Renowned David Bowie producer to share expertise with next generation in Leeds

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The UK’s top graduating music students will record songs with a team of world-class musicians at Leeds Beckett University this summer.

Former members of Oasis, Paul Weller’s band and Dexy’s Midnight Runners will work alongside 12 students under the tutelage of Ken Scott, the renowned David Bowie producer and Beatles engineer.

It is part of the seventh annual summer course by the Gus Dudgeon Foundation (GDF) and JAMES, a body of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics.

Dr Steve Parker, a principal lecturer at the university, said: “Everyone agreed that last year’s studio event was a huge success, so much so that we’ve been asked to host it again.

“We’re looking at making some changes this year with a focus on working more closely with the recording artists.”

Non-profit foundation GDF was established to help top audio technology students in British universities gain real-life production experience.

It was created in tribute to the late producer Gus Dudgeon, who is best-known for his work with Elton John.

“I was lucky enough to work with Gus and will be presenting some of his work in a way only heard by those of us lucky enough to be in the studio at the time of recording,” Mr Scott said.

“I’ll also be working with a group of talented musicians to show the 12 students how recordings used to be made, whilst still utilising the best of modern technology, with the hope that this will help them in their future endeavours.”

The 12 final year music technology and production students were selected by their universities based on their outstanding performance throughout their degree courses, with John Stainthorp chosen by Leeds Beckett.