Ross Leighton, songwriter and singer/guitarist in Fatherson, joined our HND Music Performance students for a fascinating seminar that explored his career and his experiences within the music industry.
Ross discussed his background in music, stories from Fatherson’s early days in the industry and the challenges they experienced transitioning from being an inexperienced young band to eventually touring, working with labels, and releasing records. He also considered his methods and experiences in songwriting, with Fatherson and also on independent projects.

Our students had the opportunity to ask a range of questions, receiving insight from Ross on approaches to networking, working with record labels, promotion, methods of releasing music, and building an audience both locally and internationally.

With both Brexit and the pandemic having a huge impact on musicians, Ross also gave his thoughts on the direction the industry may take in relation to touring and releasing new music.  

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