Our student achievements, both in and out of the classroom bring music to our ears. Our students do amazing things, rocking it in life! Joe Pink is in Year 13 at Rainhill Sixth Form, but more excitingly, he is in Arno; an upcoming band who are already taking the Liverpool music scene by storm. Joe is applying to University to study events management, with a view to working in the music scene. With his ability to take the right courses at Rainhill Sixth Form, along with his excellent experiences outside of college, he is definitely on the road to success.

We caught up with Joe this week to ask him more about Arno and Rainhill Sixth Form:

Hi Joe. Let’s start with the obvious question, why did you choose Rainhill Sixth Form?

I chose to study at the Sixth Form because it gave me the best opportunities to do exactly what I wanted, in the best way I could imagine. The Sixth Form offered me a chance to take flexible subjects and I was able to undertake it, and I don’t regret my decisions!

What subjects are you now studying? 

I’m currently studying Sport, Creative Media and Business as BTEC level 3 qualifications. I recommend Level 3 qualifications to anyone who is an active learner and doesn’t want complete subjects surrounded by exams. In my media qualification, we are making a short film and it’s much better than exams to me!

Tell me about your band, how did it start? 

I’m the drummer in a Liverpool band called Arno, I’ve been a part of the band since June. I joined when my cousin told me they were looking for a drummer. Since then, we’ve played sold out shows in both the Zanzibar and Heebie Jeebies supporting bands like False Heads (BBC Radio 6) and Stillia on their hometown date after their world tour with Ocean Colour Scene.

What has been your most showbiz moment to date? 

Probably my most glamorous moment whilst being in the band was walking through Liverpool on the weekend with the rest of the band, and, walking down Church Street, there was a girl with one of our t shirts on! We didn’t know what to do because we weren’t expecting it, but hopefully we see more of that in the future.

What are your ambitions or goals – with the band and beyond?

With the band, we aim to play big festivals like Leeds or Y Not in the next few years. We’re planning to start recording singles soon, some of which may be recorded in the Motor Museum, which has seen Oasis record Supersonic, Arctic Monkeys record their debut album, along with Jake Bugg and The 1975. Hopefully they will be on the radio too, so we will get further recognition from that! We should also be announcing some big gigs and potentially a record deal soon.

What advice would you give to people who want to purse this line of career? 

Some advice I would give to someone pursuing music performance is to prepare for something to go wrong. In a gig or in the studio, something will always go wrong. In every gig I’ve played so far, I can name at least one thing that has happened that we didn’t plan to happen, and we’ve had to overcome it or improvise in a matter of minutes. Another bit of advice is read up about everything you’re getting yourself into. It doesn’t necessarily just go for music either, do your homework on what you’re buying, where you’re going or what you’re doing and at least you’re going into it (whatever that is) with some sort of idea.

Why would you recommend Rainhill as a Sixth form? 

I’d recommend the sixth form because of the flexibility of the subjects, there is a lot of choice and, with good time management, you shouldn’t have much of a problem studying for each subject and getting the maximum out of study whilst also enjoying having some free study periods to relax or go out. The sixth form is also small so if you have a problem, a member of staff is never far away to help you with that problem and get it sorted as quickly as possible.

Want to know more about Arno?

Follow them on:

Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Arnoband/

Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/this.is.arno/?hl=en

Or get along to their next gig, supporting Himalayas, in Jacaranda Phase One on Seel Street in Liverpool. This is next Friday the 26th October 2018.

Want to know more about the wide range of subject choices we have on offer, in both A-level and BTEC? 

Then go our website – www.rainhillsixthform.org.uk