AN UP and coming rock band from Belper has signed a record contract with a music label in the town.
In an impressive coup for the town, the James Warner Prophecies has linked up with Sound-Hub Records.
The band said the studio had been on its music radar for some time.
Now, after a month of recording in the Sound-Hub studio on King Street, both sides felt like they had formed a bond and mutual respect for each other and decided to take the next big leap on the music ladder.
Speaking about the deal, band frontman Joe Brown said: “It feels great! We’re very excited to see how this new page will read out.
“We know exactly what we are getting and Sound-Hub knows what it is getting. It’s a partnership that will only get stronger, we hope.”
The rest of the band is made up of Dan Williams on drums, and Thom Millington on bass.
Sound-Hub Records has been operating as a professional recording label since May 2010, and also as a rehearsal room and studio for the last two years. Its aim is to bring the local music scene together with gigs and support. One of its success stories has been taking Belper band WhiteMoor to number 88 in the download charts.
Tom Carter, director of the label, said: “We at Sound-Hub are very pleased and excited to have The James Warner Prophecies on board. The band has masses of talent, a great collection of songs, and a proven track record of producing quality, catchy tunes.
“The James Warner Prophecies will be a great complement to our other artists currently on our roster.”
Sound-Hub plan to release a James Warner Prophecies album early next year on CD and all major download sites.
Both the label and the band recognise the importance of working locally.
Joe said: “Belper, although small, has some great music! We’re a lucky area! By keeping this aspect local we get to be more in control of our music.”
Tom added: “Fan bases and following start from a local scene. I think with us both knowing about this we can grow out together and create more of a buzz on the national music scene.”
And how’s it going so far? Joe said: “We are just plugging away in the background as ever, but now we seem to have landed a great team around us which is nice. I suppose it’s great for us because there are two teams plugging rather than just our own, and we can tie the promotion of Sound-Hub and our label mates into our plugs too which is very important to us.
“We’re so proud to be working with Hub. We were before the signing! But this just makes it more so.”