Ben Philcox has been with dBs Music for over 10 years now, beginning his teaching career at our Plymouth centre where he taught BTEC critical analysis, music production and audio visual disciplines. Now solely teaching at higher education level, Ben leads the Music Composition for Film & TV and Sound for Film & TV degrees at our Bristol HE centre, where he has spent the last 5 years helping to develop the site and running a variety of HE courses.
A fan of music for as long as he can remember, John Peel was Ben's window into a greater world of music growing up, with Peel's eclectic taste leaving a lasting impression on him. This eclecticism saw Ben play in bands, as well as DJing and producing music for himself and other artists over the years.
That time spent producing led to Ben's work being released on a number of different independent record labels. Alongside this creative output, Ben has also garnered extensive experience working in studios, where he has worked for the BBC, national radio group UKRD and a number of independent production companies in the UK. On top of that, he's also worked on several large commercial video/film-based projects as sound editor and supervising sound editor.
All this industry experience has seen Ben work in a host of exciting places surrounded by equally exciting people. Working at a TV and film production house just off Oxford Street in London introduced him to a new set of challenges and famous faces each day, and more recently he has worked with German electronic music producer Ulrich Schnauss and played with Sigur Rós during their show at the Eden Project.
Yet, after spending ten years or so working in sound, music and media, it felt like the right time to give something back to those aspiring to achieve a similar career. Transferring some of his project management skills over to teaching, Ben joined dBs Music in 2007 and continues to use his time in the industry to help facilitate students' work and encourage them to push themselves as far as they can.
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Outside of his work at dBs Music, Ben runs a label called Prima Rosa, which operates as a platform for him to release his own music, and that of other artists, on all digital formats. It's also a platform for promoting his work for music for publishing and sync deals, and has resulted in some interesting independent filmmakers using his music for various film projects.
Ben is also currently working with a number of film directors, looking at sound and music content for their productions, and when possible, tries to involve as many of his students in the projects as well!
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