James studied his Undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Wolverhampton and now works in the UK and Italy as a freelance recording engineer and also as a Visiting Lecturer at Wolverhampton.

What degree course did you study at Wolverhampton and what were the factors that made you choose that one in particular? And why continue on to a Master's degree?

In 2012 I graduated from the Sound Production (top-up) BA course. Prior to that I had completed a foundation degree course at the City of Wolverhampton College in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton. The reasons as to why I chose this particular course (BA in Sound Production) was because of my interest in music and music technology. I had been playing both guitar and drums in bands for a few years and I had gained experience in the industry by working as a freelance audio technician. One example of this was when I was working as an apprentice technician for the City of Wolverhampton College between 2009 and 2011. Whilst there I gained professional industry knowledge of working in both live and studio based environments. I also got the chance to record a demo with One Direction's Liam Payne and roadie for a number of artists including Dweezil Zappa. After completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to pursue a career in teaching and began a two year PGCE course in Further and Higher Education. However, after the first year I decided to move abroad and work as a studio assistant in Chianti Italy. Whilst there I had the chance work with a wide variety of professional working musicians from Italy and around Europe.

In 2014 I was approached by my professor in Music Tech, Dr. Mathew Dalgleish, to undertake a MSc course in Audio Production. At the time, I wanted to gain more knowledge and a deeper understanding of the practice and undertake a research project in the field of audio production so I took the opportunity to move back to the UK and undertake the two year MSc course. During the course I had many opportunities to explore ideas and research into the field of audio technology in more depth. I also developed a guitar weather station that senses changes in current weather conditions and alters the tonality of a guitar based on those changes. This was then used as part of a sensory garden for SEN students at a local school in Wolverhampton. During the course I also had the chance to attend a series of events such as the Sines & Squares festival in Manchester (where I got to present a publication) and perform as part of a unique Laptop Ensemble.

Prior to university, did you have any experience in audio/music?
In 2002 at the age of thirteen, I lived on the island of Tenerife. I had my first experience in music performance with my guitar teacher Dave Dean and he would get me on stage at a local venue to perform in front of tourists on a regular basis. When I returned to the UK in 2005 I got myself involved in bands and performed locally. I also gained 'real world' experience through working with a variety of production companies such as Zip Rock School and I voluntarily helped run live events for the Kings C.E School in Tetenhall, Wolverhampton. In 2006 I attended a BTEC course in Music Technology at the City of Wolverhampton College. Whilst there I also worked part-time at a local music venue in the city as a Live Sound Engineer. My roles incl