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Up-and-coming musicians strike chords beyond the classroom

Xaverian students have set their sights on success by forming bands and increasing their following on Spotify. The students all attend Xaverian College to study a mix of A Levels and BTEC courses whilst all sharing the burning ambition to be successful in the music industry.

Founded when they were in Year 10 at St Ambrose College by Cole Johnson and Elliott Carson, Crook On The Wall is an up-and-coming indie rock band who recently released their debut single, ‘Imperial Mind’, on October 14th.

Since its release, the single has gained lots of traction on streaming platforms and has featured on Radio X and numerous local radio stations. The band is now preparing to play at their first festival this year and gigs across their hometown of Manchester.

The future looks promising for Crook on the Wall, a young band that originally set out to play covers whilst busking. Now, with aspirations to release a full album in the future, they are putting all of their energy into growing their audience.

Cole commented: “We’re really excited for the future! We’ve all put so much time and effort into making music and are really proud of what we have achieved so far.

“We’re really lucky that Xaverian has been so supportive. We chose to study at the college because of the diverse community and the sense of freedom to find yourself alongside your studies.”

Elliott added: “The Teachers are great! They made the transition between school and College as smooth as possible and have helped us find a nice balance between completing our A Levels whilst still prioritising making music.”

Year 13 students Scarlett Reid and Barnaby Simpson have recently hit 30,000 streams on Spotify for recent releases of their new singles. Releasing music under the name of Scarlett Reid, the pair first met on their Film Studies A Level at the College and realised they both had a passion for performing and writing music.

Scarlett commented: “We quickly realised that I sing, and Barnaby plays the piano, so we spent time having fun together by playing music and it sounded really good. Barnaby wrote a song called ‘Without U’ which we then decided to record and release. The song garnered a surprising amount of attention, with over 10,000 streams on Spotify, which led to us releasing three other songs, including ‘Imprints’ which currently has over 22,000 streams on Spotify.”

Both are hoping to record more songs and continue collaborating and developing their style of music.

Barnaby said: “After Xaverian, I will be taking a gap year to go out into the industry to create connections and record in studios to explore opportunities working with Scarlett and other singers. We are looking at branching out and will be looking to do open mic spots to gain more exposure and hopefully get noticed by the industry. We are also planning to go on the College’s Radio show, Radio X, where we will be interviewed, and they will play some of our songs. We are both really keen to promote ourselves and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

In an era where young musicians are breaking barriers and challenging norms, Crook on the Wall and Scarlett Reid stand as a testament to the power of creativity and determination. Keep an eye, and ear, out for their next releases and show your support by streaming their music online.

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