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Bexleyheath music producer opening studio to children

PUBLISHED: 09:18 16 August 2012

Quadri Haruna

Quadri Haruna

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Student Quadri Haruna has taken his love for music in a new direction by setting up a studio in his home to help kids in Bexley have the opportunities he was never afforded.

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Student Quadri Haruna has taken his love for music in a new direction by setting up a studio in his home to help kids in Bexley have the opportunities he was never afforded.

The 20-year-old from Bexleyheath is a music technology student at Christ Church Canterbury and is about to enter the final year of his course.

Establishing a fully-equipped studio in his Northall Road home is the first step in his venture to bring the subject to secondary schools in Bexley to give children the opportunity to produce tunes.

Mr Haruna said: “I’ve had a positive reception from schools I’ve taken the idea to so hopefully we’ll be able to set something up for the coming academic year.

“I never had an opportunity like this when I was growing up and I think it will really help kids in the Bexley area because there’s not another opportunity like this around.”

He added: “The studio is at the back of my house but it’s fully ready to use and has been professionally made. There’s a few of us working on the project and we intend to do this properly.”

Mr Haruna set up QH Music when he started his degree and he is registered as creative director. He has four friends working on the project with him.

It will be operating out of the house which he shares with four relatives but he intends to take recording equipment into schools to allow youngsters to have a go and see if they have talent.

“And more importantly, the application and desire,” Mr Haruna points out.

He attended Bexleyheath Academy and music is something that has always been in his blood, studying music industry management at North West Kent College before starting his degree in 2010.

He is keen to spread the word about what benefits youngsters can gain from getting into the music industry.

“This could be a great chance for kids to do something with their lives, especially when you see all the youth violence on the streets.

“Whether any children I come into contact with go on to be music professionals or not is irrelevant.

“This is an opportunity to give them a drive and a focus while experiencing something they haven’t done before, which is really the main aim.”

Mr Haruna is giving away free recording sessions to drum up interest (the business only officially opened last month) and he will be doing likewise with his schools initiative. It has cost him more than £5,000 to set up.

However, there is a business dimension as well. He hopes it will increase his exposure and set him up for a career in the music industry.

“It’s important to let people in the local area know what’s going on and what QH Music is all about.”

If you want more information visit QH Music’s Facebook page.

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