Jim Mason

Senior Lecturer in Music Production

Jim Mason is Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Production and Music Production & Promotion.  He has worked at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus since 2001.

Overview

Music Industry and Related Work

Jim has worked professionally as a composer, lyricist, producer, engineer, remixer, performer and chord recogniser.  

In various capacities, he has had key involvement with eleven hit singles on major UK club charts (including two No.2 hits), and key involvement with Top 40 hit singles on the Official UK Singles Chart. 

He has also had success worldwide, including writing and producing a No.1 hit single one of France’s major club charts, which also spent 7 weeks in the main French singles chart. 

Although Jim’s success has mainly been in commercial dance music, he has undertaken a wide variety of paid and non-paid music work, including playing piano on an alternative folk album, undertaking projects combining Western electronic music with traditional Vietnamese Ca Tru music, recording 16th century lute and viol music for a notable film, performing as part of a “covers” band, and writing and producing corporate video music, documentary theme music, telephone “on-hold” music and many other projects. 

Jim has also worked as a chord recogniser for a major University research project, a music researcher on behalf of the Performing Right Society, a songplugger for a record label / publisher, and for the Drake Music Project, a project helping disabled people make music with the help of technology.

In 1992, Jim toured Germany as a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales.

 

Personal Life

Jim grew up in Newport, but has lived in Greater Manchester for over 20 years.  He is married with two children.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing badminton and watching live football matches.

Teaching

Jim graduated with First Class Honours in BA Popular Music And Recording from the University of Salford, and has an MA in Learning and Teaching in the Context of Higher Education from the University of Liverpool.

Jim has over 14 years of HE teaching experience as Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader in Commercial Music Production, and has also taught Radio Production, Popular Music Studies, Undergraduate Study Skills and Work Based Learning.

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Research

Jim's research interests include the highly commercial pop music of the 1980s.  Jim has presented papers at internal University of Chester events, in addition to external conferences. 

Conference papers:

January 2016: The Hidden Brother: Nicky Graham and the Complexities of Songwriter / Producer Media Profiles (The Hidden Musicians Conference, The Open University).

November 2014: Can the Sound of PWL Records from between 1987 and 1990 be a Powerful Influence on a Successful Record Released Today? (One Hundred Years of Record Labels Conference, Newcastle University).