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

It offers a musical journey that invites musicians and bands to collaborate with students, who will be given the opportunity to learn about the music industry by becoming part of the music industry. They are involved in all aspects including searching for emerging talent, music production, video production, releasing tracks and organising live events.

Media lecturer Carl Hunter, who is also bassist in the Liverpool band The Farm, explained the idea behind The Label, which hopes to help launch some of the region’s brightest talents.

He said: “The music industry is in a strange place, there’s a great fear about not seeing a return from an investment. This means creativity is more ignored than health warnings on ciggie packets. What we’re trying to do is remove that fear and create opportunities.

“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. Imagine that, 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.”

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‘Ten Sound City Saturdays’ celebrate partnership with leading music festival

Edge Hill University has programmed an exciting series of Saturday events in Liverpool and Ormskirk to complement their partnership with Sound City.

The eclectic programme will offer students the chance to showcase their work and gain valuable music industry experience, as well as an exciting range of performances from cutting edge Liverpool artists and talks from top music industry figures. Venues will include Static Gallery, Liverpool Small Cinema, Bluecoat and The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University.

The first two of these events will take place on Saturday 4th March, when a Vintage Mobile Cinema will appear at Liverpool’s Albert Dock screening a selection of music videos from The Label Recordings – Edge Hill’s record label which promotes existing and new music. The evening will bring a gig at The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University from four of the most exciting acts on The Label Recordings – Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son, Ali Horn and Youth Hostel.

The programme also includes several symposiums and talks including Independence Day which will tell the story of Radio Merseyside’s PMS (Popular Music Show), the UK’s longest-running independent music radio show. This talk will be given by the show’s presenter Roger Hill who has been in the driving seat for 35 of its 40 years. Symposia taking place include 30th Century Woman which will discuss women in music, and the Art and Pop symposium Things may come and things may go… with further details of speakers available soon.

Also as part of the Sound City Saturdays programme, avant-garde Liverpool act a.P.A.t.T will present Observed Music, a multi-disciplinary, interactive, site-specific performance installation at the Sound City Festival site. On the same day, bands from the Label Recordings stable will take over the festival’s Emerging Talent stage for a three hour slot.

The programme also features a zine-making workshop with performer, artist, writer and musician Mark Greenwood, You Say You Want a Revolution, a talk/workshop/production of ten one minute sound works with visual artist Alan Dunn and Surround Sounds, a programme of music films, documentaries and videos.

Cathy Butterworth; Arts Manager at Edge Hill University said: “It’s exciting to be bringing this new element to what is already a very successful partnership with Sound City. Ten Sound City Saturdays will provide Edge Hill students with enhanced industry opportunities and experience and strengthen the University’s links with Liverpool arts venues, organisations and artists.”

Dave Pichilingi, CEO, Sound City said “We’re proud of our partnership with Edge Hill, they’re an incredibly forward thinking university who have brought exceptional quality to Sound City with the artists they have showcased, students who have interned and attended the festival and conference and work across dance and multimedia since their early days of working with us.  Ten Sound City Saturdays is a wonderful way to engage students and to celebrate our 10th anniversary edition and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

Edge Hill has been involved with Liverpool Sound City since 2013 and last year signed a three-year deal as the festival’s Industry Connection Partner. As part of the deal the University’s music arm The Label Recordings, which boasts local success stories Hooton Tennis Club and Oranj Son amongst their alumni, has an exclusive stage at the festival to showcase bands from their stable, as well as those from Liverpool and surrounding areas.

Ten Sound City Saturdays: listings information

 

Vintage Mobile Cinema

Saturday 4 March, 11am-5pm

Albert Dock, Liverpool City Centre

Tickets FREE, no booking required

 

The Label Recordings present Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son, Ali Horn and Youth Hostel

Saturday 4 March, 8.00pm

The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

Tickets £10, £8, EHU students £5

Book here

 

Zine making workshop

Saturday 18 March, 2pm-4pm (drop-in session)

Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

FREE, no booking required

 

You Say You Want a Revolution

Saturday 25 March, 2pm-4pm

Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

FREE, no booking required

 

30th Century Woman: Women in Music Symposium

Saturday 15 April, 2pm-4pm

Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

FREE

Book here

 

Things may come and things may go….Art & Pop Symposium

Saturday 22 April, 2pm-4pm

Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

FREE

Book here

 

Surround Sounds: Film and Music

Saturday 6 May, 1pm-6pm

Liverpool Small Cinema, Victoria Street

FREE, no booking required

 

Resilience and Revolution

Saturday 20 May, 2pm-4pm

Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool

FREE

Book here

 

a.P.A.t.T : Observed Music

Saturday 27 May, 10am – midnight

Sound City festival site

FREE – Sound City ticket holders only

 

Emerging Talent stage – Label Takeover

Saturday 27 May, 6pm-9pm

Sound City festival site

FREE – Sound City ticket holders only

University record label shortlisted for prestigious award

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Edge Hill’s ground breaking record label has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award, it was announced this week.

The Label Recordings is shortlisted alongside five other institutions in the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category, with the winner due to be announced at a glittering ceremony in London on 26 November.

Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings, set up in November 2013 by lecturers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney is an innovative means of promoting student employability in the notoriously closed-off music industry.

Through mentoring, shadowing and tutoring, The Label operates exactly like an industry placement. Student volunteers from various degree disciplines work across fluid teams in A&R (artist scouting), music and video production, marketing, event management and graphic design.

