Studio time part of mentoring project

Kavanagh College pupils and members of the band John George MacLeod's Melon Platoon (from left)...
Kavanagh College pupils and members of the band John George MacLeod's Melon Platoon (from left) Jack Brosnahan (15), Tom Monaghan(16), Callum MacLeod (16) and Liam Seque (15) watch as audio engineer Joseph van der Hurk works on their Amped music project recording at the Blue Line Music Studio, in Filleul St yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Some of Dunedin's brightest young musical talent is getting the chance to experience working in a recording studio as part of a youth mentoring project.

As part of the Amped youth mentoring project eight secondary school bands from Dunedin and one from Balclutha are contributing to a compilation album, which it is hoped will be released later this month.

Amped co-ordinator Jessica Young said the project was about using music as a platform to promote the reduction of alcohol-associated harm among young people.

This was done through putting on alcohol-free all-ages gigs at Dunedin venues and running workshops on songwriting, sound engineering, performance and recording, Ms Young said.

"It's a great way to celebrate our young people and help them achieve their potential."

This year it was decided it would be a good idea to record the bands involved in the project and make a compilation album.

Among the bands to record for the album was John George MacLeod's Melon Platoon. The Kavanagh College band, described as playing "satirical funk music", were in the studio yesterday.

Amped is holding an all-ages alcohol-free gig at the Dunedin Musos' Club tonight from 7pm.

- vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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