Former student Lewis Capaldi tops UK music charts

A former New College Lanarkshire music student has topped the UK single charts.

Lewis Capaldi, who completed his studies in HND Music at the College’s Motherwell Campus in 2016, has achieved the number one spot with his single, Someone You Loved – beating global superstars Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande for the top spot.

The West Lothian singer/songwriter spent two years at the College, honing his song writing and live performance skills in the highly practical course, including performing at an end of year showcase in the famous King Tut’s in Glasgow (pictured). He was signed with Universal Music shortly after graduating after they quickly recognised his unique talent.

After selling out two nights at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom in November, Lewis has since announced his world tour with some dates selling out in seconds, and is set to release his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, on 17 May.

Scott Cowie, one of Lewis’s former lecturers at the College, said: “A gigantic congratulations to Lewis for reaching number 1 in the UK charts.

“Lewis completed his HND in Music with us and goes from strength to strength every single day.

“We are all incredibly proud of him to say the least. Putting extreme bias aside, he may well be the most entertaining artist in the charts just now and in many ways it’s just the beginning.

“All of our students can find confidence in knowing that with the same level of hard work and resources, their future can be just as bright.”

Interested in following in Lewis Capaldi’s footsteps? Apply for one of the College’s various music courses from access level to NQ and HNC/D. Find out more here:


Grunge royalty gives masterclass at NCL

Musical legend Jack Endino gives masterclass to New College Lanarkshire students

Production stalwart and musician Jack Endino swapped his Seattle base for Glasgow as he flew in for this years Question Session event organised by New College Lanarkshire’s Music Business students and staff. The event, now in its fourth year, has built a formidable reputation as both an industry event as well as a showcase for the college, successfully tying together different curriculum areas across the Creative Industries faculty.

However, HN sound production students from Coatbridge and Cumbernauld along with UWS BA Commercial Sound Production students were given a rather surprising and special masterclass the day prior when Jack arrived to outline his mixing approach and philosophy to a full audience eager to hear from the man behind the seminal albums of Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana.

Lessons in mixing

Working through a session that was presented and unseen beforehand, Jack imparted some of his mix engineering skills and wisdom discussing workflow and technique interspersed with anecdotes from his long and illustrious career as a world travelled record producer and musician.

The enthralled class were then treated to an extensive Q & A session that covered a range of topics including his early career and break into the music industry, the plethora of Sub Pop acts he has worked with over the years, his time in Brasil recording super-band Titas and his views on studio technology.

Question time

This wholly unique event provided an intimate opportunity for students to listen and learn from a giant in the production field and perfectly encapsulated the positive results of synergy across the department.

Course lecturer Ruaraidh Sanachan said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for New College Lanarkshire Creative Industries students from multiple disciplines to work with a legendary industry figure. Jack shared fascinating insights with our Sound Production students at the studio masterclass. The following day, he participated in discussion panels and seminars at the Music Business department’s Question Session event. I am thrilled we were able to bring Jack to Scotland for these events.”

“I really enjoyed my visit to New College Lanarkshire and was glad to share some of my knowledge and experiences with students.” – Jack Endino


Question Session returns for 2019

Question Session will return with a full programme across two Glasgow city centre venues on February 8th. The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane will host this year’s daytime conference, followed by a live music event at The Old Hairdresser’s on Renfield Lane.

Now in its fourth year, this free conference offers a comprehensive, tailored programme of workshops, seminars and panels featuring prominent professionals from all areas of the music industry.

Focused on innovation, education and exploring current issues, Question Session 2019 is organised by Music Business students of New College Lanarkshire to enable delegates to connect, share knowledge and create new opportunities with established industry practitioners; initiating discussion, and exposing new talent.

Topics for Question Session 2019 panels and seminars will include the following:

  • Releasing your music
  • Nurturing new talent
  • Working as a recording engineer
  • Promoting your event
  • Mental health in music

The first series of intimate workshops will include hands-on experience in:

  • Introduction to modular synthesis with Rub-a-Dub
  • Promoting your music successfully
  • Resolving legal issues pertaining to the music industry

The following participants will be in attendance, with many prominent names still to be announced:

  • Ableton
  • Sub Pop Records
  • DF Concerts – Chris Beltran
  • Help Musicians UK
  • Pledge Music
  • Scottish Music Industry Association
  • Creative Scotland

The full line-up for the free live event at The Old Hairdresser’s will be revealed very soon.

Jamie Houston, Music Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Question Session is a superb networking event and platform for anyone interested in a career in the music industry.

“Last year’s event was a great opportunity to meet musicians and take part in lively panel discussions and I look forward to 2019’s event.”

To register for this year’s event, click here

View the students’ promo video here


Gorbals Sound Studio visit

NCL HND Sound Production students ended the year in style with a comprehensive studio tour and recording masterclass at Glasgow’s premier recording facility, Gorbals Sound Studios. Resident studio engineers Kevin Burleigh and Darryll McFadyen took time out of their busy schedules working with artists (including Biffy Clyro, Belle and Sebastian and Simple Minds and many more) to tour students through Gorbals Sound’s two world class Neve mixing console equipped studios discussing everything from room acoustics, approaches to microphones choice, vintage musical instruments and many other elements involved in a truly top end recording session.

The tour included a mix playback session in which engineer Kevin Burleigh took the students on a deep dive into his mixing approach and an extensive Q&A allowing students to ask questions on all areas of the recording process.

As an added treat for students, a 1963 Ludwig Beatles-era drum kit was set up with engineer Kevin Burleigh’s custom microphone techniques for a comprehensive drum recording workshop. A great sounding end to an informative trip for our students who had this to say;

This was my first visit to an external professional recording studio and it did not disappoint. From the different acoustic spaces, to the consoles and racks of outboard in Gorbals Sound, I felt a bit like a wean in a sweetie shop looking at all the gear! It was pretty cool actually to see that we have the same Distressor unit in our college studios, which just goes to show how good our equipment and facilities really are! 

Chatting to Kevin and Darryll was so enlightening – just finding out about their workflow in Pro Tools, how they set up and engineer drum recordings (which is a big part of studios’ business these days) as well as discovering that one of the Gorbals’ studio engineers had moved into this role after completing his HND in Sound Production – I found that encouraging and it made me think that maybe I too could work in a cracking studio like this one day in the near future!“.



St Andrew’s Primary choir are studio stars for a day!

In preparation for their Christmas Nativity, the pupils of St Andrew’s Primary in Cumbernauld were recorded by three of NCL’s HND Sound Production students this week. Shaun Cassidy, Carla Robertson and Andrew McTague gave the superstar treatment to the twenty strong choir, who were all in fine voice as they performed hits from their upcoming shows. The reworked classics were obviously very well rehearsed as the captured results perfectly highlighted their vocal skills and abilities. Managing such a big group of artists was made easy by the good work and co-ordination of the HND’s leasing with the wonderful teachers and staff from St Andrew’s who accompanied the youngsters.

NCL student Shaun Cassidy said, “As well as being a fantastic opportunity working with a different type of cliental, in which we had to adapt our approach in order to make the kids feel at ease during the recording, it also allowed us the chance to develop our skills of capturing larger sources. Challenges such as fighting against excess bleed from the monitor which we used to play the backing track for the kids for example was our main issue in this instance. Overall, this was a great experience in working quickly and professionally whilst maintaining a high standard of communication with the staff and pupils of the school.”.

A great time was had by all with one pupil, Lewis Jack, even getting behind the desk to share recording duties with the HND’s! A possible producer of the future perhaps…? The Nativety Shows took place on the 11th & 12th of December and were a singing success.