It’s always good when our bands get media attention. No matter how small, it feels great. No matter how big, we still want more. Exposure does wonders for a career. But the one thing it doesn’t do is make an artist any better. That bit they do at rehearsal, at shit little gigs and with a bit of help from friends like us.
I’ve been reading Brice Springsteen’s autobiography. There’s a poignant chapter about his attempts to make it in LA, which didn’t work. He just felt everyone else was far better than him. So he went back to New Jersey and realised he had to write songs that were much better, more relevant and unique than what was around him. Those are wise words indeed.
Joe Wilkinson is getting to be hot property these days. Offers of deals coming in, gigs, great reviews, radio. He’s a humble, thoughtful guy with a big heart. We’re excited to be part of his journey.
Liverpool based mariachi band Roja are also getting some good bites. They appeared in the TV series Best Part Time Band In Britain and approached us to produce some tunes. So we did.
Little Brother Eli had a busy 2016 and they are writing new songs for new records as I write. Still, great to see their “old” music being playlisted on Spotify.
Danny Starr is like a runaway train that just keeps gathering speed. Look out for his new EP soon. It got its national debut on Amazing Radio.
The other remarkable thing in Springsteen’s book – and I’m only into the first few years – is how long he worked on his craft. He was the bar band king. No gig was too small, no crowd too unimportant.
I like that attitude.