Caerphilly start-up RecRock set to play on in music business
In a regular feature each fortnight, Caerphilly Observer is profiling a business based at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise. Welsh ICE is a hub for new businesses at Caerphilly Business Park and is currently home to around 60 start-ups. This week we look at RecRock.
The music business is often portrayed as a universe of egos, Simon Cowell and more egos, but RecRock is a world away from such stereotypes.
Putting the community at the heart of what it does, the company takes music out of the preserve of the moguls and takes it back to what it should be – a lot of fun.
Established by musicians Jack Cooper and Dan Fitzgerald, the company runs music and choir workshops with community groups, schools, young offenders and housing association tenants.
Established in 2012 the venture came about after 26-year-old Jack was fed-up with his call centre job.
Friend Dan was working in a community centre which offered repair workshops for computers and bicycles and the pair decided to try their hand at repairing and recycling discarded instruments.
Dan, 26, explained: “People were bringing in old PCs and bikes and we thought ‘Why can’t we do that with instruments?’
“People started asking us if we could hold music workshops and the company just evolved.”
Recently awarded a £50,000 grant from the South East Wales Community Economic Development Programme, the pair now have expansion in their sights for the social enterprise.
The money will enable RecRock to buy more instruments for more workshops and iPads to enable people with little musical skill to create and mix their own compositions. It will also mean the company can provide services such as live sound packages, recording and instrumental tuition.
The company now plans to hold a series of summer rock workshops for youngsters aged between 11 and 18.
Jack said: “Our workshops are all about giving people more confidence which in turn helps with their wellbeing.”
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