Recording studio sessions on offer

Cory Jefferson, Dave Coyle, Mike Dalgleish. Bradley Cooper and Hana Murray at Duns Youth Club all take part in recording lessons from Ishuze run by Dave Coyle, seen here sitting.
Cory Jefferson, Dave Coyle, Mike Dalgleish. Bradley Cooper and Hana Murray at Duns Youth Club all take part in recording lessons from Ishuze run by Dave Coyle, seen here sitting.

INTERESTED in recording your own music?

Over the next few weeks a mobile digital recording studio will be visiting Duns Youth Centre and groups and individuals will have the opportunity to learn about the process and also take their first steps towards a possible recording, song writing or DJ career.

The Sound Foundation studio, based at the Peebles youth project Ish’uze, gives youngsters across the Borders a chance to record their own music, experience a studio environment and to find out how a studio works.

The recording studio opened in 2008 thanks to funding from the Scottish Arts Council and Leader Plus and has helped hundreds of budding young musicians cut their teeth in the music world.

And after a successful start at Peebles, Dave Coyle, the town’s youth development worker is now taking the recording studio on the road to give other youngsters in the region the opportunity.

Last week saw the first of eight session at Duns and anyone interested in booking a session during the Thursday evening visits to Duns should email Dave at dave@ishuze.co.uk or call 01721 724779.

David Coyle said: “Music is good for this kind of thing because it’s something we’ve all got in common – everyone likes it.

“Through music you can sit down and have a chat with young people on a one-to-one basis. It helps to establish common ground.

“It’s also great for them because they hear and see the results of what they’re doing, and it’s a lot of fun.

“It’s there mainly for the young people but it’s also for hire on a commercial basis with the money being put back into the project,” continued David.

“The younger ones get to try different instruments, while the older ones are writing their own songs and getting them arranged and recorded.

“A lot of local bands have been using it too.”

Among those who are being given the chance of studio time at Duns are the runners-up in this year’s Border Gaitherin Open Stage competition which took place at Coldstream Community Centre earlier this year.

A new event introduced last year in the Gaitherin programme the Open Stage competition this year unearthed some astonishingly talented youngsters and one of the competition judges from Ish’uze, who were offering the first prize of recording studio time, decided that as well as the winner Mary B being offered studio time they would extend the offer to the second and third place competitors too - Oxnard and Sophie Lynch and Maddie Cawthorne accompanied by Scott Turnbull.