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WaterBear are giving one of our musicians the opportunity to win a 1-1 with the one and only Chris Buck!

Chris has enjoyed success in the iTunes album rock charts with his new band Cardinal Black, and has been voted ‘Best New Guitarist’ and ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ in successive years by the readers of Guitarist Magazine

This is going to be an hour session to use for whatever you’d like, a 1-1 guitar lessons, a career chat, maybe just grabbing a coffee with this incredible guitarist.

If you’d like to apply for the 1-1 slot with Chris, please follow
the instructions below;

  1. Email [email protected] with:

This 1-1 session will be happening during October. Closing date to apply is 17th September.

Good luck!

Indie Dance

WaterBear are pleased to present a new series of downloadable sample packs, with our first release containing samples from the Indie Dance Genre.

As you might have noticed, Indie Dance has been gaining prominence in the scene over the last couple years. Clubs have seen a recent resurgence of 80s dance music such as Italo, house, EBM & disco, but with a more contemporary spin. You may have heard artists such as Lauer & Krystal Klear putting out record after record on labels like Running Back, with the tracks being built on some of those legendary drum machines and synths - which are luckily quite simple to emulate.

For this taster pack, Brighton producer ‘Tech Support’ has put together some drum sounds based on the Linndrum, plus the Roland TR 606 and TR 808, which are typically heard in this genre. Also included are the analogue synths Juno 60 & Sequential Pro-One ,and the Roland D-50; a digital keyboard which is light, breathy, and great for pads and stabs that slip into the mix without muddying the mix.

In the 80’s it was common for artists recording at studios which owned these machines, to simply use the presets that came with them - hence there are a lot of similar sounds in early House & Italo records from that era.

If you like what you hear and want to find out how to produce sample packs of your own, check out our BA (HONS) Electronic Music and Business degree course.

WaterBear | The College of Music was buzzing with excitement as it played host to a sell-out Sofar Sounds live show on Wed June 19th. The exclusive event at WaterBear H.Q in Brighton featured a line-up of some of the UK's finest emerging artists including: Bledig, Bee & Jack Rabbit and Ebony Grace.

Sofar Sounds is the largest music promoter in the world and they host in excess of 500 gigs per month in more than 300 cities world-wide. Previous artists who have performed at Sofar shows include Hozier, Leon Bridges, Emeli Sandé, Wolf Alice, Bastille, and Lianne La Havas.

Sofar Sounds was started in London in March 2009 by Rafe Offer, Rocky Start, and Dave Alexander who were "annoyed by typically noisy and boisterous popular concert venues". As a consequence, they decided to put on their own gig in Alexander's North London flat and invited eight friends over to listen to him play music in his living room. For the second gig in London, more people showed up. Soon after, Sofar expanded to Paris, New York City, and other cities, arriving in Los Angeles in early 2011.

Typically, three artists perform at each Sofar gig with no opener and no headliner. Performers apply to be considered via a form on the Sofar website. Musicians of all genres as well as spoken word poets, comedians and even dancers may apply. Local Sofar Sounds lead ambassadors / bookers and their review committees and music scouts curate the evenings.

Make sure to check the artists who performed by following the links below:


Bledig cook up a stew of muscular prog hop/jazz grooves, dark piano tones, dirty synths and soaring vocals. Drawing influence from acts like Portishead, Esbjorn Svensson Trio and late Talk Talk, Bledig have stirred a mix of cinematic ambience and head-bopping attitude.

Bee & Jack Rabbit

"Their music and lyrics manage to conjure images and thoughts much grander than the sum of their parts, with the kind of introspective nobility that could serve as the soundtrack to your life flashing before your eyes during your final moments". - Jimmy Volts, XYZ magazine

Ebony Grace

Taking influence from the likes of Tori Amos and Kate Bush; this is alt-pop at its finest.




WaterBear | The College of Music  is very excited to announce the 2019 Rob Chapman 52 Note Guitar Challenge Competition.

The competition is designed to showcase emerging guitar talent. Entrants are asked to jam over a backing track (see track below), but are limited to the most creative use of 52 notes only. Entrants need to upload a video to YouTube of them playing along with the backing track.

This competition is open to the whole planet, you can live anywhere and enter. The prize is a one off prototype Chapman ML1 Guitar, including hard case which will be shipped directly to the winner.

Note the deadline for entrants is Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 17:00 (UK time).



Backing Track composed and produced by Jamie Humphries. Jamie is one of the world’s leading guitar players and educators - you can check out his awesome work here

If you have any problems downloading the track email [email protected]


(1.) You must be playing live on video and we must be able to see your hands.

(2.) You can record using a simple camera phone.

(3.) You can use any number of notes up to 52.

(4.) You are allowed to bend to multiple notes from one picked note.

(5.) Chords count as one note.

(6.) Try to be as melodic as possible and consider your phrasing.

(7.) You can enter as many times as you like.

(8.) You must upload your video to YouTube.

(9.) Use this title in your video: WaterBear Backing Track Competition - Insert Your Name.

(10.) This competition ends on the 14th June 2019.

