"I truly credit LMA for allowing me to hone my talents in music."
Dan Kelly, lead guitar and backing vocals
A music student from Liverpool is hoping to follow in the footsteps of industry heavyweights such as Arctic Monkeys as he and his band launches their second single this month.
Urban Architects includes Dan Kelly – a first year student at LMA, the media, music and performing arts institution, co-owned by Robbie Williams. The band are set to release their new track The Weight of Expectation after their first hit was streamed more than 2,500 times since its release in December.
Dan Kelly, from Aintree, provides lead guitar and backing vocals for the band. The group is also made up of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Harry Campbell, from Whiston; drummer Aidan Musgrave, from Widnes; and bass guitarist Oberon Jude Oladeji, from Speke who also previously attended LMA.
The four-piece recorded their latest offering at Chapel Studio in Lincolnshire, joining the likes of Arctic Monkeys who also laid down tracks there.
Dan, 19, who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Music Performance and Industry at LMA, said: “Our latest single, The Weight of Expectation, is written from an outside perspective – it’s about growing up and how things aren’t always how they first seem.
“Our genre is a real mix of each band member’s personal music tastes. Our first single is on the indie rock side and a lot of people have told us it sounds like The Strokes, which is a huge compliment.
“The new single is a bit heavier, as we take inspiration from bands like Muse, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and even some metal bands. We recorded at Chapel Studios, where Arctic Monkeys recorded their hit album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, so it feels really special to us to have shared the same space.”
Now, Urban Architects are looking forward to completing their first EP and album by 2021.
Dan, who is lead guitarist and backing vocalist, added: “I truly credit LMA for allowing me to hone my talents in music.
“Since joining LMA, I have learned to play the drums and bass, on top of sharpening my skills with the guitar. This wouldn’t have been possible without all of the amazing facilities there, including their variety of instruments and their state-of-the-art music studio.”
The industry-standard music studio at LMA allows students to practise creating music with leading equipment. With digital audio software like Protools, students are able to produce and edit music to a professional quality.
Richard Wallace, co-founder of LMA, who appointed global star Robbie Williams to the university centre’s board of directors last year, said: “We’re so proud of what Dan has achieved since joining the LMA family. We have seen his ability grow, from playing the guitar, to mastering the latest editing software. His progression as a musician is truly impressive.
“At LMA we always try to nurture talents and creativity in any way we can. Every student has talents that are personal to them, but our facilities aim to cater for them all. Whether you’re a budding actor or have dreams of being a musician, we will work with you to be the best you can be.
“Forming a band is not always easy, but with the right tools and support you can be well on your way to a successful career in music.”
The Weight of Expectation is available from Friday 3 April via: https://ditto.fm/the-weight-of-expectation
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