Local lad’s band wins award

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THE Fridge Magnets, a band which features Stonehaven lad Chris Philip on drums, scooped the best electronic category at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

Chris says the band, which also consists of Steven Winton (frontman), Ciaran Pasi (bass), Laurie Sanderson (lead guitar) and Campbell Nelson (synthesiser/programming), were “thrilled” to win the award.

He said: “We were thrilled when we won Best Electronic Act and shocked as we were up against four other established acts. We were also fortunate to be asked to perform at the awards ceremony as well as the official after party and as you can imagine, the 5 of us were buzzing.”

Chris explains that things have been “accelerating” for the band recently and their success in the Scottish Altenative Music award’s has brought some extra exposure to the band.

He said: “We have just been informed that we are nominated for Best Unsigned Act 2012 for the IN:Demand Sunday Mail Awards. Without saying too much, we have a whole host of gigs lined up this year and a few in London next month which could prove very important to us as we are currently in talks with various top record labels.”

A Former Mackie academy pupil, Chris’s first musical performances were in Stonehaven Town Hall and Open air in the square however have been really heating up for him and the Fridge Magnets recently.

At the end of last year the band won a competition and got to support Calvin Harris.

Of the experience, Chris said: “We were treated so well by the event organisers, Lynx. From stepping off our tour bus to a host of roadies taking and setting up our equipment, to getting our own dressing room with free food and drink. It was different to what we had experienced before. I stood beside Calvin Harris on stage for the majority of his set which really was something else, the sold out crowd of 3000 were going crazy! All in all, a great night.”