Boston sat down to chat with successful Soul Candi Graduate to find out more about the man behind the mixer!
My stage name is Jordan Arts, and I qualified with a Higher Certificate in music production and composition. This qualification has accreditation from the South African Board of People Practices. Currently, I keep myself busy with daily activities which stem from the fact that I own my own production company and am a full-time producer and performer. What led me to study music? I have always had a passion for music but didn’t have the knowledge I needed to make it a sustainable career. Hence my registration with Boston.
From my studies to where I am now, I have grown a huge amount since I finished my studies at Soul Candi. Since then I have performed at shows like Oppi Koppi, H20 Festival and Rage festival, had my music play at It’s Personal festival, and in a few clubs in Berlin and started a successful production company doing ads for Corona and Budweiser. My opinion of the South African music scene at the moment is that the South African music industry is under a lot of strain right now due to COVID -but we have so much talent in our country that I’m sure it will pick up as soon as lockdown is over.
There are so many opportunities in this industry. For Dj’s and musicians in South Africa and globally. There are opportunities in this country but you have to be willing to put in the work or you’ll never get to what you want. You have to work harder than anyone else in your sphere and that is what will make you stand out. So keep pushing and working towards your goal no matter how long it takes, if it were easy everyone would do it.
As our communities grapple with the realities of living in #LockDown, businesses and schools have had to come up with innovative ideas to serve the communities, maintain contact and work #TogetherApart. Boston started off the LockDown with a concert from Soul Candi recruit Holly Rey, letting people know that we are here, we are available and we are looking for ways to make them feel part of the greater community, while in their lounge at home! The concert was great, Holly Rey done with her outstanding music and warm and bubbly personality. “The cancellation of events due to Covid-19 has affected us badly because that is our main source of income a artists, but luckily for me I still have some income, so I just wanted to give people a free concert during these difficult times” she said. Her free live concert has been viewed nearly 8000 times!
“Our intention is to continue as much as we are able , to communicate with, engage with and entertain our audience” says Anne Hollamby of Boston. “Our partnership with the Soul Candi brand has allowed us to promote artists as well as provide live concerts,” she says.
With graduates of Soul Candi blazing music trails, they are showcasing their skills learned through Soul Candi qualifications. One of the budding graduates from the program is Dwson – who has released an album on Stay True Sound. “A former student who did the Digital Music Composition and Production course, he is making the most of all work opportunities, “ says Blanka Mazimela, Head of Department at Boston. Others include Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos and Liquideep. And of course Holly Rey!
Have you considered a career in music? Many people have a passion for music but believe that it is a hobby and that they will not be able to earn a living from it. Boston believes that including your passion in your career makes you more successful. “Most budding musicians struggle to create a career in music. In order to create a music career, look into one of the qualifications available at Boston in the music industry”, says Blanka Mazimela, Head of Department at Boston.
Another successful Soul Candi Graduate is Neo ‘NayPalmNeo‘ Mahao, from Khumalo Valley in Katlehong. She spoke to us virtually, raving about the Soul Candi qualifcations. “I am glad to be considered a successful graduate after the amazing time I had at SoulCandi. I truly consider SoulCandi to be a place where you go to musically thwasa, with some guidance and freedom to indulge in the art. It brought people together, exposed a ton of potential, and is truly symbolic as a safe space for creatives and creative outlaws, and I’d be happy to answer some questions.”
Aside from free concerts, Boston advises students colleagues and employees to stick to a regular schedule and try continue with previous tasks and projects. “This virus has taught us all the importance of flexibility and adaptability” says Anne,” and Boston has made all necessary changes to keep our academic lives running smoothly! We appreciate that this is a challenging time for all. Now more than ever, it is imperative to keep up with your studies from home and/or work. By focusing on your education, you are investing in yourself, and contributing to the critical human capital and leadership that will be required to move our country forward in the days and years that lie ahead.”
From the social media team, we just wanted to make that extra effort to avoid burnout when working or studying from home, and so we have organised the free concerts. Watch out for the next one featuring ‘Nizhe DeSoul’!
Time to take your music seriously – a career in the music industry.
Have you considered a career in music? Many people have a passion for music but believe that it is a hobby and that they will not be able to earn a living from it. Boston City Campus & Business College believes that including your passion in your career makes you more successful. Boston established a partnership with Soul Candi, who has been a success in the music industry for years. “Most budding musicians struggle to create a career in music. They simply do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. In order to create a music career, look into one of the qualifications available at Boston in the music industry”. So says Blanka Mazimela, Head of Department at Boston.
With graduates of Soul Candi blazing music trails, they are showcasing their skills learned through Soul Candi qualifications. One of the budding graduates from the program is Dwson – who has recently released an album on Stay True Sound. “A former student who did the Digital Music Composition and Production course he’s currently getting loads of props from industry giants, “ says Mazimela. Others include Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos and Liquideep just to mention a few.
Making Soul Candi more accessible, Boston launched an additional Soul Candi short learning programme to introduce graduates to the industry. Available at all branches nationwide, it is called the INTRODUCTION to Digital Music Composition and Production. In addition, courses such as DJ101 and Music Business are also offered. (The Digital Music Composition & Production qualification is offered at selected branches only where facilities are available).
What types of careers can you follow with a qualification in the music industry? While you may need to combine qualifications such as DJ101 and a business diploma, in order to also understand the full running of a business, these are the types of careers that will be open to you to explore in music: Performing & Writing, DJ (Nightclub DJ) Recording, Record Producer. Record Industry, Music Business, Personal Manager, Facility, Arena, & Club managers, music journalism and so many more!
Music Producers write, arrange, produce, and record songs, whether they are shaping the sound of another artist’s album or creating beats for their own projects. With the growth of home recording technology and boutique recording studios, many producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as Studio Owners and Sound Engineers. A music producer will be responsible for every aspect of his business and it’s definitely not all glamourous – one needs to note the amount of admin involved! A typical day will start with checking notes, prepping the studio, checking the functionality of the equipment. If the studio is booked out it needs to be in perfect running order in order for studio fees to be charged. While on recording breaks – a producer will attend to admin such as emails, orders, bookings, and accounting. There is a lot of work that goes into being a Producer outside of the studio such as attending rehearsals, meetings, writing sessions, and going out to shows.
Program Directors are in charge of what is produced by a radio station. They manage the station’s programming and oversee the different departments and staff at the station to ensure that the station always sounds its best and suits the needs of its listeners.
Says Mazimela, “As a program director or manager, your plate is full. At any given time, a Program Director’s duties could include organizing promos, making sure the DJs are informed about upcoming promos and station events, sitting in meetings, checking music logs to make sure they’re accurate, working with the music compiler to produce logs for the next day, coordinating interviews with industry influencers and Musicians, and managing and scheduling programming, “.
While the industry appears to be glamourous, there is still a fortune of admin work to be done such as returning emails and calls, dealing people, meetings with PR companies and more.
Whatever direction you choose in music, Boston’s collaboration with Soul Candi will ensure you gain the industry skills you require to start your career in this really exciting and happening industry.
“Music is currently one of the biggest industry worldwide with South Africa being the top destination to some of the world’s biggest DJs and musicians. The industry has a variety of offerings. With some of the world’s biggest festivals annually collaborating with South Africa you’d swear that South Africa is the next Ibiza” says Mazimela