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Wishing 0 – Doing 1

Wishing 0 – Doing 1

Finding a person who has the talent and lunacy required to forge a career in music is hard. Finding a collection of individuals who share the same attributes is harder still. I’ve met many people who “could have” become footballers, but didn’t. Similarly, music attracts the slightly deluded and seriously work shy. In my line […]

5 Things You Should Know About Practi...

5 Things You Should Know About Practicing

Many seasons ago we were producing a band whose guitarist saw me doing some leisurely fretwork, going up and down various scales in various tempos. He looked on and said: ” I could never do that.” I wasn’t born able to do it either, I thought. The other day my brother Mat bought an electronic […]

Reeperbahn Follow Up

Reeperbahn Follow Up

Reeperbahn Festival Meeting people who work in the business of music is hard work, especially when it happens at conferences like Reeperbahn Festival, from where we’ve just come back. We had back to back 30 minute meetings from breakfast until early evening for three days running. That’s a lot of talk, lots of flesh pressed, […]

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 […]

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