Grammy-nominated music producer inspires USW students with masterclass

Romesh Dodangoda graduate

Music students at the University of South Wales (USW) have benefited from an inspiring masterclass with Grammy-nominated producer, Romesh Dodangoda, as part of his partnership with the Faculty of Creative Industries.

Romesh, who is a USW alumnus and has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and metal – including Motorhead, Bring Me the Horizon, Bullet for My Valentine and Funeral for a Friend – established a partnership with USW at the start of 2021.

This week he began working with the first cohort of the BA (Hons) Music Producing degree, delivering an interactive Q&A session on the role of the music producer in the modern music industry. The students learned about creative production processes and their significance within contemporary recorded music.

Romesh Dodangoda masterclass2.jpgThe partnership will see Romesh bring his considerable experience to the new course through a series of bespoke briefs, masterclasses and an exciting Graduate Award, which will annually celebrate major project work.

This will not only offer a prestigious accolade but also an internship with Romesh's Long Wave Recording Studio, where many hit singles and albums have been recorded.

Students are also invited to join Romesh’s online music production forum, the Control Room, where they will gain expert advice and input from the global producing community.

The BA (Hons) Music Producing degree is a practical programme and fast-tracked learning experience, giving students access to USW’s innovative studio facilities and collaborative learning environment. It is designed to nurture the skillset of the next generation of producers in creative industries such as music, film, television, and game audio. Running for its first year, the course has got off to a positive start, attracting a diverse cohort who are travelling to the Immersive Fields music festival in Stroud next month to experience D&B Audio’s ground-breaking 3D live sound system.

Course Leader, David Coker, said: “This new course goes from strength to strength. We have quickly established a vibrant and collaborative learning community that embraces industry partnerships and innovative music technology. BA Music Producing at USW has a bright and exciting future.”

Music Producing students Zeus Huxtable and Jake Hilicoat were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Romesh.

Zeus said: “Romesh’s experience and knowledge of the music producer’s role was inspiring,” while Jake added: “I’m buzzing about the course – Romesh’s career shows that with dedication and enthusiasm, there are many sustainable career opportunities in the industry after USW.” 

To find out more about Music Producing and other courses at USW, book onto our Open Day on 13 November.