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Tutors

All tutors and mentors at WaterBear are also highly experienced professionals. It’s their job to ensure you get the best help and guidance possible to achieve your qualification and career goals.

Adam Bushell | CEO

A professional drummer of over 25 years, Adam has played for many top-level bands and artists including Freakpower, Will Young, Braund Reynolds, Martha Reeves, Sam Brown, Celtus, Public Symphony, Phil Hilborne, Richie Kotzen, Jose Feliciano and Jason Derulo. For over 12 years he wrote a monthly teaching column in RHYTHM magazine and as a drum tutor, has guided the development of many hundreds of students, both privately and at various renowned music institutions. He has over 15 years’ experience in music education, most recently having held successive positions as Principal of two of the UK’s largest private music education colleges. He is degree qualified, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and in 2018, is due to complete an MA in Music Industry Innovation.

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Bruce Dickinson | Founder / Director

Bruce has had 11 top forty hits and a number 1 album with Little Angels. He’s toured with Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and Van Halen, and opened for Guns N’ Roses on their first UK shows. With his group Colour of Noise, he has run a successful Pledge album campaign and he continues to help new bands through curating the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival and Underground Music Conference events. Bruce was a founder of the BIMM group of colleges, leaving in 2012 for the Little Angels reunion at Download Festival and UK tour. He has negotiated several university partnerships and written many validated degree courses, with thousands of undergraduates studying those courses still. He holds an MA in Education Management.

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Adam Bushell | Drums

A professional drummer of over 25 years, Adam has played for many top-level bands and artists including Freakpower, Will Young, Braund Reynolds, Martha Reeves, Sam Brown, Celtus, Public Symphony, Phil Hilborne, Richie Kotzen, Jose Feliciano and Jason Derulo. For over 12 years he wrote a monthly teaching column in RHYTHM magazine and as a drum tutor, has guided the development of many hundreds of students, both privately and at various renowned music institutions. He has over 15 years’ experience in music education, most recently having held successive positions as Principal of two of the UK’s largest private music education colleges. He is degree qualified, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and in 2018, is due to complete an MA in Music Industry Innovation.

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Mark Clayden | Principle

As founding member of UK group Pitchshifter, Mark has released 11 albums with both major and independent record labels. He’s also toured 27 countries at stadium level with artists such as Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Metallica, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Pantera and Ozzy Osbourne. As a record label owner and manager, Mark has overseen all aspects of label and project management, including marketing, press, PR and touring logistics. He’s mentored bands and artists for decades and continues this through his work with the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival and Underground Music Conferences. Mark has worked in music education for over 15 years, setting up centres across Europe as a College Principal and working alongside numerous universities. He holds a Certificate in Education teaching qualification and an MA in Higher Education Management.

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Rob Chapman | Guitar

Rob Chapman is a guitarist, singer and content creator from Brighton, UK. In both 2015 and 2016, Rob was named Total Guitar Magazine’s ‘Guitar Personality of the Year’ and featured in Forbes Magazine for being an entrepreneur who changed his life with YouTube. Rob is also founder and owner of Chapman Guitars, the UK’s fastest-growing guitar company, the frontman for chart-topping heavy rock band Dorje and is internationally renowned for creating entertaining and educational videos on YouTube for the past 10 years. As Director of Innovation in Guitar, it’s Rob’s job to ensure that Guitar education at WaterBear remains innovative, inspirational and founded in the principles of quality musicianship and excellence.

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Kelly Appleton | Guitar

Guitarist and songwriter Kelly Appleton has performed with some of the world’s biggest artists including Florence and the Machine, and played international arena tours and iconic music festivals such as Glastonbury and Montreux. She has also performed many times on primetime television, including as a band member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstars. Kelly currently plays guitar with singer Beth Ditto, formerly of ‘The Gossip’. Over the past two years, they have appeared on Later With Jools Holland, The Late Late Show with James Corden and similar high-profile shows. Finland’s Musik Talang conference invited her to lecture about her career to ability to inspire and empower young women entering the music industry. She also manages several all-female bands as part of her Management Company, The Girl Group Collective.

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Megan Sayer | Administration

Megan graduated from BIMM in Brighton with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (vocals). An active musician, Megan has recently been Band Leader and lead vocalist for P&O Cruises. In 2012, she performed at the London 2012 Olympics singing for Coca Cola, and has performed at The London Palladium in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alongside Jason Donovan and Wayne Sleep. Megan has led the vocal development of many students, both privately and at various establishments. In 2017, Megan was musical director of both the children’s choir for the Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat Tour (Hastings), and Britain’s Got Talent Winners Collabro on their UK Tour. As a singer songwriter, she writes for her originals project ‘Franklin’ and works a session vocalist for various artists and projects.

