A talented singer-songwriter has his sights set on the big time after signing an exclusive contract with a top management agency.

Nick Woods has signed a contract with Downtown Artists

Nick Woods, 18, who is currently studying for a BTEC Diploma in Music at MidKent College’s Medway Campus, hopes the link-up with Soho-based Downtown Artists could lead to a major recording deal with the likes of EMI or Sony.

The youngster said he hoped to follow in the footsteps of his musical idols John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Ed Sheeran by becoming a star.

He said: “I’ve played a lot of gigs locally at pubs and clubs – which I really enjoy – but this is just a fantastic step up for me.

“I was one of about 200 people invited for an interview with Downtown Artists but they only asked five of us back to record some tracks.

“But it’s hard to say if I’ll get signed up to a recording contract or not. It’s a cutthroat industry.”

Nick, whose American grandfather was a bandmaster of the Salvation Army Band in California, has recorded two songs for his new agency.

The first – called ‘Fallen Angel’ – is due to be circulated for possible use in a movie soundtrack. The second he described as a “bubbly feel-good track” ironically called ‘Heartache’.

Nick said his Diploma course at MidKent College had helped him grow as a musician, adding: “It’s been invaluable from a theoretical point of view.

“Before I joined the course I was just learning chords off the internet, but I’ve now been introduced to a host of different methods. Once you learn new chords it opens up lots more paths to writing music, which means you’re not just doing the same things over and over again.”

MidKent College’s music facilities include a state-of-the-art sequencing lab, and digital and analogue recording studios.

Other courses run from the Medway Campus include BTEC Extended Diplomas in Music Technology (Recording and Sequencing), in Music Practice, and in Music Technology Sound Engineering.

If you'd like to get involved in music, check out our Music Production & Performance courses here.

Programme area leader Lindsay Bennett said: “Nick is very deserving of the success he’s enjoying.

“He’s worked off his own initiative to gain as much experience as he can, and it’s starting to pay off.”

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