Niall Roche.

Graduating in 2020, Niall has since established himself as a DJ/producer under the alias Joe Roche, seeing fast growth and success in his career to date.

While studying our Electronic Music and DJ Practice degree (now BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production and Performance), Niall was performing gigs around Manchester – something that he has continued to pursue – landing regular residencies in some of the city’s most renowned venues including Victoria Warehouse, Gorilla and Antwerp Mansion. Niall has also played at a number of festivals, most recently a hugely successful set at Parklife in the summer of 2022. His DJ career has also seen him travel across the world. In 2018 he took to the grand stand for a series of sets at the Singapore Grand Prix, at one point playing to 26,000 people.

Niall performing at Parklife 2022

Niall also works as a freelance facilitator/project manager at Reform Radio, helps an online talent booking agency and founded his own musical imprint ‘Do As You Please‘. Do As You Please has gone from strength to strength with a cohort of standout nights at Distrikt, as well as sell-out events at YES, Joshua Brooks and Eastern Bloc.

As one of Manchester’s most promising young artists, he’s gained radio play on BBC Radio One by Jaguar, as well as recording a live stream for globally acclaimed festival We Out Here.

Spirit, for me, was a base with industry-standard studios and live equipment. I could get in where I wanted, when I wanted and have staff available when I needed help.

Niall Roche

Truly thriving in Manchester’s incredible music scene, we’ve got every confidence that Niall will continue to create a lasting impact, both locally and beyond.

Inspired by Niall’s story? Take a look at our Music Production courses.

More student stories

Carla Langley

Carla Langley

After graduating from our Music Business degree course in 2022, Carla's career has begun with a flying start. We caught up with her to find out about her time at Spirit, and to see what she's been getting up to post-uni.
Read full story
Tom Leach

Tom Leach

After graduating from our Music Production degree, Tom has gone on to secure positions in some of the most well-known recording studios in London, including Snap Studios, Strongroom and Air Studios.
Read full story

Interested in studying with us?

Click below to start your application, register for an open day or get in touch with any questions