Pulse was a youth music project set out to offer music-making opportunities to young people aged 14-18 years who might be considered ‘at risk’. Working with over 50 individuals over the year, Pulse 2 carried out 23 workshops focusing on DJing and MCing amongst other musical activities which culminated to three live performances, a live DVD and produce one studio-based CD. The live performances were a crucial activity in the project, which saw young people build self-esteem, participate in teamwork, develop professionalism and performance skills before an estimated audience of approximately 500.
The participants came from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Pulse joined with a number of partner organisations such as Asylum Welcome, The Mish, Windmill House, Union Street Community Centre and Social Services, who work day-to-day with young people considered ‘at risk’, or are excluded from school. Pulse offered a professional music-making opportunity to young people who were unable to access or had never received the chance to engage in musical activity. This key aim became a neutral creative hub for young people, independent of other organisations or establishments the participants had relationships with. Pulse became a space for creativity to explore new avenues in both music and social relationships. In the participants’ evaluations, it was noted that ethnic and social sub-divisions fused over the course of the project, and young people built their collective cultural identity through music, whilst still maintaining strong individual identities.