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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 […]

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 […]

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  • France @ O2 Academy Islington, London
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  • The Onironauts @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol, BS1 1JX
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    Ends: August 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Casual Agenda @ Night + Day Café, Manchester
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    Ends: August 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Little Brother Eli @ The Bedford Rock Festival, London
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    Ends: August 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Martyn Ellis @ The North, Rhyl
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    Ends: August 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
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  • Martyn Ellis @ The Castle, Abergele
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  • The Onironauts @ Barroccio, Italy
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: August 29, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Martyn Ellis @ The North, Rhyl
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  • Martyn Ellis @ Pot and Kettle, Rhyl
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: August 30, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • The Onironauts @ Schola Sarmenti, Italy
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  • The Hogroast Club Night @ The Spice of Life
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