Recording at Ashwood Studios
This year for The Garage Unsigned we have been able to offer our young performers a fantastic opportunity to record for half a day each in Ashwood Music in Norwich, run by Sotiris Yiasimi. Young musicians often don’t get the opportunity to record their music in professional studios, so this will help them produce industry standard music and experience what it’s like to record in a professional studio. Having recorded music gives young musicians a chance to get their music out in the industry and to sell to their audiences at gigs. If our young people had already spent time in a studio, this opportunity was still really valuable as it gave them the chance to experiment with their style and get feedback from professional musicians, without having to worry about the barrier of paying for their studio time.
All the young performers rose to the challenge and had a great day at Ashwood Music. Finn Doherty really showed his talent and used his time to record five fantastic live tracks with friend and fellow young musician Kate Maguire Buck, which he will use as the basis for a new EP. Vic Allen’s live tracks were also exceptional quality, and will be marketed as her new three song EP ‘Vic Allen Live Ashwood Sessions’.
“I have been given so many amazing opportunities… I’ve learned some much in the past 2/3 weeks and that’s all thanks to The Garage” - Breeze Redwine
This week we took our young musicians for a full day of professional photo shoots with the fantastic photographer Kevin Fry at Butterfly Studios, Norwich. Each performer was given two hours with Kevin to take photographs with their instruments, props, and anything else they wanted… Breeze Redwine took full advantage of this opportunity to really capture her identity as an emerging artist and brought a full suitcase full of clothes!
The cost of hiring a studio and a photographer can be a huge barrier for young musicians, and with the additional costs of the rights to the photographs it is often impossible to achieve. Being able to give our young musicians this chance to create and keep photographs that capture their emerging identities will really help them as they enter music industry. They will have the benefit of a portfolio of images that they can use again and again to market themselves and their music professionally.
Want to come and see the musicians in action? This years young musicians Charlotte Sometimes, Vic Allen, Finn Doherty, Helen Bluebelle and Breeze Redwine will all be performing at The Garage Unsigned gig at the LCR at The UEA on Saturday 1 July. For more information and to get tickets click here.
This opportunity is funded by Youth Music England & The Norfolk Music Hub and is being managed by The Young Norfolk Arts Trust and The Garage.
James Burgess – The Garage Technician