Studio experience was musical Magic

Andrew Smith, Matthew Herd, Jake Bain, Stuart Kerr & Dougie Mattia
Andrew Smith, Matthew Herd, Jake Bain, Stuart Kerr & Dougie Mattia

THE professional, polished sound of the recording studio has struck the right note with some talented young musicians.

Levenmouth band Magic Voodoo Lounge is in the midst of recording a four-track demo CD after being specially selected by Glenrothes studio s9fifty.

And hearing their music captured expertly for the first time is spurring the players on with even greater energy.

The five-piece prog rockers – all in their early 20s and friends since their days together at Buckhaven High School – were chosen by the Fife Demo Fund Project.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme, it was launched earlier this year by the studio in Glenrothes to give 10 bands, with members aged 12-25, living in Fife and writing their own original material, a chance to achieve their dreams.

Magic Voodoo Lounge will be receiving 20 professionally-produced copies of the disc, complete with original artwork.

The musicians will also be guided through the process of a digital release, to make their music available online.

“It’s our first professional recording experience and the first time we’ve properly heard the music we have written with a really good sound,” said guitar player Andrew Smith. “It was really good to hear it.”

The group had a wide spectrum of musical interests and influences, said Andrew, but favoured older rock acts like Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy, as well as Metallica and various blues performers.

The disc sleeve artwork may incorporate alter-ego impressions and settings suggested by the group’s name – so some interesting images could be created.

All the members were either working or just finished studies, said Andrew, but they hoped to devote more time to their music, as the studio dates were “driving us to get more stuff done”.