Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry
Physics (Imperial College London)
By day Martin is a physicist, by night a DJ on Kiss FM.
“You don’t really apply for DJ jobs. To get one you need to build up your experience. I started DJing when I was at school – I worked on hospital radio as part of Duke of Edinburgh award. At university I volunteered for a student radio station and did a lot of networking – which landed me a job setting up a radio station for the music store HMV. I then met a guy who was an agent and he put me forward for a job at KISS FM at a time he knew someone else was leaving. It was a case of good timing”.
Martin studied physics at university “You’d be surprised how useful physics can be for just about anything; even DJing. In fact, physics landed me my first job in radio. HMV wanted to start a radio station to be aired in their stores across the country. It was based on some brand new software that nobody had used before – they needed somebody with both computing and radio experience to help set it up. I’d done a lot of computer programming in my degree and studying physics gives you the confidence to take on new challenges, so I really fitted the bill.”
“I’ve also used my understanding of physics to come up with a new way of DJing, I call it WiiJing – it’s DJing with a Nintendo Wii remote. I’d heard about people using a Wii remote as a computer mouse, and that’s what gave me the idea – I thought, why can’t I use it for DJing. If you understand acceleration and gravity and can do a bit of programming you can use a Wii remote to control the music. I’ve performed entire live gigs in front of crowds of people with nothing more than a couple of Wii remotes in my hands!”
“I live in these two worlds, and they’re not that different. If you want to learn to DJ, physics can help you. There’s a lot of crossover from DJing and cutting edge physics.”
You can find more information about careers in physics by visiting www.physics.org