studioUpcoming indie band The Inkhearts have been given their big break after being the first artists to be signed up to Edge Hill University’s very own record label.

The Label Recordings is an independent label without contracts, which has been set up by the University to promote existing new music and to give students eyeing-up a career in the competitive industry some real hands-on experience.

After a massive search across the North West to spot new talent, The Label Recordings came across the The Inkhearts, a four-piece band from Skelmersdale with their own unique sound, and have been in the recording studios with them.

The band, all aged between 17 and 18, couldn’t contain their excitement when we caught up with them in the studios. Listen to the interview here with the band and also the students who are benefitting from being a part of the initiative

Media lecturer Carl Hunter, who is also bassist in the Liverpool band The Farm, is hoping The Label Recordings will launch some of the region’s brightest talents. He said: “In my experience, the first foot on the ladder is either too high or in someone else’s garden. The Label is a place where you can try your hand at anything. You can direct a music video, you can work in A&R, you can package a sleeve, you can organise a club night, book the band and promote it. It’s a way to become an insider and get a flavour of what all the people behind the scenes really do.

“Even more importantly, The Label isn’t interest in taking a slice of the band’s music or earnings, quite the opposite in fact. It’ a record label that will put out a band’s song, package it, shoot a video and help with distribution? It’s a chance not to be missed.

The University is working in partnership with Parr Street Studios, Liverpool’s legendary Grammy-award winning recording studio complex, where artists including Arctic Monkeys, Cast, Coldplay, Spice Girls and many more have recorded.

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