I have been doing the music biz thing for a quarter of a century now, I don’t call it a career or say I’m in the Industry. I’m a performing musician. People ask me all the time for advice about how to do thing so I thought I would write a few blogs on the subject. Playing gigs is the main aim for most musicians, most want to play there very best to a receptive audience that hopefully will grow as time goes on. When you start out the rules of the game are pretty much the same as they are when your 25 years into the game like I am so here are a few pointers that hopefully will hold you in good stead for the future. These view are my own from over half of my life of experience.
I will take it as read that you have a gig booked, it may be a fixed fee, a door split, a gig for ‘Exposure’ (I will talk about this in another post) or you may be playing as a favour to someone. Either way you are there to entertain an audience and you have to be professional about it. In essence it is a job of w…
So the question is how many bands that have been around almost 50 years still have the same line up and have never broken up ? Answer not many the closest is probably U2.
Most major bands have had so many line up changes over the years there may be only 1 or 2 original members left. Robert Smith is the only original member of the Cure, Dave Brock for Hawkwind, Nick Rhodes for Duran Duran & Chris Squire for Yes. Drummers Fair well in that the only long serving original members of Pink Floyd, the Yardbirds & The Animals are the Drummer. Nobody batters an eyelid in that Lynyrd Skynyrd have hardly any original members because of the fateful air crash. Or lack of original members of Big Country or Thin Lizzy. So why last night was social media full of venom for what Queen are doing these days?
Freddie died in 1991 and the band carried on finishing off music and while John Deacon retired Brian and Roger carried on with various musical projects my answer is this Why the bloody hell s…
Tape recorders have been part of my life since I was a
toddler. When I was 3 years old I had a phillips reel to reel that I used to
record records on to and in my early teens I was doing sound on sound
recordings with a pair of my dads Pioneer RT-707 machines.
Technology has moved on a lot in the last 30 years but
nothing preserves the past more than tape . Over the years I have been hunting around Car boot sales,
recycling centres and the internet looking for old tapes that might have
something of interest. Mostly what I am looking out for is old TV and Radio
programmes that were recorded at home. So much stuff was never recorded or kept
by the broadcasters that domestic recordings were the only way things were
preserved. Some of the most famous home recordings are things like John
Peel sessions from the 1960s and 70s as well as off air recordings of Doctor
Who and Hancocks half hour. Myself I have located a number of missing audio recordings
over the years. The Beatles on the Mike and…