WINNER SPOTLIGHT – Noelle Vanya

Music Production/Studio newcomer of the year Noelle Vanyi talks to us about her career highlights and why networking is so important.

Noelle, Did you study? If so, where and what?   

Yes I did. I studied a joint degree in Vocals & Songwriting at BIMM London from 2020 until 2023 and I am currently doing a Master’s in Songwriting & Production at Tileyard Education (London based too). 

What was your very first industry role and how did you get it?

My first industry role was a collaboration with another upcoming artist and established producer where I had the chance to shadow him and learn plenty about the industry and the job. I landed it because someone from my old university suggested him and I would get along during a one-on-one career development tutorial. My previous university had plenty of one-on-one tutorials to pick and chose from! 

What has been your biggest achievement or ‘pinch me’ moment so far?

Mmh… Perhaps the time I flew to Madrid to co-write a track for a Netflix show called ‘Bienvenidos A Edén’ (‘Welcome to Eden’) alongside the renowned composer  Lucas Vidal. I couldn’t believe it! 

Is there one person who has helped or pushed you, been a support?

More than one! Besides my family, there are two people that have definitely helped me develop and grow in the music industry.

My beloved singing teacher, Lidia – that sadly passed away last year- and one of my closest friends Marta. Lidia gave me a full ride scholarship at her music school in Barcelona, MusicWood, from the age of 12 onwards. When my family lost everything and I was forced to drop out of university at the age of 19, she gave me a copy of the keys to her music school. I went there everyday to practice and learn everything I could about music and the music industry. 

Marta and I met two years ago, and since then she has always believed in me and helped me achieve huge milestones in my career. Some include writing for TV, perform at the Starlite Festival in Marbella and shadow composers and producers that have been in the industry for many, many years. 

I am extremely grateful to have had their ongoing support but I miss Lidia everyday.

Where would you like to be in 5 years from now?

Five years from now I would love to have established myself as an artist, singer-songwriter and producer, making a living solely from music-related jobs.

I also enjoy learning very, very much so I definitely would love to continue to meet new people to shadow and collaborate with.

Is there more industry should be doing for newcomers?

Perhaps give newcomers paid opportunities more often as I have many friends that studied at my university that are struggling to find jobs to kick start their career. 

I understand that we usually all have to start from the bottom and make our way up – according to societal standards- but it can get very frustrating for graduates and newcomers to have to apply for non-paid internships or badly paid opportunities, as they then have to juggle other jobs to pay for food, transport and rent. 

A decent minimum wage for fresh out of Uni graduates or newcomers wanting to get a job in the industry could be highly beneficial, as being able to make money out of something you love doing is extremely gratifying. It boosts your self-esteem and makes you realize that you can actually turn your passion into your day-to-day job.

How important is networking for newcomers?

Extremely important!! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for all the people I have met throughout my years in London. When I moved to the UK a few years ago I only knew my ex-partner, his family and his group of friends. Since then, I have managed to create my own network and work with amazing people by forging meaningful and interesting connections with other creatives. Although, networking can be daunting and emotionally draining sometimes. I remember going to networking events on my own and letting my imposter syndrome kick in as I felt like I didn’t belong in the room. There were a lot of older people than me in there that had already accomplished so much that I felt that talking to them would be a waste of their time as I had nothing to offer them. However, most of the time these people – who may come across as intimidating – are actually extremely willing to talk to you about their journey and provide insightful advice and guidance.

Will you come back to the awards as our guest next year? 

Yes!! I’m so sad I missed it this year so I will definitely be there next time! 

How did you feel when you won the award?

I couldn’t believe it as it is the first time I won an award that commemorates my evolution as a writer and producer, but also my drive and dedication as an individual. I am always pushing myself and seeking professional development opportunities and jobs, and I am very grateful and excited for all the upcoming opportunities I might get off the back of this award.

What made you want to work in the production industry?

I have always had a passion for music, from creating it to performing it live. Although I believe that my nomination might have snuck in amongst other nominees due to the fact that I do music production and songwriting.
In a broader sense, music production can be considered a part of the production industry as it encompasses the creation and manufacturing of various products, including music, right? Hahaha.

How has winning this award affected your personal or professional life, and what are your future goals?

 Winning this award has made me feel more confident in what I am doing, but I also know that there is still plenty I need to do to get to where I want to be with my production skills. 

I would love to be able to release a track in the future that has been produced, mixed and mastered by myself. I know I am in the right direction so I just need to keep going!

What advice would you give to other newcomers who aspire to achieve similar recognition?

My advice would be to always stay on the lookout for opportunities, stay proactive, and remember that you already have ´no´as an answer so your mission is to try and make that a ´yes´!

Are there any upcoming projects or initiatives that you’re excited to work on and why?

Yes! I  am going to be involved in a Latino music writing camp in two weeks – which I am very excited about – and I also have some writing sessions booked in with amazing artists! I will share everything on my social media soon 🙂

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