Producer Steve Chrisanthou is hoping to unearth home-grown music talent by opening up new recording studios in Hebden Bridge.
Steve, who has worked with mainstream artistes such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Will Young, Eliza Doolittle, Ashford & Simpson and Simon Webbe, is aiming to provide a platform for burgeoning bands and individual singers and songwriters to shine.
He already has his own studio in Cragg Vale for professional use and tomorrow will launch the new studio in rooms at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
Working in partnership with his eldest son, guitarist and engineer Dan and drummer Chris Bussey, Chris has exciting plans for the project.
He said: “We will try and make a difference, although it is definitely not an ‘outreach’-type project.
“I spend a lot of time in London and we spend a lot of time looking for talent - and you find it everywhere.”
Among the first people to use the recording studio will be students from Leeds College of Music, where a friend of Steve’s, Dave Warren, is a director.
“They will get real work experience and we will be able to keep an eye on the talent pool,” said Steve, who lives in Hebden Bridge and is married to acclaimed wildlife artist Stella Mays.
He said: “We will give it a whirl and see what happens. There’s certainly the talent around here, especially in Hebden Bridge - Ed Sheeran was born here and there’s a really good folk heritage, with the Tilston family and Becky Unthank living here.”
In the summer months he hopes, in conjunction with Hebden Bridge Community Association business support and development officer Amy Leader, to showcase some of the talent that has found its way to the studios.
“When the website is up and running they can submit their demos. We want to see as much as we can, encourage them and give them an honest appraisal,” he said.
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