I want to present to you an exciting new act now available for gigs in London.
This project has just left the womb that harbored its making.
With a sense of whimsical classicism, and high artistic aspirations, it breathes childlike wonderment and world-weariness. Its music, almost inextricable from the liminal state between dreaming and waking life, sounds dense and wondrous, surprising even.
For now, there’s one musician (and all the paraphernalia that comes with him), but the plan is to “expand”.
You should expect an engaging performance, with a kind of cheerful philosophy and a promise to let emotions flow, and to follow wherever they go.
The Glasgow Journal was recently awarded “Student Publication of the Year”. Well done to them.
It’s just a shame that in their article on Metronomy bassist Olugbenga Adelekan, they accidentally printed of photo of dubstep producer Benga. And mentioned Benga in the headline. Still, it could’ve been a photo of Adele.
Want to want live reviews and not get paid? Well there are plenty of opportunities for you out there in the world of ‘media’, from the smallest blogs to the biggest newspapers. But ‘Guitar Media’ magazine (hmmmmm… nope) recently took it a step further by asking for a £49.99 annual fee for privilege of writing for their rag.
They try to reason
We need to make sure that we get only serious applicants. Paying for this service means that you are committed to creating informative reviews that meet deadlines. At the end of the day you will be getting into these concerts as a member of the Guitar Media press team for free and we could be sending you to many many concerts every year. If we offered this for free we would be inundated with people just wanting free concert tickets and its [sic] possible that no reviews would be sent to us. This is why we have to charge a fee.
Or you could, you know, pay your writers.
(And you could probably do with a sub-editor too.)
Live And Unsigned, the “UK’s largest competition for original music” (it claims), is being probed by the Advertising Standards Agency after failing to provide the prizes originally advertised. Serves the bands right for entering a pay-to-play contest, really. One band (OOH, A SECRET SOURCE) told us they went through the first stage (£10 entry fee) but pulled out of the second one when they were told they’d have to sell 25 tickets at £8 each as well as show the ‘promoters’ all the evidence of how much work the band had done to publicise the event. Oh and they were only allowed to play one song.
Hey bro, come and give us £8 so you can see us play one song.
Nah, that’s OK.
But the problem with the prizes being offered of festival slots for the winning bands? The two festivals were cancelled. Brilliant. Full story over at the Beeb.
Sometimes, bands just like to copy us in on email discussions. Well, this has only really happened one time and we never got to see the response from the promoter, if there was one.
A band responds to a gig offer from a promoter.
From our discussion I understood:
you hire a venue with a capacity of 100 people
you book 6 bands
you charge 5 pounds on the door
you keep all the money from the first 10 people there to see each band
any more than 10 people for each band and the band gets 100 percent of the money
you promote the event via facebook
So that means if the place is full, each band has brought 16 people (this adds up to 100, roughly) so each band can make a maximum of 30 pounds for the extra 6 they bring, yet you earn 300 pounds. You told me that you keep the money to cover your expenses.
Following our discussion I called the venue and asked how much to hire it. They told me 65 pounds.
We’d all like a job where you earn 235 pounds to make a facebook event and a few phone calls and to have people working for you for a tiny amount of money. Dress it up as you want but it’s clearly an attempt by a chancer to make a few bucks off of other people’s art. Bit of an awful thing to do. Why don’t you get a real job?
The Geffen-signed Brother, previously emo pop band Kill The Arcade, now styling themselves on Oasis and renamed Viva Brother, a band we’re not sure actually exists outside the NME, played some festival or other called Glastonbury a few days ago on the ‘Other’ stage and dropped this quote. “‘We had an ace night, last night. Now we are having a come down, we’re coming down faster than the Twin Towers.” Just in time for their US tour as well!
Man, those fans of The Blackout are angry, angry people.
Shut up, fans.
We’ve nothing against Pledge Music when it’s used in good ways, but ‘offering’ fans to pay to be their roadie for a day does raise a few eyebrows over here. Maybe this is a brand new internship model we hadn’t thought of before. Thrash Hits blog has more to say on the matter.
Thom Yorke says “don’t sign to a major label – they’re dying”. The Radiohead singer, who wouldn’t be in a position to sell albums on a ‘pay what you want’ basis and make huge wonga out of it had his band not had the support of Parlophone for the course of six albums, has been advising young musicians that it is “only a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds.”
Yeah, that’ll happen. In months. No more music biz for you. Hurrah!
Meanwhile, EMI chief Charles Allen says the company is in “really good shape” and that the first part of their new investment will buy EMI “at least a year”. SEE, THOM? YOU’RE WRONG. EMI has a debt of £3bn. That’s three billion. Good luck with that.
Source: loads of websites. Can’t be arsed linking. Go Google it or something.
A major label A&R writes: “Here’s my personal best so far. This was sent to me (just a letter) a couple of months ago: (ALL typos and spelling are replicated exactly as in the letter) check the myspace as you read this. It’s mind blowing.”
Yes, make sure you do have a look all over his Myspace page.
“St Jack and john sully”
[Hand written in the top right hand corner – “Song 8 on the website is my ‘teen spirit’]
St.jack are a band from Islington north London and are doing urban indie rough-edged rock, it counteracts all that student crap of coldplay etc etc, we are like “the doors”, “the jam” and “nirvana”, if you look at the website the girls really like this band and the music and we already have a great british and worldwide following. “oasis” are finished and the public like the time before “nirvana” are dying for this great new rock, and it is coming out of London like punk in the late 70’s.we have over 100 songs and this could easily become a movement if you have the vision, john sully the singer and writer is goodlooking and could be the ultimate frontman and he writes songs like no other.our web address is www.myspace.com/xx66 and the phone is 0207 XXX XXXX, try e-mail at email@example.com , hip hop and shiity r+b is a sick evil beast that needs to be put out of it’s misery. Just like nirvana shit on micheal Jackson in’91.wesetrn youth are literally dying for the new wine and I hope you have the vision to see this, you must ask yourself why all the girls across Europe are digging this band and site, some on and lets start the revolution that has been missing all this century, they reject the violent thugs of hip hop and the little schoolboys of boybanderry,
Stables full of shite mean nothing to British youth, they know a wrongen and they know the real thing.
[then scrawled in ink at the bottom of the page]
1. Teardrop Explodes
2. The jam
4. The doors
5. More beautiful + more numbers of girls on my website than ‘Take That’s’ website
“A quick glance at the myspace easily answers the main question John seems to be posing. The “girls” who are so clearly “digging this band and site” are the sort of Tila Tequila wannabees that would add any and everyone. If that’s the future of Rock n Roll, well, I guess I’m done.”