It’s been exactly two years since I spent the best part of a summer working as an intern at the infamous Ministry of Sound. Here’s a recap and an update…
Back in 2014 I was lucky enough to be chosen as the second successful applicant of the ‘Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme’, giving me (a farmers son from the Cotswolds, with a passion for music) the unlikely opportunity of being able to work inside one of the biggest independent record labels in the world at their London HQ.
I got to learn, observe and rub shoulders with some of the best DJ’s, digital marketers, video makers, HR, lawyers, A&R heads, web designers, radio producers, photographers and journalists in the industry, as well contribute my own content to their highly demanding website using my own skills as a music producer and videographer. It was a jump in the deep end but I fully embraced the challenge and threw my all into every task I was given, every day I was there.
During my internship I was lucky enough to make acquaintances and relationships with some great people and I’m very happy to say that I still keep in contact with some of my colleagues, both socially and professionally.
In fact a few months after I finished, as fate would have it, I bumped into Toby who worked in the A&R department at a local pub back in the Cotswolds (The Prince Albert for any Stroudies out there!) who after a few pints quickly set me on the task of providing him with 5 new tracks for him to listen to within a week. He liked what he heard and one year later started formally managing me as a musical artist / producer / DJ, known now as ‘Barny B’. This was and is a big step for my career and one that can only have ever happened with the leap of faith that Jane and Jimmy took by giving me the opportunity to be part of Josh’s memorial scheme.
I’ve been back several times over the past few years, sitting in on radio shows and going to the club nights with my good mate Sam who sat opposite me in the office and took me clubbing every weekend of July ’14! I’ve also kept in frequent contact with Matt who works in the digital team, recently providing him with some music for Ministry’s new tongue in cheek video series called ‘Dancefloor Dilemmas’.
Perhaps most notably though, through keeping my contacts and relationships from the internship alive, I was asked a few months ago to provide Ministry of Sound with a 1 hour DJ mix to feature on their website and official Soundcloud music page; a milestone moment for me. The mix has racked up almost 20 thousand plays so far and has helped me gain invaluable exposure. (Please have a listen below if you’re planning on going raving tonight!)
Looking back, I can’t really describe how fortunate I was to get real experience in the UK’s dance music epicentre, hit factory and clubbing mecca. The Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme was undoubtedly one of the most important and informative experiences of my life so far and I’m sure It will have a positive, lasting impact on my musical path for years to come.