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summer 2012 newsletter
The Artist Formally Black Flag Xmas Gig Known as Bustrexx
Current Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) student Bruce Charles released his debut album ‘This is an Album about Science’ on the 10th May under his new name Bustre. Bruce, who specialises in the genre of Drum ‘n’ Bass, is currently in negotiations with a Belgium based booking
agency about a tour. He is also in talks with an LA based manager, promoting a new remix for a brand new media format which is set to be launched in the USA, sound tracking for an android app to be released later this year, and producing for a number of US and EU based artists as well.
Former Higher National Diploma in Music Performance student, James Ewing secures an internship on the National Prison Radio following his first class honours degree in Radio Production from Bournemouth University and his successful placement as a Broadcast Assistant at BBC 6 Music. James completed his HND
James Ewing performing at Viva in Wakefield in 2008
in Music Performance in 2009 and after taking a year out decided to do the one-year top-up course at Bournemouth.
Mike Heaton Embrace’s drummer Mike Heaton popped in for chat to our Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) students about his career as a musician and his involvement in the establishment of The Hop as one of Wakefield’s leading live music venues. Brighouse band Embrace topped the charts with their debut album ‘The Good Will Out’ in 1998 and then scored a hat-trick of number ones with their subsequent
The School of Popular Music vocalists and the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Theatre group took part in a vocal workshop at Wakefield Arts Centre. The workshop was taken by Sarah Jay Hawley.
albums ‘Out Of Nothing’ and ‘This New Day’. They also recorded the official England World Cup 2006 song, ‘World at Your Feet’.
Dark Side of the Tune HND Music Year 1 present:
‘Dark Side of theTune’ The album listening evening showcasing Pink Floyd’s album revisited, reworked and reimagined from start to finish.
CG02 Music Department Thornes Park 3rd May 2012 7:00pm Free entry
Andy Morrey hard at it recording some bass
‘Krank It Up’
Sarah’s chance to really hone in on her performing and song writing skills.
Your Future in the Mix
On Friday 23rd March 2012, Year 2 students on the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) took over The Hop in Wakefield as part of a business style project. The project was designed to put the students
For a year and a half, between 1998 and 2001, Sarah toured the world with Massive Attack and the dark and sultry ‘Dissolved Girl’, Sarah has toured all over the world, made it onto movie soundtracks partied with Van Morrisson and like, ‘The Matrix’, starring Keanu even managed to squeeze in a Fine Reeves. The tour gave Sarah Art degree, not bad for a girl who a chance to meet other well left home at the tender age of 14. established artists like Sheryl Crow and Skin from Skunk Raised in Skegness in the 70’s, Sarah started performing alongside Anansie, but it also gave her a chance to see the world, “Iceland her jazz musician parents, aptly was astounding and Japan was named, “Duke Lewis and the pretty amazing. But I think Duchess” and before she was old enough to drive, Sarah was singing headlining at Glastonbury was probably the peak of my career.” the blues in underground clubs with 20-somethings. After leaving Massive Attack, Not long after arriving in Sheffield Sarah was asked to write for ‘Hold to begin her degree, Sarah released back the Night’, a channel four production and with ‘Grand Theft her first single ‘Yeah You’ on Warp Audio’, she wrote and performed Records, which led to a tour with seven songs, including the film’s funk rock ensemble, ‘The Promise’, live sessions with Finlay Quaye and soundtrack.
After singing at the Billboard Convention in San Francisco, it was in London where Sarah bumped into an old friend, gave him her CD and subsequently got a phone call from the trip hop group, Massive Attack, who were interested in
On Thursday 3rd May 2012, students on the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) course presented ‘Dark Side of the Tune’. An album listening evening showcasing Pink Floyd’s album which was revisited, reworked and reimagined from start to finish. Check out the project here:
Sarah’s writing and performing talents for their album, Mezzanine.
