Students from the ICMP go on to do great things after they graduate, creating successful careers in music, and we love celebrating their achievements. This is the first in a new series of ‘Alumni Spotlights’, in which we will be talking to one of our alumni about what they’ve been up to since graduation.
First under the spotlight is Jason Condison from London. Jason graduated from our Diploma course in Drums in 2008, and he’s been telling us what he’s been up to since then:
Q: What have you been doing since you left the ICMP?
A: I considered finding a short-term job, just to get myself started finance-wise, but I thought I might as well go straight into music, earning directly with the skills I have acquired from my time at the ICMP and doing what I love at the same time. I started playing for a few artists (including fellow alumni Raphaella!) and churches, and also did some drum teaching on the side. Eventually the amazing opportunity to play for Labrinth came through my cousin, the MD of the band, and now I'm his drummer!
Q: What has been the highlight so far?
A: I've had a number of highlights since graduating from the Institute. In 2011 I performed with Raphaella at the UEFA Champions League Final Celebration Party at the Roundhouse, performing in front of representatives from UEFA, Manchester United and Barcelona (who were finalists at that time). Again with Raphaella, we also performed at London Olympics and Paralympics 2012 in the Olympic Park. It was an unforgettable experience!
Q: Have you put what you learned here to good use?
A:What I've learned at the ICMP has helped me a great deal. After studying there, all aspects of my musical ability improved and my confidence grew too.
Q: So what’s next for you?
A: Well I've just recently started the Labrinth gig, so I plan to work hard on it, continuing to learn and improve and enjoy the journey. I'm very excited about this opportunity!
Q: What would you say to anyone just starting at the Institute?
A: Come with a determined and open mind to improve yourself and learn new things, like a different genre you wouldn't usually listen to, for example. Take advantage to socialise with fellow musicians. Most of all, have fun and enjoy what you take in! A big opportunity may just be right around the corner after or during your experience at the Institute.
So that’s Jason’s story so far, just one of many that we are proud to share. Don’t forget to check in for more inspiring interviews coming soon. And maybe one day we could be telling your story on these pages too!