Gateshead student Jake Fletcher recently auditioned and has secured a development deal with Island Records. He is now working with Soul Kitchen management and writing with Iain
Exeter Center Students Perform At The Hall.
Monday the 1st of June The Hall, Stepcote Hill, Exeter will be hosting the Btec level 3 year 1 Singer Songwriter showcase. The event will feature a range of different styles and musicians all performing completely original material. Doors open at 3:30 with performances running from 4-8pm. Come along and be inspired by what Exeter’s emerging local talent have to offer!
Legend Bruce Findlay has been honoured with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award
The founder of the famous independent music store, Bruce’s Record Shop and former manager of Simple Minds was presented with the award at the launch night for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards on Wednesday evening.
Sponsored by the Academy of Music and Sound, the inaugural award honours the biggest names in Scottish music for their work in the industry.
The 71-year-old said: “I am thrilled to receive the first Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
“The Scottish Alternative Music Awards pleases me because I’ve always felt alternative to the mainstream and I am genuinely humbled by this award being given by a relatively new and useful organisation to the music industry.”
Bruce Findlay with Edinburgh band Bwani Junction who performed live at the SAMA launch
Bruce first ventured into the world of music in 1967 when he and his brother opened their own record shop in Falkirk.
Famous for their unique red carrier bags emblazoned with the caption ‘I Found It At Bruce’s’, Bruce’s Record Shop quickly became a favourite for music fans with a taste for underground rock.
By the mid-1970’s Bruce had launched a record label named Zoom Records, where he signed local teenage band Simple Minds in 1978 and helped set them on the road to becoming global stars.
He recently appeared on STV’s Grass-Roots Music to talk about his time working with the band.
Richy Muirhead, founder and director of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards said: “Bruce Findlay is a massive national and global legend, what he has achieved, it’s remarkable.
“For someone of my age, which is 26, that’s really inspiring and I think what we need to do is inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, marketers, managers and artists and hopefully this award [for Outstanding Contribution to Music] will do exactly that”.
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, guitarist with rock legends Guns & Roses, will be holding an exclusive masterclass for AMS Edinburgh students on Saturday 7th March. There are a handful of spaces available for visitors who wish to attend. Contact the Edinburgh centre NOW to reserve your place.
Degree student Ben Eardley on the BBC.
The Ellipsis have had a busy 2014. The four piece rock/indie band who feature Birmingham degree student Ben Eardley were selected as BBC CW Introducing’s band of the month for January. The group played a live session at this year’s Wychwood Festival, sharing the stage with the likes of The Stranglers, Boomtown Rats and The Levellers. The boys are now spending time in the studio with John Rivers, best known as the recording engineer of ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials. The Ellipsis are working towards an LP which should be available for release in summer 2015. The group is gigging regularly, for further news and latest gig dates you can check out their website: www.theellipsis.co.uk or follow them on Twitter.
Take it to the Bridge.
Take it to the Bridge
Sarah Quinn, Manager of Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh, climbed the Forth Road Bridge yesterday with the winners of the Forth Bridge national song competition.
The song-writing competition was devised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge and was won by Craig Allen-Hughes.
The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh, sponsored the event and offered all winners and runners-up a recording session in our in-house studio.
Climbing to the top of the bridge (150m) was also part of the prize!
Yamaha visits Birmingham.
Big in Japan
The Academy of Music and Sound Birmingham was delighted to play host to Yu Inuoue and Usamu Ito who travelled from Yamaha headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan.
The pair, who are researching designs for electric guitars, met students to ask their opinions on design. They were joined by Martin Adam and Julian Ward of Yamaha UK.
AMS students enjoyed a practical session with the two designers and got their hands on some exclusive guitars.
Swindon graduate George Christie has been telling us of his recent work with UK band The Miscreants which then led to an unforgettable trip to LA to work with Heavy Metal record label Mediaskare and their band Bermuda. “During September, I was hired by a band called Miscreants to co-write, produce and track their EP. The band then initiated a mixing competition on several audio forums, with the aim of finding a suitable mixing and mastering engineer”. “Kevin Newland (Chango Studios, 456 Recordings) ultimately landed the place”. “But the contest was greeted with a ton of positive feedback and American heavy metal label Mediaskare became aware of my work with the band and contacted me”. This is not like playing bingo games such as foxy bingo games this is different. “The material was then passed along to various bands on their label and I was soon contacted by Mike Levine of Bermuda, who offered me the opportunity to co-write and produce their sophomore album”. “The band also offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to allow me to be present during the album’s recording”. “Bermuda are recording at Echelon Studios in Los Angeles (owned and operated by Justin Gilbert of As I Lay Dying) and the band are set to embark on several European and American tours in the new year”. “So that’s the gist of it! I’m still in shock in all honesty”. Best wishes George.
Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh kicked off the academic year with a welcome party for all new students.
There were performances from current HND and BA (Hons) students as well as a great display from the in-house teacher band.
Manager of the Edinburgh centre, Sarah Quinn commented “this is always the perfect way to start the year”. “It sets the standard for new students to aspire to, this is not like playing bingo games such as foxy bingo games this is different, watching great performances from students who are only a year or two ahead of them as well as the teachers they will be learning from with each week”!
A big thank you to all who performed including students: Erik Hornesch, Kirsten Rennie, Kathryn Russell, Angus Buchan, Alyssa Renwick, Chris Robinson, Emerald Overlord, Jamie Duff, Konisi Tabu, Michael MacKay, Cameron Brown
Photos courtesy of Julia Nicholle.
We’re very proud to attach photos of some BTEC Music Performance students who started life at New College. Yesterday they collected their BA (Hons) Degrees in Wolverhampton.
The group shot shows Bradley Lewis (2nd left) Holly Baker and Stephanie Arlott. They each gained their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music with New College.
Holly Baker is now a full time teacher at The Academy of Music & Sound so her Degree led to immediate teaching work!