New UCLan record label supporting local musicians with help of industry pros

Posted on - 29th November, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Music, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Rosa have released single All My Life

Local musicians have been given a boost from the new university label UCLan Recordings Group.


Over the summer, the label worked remotely with UCLan-based acts David Shurr, Ike James, John Kirby and Rosa to produce a set of four singles.

The resulting tracks have been released throughout November to kick start and support the artists’ careers.

The musicians have been working with industry professionals including former Operations Director for Ministry of Sound and UCLan Lecturer Tony Rigg, and chart-topping producer Lee Monteverde to get the tracks completed and released during lockdown.

The singles cover a variety of styles from smooth indie folk to feel good 60s pop rock.

John Kirby Pic: Dan Archer
John Kirby has released single Annalise Pic: Dan Archer

They can be heard on the UCLan Recordings Group playlists on SoundcloudSpotify, and YouTube, or you can listen to each song via the links below.

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Tony said: “We’re really pleased these students and graduates have been fortunate to benefit from our very strong links with industry.

“Lee Monteverde has been involved in the music industry for decades and tapping into that knowledge and experience is of massive benefit to our students.”

Lee said: “I was delighted to be invited to get involved with this UCLan Recordings project. I got to listen to a lot of student music and have been very impressed with the standard across the board.”

As well as supporting UCLan students and alumni, UCLan Recordings was set up to help support Lancashire’s musical ecosystem.

Previous releases include a then 17-year-old Preston resident and rising star Harvey Brittain, who released his debut track ‘It’s My Paris’ last year on the label.

Tony added: “There is a huge amount of talent in Lancashire and we would love to hear from any budding artists and musicians out there.”

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