James Jarvis

"LCoM gives you the opportunity to not only develop as a musician, but to gain exposure as you grow,

opening up many possible future opportunities."

James Jarvis

James Jarvis - BA (Hons) Music (Film)

James Jarvis is a second-year Film Music student with aspirations to compose for both television and film.

Outside of LCoM, he writes and records original songs with his band The Atoms.

What made you choose Leeds College of Music?

I chose Leeds College of Music, not just because of its location (being from Leeds), but because of its exquisite links to the music industry. LCoM gives you the opportunity to not only develop as a musician, but to gain exposure as you grow, opening up many possible future opportunities.

I also felt at home here on open days, finding the lecturers to be very knowledgeable and welcoming, as well as great facilities and equipment to work with.

Has anything been totally different to what you expected when you started at LCoM?

The opportunities to work with the tutors to gain feedback and improve upon my work. There are so many chances to be able to talk to tutors on the course.

As well as the weekly one-to-one sessions, they are always happy to chat after a lecture if they have the time and are very responsive to emails. If I am ever unsure about something I’m working on I know that I can send an email to the course lecturers and someone will be able to send me their thoughts and feedback.

The Atoms band performing

What is the most mind-blowing thing you've learned so far at LCoM?

That anyone can become a film composer with the right amount of work and time spent on composing and learning about the theory of film music. Sometimes film composers are treated like 'geniuses' and 'natural talents' when really they're just like any other musician who's spent hours working on their area of music.

I think being at LCoM, I've learnt to adapt my mentality towards film composers, consequently making me more dedicated towards my own work.

Is there anything that has really made you push yourself as a musician or anything new that you've not tried before?

There is an event at LCoM called 'Film Night'. On this night, students are able to display their work to LCoM alumni and industry guests such as Harry Escott and Nicholas Dodd.

Having this opportunity makes me not only want to produce a great piece of film music to achieve a good grade, but because through Film Night I will be able to later display my work to people who currently work within the film music industry.

The feedback I have gained from theses nights is something I would've never had the chance to gain elsewhere, it's also a great opportunity to gain exposure from such great talents. This is always on my mind when working on an assignment and sometimes even more than getting a good grade too!

What projects / performances have you worked on so far in your first year?

In my first year, I have written more music than I have ever been able to in this period of time. I have written almost 20 minutes of music to film and almost another 10 minutes of music without film. This has really pushed me as a composer to be able to write great music in short spaces of time.

I have also learnt to develop my skills as a film music producer and technologist. Learning how to use Logic Pro X to write, record and mix film music to an industry and realistic standard.

As well as this I have wrote an analytical essay, evaluating the music within the film 'The Adjustment Bureau' by Thomas Newman, and also a presentation evaluating some of my own music.

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What sort of accommodation are you living in? What advice would you give to new students about accommodation?

I'm staying at Joseph Stones House. This accommodation sits right on top of the college and is great for students who want live close to the conservatoire. The building is also full of other students who go to LCoM so it’s a great opportunity to get to know the people on your course.

What do you get up to outside of LCoM?

Outside of LCoM I like to do as much as I can to stay sociable and active. The one thing that does take up most of my time is my band. As much as I love film music, I also love songwriting and live performance.

Through my band The Atoms I am able to do this, writing and recording original songs and then performing in venues around Leeds and across the country. I like to keep an open mind in music, taking inspiration from all areas and adapting it towards my own music.

What is the best thing about living and studying in Leeds?

Leeds is a great city. The centre is quite compact, and with the conservatoire being situated within the centre you don't have to walk far to get to most places you'd need to go.

Leeds has always been my home and I thought it would be sad if I ever had to leave when going to university. Luckily the best place I visited to study was Leeds College of Music, meaning that I get the best experience for myself as well as been 10 minutes down the road from home!

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of applying to your course?

If you have any interest in becoming a film composer, then there’s no other choice but to enrol onto this course.

The tutors are so welcoming but more importantly some of the most knowledgeable people on film music in the country. The lectures are so detailed - to a level that you won’t find on the internet or sometimes anywhere else at all.

However, most importantly, this course is directly linked to the industry, the opportunities for exposure and industry feedback are incomparable. I think this course is definitely a door opener for all aspiring film composers.

How would you describe your experience at LCoM so far in three words?

Inspiring, Motivating, Fun


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