Ainsdale teenager reaches
finals of annual music competition
AINSDALE teenager Daniel Astles has
been named as 1 of the finalists in the 'Annual Merseyrail Sound Station Music
The competition, which is celebrating its 4th Anniversary this year, is a unique
collaboration between Merseyrail and renowned music magazine Bido Lito!
The competition encouraged local, undiscovered musicians to film themselves on a
smartphone, performing an original track at 1 of 7 designated Performance
locations on the Merseyrail network.
The videos were then uploaded to the Merseyrail Sound Station Facebook page and
the 10 best entries were invited to perform at a 1 day festival, at Moorfield's
Daniel, 18, who performs under the name Astles, describes his style of music as
ambient electric guitar with big vocals. He added:- "I really want to
create music that people can invest in and relate too. I think that's the most
important thing, to write songs which people believe in. There's no better
feeling than someone telling you your song means something to them."
A panel of music industry experts select the final winner, who will record with
former Joy Division and New Order Engineer Michael Johnson. They also receive a
full year of professional music industry mentoring, recording time and free
train travel on Merseyrail.
The eventual winner also gains the opportunity to appear on the project's free
monthly podcast which features exclusive live sessions with some of the region's
most exciting new bands, the latest new sounds from across the Merseyrail
network, and breaking new music news from Liverpool. The Sound Station project
also curate a pop up stage which gives emerging artists an opportunity to play
at the regions top festivals including:- Sound City, Africa Oy and LIMF.
David O'Leary, Commercial Director for Merseyrail, said:- "Astles is a
fantastic local musician and we are looking forward to hearing him perform in
the final competition."
Former winners include Katy Alex and rapper Blue Saint who both have gone on to
perform at some of the area's biggest festivals and gigs and develop their sound
as a result of the mentoring process.
The Merseyrail Sound Station final takes place, on 19 November 2016, between 1pm
to 5pm, at Moorfields Station, with a presentation evening taking place at new music venue Hus.
For more information on how to get involved with the competition's