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Luke Potashnick | Guitar

Luke started his career as songwriter and guitarist with his bands Rooster and The Temperance Movement. With the Temperance Movement, Luke toured the USA with The Rolling Stones. He then went on to play guitar for Katie Melua, Marina and the Diamonds, Paloma Faith, The Wanted, James Blunt, Olly Murs, Gabrielle Aplin and as a songwriter and producer he has collaborated with a wide selection of artists including Gabrielle Aplin, Lisa Marie Presley, and Kwabs.

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Arya Goggin | Drums

Arya has been the drummer for UK rock band Skindred since 2002. Skindred have recorded and released 6 albums across 10 labels including Sony BMG, Atlantic, Lava, Warner Bros and Cooking Vinyl and have toured the world playing alongside Korn, Disturbed, Sex Pistols, Coldplay and Velvet Revolver. The band have and continue to play the world’s most renowned established festivals including Download, Sonisphere, Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Rock AM, headlining Woodstock Poland to 750,000 people. Arya also has extensive experience in tour management and has many professional relationships with booking agents, press agents, national and local promoters, tour managers, touring accountants, record labels, artist management, media, national and international artists and touring personnel.

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Paul Sayer | Guitar

Paul Sayer is the guitar player and founder member of British rock and roll band ‘The Temperance Movement’, who to date have released three Top 12 albums, the latest of which charted at number 6 in the UK album charts. They have had number 1 radio hits in the US and Canada and toured with The Rolling Stones. Before forming The Temperance Movement he worked extensively as a session musician and musical director for artists as diverse as Ray Davies, Leona Lewis and Lily Allen, touring internationally playing to crowds of up to 80,000 people, appearing on major TV shows and recording guitar on Number 1 charting singles and albums. Paul personally managed The Temperance Movement in the 12 months preceding the release of the latest and most successful album ‘A Deeper Cut’.

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Lisa McKeown | music-industry

After beginning her career in the IT sector, in 2011 Lisa co-founded an artist management company, signing and developing a number of emerging artists. By 2013 she had added a music publishing company to her list of music industry start-ups, along with a growing list of successes in the artist management arena. In 2016, owing to brand strength and opportunities for growth, Lisa began talks with an overseas corporate seeking to buy shares in one of her companies. That same year saw her taking her music industry and management experience to the next level, joining forces once again with her long-term business partner, Andrew Michael, in his latest venture, Ninelives Capital.

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Amba Tremain | Vocals

Amba Tremain is a contemporary singer, songwriter, musician and vocal coach. She has worked with many high profile artists including Boy George, Newton Faulkner, Ella Henderson and Roachford. She’s also been awarded a gold disc by the BPI for her contribution to the album ‘Somewhere’ by the late Eva Cassidy. Amba and her band ‘Blame Jones’ have recently secured a Spotify deal, having over 250,000 monthly listeners. She’s featured on over 90,000 worldwide playlists and is also a prolific session vocalist and keyboard player, playing with several up and coming and established artists. Her other roles include Musical Director of award winning organisation ‘The Urban Vocal Group’, a free to access young persons music charity, and Director of the ‘Breaking Through’ artist development programme.

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Mikey Demus | Guitar

Mikey is a guitarist and songwriter for the UK-based band Skindred. Mikey has been touring internationally for almost 20 years and in that time he has recorded 7 studio albums and embarked on numerous tours of the USA, Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK. Skindred have sold over 600,000 records worldwide and have played in front of millions of fans. Outside of songwriting & performing, Mikey takes a keen interest in all things artwork and graphics related, is an avid audiophile and self-confessed gear junky.

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George Donoghue | audio-production

George is a producer, musician, mix engineer and songwriter based in Brighton. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship, he went on to build and run a susccessful production studio. As a lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, George has toured Europe extensively with bands Reverbed and River Becomes Ocean, and during this time he also founded Favor The Brave, an agency offering artist development and management consultancy. As a producer, George specialises in producing Alt-Rock/Pop and Metal music and has produced top 100 iTunes artists. He has run two successful pledge campaigns and self-released three albums. He also runs the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair.

