Welcome to Wired, Drake Music Northern Ireland’s longest running programme.
Fueled by the regular attendance of some of Northern Ireland’s most enthusiastic music makers, and by the large and varied selection of top jobbing musicians who have worked for Drake Music over the years, DMPNI have been never so prolific as it has been with the composers who have met in Belfast every Friday for about 20 years.
When I asked long term member of the group Tim Leatham, about what he liked about Wired, he replied,
‘Everything! I like meeting people, and making music together! The
tutors are fantastic, and very helpful, they teach me a lot, and are a
lot of fun! I really like using all the different exciting electric
instruments ; keyboards, sound beams, working with our voice, using akai
to make different effects and working towards our next gig is always
exciting! I particularly enjoyed doing sound effects for our very own
James Bond trailer! ‘You Only Live Twice.’
Just in case you are wondering about the James Bond trailer project, here is a link. The musicans involved were Philip Calvert, Tim Leatham, Mary-Louise McCord, and Vincent Smith.
Over the years the group have created pieces of music for their own pleasure, and for other people’s pleasure. Their work has featured in many dance and theatrical productions, and has been a long lesson in how to bring out the best in collaboration. The next project is an invitation to Bounce Festival to perform in the Lyric Theatre
Forthe last 6 weeks Wired have been operating out of the Crescent Arts Centre. The group are looking forward to moving back to a new studio where all their favourite music making toys will be close at hand.
The group are open to inquiries about participation in Wired. If you are the type of person who wishes to compose a wide and eclectic range of music, get in touch. If you are inspired by the idea that you could foster a long term development of your skills as a composer and musician, get in touch with DMPNI, and lets chat.