Get hands on with the only top class music school in the Midlands
Based in Leicester, the British Centre for Music and Enterprise (BCME) is a ground breaking new facility built with one purpose – to teach the young music lovers of today how they can shape the music industry of tomorrow. The state-of-the-art campus specialises not only in writing, performance and production of music, but also how to navigate the business behind the industry.
Offering courses that are specifically focussed on different aspects of the music business, the BCME specialise in employing tutors and mentors direct from today’s industry. The results are impressive, giving students the chance to learn directly about the contemporary, global aspects of music, and also offering direct access to placements and career opportunities.
It’s a facility that’s dialled directly into music, both artistically and systemically, to bring a rounded education which rivals the revered likes of BIMM and ACM. The aim is to deliver a life-changing, real-world relevant experience which draws on students’ passion for creativity, collaboration and – most importantly – enjoying music.
Ranging from short courses to three year degrees, BCME also offers special events and Masterclasses for those looking to boost knowledge in specific sectors of the business. There is even a chance for students to start their own record labels under the tutelage of the school, with the aim of spreading their wings independently when the time is right. It’s a truly unique and rounded opportunity for music lovers to pursue their goals in an industry that’s notoriously difficult to crack.
And (possibly) the best part? No written exams. This is all about practical application of real-world skills, and not regurgitating book learning.
Want to get hands on with the music industry? BCME is the answer.
Having supported Mark Morrison from the Bluetones, other live highlights include a sell out launch show at Perth’s ‘His Majesty Theatre’, and a number of gigs in the UK such as 2000 Trees festival in Gloucester, Hay on Wye Festival and the Harlequin festival in Norwich.
Their live reputation has also seen them secure regular gigs for the manager of cult sensation Public Service Broadcasting, who books them for gigs at one of the hottest underground venues in London, Paperdress Vintage.
This year they have a number of festival dates to come including Ashford Create festival in July and the Big Cornish Festival in September.
An Oxford based band who specialise in lush indie rock with great production value but a gritty feel, SinFiction are ready to rock this summer with double single releases ‘Painted Memories’ and ‘Ugly Baby’.
It’s an ambition that isn’t too far from their grasp, as their brand of brash, energetic rock has already won over enough fans to crowdfund the £6000 production of these two singles. And with a dedicated fan base like that already behind them, they are on track to win over even more.
You can see for yourself what inspires such support with this teaser of one of the new tracks, ‘Ugly Baby’.
The single shows us that this is a band with real momentum and panache, and a real love for simply making their music and making it loud. Their support slot for Alabama 3 was amongst their highlights to date because it was part of Brixton jam “and was absolutely packed – a really dark venue great for loud rock music”.
Lola has a sophisticated sound that transports the listener back to the big band days, not least when she gets up on stage with her thirteen-piece band, performing swing, soul, rockabilly, blues and more.
Her latest hit, ‘Slow Motion Love Affair’, was released to acclaim in March, and now she is about to take her success even further.
Lola Lamour is the first to admit she is behind the times. In fact, she says she might as well be living in the past – she has always been “influenced by vintage styles”, and her home is furnished in a retro style, right “down to the plug sockets”.
‘Are You Looking for Love?’ doesn’t feel out of place – it is a modern take on the sounds of the Swing Era, and is inspired by popular artists Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
With a musical career which spans back to the seventies when his band Lucifer supported legendary rock band Queen, Rhett May is a voice of experience in a rock world which has become increasingly shallow. He’s toured the world, seen the music industry from the inside, and watched the dark side of the business consume those around him.
It’s easy to see from his social feeds that Neil C. Young is unaffected by the growing hype surrounding his music. Witty and down to earth, he often pokes fun at himself and clearly enjoys simply making music. He is also fully aware of the raised eyebrows caused by his name – shared with one of the best loved songwriters in the world over the last five decades. The similarity has led to crossed wires on many occasions; in one case of mistaken identity, a festival promoter looking to book Neil C. Young received an e-mail from the agent of the other Neil Young, who claimed the jazz musician was an imposter.
Stringing together a collective of eight talented jazz musicians over the course of the album, the result is a compelling, complex but accessible brand of jazz music.
For an example of the new sound, check out this new video for album track ‘Bolo’:
It’s all very impressive for a first release, and fitting that the song itself is all about being positive, picking yourself up and starting again when things go wrong.
Watch the video here:
As an opening assault on the music industry, ‘My Music’ is just about as strong as they come. And if Olivia Shafique can keep up this kind of quality, word will start to spread very quickly indeed. She’s already been asked to go on reality shows like ‘Life on Marbs’, which will be shown on ITVBe. In the same way as The Only Way Is Essex, it would be following her life and her singing career.
Outside of music, Olivia is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, prone to jumping out of planes, off bungee platforms and off cliffs. It’s just as well, as on this evidence she’ll be scaling great heights in the industry very soon.
There’s always been something thrilling and feral about the marriage of distorted guitar and pounding drums, but Metasic bring a melodic twist to the genre not often seen.
Not a political band by design, the lyrics simply came to Joshua as part of an impassioned protest against what he sees as a growing tide of bigotry and inequality in the UK – a keenly felt observation from a working class, mixed race observer.
You can hear the single here:
No stranger to turning heads in the industry even at an early stage, Metasic are now hoping that their new single can help them capitalise on the attention they’re getting from within the business. Having supported The Hoosiers, the band were also handpicked by We Are Scientists to be included on a tribute album, covering their track ‘Call Backs’.
This is the second release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOS, Android and Web.