24 Tuesday, 1 September 2009 London Lite Yourunicrewmay changeyourlife... Education2009 BARCLAYCARD Mercury Music Prize hopefuls Led Bib are following in the footsteps of former nominees Goldfrapp as they all studied at Middlesex University. The jazz band met in 2003 while s t u d y i n g m u s i c a n d collaborated with frontman Mark Holub on his masters project. As part of the project I was composing music. As a jazz musician, part of the compos- ing process is playing it and we loved playing together, says Holub, 28. Alison Goldfrapp, lead singer of her namesake electronic group, studied Fine Art at the north-west London university from 1995-98. They went on to be nominated for debut album Felt Mountain in 2001. Holub, who also plays drums, along with Pete Grogan and Chris Williams on saxophone, Liran Donin on double bass, and Toby McLaren on keyboards, says facilities at Middlesex played a key role in the bands success. Our formative year and a half was at Middlesex. But even after that we would go back and rehearse in the practice rooms. T hen s u d d e n l y we started to get some interest. That interest led to their Mercury- nominated third s t u d i o a l b u m , Sensible Shoes. H o l u b s a y s Middlesex held so many values for the band other than just a meeting place. I was pretty free. I had time to think about what I wanted to do in music. It wasnt a career move, it was a creative move. Its similar for the other guys as well -- they wanted to be better at making music and the fact weve made a career of it is a bonus. At Middlesex theyve got the focus pretty good. They try to make you do something interesting and not just play like everybody else does. Holub says the staff played their part, too. Theyre all jazzers on the scene as well. Obviously they are really pleased, especially in a thing like jazz when theres very little money at the best of times and very little recognition. Led Bib will find out their Mercury Prize fate next Tuesday. The 33/1 outsiders face competition from Kasabian, Florence & The Machine and La Roux. JAMES DAY Peep Show TV COMEDY duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb, below, met at Cambridge University. The sixth series of Peep Show is due to air this autumn. The pair make regular appearances on comedy game shows and Webb won Lets Dance For Comic Relief with his Flashdance routine. FlightOfTheConchords BRET McKENZIE and Jemaine Clement, below, shared digs at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. Their TV series, Flight Of The Conchords, has won Grammy, Perrier and Sony awards. FrenchAndSaunders WE HAVE Londons Central School Of Speech And Drama to thank for the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, right. LittleBritain FIFTEEN years ago Matt Lucas and David Walliams, left, met in drama class at Bristol University. Starting off in radio and swiftly moving into TV, theyre now worth millions. Blur WHILE fellow students propped up Goldsmiths college bar in 1988, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, Damon Albarn and Alex James, right, were forming a band. PHOEBE BROOKES Graduates: Alison Goldfrapp, left; jazzers Led Bib, right LitetalkstoMercury- nominatedband LedBib,whometat MiddlesexUniversity, abouttheirburgeoning careerinjazzmusic whataboutthinktotime wasntItmusic.indotowantedI andmusicmakingatbetterbe itofcareeramadewevefactthe Graduates: Alison Goldfrapp, left; jazzers Led Bib, right Fiveotherstellar universityhook-ups... Old-school: the Middlesex University campus index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html