Encouraging others to learn to sing or play an instrument, guitarist James Watson wants to show young people that music can have a positive impact on their lives.
The 21-year-old credits his love of music with keeping him in education, after he decided to enrol on a music course at college, and hopes to help others see the benefits of pursuing it as an interest.
‘It can give a young person the confidence to go out and actively engage in the local community or the music scene,' explains James, who’s from Bury in Greater Manchester.
‘I taught myself guitar at the age of sixteen and developed a passion for it.
‘Music helps me focus and after a long day there is nothing better than going home to play guitar.’
With Fixers, James and his team have helped create a film introducing a number of different artists. They perform in the documentary, and each discuss their enthusiasm for music.
Watch the film ‘Music Opportunities’ at the top of this page.
Charlotte Perkins, a singer who features in the film, explains how other young people can get involved.
‘Some people prefer to just pick up an instrument and teach themselves,’ she says.
‘Or, you can get yourself a tutor, go on YouTube to watch tutorials, or observe musicians and watch how they play.
‘You can also go to libraries and read books, where there are notes on how to learn the basics.’
James wants as many people as possible to see the film and be inspired, and hopes young people who choose to take up music as a hobby will enjoy new-found confidence.
‘I want anyone with a spare instrument lying around the house to pick it up and give it a go,’ James adds.
'It brings people together and gives like-minded people a chance to meet over something they are drawn to.
‘Any budding musicians should be pro-active and take the step to try open mic nights or the busking circuit.
‘That really would be great.’
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