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Student Band gain International Following

One current Music student and three Broadstairs College alumni are achieving great things with their band, State of Mind.

Sam Ring, currently studying on Level 3 Music, formed the band with Eevie Taylor, Aimee Allin and Luke McFarlane back in 2019.

Sam joined the Broadstairs Junior College at 14 when his current school decided to drop the GCSE in Music, a subject he knew he wanted to pursue. As part of the Junior College, Sam was able to study his Level 2 Music qualification alongside his GCSEs in maths and English. Working alongside the full-time Music students, Sam was able to build connections with his peers, and said, “I was worried about being younger than the other students and how I would fit in, but it really wasn’t an issue. Everyone was treated as an equal and we just all shared a passion for the subject.” Now at 16, Sam is on his way to completing his Level 3 Music qualification and is focused on his work with State of Mind.

The band released their debut single, ‘Buried Alive’ which has had international success and led to them being invited to support Nervus, Itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and Karobela. The band’s style reminiscent of artists such as Dream State, Mallory Knox and Royal Blood and their thought-provoking lyrics and unique style has led to them being invited to play at various events and venues in Kent.

The band’s latest single, ‘One in the Same’ focuses on identity, self-expression, and the band's own transition into adulthood. Working with renowned local artist and designer Alex Nobel, the band has created a stunning music video that will premier at the POW! Festival later this year.

The band was recently featured on Arts Education Exchange, a platform for young creatives in Thanet. The initiative helps develop creative education and employment opportunities to inspire positive change in the Thanet community.

 Alex Bowden, Music Lecturer, has worked with the various band members during their time at the College and is incredibly supportive of the band. Alex said, “Although the band wasn’t formed in College, we are incredibly proud of what they are achieving. It has been great to work with them on developing their skills and it is something we are passionate about in the department. If the students have areas, they want to explore that aren’t on the curriculum then we certainly make time for this. It is vital to their creative development and what College is all about.”

The band is now busy booking their next gigs for the summer, with the hope to eventually release an album of their songs.

Find out more about our Music pathway and the Junior College, we are currently taking applications for September 2021.

You can listen to State of Minds playlist on Spotify.