New single released by Ayrshire College record label gets BBC airtime

New single released by Ayrshire College record label gets BBC airtime

Sun Turtle Records, the Ayrshire College-run record label, is to release Ayrshire singer-songwriter Nathan McDermott’s new single ‘Concrete Countryside’ on Friday 9 February.

The 24 year old’s single receive an exclusive first play by Pheobe I-H on BBC Radio Scotland’s Introducing in Scotland show on Friday 26 January. Nathan was also invited to record a live session for the show, which is set to air on 16 February.

Concrete Countryside was brought to life in Ayrshire College’s Studio G54 where Nathan teamed up alongside Sun Turtle Records Label Manager and Producer Murray Baxter, and Recording and Mixing Engineer David McAulay, creating an indie-pop anthem that provokes endless singalongs.

David and Murray are lecturers at Ayrshire College who have a successful track record in music – with David producing music for the likes of Mogwai and King Creosote, while Murray performs in the band Mechanical Smile and previously Twin Heart.

Nathan, from Stevenston and now living in Saltcoats, is an artist proud of his Ayrshire roots and draws influence from local heroes Biffy Clyro, Fatherson and Colin Hay, as well as artists from further afield such as Frightened Rabbit, Daughter and David Gray.

‘Concrete Countryside’ displays Nathan’s poignant and sincere form of storytelling and reflectiveness as Nathan lyrically narrates his experience as a young apprentice Floor Layer. Commuting through the unfamiliar early morning streets of Glasgow enjoying his first steps into adulthood as a working young man, while also being exposed to the unfortunate stereotype toxicity that surrounded the workplace leaving Nathan feeling isolated and longing for something more.

Nathan said of working with Ayrshire College’s Sun Turtle Records: "Working with the label has been absolutely brilliant, the team have been very professional and accommodating helping me progress with the single and the work they've done behind the scenes has been great. It was such a buzz to hear my song played on BBC Radio Scotland."

Ayrshire College lecturer Murray Baxter said: "I first came across Nathan when I was working on an external event doing live sound and I was really impressed with Nathan's songwriting and overall performance. I invited Nathan to play at one of the college record labels showcases and the way he was able to captivate the audience was something special. We decided to invite Nathan to sign a record deal and the process was so much fun and he's now reaping the rewards."

Nathan is set to have an active 2024 with both full band and solo performances and has a special Ayrshire headline show booked in Ayr’s Venue 38 on Saturday 30 March 2024. 

Concrete Countryside is released digitally on Friday 9th February 2024 via Sun Turtle Records

2 February 2024

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