photo by Jenna Stoyanov
Snapshots: Life at the College of Fine Arts
Each week, burnt x will feature one student from one of UT’s 13 colleges. This week, we’ll feature Logan Burroughs, a fourth-year music business student at the Butler School of Music in the College of Fine Arts.
A bit about Logan Burroughs:
“I’m a fourth-year music business student at UT. I have a specialty radio show on KVRX 91.7FM called ‘Lovin’ It With Logan’ where I spin my favorite songs every Tuesday at 1:00 AM. I’m currently an intern for Do512. I play in and manage international mega super rock band The Smile Bunch. I also work for C3 as a front of house. I have no idea what I want to do with my life but as long as it’s in music I think I’ll survive.”
What made you want to attend UT?
“In reality? When I was 10 years old I watched the UT vs. A&M game and decided I was going to root for whoever won. Thank god the right team won. Luckily the older I got I realized even though that was random AF, it ended up being a good decision and one that stuck with me up until getting a degree from the place.”
Why/How did you choose your major?
“In high school, I was under the impression that the only stable music job in the world was being a band director and then I read some books and realized that was not the case. My friends and I started going to local punk shows in our hometown of Abilene, TX, and I became infatuated with the DIY community and the music it produced. Once I realized that the music industry was at an all-time high as far as jobs and money, I knew I needed to go to school to pursue that.”
What is your average day like?
“This semester, MWF, I go to class, go to my internship, and then come home to either work on filling out scholarship applications, or work on continuing the goals of The Smile Bunch. I don’t have class TTH, so I just go to work and come home. If we’ve got a gig, I play the gig. If I’m working at a venue downtown, that’s what I do. Every day is different of course. The things that I like to do ‘for fun’ are the same things I want to have me make money one day.”
Why is the College of Fine Arts the best school?
“I mean… Have you seen McCombs? Or the Architecture school? Or the Engineering school? We’ve got some pretty stiff competition here. Let’s put it this way: I’m a music business major. The last of them, in fact. They [administration] took away both the recording technology major and the music business major the year after I enrolled here. That by no means is a reflection of what is happening in music industry right now. More people are making a living playing and working within music right now than ever have before. Music for the first time ever is a consistently multi-billion dollar industry and the biggest school in the live music capital of the world took away the music business major. I mean…have you seen Moody? There’s a BRIDGE that connects two buildings. COFA is barely even on campus.”
How much time do you spend studying per week?
“If I’ve got a test, I study 3-5 hours. If I don’t have a test, usually none other than reading. My major allows me to work a decent amount, which is what I need to be doing if I want to succeed.”
Are you currently working on any projects that pertain to your major?
“Yeah, I play in The Smile Bunch, so that’s an ever-continuing project of mine and we’re putting out new music this month as well as a good amount of shows lined up in the near future. I’ve been accepted into the UTLA program for the summer, and so I’m on the internship search right now for that. The vlog I help run is also planning another summer series similar to the one we put on last year, only bigger and better. Lots of cool stuff happening that will hopefully lead to more cool stuff happening.”
Is there anything else you wish to add?
“Watch the documentary ’13th’ on Netflix and listen to every single word.”