Brendan Mills brings artistic talent and business sense together in harmony
Entrepreneurship and musical creativity do not always
But Brendan Mills, 26, is an exception, uniting business brain
with artistic talent.
He plays the saxophone with his own trio in prestigious London
hotels by night, while running a business by day – with advice and
financial support from the Prince’s Trust.
Tuition, recording, composing – including advertising jingles –
are among a wide range of services he provides.
He is a BBC-approved composer and has recorded a well-reviewed
jazz CD Sax After Midnight.
Brendan’s father grew up in Maidstone but moved to Chislehurst
where he was born.
However, Brendan loves the County Town and moved back to his
family roots three years ago.
Inspired by legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker, Brendan has
played the instrument since he was five and went on to study jazz
at the University of Leeds.
He is comfortable with all styles but, for jazz sceptics, he
offers a “palatable package” and switches easily to other genres
Business mentor Graeme Wyles, a former bank manager, has
expanded Brendan’s business thinking after the trust – set up by
Prince Charles to help young entrepeneurs and disadvantaged
youngsters – approved a £3,000 loan.
“As a mentor, you talk through the options,” says Mr Wyles.
“It’s not for us to decide what they should do, it’s for them to
come to their own conclusion.
"I could see Brendan’s passion and my role to help him see and
develop that passion.”
“Graeme focused what I wanted to do and give me leads,” says
Brendan, who is also a keen sailor and wind-surfer.
“My ultimate aim is to be a full-time producer-writer working
with advertisers and businesses. I’d like to set up a recording
studio in Kent. I love Kent. The east coast is wonderful for
After years in debt, Brendan is now in the black. He says: “It’s
working, I’m actually paying my bills every month.
“My dream is to be recognised for the music I make, make a
living from producing and making music and own a nice little
sailing boat at Upnor Sailing Club.”