This exciting new endeavour has propelled Edge Hill from a relative unknown in the music industry to one of higher education’s most credible voices in popular music.

The record label has had four signings so far: The Inkhearts, Hooton Tennis Club, The Little Secrets and SeaWitches. All artists have received international airplay including on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Hooton Tennis Club have now signed a record deal with Heavenly Recordings, been named NME’s Band of the Week, received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and obtained a coveted slot at Glastonbury Festival 2015.

No other University record label in the last 10 years can match the level of music industry exposure achieved by The Label Recordings. The Label is frequently mentioned and discussed on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, and has been discussed in NME Magazine. BBC North West Tonight recently ran a feature on the record label’s success featuring interviews with Carl Hunter, students and a student-made music video.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Edge Hill said: “I’m delighted that The Label has been nominated for the THE Excellence and Innovation in the Arts award. The shortlisting recognises the hard work and creative vision from students, staff and artists which has been constant since the project’s inception. The Label continues to offer students unparalleled industry experience and opportunities, and the success the acts are achieving is incredible.”

Students premiere new music video

Film and TV students from Edge Hill University have been involved in the ultimate work experience project, shooting a music video for the University’s very own record label.

Directed by Film Lecturer Clare Heney, nine students from the Department of Media and one student from the Department of English travelled to Portmeirion, Wales in November 2014 for the break-neck shoot, taking on roles such as 1st Assistant Director (Aurelija Zubaviciute), Camera Operator (Luke Pearson), Camera Assistant (Toni Jordan), Editor (Dominic Smith) and Runner (Philip Curtis, Santi Rodriguez, Dan Snow, Adam Walker) to bring local band The Little Secrets’ debut single to life. Students were also involved in capturing the making of the video through film and photography.

Third year Film and TV Production student Aurelija Zubaviciute, who took on the role of 1st Assistant Director and Production Manager, said:

“Being part of The Little Secrets music video was a remarkable experience. The shoot location in Wales was breathtaking and perfect for the video, and the experience of shooting on an iPad was different from what we’re used to. It was a real eye opener, that you can do so much with so little and get a brilliant outcome.

I’m delighted to be part of the team, it has made me feel so much more confident with my role, and I believe that it will really help a lot with my future projects and the career path that I would like to take.”

The Little Secrets from Liverpool signed with Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings, in November 2014. The band recorded their single All I Need in the Grammy-award winning Parr Street Studios where students from a range of University departments shadowed music producers, documented the process and interviewed the band. The single is due for release on Monday 26th January and is available to pre-order now.
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Senior Lecturer and founder of The Label Recordings, Carl Hunter said:

“This is a fantastic employability opportunity for a deserving group of students. Breaking into the music industry is notoriously competitive and taking on such big responsibilities so early in their careers will be a real boost to their graduate prospects”

The Label Recordings is Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, offering students the chance to gain experience in the music industry by becoming part of it. Student volunteers from across the University have exciting opportunities in music scouting (A&R), video production, music production, marketing, event management and graphic design.

Find out more about studying Film and Television at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

Like The Label on facebook.com/thelabelrecordings or follow the latest news on Twitter @TheLabelRec.

Pre-order The Little Secrets debut single All I Need here.

Film students release teaser video for new University single

Film and TV students from Edge Hill University have released a teaser video for the University record label’s newest single.

Shot by Film students Robert Monteith and Toni Jordan and edited by Dominic Smith, the video shows the recording process of The Little Secrets debut single All I Need. Stacy Jo and Kevin Dixon from Liverpool signed with Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings, in November 2014, recording their single in the Grammy-award winning Parr Street Studios where students shadowed music producers, documented the process and interviewed the band.

The full music video for All I Need was filmed on location in Portmeirion, Wales by a team of students who were directed by Film Lecturer Clare Heney. All I Need has already received airplay on BBC Radio 2 from Janice Long who named it as one of her ‘Janice Loves’ tracks, and will be released digitally on Monday 26th January.

The Label Recordings is Edge Hill University’s very own record label, offering students the chance to gain experience in the music industry by becoming part of it. Student volunteers from across the University have exciting opportunities in music scouting (A&R), video production, music production, marketing, event management and graphic design.

Find out more about studying Film and Television at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

Like The Label on facebook.com/thelabelrecordings or follow the latest news on Twitter @TheLabelRec.

Student success as Hooton Tennis Club sign record deal

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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.

Edge Hill student reviews Steve Levine’s Assesmbly Point Sessions

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As part of Edge Hill’s exciting new partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival 2014, English Literature student Adam Walker was given the exciting opportunity to attend and review the Steve Levine’s Assesmbly Point Sessions featuring Boy George, Tim Burgess and many more.

The Liverpool International Music Festival highlights the constant evolution of a musically rich city. Hundreds of artists, from dozens of countries and different genres, descend on Merseyside for a month of collaboration, expression and performance. Over 150,000 people attended last year, and organisers are hoping that will only improve second-time out. Yaw Owusu, the festival’s curator, said that “Last year was our chance to launch the first ever Liverpool Music Festival. This year, it’s all about making a statement and establishing the event as the leading UK festival for global music.

As part of the celebrations, Grammy award-winning record producer Steve Levine directed a unique event at St George’s Hall. Mark King, bassist with Level 42, described the evening as a huge “melting pot of styles”, combining elements of new wave, reggae and progressive rock, as a number of famous artists came together to perform and record new versions of their collective works.

As we were ushered through the clinically sterile white corridors of St George’s Hall into the darkened concert hall, the crowd, packed tightly against the stage, watched and waited. As Chris Hawkins’ voice echoed around the hall, introducing a “galaxy of stars”, nine white specs of light fluttered softly across the stage. The dark, fuzzy, echoing growl of Mark King’s bass shook the room, his customised fret-board flickering with nine intense white lights. Sliding into a roaring cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”, the lights exploded, revealing our fantastical setting for the evening. Underneath a sharp pink and blue circus tent, bordered by white picket fences, the Level 42 bassist also handled the vocal chores.

Between songs, on a separate stage, Steve Levine showed off the other side of the music world. Hidden behind a mixing desk and a stack of amps, he explained his objective for the evening: to “re-record a Liverpudlian classic” using the evening’s artists. As the night progressed, Natalie McCool, Holly Cook and Mary Epworth recorded vocal sections, providing an intense mix of styles and themes.

One of the UK’s finest guitarists, Bernard Butler of Suede, joined King, Epworth and McCool on stage for a powerful performance of McCool’s “Thin Air”. Signed to Levine’s Hubris Records, Epworth and McCool demonstrated fantastic control, power and emotion in their performances. Both are hugely promising young talents. Throwing down a thick, fuzzy solo, Butler made everybody’s jaws drop.

Swapping the heavy, distorted electric guitar for a sweeping, clean acoustic, Butler and McCool played around with Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey”, a track Butler had produced. It was melancholy, peaceful and beautiful. McCool’s voice echoed around a beautifully still room, as we watched in awe.

Then, as if by magic, Boy George appeared. Fully clad in camouflage, military gear, the legendary eighties icon joined Epworth and McCool, providing backing vocals on Cook’s “Looking For Real Love”. Whilst his dancing was wildly out of sync with everybody else in the room, his jagged voice provided a brilliant, rusty layer to Cook’s exotic, bass-driven track. Cook, meanwhile, demanded most of the attention. Her performance, both vocally and visually, was confident, assured, simple and sexy. As quickly as Boy George appeared, he had disappeared again into the darkness.

Introducing himself with a quick joke, the Culture Club frontman opened his headlining set with a rousing, buzzing rendition of “Feel The Vibration”. Following his every move, the crowd bobbed and swayed along intently. His rough, raspy voice was, by his own admission “starting to go” at the end of a string of dates, but that didn’t stop anybody from enjoying it.

Inviting Eve Gallagher, a legend in house music, to the stage, the pair had great camaraderie. He hated her jacket, she hated his. All laughs aside, their rendition of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” was beautiful. Slowing the set down, and creating a tense, intimate atmosphere within St George’s Hall, before Gallagher unleashed the unholiest of notes at the songs climax, stunning everyone, including herself judging by her fit of laughter afterwards.

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” received thunderous applause. Combining the very best elements of disco, reggae and salsa, the Culture Club classic sounded brilliant. A true highlight of the evening. In a surprising twist, Tim Burgess made his way to the stage, armed with his notepad. Clearly there’s a section in there entitled “Adam’s Favourite Songs”. As slow, melancholy chords rang out, and Tim sang “Satellite’s gone/Up to the skies/Things like that drive me/ Out of my mind”, a huge grin appeared on my face. The pair created a sad, tender, sensitive version of the late Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love”, much to my delight.

When it was released in 1983, “Karma Chameleon” rocketed to number one in sixteen countries. As the band launched into the classic hit, everybody was reminded why. The whole crowd screamed the infamous harmonica part (which was sadly, nowhere to be seen), forcing a smile on Boy George’s face. It wasn’t the most convincing performance of the night, faltering in places, but the sheer volume of the crowd almost drowned out the pop star. Without warning, “Karma Chameleon” quickly became a pounding, rockabilly track, as it began to blend with T.Rex’s “Bang A Gong”.

As his headline set drew to a close, Boy George invited the other artists on stage for one last jam. A triumphant night of live music, collaboration and colour. All was not finished however, as Steve Levine turned to the crowd to provide one last vocal part for his “Liverpudlian classic”. Directed by Mark King, the crowd belted out the chorus to Gerry Marsden’s “Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey”. A bizarre and brilliant end to a fantastic evening.

Whilst the night is over, and just a memory now, Edge Hill University’s involvement does not end there. The LIMF Academy, which takes place this weekend, will see 15 young artists perform at the world renowned festival. Five of those artists will become part of an elite programme, offering invaluable support and guidance from industry experts including Edge Hill’s own record label, The Label Recordings. As part of the recently announced partnership, students will be directly involved in one of the region’s biggest festivals, and will have the opportunity to work on campus with the artists, as Edge Hill hosts a showcase event later in the year.

To find out more about Edge Hill University’s partnership with LIMF, click here.

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Edge Hill’s partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival gets underway

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Edge Hill’s exciting new partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival will come alive this weekend at Sefton Park with the arrival of the LIMF Academy Stage, showcasing the region’s biggest young talent.

As part of Edge Hill’s growing reputation in the music industry, the University is sponsoring the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy, a programme set up to nurture young unsigned artists and give them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of thousands.

