Several of Nescot’s Music Technology 1st and 2nd year National Diploma students made the long trip to Newcastle 28th April 2010 to take part as entrants in the WorldSkills heats for Popular Music.
The entrants were given the choice of composing their own piece of music or opting to play a cover version, so Noise Vandals, a four-piece urban collective and, Twist, a Hip Hop MC, chose to perform their own original compositions rather than cover versions performed by their guitar-based competitors. All were ably backed up by Mello-D, who served as sound engineer for both groups and producer for Twist.
Although they were unfortunate not to make it to the national finals both groups were rapturously received by the audience and gained some insight into what it means to be a travelling recording artist.
Noise Vandal Henry Prior said, “It was a brilliant experience. It makes us even more determined to become better at what we do and become successful in the music industry.” Henry’s band-mate, Jack Parker agreed. “We’d definitely like to do something like that again. The whole experience was well worth all the hard work.”
Noise Vandals are:
Ollie Jones (MC)
Dylan Shipton (aka Mello-D)