POSTED ON – 17.06.13
Ollie Jacobs - Audio Masterclass
SSR’s Head of Audio Jason O’Bryan invited Ollie to SSR to talk to our students, and together they dissected the processes behind creating the 2013 UK number One hit ‘What About Us’ and other records.
Ollie Jacobs began his career doing remixes for the like of Frankie Goes To Hollywood ("Relax") and soon went on to mix the platinum selling album, Leftism (number 34 in Q magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever) for UK artists Leftfield.
He soon started writing his own songs, and became the front man of Arkarna. During his career Ollie has written for and collaborated with artists including Madonna, Take That, Trevor Horn, Art of Noise, Bary Manillow, The Prodigy, Skunk Anansie, William Orbit, East 17 and Rozalla.
Ollie has written and produced various UK hit singles for artists including Rozalla’s Everybody’s Free (UK No.6), Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl (UK No.1) and most recently The Saturdays feat Sean Paul’s What About Us? which debut at number 1 in the UK singles charts and was the fastest selling UK single of 2013.
Ollie discussed his mixing techniques and gave an insight into how he works on a production in Ableton live, along with broader points about the recording and music industries.
“Do as much as you can without a record label!” was one such tip given by Ollie.
Ollie is a longtime friend of SSR Jakarta’s Jason O’Bryan, who invited him for the lecture. Industry connections and guest lectures such as this are a big part of the SSR teaching experience and allow students to hear insights from industry professionals.
“It (delivering the lecture) was so out of my comfort zone but I jumped at the chance. I was nervous at first, but felt like I had so many things I wanted to share. A few minutes into the lecture I realized I was having a great time! I really hope the students got something out of it.”
We would like to thank Ollie for giving up his time to talk to our students and sharing some of his experiences and tips with them.