Apr 18 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
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THE Internet revolutionised the music industry and the way we access it.
We no longer have to spend hours in shops flicking through racks of vinyl or CDs filed in alphabetical order – although for many that was a big part of the magic.
Within minutes we can now have our favourite tracks on personal music players without leaving the comfort of our homes.
It’s not only online shops selling digital releases, there are now online radio stations and websites covering all genres of music.
Coatbridge man John Doulton has launched one such site aimed at new and emerging local talent; Loud in Lanarkshire.
The 39-year-old taxi driver from the Whifflet area of Coatbridge is currently studying a degree in commercial music at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
He still drives the taxi at the weekend and the rest of his time is taken up by the website he set up as part of his course requirements.
John, a former pupil at St Columba’s High, is looking for bands to use the website as a platform to showcase their material.
The Loud in Lanarkshire site has sections for band profiles, gig listings, audio, videos and a blog. There is also useful information on recording studios in the area.
John, who is aiming to go on to teach at university in the future, is delighted with the progress the site has made in a short time, he said: “I’ve played in bands for a long time and as part of my course I was expected to come up with a business proposal so I came up with this.
“I’ve already had more than 600 visitors in the first five weeks so it’s starting to take off.”
The site also offers podcasts and John has recorded acoustic sessions at Soundwave Studios in Coatbridge with local acts such as Crafty Bison, Feet of Clay and Restless Sinners.
Bands and artists can send their MP3s to email@example.com or visit the site at www.loudinlanarkshire.com