Samuel Garlick: Popular Music

Samuel graduated in 2012. He is currently Director at Fiesta Bombarda and Events Curator at The Kazimier & Constellations

What does your job involve?

 An event organiser’s job in a nutshell is booking, marketing and promoting touring acts. However there is a lot more to it than this; with Fiesta Bombarda, a festival-esque event that moves around the UK’s most unique and inspiring spaces (the pick of which being Liverpool Cathedral), aspects such as financing, team management, production, networking, organising UK-wide tours and branding are all integral to its success.

How did your course prepare you for your job?

Before beginning Popular Music I had very little academic experience within music, however my course gave me an insightful introduction and a great grasp on how the music industry works. More importantly it put me in a positive mind-set of how to approach a career within music.

What are your top tips for students wanting to work in your field?

The first piece of advice that I received was also the best; dive in head first and learn from your own mistakes or successes. Nothing can really prepare you better than your own first-hand experience. If you’re ever worried or in doubt then look to experienced individuals within your chosen career path for advice.

What was your best experience of studying at Liverpool?

The unmistakable music scene and community that surrounds it; whether it’s indie, techno or afrobeat that floats your boat, we have a wide array of promoters, press, venues and likeminded musicians who can collaborate and accommodate.