All tracks on this album were composed and recorded on location at YOI Swinfen Hall by participants on Finding Rhythms’ 23rd project.
Musicians: Shaq AKA Keyz, Rage Wid A AYY, Nathan AKA Ella, Shaun, Josh AKA Slim, Luke, Dave, Mitchel, Kris
Project Leaders & Album Production:
Alex Oldroyd, Robin Harris
Project Engineer and Album Production:
Finding Rhythms Guest Musician: Sarah Producer & Creative Director: Robin Harris
Mixes: Will Worsley @ Coda to Coda
Photo: Alistair Ramsey
Design: Liam Parker Design
Special thanks to YOI Swinfen Hall Staff: Lauren (Activity Hub Manager), Andrew Walls
(Head of reducing re-offending), Ian West (Governor)
Finding Rhythms was founded in 2012 by Robin Harris and Emily Vermont. Our aim is to create a more engaged, positive and employable generation of prisoners… through music.
The album ‘Don’t Sleep On Me’ was written and recorded in just 36 hours by a group of nine men at YOI Swinfen Hall. All tracks were written by the group and put to music collectively with the help of Project Leaders Alex Oldroyd and Robin Harris and Music Engineer, Aaron May.
Comments from learners at YOI Swinfen Hall
“I guess for me it’s escapism. Obviously
we spend all this time banged up and it’s a chance for us not to be in prison in our minds”
“To show that just because we’re criminals and we’ve been convicted and we’re all in
jail, it just goes to show that we’re not all good for nothing. It’s a means of not just expressing ourselves, but giving prisoners a voice. Inside jail, it’s hard to express yourself, because you’ve got to have this facade on all the time. You’ve got to stay strong, but with music, it’s a good way to express yourself”
“For me, music’s pretty much the most beautiful thing in the world. We wouldn’t be able to live without music. And it kind of gives me a touch of freedom, being able to listen to it”
“In jail, you’ve only things to dwell on. You can’t think of good memories when you’re in a place like this, you can only think about four walls and all the rubbish things you’ve done in life. Putting lyrics down about my Grandad took me back to a place where I was really happy”