Music Happens Here

Music Happens Here is a new album released by Leeds College of Music which offers listeners a snapshot of the fresh, diverse and current sound coming from students at the College.

Drawing on their performance, composition and production talents, and in collaboration with industry experts, this compilation album offers a stepping stone to get their music to a wider
audience and move their careers on to the next level.

Students submitted their entries in January in the hope that their tracks would be chosen, consequently giving them the chance to have their music heard by a wider audience and also a stepping stone in their future careers. Academic staff at the College shortlisted entries before a panel of industry experts decided on the final 16. You can read more about the artists featured on the album here.

During the process, we’ve worked with a number of industry contacts and this is something the students, especially those who are due to graduate this year, have found particularly valuable and interesting: Matt Hay Who has worked with Kylie, The Who and Robbie Williams Alan Hacker Of the Pierrot Players and Visiting Professor in Classical Music at the College Nigel Slee Development Manager for Jazz Yorkshire and College alumnus Stefan Gordon Former member of Brassy and
founder of Five45 Management Bill Gray Our consultant and executive producer,
Managing Director of Graymatters, formerly of Andy’s Records

This is the first time we have undertaken a project of this kind and scale, and it has been hard but rewarding work. Deciding on only 16 tracks from all the submissions, getting some of those re-recorded and mixed and then completing the mastering process was a challenge in itself. Add to that the photo shoots (Jon Stanley Austin), sleeve design (Analogue), pressing of the CDs (Dischromatics), web content (Numiko) and organising downloads (AWAL) and distribution, and it’s a great achievement to have turned it around in just 9 months!

Daniel McDougall, from the band Young Ideas, said; “To be involved in the College album is something that I have found to be extremely useful. In the ever-changing music industry, any promotion you can get involved in is essential. Producing a College album to promote the talent within it has allowed a band like Young Ideas to gain a wider audience. It has also given me insight to the way in which a CD is put together and the processes that go with it. Overall, I thank the College for thinking up new and innovative ways to help promote its students.”

Bill Gray, Executive Producer of the project commented, “This is a highly innovative project which highlights the extraordinary depth of musical talent which is coming out of Leeds College of Music and that a wider audience should really hear. The commercial potential that these young musicians possess is quite stunning.”

Music Happens Here was been funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF4) and organised by the Enterprise & Knowledge Transfer Unit at Leeds College of Music. All income made from sales goes straight back to similar projects for future students.

To buy your copy:
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Visit Crash or Jumbo in Leeds
Search in iTunes, Amazon Mp3, and Emusic

To find out more about Enterprise & Innovation projects at Leeds College
of Music, watch our YouTube video here or visit

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