University record label helps Staffordshire singer get on right track
A record label run by students at Staffordshire University is helping a Staffordshire singer/songwriter to fine tune her musical ambitions.
Phoenixx Records is run by students on Music Production and Music Technology courses and works with musicians from across the region to produce industry-standard recordings in the University’s specialist studios.
17-year-old musician Annabelle Bartram, from Burton-on-Trent, has been performing locally for the past year and visited the University for advice on how to progress her career and to get her first taste of recording in a professional studio.
Under the supervision of Music Technology lecturer Si Waite, students Emily Law and Tom Ley helped Annabelle record her original song Traveller. Emily is in the final year of her BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Management and is manager of Phoenixx Records.
She said: “We sign artists, release music and function completely as a normal record label would. We work with students from Film and Journalism too so it’s really a good experience for everyone.”
“Recording in a studio is a step up if you’ve never done it before. I think it just takes practice and to be working with a good team but I think Annabelle was great, she was really professional.”
Assistant Manager Tom, studying BSc (Hons) Creative Music Technology, believes the hands on experience gained with the label will benefit him when he graduates next year.
“This has definitely been a great insight into the professional world and the industry itself. Using this sort of equipment and working with a client to a deadline makes it different from just doing course work.”
“Hopefully by coming in it will have helped Annabelle understand how it works in a studio and how to improve as an artist. I think she’s doing really well considering she’s only been gigging for a year.”
Annabelle is continuing to perform regularly and hopes to return to the University next year to record more songs.
Annabelle said: “I’ve picked up a lot from being here - they’ve given me quite a bit of advice. It’s going to take me time to find my own voice and my own sound but I definitely know where to go from here.”
A film of Annabelle's visit can be seen on the University's YouTube channel.
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