Roddy helps give local artists a shot at fame
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