Ahead of next Off The Record event at Platform, Glasgow on the 1st March, we spoke to Keith McIvor (JD Twitch) from Optimo about life in the music business...
Q: How did you get your start in music?
A: My first involvement in music was through a local organisation called Easterhouse Arts Project who had established a Trad music project in the area, I joined their classes as I wasn't enjoying music at school but desperate to play music. They got me involved in their committee and helping out at different events, teaching. I didn't consider a career in music until a couple of years after leaving school and failed attempt at Biochemistry, I was still teaching classes for them and realised that it was community arts and music that I really loved doing.
Q: What is best thing about your work?
A: Inspirational creative people, everyday I get to work with musicians or other individuals who are deeply passionate about what they do and make exciting things happen.
Q: Give us one tip for anyone looking to work in music
A: Be open to people and different opportunities, go and see as much as you can even if you think it’s not your type of thing.
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.