A Day In The Life Of: A Music Label Intern

Red Dreams/Otiss Assistant, John spoke to The Big Music Project about his Music Label Assistant Internship

The Big Music Project has part-funded several music industry internships and were aiming to inspire and create incredible opportunities for young people from across the country who want to get into the music business. We’re sitting down with each of our interns one by one to find out how they’re getting on! Meet, John, who is doing a Music Label Assistant (Internship) at Red Dreams/Otiss Music in Hartlepoole.

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How long have you been in your role?

“1 month!”

What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

“Usually plan out my day with a ‘To-Do’ list (which I add to); there are so many different tasks on most days that I have to plan out my day to keep up with it all.”

Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.

“My day-to-day tasks usually depend on what is coming up. At the moment we have 3 fairly large projects in the mix with three different artists so I try to base my tasks around these. This mostly includes contacting people via phone call, email, maybe even word of mouth in some circumstances to different radio stations, blogs, magazines etc., to push and promote our product as much as possible.”

“It can also include talking to artists about projects, updating social media and Otiss website, organising sync submissions and dealing with PRS and PPL; AS WELL AS keeping all the admin and records up to date”

What’s your favourite thing you do each day?

“I think my favourite thing to do each day is spend time with the artists. Sitting with them, hearing their ideas and helping them develop.”

Tell us about a project you’re currently working on. What do you like/what don’t you like about it?

“One project I’m currently working on is recording a few covers for an artist with an EP coming out. What I like about it is that I get to sit in, the recording, let them know how I think they should do it, and discuss it etc. to get the best out of it before it’s released to the public.”

What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?

“Although you try your best to plan you day, it becomes extremely difficult to stick to that plan. A lot of things we do can be so spontaneous, it’s all about time management, which I’m slowly coming to grips with.”

What have you learnt about the world of work?

“I’ve learnt that you will be a lot happier if you actually enjoy your job, which I do! Also you can plan 95% but it’s always the last 5% that is the biggest headache and requires all the skills I have learned.”

Have there been any surprises in your placement so far?

“I did not expect to enjoy it, as much as I have done, it was a pleasant surprise! As well as how much management of personalities there is, person management.”

What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?

“Do it. Internships are a great way to get into an industry that is proven difficult to get into, and it’s paid which is great!”

What do you want to do next?

“I’m not entirely sure what I want to do at the moment, however I’m learning about what options are available.”

In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time? How has your idea of this changed since you started your internship?

“Once again I’m not too sure at the moment, however since the internship it has widened my perspective, I’d never have dreamt of a career in the music industry, now it’s a priority for me as I love the job so much.”

If you are interested in a role at a record label, why not check out what type of careers are on offer with our feature ‘Inside A Record Company‘.