Or, Is our reverence for the past ruining modern rock music? I love "old" music. Sixteen years after I first blew the dust off my father's old records, I still find myself going back to The Who, The Doors, Pink Floyd, and even now I find myself rummaging through CD shops looking for reissues of … Continue reading Living in the Past
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 … Continue reading Glastonbury: Kanye’s Only Crime Is Being A Bit Of A Prat
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, … Continue reading The Introverted Musician
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 … Continue reading The Co-op’s Unsigned Playlist, RIP?
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 … Continue reading On Pay to Play
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 … Continue reading Another post about Amanda Palmer. Sort of.
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 … Continue reading Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (part IV)
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, … Continue reading The Popular Song and The Band That Covered It
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 … Continue reading The Music and the Man – can they be separated?
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 … Continue reading Your act’s image, and whether it is important.