Bethany Holloway at BASSment Studios

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Bethany aims high with BASSment

by Bethany Holloway

Last autumn YSWN offered a set of funded traineeships in recording studios to young women and non-binary people living in Kirklees. Now, with the placement completed, Bethany Holloway looks back on her time at Huddersfield’s BASSment studios.

I’m a second-year student at the University of Huddersfield, studying Creative Music Production. I am a music producer, DJ and part of a small events promoter in Huddersfield. Under the name of The Bridge we have organised a number of club nights, and one music event at BASSment. Recently, I have been concentrating on writing and performing more of my own music at local venues’ open mics and in the studio for others.

During my time at university, I have been able to grow a community of producers and DJs through a new society. A group of aspiring producers and DJs from the university and I formed the MC, DJ and Production society, to establish a network of people to collaborate with, learn from each other and combine and expand our audiences. The society is predominantly based around bass and urban music; we focus on dubstep, grime and drum and bass.

We have held a number of events throughout the year to showcase our best DJ and MC talent in the university and the surrounding area. BASSment was able to sponsor us as a society by providing a place to meet and industry training from their specialists.

My time at BASSment really helped me improve my skills as a DJ, producer and event organiser. I mostly DJ and produce liquid drum & bass, UK garage, grime and electronic music, which has meant that my work at BASSment has linked nicely into my own musical interests.

During my placement, I experienced how the venue is ran from behind the scenes. I’ve learnt about all the processes that the guys at BASSment go through to run a venue and put on music events. I was very much involved with the planning and promotion of the events that happened during my placement. This really benefited the events that I have held for the society and for myself, that I have been able to put on with the help from BASSment. I also got first-hand experience of during an event; working behind the bar, experiencing the set up before, and clean-up after the night is over.

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I also received 1-2-1 mentoring from both Jake and Sarah at BASSment, as part of their BASSment Unplugged programme. The mentoring and training sessions with Sarah Hutton were extremely helpful She gave me vital skills and insights into the industry that will help me build my career in music.

It was also really helpful and educational to shadow Jake during his mixing and mastering sessions. I learnt new methods and skills that I can use in my own music practice, as well as skills and practices that I can continue to work on, and eventually use in my own career.

Making the most of my mentoring, we started to develop a project plan to establish a physical and online promotion team for BASSment. This project is not yet complete and has been ongoing this year. Learning about promotion and marketing with Sarah and through the Street Team has already benefited my own projects in and out of university. I will take this experience and continue to organise events in Huddersfield and other areas in the UK when I leave university.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to do this placement. I’m excited to continue working as part of the BASSment community: at future events, and as part of the promotions team as well.

Bethany’s placement was supported by Kirklees Council via the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool.