8th October 2004

 

UNIVERSITY WEB DESIGNER UP FOR RED HOT AWARD

 

A web assistant from the University of Lincoln has been entered for a People's Choice Award for Best Music Website.

 

Terry Wells, who has been the web designer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ official website since 1996, is currently studying part-time towards a Masters degree in Design at the university.

 

Terry completed the website as work submitted towards his final major project, and despite still being under construction the site has received a nomination in the 2004 Digital Music Awards (DMA) which is run by BT.

 

The website has already won two Macromedia Shocked Site of the Day awards and the MTV Video Music Award for Best Artist Website in 1999. It has also been commended by Q Magazine, and the flash animations from Terry’s website have been used as a backdrop for an MTV interview with the band.

 

Terry volunteered his services to the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he wanted to produce the website for his favourite band specifically from the fans’ point of view. As the designer for the official website, he is regularly contacted by promoters and fans from around the world.

 

“From my home in Barnetby I work alongside the band’s manager in New York and Warner Music Group in LA,” said Terry. “I keep in regular contact with the Flea, the bass guitarist, and Anthony, the lead singer, actually wrote a limerick for my wedding day.

 

“My average week with the site consists of answering hundreds of emails per week, updating news and tour information and securing fan club member pages. It’s a never-ending process.

 

“I have the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Warner Bros as my live clients, so I’m actively designing and producing industry-standard solutions that are viewed by millions and accessed by the academic powers on my course.”

 

The DMA awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday October 19th 2004 and you can cast your vote on http://www.btyahoo.com/dma04/.

 

For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk