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Bands Doing What Bands Do

Bands Doing What Bands Do

It’s great to see our bands do lots of shows and promo. To celebrate the brief moments of glory that interrupt lots lot of sitting in the van, below are some brief snapshots. Why does the bass not look out of the window of the tour van in the morning? Because then there’d be nothing to do in […]

Joe Rejection Ignore Musician

Joe Rejection Ignore Musician

If you’re a musician in a band doing original music, Rejection might as well be your new middle name, with Ignore as a second middle name, because you’ll be ignored much more than rejected. When I started in music a quarter of a century ago, only some bands were able to release records. You had […]

Happiness Is Loving What You Do

Happiness Is Loving What You Do

A profound statement. Here’s another: most musicians like the idea of being in a band far more than the work involved in being in one. Many artists have gone through our studio doors, including this caricature of a drummer, a nightmare recording client: his first request, having arrived hungover an hour late without a kit or […]

Drugs At Work

Drugs At Work

There’s a cool routine by Bill Hicks about how the best records were made by artists off their heads on drugs. Someone I know was involved in the making of a legendary album as the personal manager of the guitarist. As a young naive artist I asked him what the job of personal manager entailed. […]

Mission Impossible 2016

Mission Impossible 2016

I saw an article about the most popular music on Spotify in 2015. There is some hot tunage on there. Here is the top chart right now. I can already hear the howls of protest from disgruntled wannabe musos who share their anguish on Facebook, saying how corporation guys do their corporation thing in their […]

Reeperbahn Festival Thought #1

Reeperbahn Festival Thought #1

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 […]

Tip On Songwriting

Tip On Songwriting

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 […]

Being Professional

Being Professional

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. […]

TGE15: State Of A&R vs State Of ...

TGE15: State Of A&R vs State Of Art

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 […]

Dissing Those Who’ve Made It

Dissing Those Who’ve Made It

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 […]

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