A Moray-based music producer is hoping to offer aspiring young musicians in the area an authentic insight into the music industry with a series of live performance sessions.
Mick Wheeler toured the world during his career as a bass player, performing alongside legendary acts such as the Pogues and featuring at top European festivals.
Now he is looking to share his experience with youngsters in Moray as they embark on their own musical journeys.
A series of free musical workshops are being held at the Inkwell Rooms in Elgin Youth Cafe.
Any musicians of academy age, from beginner to intermediate level, are invited to join.
The In The Mix programme begins next Thursday, January 22, at 7pm.
At the end of two months of work the group will stage a show to demonstrate their new skills.
Mr Wheeler said: “There is so much musical talent among young people in Moray and I’m finding out more and more about it whenever I meet musicians here.
“They are an absolute benefit to the community, and I want to promote what they do.
“A lot of younger bands don’t get the chance to play live shows, so I want to give them an idea of how to perform live music.
“The course will replicate the sort of things that happen in the music industry.
“Young bands can rehearse and rehearse themselves, but you learn a lot more preparing for a live show.”
Long-term plans for the classes include helping bands to create their own music videos, as well as tips on songwriting and recording demo CDs.
It is hoped the sessions will also act as a social gathering for youngsters.
Mr Wheeler said: “We expect bands to join us, but we can work with individual musicians if they want to form a new group.
“In teenagers, music is very important in how they form friendships with people and how they see themselves.”
Equipment for drummers, singers and guitarists can be provided if youngsters do not have their own instruments.
Space is limited on the course, so youngsters are advised to call Mr Wheeler on 07790527842 or email email@example.com to arrange places.