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Tight Deadlines? Fast Turnaround!

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At KVH Studios, we work with clients of all shapes and sizes every single day, and have done for many years, so we understand the tight deadlines in place and the fast turnaround required on projects.

That’s the beauty of audio created by KVH Studios. Not only is audio a fast-turnaround medium in itself, compared to the likes of print or visual, but by using KVH Studios, everything is managed all under one roof.

Our highly experienced, qualified creative scriptwriters and audio technicians take care of everything from concept creation and direction through to production, editing and packaging, meaning your briefing won’t be lost to a third party and we can achieve your requirements with speed and efficiency.

We have a regular stream of clients using us to record their audio projects each week including high profile celebrities from the world of TV, sports and entertainment, business clients or for personal pleasure, all safe in the knowledge that our team will deliver their project on-time, on-budget and beyond expectations.

Our studios feature the very best in audio technology to meet any required output, whether it be a commercial radio advertisement, podcast, television voiceover or online video. And if you or your clients want to use our studios to manage the project yourselves, you’ll have the choice of a range of sizes fit for purpose, including our large production studio where we have capacity to record up to 4 people, with the option to add others into your session remotely via phone, Skype and WhatsApp as well as ISDN, source connect and IPDTL.

Want to book in your production or studio hire? Just give our friendly, helpful team a call on 0113 233 7800 or email production@kvhstudios.com for an instant quote!

In The Spotlight: Nichola Young – Account Executive

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How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started at KVH Studios early this year in January!

What does your job involve?

Well, my job involves managing some exciting, well-known brands. You can find me writing creative scripts for their in-store radio to promote product promotions, scheduling ads, creating content for digital screens, meeting with clients, presenting content proposals and dealing with any day-to-day queries from my accounts. I also support with the marketing side of KVH Studios too, from scheduling blogs to suggesting content ideas for our social media channels.

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I graduated from University in August 2019 where I studied Marketing with Advertising. During uni, and shortly after, I worked on gaining more work experience within the industry by doing many work placements and internships, I then embarked on my search for jobs within the creative media industry which brought me here to KVH Studios.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love the creativity of it all and there’s never a day that’s the same. One day I could be scripting, the next creating content for digital signage, or proposing new content ideas for clients for their music services!

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

I’d say my first day…meeting all the wonderful folks at KVH Studios. They’re all super passionate, knowledgeable and great people to learn from in this industry.

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Fun, dynamic and innovative.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

My music taste is very varied but I’m gonna go with ‘Dave – Location’ just because it shouts summer vibes!

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I enjoy gym’ing, netflix’ing, hosting games night with the boyfriend for friends and when I can, taking a weekend trip up to North Wales to see my family!

 

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Colleague Morale is Key to your Business

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In the retail environment, your colleagues in-store are the most important aspect of your brand. They have the power to leave a lasting impression on your customers and can often be the deciding factor in whether a customer has a bad experience or a fantastic one. Therefore, keeping your store colleagues motivated is fundamental to your business. If these guys look happy to be there, customers will feel happy being there.

An ideal way to create a positive, inspiring and productive work environment is by playing music. In a study by ‘PPL and PRS for Music’, they discovered 77% of small businesses found ‘music improved the morale in the workplace stating that high morale leads to greater productivity, making music an effective and beneficial addition.’  The positive impact of music and the way it makes people feel led to ‘75% of respondents in the study saying music in the background released tension and prevented awkward silences from occurring’.

Psychologist Dr Vicky Williamson also said: “A completely silent work environment can lack stimulation, interest and, for many people, a dynamic and creative source of energy.” She continued, “Music provides an effective and adaptable tool for bringing a sense of pleasure and relaxation to the work environment, thereby promoting a positive attitude, higher job satisfaction and boosting a sense of brand identity and loyalty.”

So it’s clear that music is a great addition for your stores to support your colleagues in their work, but not just any music of course. To make the most of the benefits, it’s important the music is profiled to your colleagues (and customers) and the time of day, plus the correct licensing in place.

But that’s not something you need to worry about. The music profilers and producers at KVH Studios have the knowledge, experience, expertise and passion to create the most appropriate sound profile for your business, utilising the very best quality tracks, plus provide you with all the advice and support you need around music licensing.

