At BIMM Manchester we’re committed to providing brilliant extra-curricular opportunities for our many talented students. From festival placements to artist collaborations, our industry ties – and many partnerships – have long helped our extensive network of undergraduates and alumni find work within the industry.

That was exactly the case when Tubby Tate (aka Chris Talbot) – an up-and-coming producer and BBC Introducing Lancashire regular – contacted BIMM to collaborate with one of our students. The Manchester-based beatmaker expressed his interest in working with a star vocalist after hearing about the talent at BIMM.

Naturally, our very own Jess McLinden – currently a BA3 student at our Manchester college – instantly sprung to mind! The result is ‘Keep On’, a flawless and contemporary pop record with plenty of potential and the vocals to match!

Tubby – who is originally from Lagos and moved to Bury – was so impressed by the final product that he has promised to work with Jess again very soon. Speaking about the track’s inception, Tubby praised Jess for her professionalism and prowess as a vocalist:

“I sent Jess a basic instrumental, with a few versions of me singing the track (terribly). Jess somehow correctly deciphered what was meant to be going on and about a week later she sent me back the vocal stems that she’d recorded.”

Fortunately, Jess was equally impressed with the track. Speaking to BIMM, the aspiring singer-songwriter revealed how she first found out about the opportunity through an advert via our Industry Placements and Careers Coordinator, Emma Brewin-Caddy:

“One of my friends at BIMM sent me the advert and suggested I give it ago. It’s not something I would usually go for but wanted to start exploring different genres. I really didn’t expect anything to come from it so was very surprised when Chris emailed me back saying he would be happy to work together. I’m glad he did though, I enjoyed recording the vocals.”

The songstress later recruited the help of a fellow student in John Roach, who helped her record the vocals at home.

Sadly, Jess’s three years at BIMM are coming to an end, and she is due to graduate later this year. So, what has she made of her time in Manchester so far?

“It’s been really great. I’ve met some amazingly talented people who, in turn have given me some fantastic opportunities. BIMM has taught me a lot about getting involved in the music industry, and I’m super grateful for that.”

We’ve little doubt that Jess has gained a wealth of valuable experience from this collaboration.

Jess has plans of pursuing a career as a session musician and is currently in the process of starting a jazz function band.

Want to hear more? Download Tubby Tate and Jess McLinden’s new track ‘Keep On’, here. Jess’s music is also available on Soundcloud, follow this link for more great music.


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