The LIMF Academy, which is free to attend and takes place from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August in the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool, will see 15 young bands, artists or DJs perform on stage at the popular festival. The five ‘most ready’ artists will then go on to perform at the Festival on Monday and will become part of an elite master class programme, offering priceless help, support and mentoring from music industry experts including Edge Hill’s own record label, The Label Recordings.

The five acts: Visitors, Luke Cusato, Little Grace, XAMVolo and Katy Alex, will then perform in a showcase event on campus at Edge Hill later in the year. The event will be hosted by The Label and will be organised, filmed and reviewed by student volunteers.

As part of Edge Hill’s involvement with the popular festival, English Literature student Adam Walker and Creative Writing alumnus John Smethurst will both attend a VIP Reception at St. George’s Hall on Thursday 21st August, featuring legendary singers Boy George and Tim Burgess, as part of Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions.

John will then attend a VIP hospitality reception on Friday 22nd August, featuring Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Adam and John will use the opportunities to meet with music industry contacts and review the events as they build on their growing portfolios in music journalism.

You can follow Edge Hill’s involvement at Liverpool International Music Festival live through Twitter @EdgeHill @TheLabelRec or through #EHULIMF

Liverpool International Music Festival is one of the largest and fastest growing music festivals in the UK and attracted 200,000 visitors in 2013, its first year. The festival features global music icons as well as celebrated and cutting edge national and local bands and artists.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam and the LIMF Academy (Sefton Park Palm House), both of which are free to attend.

Find out more about Liverpool International Music Festival 2014 here.

Find out more about the LIMF Academy in association with Edge Hill University here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

 

Edge Hill’s LIMF Academy 2014 announce Top 5 artists

The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) Academy in association with Edge Hill University have announced the Top five acts of 2014. The five ‘most ready’ acts will receive Elite Masterclass training, including mentoring from Edge Hill’s very own The Label Recordings.

The five acts will all feature in a Showcase event to be hosted on campus at Edge Hill later this year.

The five ‘most ready’ acts, LIMF Academy in association with Edge Hill University 2014:

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Luke Cusato
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Little Grace
https://soundcloud.com/littlegraceuk/are-we-serious

Katy Alex  

https://soundcloud.com/katyalexmusic/a-boy-like-that

Edge Hill announces partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival

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Edge Hill University is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).

The University has teamed up with the festival to sponsor the LIMF Academy, a programme set up to nurture young unsigned artists and give them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of thousands.

The LIMF Academy, which takes place from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August, will select 15 young bands, artists or DJs to perform on stage at the popular festival. The five ‘most ready’ artists, bands or DJs will then be invited to join an elite masterclass programme, offering priceless help, support and mentoring from music industry experts including BBC Merseyside presenter Dave Monks, Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Levine and the festival’s music curator Yaw Owusu.

As part of the partnership, Edge Hill’s very own record label The Label Recordings will mentor the five successful artists, offering vital advice and support on all aspects of their career in music. The five acts will then perform in a showcase event on campus at Edge Hill later in the year.

The Label Recordings is Edge Hill’s industry-led, not-for-profit record label which offers students hands-on experience in the hugely competitive music industry. Since The Label was set up by Edge Hill in November 2013, students from a variety of degree disciplines have been involved across all areas, scouting bands, producing singles, filming a music video, creating a fanzine, designing marketing materials and organising events.

Carl Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Film and founder of The Label Recordings said:

“As a university with our own industry facing record label, we welcome working with LIMF. Our Label has been a huge success putting the artists in touch with various labels, managers and agents as well as attracting national radio airplay for the two singles we released, while giving our students hands-on experience. We aim to help and advise bands who are starting to think about a career in the music industry. We have established a wonderful relationship between artists, students and industry and couldn’t be happier to be involved with The LIMF Academy.”

Yaw Owusu, the festival’s music curator said:

“I am really happy that we are working with Edge Hill University on this year’s LIMF Academy programme. Naturally both our aims are to support the discovery and development of talent, so this makes great sense.”

The LIMF Academy will also offer extensive free activities and workshops aimed at 13 to 21 years olds from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August. The workshops, which are open to the public, will include singing skills, recording techniques, music production, DJing, drumming and free running dance.

Liverpool International Music Festival is one of the largest and fastest growing music festivals in the UK and attracted 200,000 visitors in 2013, its first year. The festival features global music icons as well as celebrated and cutting edge national and local bands and artists. This year the festival will feature more than 200 acts representing 20 countries with around 150 hours of live music, between Friday 15 andSaturday 31 August.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam and the LIMF Academy, both of which are free to attend.

Find out more about Liverpool International Music Festival 2014 here.

Find out more about the LIMF Academy in association with Edge Hill University here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

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Hooton Tennis Club in Liverpool Sound City Top 10

Hooton Tennis Club, signed to Edge Hill’s very own record label, have been chosen as one of the top 10 acts at this year’s internationally renowned Liverpool Sound City Festival.

The 10 acts were chosen by music journalist and founder of the Get Into This Award, Peter Guy. Hooton Tennis Club released their debut single Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair through The Label Recordings in April 2014. Read the full article on the Liverpool Echo website here.

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Edge Hill makes an impact at Liverpool Sound City Festival

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Students and staff at Edge Hill University played a massive role in bringing the leading music festival, Liverpool Sound City, to life this weekend.

A team of students were involved in an innovative partnership with Liverpool Sound City, filming the festival’s best acts and editing the footage ‘live’ to create high-quality videos of bands including Clean Bandit, Kodaline, The Neighbourhood and The Tea Street Band.

