Ahead of next Off The Record event at Platform, Glasgow on the 1st March, we spoke to Hannah Currie from Milk Glasgow about life in the music business...
Q: How did you get your start in music?
A: A mixture of luck and persistence... I was pretty distracted throughout school and uni dreaming of a career in the media industry, and spent most of my time writing music reviews and interviews for various newspapers and websites.
By going to lots of gigs I met bands, managers and promoters, and when I left uni a local promoter asked me (and my friend Aileen, who also did music journalism) to come up with a concept for a clubnight.
I guess it was an experiment on his behalf but I don't think anyone could have foreseen that we'd still be doing this 3 years later. Aileen and I went to town on it, designing logos and posters, flyering and postering every weekend, booking bands and DJs and hounding the music press to come along to our event and write about it. MILK is our live music and club night at Glasgow venue Flat 0/1 and we love it!
Q: What is best thing about your work?
A: Running music events is a hobby - or rather a labour of love - for both of us, as we have full-time jobs in other media industries throughout the week. But despite the full-time work getting busier and busier for us since we left uni, we haven't been able to give MILK up. It's too much of a buzz - there is no feeling in the world like seeing an event packed with people all having fun - or when a band tells you how much they've loved the show, it's amazing! If you've had a bad start to the week, MILK on a Wednesday is guaranteed to make you smile and get you through the rest of it...
Q: Give us one tip for anyone looking to work in music
A: Do it for the love of it - being passionate about music is the most important thing; if you're in it to try and make money, you're off on the wrong foot!
Off The Record takes place at Platform in Easterhouse, Glasgow on Saturday 1st March for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25! Find out more & book tickets here.