I met old friend at Reeperbahn Festival last week. He runs a German label and signed two of our artists a few years ago. We campaigned hard. We were slowly getting somewhere, but both bands folded – just gave up. In fact, one of them cancelled a German tour a day before it was due to […]
Most songs start with a riff, a title, a melodic hook or whatever else that gets a writer going. A couple of ideas every day will yield ten of them in a working week. One of these ideas will almost always develop into a fully finished song. Most fall by the wayside when you start […]
Bands send us their demos saying that they treat their bands as businesses. They are professional, always on time with gear in tip top shape. They think about their investment into the band versus potential returns. They’re ON IT with marketing and promo. They possibly think that saying these things makes them look more serious. […]
In the run up to this year’s The Great Escape Nick Raphael from Capitol lambasted the state of a&r in a Music Week interview. His comments were referred to in a panel about the role and future of labels. Incidentally, the irony of having a packed auditorium for the panel on labels when labels are […]
Nine tenths of the demo submissions we receive have no redeeming quality. The playing is horrible, the songs are terrible and the production is rubbish. Some also come from artists who are the third closest clones of famous bands in their home towns. Being that band isn’t going to get anyone a career. The one […]
Once again we are putting on a show in Brighton for The Great Escape. Little Brother Eli, Return To The Sun, The Onironauts and Hana Piranha will be performing at The Fishbowl from 7pm on Saturday 16th May.
The advice is always: get a good lawyer, get a good manager. Those giving the advice haven’t thought it through. Lawyers and managers don’t write songs. If you learn to write songs that get people going crazy, you may be able to offer a lawyer or a manager a job. **** Remember that everyone in […]
When I was a kid the band I was with did a TV show on which also a well known Finnish artist performed. My Dad asked me later what, if anything, I had learned from the guy. I said I hadn’t bothered to talk to him because he was nothing special. Dad was upset with […]
Nice words about Little Brother Eli in Old School Record Review. The band release their EP on our label. We’re very proud of our work! Read the whole review here. Check out the band on Spotify!
I remember this from early on in my band career. We had a record out that got some good reactions, the single was R1 Rock Record Of The Week. We toured very hard. The shows were hit and miss, mainly miss. There just wasn’t a demand for our live show. In our defence, there was […]