Who is Matthew Dear anyway?

17/03/2011 @ The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath.

The DJ set that started of the night was something good to have a little dance or jig along to whilst awaiting the live band performance of Matthew Dear. The first time I’ve been to a gig on my own like this, so wasn’t really sure where to place myself other than my infamous choice of right at the front right by the speakers on the left hand side. Good choice for listening to this band play although obscuring my vision of the trumpet player and the drummer, left me wondering what it would be like to watch and hear Matthew Dear on his own. The band were made up of a trumpet player, bass player and a dude on the drums, they performed tracks that sounded pretty immense through the speaker on the left, my personal favorite being Monkey. With a robot style of vocals and electronic, rock / indie with a little trumpet sound coming together to fill the small room with chilled out noises. What I like about Matthew Dear is that the whole performance was about fifty seven times better than I was ever expecting, and the music that the band makes is not what anyone would expect when you say ‘have you heard of that Matthew Dear?’.  Although they only lasted a little while on stage, the encore was the kind of sound that I will remember forever Slowdance, literally slow dancing to this track, everyone likes a catchy lyric or two.

(I think next time I go to a gig on my own I will drink a little less beer).

 

Tuned In to Tuned On

 

Location Location Location – Is location of importance to make it big or just have a sustainable career in the music industry, either as an artist or a music business professional type?

Who could turn down a free seminar on music and the music industry? You don’t get much for nothing these days (along with a complementary punch record sweet), it took place on 9th March 2011 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Organized by Punch Records – a well established record company in Digbeth, Birmingham with a focused debate on the issues of location and success within the music industry.  The panelists were:

Lee Fisher (chair) – Access to Music Manager, Birmingham

RoxXxan – Birmingham born, London based Artist /Rapper

Trilla – Birmingham based Artist / MC

Ray Paul – Founder on 1Xtra / The Playmaker Group Creative Director

Lady Leshurr – Birmingham Based Artist (Rapper / MC / Singer / Songwriter / Dancer /Actress)

The main points made  were:

  • To be successful as an artist in the music industry and get to sign the ‘big deal’ you need to have talent, rather than be based in a specific location (the location that the majority think of being London).
  • There was also mentioned of the DIY approach to getting yourself out there in music. “Don’t wait for something to happen, Do It Yourself”, if you want to perform, organise a gig yourself.
  • The importance of networking was also suggested, both online and offline, It’s not always what you know but who you know, although you have to show the network something interesting: Build up a portfolio of work ready for networking and getting yourself known.
  • Another interesting comment made was that people within local areas should work together for mutual benefit rather than going at it alone.

The next Tuned On Seminar ‘Stream or Sell’ is going to take place on 13th April 2011 at 18.00 -19.00 in The Symphony Hall, with the following panelists: Matt Parsons from Ditto and Dave Adams from SoundCloud and others.

 

 

 

Collaboration X Static

My latest project that I am endeavouring to ‘Project Manage’ as it seems is Collaboration X.

It has stemmed from the great passion to see changes in the way that music is produced, testing the limitations of what can be called ‘music’ and not just a noise. Having always been part of production projects working with a group of other likeminded troupers, I have finally had the chance to put my own ideas into practice as a curator of music. There have been quite a few challenges to overcome so far, like most projects, though I am hopeful that it will become a success with the right amount of time spent on it, so here is what it’s all about;

An online experimental music collaboration, creating new sounds with a group of musicians and producers will never meet throughout the collaboration process. The process involved is experimental in itself, after a few tried and tested ideas, the final idea should be ‘set in stone’. The local musicians will perform and record short samples of different music styles, patterns and sounds ready for local producers to create some unique and experimental pieces of music. The music that has been produced so far has been uploaded onto SoundCloud and Kompoz. The final aim is to sell the music for a music charity, Sound It Out, either through the use on online music stores or on Band Camp using the ‘pay want you want’ feature.

Here are some related links (undeniable spam)

http://collaborationx2011.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/CollaborationX

 

Collaboration X, spread the word yo!

 

Shuttle was worth it

I’ve been a bit thin on the ground with my writing recently, so what better way to get back on the ball than with a good old opinionated piece on John Shuttleworth and other comedy genius’. A few weeks ago I noticed that John Shuttleworth was going to be performing at the THSH in Birmingham, with only three days to decide on whether or not I should go, I gave in just for the laugh. A Man With No More Rolls it was, supposedly a spelling mistake made by Johns friend/manager (no morals) a very apt title for a bundle of doughy one liners. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had only witnessed a rather small performance when he found himself performing at Sidmouth Folk Festival in the summer of twenty ten. Although my fears became real, I seem to be slightly young for some of the comedy values, I was sometimes left a bit out of tune with the majority of laughs, even so, he still is very much a legend. To be able to make a living from very nearly filling out the whole venue, with just one witty man, a Yamaha keyboard and very few extra props; a skill that I desire to have, making money in the music industry. John has the unique creativity and imagination to make a catchy song about anything from cereal to cars, although these songs probably wouldn’t have the desired effect on the untrained ear of the mainstream music lover, thus being quickly dismissed for rubbish listening. It’s the music and comedy hybrids that grab my personal preference in the music industry, FOTC, Tim Vine, Weird Al Malkovich, Tim Minchin, and the others, I think this is the right direction to be heading in for my next venture in the tough world of music.