Meet the students who are training to become the next generation of music moguls.
A class at The City of Liverpool College are running their own record label and have the power to make the no-nonsense decisions about which aspiring artists have what it takes to make it in the music industry.
The classmates from the college’s Music Technology course are running Soft Scoop which has released a compilation album featuring some of the city region’s rising stars.
The new album, Fact or Fiction, was produced by students within the college’s own recording studios on Myrtle Street.
All of the artists included on the album were handpicked by the students who were supported in producing the album by the college’s Photography, Journalism and Events Management courses.
The youngest artist featured on the album is 15-year-old singer-songwriter Evie Moran.
Folk-singer Evie, who credits her biggest musical inspiration as Canadian artist Joni Mitchell, is featured twice on the album with her songs ‘Times Like These’ and ‘Now I Know’.
Evie has already impressed significant music industry figures, having performed at this year’s Adlib Audio showcase and her music has been played twice on BBC Radio Merseyside, with an extended invitation to perform live on the Dave Monks Show.
She said: “I’m really excited that two of my own songs have featured on the album and we’re already planning on recording more in the future.
“Ultimately, I would like to go on to become a professional singer-songwriter when I’m older. I’m still studying for my GCSEs at the moment but looking ahead to the future, I hope to carry on writing music when I can and organising some more gigs to get more experience.”
The album also includes a diverse range of tracks from students Felix Ngindu and Aliune Samb, a grime song by James Moran and an industrial track by Wolf 212. Four-piece rockers The Cards are also featured, along with a slow urban track from mature student Niall Murphy.
Mike Moran, main grade lecturer of Music Technology, said: “We are proud to be able to offer our students the opportunity to run a music label and this album features a fantastic range of genres to suit all music tastes.
“Running the Soft Scoop label has given the students valuable experience, which will be crucial once they’re working in the industry and it helps to prepare them for what to expect in the real world.”
Fact or Fiction is available for download only and can be purchased or streamed on all major outlets.