He was jailed for 11 years on the age of 17 for armed theft after turning into chief of the Ghetto Boys Brockley gang in south London. The musician, who can be an actor, emerged from jail aged 28 able to put music on the forefront of his life. Vic, now 35, says our campaign to rework the best way music is taught in our colleges may very well be “life-changing” for children who should not historically tutorial however may flourish underneath a extra artistic method.
We are calling for music to be made a core topic in colleges so it can compete with different programs when pupils come to pick their GCSE choices. We are additionally urging major colleges to participate within the “five a day” plan – the place pupils sing every day for at the very least 5 minutes.
Vic, who says music was his salvation, mentioned: “There is this thought that music is not a proper subject. When I was at school the hour of music lessons was what I lived for. I couldn’t wait.
“But nobody ever said to me, ‘Music could be your career’, nobody ever said, ‘That’s how you could make a living’. It was just something else that I did, mainly out of school.
“It wasn’t just teachers, I think my family and friends all felt the same. ‘Yeah, you’re good, you can play the piano but what about the real subjects?
‘What about getting grades to go to university, what about getting a proper job? Music, is that even a thing?’
“We have to change that mindset. All of the creative subjects are as important as the maths and sciences of this world. We need it all – but don’t keep music as something of lesser importance.”
Born in Cameroon, Vic moved to the UK aged 9 and grew up in a powerful neighbourhood the place he fell into hassle.
He feels that if he had extra alternatives with music as a teenager then his life might not have taken such a drastic flip.
Vic is seizing his second probability by forging forward as one of Britain’s most highly-rated unbiased acts. He has a Bafta award for the BBC Two movie Gun No 6.
Also, by way of utilizing music to marketing campaign on social points, he has been invited to talk to Parliament – one thing he says he would by no means have had the braveness to do had he not taken half in reside performances.
He mentioned: “Music has given me so much. It’s not really about money – it could open the door to so much more for a child who is struggling with other subjects.
“In schools especially, where it can be really awkward for teenagers to express themselves, the arts can help open you up and create friendships.”
- Vic Santoro’s new single Shake It is out now.