July 30, 2012 - Peace Mix
Leeds we love you! On Friday 27 July the Peace Mix Mic Relay tour was at Future Arts Leeds – for one of the best stops yet, with a packed recording session for our SBTV-produced NDF-inspired track and an epic cross-genre show at Eiger Studios.
The Leeds Peace Mix Mic Relay kicked off in the city centre at the brilliant Future Arts on East Gate. A brilliant space for local young people to develop their music, technology and media skills the centre backed by the Big Lottery Fund and run by the genius Gemma Povey.
From 12pm local talent came down to Future Arts to record their contribution to our track curated by SB.TV – inspired by New Day Foundation’s Going For Gold. From spoken word poets to Leeds MCs, the afternoon was packed with those hoping to have their bars feature on the final track, and perform at The London Roundhouse on 28 August.
One amazing kid was 12 year old Jawara Lewis – who totally took us by surprise by singing a capella to us as soon as we arrived, with massive volume like a young Michael Jackson. Since he was four years old Jawara has loved singing and came down to add vocals to our Peace Mix collaboration track. Incredibly talented and driven look out for this fella soon!
At 1pm the workshops began to a packed audience – led by an impassioned speech by Sharif on why they started New Day Foundation: “to stop being part of the problem, and be part of the solution.” Wisdom of XLP Arts then shared his motivating opportunities training, before Robert of Blastbeat shared wise words on the music business. Gemma of Future Arts then wrapped – explaining the story behind her brilliant local facility, how they work with young people and why everyone should get involved.
An amazing place, with a brilliant community atmosphere, which felt almost like a family, Future Arts aims to be a fully profitable social enterprise in the near future: balancing carefully commercial necessity and community. If you’re in Leeds and want to develop your music or media production skills – or just find a chilled place to hang with your mates, stress free – head to Future Arts asap.