We have the full choice of music available, from commercial copyright music through to unlicensed emerging artists, allowing our customers to select the right service for their budget. Due to the vast improvements we have made to our non-copyright music catalogue regards choice and quality, many of our clients have switched to this type of music or partnered with us for this reason, enabling them to reduce costs by eliminating licence fees.

Whichever direction you take in terms of licensing, you can guarantee that the music we select for your business will create a positive and uplifting atmosphere in your stores that both colleagues and customers will enjoy, and you as a business will reap many benefits from.

To find out more on how we can help you improve colleague morale and motivation, give us a call today on 0113 233 7800 or drop us an email at info@kvhstudios.com.

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WELCOME TO KVH STUDIOS: The Range

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KVH Studios are excited to announce we are now providing in-store radio to The Range, across their full estate of stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

From opening their first store in 1989, on Billacombe Road, Plymouth, The Range is now the fastest growing retailer in the UK. With over 175 stores nationwide, they stock more than 65,000 products across 16 different departments, from Homewares and Furniture to DIY and Art Supplies. Their ethos has always been to bring their customers great quality products at the most competitive prices, drawing together everything you need for a beautiful home.

The brand was looking for a new in-store radio supplier with a better quality and choice of music and the ability to consolidate suppliers through management of their in-store creative advertising as part of the service. In addition to this, they required a more creative/strategic approach to their audio marketing led by their provider.

KVH Studios were successful in demonstrating our ability to meet these requirements, plus more, through free trialing of our service in selected stores. Following this, we rolled out the KVH Media Player to each of their stores via remote installation for ease and efficiency, plus ensuring no costs were incurred in transitioning suppliers.

We provide customer profiled music and creative messaging, including branding and advertising, to The Range in line with their marketing strategy and are thrilled to be working with them as an extension of their marketing team. We look forward to supporting them with their objectives through the power of in-store radio and developing the service as the brand progresses.

To find out more about our bespoke music and messaging services, including how you can save money on licensing costs with non-copyright music, give one of our creative consultants a call on 0113 233 7800 today or email info@kvhstudios.com. 

 

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chloe McCafferty – Account Manager

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How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started on the 6th January 2020 as an Account Manager.

What does your job involve?

All sorts really! Primarily, looking after various accounts and being the first port of call for each of my clients. On a day to day basis I deal with a huge variety of queries from my clients. I spend a lot of time scripting, working on content proposals and liaising with different departments such as technical and production. My job is mainly about making sure my clients receive the best possible service for their in-store radio!

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I worked at Jet2holidays as a Live Chat advisor, dealing with customers queries on a day to day basis. I then progressed to managing a small team and becoming more involved with the Live Engage platform such as building a variety of campaigns and looking at how we can improve the layout for the customer’s visiting the website.

you feel like you are constantly picking new things up and learning new skills. The people are great too, I think it’s important to work in an environment that’s not only fun but professional and passionate, everyone is great with tonnes of knowledge and always willing to help.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

I’ve only been here a short amount of time, so I’d say meeting everyone as they are all friendly and helpful, also passing my probation period was a lovely feeling too!

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Fun, passionate, professional.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

That’s a tough one, there’s so many to choose from! I’ve got a few favourites that remind me of some of my best memories, in particular ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and the Machine, it reminds me of my first ever festival with my friends. ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk reminds me of good times with my family, dancing away at gatherings! Anything Oasis related is up there, but I’d have to say my all-time favourite is ‘Go your own way’ by Fleetwood Mac, perfect for any occasion – parties, gym, festivals it’s just an all-rounder!

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I love spending any time with my friends, partner and family, that’s what makes me happiest. Going to gigs, festivals, and travelling as much as I can. Anything social really!

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Your ‘Working From Home’ Playlist

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As we continue to work out of the office, we thought, instead of the end of month new music roundup, we’d share our top tracks from our ‘working from home’ playlist to help keep your spirits up, stay motivated and keep entertained.

And why not try building your own playlist of your favourite tracks that put a smile on your face. We’re just here for the inspiration!

OK so a pretty obvious one to start with. You can’t beat Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work from home’ to get those toes tapping. Released in March 2016 and featuring Ty Dolla Sign, the song is primarily an R&B track that incorporates some elements of trap music and tropical house beats.

Recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album Anti in 2016, Work featuring Drake became the first dancehall song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul’s Temperature in 2006

Wouldn’t be a good playlist if it didn’t feature an epic, legendary track from Queen and Don’t stop me now is guaranteed to lift your mood! Written by lead singer, Freddie Mercury, and released in 1979, the track didn’t initially chart well but grew in stature over time and has been popularised by its use in advertisements, television programmes and films.

