Last night the very first XLR Session took place at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. XLR is a six month music project offering amazing opportunities to create original, inspiring music alongside KWMC and some of Bristol’s finest music institutions. With opportunities to perform, record, develop skills and confidence and create long lasting relations with other musicians, these sessions build on the successful XLR Festival that was established in 2010.
Working with 13 – 19 year olds citywide who have an existing interest or experience in music, XLR will help to develop creative ideas far beyond making music. From promotion to graphics, networking, performance skills and more, the musicians involved will have the opportunity to return after six months to mentor the new groups, and develop long lasting links within the local community and music scene.
Spanning every genre, the project will evolve with the young people’s tastes and interests, finding masterclass leaders, and performances that are best suited to the musicians’ needs. With projects being developed for online platforms including Bandcamp and Soundcloud, in addition to social media sites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, the artists will gain exposure through regular promotion and support from local media.
The project last for two years, creating four blocks of six month sessions. Last night’s session introduced the young musicians to the team, and each other. Using ice breakers, group activities and discussions, the group got to know each other’s musical interest and styles. Next week the group will be jamming and beginning to create music ideas….