Thursday, 29 September 2011

UK Hip Hop Legend KYZA leads in Kensington & Chelsea Courses

A fantastic summer holiday opportunity arose for young people of Kensington & Chelsea during the summer holidays. Youth Engagement Manager - Keni Thomas, approached Gold Seal with the opportunity to put together a positive summer holiday programme that would engage and support young people to learn and explore more about music in an area tha interested them and didn't mirror traditional school activities.
Gold Seal set about making a series of short, but punchy programmes  that could be rolled out to the young people of the borough, placing them at the helm of the programmes design. Great working relationships between many of the UK urban music artists has existed for years now, thanks to the hard work of the experienced studio/sound engineers at the Gold Seal and the ability for artists to see the impact that Gold Seal offers when providing its training agency services to young people.
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UK Hip hop legend KYZA Smirnoff was approached and asked if he would like to support and assist the courses, helping with songwriting skills, singing and MCing. An excited KYZA was more than happy to put something back int  o the borough that has supported him since he arrived in London and he was placed at the helm to lead from. He is a fantastic role model and mogul for young people to talk with and learn more form and get a first hand insight into the reality of the music industry and a means to exist whilst developing a music based career. 
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The young people lapped up the support, advice and skills taught, where all had the chance to learn first hand how to write their own lyrics, rap or sing as well as make beats or engineer their peers in all aspects of the course.
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All who attended commented on how much the courses did for them and the fact that they achieved accreditted outputs helps them to progress into further education etc if so desired.
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The souncloud link below highlights the work completed and all songs are available for download if so desired.
RBKC Summer in the City Project 2011 by goldsealacademy

Shouts to KYZA once again for being a fantastic leader and role model for the young people and helping run a super smooth and enjoyable course for all.

If you are interested in any of the courses or services highlighted in our blog please check out our website for the most up to date information, call us on 020 8743 0009 for a more in depth chat or email us on

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Blenheim CDP New Facility and Music Studio Opens

Blenheim CDP is a substance misuse support charity that offers a wide range of opportunities, facilities, support and services at various sites across the capital. Their new Southwark site has now relocated from Peckham to the Walworth Road area (83 Crampton St), offering fantastic new facilities with aromatherapy training, 1 to 1 support advice and counselling and now a brand new cutting edge music technology suite thanks to the well informed consultants at Gold Seal.


With little time on their hands to their grand opening day in June and a 2 week deadline, Alison Campbell and Callie Martinez approached us with the objective of transforming a long echo abundant room into a fully functional media suite and music technology studio.


Drawing on their expertise in this field, Gold Seal then set about slashing the equipment budget dramtically (in half) but still including quality and relevant means to ensure a wide spectrum of skills can be taught learnt and delivered safely on site.


The new suite began to take shape offering accoustic treatment, a vocal booth, 3 student workstations as well as the main control workstation that offers, comprehensive vocal recroding capabilities, mp3 djing, Akai midi controllers for advanced drum programming techniques and methods as well as rich warm sounds using mackie a mixing console and KRK monitors to help get rich, warm professional quality sound created in any product.


Needless to say the suite was delivered on time ready for the grand opening on June 10th, where the site was acknowledged and commended by the Southwark mayor Cllr Lorraine Lauder, Head of youth Services and a broad spectrum of youth focused agencies that welcomed the site and services now offered to young people from across Southwark.


If you are interested in any of the consultancy and facility redevelopment services offered by the experts at Gold Seal please feel free to contact us on 020 8743 0009 or email

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Powerful Work begins and expands with Youth Crime reduction charity NACRO

The blog has been quiet for a while owing to how busy we have been redeveloping packages and delivering powerful interventions and services across the capital but we are back with a bang!

Gold Seal's engagement skills have travelled again and work with leading youth crime support charity NACRO has been underway after they approached Gold Seal in 2010 for a range of additional accredited support and vocational training services for their young people.


