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Been Around The Block v New Kid On Th...

Been Around The Block v New Kid On The Block

AIM Startups is a programme designed to help budding music biz entrepreneurs off the ground. I’m chuffed that they asked me to be a mentor. Here’s the blurb. It’s an exciting new thing to get to do. ***** One of the advantages of having been around for a while is that you know people from […]

Hendrix v Nutini

Hendrix v Nutini

I watched two music shows on TV. One was a documentary about Jimi Hendrix and in the other Paolo Nutini performed at T In The Park. Paolo Nutini, I was surprised to hear, is a very good singer, even if his music isn’t my cuppa. But it struck me like bolt of lighting just how […]

Big Announcements on Facebook

Big Announcements on Facebook

If you recognise your band from this video, stop what you’re doing and terminate your membership of that stupid club. Once you’ve ripped up your membership card and you wonder what you should do next, try this: for the next month sit down every day to write new songs. You have to come up with […]

Seinfeld’s Productivity Chain

Seinfeld’s Productivity Chain

I was engaged in a conversation with some friends of mine, who are all in proper jobs, about how to be more productive and get stuff done. Someone mentioned the comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity chain. It works like this: if you want to be truly great at something you have to do it every day. […]

In Utero

In Utero

In his letter to Nirvana producer Steve Albini makes a few good points about making records. In our daily business we, too, talk about making records with artists. In Utero often gets mentioned as the kind of non-polished, gritty record bands aspire to make, usually in response to a discussion about budget, I guess, in […]

3 Things That Every Artist Needs To H...

3 Things That Every Artist Needs To Hear

Someone who used to work as an a&r in one of the major labels told me about his new job in music. It was unsurprising to hear him say that he enjoys being free of the relatively small confines of what he used to do for a living. That visible part of the music business, […]

The Great Escape – 5 Things To ...

The Great Escape – 5 Things To Make Things Even Better

Last Thursday, walking into the foyer at the Dome in Brighton where the music business convention takes place during The Great Escape, the realisation that I belong to the community of people who make up the music business in this country almost startled me. Even after twenty odd years of working in music I feel […]

Music In Small Towns

Music In Small Towns

Analogue 2 Digital is a music business and tech conference in Exeter. In its sixth year, A2D gathers together a bunch of gear manufacturers, musicians and music business people to look at and discuss what’s new and what’s important. This weekend was my second visit as a panelist. Maria and Jim Peters, who curate A2D, […]

Shortcuts To Success

Shortcuts To Success

My favourite and only hobby, squash, brings to London next week the world’s top professional players to compete in the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, an annual pilgrimage for the capital’s squash nuts. Incidentally, The Animal Farm sponsors the teams at Blackheath Squash Club where I play. My squad just won promotion to Division One in […]

How Bands Earn Their Stripes

How Bands Earn Their Stripes

I’ve been reading Jazz Summers’ autobiography. For those who don’t know, Jazz is an artist manager with a long history that dates back to the 60s. In his book, he writes of Old Kent Road, just across the tracks from our studios, where in the 60s and 70s there were pubs on every corner and […]

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  • The Shout @ Pavilion Bar Belfast
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • The Onironauts @ Melting Potes, France
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • The Onironauts @ Mouillotins Festival, France
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Shoot the Poet @ Isle of Wight Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • The Moth Lantern @ Airfield Anarchy 'Mudfest', Newark Showground
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Little Brother Eli @ Mr.Wolfs, Bristol, BS1 1JX
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Martyn Ellis @ The North, Rhyl
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Young and the Blue @ Asylum, Chelmsford Essex, CM1 1TS
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Juno - 360 Club @ The Library Leeds LS2 3AP
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Shoot the Poet @ Willowman Festival, Ripon
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • The Wondersmiths @ The Good Ship, London
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Lunar Pupil @ Underbelly, Hoxton
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • France @ underbelly Hoxton square, london
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Martyn Ellis @ Snowdon Rocks, Llanberis
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Stone Thieves @ Guns and Smoke, London
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Casual Agenda @ JJM Weekender Festival, Walsall
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Little Brother Eli @ The Finsbury, London, N4 1B4
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Stone Thieves @ The Finsbury, London
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Juno @ The New Cross Inn
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Young and the Blue @ The Monarch, Camden
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • The Shout @ Jagermeister BOTB, Belfast
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Casual Agenda @ O2 Academy, Birmingham
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Little Brother Eli @ The Cellar, Oxford, OX1 3HZ
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Martyn Ellis @ Jump on Demand Festival, Liverpool
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Martyn Ellis @ Woodfest, Caerwys
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • The Hogroast Club Night w/ Sweet Ether, Circus 66, Redhead & Into the Ether
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: The Spice Of Life, 6 Moor Street, London W1D 5NA, United Kingdom
  • The Shout @ Ivy Bar, Newtonards
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Casual Agenda @ Proud Camden, London
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: June 29, 2015 - 12:00 am
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