How many graduates have such an interesting blend of careers? Research & Innovation specialist, Lecturer, and a Musician whose music is described as ‘Bright, catchy and totally convincing’ by the NME.
Job Titles: Research & Innovation Project Support Officer / Popular Music & Record Production Associate Lecturer
Working for: Southampton Solent University
Studied: BA (Hons) Music Industry Management
What have been your main career achievements to date?
Professional – securing full time employment within the HEI sector, securing £450,000 funding for HEI projects
How has your qualification from Bucks helped your career?
In a professional context it gave me valuable insight into the general infrastructure of business, and for music it gave me guidance and an insight into industry strategies.
What advice would you pass on to your first year self?
Be open minded, be flexible, learn to try new things, shadow people as much as possible to enhance your skills, research jobs before making applications, try not to think that you know best because you don’t!
Take advantage of university support and guidance, make the most of guest speakers as these are your gateway into industry, and ensure you have relevant industry work experience to support your degree course.
Are there any misconceptions about the music industry that you would like to address?
Be aware that the music industry is part of what is known as the ‘Creative Industries’, which is well known to be a very tough and competitive industry to penetrate, which means that the job market will also be very competitive or you may have to work as a free-lancer or sole trader, which can mean potential cash flow problems, especially if you’re looking to jump onto the housing market. Also, if you are looking at becoming a millionaire then the creative industries is not for you!
Further information about Bill Acharjee’s extraordinary combination of careers:
Highlights: – record deal, releasing singles, tours, radio play, supporting high profile acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Ash, Maccabees, Mystery Jets to name a few.
[Music videos can be seen at the bottom of this article]
Apart from his professional career, he has been an active musician with over 22 years’ experience operating within the music industry, in various capacities, where he has developed an extensive network of contacts from the industry including; Mama Group, Skint Records, White Lies, The Klaxons, Supervision Management to name a few.
In 2003, he formed the Art-Rock outfit, Dead!Dead!Dead!, where he played the bass guitar and signed to the indie label, Tough Love Records to release “George Lassoes the Moon” (TLV004). The band played alongside great acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Ash, Tom Vek, Jamie-T, Glass Vegas, Young Knives, Mystery Jets, Scouting For Girls and The Noisettes, as well as performing extensive tours with Mumm-Ra throughout the country. They also received excellent airplay and reviews, on the Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley show’s on Radio 1 as well being the featured band on Phil Jupitus’s show on 6 Music.
Drowned In Sound said:
“Musically mature, elegant & well read, Dead! Dead! Dead! could easily be the best band you haven’t yet heard… Guitars imitating tigers on the prowl… stuffed full of poignancy and rage… marvellous”.
In the summer of 2010, Bill was approached to join South-Coast Psychedelic-Pop band The Cabin Fever, managed by Jamie Reynolds from Mercury Award winning band The Klaxons. Their debut show was at The Borderline, London supporting Rose Elinor Dougall (ex-The Pipettes) followed by a string of successful shows including; The Great Escape Festival, Brighton alongside Esben & the Witch and appearing at The Garage, London with Spanish dance act Delorean for a NME Radar show. You can watch The Cabin Fever at the infamous Red Bull studio in London working with Jamie Reynolds:
He also played with a Pop-Folk band called Woven Bird, who were signed and released a single via Folkwit Records – http://folkwit.com/artists/woven-bird
Bill is currently involved with a musical venture called The Diamond Age – https://www.facebook.com/thediamondageuk which is already receiving great interest from the music industry with an invitation to perform at The Great Escape Festival 2014, and a live session with Simon Raymonde’s (Bella Union) Amazing Radio show.
They released their debut single ‘I Might Just Be’ in May 2014 to critical acclaim:
“Bright, catchy and totally Convincing” – NME
“You gotta hear this song. It will change your life, I swear” – When The Gramophone Rings
[Videos can be seen at the bottom of this article]
Career in Higher Education
Research & Innovation Project Support Officer / Popular Music & Record Production Associate Lecturer.
Securing full time employment within the HEI sector, securing £450,000 funding for HEI projects.
AL Role – tutorial support, arrange for music industry specialists to present, marking assignments.
Bill Acharjee currently works within the Research & Innovation department at Southampton Solent University as a Project Support Officer. One of his tasks is to manage the Knowledge Transfer Partnership portfolio, which involves helping businesses to make better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within UK academic institutions – enabling them to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance.
He was initially appointed by Solent in 2008 to increase the retention of graduates in the Southampton wide area via the Graduate Jobs South recruitment website. This role involved contacting existing and new clients, in order to strengthen relations, identify needs and requirements in order to provide appropriate business solutions. He also delivered employment information, advice and guidance sessions to identify and understand student and graduate career needs. Prior to this role, Bill worked for a recruitment company for 3 years as a head hunter so is fully aware of the recruitment needs and requirements of potential employers, and is aware of various recruitment techniques and strategies to present potential applicants to clients.
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