The Rookery Collective present new lockdown project Virtual Jam Sessions

The Rookery Music Collective has launched a new online project called Virtual Jam Sessions. The inspiration behind this was to create a unique way of writing new music remotely in collaboration with other musicians from around the country, or even the world!

An excellent idea, right?

The Collective was started over four years ago by Robert Nunget (pictured left) and Joey Swindells (right). They have been hosting events in Newcastle and Manchester for many years, however, the pandemic has forced them to rethink their creative approach. So here the idea of ‘Virtual Jam Sessions’ was birthed and formed.

So how does it work?

At the start of each month, co-founder Joey will upload a starter minute-long track to the website, and users are encouraged to record and submit their own contributions to the track.

Artists can then upload an addition to whichever Jam Sessions they would like to contribute to and then by the end of the month there will be brand new multiple tracks with contributions from a variety of musicians, instruments, and influences.

Co-founder Robert Nugent describes the project as "our way of trying to recreate one of the most popular elements of our events on a safe, online platform, and hopefully, it’s something that can encourage contributors to embrace their musical creativity.”

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