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Kieran Daniel | Bass

Kieran has been professional musician for nearly 20 years with extensive touring experience in the UK & Europe. He has been involved predominantly in the UK Funk and Hip Hop scenes working with Acid Jazz records (Gilles Peterson), Poets of Rhythm (Ninja Tune), RedBull (International B-Boy competition) and Sir John Dankworth (CBE) as well as attracting some of countries top session players; DJ Jazz T (Jhest), Craig Blundell (Roland) to perform in his original projects. Kieran has over 15 years’ experience as an educator tutoring hundreds of students at some of the countries most prestigious establishments. Kieran is due to complete an MA in Music Industry Innovation in 2019.

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Mikee Goodman | Songwriting

Mikee is the lead singer with critically acclaimed band SikTh, with whom he’s toured the world and amassed a large body of musical work. Before SikTh, Mikee started a live concert promotion company called NAM, which were in part responsible for creating the now famous Watford scene, from where the likes of Gallows and SikTh were to emerge. Mikee has sung guest vocals on Bat For Lashes’ Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Fur and Gold’. He’s also co-written and produced an album with Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith entitled ‘Primal Rock Rebellion’, released worldwide through Universal Records. His other projects include The Painted Smiles, Outside The Coma, Sad Season, Killing Joke (video production), The Cadillac Three, Primal Rock Rebellion, The Treatment and Zaum Studio (casting director).

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Terri Chapman | music-industry

Terri started her career in the music industry in 2009. Based in Ibiza, she began her career working with Chic Festivals, now the biggest boutique events company in Europe. As an event organiser with many years experience, she has put on rock events and festivals for thousands of fans. Working with the Chic/HRH brand, she has built the independent record label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings. Terri is now the owner of Rock People Management. RPM has a fantastic, thriving roster of artists both signed and un-signed. They also continue to put on many sold out events and tours, with the company continuing to grow.

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Mikey Sorbello | Drums

Mikey is an Australian-born drummer who moved to London in order to push his abilities and make a name for himself. Having founded the Graveltones in 2011, the band has since released two critically acclaimed albums, with the 3rd currently in production. Since then, Mikey has become a highly influential drummer amongst new and well-seasoned players alike. Steve White, a huge name in the UK drumming community, recently cited him as his favourite new drummer. Mikey’s strength lies in his ability to connect with people and instill in them the perseverance to pursue and challenge their talents, to a point of excellence and a unique place of creativity.

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Ben Thackeray | audio-production

Ben’s career as a recording engineer has seen him progress through the ranks at the famed Mayfair studios in London, where he worked with artists such as Radiohead, Supergrass and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and producers of the calibre of Nigel Godrich, Ben Hiller, Tom Elmhirst and Jim Abbiss. Now freelance and working out of Brighton’s exquisite Retreat Studios complex, Ben continues his engineering work alongside designing, recording and building products for drum sample company Drumdrops. He is also about to pioneer the release of his own music for Howie B’s seminal Pussyfoot Records label, under the name MX-774.

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Samuel Organ | audio-production

Samuel Organ is a multidisciplinary musician and producer. He’s a founding member of The Physics House Band, playing Guitar and Synthesizers, who have gained high critical acclaim from The Guardian, The Independent, NPR and the BBC, as well as extensive touring and performing notable shows with Alt-J, Django Django, Omar-Rodriguez Lopez + more. As a solo producer / session musician he’s currently working with Slugabed (Ninja Tune) and Mr.Jukes (Island) on drums, and Jetta (Sony) on keys/Ableton and has written soundtracks for WIRED Magazine, Footlocker + more. He’s also a founding member of Small Pond, a Brighton based creative music company who offer rehearsal and recording services, as well as running a record label, events promotion company and Youtube channel. Samuel was voted the 5th Best New Guitarist in a 2017 poll in Total Guitar.

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Ben Ash | Guitar

Ben Ash was the live touring guitarist with pioneering grindcore/death metal band Carcass, with whom he toured worldwide for 5 years. Ben was personally asked to join Carcass in 2012 by Napalm Death ’92s guitarist Bill Steer, who came across his tribute to him on YouTube. By request from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Carcass performed at his debut (now annual) FearFest in San Francisco (USA) in February 2014. Ben has also toured with Slayer and Testament and headlined the Deathcrusher 2015 Tour with Napalm Death, Obituary and Voivod, through UK and Europe. This involved playing gigs in Paris just after the terrorist attacks of 2015. In 2018, Ben announced that he had decided to depart from the touring circuit and return his focus to an educational role; also to pursue his own studies and work on individual music projects. As a testament to Ben’s teaching skill, it’s worth noting that his student Tom Marshall played the Montreux Jazz Festival alongside B.B. King and Jeff Beck in 2010.

