The former frontman of the New Zealand band ‘Midnight Youth’ called into Waimea College this week, to pass down his industry knowledge to young music students.

Jeremy Redmore has more than a decade of experience in the music industry.

The band’s debut album, ‘The Brave Don’t Run’, was released in 2009 and peaked at number two on the New Zealand Album Chart. The album was certified platinum in New Zealand in December 2009.

Since leaving the group in 2012, Redmore has released two solo albums.

“I was asked, a few years ago, to go into schools and talk to kids about my experience in the music industry. I jumped at the chance.”

Since 2001, the New Zealand Music Commission has been putting industry professionals into schools to work with aspiring musicians and teachers. The Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme serves 65 schools each year, and has involved over 150 mentors from the Music industy in the last 20 years.

Jeremy says that he never got the same sort of opportunity when he was young.

“I really missed that kind of element as a school student, having people from the real world come into school and tell of their experience of the industry.”

While he may be the one teaching, Jeremy says that he sometimes learns more than the students do.

“I learn so much from it.

“I come in here and I am preaching, and often I get to the end of my sermon and then I go ‘oh actually, I’m not even doing that myself’,’ – it’s really self-reflective.”

Jeremy remembers his own experience getting started in the music industry when he was young.

“It’s really tough if you leave school and get into the industry, and it’s tough to know who to talk to. It can be quite a lonely industry, there are a lot of people trying to take advantage of you.”

Jeremey hopes that his time mentoring young people can help them avoid making the same mistakes that he made.
“I’ve signed terrible contracts, but if you don’t have that sort of mentor relationship you make those mistakes, and if kids aren’t making those mistakes, then I’ve done my job.”

Lily Chalmers, a year 12 student music at Waimea College, says that learning from an industry professional has been invaluable for her.

“It’s really cool to get him to come in and share his knowledge,” she says.

“Our teachers are great but it’s so good to get that industry knowledge.”

Music teacher Nick Sharpe says that it’s ideal to have somebody with real industry experience mentoring his students.

“The mentors have a wealth of experience that I haven’t particularly got, that can be passed on to them and make them better musicians.”

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