Since graduating from our Sound Engineering & Design degree course last year. Miles Wimbleton has hit the ground running after securing a post-production position at Flix Facilities.
Recently, we caught up with him to find out what he has been up to post-graduation and how he has been keeping himself busy in lockdown.
Great to catch up with you, Miles. Before we get started, what have you been up to since graduating?
I’ve been pretty non-stop since my final hand-in last year; I started my job at Flix Facilities just two days later. Despite being demanding, I have found the job to be very rewarding.
I was also lucky enough to DJ at Parklife, Glastonbury and Kendal Calling last summer, and I hosted two radio residencies in between, which was amazing. As well as all of that I’ve had two digital releases and a vinyl release, all of which have done really well.
You’ve certainly been busy! And so, tell us more about your releases.
The first digital release was a split release last November with an artist named PADDY, which was through a label I’m now running called Rhythm Department Records. We worked together on two tracks called ‘Feel It’ and ‘Night Funk Melody’. I was lucky enough to hear Feel It being played at Warehouse Project afterwards which was just surreal.
Wow, that’s impressive! Tell us a bit more about your position at Flix Facilities.
Currently, I am working as a Technical Operator at Flix Facilities which I secured shortly after completing my work experience module at Spirit Studios.
Flix Facilities is an amazing place to work and I feel privileged to be able to work with such a dedicated team.
On a day-to-day basis, I work with media and support editors as well as dubbing and grade departments. Since working at Flix, I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved with Foley and ADR and Tracklay sessions which has been a fantastic learning curve.
Based on my route into Flix, I would strongly advise any current or future students to make the most of any work experience they get. Talk to people, ask questions, make your ambitions known, show your skills at any given opportunity, and listen to any advice or tips you get from industry professionals.
That’s very cool. Aside from working at Flix Facilities, what other projects are you currently working on?
At the moment, I’m working on a project with a friend of mine, MacLo. Not too long ago, we spent a lot of hours in the studio preparing for another batch of releases.
In addition to this, I have been busy working on a solo album and have also joined my friends’ label, Rhythm Department Records. While working with the label, I have been busy helping schedule future releases as well as managing the social media channels.
More recently, I joined forces with some amazing Manchester promoters to organise a fund to support vulnerable members of Manchester’s nightlife scene that have been left in difficult positions as a result of COVID-19. Following a 12-hour stream on the United We Stream platform, we managed to raise over £15,000 through various fundraising initiatives.
That’s incredible! And so, let’s chat about Ordinary Friends. Given the current situation, what have been some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced since starting out?
Ordinary Friends has been an absolute dream since its inception. We have hosted some of the world’s best DJs over the past four years, and will continue for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately due to the government lockdown and restrictions on gatherings, we have had two parties cancelled this year already. Despite huge disappointment, we have to remember the safety of everyone is paramount. Just know that we will be back bigger than ever after lockdown!
In terms of highlights, I would have to say hosting the Glaswegian duo, Optimo, for the second time. Also, I would have to mark Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnstone’s project, A Love From Outer Space, as a definite highlight. Tragically, it turned out to be Andrew Weatherall’s last ever gig as he passed away only a week later.
Tell us, how have you been staying productive during lockdown, and what tips do you have for others to stay productive?
I’ve been setting small goals and tasks for myself on a weekly basis, whether it be making a track, developing an idea, recording a radio show, or even just sitting down for a couple of hours to explore equipment and ideas.
Personally, I think it’s really important for creativity and motivation to be constantly moving forward even though at times you may feel like you’re getting nowhere. For anyone who is struggling to be productive, I would suggest getting yourself into some sort of routine and take some time to explore the resources and inspiration you have.
On top of that, how have you been taking care of your mental health while in lockdown, and do you have any advice for others to take care of their mental health?
I think this has been a challenging time for everyone.
While in lockdown, I have been exercising daily and have tried to get outdoors as much as possible. I’ve also found reading before bed has helped with my sleep schedule and switch off after a long day working on projects.
I think it is important to find what makes you feel good and helps you clear your head. Most importantly, talk to people about how you are feeling as a problem shared is a problem halved.
Before you go, tell us, what plans do you have in place post-lockdown?
Once lockdown has been lifted I will be visiting family and friends I haven’t seen for the past few months and reconnecting with everyone. I’m looking forward to being able to socialise and share my life and laughs with everyone again. And, I’m also looking forward to being able to collaborate in person with a lot of my friends on new projects.
In terms of long-term plans, I’m doing everything I can to work towards being a full-time dubbing mixer. Over the next five years, I hope to be in the position and continue to learn as much as I can.