Jumping ahead to the next decade to the fabulous eighties, Katrina and The Waves brought us the uplifting Walking on Sunshine in 1983. Originally written as a ballad, Katrina Leskanich decided to belt the song out as a more upbeat song.

And finally, let’s bring it back to more recent times with the release of Normani’s Motivation the back end of last summer. Co-written by Ariana Grande, the music video went viral due to the video’s intense choreography, more specifically a basketball move that started a viral dance challenge.

Hope that’s given you some inspiration guys! Keep on dancing!

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KVH Studios Produce New Leeds City Council Podcast

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The new Leeds City Council podcast has launched! KVH Studios have worked together with the LCC team to create and launch a 24-episode series of podcasts led by different speakers from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds.

Released every fortnight across 2020, ‘Leeds in Conversation’ covers various topics relating to the ’12 Big Ideas’ from the Inclusive Growth Strategy. The podcast brings together voices from across the city to debate and discuss everything from culture to creative innovation, digital skills to infrastructure and everything in between, on how all our communities and people can and will benefit from the growth of our thriving city.

In 2019, KVH Studios were successful in the tender to be commissioned for this project due to our fully comprehensive and innovation solution, as well as the advice and guidance we can offer due to the vast experience of our team in this medium.

We support LCC by recording, producing and editing all content for the podcasts, including the main discussion, advertising and creation of a bespoke audio signature piece to act as the introduction to each episode, providing a clear and distinct audio identity for the podcast. All from our purpose-built, high-quality audio studios in the heart of Leeds.

We also manage all aspects of the hosting, publishing and analytics for each episode, ensuring each is visible on all major audio platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts, and reaches a wide audience. Weekly reports are provided detailing a range of listenership figures including episode breakdown, geographical information of audience, and downloads by time of day.

“In 2019 we made the decision to work with KVH Studios to bring to life the Leeds in Conversation podcast. They have been a fantastic partner in achieving our goal of bringing the inclusive growth conversation to the city, fully embracing the ethos of the strategy and supporting us every step of the way. Their expertise and advice has ensured that we have been able to deliver, and continue to deliver throughout these difficult times, an engaging, inspiring and thought provoking podcast that has seen some fantastic results after only three episodes.”                                       Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer Economic Development

Search for ‘Leeds in Conversation’ on your favourite podcast today to listen to the latest episodes available or click here to find out more!

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Claire Martin – Commercial Director

 

How long have you been at KVH Studios?

I started as an Account Executive in 2008 and have worked through all various different roles in Client Services since!

What does your job involve?

I wear many hats in my role but essentially, I’m responsible for the commercial side of the business and the overall growth. Which includes (in a nutshell) supporting our Head of Client Services in the development of existing accounts, new revenue opportunities, brand and marketing, new business sales, implementation, new and retention contracts and product development. It’s a busy one but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?

I studied Journalism at University then had a few temporary positions before starting my search for my career in media. Most of my adult life has been at KVH Studios!

What do you love most about what you do?

The variety, the pace and the people. No day is the same and we’re constantly evolving and learning through new challenges. We’re a small division that’s part of a big business so whilst we’re super busy all the time, we also have the flexibility and freedom to grow into new areas and try new things, which is really exciting. I’m surrounded by incredibly talented people every day that I have worked with for many years now so we’re like a family and work so well together. Also, it doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ to me anymore which is a nice feeling.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?

Yikes, there’s so many! I really don’t know how to answer that one! Sorry!

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?

Exciting, passionate and dedicated.

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?

I like all sorts of music and have favourite tracks for different reasons so, for this, let’s go with my wedding song ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers as it’s just fills me with warmth and makes me think of great memories with my husband and friends, which is why we chose it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?

I really love family time. Weekends with my mum, dad, brother, husband and 3-year-old daughter are the best weekends. But I’m also a big fan of girl time and can’t beat a night out with friends. Other than that, I love holidays, renovating my home and planning!

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NEW MUSIC THIS MONTH: February 2020

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As we approach the end of another month at KVH Studios, Head of Music Nick Bewes looks back at some of the new music that we have added in February to our in-store music services.

Let’s be honest, the only place to start our review of music in February is with Eilish, Billie Eilish. She released the theme song from the new Bond movie, No Time to Die. After 90,000 equivalent chart sales in its first week, including 10.6 million streams. It became only the second 007 song to go to Number One, in the UK Charts.

Elsewhere, Noel Gallagher continued having fun with new music, since leaving Oasis. He has produced some great tunes with his High Flying Birds band.

The first couple of albums were very much what you would expect, but with his last album, Who Built the Moon, he began experimenting with different styles of music with the help of legendary producer David Holmes. In 2019, he began releasing EPs which continue with the adventurous theme with the latest called Blue Moon Rising.

Dua Lipa is gearing for the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, with Physical being another perfect pop song. If the first three songs from the album are anything to go by, the new album is going to be a cracker.

As well as playing the big acts, we love supporting new talent here at KVH Studios. And this month, we are pleased to give exposure to Leeds artist Sfven. His latest single Flower Beds is a great song, it deserves to be heard by many more people. One to watch this year.

And finally, this week we added the fabulous new track from Shaun Escoffery called River. It’s a big catchy pop song with an even bigger chorus. It’s taken from new album Strong Enough which is out in April on Decca Records. This is the first time that a massively talented singer that we have been supporting since 2014, has been on a major label.

You can keep up to date with our main new additions on our Spotify playlist here.

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The Brit Awards 2020 Roundup

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Last night saw the biggest night in British music. No not the Voice UK final, it was The Brit Awards! It was the show’s 40th anniversary, however the only real nod to the history of the event was the sketch at the beginning of the show with host Jack Whitehall trying on several classic outfits worn by people of the past including Liam Gallagher’s duffle coat and Geri’s Union Jack dress! Then it was time for the music to begin with Mabel performing her hit Don’t Call Me Up. A performance that included lots of dancers and big phones!

In contrast, the next performance was so simple, just Lewis Capaldi & a bloke playing a piano, performing the biggest selling single of 2019, Someone You Loved. Straight after he won the Best New Artist. Obviously, he was a bit fruity with his acceptance speech, because the sound was muted!

Mabel was then back on stage to accept the Best Female Artist, after getting a huge hug from mum Neneh when she was announced as the winner. 30 years ago, Neneh was on stage performing and accepting Best International Breakthrough and Solo Artist. How is that 30 years ago?

Next up was Harry Styles, who continues to morph into David Bowie. He didn’t perform any of the three singles from his latest album, instead opting to do album track Falling, while standing in a pool of water, and water was also coming out of the pianos behind him. Looked simple but rather nice. You can tell that the artists have had more say in their performances this year, as they are more in line with their styles.

Next up was the amazing Lizzo, who performed a medley of her songs, with a little bit of help from the Brits crowd. Lizzo and Harry were the stars of the show, more for the interviews with Jack Whitehall than anything else. People on Twitter have been asking for a Harry & Lizzo TV show, which is something that we can certainly get on board with. It would be brilliant.

Next up Ronnie Wood (and his gloves) introduced Stormzy as British Male Solo Artist and Tyler the Creator won Best International Male Solo Artist. In a surprise decision, Foals won Group of the Year. International Female Solo Artist was Billie Eilish who not only received a lot of love from the crowd, but also from Melanie C who presented the award to her, who is obviously a massive fan. Billie had already performed the new Bond theme No Time to Die, featuring her brother Finneas, The Smiths legend Johnny Marr, composer extraordinaire Hans Zimmer and an orchestra! All very good!

The performances kept coming with Brits Rising Star Celeste and the amazing Strange, another simple presentation. That can’t be used to describe Stormzy’s, well storming medley. Song of the year went to Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved, which is apparently is about his Grandma who sadly passed away, and not a former girlfriend, as many thought.

And then there’s Dave. He won the Mastercard album of the year for his number one album Psychodrama, which also won the Mercury Prize last year. This is only the second time that’s happened, and the first since Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Dave also produced the best performance of the night, with the lyrically and visually stunning Black.

All that was left was for Sir Rod Stewart to sing a song for Jack Whitehall’s mum Hilary and then reunite with former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a rousing finale of Stay with Me. Rod was, well Rod!

I thought Jack Whitehall did a good job presenting the show for the third time, here are some of his highlights.

Please, please, can we have a Jack, Harry and Lizzo show sometime soon!

Until next year, thank you Brits 2020. Now, when is the Voice UK final?

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