The Big Music Project has part-funded several music industry internships and we are 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! Here’s Taylor from Oh Yeah Music.
How long have you been in your role?
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been here for around six weeks now!
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
Well the first thing I always do is consult my work diary, I’d be lost without it! If I have a meeting or an interview organised I’ll get stuck straight into that, otherwise I’ll be catching up with the guys on all events taking place here throughout the week and updating the website accordingly.
Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.
The Oh Yeah Centre is a music hub with various tenants making up the warm community feeling here, as such the Oh Yeah staff are all expected to help out with tasks such as manning the reception desk, serving customers in the cafe, cleaning the office and helping any visitors who may be stopping by. I’ll also book bands into the rehearsal studios, consistently update our social media, update our website and help to book artists for the various gigs/projects we run here all the time.
What’s your favourite thing you do each day?
I love getting the opportunity to help organise gigs! Everything from the initial brainstorming of appropriate acts, to writing of the press releases for the finalised project I find exciting. Then watching a successful night unfold and knowing you’ve been a part of making it happen is incredibly rewarding.
Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about it?
Our biggest task we’re currently working on is the creation of a booklet to celebrate our tenth anniversary since opening back in 2007. This booklet involves contacting former board members of the organisation, whilst pulling together quotes, interviews and pictures from the Oh Yeah’s many projects down the years. Waiting on responses from the bigger names who’ve been instrumental in our success can be stressful, however I’m confident that our final booklet will be a great success.
What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?
Thankfully I’ve not faced too many major difficulties so far, though it can be difficult attempting to book acts outside of the country for shows, particularly when they are working with a hectic schedule, which they often are. It requires a lot of patience, strategically timed follow up calls, and calm when that’s the last emotion you’re feeling!
What have you learnt about the world of work?
There really isn’t any room for error here, you have to adjust to things quickly. Of course everyone makes mistakes, but in the working world there’s a lot less scope to learn and move on, when other people’s jobs depend on your competence!
What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?
Don’t put it off! If you’ve a passion for something and the drive to succeed, now is always the time to give it a try.
What do you want to do next?
This job has made me even more determined to achieve a full time job in the music industry, so I will be continuing to apply for any opportunities which comes up! I’ll be using all the skills I’ve acquired here to continue making my own contribution to the Northern Irish music scene, be that through running or promoting gigs at all levels, wherever I can!
In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time?
Ideally I’d love to still be here! I’ve loved my time at the Oh Yeah Centre and if I could continue working here in any capacity I’d be delighted.