Larissa Drozd is currently studying MA Creative Practice part-time at the University. She is a musician, who has been featured on BBC Introducing, and had her track played on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show. We caught up with her to find out how she is getting on, and why she chose to develop her music practice at Leeds Arts University.

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Why did you choose to study MA Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University?

I chose to study the MA here because I felt it was one of the only courses where I could not only develop my music and sound but myself as an artist. Choosing to study at the University meant that I could be really inter-disciplinary with my practice; the University not only has superb facilities and tutors but the most inspiring technicians with so much knowledge and advice. After previously studying BA (Hons) Fashion (Concepts and Communication) at the University, it was an environment that I really wanted to be back in.

What do you specialise in, and what are you working on at the moment?

My main specialism is music but I’m very inter-disciplinary and studying at the art University allows me to really embrace this. At the moment I’m writing and working on writing my first album and developing my performance.

How do the does the University help you to develop your practice?

My personal tutor Annabeth Robinson is so inspiring and has so much knowledge in technology and sound, so that really makes me constantly strive to be current in the industry.

The facilities and technicians at the University are exceptional. In my first year I was able to record and produce my EP in the sound rooms (which was aired on BBC Radio 1 & BBC Introducing) whilst directing all of the visuals and films, and making cassette tape sculptures in the 3-D workshops!

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What do you plan to do after University?

After University I’d like to tour Germany and France with the album I'm currently working on and continue into a career in music and art direction; I also hope to get signed to an independent label. In the future I plan to work towards having my own record label to support other independent artists who are also inter-disciplinary.

Finally, what makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is definitely the city that never sleeps, there is always something going on! Leeds has such a good music and art scene, and its music scene holds so much history. It’s definitely a really great place to study because it's so inspiring, it has a fabulous network of creatives in music, art, fashion, film and photography that is constantly growing.

You can see Larissa’s BBC Introducing Live Session here.

la-rissa.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/larissamusicuk

All images courtesy of the artist. Photography by Conor Burrow.

Interesting in studying music at the University? Find out about our BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance here.