Digbeth to Brazil, Nayla’s Musical Production Journey

College News and Communications
Monday, 02 April 2018 11:51

Nayla Nyassa is a Music producer working with huge musical household names including Craig David, Wiley and produces music for films, computer games and TV shows. Nayla’s journey though started in Birmingham and in particular here at South & City College. We were lucky enough to catch up with him and hear of his journey in Brazil just as he is producing a new song for a renowned Brazilian artist. 

How did you get into the music industry?
“I attended a local school, did my A Levels and although I started a music course at another college in Birmingham sadly I was really unhappy with the course there. Local musicians recommended I checked out South & City College and I had already heard of the great new facilities; which had just been built. After a good discussion with the tutors, I transferred onto a BTEC Music course and never looked back. 

I really liked the balance of academic knowledge and ability to create your own artistic direction. The industry standard equipment was exceptional and it definitely prepared me for the “real world”.  The teaching staff such as Simon Lesley, Nigel Darvill and Nils Edstrom were so great and had a different approach; it felt more like I was hanging out with really experienced musicians than traditional learning. This approach appealed to me as it gives you the freedom and resources but I got so much more – musical theory. The theory is so valuable as it gives you the solid base to further develop your skills and not only rely on your musical “ear”.  Having this theory is really important in the industry.”

What do you consider to be your ‘big break’?
“I moved to London in 2008 and had to start from scratch. I really had to be innovative to break into the industry so I used social media extensively to build and grow my networks. Slowly
but surely, I started producing music and gaining experience. In 2011, I produced music for a film which was an amazing achievement, it was at the premiere when I felt I had ‘achieved’ in the industry. It gave me the exposure and confidence to launch my career further including later that year working with Wiley on a song called “Can you hear me”.  I also worked with other artists including Skepta, MNEK, JME, Jacob Banks and Vanessa White (Saturdays)  

I continued to work on producing music for films, games and major artists such as Craig David latest song “Talk to me” and “Talk to me 2”

What’s your advice for anybody looking to study music?
I would highly recommend attending college and studying music. It’s a great transition opportunity to adulthood and provides structure. It’s also a great way to meet people and start building your networks which can open new pathways. I am still in contact with many of my college course colleagues as its really important as often your paths will cross and it can lead to new opportunities such as in my case. The facilities and teaching staff at South & City College Birmingham were second to none and it helped shape me to be the music producer I am today.