Hello, James here.

‘James? Who’s that?’ I hear you asking. I’ll forgive your confusion! This is because, after navigating a whirlwind two weeks, in which I interviewed with and met the amazing team here at soundlounge, I embarked on my journey last Monday. What a week it’s been!

In my first week at soundlounge, to my delight, I’ve been thrown straight in and have already learnt so much in a short space of time. Under Thomas’, Kerry’s and Ruth’s guidance I’ve started working on tasks across both licensing and marketing. This has included researching tracks to license for a well-known British dance group, and getting started on the soundlounge social media channels. But the highlight so far came on Monday.

soundlounge are hosting a monthly industry discussion series, ‘An Evening with Bob’, where a stellar list of guest speakers at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Century Club will talk all things music in advertising with our fantastic music supervisor, Whispering Bob Harris OBE. The first event, on music strategy in advertising, is next week, on Tuesday 29th October.

On Monday, in preparation for the event, we met at the venue with the guest speakers. This month we have the amazing Les Binet, adam&eveDDB’s Head of Effectiveness and Tara Austin, Kindred’s Chief Strategy Officer. The afternoon included a coffee-fuelled discussion about potential talking points for the evening, as well as a photo shoot for Bob and the guest speakers. Not a bad first day!

soundlounge team at the Century Club, Soho

It was a fascinating afternoon and a really enjoyable first week, which has only increased my excitement on getting into a part of the industry that I’ve been passionate about for a while now. Whilst I’ve only scratched the surface in my short time here, and there’s clearly lots to learn, it’s exciting to think how much I could develop here at soundlounge. I can’t wait to get into it further, and can only thank John, Kerry, Thomas, and especially Ruth, for the opportunity.

A bit about me…

Favourite band: Tame Impala

Favourite album: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

Favourite festival: Houghton

First ever gig: Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium, 2007

Favourite use of music to picture: Bob & Earl’s ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in Baby Driver’s opening scene – AMAZING!

Hobbies: Updating my Instagram music blog (@jimsjams__) or attempting to play hockey

Fun fact: I’m in a film with Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Eddie Redmayne, and Sir Christopher Lee*

*as an extra…

— James Carnell, Licensing & Marketing Assistant.