(11.) The winner will be picked by WaterBear and Rob Chapman.

(12.) The decision of the judges is final.

► Interested in achieving a BA or an MA qualification as a producer, vocalist, musician, social media content producer, songwriter, tour manager or DJ? Study Online or On-Campus in Brighton, UK.

Order a prospectus here or if you have any questions drop us an email:  [email protected]



Waterbear is proud to announce that Frank Turner will be a WaterBear patron offering his expertise and advice to their students. What’s more, Frank will be cutting the ribbon at WaterBear’s inaugural launch on 30thAugust 2018.

WaterBear is a private music college for musicians and creatives. It works in partnership with the University of Chichester to offer creative people fully-accredited Master of Arts and BA (Hons) degree programmes, delivered in modern, engaging, and industry-relevant ways. Run by its founders (Bruce John Dickinson and Adam Bushell) , WaterBear draws together highly-experienced professionals, each with significant experience in the music industry as established touring musicians and recording artists. The founders also all share a deep-set passion for music education, with 20 years of experience in the UK’s well-respected private music education sector.

"I'd like to announce that I'm teaming up with WaterBear as a patron to launch an exciting new music college in Brighton,” says Frank.

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Winchester. He joined the post-hardcore band Million Dead as vocalist back in 2001, having been a former bandmate of drummer Ben Dawson in Kneejerk. In their four years together, Million Dead released two albums, but announced in 2005 that they would be parting ways. Around that time Turner acquired a tape with Bruce Springsteen's ‘Nebraska’ on it. Later, he explained "that was a really big moment for me, hearing that record, in terms of a turn-around in my music career: from hardcore punk bands to what I’m doing now.” Frank also felt that “When Million Dead finished, I wanted to stay on tour, but I didn’t want the hassle of putting a band together."

These things inspired Frank to embark upon a mainly acoustic-based solo career, working In studio and on tour with his backing band The Sleeping Souls (Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin); Tarrant Anderson (bass); Matt Nasir (piano, mandolin) and Nigel Powell (drums). So far, Frank has released seven solo albums, three rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. His seventh studio album, Be More Kind, was released on 4th May 2018.

As WaterBear’s Education Director, Bruce John Dickinson (who enjoyed 11 Top Forty hits and a Number 1 album in the early 90’s with his band, Little Angels) says: “As a person, artist, and performer, Frank stands as a shining example of the WaterBear ethos. We’re delighted and thrilled to welcome him, and his expertise, as patron of the college.”

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on  Sat Apr 13th at 12:00 Noon for our Open Day.

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Open Day Web form — REGISTER HERE 

Learn more about our BA (Hons) & Masters Programmes for musicians and creatives. Students can study On-Campus in Brighton or Online through Distance Learning. Funding is available and all programmes are accredited by the University of Chichester.

The Open Day will include a Vocals Workshop hosted by Amba Tremain & Hannah Boulton.

What to expect from the vocals workshop:

- Overview of the Vocals Department

- Life as a session player with Amba Tremain

- Performance & Q+A with Hanna Boulton

- Vocal Techniques: Tips & Advice for all musicians

Amba Tremain

Amba Tremain is a contemporary singer,songwriter,musician and vocal coach. She has worked with many high profile artists including Boy George, Newton Faulkner, Ella Henderson and Roachford. She’s also been awarded a gold disc by the BPI for her contribution to the album ‘Somewhere’ by the late Eva Cassidy. Amba and her band, ‘Blame Jones’ have had just under 300,000 monthly listeners across streaming platforms. She’s featured on over 90,000 worldwide playlists and is also a prolific session vocalist and keyboard player. Her other roles include Musical Director of award winning organisation ‘The Urban Vocal Group’ and Director of the ‘Breaking Through’ Artist Development Programme.

Hannah Boulton

Hannah is a Brighton based Singer/Songwriter who has amassed over 100K followers on YouTube. Her influences include Eva Cassidy, Beady Belle, Kimbra and Katie Melua.

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Open Day Form — REGISTER HERE 

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on Wednesday March 20th at 18:30 for our Monsters of Bass Event!

Confirm your place for this FREE PUBLIC EVENT by contacting [email protected]

This event will include performances from two of the UK’s leading bassists and an opportunity for Q+A's.

Our guests:

Dale Davis – Former musical director, bassist and friend of industry icon Amy Winehouse. A session musician with vast experience and advice who has toured with the likes of Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather and the Cuban Brothers. Recently, Dale has been working with Emeli Sandé as her Musical Director and bass player, touring Europe and the UK, as well as performing two BBC shows.

Greyum May - As a bassist / multi-instrumentalist, Greyum has spent the past two decades as a touring musician, working with bands such as Keepers Brew, Ozric Tentacles, Firebird and The Black Hand. He is also regularly employed as a backline technician and stage manager, working with artists such as Carcass, Ghost, Megadeth and Lamb of God.

Monsters of Bass Event

Date: Wed, 20.03.19
Time: 18:30
Location: WaterBear, Brighthelm Gardens, Hanover House, Brighton BN1 3XG

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