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Tuning in to Birmingham music and media scene July 15, 2014

New music show pilot ‘Fazeley Sessions’ produced in a bid to promote the growth of the media and music scene in Birmingham

A new Birmingham music show pilot, Fazeley Sessions, was filmed in front of a live audience last week at Fazeley Studios with Birmingham music artists and a team of media professionals all collaborating to raise the profile of the growth of the media and music industries in the midlands.

Filmed on Tuesday (8th July) evening in the media hub of Digbeth, the new concept is the brainchild of Fazeley Events team, Media Dog (broadcast equipment hire and production company), SoFar Sounds (an intimate music event organiser) and Music Producer, Des Tong.

The pilot film featured Birmingham music artists all performing live in unique locations in Fazeley Studios. Up-and-coming songwriter and musician, Alex Moir, who’s recently featured on BBC 6 music, regulars on the festival scene folk band, Boat to Row, and reggae band, 1Eye, who’s gained support from BBC 1Xtra reggae presenter David Rodigan, all took to the stage in support of the pilot.

Singer songwriter, Alex Moir, performing in the Fazeley Social brasserie

Singer songwriter, Alex Moir, performing in the Fazeley Social brasserie

Filmed and directed by Media Dog Films, who’s sister company, Media Dog Hire, provided all the broadcast equipment, Director, Mark Tredinnick, said: “It was all hands on deck and we were extremely grateful to have the support of a talented young film crew who all volunteered their time in support of the new show which is in need of funding to turn Fazeley Sessions into a fully fledged commissioned show.

“The UK’s second city is full of exceptional talent and we want to be able to utilise our skills and resource to supplement the growth of the media and music industry in the midlands.”

As the UK’s second biggest city the media, film and music profession is in need of huge regeneration which, in turn, will support the business community and provide greater employment opportunities.

Media Dog, Fazeley Sessions, Fazeley Studios,  1Eye

Reggae band, 1Eye, entertaining the audience in Fazeley Studios Grand Gallery

There is a huge amount of Birmingham media, film and music professionals who could further support the Birmingham business ecosystem and could be benefitting personally from greater professional prospects with a growth in the profession in the midlands.

Ben Crutch, Events Manager at Fazeley Events, said: “With funding, Fazeley Sessions could provide an opportunity for more jobs as well as greater opportunities for up and coming musicians and artists to get their names out there.”

Many of these talented professionals are having to commute or move to London, Manchester and Bristol for work, which in turn results in a massive negative impact on many Birmingham based companies who are having to hire resource and talent from London, resulting in a huge additional expense and London weighting costs. With greater support for these industries in Birmingham there will be greater money saving opportunities for midlands companies and professionals which will positively impact on the local business economy and create healthier commercial sustenance.

Fazeley Sessions, Fazeley Studios, Media Dog, Boat to Row

Folk band, Boat to Row, perform in the Winter Garden at Fazeley Studios

Des Tong, Executive Producer of Fazeley Sessions, said: “We’re a team of creative professionals who firmly believe that the Fazeley Sessions is a great example of the talent and passion on offer in the midlands.

“It’s a creative forward thinking concept that showcases the vast talent base in the city and can put Digbeth and Birmingham on the UK media and music map to be on a par with the likes of Manchester and Bristol which have both received huge investment and nourishment.”

The pilot film will be available to view in the coming weeks on www.media-dog.com. To find out more about how you can support Fazeley Sessions contact ben@fazeleysessions.com or for more information about Fazeley Events venue and hire space visit www.fazeleyevents.co.uk.

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