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Relive A Week With PINS, 5 days of music creation and industry insights for young musicians led by post-punk trio PINS!

A Week With PINS
14th October 2021

Relive A Week With PINS, 5 days of music creation and industry insights for young musicians led by post-punk trio PINS!

Relive A Week With PINS, 5 days of music creation and industry insights for young musicians led by post-punk trio PINS!

Our first in-person music project since the pandemic, A Week With PINS brought together 15 talented young musicians from across the North West to work with Faith, Kyoko, Abbi and Ailis from the band PINS.

Over 5 days in July 2020, together they learnt about the band’s artistic process – from initial ideas to onstage transformation – and wrote and recorded an EP of new songs. On the final day they performed them live with PINS at award-winning music venue The Met in Bury.

Singer-songwriter Maisie said “After a long time of not working with other musicians or working on projects, I’ve been reminded of what I love and have always wanted to pursue.”

With the theme of ‘Transformation’ as the starting point for the week, the group also took part in a photoshoot with Debbie Ellis and, with help from Manchester Fashion Movement’s fabulous wardrobe, literally transformed themselves! Have a look on our Instagram.

Multi-instrumentalist Trees.R.Good says “I have a clearer idea of who I want to be portrayed as, as an artist. The press shots helped cement this vision!”

“It was genuinely a life changing experience. I feel so much more confident, motivated and sure of who I am as a person”

Over the course of the week the group created 7 brand new tracks and added their own artistic flair to 5 PINS songs, which they took to the stage to perform live on the final day. For some, like guitarist Etienne, this was their first time performing. He says “It was incredible, I won’t forget it. Playing live has given me a new perspective on performing for others.”

Throughout the week the group also took part in a series of workshops giving them an insight into different aspects of the music industry, including press, publishing, band management and wellbeing.

Bassist Lala found the talk about mental health particularly helpful. “It’s given me a larger awareness of what to expect as a musician,” she says. Bradley adds “I didn’t know anything about sync tracks before, and I feel far more confident about finding a manager and getting my music out there now.”

Shout out to Edwin Street Recording Studio for recording, mixing and mastering the music which will be released soon…watch this space!


A huge thanks to the artists:
Ambrose, Benedicte, Bradley, Etienne, Imi, K.Czupkowski, Lala, Maddie, Maisie, Matt, Mia, Oliver, Sam, Sonny and Trees.R.Good.

And big thanks to PINS and our workshop leaders:
Faith, Lois, Kyoko, Ailis and Abbi (PINS), Elisa (PINS’ manager), Mary (Ninja Tune/Just Isn’t Music) and Rachel (Counselling for Musicians).

Photoshoot photos by Debbie Ellis. Project and performance photos by Rachel BywaterFilm by TripleDotMakers.

A Week With PINS was supported by The Met, Manchester City Council, GMCA and Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England which is made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.