STANDBY FOR A FUTURE STAR!
Erin Donnachie from Greenock sings with one of Scotland's best alternative electronic bands, Life on Standby. Since 2011, the band has played at King Tut's and the O2 Academy in Glasgow, released two EPs and also made a couple fo videos.
Erin studied HND Music at West College Scotland. Here's the story of her journey from the classroom to the stage:
I always wanted a career in music. At school, I played the trumpet and sang in choirs before going on to take Higher and Advanced Higher Music. Although I had been singing for years, it wasn't until I joined West College Scotland that I received my first singing lesson – something I had always wanted to do but just never got the chance to.
The HND Music course covers a huge range of disciplines, from music production to music management, from singing to composing. There’s also a real diverse mix of people with different talents, interests, ambitions and musical ideas.
Although I had been singing for years it wasn't until I joined the college that I received my first singing lesson – something that I had always wanted to do, but just never got the chance.
As well as the fun, practical side of things, there was also the theory side. Not my favourite class, but it's really helped me in my work with the band.
West College Scotland has great facilities and resources, such as the instruments and recording facilities. The lecturers are fantastic and most have worked in the music industry - some have toured with bands, while others have written their own compositions. So they have a good understanding of what the business is really like.
It's a great course which I'd recommend to anyone.
Oh, and watch out for Life on Standby - we're going to do great things in 2015!
For more information on this course and all of our courses available at West College Scotland visit www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk or call 0300 600 6060.