On Thursday 12th January 2012 a number of our students took part in the filming for ‘Your Future in the Mix’, a new advertising campaign which aims to promote Further Education across the region. A video crew from Global Radio, the company that took
over Galaxy Radio and now runs Capital FM, filmed the student singing the lyrics of a song written specifically to promote education to school leavers. Check out the video here: http://vimeo.com/36310927
in the place of a promoter and all aspects associated with the organisation of a gig were down to them. Four bands played and over 120 people turned up to watch. A very successful evening I would say! Sam Lane and Liam Field getting into the mood
Americana Thursday 12th January 2012 students on Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) presented Americana. An evening of original music inspired the paintings of Hopper and the short stories of Kerouac.
Xmas Warm Up Gig at Wakefield Arts Centre
Ben Stone – Roland Drum Workshop at Huddersfield University On Thursday 23rd February 2012, students from the School of Popular Music headed over to Huddersfield University for a Roland V Drum Workshop with Ben Stone. It was cold, wet, and windy but well worth it. Here’s what Roland says about Ben: “Ben Stone has been playing drums professionally for 18 years and has undertaken playing and or programming duties with the likes of Mal Pope, Elin Fflur, Rick Wakeman, The Gorillaz and N.E.R.D. (Pharrell Williams) to
In preparation for the Xmas Gig at Black Flag in Wakefield students on the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) course performed at
Wakefield Arts Centre on Friday 9th December in order to air their tunes and show the students who couldn’t make the gig what they were missing.
name a few. Ben is a professional drummer/programmer with many facets to his career so far including composing and producing music for TV, studio engineering, sound design and drum clinics/R&D consultation for Roland. Ben also operates “The Ben Stone Music School” which offers drum lessons to people of all ages and abilities in a comfortable and professional environment. Ben’s work for TV&Film is operated under his partner company, Gizmo Music.”
Ben Stone’s set up at Huddersfield University’s Phipps Hall
James Bond Gig 2012 HND Music Year 1 Students performed their own James Bond themes live at the Wakefield Arts Centre on Monday 26th March 2012. Check out the pics below:
Recording at LS-Live/Backstage Academy The Live Recording room at LS-Live
Upload 2012 Music Festival l 30th to 31st May 2012
Following on from their gig on the Monday night and an interview with Leeds University staff on Copyright, the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) Year 1 students
headed over to LS-Live to record some of their songs from the James Bond theme tune project. The students were being recorded by fellow students on Backstage Academy’s Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.
Proving once again to be one of the hottest tickets in town we celebrate the best that Wakefield College music students have to offer. A number of bands will perform an extensive catalogue of styles from originally composed music to classic songs that will rock the spring evenings. So why not kick off the start of the festival season with The School of Popular Music’s ‘Upload’ Festival. Upload is produced in association with LS-Live and Backstage Academy and promises to be even bigger, even louder and even more electrifying than last year’s outdoor spectacle.
6pm start - £6.00, £4.00 concessions
of music,dance & theatre
in association with
17th - 31st may 2012
Berlin Residential On Monday 27th February 2012 students on the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) course popped over to Berlin for a few days. Whilst they
were there, they got to see all the major tourist sites as well as The Ramones Museum and the infamous Hansa By The Wall recording studio.
The legendary Hansa By The Wall studio where David Bowie recorded ‘Heroes’
Outside the Ramones Museum – very CBGB’s
Inside The Ramones Museum.
The Holocaust Memorial
Anybody up for a spot of Karaoke?
Who said Punk is dead?
The Sony Centre
Brushes, pans, bin lids, lighters, rubber rings, paper and even the kitchen sink.
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology students spinning the wheels of steel as part of their course. Former Higher National Diploma In Music (Popular Music) student Lee Wood teaches students on the Level 3 Music Technology course how to DJ.
The Planets Dave Ward
On Wednesday 22nd February 2012 Level 3 Music Performance and Music Technology students experienced the inspirational ‘Stomp’ at Bradford Alhambra Theatre. The percussion group,
which has been touring the world for over twenty years, literally swept on to the stage at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre and wowed the crowds with their rattlebag of talent.
