Theory Tutor BMus Music Performance
Lecturer in theoretical and practical studies
BMus (Hons) Commercial Music Performance
Pete Astor has enjoyed twenty-five years as a critically acclaimed musician, composer, record producer, writer and consultant. A one-time NME journalist and leader of The Loft - one of the first ever acts on Alan McGees epochal Creation Records - he was a stalwart of British rock in the 80s and 90s, regularly topping the indie charts with The Loft and his next band The Weather Prophets. A subsequent solo career made him a star in Europe, while later work with more electronically oriented ensembles the Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound saw him making records for Matador, Warp and Heavenly EMI, combined with A&R work for Beggars Banquet and 4AD music and a busy lecturing schedule. Still a very active musician (his compositions currently grace several UK TV shows), his work with The Loft was recently the subject of a Mojo magazine feature with Astors 1985 song Up the Hill and Down the Slope identified as one of the eras key tracks.
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