Demo project to help local bands

Clarke Nelson and Rhonda Adams. PIC: FPA
Clarke Nelson and Rhonda Adams. PIC: FPA

A recording studio is offering six Fife bands a vital chance to make in-roads in the cut-throat world of the music industry.

Thanks to a grant of nearly £18,000 from Creative Scotland, S9 fifty studios in Glenrothes will be launching Fife Demo Project 2014 on Monday, September 1.

And, up for grabs, is the chance to rehearse, record and produce a demo cd in a professional studio environment for free.

Andrew Mackay, studio manager, said: “There has never been any shortage of musical talent in Fife, but sometimes a lack of resources can stop young people realising their potential.

“The bands who take part this year will benefit not only from the great facilities at s9fifty but also by working with music industry professionals.

“Whether you are a bedroom DJ/producer, solo artist or a full band, the demo project can help you take that next step.”

Winning bands will benefit from mentoring and advice from music industry professionals on topics such as song writing, band promotion and touring, while s9fifty will also provide all transport to and from the studio for all sessions.

The bands will work with a design team to create their own artwork and their cd will be both physically produced and published online.

Andrew said he was delighted to be able to reprise the project, which was successfully run in partnership with Creative Scotland in 2012.

The total cost of the project runs to £25,000, and hardware has even been upgraded in preparation.

Clarke Nelson, studio producer/engineer, said: “The new studio equipment that we have installed is very exciting.

“Not only are we now running the most advanced Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software available in the world, Pro-tools 11, but we have teamed it up with the ground breaking Slate Raven which is a next generation, touch screen mixing console and DAW control surface.

“The demo project will allow young bands to experience the future of the recording industry right here and now.”

The competition is open to six bands or individuals under the age of 25 years and the deadline for applications is September 30.

To apply, just upload a short video clip of your music to