We were delighted to be joined by songwriting supremo, Guy Chambers at BIMM Brighton recently. Guy has written for some of the biggest artists on the planet including, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Rufus Wainwright, Miles Kane and – perhaps most notably – Robbie Williams.
Guy co-wrote many of Robbie’s greatest hits including the super-hit ‘Angels’, so this was an invaluable opportunity for over 100 BIMM students to get an insight into the writing, arranging and recording process of an international hit single from behind the scenes.
BIMM Brighton’s Head of Songwriting, Martin Rossiter (lead singer of Gene) invited Guy for a candid interview – sometimes controversial, always honest and at times rib-ticklingly funny – Guy took the audience through the making of Robbie Williams’ recent hit ‘Party Like A Russian’. With the original recording projected in the room, he was able to show how the track was built from the drums up.
Peppering the demonstration with stories of how the lyrics were re-written to avoid him and Mr Williams ‘running the risk of disappearing down a dark alley on the outskirts of Murmansk’, his talk covered a vast range of subjects.
But if Guy’s masterclass evidenced one thing, it was that young musicians have to be prepared for the undulations of a career in the music industry. Guy himself was on the cusp of giving music up until he was first introduced to Robbie, having ridden the waves of success and failure. It was perseverance more than anything that got him where he is today.
Huge thanks to Guy for joining us and sharing his knowledge and experiences with our students.