New music studios open in in Thurrock

DOZENS of young people gathered together at the Inspire-Youth Hub building earlier this month to test out the Inspire-Sound recording studios.

The Prince’s Trust Team also turned out in force and tested things out for themselves.

Two recording studios (Tilbury and Grays) are fully operational with sound proof booths and all the instruments and tech support needed to create your own song, learn an instrument or make yourself a pop star.

The spaces have been used been previously by local youth groups and organisations but are now open and available to members of the public.

Local stars like 2016 X Factor Winner, Louisa Johnson, and The Voice finalist, Jordan Gray, have used the facilities in the past.

Cabinet Member for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden visited on the day.

He said: “The equipment is obviously extremely good quality, but actually, the most interesting part was speaking to the Inspire staff who support the use of the studio.

“I was speaking to Gareth Marsh – who runs all the sessions – and he has been working with Thurrock’s musically inclined young people for years.

“He comes with a wealth of knowledge which is passed to the young people using the space. That means, if you’re interested in a musical career – but singing isn’t your thing, you could still come down and learn about producing, mixing and editing the music.”

One young person, Rebecca, said: “I particularly loved using the drum kit and the Sound Cloud software available on the iMacs. Using the Sound Cloud software meant I was able to make some music by putting different files together and then adjusting them where necessary to create my perfect unique piece of music.

“I think it’s wonderful that Thurrock have offered everyone the opportunity to book sessions and use the recording studios.”

For more information about using or hiring Inspire-Sound, or find out ways you can get involved, email – inspiresound@thurrock.gov.uk

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