A total of 22 students took on roles such as Camera Operator, Sound Technician, Production Manager and Producer to deliver the finished videos which are already being used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

Film and Television student and Sound City Production Manager Aurelija Zubaviciute said,

“Sound City has been an extraordinary experience. It has taught me so much in the space of just three days and has given me real-life experience of what my future career could be. I’m glad to have been part of something so exciting and to have worked with such an amazing team.”

Edge Hill dance companies Edge FWD and 3rd Edge both brought their unique and powerful brand of performance to some of Liverpool’s most iconic venues.

All male dance company EdgeFWD performed Alpha, a 15 minute study on male group behaviour, created by renowned choreographer Anthony Missen’s Chameleon Company. Female dance company 3rd Edge made their festival debut performing Lovely Ugly, a 10-minute work inspired by Dylan Thomas. Both dance pieces were performed alongside the festival’s headline acts at Liverpool Cathedral, The Factory and the Moon Museum.

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Lovely Ugly performed by 3rd Edge at Liverpool Cathedral. Photo taken by Geof Atwell

The Label Recordings, Edge Hill’s very own record label, hosted its own showcase of music at The Kazimier Gardens on Friday 2nd May to a full-capacity audience. The evening was organised and delivered by students involved with The Label and the performing bands including acts signed to The Label, Hooton Tennis Club and The Inkhearts, as well as bands chosen by the students, Beach Skulls and Seafaring Creatures.

The night itself, which was introduced by BBC Radio DJ Dave Monks has already been positively reviewed by the Liverpool Echo, Flipboard and Bido Lito and has added to the excitement currently building around The Label as a way of providing students with real experience in the music industry.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications and Student Recruitment at Edge Hill University said,

“Sound City is an immensely exciting city-based festival happening right on our doorstep. For a university teaching and researching music, film, media and performance, there are all sorts of exciting links. Our students are getting opportunities to volunteer, perform, participate in an international conference, pitch business ideas to an expert panel and film the most interesting bands. They will be gaining exactly the kind of industry experience that employers want to see, and making contacts that will help them kick-start their careers. We also have a showcase evening of The Label Recordings, organised by students who are already making headway in the music industry by developing and promoting some fantastic new talent.”

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The Inkhearts at Edge Hill’s showcase. Photo taken by Alan Wright

To cap off Edge Hill’s involvement at the leading music festival, Computing students Laura Stowers and Lyndsey McCormick bagged the prestigious Student Innovation Awards with their idea for a new app, QJump, marking the second year in a row that a team of Edge Hill students have achieved the accolade. You can find out more about the Student Innovation Awards here.

Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK, playing host to more than 360 artists in 25 venues across the city.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Film and TV at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Dance at Edge Hill here.

Student Film Crew: Aurelija Zubaviciute (Production Manager), Anna De Bont (Producer), Kirsty Milburn (Producer), Luke Pearson (Sound Technician/Camera Operator), Dominic Smith (Editor), Laura Gregory (Editor), Daniel Seddon (Camera Operator), Jemma Perrin (Camera Operator), Adam Smith (Camera Operator), George Clarke (Camera Operator), Toni Jordan (Camera Operator), Luke Kirkbride (Camera Operator), Daniel Orr (Camera Operator), Holly Chatten (Camera Operator), Bryan Dramiga (Camera Operator), Robert Monteith (Camera Operator), Louis Kitchen  (Camera Operator), James Conibear  (Camera Operator), Daniel Hall  (Camera Operator), Hanna Manalo  (Camera Operator), Santiago Rodriguez  (Camera Operator), Philip Curtis  (Camera Operator).

The Label at Liverpool Sound City Festival 2014

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Edge Hill University’s very own record label, The Label Recordings, will host a night of music as part of Liverpool Sound City Festival at the Kazimier Gardens on Friday 2nd May.

The showcase will feature bands signed to The Label, Hooton Tennis Club and The Inkhearts, as well as bands chosen by students who volunteer as music talent scouts, Beach Skulls and Seafaring Creatures.

Sound City is one of the largest events to take place in an urban environment and every year it takes over Liverpool’s top venues, sprawling across the city as well as creating its own spaces in abandoned garages and churches to host live performances from over 360 artists.

Students will be involved in filming and photographing the event as well as with the general running of the day, reviewing bands and writing the copy for a magazine which will be distributed to 3,500 people attending the Sound City Conference

Since The Label was set up by Edge Hill in November 2013, students from a variety of degree disciplines have been involved across all areas, including shooting the official music video for The Inkhearts’ debut single Keeping Up. Both of The Label’s debut releases have been received well in the music media and have even received airplay on BBC Radio 2.

Janice Long, a former Top of the Pops presenter, spoke about The Label on her Radio 2 show saying

“This is a really interesting idea. It’s a label called The Label, a new university run record label set up at Edge Hill University and it really gives people who make music a chance to experience the whole music industry.”

Marketing and Advertising student Mark Hancock designed the promotional poster for the event which will take place on the second day of Liverpool Sound City Festival in one of the Festival’s most sought after venues, The Kazimier Gardens.

You can purchase a wristband for Liverpool Sound City Festival here.

The Kazimier Gardens. Edge Hill’s showcase will take place here on Friday 2nd May from 6pm

Keeping Up by The Inkhearts can be pre-ordered here.

Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair can be pre-ordered here. 

