ONE of Sunderland’s most successful musicians has been singing the praises of the region’s first college-based independent record label.
The Futureheads’ Ross Millard met with enterprising music students to launch Push Puzzle Records, which is dedicated to unearthing and developing new talent from across North East.
The guitarist also dished out tips to the label’s first signing, Sean Hainey, from Washington, who has been in the studio recording and hopes to release some of his own music early next year.
The 24-year-old is studying towards a Foundation Degree in popular music, and has responsibility for finding new talent for the new label.
“It is a really good opportunity for up-and-coming bands,” he said.
“Artists can get support with producing music as well as things like press and advertising.
“I have been a musician for a while and always found it hard to get the right contacts and gigs.
“The label has helped me ten-fold and will make people take more notice of my music.”
Futurehead Ross visited Newcastle College, where Push Puzzle Records is based, to see students from the School of Creative Industries working on the label and to give them advice based on his own experiences in the music industry.
“I think it is fantastic to see a local college developing its own label,” he said.
“The key to being successful in the music industry is having a mix of both the theory and practical knowledge.
“A music qualification can only do so much on its own. It is the practical experience that really gives students the edge.”
He added: “Musicians can now make music at home that is of studio quality.
“It is getting it out in the wide world that is not that easy.
“Having that knowledge of how the business works is invaluable as is getting acquainted with online distribution.
“I have been impressed with what I have seen today and I wish the students the best of luck with the future success of the label.”