It gives us great pleasure to announce the release of the BIMM Dublin & Manchester Album Volume Two.
The record features 19 original tracks from our Dublin and Manchester students and is a reflection of the wealth of talent we enjoy at both BIMM colleges.
The competition was fierce again this year. We received over 250 tracks, giving our Songwriting and Artist Development tutors a difficult time compiling a shortlist of 30 demos.
This shortlist was then passed onto an external A&R panel of music experts who were equally impressed with the quality of this year’s songs. The panel included Columbia Records A&R Mike Pickering, BBC Radio 1Xtra Music Manager Austin Daboh, record producer Jim Spencer (The Charlatans/Johnny Marr/Noel Gallagher), Stereophonics keyboardist Tony Kirkham and Out Promotion boss Nicki Befalls. Once the 19 tracks were decided, our talented musicians were invited to our in-house professional recording studios to begin work on their songs.
Ahead of the release of the album, we caught up with several students who were involved in the final project to find out their thoughts and feelings on the album.
Jess Kemp, a Music Business student at BIMM Manchester and the artist responsible for ‘Stars’, said:
David McDonell was another of the lucky 19 students to be selected by a panel of experts. The singer-songwriter spoke about producer (and head of Higher Education & Music Production course leader) Stuart Eastham’s part in bringing his track to life.
Echoing his sentiments was Greg Dixon of BIMM Manchester band Psyblings. His group penned the brilliantly named “Lemon Whiskey in Herbal Tea”. Speaking about the album, he said:
BIMM Dublin luminary Audrey Gleeson said appearing on the album still felt like a dream:
We also caught up with BIMM Dublin Events & Guests Assistant, Stephen D’Arcy, who was heavily involved in the record from start to finish, he said:
The full track-listing for the BIMM Album 2016 Dublin/Manchester Volume 2 is:
SAINT JRDN – Only One
Fabian Molloy – In The Dark Pass
Keith Margo – I Won’t Be Home Tonight
ELM – So It Seems
Sean Behan – Lady In The Water
The Virgins – Running
Leila Jane & The Healers – Regret
Idyll – Poison
Audrey Gleeson – Lonely Eyes
The Real Swan Lake – Soz
Recorded at BIMM Dublin studios. Produced & engineered by Michael Heffernan & Stephen Dunne.
Mixed by Ciaran Bradshaw at The Muse.
Mastered by Fergal Davis at Fergal Davis Mastering.
Dons Skiffle – Promise the Elephant
Dan Jones – Golden Lies
Jess Kemp – Stars
Ambiere – Tree of Life
Days – From a Stranger
Johanna Alba– All I Wanna Do
Psyblings – Lemon Whiskey in Herbal Tea!
Sam Craighan – (Somewhat) Sunlit Salford
Young Jack – Mojo
Recorded at Bank Chambers BIMM studio.
Produced by Stuart Eastham.
String and brass arrangements by Neil Young.
Artwork by Paul Rowley.
We’d like to congratulate everyone who made it onto the final album. 2016’s entries were extraordinary and both our tutors and the expert panel had a tough job with the final selection.
We’d like to give special thanks to everyone involved in the recording, mixing and mastering of the album including Stu Eastham, Neil Young, Ciaran Bradshaw, Fergal Davis, and our panel of industry experts for taking the time to listen to all the selected entries.