March 21, 2012
A group of final year students from the University of Glamorgan have begun making their mark on the South Wales music scene with their own record label.
BA (Hons) Popular Music students Samantha Bull, Luke Tregunna, Jamie Jones, Jack Barnett and Jon Powell formed the label as part of a final project for their course.
“Hydra Records is an excellent project, and it’s given the group the chance to learn some valuable business skills and make essential industry contacts while working on something they’re very passionate about” said Popular Music award leader Ben Challis. “The music industry is not easy to break into, so the more real-world experience they can get before they graduate, the greater their chances will be of a successful career.”
The project has been a challenge for the group, who have had to turn their hand to everything from web design to events management to promote Buried in Alaska and their latest signing Here Lies the Enemy.
“I’ve had to learn how to do things that I would never have even attempted before, and it’s been unbelievably time consuming” said Jamie, 21 from Bridgend. “But there are so many good points to running a label – it’s really satisfying to see a band you work with doing well.”
The Hydra Records team believe that studying at the university’s Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries has given them access to all sorts of useful contacts.
“We’re very close to students who are in areas like photography, graphics and sound engineering, which has really helped us” said Samantha, 21 from Aberdare. “The best thing about it is that everyone is trying to build up their portfolios in third year, so it’s great for them as well as us.”
The Hydra Records team have big plans for the label and are keen to keep working on it after graduation. “It’s become bigger than an academic project for us” said Jack, 21 from Gloucester. “It’s something that we are going to be able to carry on afterwards – it’s almost like we’ll be leaving university with a part-time job in hand.”
“We love the music that we’re promoting and marketing” added Jamie. “In the long term we’d like to be able to set up regular metalcore nights all over South Wales and beyond. It would be great to be in a position where we can make a full time job out of it.”
Buried in Alaska’s EP Alpha Omega will be available from iTunes and Bandcamp from 18th March, with a limited number of physical copies for sale at the launch event.
Watch a teaser trailer for the EP: