Our Stories: Cal Bate

Aisling Kiely

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Since graduating from our Studio & Live Music Production Course, Cal Bate has ditched his part-time job at Sainsbury’s and is now working as Blossoms Monitor Engineer.

Despite being busy preparing for the band’s upcoming tour with Noel Gallagher, we managed to grab a quick word with him to see what he has been up to.

How did it feel when Blossoms asked you to be their Monitor Engineer?
It felt incredible. Handing in my notice and classing Blossoms as my full-time job was pretty amazing for me. Blossoms are a great bunch of lads and the crew and band are like family.

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 always 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 knew I wanted to work with people, record songs and mix 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 have been your biggest challenges so far?
I’d probably say adjusting to life on tour and away from home. It can be a tough life on tour 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 being on the road and touring everywhere possible!

How has life been since you left?
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 too. 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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