I'd always been fascinated by music and took an electronics apprenticeship after school so it made sense to combine the two. When the apprenticeship finished I worked for a retailer/distributor of musical equipment as a service engineer. That eventually got me in the door of a small mastering equipment manufacturer. I now work for an iconic uk hi-fi company and feel privileged to do so. I am a step removed from the music industry so perhaps it's not quite the same. I do love working with so many genuine music lovers though.
Don't make your hobby your job...do what you love?
I did an engineering degree but spent much of my time at uni playing bass, writing music and being in bands. After 17 years of academia I was pretty sick of engineering by the time I finished my degree (too little practical application and purpose to our studies but that's red brick universities for you) and so, following a false start at joining the dot com entrepreneurial boom I ended up in sales, eventually working in corporate forex at a blue chip corporation - quite interesting but it became repetitive and was pretty high pressure. Anyway, I'd always had a fascination with loudspeakers (and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and resonant systems in my degree) and wasn't happy with the cabs I was using as a bassist, so started messing about with designing my own...
That was about nine years ago. Later on I wrote up what I was doing on a couple of forums, others were interested so I decided to build ten cabs, sell eight and keep two and that would be it - little did I know... Just over four years on we have a little micro-factory, three of us employed full-time, customers worldwide and quite a good reputation amongst those that have heard of us. It's pretty bloody scary and stressful at times and not terribly profitable yet but I feel it was the right move and I'm actually damned good at designing loudspeakers for anything and seem to be able to juggle the complexities of running a small UK-based manufacturer well enough to have survived thus far. About to belatedly enter the worlds of hi-fi, PA and guitar, which will be interesting!
Interested to know which companies you both work for ( having a passing interest in U.K. Hifi)
Your story sounds similar to Julian Vereker Chiefgrooveguru. He started the company I work for (Naim) when he was recording music and didn't rate the quality of the equipment. I wish you the best of luck in your new venture
I was going to ask if you worked for Naim but didn't want to offend if you didn't
Started my working life as a telephone engineer but I was crap at it and got sacked a year out of my apprenticeship. After drifting through several money only jobs, I retrained as a sheet metal worker which I loved but now after 36 years I'm trying to break into the cycling industry and I'm loving this even more but wish I'd done it when I was younger. My advice is don't waste your life doing something you hate, if you can do something you care about, it's much more rewarding
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