Meet Adam Read: Curator of playlists at Deezer UK
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Adam Read, UK & Ireland Music Editor for streaming service Deezer, has the dream job.
A recent graduate, Adam started his career path with all signs pointing to a job in a bank, but a few years later, has landed at international streaming service Deezer. We fired the all-important questions Adam's way and asked for some hot tips on getting paid to make playlists.
Adam Read, UK & Ireland Music Editor at DeezerTNS: What university did you go to, and what did you study? Adam: I studied Economics & Finance at the University of Surrey, so I started away from the music space. However, I’ve always been hugely passionate about the music industry and spent a lot of time presenting for the student radio station. TNS: What drew you to a career in music? What inspired your passion for music?
A: Growing up, my friends' music tastes were all so different, from grime to indie & alternative, to dance - we used to create playlists on our MP3 players and share them with each other, so even back then I was curating music! My time at student radio definitely increased my passion and I learnt how to craft a show’s musical output. A year later, I volunteered to be the station’s Head Of Music, so I had to teach myself how to use music scheduling software. Controlling a station’s musical output and playlists, helping to introduce people to their new favourite songs and artists - it gave me a massive buzz and from then I knew
A: After graduation, I wanted to combine my degree with my love of music so I joined the business team at an independent label and gained valuable experience. Six months later, a friend recommended a role with MTV as Junior Music Editor. I got the job and stayed there for four years - it was an incredible experience to curate playlists for the channels I watched as a kid. On the side, I also worked as a producer on BBC Music Introducing In Kent. It was fantastic to be able to hear artists at the earliest stages of their careers and provide that initial stepping stone. I’ve been with Deezer for just over six months and it’s been great to get involved in the most exciting part of the music industry - streaming! TNS: Tell us a bit about your day to day as UK & Ireland Music Editor. What does your role entail?
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A: One of the most important lessons I learnt when I was at university, was that it’s equally important to learn what you do NOT want to do, as much as what you do want to. I did a placement year at a large global bank as part of my degree, and despite it being very interesting to see what I learnt at university applied to the real world, I realised it wasn’t the right career for me. Don’t be scared of trying different career paths, as it will help you narrow down what you really want to do.
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