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Our Industry Week 2018 Highlights

What a fantastic week Industry Week was! We welcomed 69 influential guests from Film, TV, Music and Games who gave our students a week to remember. Timetables were ripped up and replaced with tasters and fantastic insight into the most exciting and competitive creative industries in the world. Have a look through our highlights from the week…do you agree?

Vicky McClure – Made in Notts

BAFTA award-winning actor, Vicky McClure had a great chat with filmmaker Fenn O’Meally about her career, from learning and developing in Nottingham, to discussing the new Action Team series she stars in, which is airing on ITV2.

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So you want to be a Music Promoter? – Justin Turford, Bru-C (Krudd Events), Kath Pryer (Detonate) & Will Robinson (I’m Nott From London)

We had three of the biggest event promoters in Nottingham (and beyond) to share their secrets for putting on the best events. Our students were fascinated hearing stories about behind-the-scenes of some of the most popular events in Notts.

Promoter Panel

Frank Benbini – The Performing and Touring Beast

By the end of Frank’s talk, he was a favourite with our students. The multi-platinum artist revealed what it’s like to be on the record-tour-record cycle, speaking about touring the world and recording with some of the best names in the music industry.

“When you’re waiting from month-to-month for a gig, with no income, that’s when you start to get anxious, so don’t stop, keep yourself active!”

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Andy Copping – Putting on the Download Festival

Festival booker and promoter Andy gave great insight into the running of live promotion at its highest level. He spoke about the hugely popular Download festival, his life and promoting live events.

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Music Expo

Back again after last year’s success, the Music Expo showcased the best manufacturers for our students who were able to chat to, while trying out some of their amazing products. Some of the best names in the business came including Focusrite, Pioneer DJ, Novation, Audient, Synthetic Pro Audio, Synthax Audio and Aston Microphones.

Jack Goode won Novation’s competition and received a Launchpad MkII!

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Games Expo

Nottingham is well known as the world capital of tabletop gaming with a tremendous amount of Games companies setting up in and around the City over the years. This year, for the first time, we showcased this vibrant and exciting industry with a Tabletop Gaming Expo day.

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Conner Turner and Youngman – Songwriting Masterclass

These songwriters/producers taught our students just what it takes to take your songwriting skills to the next level in our brand new Contemporary Music & Live Events Hub. Getting the listeners attention, inviting them into your song and keeping them there for long enough is vital for your song to become “their song”.

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VFX Industry Panel – Phil Attfield, Steve Wright & Jason Halverson

Our students heard from some of the best names from visual effects as they gave an insightful talk about breaking into the industry. If you attended this event, you’ll be better prepared to forge out a successful career in VFX after listening to their top tips. VFX artist Steve Skyped us all the way from Denver, Colorado!

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Al Clark – A Level Playing Field

It’s not very often you get to hear the secrets of success from Nottingham’s most successful film company. Well, that’s what happened during Industry Week when Al from Wellington Films came and gave a great talk about how the company has been so successful.

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Joe Dickens – Gamer Gamer with Imran Yusuf, Inel Tomlinson and David Longley

We were provided a top night of weirdness and gaming fun from a few top comedians to finish Industry Week. Funny was an understatement as our students got involved in this 18+ game show – a retro showdown filled with battles, banter and laughter.

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Confetti Live – #IW18 Closing Party

We ended Industry Week with a bang! Fans of DJs, beatboxing, bands and singers were treated to a mix of incredible local artists including beatboxer Motormouf, and Confetti students Black Cats & Magpies, Clonk! and Holly Taylor Gamble.

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Want to be part of Industry Week 2018? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

MA Commercial Songwriting & Production student Haula spoke about her achievements at Tileyard Education

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If you’re interested in continuing your studies with a postgraduate degree, our friends at Tileyard Education provide an MA in Commercial Songwriting & Production. Today, Tileyard Education caught up with HaulaSpitfire Audio’s scholarship winner for the MA – to talk about her achievements at Tileyard Education so far.

“Being in the Tileyard community is opening doors for me and it’s legitimising me” – Haula Nakakembo, MA Commercial Songwriting and Production

Her enthusiasm and positivity, coupled with an incredible talent, leave us with no doubts about why, as well as paying for her scholarship, Spitfire has undertaken the mentor and music supervisor role in her career, with their composers being actively involved in Haula’s tracks for the new EP – which is currently being produced by Tileyard Music’s Steve Manovski.

Haula’s proactive nature also granted her financial backing for the EP production from Help Musicians UK and MOBO Awards, as well as having Focusrite funding the release, planned for Spring/Summer 2018. This is the first year that Haula has been able to “do music as her life”, to attend songwriting camps and co-write, and all the hard work seems to be paying off as she tells us that she has been nominated for both Best Female Solo Act and Best Urban Act for the Unsigned Music Awards 2018.

With her latest single “Good to you (feat VRS. US)” reaching 3,774 listens on Spotify she is definitely leaving us both hungry and excited for her upcoming EP.

If you’re interested in developing your skills further and would like to know more about MA Commercial Songwriting and Production at Tileyard Education, email

Vote for your favourite #IW18 photos

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Throughout Industry Week we asked you to enter our photo competition to win one of five prizes including an Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone (RRP £249), by tagging your pics with #IW18 – view the prizes here. With so many images to choose from we couldn’t pick a clear winner, so we’re handing it over to you.

