As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some first-hand experience of the music industry via the Heavy Music Awards’ own events and processes.

The students work across four courses at BIMM’s London campus – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production.

David Flahou

Today, we’re meeting Music Production student David Flahou, who will be attending the HMA events and getting hands-on experience alongside sound engineers at both our Manchester and London events.


On BIMM…
I am currently completing my final year at BIMM and I really enjoyed these 3 years of the Music Production degree. I learned all of what I know about producing and mixing, and I really feel confident know for my future. It allowed me to meet and produce tracks for great artists. I also had the chance to meet great actors from the music industry and I understand know how the things works. The opportunity to use the facilities at BIMM helped me to gain experience in studio.

On the HMAs…
I wanted to be part of the team for the Heavy Music Awards 2018 for many reasons. First of all I love new experiences. I had the chance along my journey with music to do so many things such as playing on stage for so many events, touring across the world with a rock band as a lead guitarist, then I moved to London to start a new life, with new projects. I had the chance to produce a great band that will get signed pretty soon. I recently spent a whole day in a professional studio with a well known mixing engineer who showed me all of his tricks and workflow. Accessing the HMAs is another chance for me to live something new and open up my mind to new horizons. Also, I love metal music, it has been my favourite genre of music since I started to do music seriously. So many artists and producers I love participated on the first HMAs last year, and that’s a dream for me to be present at this event and be surrounded by people who share the same passion and love for music as me. I will be proud to be part of the team that work to make this event a great moment. I always wanted to be part of a successful band, releasing great music, be an artist. After a few years I realised that what I really love is producing and mixing. I wish that I will be able in the future to keep working with great artists, try to help them to create awesome tracks, help them to achieve the final product that they always wanted to have. Living a life of creation, make a living out of producing and mixing. If I end up having a post in a good studio, that will allow me to make a living out of my art, I’ll be the happiest man on earth!

On your career goals…
As I don’t have a clear idea of a specific job that I would like to take up in the music industry, i would like to be able to work in many different areas as I can before settling in a specific role so that I can gain as much experience as possible. I would like to be able to create a large network of people that I can work with during my time in the industry and hopefully be involved in large projects such as festivals and tours. I would also like to carry on creating my own smaller independent events as I have found these to be very enjoyable and have given me great experience in the past. The main goal is to learn as much as I can through different opportunities the industry could provide me with.

On your stereo…
Right now I am listening to Wolf Alice – SadBoy. Great track. While I was walking from work today, I was listening to a good old Miss May I – Not Our Tomorrow.

Last show you went to…
It’s been a while since I went to a show, as uni and work are quite demanding at the moment. Last one was Lower Than Atlantis at Brixton Academy last year, Or maybe Mallory Knox at KOKO.


You can follow David on Instagram.

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