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:: - has a... "mission is to bring interesting and innovative music to the people of Leek" in North Staffordshire.
:: Radicals Rising - a Stoke-on-Trent based reviews site, with a focus on the local music scene.
:: Sellaband - an innovative idea for making aand promoting an album, with the help of your fans.
Directory: ROCK, POP & DANCE MUSIC
Rock & pop bands (touring): Venues for touring bands in & around Stoke are: Britannia Stadium (very occasional large 'big name' concerts such as Elton John); The Sugarmill (400 capacity); Staffordshire University SU (1,700 capacity, but a NUS card is needed for entry); in Hanley; in Stoke town; Keele University (1,500 capacity? - enough to host the Pet Shop Boys and The Levellers in recent years); Queen's Theatre, Burslem (1,300 capacity); and the King's Hall in Stoke town which hosted All The Young in 2012. See also: BBC Stoke's music venues listings page and the stokegigs.co.uk site.
Folk & Jazz: See Creative Stoke's classical & traditional music page.
Our area has around 250 bands and singers who create original material. Creative Stoke can't keep up with ever-changing websites and Facebook addresses for local bands, so can't provide a directory for them. But those wanting a survey of the current scene should look at other local music listing websites such as: thestokegigs.co.uk site; BBC Stoke's Introducing from Stoke show (formerly Subculture); and the Stoke Sounds website. Local blogs regularly covering gigs and bands at March 2013 include Music Matters to Us and Radicals Rising. Note also the 6 Towns Radio "Independent & Unsigned Show".
ORGANISATIONS & PROMOTERS
:: Industry Music Group - supporting local bands.
:: Ardua Music music management company - based in Stone, North Staffordshire.
:: Music Matters to Us - a lively music reviews blog for Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Psychophonic Records.
:: Zankyo UK - a niche record label which specialises in promoting selected Japanese artists in the UK. Currently based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Assorted Records.
:: RIP Records - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
PRODUCERS & COMPOSERS
:: All4One Music - provides production music for film, TV, video productions and websites.
:: Andy Moor.
:: Adam White.
:: BBC Stoke's Introducing from Stoke show (formerly Subculture).
:: Alive HQ - a well-equipped music studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Clock House Recording Studio - based in the Music Dept. at Keele University.
:: (formerly Studio Q at the Queensberry Youth Centre, Normacot) - in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Run for under-19s, and available free.
:: Sub Sound Studio - based in Stoke.
:: - based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Prism Recording Studios - based in Stoke.
:: Big Dan Studios - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: , a music and recording studio in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent. They also have their and promotion company (to 17 digital stores worldwide). Studio costs are "priced in Stoke-on-Trent" and they don't charge for equipment hire.
:: Summer Bank Studios - a large-sized recording studio in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Audio Mill - a Staffordshire audio-production service.
:: Cross Rhythms Radio - offers recording sessions for independent bands.
:: Orchard Studios - a rural recording studio at Oakhanger, near Crewe.
:: Prism Recording Studios.
:: StaffordAV - run by Steve Bradbury, who has thirty years of audio and live sound engineer experience.
:: Inspire Music Recording Studio - Matt Bishop's recording studio and music school in Stone, Staffordshire.
:: The Toilets - band rehearsal rooms in Stoke Town, Stoke-upon-Trent.
Silence Studios (aka Goldphone Recordings)
Mad House Recording Studios. "Professional but affordable" 16/24 track digital studio, with "tons of valve gates compressors", and engineers who are "specialists in achieving the authentic punk/oi sound".
Tremolo Studios. Large six-room studio & rehearsal complex in Stoke-on-Trent.
Blue Lizard Studio. Down in the basement of the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent.
Down towards Stafford town there are also recording facilities at: Ingestre Arts; and .
TEACHERS OF ROCK/POP
:: Inspire Music - provides professional music lessons in Stone, Staffordshire.
:: Greenway Music - based in Alsager. Musical instrument tuition, live music for events, and recording facilities.
SPECIALIST SHOPS, SERVICES & INSTRUMENT REPAIRS
:: Cookies - based in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. Well-known DJ superstore. They also offer DJ training, and maintain a register of local DJ's who can be hired.
:: McCullough & Howard Guitars - an electric guitar repair and refurb service based in North Staffordshire.
:: Synth Repair Services.
:: Global Groove - specialist stockists of dance music.
:: Living Design - sound & acoustics design. Based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Madhouse Music - based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Specialist record collector's service.
:: The Guitar Doctor.
:: Bulletsound - who describe themselves as "Staffordshire's leading PA hire company".
VOICE COACHING & MUSIC TUITION
:: Sally Rivers, a highly experienced vocal and singing coach, based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Monkey Music - based in Stone.
LIGHTING, VJ's, PHOTOGRAPHERS & MUSIC-INSPIRED ARTISTS
:: Echomap - the sound artist duo of Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart. Shaun & Clive created the interactive 'Sound Wall' at the Royal Horticultural Society's 2010 Tatton show, and this structure was later re-built at Stoke's Trentham Gardens where it still runs today. The duo are currently making new experimental interactive sound sculptures.
:: no.ground.processes - a co-op for experimental music + filmmaking, and also interested in DJs/VJs, interactive-media artists, photographers etc.
:: Peripheral Anomaly - specialist rock & pop band photographer. Has a very extensive online portfolio, featuring just about every band that's played in North Staffordshire in the last 18 months!
:: Stoke-on-Trent arts and experimental music group .
:: Jon Weinel - based at Keele University, doing all sorts of interesting things with sonic art, interactive video and games.
:: Visualade - video projection and visuals.
:: Warped Noise - specialise in making music videos.
TRADITIONAL, FOLK & CLASSICAL
(See Creative Stoke's Classical directory page.)