Inspiring award for graduate behind urban events company


Date: 12th Sep 2017

An award-winning Bucks graduate who co-founded an urban events company promoting different styles and artists has big plans for the future after winning an award for his work.

Isaac Lewis, who studied BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management, is behind Disco in the Basement, an urban events company focusing on promoting different style events for different artists in different venues and settings.

Isaac set up the company with another student on the course, Jacob Mee, and it has held events at venues in High Wycombe, Brighton and Southampton. The pair also received £2,000 through Bucks New University's Dragons' Den competition for students pursuing entrepreneurial business ideas

At his graduation ceremony, Isaac was presented with the Andrew Potter Music Industry Award for most inspiring student, in memory of former Bucks New University academic Andrew Potter, who died in 2016 and was also Head of Music at Oxford University Press.

Isaac said: "Disco in the Basement was created by two like-minded individuals with the same desire to promote and celebrate up-and-coming talent by bringing underground music culture to the students and the public under one roof.

"We have done this through organising house parties, events at secret locations, and events at other venues. It has so far been a great success.

"We have looked to utilise every opportunity and welcomed any partnerships through working with local businesses, offering paid work to students, building relationships with other event organisers and seeing the business grow.

"The party does not stop as Disco In The Basement has grown out of apprentice stage and we are concentrating on taking on the big boys in Brighton and Southampton. We have a following of 1,800 followers on social media and are now looking at taking the next step so look out for our events."

Giving advice to students, Isaac said: "Remember it is okay to fail. It's what you learn to take out of the situation and move forward that is important.

"Do the best for yourself and help others along the way. If you believe you can make a difference big or small than give it ago and it may just work.

"Love yourself and be proud of what you have achieved and carry what you have learnt throughout your three years, both the good times and the bad times at Bucks New University, and I hope that you all go out with your heads held high and that you find what you're looking for."

Alan McBlane, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management, said: "Our aim is always to work with our students to identify their strengths and throughout his time at Bucks Isaac made full use of the support network we try to provide for all of our students.

"His willingness to learn and succeed through networking and developing his own portfolio, alongside his significant academic achievements, resulted in him being a unanimous winner of this year’s Andrew Potter Music Industry Award for the most inspirational student.”

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Picture caption: Isaac Lewis with academics and staff at Bucks New University.


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