BIMM Manchester BA 1 Music Production student, Kris Edwards is preparing for life on the road after being invited on tour with Warp Records singer-songwriter LoneLady. The post-punk musician is 16/1 to win this year’s Mercury Prize for her second album Hinterland. She faces competition from Blur and Foals who share identical odds to scoop the award.
Kris will shortly be setting off on the UK tour, which includes a Hot Chip support slot at London’s legendary Brixton Academy. Ironically Kris already had tickets for the show!
He was recommended for the job by his tutor, Joe Meekums, who spoke highly of him to LoneLady’s management team at Fairsound.
Speaking about the opportunity, Kris said: “BIMM has been invaluable to me for the simple reason that it has enabled me to focus entirely on what I’m trying to achieve.”
“I think BIMM is a place that can present opportunities that people might not ever come across without the sort of contacts that some of the staff provide.”
He continued: “The fantastic teachers at BIMM have taught me that you have to find your own luck, which is something that’s proven itself to be true.”
Kris recently gained a whirlwind of live sound experience at Kendall Calling festival where he shadowed Joe Meekums, recording a whole host of big name artists from the a van they transformed into a studio. Snoop Dogg, Elbow, The Vaccines, Super Furry Animals, Temples, Less than Jake and Blossoms were among the acts the pair they recorded for the Vevo channel.
The amazing opportunity has come through Kris’s hard work, enthusiasm and persistence. It was his Joe who again recommended him for the festival job as he had done with LoneLady.
“Reputation is everything – the industry will eat you up and spit you out unless you’re willing to work hard.”