Playing drums; rockin' out on the guitar and mixing music is what this classroom is all about. Lucky for them--they have a 360 degree learning experience right at their fingertips. Welcome to 'Boundless Sounds.' The student-run record label at Gulf Coast Community College.
"We actually seek out talent, record them, mix them, promote and market them, just like a real record label would," ” said student, Colin Craven.
"It's an opportunity for students to get hands on with every phase of the music business, said Rusty Garner, Founder of Music Prod. Tech. Program at GCCC. "We use the phrase: 'Imagine the future' to demonstrate to students how that passion for music can turn into a career that’s satisfying."
Garner teaches the ins-and-outs of the music business--while aiming to inspire a new industry of hopefuls.
"This program has been one of my dreams come true, this is my full time job--this is something I would do for fun," said Craven. As an aspiring recording engineer and producer Craven says there's a lot more to music than just what you hear. "There’s a lot of behind the scenes stuff that people don't know about, and it's all about developing your ear, and you can only get better by actually doing it."
"With the development of new technology in the last 30 year or so, a lot of opportunities have opened up for musicians, in technical fields,” said Garner.
Boundless Sounds came together last fall and already has an album on the way. "Not everyone is cut out to be a musician, performer, or teacher, but if they love music and have a passion for it, then can get the correct training, they can become a very valuable asset to the business," said Garner.
The label is currently looking for a local band or artist to recruit for their next project, for more information you can visit the Boundless Sounds website here.