Active Fusion Campsmount Academy

Back at Campsmount Academy as we play our part in the many activities offered by the Active Fusion Easter programme.

We had 100% engagement with Beat-making, Jamming, learning about skin drums and track building as part of the music side today. Our philosophy in what we do comes from building social connections and the compounding resilience that comes from working with music. It is a privilege to be able to do this in a fun and engaging way. This is a quote from one of the young people today when asked about their experience.

“90 Minute Music is SICK!!!”  

  “Simon is funny and cool” S.W. age 12

We use professional Music Technology equipment, but I was keen to show the young people that there are opportunities for Music-making for free through software Apps, and some had already explored some of these. We like to offer a platform for further learning and engagement such as pathways to further training.  We spoke about the possibilities of a presentation page on one of the internet music platforms to showcase the beats and riffs that we have played and recorded.

It was great to have the support of Keegan, who got involved with our Electro-acoustic Jam and good to meet experienced leader Sarah, who spoke with about her experience and how passionate she was about giving young people these opportunities. It was a similar story to other professionals I have spoken to who work in the broad field of the Arts. The narrative of hard work and determination always seems to be there.

Wonderful to be invited to join Active fusion on this successful project and thanks to Philippa Bonham of EXPECT Youth for making connections, and also to Lindsy James for sharing evidence of our good practice.

Musical or Non-Musical. The Mark Ellis Podcast.

The first in our series of interviews with professional musicians is with Mark Ellis. Mark was in the same year at School and we both played for the School team. I had heard that Mark had gone on to be a professional musician, so I contacted him to ask if he would like to speak about his journey. Mark is as humble as he ever was and although he has played with some of the real icons of modern music, he shares the message that anyone can be musical and once it is there, it is a light that never goes out.

To hear about his near-death experience, opening night at Café Mambo in Ibiza and a real down to earth conversation about the life of a pro musician click below.

Vibe Music’s Mark Ellis Podcast 1

Feel free to forward the first 3 minutes as it is just us getting acquainted. I thought my first Podcast interview was going to present me as a Micheal Parkinson or a Jonathon Ross. I think I have a way to go before I reach those dizzy heights, nevertheless it was really enlightening to hear what Mark had to say.

check the website : https://vibemusic.co.uk

An Affiliation with Higher Rhythm Recording Studios

We recently spoke with Paul Littlewood, studio manager at Higher Rhythm. I met Paul originally to find out about the outreach work that he oversees in Schools around Doncaster. I became interested after hearing about the record label he set up with the help of pupils at Coppice School, who were one of the Schools we worked with a few years ago while developing 90 Minute Music.

A Visit to Higher Rhythm Studios becomes part of the 90 Minute Music experience

Paul has supported us with advice on working in the third sector and as well as being a great person to chat with, he shares our passion for improving outcomes for young people.

We have currently been developing a 12 week fully funded programme to support disadvantaged YP in the Doncaster Area. I asked Paul if he would like to get involved in supporting our sessions with a Studio visit and he was happy to oblige. We had already secured a local artist to make a guest appearance on one of the sessions and I felt that a visit to a professional environment would be beneficial from a point of showing possible career pathways, or progression through further training.

Along with providing HE courses in Music Technology, Higher Rhythm encompass Professional recording studios, A record Label, An FM Radio station; SINE FM, and offer support to artists through a network of industry contacts. We hope to collaborate on many projects in the future further adding value of expertise to the work we do.

Check the website:     https://www.higherrhythm.co.uk/