Unique recording project could make Ladybank singer a ‘hit’ in the music industry

Erin joined a number of other performers at the session. Pic by George McLuskie
Erin joined a number of other performers at the session. Pic by George McLuskie

A teenage musician from Ladybank is hoping her involvement in a new recording project will give her what it takes to be a ‘hit’ in the music industry.

Erin Scott (18) described the three month course at Glenrothes-based S9fifty studio as “the most intense experience of her life”.

“It’s been a real eye-opener to be in a studio environment and it’s provided all of us who took part with potentially a huge stepping stone to future success,” she explained.

And the singer songwriter, who divides her time between performing and her role as an outdoor instructor at Lochore Meadows, said the experience would hopefully give her the chance to play alongside popular Fife duo the Coaltown Daisies, who Erin cites as an influence.

It’s the third year the £18,000 project, jointly funded by the studio and Creative Scotland, has provided professional tuition, studio time and mentors to help improve writing and recording.

And each of the seven fledgling acts who took part have all come away not only with an experience alongside music industry professionals, but a professionally recorded demo of their song to present to potential promoters and record companies.

Andrew Mackay, S9fifty studio manager, who has been working tirelessly with the artists since the course started in October, said the project offered each of them a real insight into the day-to-day processes of a recording studio environment,

“The aim was to engage with young musicians from across Fife who are making their own music and offer them the opportunity to use our studio facilities to rehearse, record and produce a track demo cd for free,” he said.

In order to remove all potential barriers to participation we also offered participants free transport to and from the studio as well as free use of any extra equipment that they needed to make full use of their sessions.

“We’ve had a real diverse set of people this time around which has been great, there’s been a real camaraderie built up with everyone supporting each other, and the end results have been pretty special,” said Andrew.