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FROM a childhood obsession with his parents' music collection on good old-fashioned cassettes, Dom Wallace, 25, now has more than 53 million songs at his fingertips as he creates playlists in his role as Global Pop Editor for music streaming giant Deezer.
Based in London, Dom spends almost every waking hour listing to music from around the world.
What does your job involve?
I am always on the look out for new music. I'm either listening to recommendations from record labels and distributors, meeting artists, attending gigs, speaking to colleagues around the world who know what their listeners like, creating playlists, ideas meetings on how to develop Deezer and trips to our offices in Paris.
How have you taken over the music world?
I worked on Radio Nottingham when I was 16 and then did a radio production degree at the University of Westminster. During 2012 while I was studying I got to work freelance for the BBC while other permanent staff were occupied by the Olympics.
It was a great training ground and I became heavily involved in finding new music. It made sense when I joined Deezer to focus on that but I soon progressed to the global market.
Do you ever get sick of listening to music?
Never. Listening is obviously one of the ways I discover new artists and tracks, but it is not just mindless listening like you might do when you're chilling out. I have to listen really carefully, paying attention to each song, thinking how that would work with our audience.
I'm on the lookout for music Occasionally I might choose to listen to podcasts but at the moment I am far too preoccupied listening to the likes of Lewis Capaldi.
How do you handle bad music?
I have to be open-minded. You can't rule out anything. I've discovered some of my favourite sounds from genres I would have previously dismissed.
Did you really listen to cassettes?
Yes, that is my first memory of loving music. I even used to make compilation mix tapes for my mum. I was obsessed with radio too and always dreamed of working on the airwaves. It was somewhere in the genes too - my grandad was a DJ, not the radio kind, the disco type.
The way we listen to music has changed so much. With older physical formats it was all about listening to the same tracks over and over and I remember enjoying so many different kinds of music, artists and albums. Now it is all about finding playlists you love. I get such a buzz knowing that I might have found a song that will be played at someone's wedding.
What do you say to others dreaming of a job like yours?
I tell them that you have to try and find something that excites you. When you're young you never know where it will lead. A massive percentage of jobs don't even exist yet - they haven't been invented. Mine wasn't - just go for it.
JOBS AND CONTACTS
Music editor jobs like Dom's are quite rare but Deezer (deezerjobs.com) is currently looking for 45 staff ranging from office support to engineers. It could be the perfect way to get your foot in the door. At musicweek.com/jobs you can find 23 jobs, ranging from engineers to marketing, but other jobs can be found by contacting individual music companies.
Another place to try and bag jobs is within the hospitality industry which has many entertainment roles. From clubs, cruise ships, hotels and restaurants to events and pubs, we have found 10,041 relevant jobs which you can apply for today.
At fish4jobs.co.uk we found 1,149 jobs in hospitality including a theatre manager in Bristol (PS33,000 to PS37,500). When we checked gov.uk/jobsearch we found 6,833 hospitality and music jobs such as a radio testing expert in Newbury (PS30,000 to PS35,000) and a radio sales rep in Bootle (up to PS1,500 a week). For entertainment roles elsewhere check out caterer.com who have 1,453 jobs including a deputy entertainments manager at Crystal Palace (PS25,000 to PS32,000).
At apprenticeships.gov.uk has 592 hospitality apprenticeships plus 14 specific music related jobs including digital marketing in the music industry.
I'm always on the lookout for new music
DEEZER GEEZER Dom searches out new music
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 28, 2019|
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