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POSTED ON – 03.07.12

SSR Manchester - Feature Phonic Media / Wheatus in session
Feature Phonic Media / Wheatus in session
SSR has recently been collaborating with a company called Feature Phonic Media (FPM) which was set up in early 2012 driven by the passion for video, music and excitement. FPM specialise in promotion, whether it be for musicians looking to break into the industry or companies looking to utilise video marketing. FPM have been using various SSR facilities and most notably our Spirit Studio which houses a Neve VR60 Legend. This partnership has so far seen SSR host artists like Big Sir, Wheatus and The Pretty Shapes.

The company was set up by Bolton University students Adam Mugridge and Josh Woods, here is what they had to say in their own words:

“Our first task was to establish the links necessary to make all of this work. Camera men, Sound Engineers, Studio space to name just a few. We decided to contact SSR and see if they would be interested in the general idea. They were really helpful, and for our first session with "Ryan Jackson", we were able to impress them with the standard of work produced. From here, we knew that we had something that worked. It started with the concept of helping unsigned bands promote themselves with live video performances; however it wasn't long before the idea started to grow. Why not create a show that features music that we love? Not only new music, but with established bands too.

Our first attempt at attracting some established attention happened when we saw that the band "Big Sir" were playing at Sound Control, Manchester. They'd been around for a long time and members Juan Alderete and Lisa Papineau had some major credits of their own. Lisa had provided the most prominent soundtrack to the film "Super" alongside a successful solo career. Juan happened to be the bassist from the Mars Volta, Racer X and many other bands. The following weeks only aided in increasing our excitement towards the company. We were able to contact Wheatus to perform at the studio and film a video and have more sessions in the pipeline…”

Wheatus are best known for their 2000 single "Teenage Dirtbag" which was featured in the movie Loser, as well as in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.

The session was engineered by SSR graduates Adam Stokel and Tom Leach with the help of SSR student Kerri Solomon in our Spirit Studio. “Session 65” as it became known featured the tracks; “Leroy”, “Hometown”, “Hey Mr. Brown”, “Lemonade”, “the London Sun”, “Anyway” and of course “Teenage Dirtbag”.
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