Our central team of experienced and respected music industry professionals offer both depth and breadth of complementary skills that include song-writing, musical arrangement, live mixing, electronic production and engineering with specialist knowledge of various popular music styles. They combine well-established veterans in the music industry and new talents in the urban music UK scene, all with experience of working with young people.
Paul Lyons -Director
Paul is one of Wales most respected DJ’s and an award winning music producer. He played an important role in the birth of South Wales’ club culture and opened Cardiff’s first dance music shop ‘Looney Tunes’ and Dance Label ‘Hazardous Vinyl’. He currently owns two dance music labels and regularly produces music for the UK dance charts. Paul has worked for the Youth Service for over ten years and has vast experience working with young people.
Chris has been a part of the Welsh Music since 1991 having worked as an engineer/producer for Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s, Cate le Bon, H Hawkline, Texas Radio Band and is currently producing an album for Gruff Rhys alongside Durban based on Afro House. He engineered and produced 9Bach’s Radio 2 2016 Folk album of the year and countless tracks with critically acclaimed emerging Welsh language record label Libertino and is a two-time Bafta nominated composer.
Lynise is a veteran in the music biz and has worked as a session musician and songwriter for many high-profile clients including co-writing music for Fox Network The Simpsons. He has mentored on many youth programmes including IMMTECH and Barry based project Vibe and has set up music studio’s with the Vale Youth service in Barry and Llantwit Major. Lynise is currently running a music studio in Grangetown, Cardiff helping to support and encourage young people to express themselves musically.
Kyle specialises in the urban styles of Hip Hop, Trap, Grime and Rub. He Graduated from university in 2015 and has since established himself as a music producer. He takes an entrepreneurial approach to making music and has built a strong business selling beats online and has developed a recognised brand in this area of the music industry. https://farratheproducer.com/
Richie Vibe Vee
Richie was part of the V2 Crew who were responsible for bringing Garage music to Wales in the 90’s and held regular spots at legendary nightclubs such as The Palace in Swansea. He was one of the founding DJs at BBC Radio’s 1Xtra, hosting the flagship Garage show for 5 years. Richie has also been a club promoter as well as a DJ, putting on events and parties for over 20 years. In recent years, his focus has been on creating music which has led him to his role at Sound Progression, which he hopes he can pass on his knowledge and appreciation of Electronic Dance music to the new generation of DJs, artists and producers.
Mark started his career as a songwriter/musician, before studying audio engineering in 1999. He went on to work in various recording studios as studio engineer, as well as being heavily involved in both arrangements and composition roles. After spending the last ten years working in live sound, he is now looking forward to getting back to the creative atmosphere of the recording studio.
Jake Stevens Aka Reepa was born in early 90s and raised in Ely, Cardiff. He started making music 15 years ago writing, recording and producing his own lyrics and beats as well as working with other artists. He co-created a YouTube channel releasing music videos which has generated over a million views and has appeared on MTV with an anti-knife crime campaign. Jake has mentored on a number of youth projects and is currently producing instrumentals for a number of great local artists who have been making a lot of noise in Wales.
Hollie is a professional singer gigging across Wales and internationally. She specialises in Opera as a soprano and has performed with many companies including Mid-Wales Opera and BBC NOW. Hollie is passionate about vocal pedagogy and mentoring young people. Over the last ten years, she has led vocal groups who have performed at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, Colston Hall Bristol and Royal Festival Hall and The Albert Hall in London. Currently, Hollie leads Cardiff & Vale Youth Choir and is a Young Artist studying MA Advanced Vocal Technique at Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill. As a new team member, Hollie’s skills will be supporting vocal coaching, music development and songwriting.
Self-taught musician and singer/songwriter, Leighton Jones, has been a key player in Cardiff’s music scene for over three decades, performing regularly at clubs and events across Wales and beyond. He has created and performed with many bands and was the support act for Bob Dylan playing to a crowd of over 160,000. He writes is own music and co-writes with others including Pino Palladino of The Who. In 2016 he shot to fame as a contestant on BBC’s The Voice taking a place on Boy George’s team. Leighton offers a great mix of skills including vocal coaching, songwriter, music production, keyboard and guitar.