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Cathedral Quarter hosts open studio for budding musicians

By Frank Grimes

A Belfast record label has held a unique gig giving fans the chance to make music with one of Northern Ireland's top local acts.

The event - hosted by Public Sector Records - featured singer/songwriter Malojian hosting a live recording session which included audience participation through singing, handclaps and even some whistling.



Malojian (aka Stevie Scullion) turned the Oh Yeah Centre's Start Together Studio into an open house for the night, with audience members encouraged to wander around and interact with studio engineers who were on hand to explain the uses of various equipment and help demistify the music-making process.



The recording session took the form of a gig, with Stevie playing a few 'practice' versions of songs from his forthcoming album during which he encouraged audience members to perform handclaps and vocal harmony lines. Intitially, the attempts at audience participation were met with limited success but after a few false starts the whole Cathedral Quarter seemed to be rocking as the 60-people strong audience joined in.

Things got rowdier as Stevie and the engineers played back the recordings so musicians - both amateur and professional - could see where they went wrong and tried to improve next time around. Between takes, engineers explained the intricacies of microphone placement and mixing to a clearly enthusiastic audience.

Following the recording, Stevie performed an acoustic set comprising tracks from his recent Broken Deer EP as well as taking requests for covers.

The night finished with an informal Q&A featuring the studio's production team, after which many participants adjourned to Cathedral Quarter bars to reflect on a toe-tapping evening and maybe even plot further adventures in music.

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