Rachel DiBiaso studied both Foundation and BA (Hons) Fine Art degrees at AUB, and is Creative Director at Ringwood-based independent recording studio HP Music.

The town of Bournemouth holds a history rich in the literary arts, with Lord of the Rings creator JRR Tolkien retiring to the affluent Parkstone area after a 30-year love affair with the Jurassic coast, and Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson writing his most famed work, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, while living in just up the road in neighbouring Westbourne.

In fact, many might be forgiven for not spotting that the town, which not more than 150 years ago was a collection of dunes between the ancient ports of Christchurch and Poole,  harboured an understated yet substantial reputation for music; escaping the glumness of burgeoning industrial powerhouses like London, Manchester and Bristol.

To begin with, there was world-class orchestral conductor Sir Dan Godfrey, founder of the UK’s first salaried municipal orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, who found international fame at the turn of the 20th century, hosting contemporaries of the time like Elgar, Holst, and Hubert Parry. At the very same time, Bournemouth’s first art school began life as Bournemouth Government School of Art, indicating a strong creative presence within the town.

In the flicker of an instant came the 20th century, and with it ‘pop’ music, and the rise of rock legends like Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer and Andy Summers of The Police, making Bournemouth’s Downstairs Club a venue famed for lively rock and jazz acts, like the enigmatic Zoot Money.

This century, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) Fine Art graduate Rachel DiBiaso has made it her business to seek out, train and develop budding artists found across Bournemouth’s vibrant yet largely untapped music scene; harking back to the town’s not-so-distant musical past.

HP Studios houses a rehearsal space, two mixing and recording control rooms, two live rooms and one custom built acoustic drum room, and offers services including recording, music video production, artist development, photography and music tuition.

“The key is understanding the artist, and making the best version of them possible. I work closely on songwriting, imagery, design and branding, encouraging artists to be as confident and bold as they can be.

“When it comes to finding their own unique sound, it’s quite often a case of listening to many songs and identifying what inspires artists in a mixed piece of music. Is it a sound, or is it a drum beat, even white noise? I can then adapt to their way of thinking and assist in co-writing and melody production.”