University record label on Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 show

For the second time in two days The Label Recordings, Edge Hill University’s record label, was discussed by Janice Long on BBC Radio 2.  Last night she also played one of The Label’s debut releases, Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair by Hooton Tennis Club.

Janice Long played Hooton Tennis Club’s single Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair, in the ‘Janice Loves’ section of her show and complimented the band on their choice of “brilliant song titles.”

Janice Long, a former Top of the Pops presenter who hosts a daily show on Radio 2, also spoke about The Label on her show on the 1st of April, saying “This is a really interesting idea. It’s a label called The Label, a new university run record label set up at Edge Hill University and it really gives people who make music a chance to experience the whole music industry.”

You can listen back to Janice’s show on BBC Radio 2 for the next 7 days here (01:44:43).

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Artrocker reviews The Inkhearts

Artrocker Magazine has positively reviewed The Inkhearts’ debut single with The Label Recordings, Keeping Up.

I know two things about Skelmersdale; they have no traffic lights and they have produced a ludicrously talented bunch of teenagers…

For a band who, on aggregate, have less years under their belts than my Nan has on her own, the record demonstrates an appreciation for Indie that suggests huge potential behind them. Having already accumulated over 2,000 views on Youtube, the song brings to mind The Buzzcocks, The Maccabees and Two Door Cinema Club.

In a video shot by students at Edge Hill University, the band show they still have much to learn but are going about it in all the right ways…”

Read the full review on Artrocker here.

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University record label on BBC Radio 2

The Label Recordings, Edge Hill University’s record label, was discussed by Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 before she played one of The Label’s debut releases, Keeping Up by The Inkhearts.

Janice Long, a former Top of the Pops presenter who hosts a daily show on Radio 2, said “This is a really interesting idea. It’s a label called The Label, a new university run record label set up at Edge Hill University and it really gives people who make music a chance to experience the whole music industry.”

Janice Long then played The Inkhearts’ debut release with The Label, Keeping Up, in the ‘Janice Loves’ section of her show saying it’s “fantastic stuff”.

You can listen back to The Label on BBC Radio 2 for the next 7 days here (01:46:20). 

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The Ark reviews Keeping Up

The Ark, Preston’s online magazine, has positively reviewed The Inkhearts’ debut single with The Label Recordings, Keeping Up.

“I didn’t think it was possible for a band to come from Skelmersdale – but hey, these folks prove it can be done. Opening with a lead guitar riff that could settle anywhere from a Jim Lockey song to something from the repertoire of a more urgent Libertines, The Inkhearts’ subtle mix of desperation and hopefulness in Keeping Up does a lot to endear the band to the listener; Lauren Shaw’s vocals growing from a doleful murmur to a powerful stream of pleading angst really helps to drive the song forwards. Having had this song on repeat – purely out of preference, by the way – we’re hooked by the break…”
Read the full review on The Ark here.

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Liverpool Echo’s Getintothis article on The Label Recordings

In a new article for the Liverpool Echo, Peter Guy writes for the Getintothis blog about The Label Recordings and their first two signings, Hooton Tennis Club and The Inkhearts.

“The Label Recordings is, as the name suggests, a record label based in West Lancashire’s Ormskirk-homed Edge Hill University run by a collective of students from disparate backgrounds with the same goal: to promote new music.

A team of around a dozen students (including media under grads, designers, politics, English students, even an accountant) each have a specific role – be it A&R, pluggers, PR, videographers, technicians (you get the script) – in making this project function as close to the real thing: a full functional record label which head hunts talent, hones it, releases a product and then pushes it.

The key difference – there are no contracts – the artist remains, ultimately in control of everything…” Read the full article on the Liverpool Echo website here.

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The Label featured in Xposure North West

A music video shot by Edge Hill students as part of University record label, The Label Recordings, has been featured in this month’s Xposure North West round-up of new music.

The video features both The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club who will be releasing their debut singles through The Label on the 7th of April.

Watch the video below.

The Label reviewed on Louder Than War

Popular online music blog Louder Than War has reviewed The Label’s debut singles as part of a feature on Edge Hill’s very own record label. 

“The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club are the debut releases on The Label – a new university run record label set up at Edge Hill University that comes complete with its own manifesto- and we do like a manifesto!

The first two releases are perfect slices of youth full guitar optimism. Both bands play a sprightly tight guitar indie pop that is already far outstripping their new band status- produced by Carl Hunter from the Farm who has a hand in The Label as well this is yet more proof of the avalanche of great bands out there and

Hooten Tennis Club have that classic Teenage Fan Club hazy melodic ooze and those exquisite melodies on a song of lazy days and good times- a picture postcard from real life.

The Inkhearts are from Skelmersdale and play joyous indie pop- sort of like the classic guitar rushes of Postcard Records in their early 80s heyday – that sound of the impossibly brilliant opportunities of youth when the world is yours- really upbeat and simply thrilling honey.” Read the full review on Louder Than War here.

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Students release music video for University record label

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Film and TV students from Edge Hill University have released the official video for the University record label’s debut single.

Directed by Department of Media lecturer Clare Heney, 10 Edge Hill students formed the crew for filming the video which was shot on campus on Saturday 8 March. The video will be used to promote The Label’s debut single Keeping Up, performed by Skelmersdale band, The Inkhearts.

