New Artists Added to Sound City Lineup!

POSTED ON January 28th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

We are proud to announce..


Sound City are proud to announce Catfish And The Bottlemen as festival headliner AND an innovative partnership with electronic music promoters, Freeze, bringing an incredible line up of electronic artists from across the world to the Baltic Warehouse at Sound City 2016!

Off the back of winning Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards, we are delighted to present our most diverse festival line up yet with plenty more still to be announced.

Catfish & The Bottlemen // Leftfield // Hot Chip (DJ) // Floating Points (Live) // Motor City Drum Ensemble // Palma Violets // Greg Wilson // John Talabot // Gerd Janson // Shura // Âme // Henrik Schwarz (Live) // DJ Koze // Neon Waltz // Georgia // Dilly Dally // The Big Moon // Roman Flügel // Mano Le Tough // Novelist // Kagoule // Holy Esque // INheaven // Viola Beach // Mez // Derek Kaye // Jemmy // Makes No Sense

Sound City returns on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2016 at the iconic Liverpool Waters Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool, L3 0AP.

Weekend festival tickets are limited, so be sure to grab yours from

A Masterclass With Mark Heaney

POSTED ON January 13th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

“One of the most Jaw Dropping players in the UK” – (Rhythm Magazine)

Mark Heaney Promo

Mark Heaney was born in London in 1970. He started taking an interest in drumming when he was 5 years old. After showing a natural ability his father bought him his first kit when he was 9 years old. By the age of 10 he was working semi professionally in his Fathers show band playing clubs and dance halls around the country. He has been drumming ever since.

Mark has recorded and toured with many artists, producers and bands such as Tomoyasu Hotei, Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2) , Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve) Garrett Lee Aka Jacknife Lee (U2, Bloc Party), David Botrill (Placebo, Dream Theater), Andy Gill (Futureheads, Young Knives), Gang of Four (Band Member 2006-2014), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Gwen Stefani), John squire (The Stone Roses), The Seahorses (Band Member 1998-1999), The Freelance Hellraiser, The Shining, Simon Tong (The Verve), Simon Jones (The Verve), Nick McCabe (The Verve), Simon Dawson (The Stone Roses, New Model Army), Badly Drawn Boy, Klaxons, S Hit Disco, Howie Day, Threshold and many more.

Heaney was a member of Post Punk Legends Gang of Four from 2006 until 2013. He has recorded on albums Return The Gift, Content, Ep’s Second Life, Glass and Broken Talk. Heaney has toured extensively with Gang of Four worldwide covering North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has also performed with the band on Later with Jools Holland, The Late show with David Letterman, The Old Grey Whistle test, Massive Attacks meltdown, ZDF Germany, Huey Morgan show, XFM, KCRW, KEXP, Radio 2 and many, many other broadcasts.

Heaney is an accomplished composer creating Epic soundscapes and Dark grooves for Film and TV worldwide. He has also written Bespoke bodies of work for many of the worlds best music houses including De wolfe music, EMI, Sony, Extreme music, Wrong Planet and others.

In 2015 Heaney formed experimental jazz Quartet Extemporize. The band features Pete Billington Keys, Stuart Henderson Trumpet and Jerry Soffe Bass.


“A muscular yet madly skilled player. Mindblowing”. (Modern Drummer)

“Mark Heaney is a machine”. (Time Out)(Tim
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“One of the most Jaw Dropping players in the UK”. (Rhythm Magazine)

“Might just be one of the most important drummers in the country”. (Rhythm Magazine)

“Heaney is a serious player, throwing down Vinnie inspired “what the heck was that”? moments”. (Mike Dawson – Modern Drummer)

“A reflection of our times, both musically and technologically”. (Percussive Arts Society)
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“And then he started playing and jaws were literally seen to drop, Who’s Mark Heaney then…You’ll See”. (Rhythm Magazine))

“The Bonham-esque type capabilities of Mark Heaney”. (NME)(N
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“Sitting behind all this is dextrous drum basher Mark Heaney who is reminiscent of John Bonham in his hey-day”. (NME)
“A drummer of surgical precision”. (Andy Gill – Gang of Four)-Gang of Four)

Mark will be running a Master Class at our Swindon centre on Friday 29th January (12pm-2pm)

A Master Class With Anton Browne

POSTED ON January 6th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

The Sing Thing..

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Anton Browne sang with The Len Phillips Big Band for twenty years and also many various function bands along with running his own outfit.
He has taught at various universities and colleges – both BTEC and degree level and co-wrote the ground breaking Popular Music Vocals Grades for The London College of Music and updated the BTEC material for The Academy of Music and Sound.
For six years He held a professorial position at The Trinity College of Music, has over twenty years teaching experience at The BRIT School and a spell with BBC TV’s The Voice UK.

Anton Browne will be running a Master Class at our Swindon Centre on the 5th of February
from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

An Evening With Bruce Findlay

POSTED ON January 6th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Tees Music Alliance & Academy of Music and Sound presents..

