Patrick is a partner at SEM, who has helped develop the school since 1996.
Patrick is still involved in all departments of the School, He says “every day can be different – I enjoy working in such a creative Industry with like minded staff that are all passionate about their roles at SEM”
He is also an undercover geek along with being a complete snowboarding and drum‘n’bass addict!
Damian Fiedler Director
Damian is a partner at SEM. He holds the status of Principal.
He works closely with our academic partners and institutions – Pearson, the BAC, and UCLan University.
Like Patrick, he’s also a keen snowboarder and not too bad on the 1s and 2s!
lucy Ironmonger – Course Advisor
Lucy is the first point of contact at SEM for people seeking course advice.
She also works closely with Ableton Live and Native Instruments HQ to develop new courses, and help run events within the school.
She‘s been DJing for 10 years and is a resident at Partisan, along with being a promoter for the successful techno night ’Meat Free’ which she runs with 3 SEM graduates.
Dominic Tanner Technical Support
Dom has been making and touring with his music for about 16 years, playing in metal, punk, experimental/improv and psych bands, and has over 60 albums to his name on Bandcamp.
He runs Bojanić Audio & Mastering, where he primarily focuses on mastering local unsigned bands, as well as more established overseas acts.
He has also composed and produced music for many adverts and online promotions.
Jan Huss Course & Careers Advisor
Jan is a music producer, DJ and former student of SEM who has completed an HNC in Music Production.
He likes to stay versatile in his productions and loves a challenge, particularly when it comes to sound design, and in his spare time produces house, drum and bass and dubstep.
If you’re looking for 1-2-1 tuition or support in Music Production, then get in touch. Jan is also responsible for helping students bridge the gap between studying and work, and can help you develop your CV, assist with job applications and securing work experience placements.
Stefanie Chew Creative, Social Media & Events
Stef is an integral part of the marketing team, and is here to help promote what’s going on at SEM.
Working across all social platforms and the blog, she is here to help you reach a wider audience with your music.
Get in touch if you’d like to share tracks, videos or have ideas of how you would like to get involved with SEM’s social media. Stef has always been passionate about music and in her spare time is an electronic instrumental artist, who has had airtime on the BBC, and support from the likes of Nils Frahm.
Ian Walpole Creative, Social Media & Events
Ian comes from an advertising background and is part of our marketing team.
He works on all of our social media platforms, marketing, website, video editing and design.
Speak with him if you have any music-related activities that you’d like to see promoted through the SEM social channels.
Elle Holgate Creative, Social Media & Events
Elle is a new addition to the SEM team, and has already become an integral player.
She’s responsible for a lot of the content creation, and exposure of SEM students to a wider audience.
Elle is an electronic music artist, and has worked heavily in radio, specifically Hoxton FM before moving up north!
Lawrence Allen Receptionist & Student Services Administrator
Former student Lawrence is the first port of call for all student enquires.
He can help you with absences, ID cards, room bookings, work hand-ins and any general enquiries, as well as pastoral care and support.
Outside of SEM, Lawrence is a musician and drag queen performing self-produced electronic pop rap music, and has been featured on i-D/Vice and World of Wonder.
Former student and hiphop nerd Aiden, is responsible for programme administration and inductions for all new SEM students.
He can help you with all general enquiries about your course as well as being there to provide pastoral care and support.
You‘re always welcome to come and see him for a chat about anything thats on your mind. Aiden’s claim to fame was working on the sound for Tony Christie and Katrina and the Waves amongst many other has-beens. He is also one part of the debauched DJ duo ’Don‘t Be Cruel’.
Tony Rigg Head of Music Business Education / Course Director
Tony has worked across the spectrum of the music industry, holding command positions in market leading organisations including Operations Director for Ministry of Sound.
Tony has overseen the management of 100+ music venues, delivered thousands of events, has a chart pedigree as an artist producer, and founded the MA Music Industry at UCLan University.
He operates his own consultancy practice and oversees a broad portfolio of music enterprises when he’s not teaching at SEM.
Tom Lonsborough Academic Head & Degree Tutor
Tom has been a Certified Ableton Live Tutor since 2008
Tom works closely with Ableton Live and Native Instruments in ensuring curriculums are kept at the cutting edge.
He is also a prolific ghost-producer running a professional studio, and part of the successful electronic band 2 Billion Beats, with well over 25+ releases.
Paul Carnac Music Production Degree Tutor
Paul worked as a sound engineer and programmer for many successful artists and labels (from Oasis to N-Trance, and Creation Records to Factory) before concentrating mostly on sound design and synthesis.
He has worked on diverse projects from TV nature documentaries to producing grime artist collaborations with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Paul also holds a PGCE, and is an all-round music production Boffin with a capital B!
Yoss Brady Music Production Tutor
Yoss has a high level of mixdown and mastering knowledge.
Alongside teaching, he works in-house with Humbled Soul and 80 Hertz, which is the UK’s largest independent studio.
He has worked alongside artists such as Diana Ross (EMI), Peter Asher (Apple), and Matthew Halsall (Gondwana).
Martyn Ellis Audio Engineering Degree Tutor
Martyn holds a BSc (Hons) in Audio Engineering and a PGCE.
He currently teaches at several Manchester colleges.
He is the founder of Noise Four, an award-winning Audio Production company which has worked on two BAFTA accredited short films.
Neil Bruce Audio Engineering Tutor
Neil is an audio engineer, guitarist, composer, and sound designer, with a PhD in Acoustics and MSc in Signal Processing.
His engineering credits range from Al Green to Led Zeppelin, and his compositional work has featured in films, tv and computer games, along with a number of albums over the last 15 years.
Between gigging, Neil provides masterclasses at Universities in the North West, and has authored a book entitled, Guitar Creativity, a new way of thinking.
Chris Kolev Technical Support
Chris began by writing metal and industrial music and later moved to drum and bass and dubstep after studying our HNC in Music Production.
Today he works mainly with cinematic and heavily guitar driven music, and is very experienced with lots of hardware, microphones, recording techniques, digital and analogue desks.
He began his music career as a performer but today prefers the other side of the mixing console, working as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer at Oscillate Recordings and running his own studio eXk Studio when not supporting students at SEM.
DJ Rasp Head DJ Tutor
DJ Rasp first started out on the scratch battle scene, making a name for himself by winning 7 British DJ championship titles (DMC and IDA).
He now captivates crowds in clubs, festivals & events worldwide, with a healthy balance of musical selection, showmanship and technical skills.
He’s got many releases to his name, and a huge amount of enthusiasm and knowledge when it comes to teaching DJing.