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Justin Hawkins passes on music tips

March 17, 2009
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SAM EMANUEL
17 March 2009 07:00

Justin Hawkins and his band Hot Leg talking to music students at the Waterfront in Norwich
Justin Hawkins and his band Hot Leg talking to music students at the Waterfront in Norwich

He may be better known for his revealing frontless cat-suits but the former lead singer of The Darkness was in more sensible attire when he paid Norwich music students a visit yesterday.

Young people at the Norwich Access to Music College on King Street were given the opportunity to speak to Lowestoft man Justin Hawkins and his new Hot Leg band mates about how to achieve success in the music industry.

The visit was organised by the Access to Music centre manager Ian Johnson after he found out the band were playing next door at The Waterfront, and involved an hour long question and answer session, which covered everything from bands which have inspired them and how to treat negative media attention to their favourite sandwiches and trainers.

Mr Hawkins, whose former band won several BRIT awards, said: “We do his from time to time, popping in and talking to the students so they can ask questions and stuff. I like it when they ask questions about the business side of things as we have the record company, and I hope they are interested in finding out how to make a living in the industry, rather than how to make it big with their bands, because I can’t really help them with that side of things.

“We got where we got because we were all living in London and that’s what made it work. It’s harder for bands in East Anglia to make it big because the people in charge of the industry aren’t prepared to travel, so unless they happen to be up for a weekend or something they won’t see you. Bands have to go where the work is, unfortunately.”

Tyger O’Connor-Hendrick, 17, one of the students who asked the band a question, said: “I really enjoyed the whole experience – I wasn’t too star-struck until I asked something. Meeting your idols is inspirational. I’m in a band called The Suicide Dolls which has a similar style to Guns N’ Roses and we found the session really helpful. We will definitely try to get gigs in London.”

Ray Wilby, also 17, said: “It has really opened up my mind to the music industry, finding out how he made it. I think my band will now make sure we try to establish a fan base in one place and then move around, like they did. We didn’t really think it would work before.”

Justin Hawkins and his band Hot Leg talking to music students at the Waterfront in Norwich
Justin Hawkins and his band Hot Leg talking to music students at the Waterfront in Norwich

Access to Music is a college which offers full-time courses including performing and music production, and has five band rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, a post-production suite, two technology suites, two seminar rooms and two DJ rooms.

It has almost 200 students and works with several record labels and PR companies, enabling it to host talks from bands and industry insiders represented by the same PR companies or labels, giving their students an insight into the music


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