Llanelli & Carmarthen
At Music Factory: Wales, we feel that our team of tutors in both Llanelli and Carmarthen not only share the same passion for music but share the same values when it comes to passing on the knowledge we have acquired over the decades we have spent as professional musicians. Between us, we have taught thousands of lessons to students young and not-so-young, many of whom have gone on to become professional musicians in their own right. The team we have assembled has played music together in various projects throughout our professional career and continues to meet up weekly, simply for the enjoyment of playing music together.
Meet the Tutors
Aled first fell in love with music at a very young age when he found his parent's record collection. From that point onward, he was hooked and knew that music was going to play a major role in his life.
After studying Music Technology, he went on to tour in bands as a singer, principal songwriter, and guitarist, playing shows all over the UK as well as Europe and Canada. He has played some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world such as Reading and Leeds, Bestival, The Great Escape, Boardmasters, Eurosonic, and even Canadian Music Week. He has also received national radio play on Radio One and Absolute Radio as well as on stations internationally too.
Aled has been teaching music for over 15 years with many of his students going on to study music at degree and even PhD level. His teaching style is friendly and concise and he is always willing to go the extra mile for his students. He has taught thousands of lessons over the years and still writes and records music of his own as well as collaborating with other songwriters on a regular basis.
Lee has been involved in music since an early age and has been teaching for the past 12 years. Holding a BA degree in music, a masters in Songwriting and `production, and a PCET in teaching, Lee has a clear and insightful overview of music and teaching.
Recently he has been running songwriting workshops and is now a resident lecturer at Gower College on their Music and Performance course.
Lee has a deep passion for teaching and is always keen for his students to develop into musicians, giving them insight from every angle of the music industry.
Gareth 'Gaz Drums' Davies
Gaz began his musical journey at 13 and by the age of 14, he was playing drums in local band. He quickly made a name for himself in the local scene as one of Llanelli's most accomplished players, gaining him the nickname 'Gaz Drums'.
Gaz went on to study Popular Music before studying music at degree level at Bournemouth University. After his return to Llanelli, Gaz found his love for teaching the drums. He taught in primary schools in the Cardiff area as well as teaching privately, a practice that has continued to this day. Gaz has taught hundreds of students over the years, some going on to study at heavyweight music universities such as BIMM and ACM. His trademark hat and smile are known well in the music scene and he continues to record and perform with function bands all over the UK.
Brandon first fell in love with music at 7 after hearing Guns N' Roses playing on the radio. Hearing Slash playing guitar had such an impact that he decided that guitar would be his passion from there on in.
Throughout his childhood, Brandon studied guitar and music theory, completing ABRSM Grades 1-8. He then went on to study Music Technology in Coleg Sir Gar where he cultivated his skills in music production. When he wasn't studying at college he played in a jazz band, participating in many competitions.
This led him to be accepted into the very prestigious Leeds Conservatoire where he achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Music. It was here that Brandon really honed his craft by studying a variety of different styles and techniques over multiple genres.
Brandon writes his own music and is focused on passing on his extensive knowledge to the next generation of musicians to help them achieve their goals and possibly follow in his footsteps of becoming a professional musician.
Hollie Singer has grown up around music, which plays a huge part in her life. She has gained lots of experience in different areas of the industry, from being the lead vocalist and guitar player in Carmarthen band Adwaith, who has toured all over the world and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Green Man, End of the Road, and South by South West, as well as winning the welsh music prize twice for their debut and sophomore albums. She also has experience in musical theatre, having studied performing arts, and has a first-class honors degree in popular and commercial music. She has worked in the education sector for the last year and is excited to bring her teaching skills and musical knowledge to Music Factory.
Jamie is an accomplished singer with a passion for music that spans over 25 years. Starting his musical journey at a young age, Jamie began singing in a band, writing and producing his own songs. Over the last 8 years, Jamie has been the lead singer of a very successful wedding and function band that has taken him all over the country and parts of Europe.
Throughout his career, Jamie has explored various genres of music including pop, rock and swing. This versatility has allowed him to connect with a diverse range of listeners and has allowed him to garner a broad knowledge of musical concepts that he can explain in a simple and straightforward manner.
With vast experience in vocal exercise and techniques, Jamie has now turned his passion to helping others to achieve their dream of becoming a professional singer.