Music-lover Javan, 16, ended up running record label
JAVAN Angel Jackson has always been a music-lover.
So when he heard about student record label Nu-Start at Nottingham University Samworth Academy, he jumped at the chance to get involved.
But rather than concentrating on being one of those behind the mic, he found himself managing the label.
Javan, 16, helped to record a track and used skills he had learned on his music business course to promote it, leading to it being played on radio stations across the East Midlands.
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He has also worked on other tracks, and earlier this year he set up the company Street Show Media to promote grime music.
Meanwhile, he was involved in internet TV channel Grymescene TV, which profiled rising grime artists in the city and gained more than 3,000 views in just two months.
He said: "I was inspired by artists and how they present themselves. It made me want to get into recording music.
"I was shocked at the amount of musical talent in the school.
"I've had great feedback from the musicians I've produced work for."
Other noticeable achievements for Nu-Start include releasing a song – called Sing Sing – featuring pupils from the academy and children from Mamelodi, a South African township. Record producer Jorden Milnes used the song to promote the Mamelodi Trust, which raises money for schools in squatter camps, and it was made available on iTunes.
Javan's talent has earned him a nomination for the Nottingham Post's Student Awards in the skills category.
Javan, pictured, of Staverton Road, Bilborough, said: "I was pretty shocked when I found out I'd been nominated. It's good to be recognised for the hard work I've put in. If I won, I would be amazed."
Javan was nominated by music teacher Andy Case, who set up Nu-Start five years ago. Mr Case said: "He threw himself into the course, showing great maturity and interest, and helped the teacher and pupils achieve a great reputation in the music industry."