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We caught up with former Music student James Dade on his experiences of studying at Mareel.

What first drew you to study at Mareel?

I was first drawn to study at Mareel and enroll on the courses because I wanted to further my knowledge of the music business and understand more about live performance.

What are you up to these days?

At the moment I am working on a lot of new music and creating more contacts the industry. I recently had one of my tracks featured on ITV's Love Island through one of these contacts which resulted in radio airplay also!

Is there one bit of knowledge you gained from your time with us that you'll always remember?

I gained a lot of knowledge about copyright and specifically mechanical copyright from the course which has helped me when negotiating terms with labels and also making remixes.

What advice would you give to young people looking to start their careers in music?

The advice I would give to young people is to be patient and find someone who inspires you a lot and learn about them, inspiration will drive you far more than anything else. Also learn to enjoy the process as it takes a long time to get where you want to be!

When you're not making music, who are you listening to right now?

I listen to all types of music! Calvin Harris, Avicii, Dr Dre, Bugzy Malone and I love Nu Disco so artists like Madeon, Satin Jackets, Le Flex.

Shetland Arts deliver a range of music and film modules and courses in partnership with The University of the Highlands and Islands, and we're now accepting applications for the new term, find out more here.

Listen to James's track which featured on Love Island below


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