Winner of the 2016 Triple J Unearthed Listen Out competition, Alice Ivy, shares her experience of broadening her music knowledge in RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry).
When soul, blues and electronica artist Annika Schmarsel - AKA Alice Ivy - finished high school, she thought it would be valuable to broaden her experience in music beyond performing. She chose the RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) after attending Open Day and learning about the program.
“What attracted me to the program was its versatility. As someone with no experience in music outside of performing, it was valuable to gain a better knowledge and understanding of the different areas and career pathways in the field,” said Alice.
Students are taught about key music technologies, global music cultures, popular music scenes, music business practice and live music performance.
“As someone fresh out of high school, the course was a great introduction to different areas of the industry. The contacts I established through interning and meeting my fellow students truly put me on the path to finding work in the industry.”
One of the key things Alice learned was sound production, which she now teaches and does for herself and others.
“My highlights of studying were the production courses - particularly the sampling classes. At RMIT, I was introduced to the basics of music production. This enabled me to go on and work as a full-time artist and producer.”
Alice advises anyone considering RMIT to contact students, alumni and teachers for advice, as well as attending Open Day and information sessions. “Speak to people that have completed the course you’re interested in and 100% attend Open Day!”
Since winning Triple J Unearthed in 2016, Alice has performed and recorded her music to wide acclaim and travelled around the world, recently returning from songwriting camp at Red Bull Studios in Berlin.
“Some of my highlights have been performing for a packed out tent at Splendour In The Grass, showcasing at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, and releasing my debut record ‘I’m Dreaming’. I actually recorded some of this album in the basement studios at RMIT.”
‘I’m Dreaming’ received positive reviews, with Beat magazine giving it 9/10 and declaring it ‘a triumph’. Critics are eagerly awaiting her follow up.
“What’s next for me is working on album #2! I’m currently deep in writing sessions and collaborating with some of my favourite artists.”
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