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Former Dexy’s Midnight Runners star Andy Leek is searching for the musicians of tomorrow with the launch of a new X-Factor style internet competition.
Leek, who now lives in Lichfield, UK, made his name when he played the keyboard for Dexys’ first number one hit Geno, and went on to develop a career as a singer-songwriter, working with Abba’s Frida Lyngstad and Sir Tom Jones.
He has launched a Star Maker contest offering up-and-coming
bands and individuals the chance to win a contract with his &D Leek Music label, a video shoot and recording studio time, as well as media promotion.
The competitions launches on March 21 2014 and involves would-be stars performing one of Leek’s designated songs.
Leek said: “In the past we have had American Idol, Pop Stars, XFactor and the Voice, all TV-based singing competitions that have had great appeal to the wanna-be public and viewers. But the biggest problem that I could see was accessibility.
“If people couldn’t give up the time to queue, or juggle other commitments, they were effectively excluded.
“I’m convinced there is a large raft of talent out there and pretty well every modern musician has access to the web – and that’s all you need to enter my competition.”
The winner gets a contract with the &D Leek Music label, a video shoot and recording studio time for the song they perform and media promotion, worth thousands.
Entrants will be required to purchase the Star Maker album. For every song on the album, there is an instrumental track which singers can sing along too. They must then perform one of Leek’s songs and post their performance on a YouTube link. All entrant’s YouTube videos must be titled, ‘Andy Leek Star Maker: then their name.‘
Candidates with good ‘like’ and comment ratings will be singled out for closer scrutiny by &D Leek Music’s judges.
After the initial submissions, those deemed worthy of a second round place will have their video uploaded to a dedicated, Andy Leek-Star Maker-YouTube channel. On December, 24th, 2014, the winner or winners will be selected from the second round performances, and announced to the world.
Leek added: “I wish a competition like this had been around when I started out, avoiding the traditional demos and endless gigging to catch the ears of the A&R men”.
“My recording company is all about helping unsigned musicians and singers,” Leek said. “My intention is to give a voice to anyone who wants to sing, play and perform. And those round 2 contestants who do not win; they will at least, get some good musical advice from me, as well as the extra focus on their talent.”
The competition is open to any single person or group with a minimum age for entrants of 16.