BA (Hons) Music Performance students got the chance to hear all about the career of Ezra Collective, as they came to Confetti HQ whilst on a record store tour.
The Jazz quintet were formed in London in 2016 by Femi Koleoso (Drums), making their name in the Underground Jazz scene in London. They released their first EP ‘Chapter 7’ in 2016 and have since gone step by step to being a major artist and well-respected name in the jazz scene.
A small group of 27 students spent an hour and a half, hearing about all the experiences Ezra Collective went through on their journey. Femi and Dylan were more than happy to answer questions with honesty and were clearly enthusiastic about getting their brains picked. One piece of advice that stuck with most students was quite simple, but powerful in its principle: “You can’t achieve something if you’re not there to achieve it” – Femi Koleoso
Connecting students to industry professionals is the main goal at Confetti, giving students the opportunity to learn from the experience of professionals who have already seen it all. Events like this are a key aspect of this networking, and a preview to Industry Week which will return in March.
“I’m really glad we got the opportunity to do this, the process was trying to inspire lots of people into to playing music and it ends up being what inspires us to play more music, so thank you for having us.” – Femi Koleoso
Here is what some of our students had to say about the experience:
“It’s very inspiring to be able to ask questions, to get the experience of hearing how they have progressed and what they went through. It was very inspiring for my own career” – Isaac Bonnard, BA (Hons) Music Performance.
“It’s nice to hear, they’re a lot more personable about their experiences and really willing to give back to people. A lot of people in their position are a bit more, this is my genre, this is what I do and this is how I made it. But these guys were really open to different feels and genres, also very willing to discuss different ways success could happen outside of their experience.” – Cameron Bloomfield, BA (Hons) Music Performance.
If you’re interested in studying at Confetti, you can book yourselves onto one of our Open Days and see for yourself the industry-standard resources our students have access to. You will also get the chance to speak to current students, who can tell you their experiences.