Everything Everything drummer Mike Spearman has praised Levi’s music education initiative, Levi’s Music Project, as an important resource for aspiring young muscians.
Speaking in the new issue of Music Week, out now, Spearman said: “I think their [Levi’s] intentions are spot on and admirable. It’s focused on the grassroots. Some of these kids have just picked up the guitar. You need somewhere to do that, you need the facilities. That’s what this is offering, and that’s what attracted us to it.”
Levi’s Music Project began last year with a project led by Skepta in Tottenham, North London, and has so far expanded into Manchester and Birmingham.
Everything Everything worked with young people in Z-Arts, which Spearman says “is a place we know does good work, so we thought, ‘That’s a lasting legacy’.”
He continued: “This is more nurturing, because you get to know the young people and talk to them about what their ambitions are, and talk through how we got signed, got our management, all the industry side of things that you don’t get taught at school.”
Levi’s Music Project is currently in residence in Birmingham, where rapper Mist is mentoring musicians at The Pump community centre. The scheme is also partnering with Boiler Room, which is producing video documentation of the workshops.