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Chart-topping former student presented with gold disc after iTunes number 1

Krystian Koziński was presented with a gold disc to celebrate his iTunes number one when he returned to Coleg Llandrillo recently.

Krystian was part of the cohort of music technology students who scored top spot on the singer/songwriter chart with their album ‘Polar Opposite’, which helped raise money for the NHS back in 2020.

The album featured 16 songs - each produced by a different student - and Krystian also notched a number one of his own in his native Poland with his single from the album, ‘23.25’.

Now Krystian is eyeing more chart success as he plans to release his next single, ‘Let Me Down’ next month.

He is about to graduate from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA in music, songwriting and production, and regularly performs around the city as well as creating his own music.

But he took a break from his busy schedule to return to Llandrillo’s Rhos campus, where he was presented with a gold disc by tutors David Ffranc Williams and James Taylor.

Krystian said he was “so proud” of the success of his own single and of ‘Polar Opposite’ - which he and fellow students on the BTEC Level 3 in Music and Music Technology created from their own homes during lockdown.

“Our last assignment was to write, record and produce our own song, and then release it as an album as a whole group,” said Krystian.

“The album got to number one, and I was the lucky one who got to number one in Poland.

“I was surprised - we did a live performance on Facebook, because we couldn’t meet each other at the time, and my friend called me five minutes before we were due to perform and said, ‘Have you seen iTunes?’.

“My song was number one on Polish iTunes - I was on top of all these big names from Poland, and I was so proud of it, and so proud of all of us.”

Krystian moved to Llandudno from Poland in 2017, and said: “I enjoyed my two years at Coleg Llandrillo very much. All the staff and everyone at college were very cool.

“At the beginning I was anxious about my English, but I quickly made friends and by the time I graduated I was confident to go on to uni. College gave me a huge platform to build on the skills I’d learned.”

Krystian performs around Liverpool, playing guitar with vocalist Shona Lanigan. He plans to release ‘Let Me Down' by the end of July, with “three or four more” singles also in the pipeline.

He describes his music as acoustic pop with harmonies and choirs but also including electronic pop aspects.

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Pictures of Krystian Koziński performing thanks to Dylancoxmedia.