“open up other doors…”
“being a nice guy can definitely get you a long way”
Although this producer has his sights set on London and other big cities, Ashton-Under-Hill in Gloucestershire will always be his home: “My fondest musical memories have to be playing in bands as I was growing up. There was no pressure and was just loads of fun; learning how to play instruments and messing about with songwriting, surrounded by my close friends. The gigs we played around Gloucestershire gave me a taste for what it was like to play on stage.”
This producer is definitely country through-and-through, with a part time job on a farm earning money, helping fund his music and producing ambitions. Through building industry contacts, playing gigs and producing music, Callum’s knowledge for music and the industry has progressed over the years, and one important piece of advice that he would give to younger musicians is knowing your theory: “Musical knowledge has got to be key. This could include playing an instrument well, knowing music theory and understanding what makes a good song. Developing technical skills in the studio has played a big part, due to the way this is influencing how the industry works.”
However, simple advice will always be key: “Along with the specific musical skills perseverance, communication and being a nice guy can definitely get you a long way.”
With 2017 looking to be a huge year for this 21-year-old producer, his aspirations are high. “I would be happy if I could songwrite and produce full time in London, building contacts and making a name for myself. In 5 years time, it would be my aim to have success in the industry, travelling around and hopefully, working with top 50 chart artists.
“It’s been a fun few months touring within the UK and Europe. I’m looking forward to playing festivals and bigger venues in 2017, with my one aim being to break into the London scene and meet lots of new people, who I can hopefully work with in the future.”
For now, Callum’s off to pack for a music inspired trip to Holland; there’s simply no stopping him. With touring, producing and building his contacts and image taking over, 2017 is certainly going to hold some big opportunities and projects, creating memories that will stick with him for the rest of his producing career. Turn on, tune in and sit back to the slick style and catchy beats from Callum Stubbs.