The MUSICIANS of County Durham have taken inspiration from friendships, heartbreak and even the pandemic to create a playlist of unique tunes they’ve released to try and put the North East on the map for creative talent.
The “Platform North East” project, which was set up by entertainment experts ISG late last year, has become a free initiative to equip young singers with hands-on experience in the music industry. music – giving them a chance to embark on the “next big thing”. .
Now that the program has been running for several months, each of the performers left the process with a new piece of original music they had created and produced with the in-house team – which is now available on most streaming platforms.
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Among the songs coming out is “Take Two” by 18-year-old Matthias Proud from County Durham, who describes his sound as emotional hardcore rap.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old rapper Peterlee Lillin was able to release the powerful track “Sorrow Mind” from which he channels his emotions into meaningful lyrics.
Acoustic pop artist Ezza, 17, also from Peterlee, is featured on the project; takes after his musician father and uses life events to inspire his song “Playlist”.
Elsewhere on the playlist, 16-year-old twin sisters Hannah and Grace Stobart, from Northumberland, star as Twayn with their friendship-inspired track What Dreams are Made Of, while the singer-songwriter County Durham pop Emily Bosher, 21, hopes her song, The One, will allow listeners to build their own stories around her lyrics.
In addition to working on their tracks with ISG’s in-house production team, the eight performers took part in a variety of free workshops throughout the week, covering topics including songwriting, coaching vocals, stage presence and how to market yourself on social media.
ISG CEO Paul Waite is confident the band have created powerful songs that will resonate with listeners.
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He said, “We couldn’t have asked for a better group of artists to help us launch the first-ever Platform North East program.
“Everyone came to the project with a fantastic work ethic and a genuine passion to learn more about the industry and these eight leads are a testament to all the hard work they put in.
“We’re so excited to finally release the finished singles, each of which has their own distinctive sound, and we can’t wait to see what each performer does next with the skills they’ve learned over the week.”
The songs are available to buy or stream on the most popular music platforms and at www.platformnortheast.co.uk.
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