Rothesay workshops go behind the scenes of the music industry

Achievement Bute, the Rothesay Pavilion Charity and Erskine Music and Media held a series of three music industry workshops on Bute this week.
Achievement Bute, the Rothesay Pavilion Charity and Erskine Music and Media held a series of three music industry workshops on Bute this week.

Achievement Bute teamed up with the Rothesay Pavilion Charity and Erskine Music and Media this week to offer three workshops to local young people on the technical, promotional and organisational side of the music business.

The day-long sessions, held at Rothesay Joint Campus, each concentrated on a different side of the industry - day one was studio recording, day two live audio, and day three event management - and by the end the people taking part should have all the tools they need to put on a live event in Rothesay, which it’s hoped will take place some time in June.

We popped along on the afternoon of the second day, and found most of the participants clustered around a mixing desk trying to decide on the right audio levels for a drum kit, providing the basis for the sound for the other members of a band.

Greg Pegg from Achievement Bute told us: “The Rothesay Pavilion Charity is heavily involved in this project, and the idea is to let everyone know that through initiatives like this the Pavilion is still very much alive even though the building is closed for refurbishment.

“The use of the Pavilion’s second performance space for young people to create music is one of the most important plans for the building when it reopens.”

The project is funded by Cashback For Communities, a Scottish Government scheme set up to redirect the proceeds of crime back into community projects to benefit the country’s young people.