Music and Sound Masterclasses

Music Production masterclass with High Contrast

Lincoln Barrett aka High Contrast is an electronic musician, producer, DJ, Grammy nominee and remixer for everyone from White Stripes to Kanye West, Coldplay, Adele to Calvin Harris. In 2012 he wrote the music for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with Underworld and has recently finished a jungle remix for the BBC of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. High Contrast is also a USW Alumni having completed BA (Hons) Film 

Join us for an exclusive insight into the High Contrast creative process: watch as he deconstructs one of his productions & explains his approach to workflow, studio techniques & the application of his innovative musical aesthetic.

Song writing masterclass with Andrea Stolpe

Join Los Angeles based songwriter & educator, Andrea Stolpe for a Song writing Masterclass where she shares her wealth of knowledge into the creative process, giving valuable tips for both beginners and experienced songwriters. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Andrea has written for platinum-selling artists such as Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, and Jimmy Wayne. This is an essential session for anyone interested in the study of song writing.

In conversation with…Romesh Dodangoda   

Join Music Graduate & Grammy-nominated Romesh Dodangoda - Producer/Mixer in conversation with & Dr Damon Minchella from his famous Long Wave Recording Studio. Romesh has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and metal, including Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, and Funeral For A Friend.

In conversation with…Jack Boston 

Jack Boston is a DJ, Recording Engineer & Mixer based at the infamous Rockfield Studios & signed to Symmetry Recordings. He is also a Music & Sound Graduate. Being an in-house engineer has exposed Jack to a range of clients including The Cure, Beth Orton & The Proclaimers along with a plethora of upcoming bands & artists. Hear Jack talk about his USW journey, life in the Music Business & tips for the next generation of producers.

@jackbostonmusic @rockfieldstudios @symmetryrecordings

In conversation with…Steffan Pringle

Steffan Pringle is a producer, recording engineer & mixer who has helped many Welsh bands on the road to success including KEYS, Adwaith, Himalayas & Estrons. He is also a Music & Sound Graduate. Join Steffan & our very own Senior Lecturer, Matthew Evans to chat about all things Music Production & how he creates that distinctive energetic style.

In conversation with…Mateo Depares 

Mateo Depares is a Music Producer and Engineer based at Wicked & Loud studios in London who honed his craft whilst reading for an MA in Songwriting and Production at USW. Major projects include the opening ceremony of 'Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture' and the final of 'X Factor Malta'. He is part of the team that works on material for artists such as Amber, Maxine, Owen Leuellen and Gaia Cauchi.

Mateo from Malta talks about how he discovered his love of music, his time studying music at the University and how he entered the music industry.


In conversation with… Gruff Owen

Gruff Owen is the owner and label manager at Libertino Records who specialise in promoting Welsh bands and Welsh language music to audiences around Wales and the UK. 

Libertino has grown extensively over the past five years and holds an impressive roster of artists including Welsh Music Prize Winners, Adwaith and nominees Keys. 

Join Gruff as he delves into his passion for music and how-to breakthrough in the industry as he chats with USW Senior Lecturer, Matthew Evans.

In conversation with… Hollie Singer

Hollie Singer is studying BA (Hons) Popular and Commercial Music with USW and is also the lead singer of Adwaith who won the Welsh Music Prize in 2019. 

Join Hollie to hear some exclusive new music, chat about her USW journey and rise to commercial success that has taken the band from Carmarthen to Russia.


Music and Sound - Gradfest 2020

Each year we take time to celebrate the work of our Faculty of Creative Industry students through a festival called 'Gradfest'.

This dedicated festival is home to project work, blogs, videos, vinyl samplers, soundcloud playlists and so much more from our Music and Sound students.

Take a look at what our students have worked on over the past year or so by viewing the Gradfest 2020 - Music and Sound website page.



USW Cardiff is based in the heart of the city centre, with major studios and creative agencies within easy reach including BBC, Wolf Studios, S3 Advertising and Golley Slater. 


Meet friends for life, join clubs and societies, experience campus life, benefit from a huge array of facilities and equipment and study a course that will shape the rest of your life.


Employability is at the heart of everything we do. Our students have the opportunity to take part in live projects, industry masterclasses, briefs and practical placements. Our industry partnerships have resulted in our students putting on live events for some of the biggest acts.


In addition to teaching essential technical skills for industry, we ensure students are adept in creativity, problem solving and innovation. With emphasis on ‘problem-led’ learning, we want to ensure that every student is creative-on-demand and job-ready.