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The man behind the music

10 November 2009 @TeessideUni


A talented student who created the music for our graduation video currently taking YouTube by storm said he is delighted with the exposure he is receiving.

The video, ‘Now that’s what I call graduation’ has had over 8,000 views as net surfers view a graduation ceremony like no other.

Watch the video on YouTube

People have not only been blown away by the video, but one of the main talking points has been the amazing soundtrack, with many desperate to know the man behind the music.

The song used in the video is called Red Alert and was actually made by one of our first year BSc (Hons) Music Technology students Christian Onwochei.

Christian has been writing and recoding music since 2006 under the name XTN. His first album is on sale in HMV and he is currently working on the follow-up.

Red Alert was a collaboration with an American singer which featured on a mix-tape and Christian was more than happy for it to be used for our Graduation video.

He said: ‘My course tutor approached me and asked if I had any music which they could use because I do R&B and hip-hop music and that’s the type of music they had been practicing to.

‘It’s exposure for me at the end of the day, which is really good.’

You’ve done the hard work – now it’s time to celebrate The video was produced by the University’s School of Arts & Media.

Alison Ferst, Web Content Manager said: 'We wanted to promote graduation at the University in a lively and fun way. Our graduates have done the hard work and now it is time for them to celebrate as the first graduates of the University of the Year.'

The University’s graduation ceremonies take place from 23 to 27 November. The ceremonies are being held over five days for the first time, with 3,000 graduating students and 9,000 guests. For more details see the University’s microsite at