My All Expenses Paid Songwriting Trip to London

What’s better than studying your passion? Getting to study AND travel! And that’s just what Tamara Gavran did when JMC gave her the opportunity to travel all expenses paid to London on the Nandos Music Exchange. 

“The Nando’s Music Exchange was a trip of a lifetime! One of the greatest opportunities to collaborate and experience new and exciting music with up and coming artists and musicians alongside an amazing panel of mentors to guide the way. As a participant, I was challenged to work in a group with other selected participants to collaborate and create a song! It was a full 3 day workshop with 2 days of recording at the amazing Roundhouse studios. There was also plenty of other opportunities to socialise and network with the other participants for possible future collaborations.“

What did you get out of the experience?

The workshop was jam packed with educational insight on the world of collaboration and general musicianship. The mentors gave us one on one advice and help in regards to our songwriting and production techniques. I learnt so much about how important it is to be able to work with others creatively and professionally. There were so many impressive tracks from the other groups which made the experience even more motivational in regards to collaborating with different artists from all around the world. Every participant had their own story to tell whether it was nationality, culture, musical interests or just general living. These differences as a collective, brought new sounds to the creative table.

What were your favourite things?

My favourite things about the trip would have to be meeting and working with extremely talented people. Being surrounded in that sort of environment is so rewarding and creating those contacts was a definite step up in my career. The knowledge that the mentors and other participants were willing to share was so overwhelmingly priceless. In addition to the environment, it was my first time in the UK and I have to say I have fallen in love with London! 

How do you think this has/will help your career goals?

This trip has definitely helped with my career goals in many ways. I feel more confident as a musician/songwriter and I feel that from this experience I have obtained the skills to be able to extract the best possible creative links between myself and other musicians/artists that I am working with. Having real life advice from very successful people in the industry turned my career goals into realistic pathways. 

How do you think JMC has helped you/favourite things about JMC?

JMC has changed my life in a way where the course is literally prepping me up everyday to become better in everything music. The lecturers are more than amazing when it comes to teaching us students what we really need to know to be able to go out into the real world and be ready for whatever comes our way and to be confident enough to be able to grab an opportunity when it arises. The curriculum gives us students the techniques, skills and knowledge that is required to actually pursue a career in music, alongside JMC’s encouragement and support to expand and be able to go for opportunities such as the Nando’s Music Exchange. 

What advice would you give to other students?

I think that I would advise other students to put in as much effort as you can into whatever course you are doing. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it and the more your efforts and work will be recognised by your peers, mentors and possibly some very important people that may be standing at the back of the room watching you perform. Learn to talk to other students and collaborate! There is so much magic in mixing different styles, genres and ideas in general! Also, remember to check your emails and be on time.

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