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Pre Launch Audio-Visual Test

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As the clock counts down for the premiere, to prepare, Dave Young from Digital Sun Media pulled together a team to set up and test the audio and visuals ahead of the launch. It was a chance to see the venue in full effect, a stunning 180 seater auditorium kindly provided by project partners York St John University. It makes for an immense environment, and an amazing atmosphere, fit for celebrating the work of all the people involved, and in particular the young people behind the song and video!

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KRITIKAL came down to test run his performance with the audio set up.

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Next it was time to to test the video. It was starting to feel like it was all coming together for a very special event, thanks to Dave and his team of technicians and engineers from the music production course at YSJ!!!

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Mix Down – Kritikal and DigitalSunMedia

After all the hard work the young people had put into the creative process the production team were determined to get the track sounding amazing. We found Dave Young at the desk working on the track when we arrived.

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It was already sounding big after Digital Sun Media had worked on the track for several hours but now KRITIKAL came to hear the progress and as the key artist overseeing the product, gave his ideas about the mix.

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KRITIKAL and Dave made some live changes as they listened through and discussed ideas.

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KRITIKAL was keen to give his input. It was really important to him to treat the process as if it was his own production. He was passionate, as was Dave about getting it sounding right. Daves production skills and KRITIKAL’s vision and passion for music was a perfect fusion.IMG_9551

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Here they are discussing elements of the chorus which is already sounding very powerful. That was always the intention, that the power and key message of the track was carried by the chorus and the verses tell the story.IMG_9547

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Dave Young – Digital Sun Media

The hard work, passion, team work and great vibe from this project is amazing. In 24 years of working with Young people, this project will stay in my memory for years to come…Quite frankly it has left me humbled! The whole team is working like a well oiled cog, Inspired Youth are not called that for no reason, Springboard workers, your energy, passion and care is a credit to you all. Rack Mount records guys, again you are showing your excellent production credentials…. Izzy, Joe Fod, Digital Sun Media are proud to have you working with us….. And finally to all the young folk involved, without you guys we would not have such a powerful, honest, heartfelt and most of all bloody well written track…. I salute you…….Now lets all get back to the job in hand, Wensley Dale anyone?

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Session 7 – Final Studio Day

last day studioThis was our last day in the studio. By now we were all really feeling like a team, and the mutual passion for the track we were making meant things quickly started to come together. The last day in the studio proved a very  inspiring and enjoyable experience. What a journey so far!Mixer

The young people were really getting confident now and taking their opportunities, on the desk, in the live room and in the recording booth.IMG_9343

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Many of the team almost couldnt believe the quality of what we were putting together. There were many funny moments and spirits were high. 
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The Rack Mount Records producers had really become an  intricate part of the team. Here is them feeling the love!IMG_9400

Being in the studio can be hard work and takes lots of focus but there were always moments of fun and laughter!

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The words of the track resounded through the studio, powerful and provocative – these words were inspired by real experiences of care and could really move audiences when they hear the track.Lyrics

In the second part of the session a reporter came from the The Press to find out what the project was all about. She took photos and asked the team questions about what it was like and what they were getting from the project. The young people spoke passionately and were very articulate with their views.
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Heres Callum holding up words from our track…
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For the last part of the session, with the track almost complete, there was time for Rack Mount Records to set up drums in the live room where Access to Music ran a live jamming session.

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Even KRITIKAL and the Springboard team got up on the drums!!

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It was an amazing 2 weeks of production and we are very proud of what was achieved. Some of the young people were so inspired they signed up to apply for a course with Access to Music

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