A HARTLEPOOL performing arts charity that was founded after the death of a talented teenager is launching its own record label to help North-East musicians.
Red Dreams in Hartlepool has formed Otiss Music to help young people get their music out to a wider audience.
Its official launch takes place on Saturday and the charity and has a collection of artists who have already caught the eye of label giants such as Universal, Atlantic and Sony Records.
Red Dreams was formed by the parents of 16-year-old Kyle McManus, who died in 2007 after suffering a sudden brain haemorrhage.
Kyle embraced all the arts and his parents Ian and Dawn wanted to help other Hartlepool youngsters reach their potential.
Ian said: “We are looking to build up an eclectic roster of artists, across all genres.
“With a roster of young artists who have already caught the eyes and ears of the label giants such as Universal, Atlantic and Sony Records; covering genres like pop, hip-hop, rap, acoustic, folk and rock.
“With eight artists, three songwriters, two EPs ready to publish and five in production at the Red Dreams Studios any of the acts or tracks would easily sit beside songs currently in the charts.
“We may be a small label, starting out, but we have big ideas and dreams.”
The team are working hard behind the scenes, developing the website, and recording and refining tracks, ready for their launch on Saturday.
Although based in Hartlepool, the label will work with creative youngsters from across the Nort-East.
Ian added: “The music being created by the young artists on the roster is honest and true to each artist, moving from teenage angst, through love found and lost, to making the future your own.”
Red Dreams currently works with more than 180 young people, aged between 11 and 19, helping them hone their skills and boost their self confidence and belief.
Otiss Music’s launch night takes place at One 77, York Road, Hartlepool, from 7pm-11pm and admission is £3.50 on the door.