Out of the 10 images below, five people will win one prize from:

Lauten Audio LA-220 Microphone (RRP £239.00)

Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone (RRP £249)

£50 PMT Voucher

Two Confetti T-Shirts

Full Moon Jacket Goodies

The person with the most votes will choose first, and so on until our fifth winner is left with our final prize. You can vote for up to five images from the list below by selecting the image/checkbox and clicking ‘vote’ at the bottom. Our winners will be decided on Wednesday 21 March; good luck!

Vote for your favourite 5 Industry Week images:

Want to be part of Industry Week next year? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

Music Student Harvey Glasby talks about his favourite Industry Week events


Last week, we asked FdSc Audio and Music Technology student, Harvey Glasby, to write about his time at Industry Week and what stood out for him as a music student. Let’s hear about his experience…

Industry Week is a unique event held annually by Confetti, where students can attend lectures, events, and showcases not usually discussed within classes, showing students potential career paths within the creative industries. As a music student, it’s shown itself to be extremely useful in understanding different roles within the music industry and what they do. In past years there have been talks from the likes of rapper Professor Green and Will Kennard from Drum and Bass group Chase and Status. This year was no different, with producer Connor Turner, experimental artists Aja Ireland and sound engineer Jon Burton, making up just some of the music events available during the busy period.

Of the events I attended, the two that really stood out was ‘The World of Experimental Music’ run by the aforementioned experimental musician Aja Ireland and the ‘Songwriting Masterclass’ led by Connor Turner and Youngman – a singer/songwriter who has worked with artists such as English dubstep mainstays Skream and Benga.

Aja Ireland held an insightful talk into the use of field recordings within music, a method that involves the use of location recordings, such as the sound of a car or people talking in a café, in a musical context. As well as her knowledge of experimental music we asked questions about her experiences within the music industry, including booking her own tours, making connections with the likes of fashion designer Lu La Loop and the influences within her music. She also showed us her setup used during live shows, of particular interest was a three oscillator synthesiser called the ‘Lerango Box’ which created a drone that would go on throughout her set.    

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The other standout session, the Songwriting Masterclass, went into the procedure of songwriting at the highest level of the music industry and how quickly a song may need to be written. Youngman and Conner Turner went into both their thought process and how they would bring concepts and ideas to a session, so as to make it easy to write a song in a short period of time. As a producer, it was interesting to see the process that went into songwriting at that level and how each person can bring their own ideas to the table. One area that stood out to me was the process of taking words or simple phrases as a starting point such as ‘Liberty’ or ‘Catching hearts’ that could then be expanded into a whole song.

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Overall Industry Week was a great experience as usual, and ended up being extremely useful for me and hopefully everyone who attended their chosen events! It’s great to get such an opportunity to hear the experiences of those embedded in the industry, whether that be gaming, media or music – there was definitely something that suited and inspired all interests.

Want to be part of Industry Week next year? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

BBC Radio 1Xtra record Nottingham’s finest in our Contemporary Music & Live events Hub

On Friday 2 March, BBC Radio 1Xtra came to Nottingham to shine some light on the hottest music talent our great city has to offer. DJ Target and his team came to Confetti and used our fantastic new Studio 2 in our new home for music and live events! Listen to the episode on BBC iPlayer.

Thanks to the combined efforts of our music tutors, our student engineers and BBC Radio 1, the session was a complete success. It was produced by Industry Week favourite Andy Rogers who was supported by FdSc Audio and Music Technology students Alex Hummel and Max Jeffries, acting as assistant audio engineers. DJ Target hosted the session and showcased a wealth of local talent made up of; Ady Sulieman; Young T & Bugsey; Bru-C; Joel Baker; HEX; Jah Digga; Snow667; and 0115 Mob! 

“We were over the moon to welcome BBC Radio 1Xtra to our brand-new studio only a month of being in the Contemporary Music and Live Events Hub. We had students engineering for one of the most experienced producers of radio sessions in the world, Andy Rogers, and they showed him what they could do, and very much held their own! The students, staff and, of course, the studio itself demonstrated what a world-beating learning environment Confetti is: high-end industry, excellent staff supporting unique student opportunities.” John Meredith, Music Curriculum Leader

DJ Target
DJ Target with Jah Digga and Trever Rose.
Ady Suleiman
Ady Suleiman
Joel Baker
Joel Baker

DJ Target was mightily impressed with what Nottingham had to offer:

“Nottingham is a city bubbling over with creative talent and the music scene is a very diverse one. Being able to take our show to the city and really get amongst the artists we’ve already supported was amazing and it’s always great to find new acts that we didn’t know of previously. That’s what the city focus is all about.”

WATCH: Ady Suleiman plays an acoustic version of ‘Need Somebody To Love’ during the ‘City Focus’ show.

Our Contemporary Music and Live Events Hub has only been open for a month, but we’ve already recorded music that has been listened to on national radio, and is currently being listened to globally on BBC iPlayer…a fantastic achievement for everyone involved!

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