Photography: Rob May

Merseyrail Sound Station have announced their latest troupe of aspiring new musicians who have been carefully handpicked to take part in their unique artist development programme which represents a broad variety of genres. This semester sees musicians from pop, hip-hop, indie and urban music backgrounds take on the development programme to benefit from a wide range of activity that is designed to not only hone their craft, but give them the skills to further their careers in music.

The ten acts taking part are:

BYE LOUIS | DAYZY | ALEX TELEKO | JONNY TAYLOR | TIMOTHY ELAM | ABBY MEYSENBURG | DENIO | FURRY HUG | ESME BRIDIE | LUKE LOWEN

To hear the rest of the  artists, head over to merseyrailsoundstation.com/artists

The ten emerging artists kick-started the project this week, taking part in Studio Workshops led by Echo & The Bunnymen keyboardist and music mentor Jez Wing.

During the programme, the musicians will take part in an Artist Masterclass with Becky Hawley of Heavenly Recordings artists Stealing Sheep and enjoy direct advice from a panel of music industry experts across a series of seminars.

This latest announcement comes fresh on the heels of the programme’s first London event, which saw Sound Station artists Eyesore & The Jinx, Beija Flo and Podge play a prestigious industry live showcase with hugely influential London promoters Eat Your Own Ears at the start of October.  

One of the artists selected to take part in the programme, Alex Teleko, said: “It means a lot to be selected. It’s great to be able to connect locally and nationally with artists and industry people alike who all have shared visions for what they love creating and nurturing. I’m hoping to strengthen my production skills, as well as to gain more knowledge on the business side of the music industry.”

It means a lot to be selected. It’s great to be able to connect locally and nationally with artists and industry people alike who all have shared visions for what they love creating and nurturing. Alex Teleko

Working with the likes of The Musician’s Union, PRS for Music, Sentric Music and other organisations from around the country, Merseyrail Sound Station provides artists with the knowledge to help them reach the next stage of their career.

Bido Lito! Director and Merseyrail Sound Station programme leader Craig Pennington said of the latest instalment of the project: “The music industry is a fast-paced and ever-changing space. Our city region has always produced artists of a high caliber, but it is hugely important that we equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their careers and forge their own path in the industry. It is a pleasure to be continuing this important work with Merseyrail who are committed to supporting the musical mavericks of tomorrow.”

The project culminates in Merseyrail Sound Station Live, a full-day festival featuring all ten artists which takes place at Liverpool Central Station on Saturday 30th November.

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