Fast Forward 

                     Direction Thru Music

Meet the team behind the scenes to create your direction thru music. Find out our accreditations, biographies and music tastes!

The Team

Fully DBS Checked

Additional Qualifications:

  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Fire Warden (Education)
  • GDPR (UK) Essentials
  • Health & Safety Essentials
  • Keeping Children Safe Education (2021) Part 1
  • Prevent Duty
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safeguarding Adults (Level 2)
  • Safeguarding Children (Level 2)
  • Cyber Security Training

Head Tutor – Chris Goss

Chris has been a lead tutor in music technology at a number of education center’s in the Nottingham area for nearly 20 years. He came into education off the back of a professional DJ career that saw him travel internationally. He set up and helped run the DJ Academy at Confetti Institute of Technologies from 2003, where the center provided one to one tuition and qualifications for a number of years. Chris then moved on to teaching Music Technology at BTEC levels 1,2,3 and at Higher Education HND and Degree level qualifications. He then went on to teaching and running Pre-16 Level 2 qualifications at academies around the city, whilst running his own education business. Chris has been associated with Synthetic Pro Audio (Fast Forwards sister company) since its inception, providing expert tuition in music production and DJ skills, one to one tuition and workshops for colleges, whilst also being lead product specialist. Chris has also run the Nottingham Ableton User Group in Nottingham. His focus is now on establishing Fast Forward as a leading provider of music tuition in Nottingham.

Music Tastes: Electronic styles Underground: House Music, Drum & Bass, Funk, Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, Alternative styles Post Punk, Rock, Indie.

What you like about the Fast Forward Music Program: The Fast Forward Music Program is going to be extremely important to the city, providing much needed education and direction for pupils that otherwise might not have access to the technology and environment for a subject that is close to their interests. The courses will also provide much needed social and life skills whilst working in a welcoming environment.

Favourite Gigs: (what I’ve been involved with) Pohoda Festival (Slovakia) Rebound residency (Prague) U.S Tour, Eastern Euro Tours. (Quadrant, Smokescreen, DiY Sound Systems)

Lead Tutor – Jason (Kid J) George

Jason (KID J) has over twenty years of experience DJing at various venues across the UK and overseas such as Barbados, America, Sweden, Dubai and Estonia. He has also supported acts: Sean Paul, Drake, J Cole, Jay Z and many more. Kid J’s tutoring career started in 2009 when he formed ‘DJ KID J’s Teaching Academy’ where he delivered master classes and workshops to students of all ages and abilities in different city around the UK.

Music tastes:
I have a eclectic music taste. I enjoy music from different genres. Ranging from classical music through to Motown and Modern RnB.

What I like about the Fast Forward Music Program:
What is great about this program is that it’s also aimed at alternative education areas. Youth that have been excluded from mainstream schools and this is are what most of my dj tuition has been aimed at. It’s very rewarding to see the youth getting fully involved in the process of learning.

Favourite Gigs:
My favourite gigs have been the international ones like in places like Dubai because making people dance and seeing there enjoyment from people from all over the world brings me joy.

Qualifactions:

  • Fully DBS Checked
  • Child Protection For Tutors
  • DJ Tutor 15 Years
  • Manager Record Store

Qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma Business Management
  • Cert 4 In Network Administration & Analytics
  • GDPR (UK) Essentials
  • Google Certfied Partner
  • Facebook Certifed Digital Marketing Associate

Outreach & Marketing Director – Scott Ballam

Born in Brisbane, Australia. Scott has always shared something special with music, since his early years playing both guitar and piano he gradually progressed into the realm of electronic music. Having released albums as part of a punk back in the 90s to running his own record label with electronic releases covering almost 20 years. 

On the business side Scott’s the Managing Director of Reason 2 Design Ltd a long running digital marketing agency based in Ontario Canada.  His focus on delivering high performing ROI and statistical analysis to clients. Holding certifications in business management, web development and Google, the Reason 2 Design team have produced seven figure success for clients across North America and the UK in the past ten years.  

Scott’s role FFM includes director of SEO, PPC and social media management as well student outreach and reporting.

Music Tastes: Nu Jazz, Soul Funk, Hip Hop, House, Punk and Rock.

What you like about the Fast Forward Music Program: Music has always been able to heal and create a feeling of togetherness for those envolved. Our program gives a unique oppurtunity to those who need it most. Sometimes those who are most troubled have the best stories (and music) to tell.

Favourite Gigs: NWHMC (Portland US), Soma (AU), Le Musique (Montreal) and Classics Allstars (Halifax).

Managing Director – Steve C Lee

Steve has his own background and story in Alternative Provision or be it as a student himself. Although very different way back in the early 90’s, he was from a broken home, with his mother not in a great place while getting into trouble at school. He was soon transferred to Homeschooling with a Home Tutor and Social Worker.

Luckily for him, the Tutor soon realized Steve wasn’t very academic, but took the time to recognize his skills, passion and energy for DJing as he had managed to pair together a very cheap DJ setup in his bedroom, and was soon signed off the program at the age of 15 to follow his vision in the Music Industry.

30 years on, and he was a success story having a 2 decade career as an international DJ, touring the world over, running and being an artist on one of the UK’s most enjoyable and character filled House music labels of its time and stacking up over 50 releases on world renowned Dance Music record labels.

Steve is now retired and runs a successful DJ & Music Production store in Nottingham and online, using his savings from his earlier career. The store has an open decks and studio policy to the local youth and music community making it the community hub in the East Midlands for all things Music and he feels it’s the time to set others like himself on the right path at such an important age.

Music Tastes: House, Music, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul & Motown.

What you like about the Fast Forward Music Program: Not only giving back all of our music and DJing experience’s, My staff and I can also call upon our life experiences and reset the path and confidence in the students. Giving them hope and direction by showing them there is a place in the world for everyone.

Favourite Gigs: Money Tennis (Sydney) Boom Boom Room (Chicago) Quadrant (Prague), Smokescreen (Nottingham)

Fully DBS Checked

Qualifactions:

  • Safeguarding Level 3 Certificate
  • DBS Checked
  • Data Protection Certificate
  • Former Internation DJ & Producer
  • Former Record Label Owner
  • Business Owner 5 Years
  • Managing Director 5 Years

How it works

Workshop (6 week)

Reengagement DJ/Producer Certificate

Short Term (12 Weeks)

RSL Grade 1 in music Tech

Long Term (1 year)

RSL Level 1 In Creative Music Industry 

"This was bless and the best thing I’ve done, all of us really loved it. I hope I can go back and do more and when I leave School I could go to College to do a music course. The Teachers there were brilliant and made it all so easy to learn."

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Fast Forward Thru Music
19-21, Avenue B,
Nottingham,
NG1 1DU