This Oxford Duo Created a Music Sharing Platform For Students
Vulture Magazine is a termly publication that foregrounds the creative expression of the Oxford university student. A stellar example of this artistry hails from within the magazine itself, where two undergraduates, Nick Hampson and Jack Saville, have been hard at work on their musical brainchild, Vulture Sessions.
The concept behind Vulture Sessions was to create a platform by which undiscovered local artists could break onto the music scene, however it quickly surpassed expectation, bringing in over 20,000 views since its recent creation.
The Platform operates exclusively on behalf of students.
Having been inspired by friends struggling to publicise their music, Hampson and Saville thought up a way to do it for them. The ultimate aim was to become the intermediary between the artist and the record label through the creation of a video database. The creative pair defined this goal in a recent interview with The Huffington Post:
“We want the platform to act as a kind of middleman for record labels looking for new acts – like a sort of visual performance based version of SoundCloud in the form of a website.”
Vulture Sessions is a free service, and it grants authority to the young musicians it strives to help. Each student arranges the time, location and nature of their filming, which has ultimately lead to a diverse collection of original performances in every genre of music imaginable.
“[We] film beautiful live sessions that feel raw and real.”
But the project isn’t just a celebration of music, it’s also a celebration of Oxford.
So far, sessions have been filmed in parks, coffee shops, university cloisters, libraries and chapels, depending on where the artist feels most comfortable. Since the nature of the database is to praise local talent in its natural environment, this method of filming evokes a communal sense of pride for the city as well as its students.
“Oxford is a goldmine for beautiful little spots and corners and stunning scenery and so we decided we would film artists all over town.”
The boys’ plans don’t stop there though, the next stop is America.
The database may have come to fruition in Oxford, but it certainly won’t be limited to the city in the future. Hampson and Saville always intended the sharing platform to be a part of university life across the country, and now it looks as though it may extend even further as American institutions begin to demonstrate their interest.
Ultimately, whether they stay local or move across the pond, the pair can rest assured that they’ve revolutionised the student music scene, and perhaps the music scene as a whole in the long-term.
Here are a few examples of the kind of music you’ll find on Vulture Sessions: