Musician worthy of note

AN ASPIRING musician has received a scholarship set up in memory of four former students who made up the band Viola Beach.

David Hindle will receive £500 to spend on furthering his musical career, which is already starting to show signs of promise.

Priestley College set up the Viola Beach Scholarship in honour of former students Jack Dakin, Kris Leonard, Tomas Lowe and River Reeves who sadly died last year.

“It means a great deal to receive a scholarship in Viola Beach’s name because they were a band who were clearly going places,” said David.

“My goal is to continue writing good songs – whether for my band or someone else – and to continue working hard in music.”

David is frontman and guitarist with the band Kula Bay along with Oli Thomas (drums), Matt Carney (lead guitar) and Max Wright (Bass).

He studies BTEC Music and A-Level Music Technology at Priestley and hopes to go on to LIPA to study song writing.

In just six months Kula Bay have already started to create a buzz with their song 7 Hours, which was recorded at Neon Palms Recording Studio in Northwich.

It has since been played on BBC Introducing – a showcase for unsigned, self-signed and emerging musical talent.

Music Tutor Michael Grainger, who nominated David, said: “Not only is David an extremely talented musician, he is also totally dedicated and hard working.

“It was this attitude and approach – as much as his talent – that made him an obvious recipient for the scholarship.”

David discovered his ability for guitar while at Birchwood Community High School.

His passion developed into writing music rather than covering songs by other musicians.

Every night he practises and writes melodies and lyrics at home in Paddington. He sends them to his bandmates who put their own spin on his efforts, especially Oli who writes a lot of their lyrics.

With the scholarship David hopes to buy some high-end equipment to ensure future recordings are top quality.

Speaking about his approach to song writing, David said: “Rather than write songs about myself I tend to write about other people as if I am at a window looking in on them.”