Student record label boosts Teesside music scene

Student record label boosts Teesside music scene

Five music technology students from Teesside University have created their own record label, Coastline Records, to help breathe new life into the local music scene.

Since the label launched in April, the students have been signing bands, releasing music and staging gigs in the Teesside area, and have already created jobs for fellow students in business, marketing and PR roles.

Co-founder of Coastline Records Andy Surtees, said: “It has been incredibly hard work, but extremely rewarding at the same time.

“We started the record label because of our passion for music and the skills we were learning on our degree course gave us the confidence that we would be able to succeed.

“I have been delighted with the success of Coastline Records so far and the interest that it has generated. It is creating a real buzz and more and more Teesside University students are getting in touch to see if they can join us.”

Along with Andy, Coastline Records was started by James Knott, James Ryan, Jamie Wilson and Takudzwa Chanakira.

Jo Learman Wood, Sarah Mitchell and Simon Buchanan have also joined the label to work in social media, marketing, graphic design and branding while a number of other students have helped out with video production, business development and finance.

In total, 14 students have now been involved in making, distributing and promoting records for Coastline.

Takudzwa  Chanakira said: “The amount of expertise that Coastline now has at its disposal is incredible, and it means we can move much more quickly than before and take on extra challenges. We’re now looking to add one or two web and app developers and, although we’re very happy with how things are progressing, we’re always looking to push things even further.”

This summer Coastline has recorded an EP for Darlington-based indie band Apex, which will be released in the autumn.

Andy said: “Going through all the processes – from the idea that you want to start a record company, putting records out, getting customers through the door and dealing with newspapers and radio stations - there is no other way of experiencing the reality of what that is like other than doing it first-hand.

“One thing I have learnt from starting and running Coastline Records is that whatever your passion is, music, sport, animation, technology, you can put that into creating your own business and build something for yourself to create your own future.”

 Coastline Records has signed three bands so far and released a series of singles and EPs.


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