Friday 19 July 2013
David Tolan
David Tolan

A University of Salford lecturer is stepping out of the classroom and onto the fields of a key UK music festival after being invited to give a special masterclass at this year’s Kendal Calling Festival.

David Tolan, who teaches audio production at the University will be speaking to festival-goers about his extensive experience in the music industry, at the annual event which begins on 26 July in the Lake District.

Alongside Jim Spencer, a colleague from his Music Masters company, David will be talking about his background and history in music production. He’ll cover how he got started in the business, early musical experiences, key projects he’s worked on and the pivotal role of the producer within the music business.

The organisers have also asked him to discuss how artists get signed in today’s climate, copyright and how the role of artist, producer and record label has changed with the advent of social media.

All of this will be based on his experiences working with likes of The Charlatans, Primal Scream, Delphic, Johnny Marr, Tori Amos, John Paul Jones (Led Zepellin), Patti Smith, Neill Finn and many more.

Kendal Calling likes to pride itself on being a little bit different to other festivals.  Alongside the usual musical acts, which include The Charlatans, Primal Scream, Johnny Marr and British Sea Power, there will also be a real ale festival, stand up comedy and a children’s area, as well as the educational Academy which David is part of and which is run in association with the University of Cumbria.

Music Masters will be onstage in ‘Tim peak’s Diner’ on Saturday 27th July.

Nick Frazer of Kendal Calling said:  “We didn't have to look far when it came to our music production masterclass - The Charlatans, Johnnie Marr and Primal Scream have all benefitted from the studio expertise of Jim Spencer and Dave Tolan and they will all be gracing the main stage too. So many of the bands that play have a link to Jim and Dave so they were the first choice for us and we know they both love a good festival.”

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