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A series of free online music workshops for young musicians aged 13-19, who are interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music.

Make Music
5th November 2020

A series of free online music workshops for young musicians aged 13-19, who are interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music.

A series of free online music workshops for musicians aged 13-19, interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music.

Each week features a different guest artist who will share their experiences, insights and approaches to making music. Have fun trying out something different, work together to create new material and leave feeling inspired to test out new ideas in your own music making.

All sessions will be led by professional musicians Phill Howley and Ellen Beth Abdi, and will happen online, via Zoom. Depending on your interests, you’re welcome to come to just one workshop, a selection of them, or the whole series.

Scroll for more info about each workshop, and to book your spot…

Week 1: Songwriting and layered melodies with Mali Hayes
Wed 18 Nov, 6-8pm
Find out more about how Mali writes songs using unusual harmonies and layered melodies, and collaborate to create your own track using the same techniques.
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Week 2: Mixing and remixing with Jamaal Monarch
Wed 25 Nov, 6-8pm
Get an insight into Jamaal’s approach to production – how do you use samples to create a remix? Use sample packs to mix and remix tracks using DAWs such as Ableton or Logic (please note – you do not need to have a DAW on your own device to participate).
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Week 3: Writing music for film, TV or games with Natalie McCool
Wed 2 Dec, 6-8pm
How do you create the music for the next hit TV show on Sky Atlantic? Learn about how you can write music that sets a scene, creates a mood and responds to a theme. Have a go at writing music for real briefs such as Marvel or Call of Duty.
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Week 4: Using found sounds with Breezewax
Wed 9 Dec, 6-8pm
Learn about how to use field recordings in music – capture sounds from your own environment and get creative with making textures, beats and soundscapes for your own track.
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If you have any questions please email lucy@brightersound.com or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


About the guest artists

Mali Hayes’ music is perfumed with vibrant real life stories and coloured with honesty and soul, also described as a Jazzy-Nu-R&B type Neo Soul. After recording and self releasing her debut EP, Quiet Silence, in late 2016 with her producer and mother, Mali hit the scene running as she joined Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers, an Arts Council England funded Brownwood talent discovery programme. This saw Mali performing at The Jazz Cafe and Gilles’ new festival – We Out Here. After various radio airplay (BBC 6 Music – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 2 – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 1xtra / Selector Radio – Jamz Supernova and more), numerous support slots (Bilal, Jamila Woods, Alfa Mist, Poppy Ajudha, Blue Lab Beats, Sons Of Kemet, Yazmin Lacey and more) and a collaboration with Foreign Beggars and Maverick Sabre under her belt, Mali continues to establish herself as an artist of real vision, dedication and drive. Find Mali on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

Jamaal Monarch is a producer, vocalist, songwriter and engineer. From roots in Pakistan to an upbringing in Manchester, Jamaal is a burgeoning independent sensation with a vibrant, eclectic sound, and an approach to lyricism that is charismatic yet self-aware, introspective yet boisterous. Jamaal’s free-spirited musical nature stems from self-empowerment within intersectionality; be it race, religion, sexuality, Jamaal leaves no topic untouched and nothing compromised. Music has been a life-long obsession for Jamaal, and his early musical inspirations came from iconic men of colour who stood for individuality and freedom of expression, such as Prince, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar. Jamaal has supported legendary NY rapper Le1f, performed at Manchester and Birmingham Pride, and received support from Notion, UNILAD, Manchester’s Finest and MOBO Help Musicians. Find out more on Jamaal’s website.

Natalie McCool is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and front woman. Her latest album ‘The Great Unknown’ was self-written, with 1st single ‘Dig It Out’ described as “a mesmerising lilt pop gem” in The Sunday Times, and 2nd single ‘Cardiac Arrest’ being immediately playlisted on BBC Radio 1. A vibrant, contemporary artist with quick-witted lyrics not only has she performed extensively across the UK with two headline album tours under her belt and appearances at Isle of Wight, Festival No. 6 & Kendal Calling, she has also played shows and festivals worldwide counting Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Holland) and also South Korea, Japan, Russia and Australia. Visit her website for more info, or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Breezewax (Ashley Thorpe) is a Manchester-based producer and musician with multi-genre influences. He typically uses a mix of samples, live instruments and electronic soundscapes to create laid back, beat-driven music straddling between hip hop, jazz, chillout, electronica and downtempo. Find him on Bandcamp or YouTube.

About the workshop leaders

Phill Howley is a professional drummer, composer, producer and educator. Over the years he’s worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians, including Liz Green, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre-defying Shyfinger. For the last 20 years Phill has worked as a Project Manager, Music Facilitator and Music Leader, and in that time has worked on a wide variety of projects with hugely diverse client groups of all ages.

Ellen Beth Abdi is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. Ellen completed a degree in vocals on the Popular Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017, she was selected to be part of New Order’s 12 piece synth-orchestra for the band’s collaboration with Manchester International Festival and visual artist Liam Gillick ‘∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) so it goes…’, out of which came a Sky Arts documentary, a live album and a spot singing backing vocals on the subsequent European tour. Ellen also performed in the 2019 MIF production ‘The Nico Project’ with Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom. Ellen fronts Manchester’s ’22 legged afro party juggernaut’ Agbeko and is one of three lead singers in the seven piece band Kara. Ellen is currently training as a music facilitator with Brighter Sound.