Glastonbury: Kanye’s Only Crime Is Being A Bit Of A Prat

I’ve never been to the Glastonbury Festival. I’ve never really had much desire to, truth be told. As a music enthusiast, I would be going for the music, rather than “the experience,” and in my own lifetime I’ve never seen a lineup that’s made me think, actually, I’d want to see that. As such, when […]

The Introverted Musician

Content note: some mention of depression. I’d be very interested to find a reliable statistic for the proportion of musicians who are introverted. It seems it’s hard enough to get a reliable figure for the population in general without carrying out a census-style enforced personality test. The scientist in me thinks this is a pity, […]

The Co-op’s Unsigned Playlist, RIP?

I was a little surprised to see this headline earlier today. Apparently the Co-op switched to exclusively playing music by unsigned artists in their supermarkets, but after widespread complaint by the staff working in them, they have reverted to playing chart music. To be honest, I was mainly surprised because I hadn’t heard that the […]

On Pay to Play

If you talk to the people who were going to gigs in London in the ’60s and ’70s, or even playing such gigs, it sounds idyllic compared to what happens today. I’ve been told plenty of stories of music venues drawing large crowds of young people looking for a good night out and hoping to […]

Another post about Amanda Palmer. Sort of.

When I first began this blog, I never envisaged writing two articles about something that Amanda Palmer had done. As I pointed out out in the first one, I’m no fanboy. Nevertheless, I’m starting to think quite highly of her philosophy, after I watched this TED talk: If you, like me, are interested in making […]

Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (part IV)

Or “ASAM: Bandcamp Edition”. If you’re an independent musician, trying to sell your records, it’s increasingly cheap to get your material out to people. With the growing popularity of digital downloads, you could probably get away without ever burning a CD copy of your music. (I wouldn’t recommend this, obviously: a lot of people still […]

The Popular Song and The Band That Covered It

Or, Can a “serious” musician get away with playing Gangnam Style? Time for a show of hands – raise one or the other if you’re a musician who’s currently playing with a band. Keep said hand up if your band has performed live recently or is likely to do so in the near future. Now, […]

The Music and the Man – can they be separated?

Not so long ago, a music journalist by the name of Chloe Papas wrote a scathing review of an album by Chris Brown. It went viral very quickly and has already attracted comment from plenty of sources. Myself, I found it via Facebook, and couldn’t help but notice the comments left by other users. For […]

Your act’s image, and whether it is important.

The other night, our guitarist sent us this article. It made for interesting reading, particularly from the point of view of somebody who would, eventually, dearly love to be able to make a living playing his own music (or at least, our guitarist’s music, given he writes most of the songs). The TL;DR version is […]