Matthew Miller

"The lecturers always had time for me if I had any queries whilst also respecting me as a working music professional. "
About my career

I work as a Freelance Composer. I’ve produced multiple compositions for the BBC, Knorr and I mainly work with ReelWorld, a US and European radio imaging company. I feel honoured to be a part of the University’s alumni community. The facilities at University were excellent, which allowed me to develop skills that I strongly apply to my current role.

My top tip for students is…

The most important tool for putting your best foot forward into the industry is having a strong, professional portfolio. This works especially well when integrated into a simple, clean website highlighting all of your music along with a contact page for clients to reach out to you. Another useful tip is to network heavily. I know this an age-old saying, but it works! Most of my work has come from a friend/client who did not particularly have any work for me, but had connections within a company that needed a project doing and recommended me. A solicited introduction is far stronger than a cold approach.

I’m inspired by…

Manchester Metropolitan University were very helpful and kept me engaged throughout the course. The lecturers always had time for me if I had any queries whilst also respecting me as a working music professional. This gave me confidence and a taste of the working industry for when I graduated.  

Why I love Manchester Met

I made lifelong friends from university, so my favourite thing is the people I knew. This was down to the strong networking sessions and music course, where we all collaborated and developed our song writing skills together.