L3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology students integrated music technology into performance at their Planet’s gig.
Congratulations to Dave Ward. Dave was awarded Music Student of the Year at Wakefield College’s Awards Evening. Dave also performed at the ceremony.
L3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology students performing on stage
Dave Ward on stage at The Black Flag venue in Wakefield
Collaboration The premier of ‘AcoustiFilm’ took place on Monday 30th April at Wakefield Arts Centre. For those of you who don’t know, ‘AcoustiFilm was a culmination of the work of L3 Music Performance students which had been recorded by L3 Music Technology students and filmed by L3 Media students. Check out the pics.
The Gullivers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXsbNaHiz6I
Featured Gear – The LS9 The LS9 series consoles follow in the distinguished footsteps of the Yamaha PM1D, PM5D, and M7CL, expanding Yamaha’s digital mixing console lineup for live sound and installations. The LS9 series consists of the 32-mic/line input 64-channel
LS9-32, and the 16-mic/line input 32 channel LS9-16. While being compact and light enough for one person to move and set up easily, both models include features that have been fieldproven in previous Yamaha digital consoles as well as outstanding
Darren Brookes and DPS Former student Darren Brookes in a recent interview with the college’s marketing department talked about studying Popular Music at Wakefield College. Darren who now works as a freelance producer at DPS in Leeds and sound engineer, was a student on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music). When asked if studying at music at Wakefield College was beneficial, Darren replied: “The majority of the opportunities I’ve made have been made through people I’ve met at college and
university. Also, the skills I learnt in performance and songwriting have been extremely relevant with my role as a music producer”.
DPS in Leeds was set up by a couple of our former Level 3 in Music Technology students. Here’s what DPS has to say: DPS has been designed with artists and bands in mind, we put artists
sonic quality. In addition to an extensive range of gating, compression, and equalization capabilities, there’s also a built-in USB memory recorder/player for recording or BGM playback, and other functionality that give you everything you need for small to medium scale live sound or installed applications in remarkably compact, all-in-one consoles. needs first when making decisions, everything from the equipment to the room that surrounds it have been carefully created around you. Each rehearsal room has been acoustically designed around the sound within the room so it will give the best environment possible for practicing them all important sets. Our recording studios provide professional quality recordings at great everyday prices. Each member of DPS will always be happy to lend a helping hand as they have experience in recording, live sound, performing and mixing, we’re pretty sure there’s a solution to any problem presented to us.
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Darren Brookes on stage at Upload 2009
LS-Live and Backstage Academy The School of Popular Music are linking up with LS-Live and Backstage Academy to develop a new Level 2 qualification in Production Arts. The qualification is aimed at students who are interested in the learning more about the technicalities of live events, such as lighting, sound, and crewing. LS-Live is Europe’s only purpose built stage production rehearsal facility and one of Europe’s largest film & TV Studios. Many of the biggest names in entertainment have utilised their resources – from Cirque du Soleil, Kylie, Robbie Williams, Genesis, Scissor Sisters and Leona Lewis.
Links and associations
The School of Performing Arts and Popular Music are linking up with LS-Live and Backstage Academy to develop a new Level 2 qualification in Production Arts. The qualification is aimed at students who are interested in learning more about the technicalities of live events, such as lighting, sound, and crewing.
Level 2 qualification in
LS-Live is Europe’s only purpose built stage production rehearsal facility and one of Europe’s largest film & TV Studios. Many of the biggest names in entertainment have utilised their resources – from Cirque du Soleil, Kylie, Robbie Williams, Genesis, Scissor Sisters and Leona Lewis to name a few. LS-Live is also the home of Backstage Academy, a unique education centre designed to deliver high quality, relevant and practical training in different backstage skills and entertainment technology. Backstage have recently set up a Foundation Degree in Live Events Production which is validated by Bolton University.