As if Chase & Status were not already engaged enough with their endeavours, which includes worldwide performing, producing for themselves and other artists, as well as label-running, they have found the time in their busy schedule and the passion in their hearts to begin setting up a brand new music college in East London.
Aside from blessing the electronic music scene with a wide showcase of cutting-edge new music, and fresh talent on their highly respected MTA Records, Saul and Will are now expanding their influence even farther by intending to help guide budding young musicians into the music industry.
The college itself is closely knit with the Brit School, and as well as primarily schooling about music, it will also help students without basic qualifications to acquire GCSE passes in english and maths. The state-funded and free school will cater for those between the ages of 16 to 19, and is due to open for September 2014.
With a third album on the horizon either at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2013, Chase & Status (otherwise known as Saul and Will) along with Saul’s brother and fellow colleague Ed, are willing to selflessly indulge their time into helping young people who are less-priviledged to gain a platform to be able to pursue their dreams in the creative sector.
Tower Hamlets, a deprived borough in London should benefit greatly from this project, which is now in its advanced stages according to the production duo, and will hopefully provide a sense of direction and understanding to students wanting to break into the music game.
Saul being a former mentor himself after dropping out of university, explained, “I spent two years teaching a BTEC to kids who were like me in wanting to get into the music business. It was a real eye-opener because they were incredibly talented – more talented than I was – but because of the difficult backgrounds they had, they struggled to make a success out of it.”
You can stream and download their brand new song with Liam Bailey, “Big Man” here.
Originally written for UK Bass Music.