Mentoring

I think the value of mentoring in music and production cannot be overstated.

I’ve been very lucky in my career to be advised and mentored by some amazing people who I went to for all sorts of advice and support. Sometimes it was career advice, sometimes technical or practical advice, sometimes it was just for emotional support and to discuss life and future plans with. I’m still in touch with most of them and they still help me to this day.

Now I feel it’s time that I provide some mentoring of my own. I met my mentors by working with a wide range of people in many different locations. When I particularly got on with someone whose career I admired I tried my best to stay in contact. Maybe it’s just my perception, but I feel that those opportunities to come across potential mentors have been reduced. Although I still travel, I do the bulk of my work in my own studio, the same as most of my contemporaries that I speak to. So it appears that the onus is on me to advertise that I’m available and set aside time to continue the tradition in our industry of passing on knowledge and the benefits of whatever experience I’ve accrued over the last 20 years.

I genuinely want to help aspiring engineers and producers, so if you’re interested in discussing any of the above please email me at ian@iandowling.co.uk