Ellis, a Media Studies student is working as a Music Promoter for his placement year at Hot Vox based in London. He tells us why he loves his placement, why he recommends doing one and what it’s like working in the exciting music industry.
‘One hundred percent I would recommend any student doing a placement year. With constant help and supervision from Creative Careers, taking a year out and doing a placement, whilst at University, has never been so accessible yet so rewarding.’
Your placement company
Hot Vox are the largest and most established regional music promotion
company in London. They have over 11,000 bands on their database including
emerging, established and heritage artists such as the likes of: Sundara Karma,
Jack Garrat, Jerry Williams, Hak Baker, Dagny, whilst Hot Vox have also worked
with, Starsailor, holders of over Ten Top 40 hits, Yungblud, referred to as ‘that
something special’ by NME and many more artists. They also work with two
major festivals including: The Great Escape festival and the Isle of Wight
festival. Hot Vox holds The Isle of Wight ‘New Blood’ Competition and is a open
competition to all artists and bands throughout the UK however, only the most
talented submissions will go through to the Live Rounds where artists will be
judged by music industry guests. Whilst labelled a music promotion company,
Hot Vox also casts real gigging musicians that vary in all ages, fashion trends
and styles for work across advertising, TV and film. Previous clients include Kit-
Kat, Lucozade, Rimmel London, San Miguel, Boots No.7, Guinness, Ballantine,
Sainsburys and most recently, KFC.
Within Hot Vox, I’m a Promoter. A promoter’s job is to speak to bands on a
personal and business level and find out more about them whilst equally
informing them of Hot Vox. When this conversation is had, it is up to me to
decide what venue, genre and week of the night would best suit this
band/artist. A successful show will open many other prestigious opportunities
for the artist, ever-developing their fanbase and sound.
What you’ve learnt so far
Working in the music industry constantly develops me as a person. I’m continually faced with new and interesting challenges. These can go from, stage managing a whole show
by myself to talking to and sitting down with an artist/band and finding the
best way to nurture their musical career.
‘You will genuinely learn a lot about yourself as have I at Hot Vox. I have gained a remarkable amount of confidence, I am constantly learning about the flourishing music industry, I have met so many intellectual and genuinely kind people along the way and I can’t see this ever changing.’
Highlight so far
A strong contender for my highlight so far has to be working with one of my
idols growing up. Recently I did a show with Chilli Jesson, ex frontman of the
Palma Violets. It was great to meet him and see him in action with his new
band. I was star struck throughout but it’s never unheard of, working in this
industry, to come across people such as him, working on their new projects.
What you’re going to be working on in the future
Looking in to the future, I’m coming to a point where I’ve learnt about the
foundations of Hot Vox and how the company works but, now I need to leave
my imprint in it. I have various ideas for the company, as do all the interns, it is
just getting these ideas together and, backed by enough research, present
them to the Senior Promoters.
What would you say to students considering doing a placement?
One hundred percent I would recommend any student doing a placement year.
With constant help and supervision from Creative Careers, taking a year out
and doing a placement, whilst at University, has never been so accessible yet
You will genuinely learn a lot about yourself as have I at Hot Vox.
I have gained a remarkable amount of confidence, I am constantly learning
about the flourishing music industry, I have met so many intellectual and
genuinely kind people along the way and I can’t see this ever changing.