Feb 13 2014 by Jamie Bowman, Ormskirk Advertiser
A SKELMERSDALE band are hoping for their big break after becoming the first artists to be signed up to Edge Hill University’s new record label.
The Label Recordings will be an independent venture without contracts, which has been set up by the university to promote existing new music and to give students eyeing up a career in the industry some real hands-on experience.
After a massive search across the North West to spot new talent, The Label Recordings came across the Inkhearts, a four-piece band from Skelmersdale with their own unique sound.
Since then the group have been working in Liverpool’s famous Parr Street recording studios where they have been getting advice from Edge Hill media lecturer Carl Hunter, who is also the bassist in chart topping Liverpool band The Farm. Carl, who played on classic hits such as All Together Now and Groovy Train, is hoping The Label Recordings will launch some of the region’s brightest talents.
He said: “In my experience, the first foot on the ladder is either too high or in someone else’s garden.
“The Label is a place where you can try your hand at anything. You can direct a music video, you can work in A&R, you can package a sleeve, you can organise a club night, book the band and promote it. It’s a way to become an insider and get a flavour of what all the people behind the scenes really do.
“Even more importantly, The Label isn’t interested in taking a slice of the band’s music or earnings, quite the opposite in fact. It’s a record label that will put out a band’s song, package it, shoot a video and help with distribution. It’s a chance not to be missed.”
The Inkhearts, who are made up of Lauren Shaw (vocals/lead guitar), Ryan Ward (guitar), Ben Warburton (bass) and Matthew Wright (drums), said they were looking forward to working in the studios where artists including Arctic Monkeys, Cast, Coldplay and the Spice Girls have all recorded as well as getting the chance to play at Liverpool’s Sound City festival in May.
Ben said: “Once Edge Hill got in contact it seemed like an amazing opportunity because they want to fund all these things for us which would normally cost us thousands of pounds.
“It gets us on stage at Sound City and it’s just a brilliant and unique opportunity for us as a young band and we’re all really excited.”
Adam Walker is an English literature student in his second year at Edge Hill and is part of the A&R team.
He added: “I’ve always wanted to get into the music industry and the whole idea of doing an English literature degree was to push me towards doing music journalism.
“This gives me the chance to interact with bands and build up my contacts and a back file.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”