ACC Alumni: Sam Bowden

Sam Bowden, guitarist for the globally acclaimed pop-punk band Neck Deep, began his musical journey at ACC Lincoln, studying Music Technology.

While he originally applied for a Music Performance course, Sam found his niche in Music Technology. This decision would prove crucial to Neck Deep’s path, with Sam’s digital production and self-recording skills feeding directly into their music.

Sam was once told ‘say yes to everything’ which became his mantra. This philosophy came to fruition when, while working as a touring guitar tech for Neck Deep, he was asked to step in as lead guitarist. He learned eleven songs overnight, embraced the challenge, played the next four shows and the rest is history.

Over their career so far, Neck Deep have had five albums, countless world tours, and a plethora of festival appearances. In 2023, they made their main stage debut at Download Festival, marking another milestone in their meteoric journey.

Asked what he would say to aspiring musicians, he said “Just work hard, know what you want to do, never get frustrated with where you’re at – it’s a journey, enjoy it.” His own success is a testament to the power of hard work, resilience and a willingness to seize every opportunity that comes your way.

Ready to embark on your own musical journey? Like Sam, say yes to the adventure. Apply now to join us in September.

Last updated on: 22nd November 2023