BIMM Masterclass – Mike Cave Shares His Experiences

Mike Cave is a musician, producer, studio engineer and founder of Loft Mastering Studios, the state of the art recording facility in Liverpool.

Mike has been a musician since childhood and has been involved in recording and mastering music from the tender age of 15. His talents have been put to use on a huge range of material from artists including Rufus Wainwright, The Noisettes, Yuksek, James Vincent McMorrow and many more.

Mike brought his vast experience and friendly, amiable presence to a Masterclass at BIMM Manchester, hosted by college Songwriting tutor, Bruce Carter.

As well as sharing his experiences in the studio and as a musician, Mike talked to the students about the importance of getting relevant work and good experience after studying, building up good contacts and not being afraid to network and promote yourself. He also shared insightful tips on dealing with the world of A&R, on studio etiquette and the best ways to prepare yourself for studio work, and even legal information relevant to musicians.

Luke Castelino, a BA1 Production student, described the Masterclass as: “Really helpful. It was nice to get an insight into things you wouldn’t necessarily think to ask about. The message was really proactive, about getting out there and networking, pushing to make things happen. Mike was a really inspiring guest!”

Fellow BA1 Production student, Rhys Curtis agreed: “It was great to hear Mike’s story and refreshing to hear how he progressed. It was great to hear about his work with artist and artistic temperament and how to deal with things like that.”

Mike also got plenty out of his experience at BIMM:

“I loved it. I’d love to come back again and go into much more detail about things. There’s so much to talk about and it’s great to see students engaging with what you’re saying. For me it’s all about the feedback, seeing what the students say so they can get out of this exactly what they want.”

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