Loughborough College music tutor's track tops Beatport.com chart
A tutor is making a big noise in the online music world with a track that is wowing clubbers around the globe.
Claire Spooner has now spent six weeks at number one on the Beatport.com chart with Gone Too Long, and the YouTube video for the tune has already received more than 27,000 hits.
The Loughborough College music lecturer and DJ recorded the track at her home studio and then added vocals sung by Kieran Fowkes, one her students from last year.
"Beatport is the biggest underground electronic music chart in the world, which DJs look at regularly," said Claire.
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"As we can't look at any commercial chart for the sort of music we want to produce, DJs all look at this site and people around the world are hearing our track.
"We're number one in the new disco genre within the Beatport set-up and we're 36 in the overall chart, combining all of the 16 genres it covers.
"The track has been downloaded and listened to around the world.
"It's just gone crazy. The YouTube stuff has been amazing, I've never had anything like this sort of exposure before.
"There are now DJs playing it in some of the biggest clubs in the world.
"To hear your own track in a club is really weird but really gratifying at the same time."
Claire has been a DJ for 12 years and has been part of a duo called Him_Self_Her with Leon Baggott for the past 12 months.
As well as being behind the decks, she now teaches DJ-ing at the college.
Claire originally taught sport but switched to music after doing the foundation degree course at the college.
It was through that she discovered Beatport and opened the door to gaining worldwide interest in her music.
"By being with the college, it has allowed me to take tracks that we've worked on in my studio at home and bring them to the studio at the college and add aspects, mainly vocals with my students singing on them," said Claire.
The success of Gone Too Soon is opening new doors for Him_Self_Her.
"We've now been taken on by a management agency and they are getting us gigs all over the place," said Claire. "We're going to be playing in Greece, London and Spain in the next few months. We've now got labels approaching us to work with us.
"Instead of us sending tracks out to people, they are coming to us and asking us to work on projects with them.
"From now until Christmas, we've got work lined up and the labels involved are getting bigger and bigger each time, so it's continuing to snowball."
Fans have taken to YouTube to say how much they love the track.
One, Steve Lambert, wrote: "So, so good."
Another, Matas Bernotas, wrote: "Explosive!