Work to date has included planning, support and accredited training on site at their Battersea site, Portland HMYOI, Southwark and Camden YOS as well as lots of bubbling ideas and prospects for the future planned elsewhere in the charity/country.


Specialised support has also been devised to mentor motivated, budding musicians delivered using a variety of tailored 1 to 1 support for developing their skill set, potential, employability, progression and enhance current material to market and promote themselves as artists in the music industry and public domain.


For more information on any of the packages developed and sourced by Gold Seal, check out the website for a full list of services and skills, or call 020 8743 0009 to speak with someone more or email now.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Gold Seal Support London Probation Learners

Following a mass of experience in successfully working with people who have not traditionally engaged with education or employment Gold Seal approached London Probation to see if we were able to further extend our remit to help those involved with London Probation learning schemes and offered a 30 hour accredited course under OCN syllabus which covered making music and sampling techniques.


The course was well attended with attentive, motivated learners that were eager to explore and gain useful information on new and emerging music technology practices. The course ran for 10 weeks at London Probations largest site in Europe with mobile workstations and all who completed the course now have the opportunity to further their learning locally in Stratford using a variety of further education options as well as look to progress into employment and plan music careers around their skills learnt to date.


All who attended worked hard and are testament to the program's core aims which are to empower learners to feel motivated by a new and emerging practices, identify transferrable skills as well as better themselves using music as a vehicle to engage and progress from.


With lots of positive, constructive feedback we are excited about being able to get more workshops running and look to the future where more learners will be able to reap the benefits of Gold Seal music technology training else where across the capital at London Probation sites.

If you are interested in any of our training programmes please call us on 020 8743 0009 or email and for more information check out our website

DJ B Supports east London DJ's in the making

Following a string of successful workshops at east London's Haggerston Youth Inclusion Project, during summer 2009, young people gathered to learn new mixing and DJing skills using a brand new mp3 DJing workstation at the Kingsland Road base for young people in the Haggerston area.


All who attended gained valuable tuition on setting up a DJ's workstation, tips and tricks on various mixing practices and scratching as well as how to record your own mixtape for demos etc.

The workshops were a hub of creativity and all the young people involved commented on how they felt the DJing allowed them to explore music in a new format.


The grand finale saw young people going to top east London venue The Vibe Bar on Brick Lane where they went back to back with 1xtra RnB DJing sensation DJ B who has supported acts such as Kano, Kanye West, Wiley and many many more. The two hour mix was recorded and has been used to help promote the young people looking for jobs and extra DJing work.


For further details on any music course please contact 020 8743 0009 where someone can help talk you through our options or check for more info.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Jammer supports Haggerston's Talent

On the 18th March, Grime legend Jammer came to Brick Lane's VIBE BAR to help summarise and celebrate the hard work of the young people of Haggerston Youth Inclusion Project who completed a music course with the Gold Seal Project recently.


The event involved a seminar and live performance that helped the young people get a first hand, realistic insight into the music industry. All who attended had the opportunity to talk up close and personal with the established grime artist about the musical ups the downs, do's and dont's, personal experience, planning a career and witness a 15 minute PA of his latest material that can be seen soon in stores and shows across the world.


Jammer handed out the young peoples qualifications personally and commended them for their hard work to date.


The event was a smash hit and all who attended commented on how they found it useful and informative.


We look forward to the DJing course which will run during the summer of 2009.


For more info on any of the Gold Seal Project courses please check our website

Friday, 6 March 2009

Tinchy Stryder in studio!!

Fresh off the back of his recent top 10 hit, Tinchy Stryder popped down to the project studio's to lay some bars with none other than Ruff Sqwad's finest Fuda Guy.

It was a heavy session but unfortunately nothing that we are allowed to give ya to hear.However,we wish him good luck in his future work - his current success couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

Support the cause by buying his current single Take me Back ft Taio Cruz and what we do have are some pics of him in studio below!!