually was!

Orsii Thumbs Up! Graduation

I don’t big myself up very often, but DAMN! I am so proud of myself and genuinely impressed with the hard work and dedication that I invested over three years (whilst working full time) so I could get this MA degree.

I’ve never really seen myself as a “smart person”, so I can honestly say that I exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations with it all, and it came as a very happy surprise that I was awarded a distinction, because I wasn’t expecting it!

Mum & Orsii Graduation

I can’t thank my professors and lecturers enough for encouraging me and believing in me when my low self-esteem got the better of me!

Especially Dubber and Professor Wall – who right from the beginning saw something in me that I’m only really starting to discover now.

Sam & Orsii Graduation

I did this degree not because I thought it would result in a better job or more money, but because I am genuinely interested and passionate about my field of work.

And I can’t even begin to describe how proud and happy it makes me feel that for once in my life, I feel like I have contributed something of substance (even if it’s very small in the grand scheme of things) to that field and found a place where I feel that I belong.

So what you reckon? A PhD next…? ;)

I am so excited and happy to finally be able to share my final MA project with you all:

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY COOKBOOK

It took me over a year to create it and I have been sitting on pins & needles waiting to hear back on the mark on it.

Super proud that I managed to score 75% in total for it  and I can’t thank the contributors enough for what they helped me achieve! It wouldn’t have been possible without them that’s for sure!

So what is The Music Industry Cookbook all about?

To put it simply, The Music Industry Cookbook (The Mic) is a tool kit for small music businesses to develop their online activity.

The project as a whole isn’t absolute in its existence and the long-term goal is to have the MIC as an evolving piece of work, with content being changed and added over time, in line with how the music industry and it’s circumstances are changing.

As some of you will notice (and as some people have already highlighted), there are interesting aspects from the music industry that are currently missing in the MIC tool kit – these include the use of streaming services such as Spotify, video streaming sites such as Youtube, various app usage and so on.

I wasn’t able to include these areas in the first edition of the tool kit due to lack of time, manpower and knowledge.

I pointed this out in my critical evaluation, but that was mainly for academic purposes so it’s not really featured on the MIC site –  that is why I am mentioning it again.

However, I do believe that they are all very important areas that I would love to include and expand on in the future!

So if you would like to contribute in any way, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH! It is an ongoing process and I am (for the time being anyway) a one man band, so I would love to hear from you.