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Dave Colquhoun | Guitar

Dave’s career as a guitarist has spanned 3 decades, in which time he’s worked with artists as diverse as Ian Brown, Bow Wow Wow and Ozzy Osbourne. Dave’s playing has garnered widespread recognition, having achieved the honour of being crowned Guitarist magazine’s Guitarist of the Year in 1995. Since then, his live and studio work has continued unabated. He’s a staple of Rick Wakeman’s band and regularly works many other artists such as KT Tunstall, Belinda Carlisle and Procul Harum. Most recently Dave has been closely involved with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, working as a guitar tutor for the lead actor and being Brian May’s hands!

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George Holliday | Songwriting

George is a Songwriter and Founder of Made On The Road, a Music and Video Production Bus he lives and works from worldwide. Having an off-grid music studio, and a videographer on board, George is a keen innovator in the world of music and having performed for artists like JP Cooper and supported acts like Lionel Richie, he has a strong knowledge of how songwriting and performing come together. George’s future plans include giving musicians one-to-one masterclasses whilst travelling the world, experiencing different cultures and spending time with artists developing songwriting techniques, production, as well as developing social media content.

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Jimmy Owen | Guitar

Jimmy is a guitarist and singer / songwriter. As a multi-instrumentalist, Jimmy has worked on a multitude of projects for independent artists and record companies in the roles of artist, writer and session musician, as well as on radio and TV both in the UK and in the US. He is highly experienced both as a teacher, having taught extensively at all levels, and as a recording artist with his own group Lethbridge Owen and various others. Jimmy has worked, gigged and toured with artists such as Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Stuart Sullivan, Guthrie Govan, David Gilmour, Pat McManus, Ryan McGarvey and Carmine Rojas (David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Joe Bonamassa).

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Paul Bielatowicz | Guitar

Best known for his virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in prog rock, Paul Bielatowicz has played, recorded and toured with the likes of Carl Palmer (ELP), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and Les Paul. Guitar Techniques Magazine described him as “One of our greatest rock guitarists.” In 2014, Paul released a critically-acclaimed 2014 debut solo album, ‘Preludes & Etudes’, which saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics and presenting it as a classical instrument. Paul has over a decade of experience as a music educator, teaching and writing course material for further and higher education colleges. His qualifications also include a BA (Hons) in Jazz. He’s also a long-time contributor to some of the most widely-distributed guitar magazines, including Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.

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Sam Bell | Guitar

Sam Bell first picked up a guitar aged just 5, after watching The Buddy Holly Story at the West End. At the age of 18, he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine’s up-and-coming section. Sam works mainly as a session guitarist, playing for soul singer and X-Factor vocal coach Lloyd Wade, and other various dance production shows around the UK. He is a contributor to Guitar Interactive Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine and Lick Library. Sam has presented tutorials for Lick Library including DVDs like ‘Learn to Play Paul Gilbert’, ‘7 String Secrets’ and ‘Paganini’s 16th Caprice’. Sam has also delivered masterclasses at various colleges. He is also the songwriter for UK Tech Metal band Mask of Judas, with whom he writes his own melodic instrumental material. Sam is also currently working on a full debut solo album.

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Greyum May | Bass

Greyum has spent the past two decades touring and recording as both a Bass Player/multi-instrumentalist (Keepers Brew, Ozric Tentacles, Firebird, The Black Hand..) and as back-line technician/stage manager, (Carcass, Ghost, Megadeth, Lamb Of God etc)

Greyum’s musical tastes tend to lean rather left of centre, with psychedelic and progressive, electronic music particularly peeking interest.

As a self confessed tone and gear junky, Greyum is at his happiest when knee deep in MIDI cables, FX units, Synth modules and other assorted audio junk.

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Aidan Hampson | Bass

Aidan has played around the world, performing in rock bands, jazz bands, classical orchestras and pretty much everything in­between. He has taught bass guitar for over twenty years, specialising in theory and technique and has had his transcriptions featured in many magazines worldwide. Aidan also has an extensive line of bass songbooks published, receiving plaudits from many of the greatest bass players including Nathan East and Leland Sklar.

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