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THURSDAY, 28th JANUARY, 2016 – 19:30

Former Manager of Simple Minds, Bruce will be discussing the music business, drawing on his experiences as an artist manager.

Not to be missed – Bruce is a well-respected music industry figure, with a great sense of humour and some wonderful stories to tell.



Southampton Centre End Of Term Gig!

POSTED ON December 22nd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Sell out show for End Of Term Gig!


What a great end to the year! Our Southampton Centre BTEC years 1 and 2 performed songs from their course material, these are the same songs that they are taught in their instrument specific lessons and have been rehearsing weekly. They are tutored every week in a Live Performance Workshop at The Joiners (voted the UK’s best small venue) to give them feedback and ways to improve. Each band then selected their favourite 4 songs and performed them at The Joiners in front of an audience of peers, friends, family, and Academy Staff. All of the staff in attendance were stunned by the quality of the performances!
All of the students played exceptionally and should be proud of their performances. Nick Cooper and the other BTEC tutors are reviewing the footage to assess. Nick says – ‘I am very impressed with how professional and well-rehearsed all of our BTEC students were, well done all!’

























Academy of Music and Sound Charity Showcase!

POSTED ON December 21st  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Live performances in the city centre..


Friday night our Exeter Centre’s students and staff wowed Princesshays late night shoppers with performances and live jam’s.
The FdA Yr 1 students raised £145 for Macmillan Cancer Foundation South West. Their performance was part of their Foundation Degree in Music Performance. These first year undergraduates undertook organising the performance from its original concept, through liaison with the venue, the charity and performers, to the performance itself. The students had booked musicians from other courses running at the Academy and they also performed themselves along with vocal and songwriting tutor Alex Johnstone (Instant Karma).
Through this assignment, the students will be assessed on their ability to organise an event, deliver it successfully and to evaluate the process. We all think they did very well!













Scottish Centre’s BA(hons) Performance Industries January Start

POSTED ON December 10th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

The last opportunity for applicants to apply for full financial student support.

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Due to changes in SAAS and Student Loan funding, this cohort of students will be the last to be able to apply for £5995 support for course fees.

The Academy of Music and Sound has long been associated with training excellence, with many successful students now working in the music industry. The BA(hons) Top Up in Performance Industries is designed to prepare musicians for professional life and to formalise and add a qualification to professional experience.

The BA (Hons) Top-Up is a one-year programme in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. The BA (Hons) Top-Up programme can be tailored to the interests and career aspirations of each individual student including music performance, music production and music business. Through a variety of exciting projects, students can develop their practical musicianship, sound recording, composition and songwriting skills. Students will have an enormous amount of creative autonomy and freedom to tailor their degree to suit their needs. Academy of Music & Sound Director Kevin Harding says: “The really great thing about our BA (Hons) Top-Up programme is that it gets musicians out in the industry, creating music and earning a living a year earlier than following a traditional two-year Scottish Top-Up programme”

Entry to the BA (Hons) Top-Up can be through successful completion of either an HND/Foundation Degree programme or through Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for professional musicians and music teachers already working in the industry. Due to major funding changes, this February start for the BA(Hons) top up will be the last opportunity in Scotland for musicians to study on this course with significant financial support from SAAS.

If you would like to apply for a place on this course, you must apply to the University of Wolverhampton directly by following this link:

select the location and course you would like to apply for. Please note, if you want to apply for a £5995 loan from SAAS/SLC you must select the course starting 26th January 2016.

If you would like any further information, please contact your local centre on the details below:

Glasgow: 0141 221 4458/

Edinburgh: 0131 656 0600/

A Master Class with British producer/song-writer Nat Powers!

POSTED ON December 10th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

A fantastic masterclass!

Nat Powers

Wednesday the 17th of December, AMS Exeter hosted British producer/song-writer Nat Powers for a fantastic masterclass!

He shared with students his own personal journey into the music industry and some of the challenges he has faced over the years, as well as offering advice and encouragement for all budding musicians and producers.

Nat has Produced for the likes of Snoop Dogg’s record label, Dizzee Rascal’s imprint, EMI, Virgin, Professor Green, D Double E, Skepta, The Pharcyde, Wu Tang, Three 6 Mafia, Death Row Records artists, The Stylistics, Maxi Priest, Omar and many more. He also became the first British producer to extensively work with the iconic Run DMC. Nat began his career in the USA, and his since been active across the US, Europe, UK and other locations globally.

Nat is also working on a Magazine and Publishing venture and an independent documentary film with SKY TV in Malawi (Africa) on the side of his music career. He debuted his magazine venture at TEDx with his own talk.




Another great Master Class from Zuri Aura at our Exeter Centre!!

POSTED ON December 8th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Zuri Aura, Professional Musicianship.


After a great Master Class at our Swindon Centre, Zuri Aura were invited back to host another class at our Exeter Centre! The band covered song writing and arrangement to band management and organisation as well as playing tracks from their ep! Valuable advice from these industry professionals.