Cal Bate.

Since graduating, Cal has ditched his part-time job at Sainsbury’s and has worked as the Monitoring Engineer for Blossoms, The Amazons and Mimi Webb.

Cal Bate working in a live sound engineering environment

Despite being busy preparing for tours across Europe, we managed to grab a quick word with Cal to see what he’s been up to.

What inspired you to get into the music industry?

I’ve never fancied a 9-5 job sat in an office all day. When I was young, I used to sit and listen to music 24/7, learning album upon album on guitar and bass. I’ve been brought up around music as my dad played in lots of bands, and we used to play and sing acoustic songs in my grandad’s pub.

I’ve always known I wanted to work with people, recording songs and mixing live music. When I was younger I went to see Kings of Leon in Manchester and I remember looking at the sound desk and thinking ‘that’s where I want to be’ – How cheesy is that?

What would you say has been your biggest challenge so far?

I’d probably say adjusting to life on tour and being away from home. It can be a tough life and after a while it starts to take a physical and mental toll on you. However, once you get used to the lifestyle, it’s the best thing in the world!

How did it feel when Blossoms asked you to be their monitor engineer?

It felt incredible. Handing in my notice at Sainsbury’s and classing Blossoms as my full-time job was pretty amazing for me. They’re a great bunch of lads and the crew and band are like family.

Live Audio Engineering Graduate working as Blossoms Monitor Engineer at Glastonbury
Cal behind the scenes at Glastonbury Festival

How has life been since you finished your studies?

Hectic, in the best way though. It’s been pretty much non-stop with Blossoms at the minute. As the new album, Cool Like You, comes out at the end of April, we’re busy getting ready for our first tour with Noel Gallagher across Europe – and I can’t wait for it. It’s crazy. I hardly have time to sit and think about anything else.

Did you enjoy your time studying?

The teachers were really helpful and experienced. I also enjoyed the amazing facilities and studios where you can record some incredible tracks and get them to sound like professional recordings.

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the industry?

Nothing gets handed to you on a plate, so just keep working hard and make a name for yourself. Be professional, and most importantly, be a nice guy – people will remember you that way. Things might take a while to kick off, but when it does, it’s great.

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