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One of the first bands signed to Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings, have penned a record deal with the iconic independent label, Heavenly Recordings.

Hooton Tennis Club, a four-piece indie band from Chester, have worked with Edge Hill students for the past eight months on marketing their debut single ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair’. During this time students have had numerous opportunities to work with the band including filming them at live events and organising the band’s slot at The Label’s showcase at Liverpool Sound City Festival.

Some, including third year English Literature student Adam Walker, were even part of the group who ‘discovered’ Hooton Tennis Club, selecting them as only the second band for The Label to work with.

Adam said: “To see a band like Hooton Tennis Club sign a new deal is incredibly exciting. From helping to scout them, reviewing their shows and being involved in the recording process, I’ve gained valuable experience in communicating with artists, widening my contact base and writing about music in general. They’re a great bunch of lads, and I wish them all the best for the future. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of Hooton Tennis Club in the coming years.”

HTC BIDO PIC (2)2Hooton Tennis Club signing to Heavenly Recordings, the label responsible for launching Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton, Doves and The Magic Numbers, is a major achievement for Edge Hill’s record label, which is the first of its kind in the North West. As a not-for-profit organisation, the bands which work with The Label keep the rights to their music and retain their artistic freedom. Student volunteers then have the opportunity to work with industry experts and gain experience in music production, video production, graphic design, journalism and event management, receiving real work experience in a notoriously closed off industry.

The notable music blog Getintothis has recognised the influence of The Label Recordings, and the students involved, in the success of Hooton Tennis Club: Getinto this writes:

“The mark of the Label Recordings is clear in Hooton Tennis Club’s sound; comprised of musicians and students harking from a medley of academic backgrounds, the label mixes raw creativity with some of Liverpool’s sharpest young minds – without the restrictive confines of contracts. With the artists free to remain in complete creative control, it’s no wonder that Hooton Tennis Club have come in to their own with such force.”

The Label Recordings’ student volunteers are now gearing up for another academic year and the next intake of local bands to ensure they can repeat the success they have found with Hooton Tennis Club. Carl Hunter, Creative Director of The Label Recordings and Senior Lecturer in Film said:

“Hooton Tennis Club signing to Heavenly is not only proof that they are a fantastic band, it also shows the strength of the university record label we have here at Edge Hill. Through offering students the chance to get involved in the music industry without fears about profit margins or mainstream commercial appeal we’ve shown that you can find great local music while creating opportunities.”

Read the Heavenly Recordings press release on Hooton Tennis Club signing a deal here.

The Label Recordings is a University volunteer projects open to students from across the University, click here to find out more.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.