Students took on roles such as 1st Assistant Director (Aurelija Zubaviciute), Camera Operator (Philip Curtis), Editor (Dom Smith), Grip (Toni Jordan), Camera Assistant (Robert Monteith), 3rd Assistant Director (Georgina Fox) and Runner (Charlie Minards-Tonge, Callum Stevens, Felicitas Beinke and Ted Tomkins) to bring the video to life as part of University project, The Label Recordings. The Label has been set up by the University to provide students eyeing-up a career in the competitive music industry some real hands-on experience. Students are involved in all aspects of The Label including searching for emerging talent, music production, video production, releasing tracks and organising live events.

“It’s been hugely beneficial for me,” says Video Editor and Film and TV student Dom Smith. “I’ve always wanted to make a music video, but never really had the chance before. Now I have, and it’s a fantastic piece to add to my CV and portfolio.”

Watch the full video:

Keeping Up was recorded in the Grammy Award winning Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, where students participated in the music production process and documented the day. The single will be released digitally on the 7th of April and is available to pre-order.

You can follow the story of The Label here.

Find out more about studying Film and Television at Edge Hill: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/subjects/film-television/

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/subjects/music/

The road to Liverpool Sound City

Student Camera Operator Phil Curtis

Student Camera Operator Phil Curtis

In a new blog post, Edge Hill student and Staff Writer for The Label, Adam Walker, blogs about shooting a music video and the opening of the Creative Edge Building.

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. – Oscar Wilde

“The music industry is a strange place. In a time where music formats are changing, and money is an issue, Edge Hill University’s newest endeavour, The Label Recordings, aims to offer something a little bit special. An independent not-for-profit record label, it sees students, mentored by lecturers with music industry experience, as they search for emerging talent, produce music videos and help organise live events.

Carl Hunter, a media lecturer by day, who transforms into the bassist for Liverpool-based band The Farm at night, stated that “The Label isn’t interested in taking a slice of the band’s music or earnings, quite the opposite in fact. Imagine that, 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.”

At the end of it all, stands a stage. A stage at Liverpool’s world famous Sound City Festival, which has seen huge names such as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Ed Sheeran grace its stages in the past. Let the countdown begin!

8 Weeks to Go…

For those of you who have never filmed a music video, there’s one crucial component: the thought of free pizza afterwards. In all seriousness though, watching from a distance, it was an incredible experience to watch The Inkhearts, with the help of a small army of students, create their first music video. Phil Curtis, a second year Film student, and the man behind the camera, said that the experience had been “a pleasure.” Highlighting the support of lecturers Carl Hunter and Claire Heney, he went on to say that “it blends together teaching and industry practice, which can only be beneficial”. Toni Jordan, a first year student, also studying Film, agreed, highlighting it as a “brilliant experience”. You can expect to see the finished result, here, in a few weeks.

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Meanwhile, on a basketball court, in a completely undisclosed location, the members of Hooton Tennis Club were busy filming their video, for their single, ‘Kathleen Sat on the Arm of her Favourite Chair’. Taking a relatively old-school visual approach, to accompany their raw, trashy sound, you can check out the results, here.

7 Weeks to Go…

With just seven weeks until The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club perform at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival, both bands shared the stage as Edge Hill University celebrated the official opening of their Creative Edge building. Under the watchful eyes of author, broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Maconie, who opened the £17m building, The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club ripped through a half hour set list, giving Edge Hill staff and students a taste of what they can expect at Sound City.

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There was also, rather sneakily, a chance for those who attended to get their hands on The Label Recording’s first releases, a few weeks ahead of schedule. Without wanting to say too much about the tracks themselves, it can be confirmed that the singles themselves, are just beautiful to look at. Both are to be released on The Label Recordings on April 7th.”

Adam Walker

Behind the scenes of Keeping Up

On Saturday 8 March Edge Hill Film and TV Students shot the music video for Keeping Up by The Inkhearts, the University record label’s debut single. Here’s some pictures from behind the scenes:

Edge Hill students shoot music video for University record label

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Edge Hill’s Film and Television students have boosted their employability by taking part in filming the music video for the University record label’s debut single, Keeping Up by The Inkhearts.

The music video was shot on campus on Saturday 8 March and was directed by University lecturers Clare Heney and Carl Hunter. Students took on roles such as 1st Assistant Director, Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Grip, Data Wrangler, Editor, 3rd Assistant Director and Runner to bring the video to life.

Keeping Up was recorded in the Grammy Award winning Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, where students participated in the music production process and documented the day. The single will be released digitally on the 7th of April and is available to preview here.

The Label students meet music journalist

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On 5 February 2014, local music journalist and founder of Liverpool’s GIT award Peter Guy joined students from Edge Hill’s record label, The Label Recordings to talk about the world of music journalism.

Edge Hill student and Staff Writer for The Label, Adam Walker writes about the experience:

As a musician, I know that working with others is a great way to enhance your ability. As an English Literature student, I know that the same idea applies. So when Peter Guy, the editor of music blog ‘Getintothis’ and writer for the Liverpool Echo came to discuss his ideas on writing, the local music scene and the music industry, the advice he offered, for me, was invaluable.

Sitting down with a few members of The Label Recordings, he was adamant and brilliantly honest in making his points clear: when writing, get to the point. Flowery language is fantastic in an assessed piece of work for a degree, but as might seem obvious, a painfully analytical approach to a band’s decision to use a 12/8 time signature is not going to be interesting for a casual music-listener to read. Audience is key.

