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Student to Record Debut Album

Thursday, 05 April 2012

A talented Stevenson College Edinburgh student is to get an opportunity like no other when he records an EP and debut album with Idlewild star Rod Jones.

The 19-year-old drummer, who studies HND Music Performance at Stevenson College Edinburgh, was given the honour after battling it out at an audition session in front of the artist last spring to join his band, The Birthday Suit.

The Livingston teenager's prize was to accompany Rod - who had a string of chart hits as part of Idlewild - on tour as The Birthday Suit's new drummer in February of this year.

Steven, who spent three weeks gigging with The Birthday Suit in venues across London, Newcastle, York, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, said: "It was an amazing experience. At this moment in time, I don't think anything will ever top it.

"It was fantastic to listen to Rod's stories about his days with the Rolling Stones and touring across the country.

"He's such an accomplished musician, and drumming for him has opened me up to a brand new experience.

"Playing live to a packed audience every night was surreal, and I loved every minute of it. It's the dream."

Talented Steven, who has been drumming for six years, will now spend the next few weeks in Stevenson College Edinburgh's state-of-the-art 'Music Box', recording with The Birthday Suit as they gear up to launch their debut album this summer.

The band hope are set to be announced as an act in one of the UK's leading music festivals this July, and are also keen to make their mark at other festivals on the music circuit in 2012.

Steven added: "This is such a fantastic opportunity for me, and the fact that we are recording in the college where the whole process began last year just makes it even more special."

Chart star Rod Jones, who works closely with Stevenson College Edinburgh, said: "Steven was first up at the audition, and I knew straight away that he was what I was looking for.

"He fitted in very well with our style of music, learned quickly, and came up with a lot of his own ideas. Dedicated, keen and enthusiastic, his hard working and positive attitude made him the ideal person for the job.

"He's a joy to be around and has really been involved in getting some of the songs for the EP and album together, even though he's only been with us for a few months.

"The nature of the music industry can means touring is tough for young musicians and this is a chance a lot of them don't get to have - and Steven has fully embraced the opportunity. He lives and breathes music and his passion for drumming is something else."

Hilary Saunders, Head of Music at Stevenson College Edinburgh, said: "This is a very exciting opportunity for Steven, and we are delighted that he is taking the first steps to forming what I am sure will be a very successful career as an artist.

"Rod has provided the students with a wealth of opportunities during his time as the musician in residence, and is also an excellent mentor with good knowledge of the music industry.

"Steven has always performed well in class, and has worked very hard to get to this point. We are confident that both the EP and the album will be fantastic."

The Birthday Suit EP is set to be released this summer, with a follow up album in late September.

Check out Steven's work on www.thebirthdaysuit.co.uk.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Stevenson College Edinburgh

Notes to editors:

  1. Based in the west of Edinburgh, Stevenson College Edinburgh is one of the largest further education colleges in Scotland with around 16,000 students enrolling each year.
  2. Stevenson College Edinburgh offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to HNDs (Higher National Diplomas).
  3. A number of music courses are offered at Stevenson College Edinburgh including Degree Foundation Music, HND Music and a new BA in Music Performance was introduced in 2010 in conjunction with the University of Abertay Dundee.
  4. Music students study in The Music Box, a state-of-the-art music and performance facility, with practice booths, a recording studio, 120 seat auditorium and a sprung dance floor, which are also available to hire.