Mike Smith

Ministry of Sound logo while backgroundMike is the lead lecturer on both Music production and Music performance BTEC courses at the YMCA Music Studios. Whilst Mike isn’t teaching, he writes and produces new material as part of a publishing contract with the recording label ‘Ministry of Sound’.

Mike has built a considerable wealth of experience co-writing, recording and producing a number of singles, EP’s and album projects with a band called ‘The Polarsets’, of which he is a founder member. He and his band members received a highly prestigious ‘Digital City Fellowship’ which enabled them to record their music and tour extensively. This has led to Mike recording and producing with a variety of other bands and artists including the upcoming indie pop band ‘Street Party and Soho’.

Additional highlights for Mike and The Polarsets include:

  • Opening Evolution Festival on Spillers Warf stage in 2010
  • Playing Soma Festival in Bogotá, Columbia
  • Playing the world famous SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas in 2012
  • NYC Record Label Neon Gold Records releasing The Polarsets single ‘Morning’


Andi Anderson

Andi is the frontman, songwriter and producer of the band ‘Humanism’. Humanism recently released their second album ‘Porcelain Soul’ which has already received excellent reviews from the music press and top industry professionals for writing and production, both of which Andi predominantly composed. Andi graduated from Leeds Metropolitan College with a degree in Music Production and is a genius when it comes to taking a basic idea and turning it into a full composition with a multitude of layers.

Andi has recorded a vast variety of pieces including 100-piece choir orchestras, rocks bands and solo guitar artists in the YMCA Music Studios and with all of his experience combined; you can always ensure a high quality finish from a consummate professional.

Some of the most recent artists Andi has worked with include:

  • Lisbon
  • Street Party in Soho
  • Sam Fender
  • Dalimore
  • Lord Swans
  • Hannah Rose Pitchford
  • The Counterfeit Sixties
  • Joe Harrison (Sephty)…And many more.

From September 2015, Andi will be lecturing on the YMCA Music Studios BTEC Level 3 Music Production course sharing his experience and knowledge with students and who we believe have the potential to become the future successful music producers and engineers.


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