Looking at it, it might see like perfectly obvious advice, but a key word is: balance. Any piece of writing, particularly in terms of a critique, has to be interesting. Hundreds of writers, including some of my personal heroes, have written wholly serious pieces of musical criticism. At the same time, sometimes the best way to relate a singer’s performance to a reader is to compare them to a crying hamster on helium.

If there was one single word however that Peter Guy mentioned in his conversation with us, for me, it was: personality. Everybody can identify an argument. Everybody can be aware of their audience. Everyone can set the right tone in their work. Personality and individual flair however, is what makes a good writer.

Adam Walker

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Intense discussion in Creative Edge ‘Icebox’ room. Left, Adam Walker; Centre, Peter Guy

 

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Student writer interview: The Inkhearts

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Adam Walker, a second year English Literature student at Edge Hill as well as a Music Talent Scout and Staff Writer for The Label, interviewed The Inkhearts during their recent recording of their new single.

“Did you know that ‘by the end of the first year, a Diplodocus will have tripled in length and may weigh close to half a tonne?” Credit to Matt Wright, drummer with The Inkhearts, and to Tim Haines, author of Walking With Dinosaurs. In a recording session filled with dinosaur factoids, Tess of the D’Urbervilles quotes and an endless supply of tea, Skelmersdale-based act The Inkhearts laid down a remixed version of their track, Keeping Up, a bass-heavy, crisp, and punchy tune, with stunning vocal work.

Jamming in Studio One, at Parr Street Studios, former stomping ground of Black Sabbath, Stereophonics, and even Atomic Kitten, the band ripped through the recording process in a matter of hours. Whilst Ryan Ward (guitar) was recording some final parts, I sat down with, Lauren Shaw (vocals/guitar), Ben Warburton (bass) and dinosaur enthusiast Matt Wright (drums) and had a quick chat:

Guys, it’s great to be sitting down with you here, at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Let’s start right at the beginning. Can you give me a quick run-through as to how you guys met, and decided to form the band?

Ben: We actually all met at the Engine Rooms in Skelmersdale, as part of a music programme, and the team there put us together as a ‘showcase’ band. We’ve had three other singers over the last four years, and we’ve evolved into what we are now: a four-piece indie band, going strong.

So since you’ve lost other members, has that changed or developed your sound?

Matt: Well we started out as a cover band. We used to cover other bands when there were seven of us in the band, and it’s only more recently that we’ve started writing our own stuff, and really taken it to another level.

So when you were approached by Edge Hill University’s record label, The Label Recordings, who offered to put you through the recording process for free, help you record a music video, and give you a slot at Liverpool Sound City Festival, what were your first thoughts?

Lauren: Yes. (laughs)

Ben: Where do we sign?

Short, sweet and to the point. I love it. So in the Studio you’ve been in today, huge bands like Black Sabbath, Sterophonics and even Atomic Kitten have recorded. As a relatively young band, how does that make you feel?

Matt: Atomic Kitten? (Laughs)

Lauren: We were standing around talking about it earlier. To think bands like that have stood in there, and now we’re stood there is amazing.

Ben: I’m a bit starstruck.

Lauren: The fact they were there at one point is really incredible.

How do you think your sound has developed today?

Ben: The room in there’s great. We aim towards a punchy, indie-rock sound, and the guys here have taken that to the next level, and really emphasised it. It’s been great.

Lauren: It’s given us that bigger sound we wanted.

How do you think this experience will change the song writing process for you now? Do you sit down and write poetry, and adapt that, or do you work with a riff?

Matt: We basically sit down and just start playing.

Lauren: Someone will play a chord, Ryan will start riffing, Matt will start drumming, Ben’s bassline will come in, and we just go from there.

It’s just one big jam?

Lauren: Yeah. We record it on a phone, and that recording will get sent to me, and within a week I’ll have lyrics.

Matt: A week? More like three months.

Lauren: No! Usually a week. (Laughs)

So obviously this is all part of the build-up to Sound City Festival in May. How do you feel about playing a festival?

Ben: I’m just full of excitement.

Lauren: Yes again. Just with more emphasis. I can’t wait.

What are your aims then, what do you want to take away from Sound City?

Ben: More publicity on a basic level. We have a decent fanbase at the moment, but to increase that would be phenomenal.

So this is going to be your second EP. What else have you guys got in store, any more plans for the future? When could we see a full-length Inkhearts album?

Matt: Well we’re recording some new material in a couple of weeks.

Lauren: Two songs are set at the moment, and one just needs a final set of lyrics.

Ben: 2025 sounds like a safe bet. (Laughs)

Matt: Maybe within the next year, I think it’d be nice to get something out there before 2015.

Adam Walker

To find out more about The Inkhearts you can visit their Facebook page on Facebook.com/TheInkhearts or listen to them on Sound Cloud.

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Excitement builds around Edge Hill’s not-for-profit record label

Excitement is building around Edge Hill’s new record label, The Label Recordings.

The Label, which is not-for-profit, has been set up by the University to promote unsigned, local music and to give students eyeing-up a career in the music industry hands-on experience.

Already The Label has been featured on BBC Radio Merseyside’s ‘BBC Introducing’ with Dave Monks and in Liverpool’s definitive music guide Bido Lito.

Read more on Bido Lito here.
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Young indie band first to be signed up to University record label

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.

You can follow The Label on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/TheLabelRecordings  or via Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheLabelRec.

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