A University of Lincoln graduate was named the best young talent in the professional audio industry at the 2017 Pro Sound Awards.
27-year-old Luke Pickering studied Audio Production and graduated in 2012. He won the ‘Rising Star Award’ at the ceremony on September 28.
Since graduating, Luke has worked in the music industry and now works as an assistant engineer to Grammy-winner Paul Epwroth, who has worked with Adele and Coldplay, as well as an assistant and engineer at The Church Studios in North London.
Luke has also worked with London Grammar, The Stone Roses and The Horrors and he still visits the University of Lincoln every year with current Audio Production students.
“Recording studios are notoriously secretive places and it’s really not an easy industry to find employment in so I always try to be as frank as possible to students about what it is studios are looking for, and what they can be expected to do if they land a placement in one,” he said.
“Things in the audio industry are changing all the time, and every company is unique in its demands, so having professionals coming in and talking about it is vital.”
David McSherry, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Audio Production degree at the University of Lincoln, said: “Luke’s hard work is really paying off.
“As a student he made the most of the fantastic facilities and spent many a long hour working with bands in the recording studio.
“It’s this proactive attitude that we hope to nurture in our students and Luke is a shining example of this.”