Getting Started: Nora Winstanley (Sound Engineer)

Nora Winstanley is currently the in-house sound engineer at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh and has over ten years experience working in the industry firmly under her belt. She will be giving an insight into her role on our Organising & Getting Gigs panel at Off The Record Dumfries this Saturday 3 December. We had a wee chat with her ahead of the event about what drew her to the tech side of the music business...

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How did you get started in the music industry?
I was always interested in music and like many kids I wanted to be a pop star. I got into going to gigs and working at them/playing at them in my teens collecting glasses, taking door money and handing out flyers for free tickets. Later I went on to study Sound Engineering and spent time shadowing other engineers.

What attracted you to a career in sound engineering?
Seeing the scope of roles around music I figured that there was a chance to work in the industry despite what the school career advisors told me - I looked into subjects that I could study to better my chances and Sound Engineering sounded pretty magical.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The buzz of a live gig is always the best bit but there's so much about it to love! I get a kick out of being a part of an event and making things happen, and working with people from around the world and my own neighbourhood - I'm always being surprised by something new.

Off The Record takes place at The Stove, Dumfries on Saturday 3rd December for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25! Find out more & book tickets here.