Getting To Know… Vick Bain

This week, Vick Bain, music industry campaigner and founder of The F-List – a new industry directory for female musicians, producers and performers – takes the hot seat for our Getting To Know interview…

How did you get into the industry?
I got my BA in Performing Arts with Music and moved to London as soon as I could. 

What was your first job?
Working at a notorious chain of second-hand record stores in Notting Hill, called the Music & Video Exchange. There was about 120 staff and I was one of six women. I became a manager and the first person I interviewed and gave a job to was Zane Lowe!

What does your working day look like?
At the moment it’s working at my laptop for anywhere up to 15 hours a day, but my work is very interesting. My main consulting client currently is the amazing disability in music charity Attitude is Everything, but I’m also doing a lot of diversity consulting with various music industry companies from record labels to music festivals and more. And in the past month I also launched my not-for-profit organisation The F-List directory of UK female musicians.   

What is your favourite thing about the pro audio industry?
I haven’t worked directly in the pro audio industry myself, but I have worked with thousands of people who do for the past 15 years, composers and songwriters. So, they are my favourite thing. 

And your least favourite thing?
How male dominated anything in music technology is.  

What is the achievement/project you are most proud of?
Getting my MBA back in 2012 after four years of hard work whilst working full-time and bringing up my twins on my own.  

What do you like to do outside of work?
I now live in Cornwall so walking in the mizzle is something I am doing quite regularly! 

You can read our interview with Bain on the launch of The F-List here.