A former Coleg Menai student is now living the dream, working alongside such stars as Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson and Ed Sheeran.
Callum Lloyd-Williams from Llandegfan studied Music Technology at Coleg Menai’s Bangor campus from 2010 to 2012, before moving to Manchester to study at The School of Sound Recording (now known as Spirit Studios). He returned to North Wales after graduating and worked for local sound hire companies at events. He also gained experience by recording choirs, brass bands and local rock / pop bands.
After years of hard work, Callum started to make a name for himself locally, and work started coming to him from further afield. Slowly but surely, he made connections within the industry, and his client list grew.
Callum said, “I currently work as a Sound Engineer, Tour Manager, Backline Technician and Playback Engineer, so I have a different role from tour to tour, which helps keep things interesting and also opens more doors for me. Working in concert touring is fantastic – I’ve visited some incredible places and had some amazing experiences.”
When asked why he had chosen Music Technology, Callum explained: “From a young age, the only thing I was really good at and had an interest in was music. I started playing the drums when I was about 10 and played in a couple of bands, but my interest in technology and audio production just overtook the performance side of things. I knew before I sat my GCSEs at school that I was going to enrol on this course at Coleg Menai – it just seemed like a natural next step.”
Callum has worked with some impressive clients, including Escala, Marc Almond, Leo Sayer, The Lightning Seeds, CAST and Zara Larsson. This summer, he toured with Ed Sheeran on the Divide Tour, which has broken U2’s record for the highest-grossing tour ever.
He said, “I really enjoyed my time at Coleg Menai. I was so lucky to be able to enrol on a course which was local to me at the time and which taught me the skills and knowledge I needed to develop my passion for music and music technology. I will always be grateful to my tutors for helping me – I wouldn’t be doing what I do now if it hadn’t been for their support.”
Coleg Menai Music tutor Rhys Wyn Parry said, “We are all extremely proud of Callum, and are delighted that his hard work and dedication has reaped such rewards. It really doesn’t get much bigger than this in the music industry!”
For more information on our Music courses, please visit our website at www.gllm.ac.uk/performing or contact our course advice line on 01248 383333.