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Learning From Giles Martin

09 September 2019

By Pati de Souza

In the words of Elizabeth Day, “learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better”. This, by the way, is a great fact to tell parents when they wonder why their daughter has eight jobs and hasn’t gone into engineering. As part of my continued efforts to make the London world my oyster, I have looked into the lives of creative role models whose careers have not been a fast lane journey. One of them is Giles Martin, the son of the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, whom I am thrilled will be joining The Architects Underground on 11 September 2019.

Giles is a man who counts Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono as his bosses. He was just a teenager when his father's hearing began to fade and commissioned to act as his ears at Abbey Road Studios, as George didn't want to lose out on any work projects due to his condition. While he has recently remixed Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - arguably the most important album of the 20th Century - Giles did take a while to carve out his place in the world.

Knowing this makes my insides fuzzy: while I am no Giles Martin (yet), my parents wanted me to go to the École Hôtelière de Lausanne, instead of becoming an extravagantly creative freelance designer-event-maker-illustrator-person. This is just one story that I have taken lessons from, and here’s a list I’ve started to keep this young soul grounded: persist and tell your own story to everyone (clients love stories).

  1. Find your niche and experts; don’t put a limit on the people you can reach out to.
  2. Talk to the elders hanging around you.
  3. Don’t give up because: you have to make it happen.
  4. Please go see your dentist.

Spell out the first letters of each point to get the key to life after higher education: PFDP, meaning, there is no key. Most of us are making it up as we go. To hear more about living so closely to the most famous rock band in history, producing Love for Cirque Du Soleil, and became Sonos' Soundboard, come join us on September 11th at The Architects Underground.

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Giles Martin (by Alex Lake)
Giles Martin (by Alex Lake)


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