60 Seconds with... Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths You have been leading our creative learning project, SCO VIBE since 2013 – how would you describe it?
VIBE is many things, I think. Primarily, it is a project for teenage musicians from any background or ability to create and perform new music. It’s also become a bit of a crucible for participants, leaders and organisers to practice collaborative learning and to explore skills that can be transferred to other creative, practical and collaborative situations. It started with a group in Edinburgh and now we run projects in Glasgow and Aberdeen. We did a couple of adjacent VIBE projects and we are now in the process of creating bespoke versions that reach out to different parts of the community.

New VIBE, in association with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), starts this October – how do you think this form of music making can help young people?
One of the central ideas of VIBE is that each participant has a voice that can be heard in its own time. The immersion in the collective allows for anyone to take part at their own level and at their own pace. VIBE aims to create an atmosphere of trust, patience, and absolute positive regard for all. My hope for the CAHMS project is that we are, as a team, super flexible and able to find spaces for these young people to explore their creative voices. We aim to be able to listen to them, hear them and find ways to work as artists together.

What is the most important thing for participants to take away from a VIBE workshop?
The understanding that creativity is a tool which everyone and anyone can have agency over and that communal music making is cool beyond words.