This first episode features Jim Knight who is one of the UK’s leading saxophonists and producers. He has performed with a star-studded list of artists live and has also worked on the London theatre scene. As well as performing live Jim also does recording sessions around London and runs his own studio 'Knight Time Studios' where he has engineered and performed for many more big named artists, most recently of which is Carrie Hope Fletcher and her latest album ‘When The Curtain Falls’ which is currently ranked fifth in the iTunes album chart.

 

On top of all this Jim has had and continues to have success in the field of writing music for library or adverts and artists. The breadth and depth of Jim’s career means that he has unique insights into all kinds of areas of the industry from live touring to recording sessions to West End shows to being a producer on the other side of the glass.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Transitioning from being a student to becoming a fully fledged professional performer

  • How to get and keep the work you want

  • The current state of the music industry

  • Social media and it’s influence on a musicians’ career

  • And much, much more

Enjoy!

JIM KNIGHT - Saxophonist and Producer, Musicianship at the Top - EPISODE 1
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Show Notes:

00:00 – What it is that Jim does and his background

06:00 – Jim's Educational background

09:00 – The transition period from student to professional

13:00 – Having the mentality of still striving in your career

15:00 – Jealousy and patience and the influence of social media

16:45 – How to get and keep the work you want

20:00 – The role of people skills

23:00 – Market saturation and competition

26:30 – What role does your personality play in session work and your sound?

28:45 – Contextual playing

32:20 – Jim's view on the current state of the industry

35:10 – Reality of a musician’s career. Life vs. stuff

39:00 – Social media ups and downs

48:00 – Producing

50:45 – Library music

52:00 - Recommended Gear

54:00 – Recommended Listening

Recommended Gear:

1954 Mark VI Alto

Jeff Lorton 9 metal mouthpiece – second hand, dented

Yanagazowy Baritone

Mark VII Tenor

Knight Time Studios

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