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Why I Joined the MU: Andy Payne

Drummer and teacher Andy Payne tells us about how advice from the MU has proved invaluable when making career choices.

Published: 21 June 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:29 PM
Andy Payne and his band The Heretic Order
Andy Payne (far left) and his band The Heretic Order. Photo credit: The Heretic Order

“The breadth and depth of expertise at members’ disposal, for all genres of music, persuaded me to join the MU. I received invaluable advice when making career choices.

“Transitioning to music teaching, I was able to get insight on peripatetic teaching. With my band progressing, I’ve been able to rely on the Contract Advisory Service to understand what we’ve been offered by managers and record companies.

“Most recently, when arranging TV work, the MU’s collective bargaining agreements have ensured I’ve not missed out on decent pay and conditions.

"What’s more, having an organisation I can rely on to provide an informed answer in my best interest has let me progress with confidence.”

Andy is a drummer and peripatetic drum kit and percussion teacher based in London. Primarily he performs as Doctor Pain in classic metal outfit The Heretic Order, who released their second album in June 2018. Andy also plays in heavy rock duo Automatic Panic, with 60's R'n'B bandleader PM Warson, and as a session musician.

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