A teenager from Ilkeston who has high hopes of a music career has filmed the video for his latest single in some of the town’s prime locations.
James Morley’s video for ballad Black Smoke is a love story that starts out at the Scala Cinema and continues on to Victoria Park.
The 18-year-old song-writer, of Garden Avenue, joined forces with director Raja Virdi for the project, which has attracted more than 700 hits on YouTube.
The video is set during World War Two and features flashbacks of a love story between two young couples with the women mourning the loss of their partners at the end of the story. It is acted by four of James’s friends, who also live in Ilkeston.
James said: “I have had good reactions, people seem to like it even though my music is a bit morbid. I took inspiration from studying war themes and so wrote a song about war.”
James, a former student at St John Houghton School, studied music technology at Bilborough College in Nottingham, along with biology and English literature. It was a music teacher at school that discovered his talent.
He plans to go to Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham in September, the same place that chart-topper Jake Bugg went to, in the hope that he will be signed to a record label.
Are you a member of a local band aiming to make the big time? Are you a solo singer who is hoping for a big future in the music industry?
If the answer is yes, then the ‘Tiser is launching a new initiative that could give you the exposure and platform you need.
For we want you to submit video footage of you in action, either at a gig, in the recording studio or even during rehearsals at home.
In turn we will post it here on our website, complete with a story about the band or musician.
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‘Tiser editor Martin Hutton said: “We know for a fact that Ilkeston and the surrounding area is a hotbed for musical talent.
“Whether you’re a band who are already well-known locally, a talented singer still at school or a producer who knows of someone with a special talent, we want to hear from you.”
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