Roddy helps give lo­cal artists a shot at fame

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Carla Tal­bot

A Loch Lomond mu­sic com­pany is help­ing young mu­si­cians get a head start in the in­dus­try by of­fer­ing them a plat­form to per­form.

Live on the Loch TV is work­ing with as­pir­ing artists through­out the area to help them launch their ca­reers in the mu­sic busi­ness.

Run by lo­cal mu­si­cian Roddy McKen­zie, 36, the pro­ject aims to give per­form­ers a place where they can show­case their mu­sic by record­ing mu­sic videos and or­gan­is­ing gigs.

The idea was born af­ter Roddy be­came dis­heart­ened by com­pa­nies tak­ing ad­van­tage of un­signed bud­ding mu­si­cians.

His dream was to pro­vide a step­ping stone for them and help get their name known in the in­dus­try.

He told the Len­nox Her­ald: “I want to try and build a plat­form for peo­ple in the mu­sic in­dus­try that I never had as a mu­si­cian.

“If you go to some­one to get a mu­sic video you are likely to be charged up to £500. Live on the Loch TV will give them a way to pro­mote them­selves.

“What I see my­self as is a step­ping stone to help them on get one step fur­ther up the lad­der.”

A num­ber of lo­cal mu­si­cians have had help from Live on the Loch TV, in­clud­ing Craig White, Gary Jor­dan, So­phie Rodgers and Craig Bro­gan – who have since built up a fol­low­ing for their tal­ents.

It is rapidly be­com­ing pop­u­lar and Roddy, from Gar­tocharn, even has artists trav­el­ling from all over the UK, and even Swe­den, to work with him.

The mu­si­cian –who is a mem­ber of Dum­bar­ton band Ice­landic Rev­o­lu­tion – doesn’t charge for his ser­vices, but in­stead asks artists to per­form for him at or­gan­ised events.

He cur­rently has over 100 events his books this year, with sched­uled per­for­mances in a num­ber of venues across West Dun­bar­ton­shire and Glas­gow. Roddy added: “I don’t ask for cash to record the videos, all I ask is that the artists per­form once for me at an event free of charge.

“Af­ter that, if they per­form for me at gigs I make sure they get paid.

“I don’t think it’s fair these mu­si­cians are get­ting charged a for­tune be­fore they even get their name out there.

“Some­thing is bro­ken in the in­dus­try and I want to help fix it.”

Roddy is now ex­pand­ing his busi­ness to help peo­ple pur­su­ing a ca­reer be­hind the scenes.

He con­tin­ued: “My next step is to speak to col­leges and give peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in work­ing be­hind the scenes some help.

“If you want to have a ca­reer in videog­ra­phy and you ap­ply for a job they will not en­ter­tain you if you don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence.

“What I want to do is give them the op­por­tu­nity be­hind the scenes to build up their ex­pe­ri­ence which will hope­fully help them on their way to a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.”

Visit the Live on the Loch TV Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

Song with a view So­phie Rodgers per­forms on Loch Lomond Mu­sic man Glenn Hodge

Per­former Craig Bro­gan belt­ing out a song

Help­ing hand Roddy McKen­zie

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