Students sign up new artist to record label

Students sign up new artist to record label

Talented Sound Production students at Ayrshire College have snapped up Ayrshire psych-rock artist and Access to HNC Music student at the College, Gerald James, aka JOG, to their Sun Turtle Records label.

Two years ago, Sound Production students took on the ambitious challenge of running their own record label and PR company, High Tide PR, from their college campus in Ayr.

To date they have successfully released three records, and achieved national radio airplay on the likes of Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland programme, as well as earning positive write-ups on the acclaimed music magazine Clash’s website.

Sun Turtle Records was created to give Ayrshire musicians an opportunity to record and release original music while at the same time giving Sound Production students at Ayrshire College real experience of the music industry.

One group of Sound Production students is behind the record label, with roles ranging from marketing and talent scouting to handling all of the legal complexities and distribution.

The other group of students handle the PR side and taking on the responsibilities of event management.

The students held a launch night at Kilmarnock’s The Tartan Suite on Saturday 11 May 2019 to promote JOG’s recently released debut four-track EP ‘Driftwood’.

JOG’s EP ‘Driftwood’ was released digitally on Friday 10 May 2019 and includes title-track ‘Driftwood’, as well as ‘Yesterday’s Mallet’, ‘I Won’t Look’ and ‘Karbon Kopy’ (featuring Pop/R&B artist and HNC Music student Annabel).

Every instrument heard on the four songs is performed by JOG, and the EP was recorded in the College studio, Rockpool Studios, by lecturer David McAulay (who has previously worked with King Creosote and Mogwai) and mastered by Joseph Carra (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard).

Murray Baxter, Music and Sound Production lecturer at Ayrshire College, said of the students’ work: “This year's release is really special. To have such talented students involved this year has been fantastic to see, and the launch night in Kilmarnock was a great night. Gerald's musicianship and songwriting is among some of the best I've witnessed.”

15 May 2019

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