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 […]

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 […]

By way of introduction…

Another musician wielding another WordPress blog. So far, so average. Arguably, this is the place where I should tell you all that I have an exciting and original idea, which will revolutionise the “blogosphere” and keep you all abreast of every “Next Big Thing” that you really need to start caring about; but I think […]