Articles

avatar

Posted in: Articles

How To Write a Hit Song – Is Three still the Magic Number? Ever wondered how the big names write hit song after song. Well the answer is collaboration, which in itself is not much of revelation when you consider the icons of old such as Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, Page/Plant etc. However what may come as a surprise is that in Music Week's recent analysis of the Top 100 singles of 2016 the average number of heads needed to write a hit song is 4.53! For example Beyonce needed 16 songwriters, producers and composers to complete her latest LP 'Lemonade'. So what does this mean? Should we be outraged by this revelation? Well before we jump on ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

Who killed UK Clubbing & why so many Nightclub Closures? Annie Mac recently recorded a short BBC documentary, Who Killed The Night, in which she investigates why UK clubbing is haemorrhaging venues and clubbers. During the show Annie considers a number of possible explanations as to why almost 50% of UK clubs have closed since 2005, leaving us with just 1753 in 2017. As you'd expect the usual arguments are raised - property developers, local counsel meddling etc. However it was a simple phrase that 'Sink The Pink' promoter Amy Redmond used that struck home for us - 'Punk-Spirit'. Whilst considering this short film we also stumbled across the ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

10 Song Writing Quotes – Inspiration, Hardwork or Luck? There's nothing quite like discovering a great song. It can lift us up in our darkest hour, relate to us personally, bring joy and often times inspire us. Often times, for me at least, finding new music or just music in general is one of the few things that gets me through the day, that and walks in nature and reading my bible. Not very hard-core DJ I know, but I suffer with depression and at times it's hold on me is unbearably strong...Thankfully music has the unique ability to transform the wilderness of our everyday surroundings. Pop in your headphones, turn up the car stereo and watch the ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

Franz Ferdinand, R.E.M, Death Cab anti Trump campaign | New Music Issuing anti Donald Trump rhetoric is presently the new black for anyone remotely famous or slightly opinionated. In fact it wouldn't be a surprise if in the coming weeks people don't start wearing t-shirts supporting their moral outrage whilst heading to their favourite coffee house. Its not that we have a problem with anti Donald Trump sentiments, far from it, we've got our t-shirt on now, it is inexplicable that he presently has a 50/50 chance of becoming the next American President. Not only has he accused the incumbent President 'Barack Obama' of founding 'Isis', yes really, he has ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

‘Share Your Work’ – Jon E Cassell ‘Footman’ | New Music For the past month Ive been reading a book titled 'Share Your Work', of which the basic premise is that as artists and creators we need to get over our fear of being negatively critiqued for something we've created. Pointing out that unless we make ourselves findable how are we ever going to be found? Which essentially means taking a risk and putting our creations out there for others to see, hear and comment on. For some this may seem like a terrifying proposition of almost certain disaster, yet as the writer goes on to point out - 'no one has directly died from a bad review', its just a bad ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

Spotify in advanced talks to buy Soundcloud in $1bn deal? | News According to a recent report in the Financial Times it is understood that the market leading streaming service 'Spotify' is in advanced talks to purchase it's German based rival Soundcloud and its 150 million active users. Like all such previously similar acquisitions, Google purchasing YouTube, Facebook purchasing Instagram, the purpose of such an acquisition is to both remove competition whilst also further bolstering its own competitive edge relative to its main market rivals. It was recently reported that in 2016 Spotify's growth had dwarfed that of it's main rival 'Apple', with ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

Part 5 ‘Go Jonny Go’ An Unexpected Journey by Blah Blah Blah… Morocco, or more specifically 'Ourrzazate', the gateway to the Sahara, was to be our final moment of civilisation, before the MDS crew corralled our 1200 souls into plush air conditioned coaches and shipped us into the heart of the Desert. And with the air con blasting and our sizeable complementary pack lunch in hand it is fair to say, in hindsight, that the level of comfort and luxury was no more than a cunning fisherman's lure drawing us hopelessly towards are impending doom... Despite a 6 hour flight and a 3 hour transfer to the start line the hubbub of anticipation was palpable as ... Read more / Preview track
avatar

Posted in: Articles

Baz Luhrmann’s Hip-Hop drama ‘The Get Down’ – Dope or Wack? Of all the genres of music out there it's probably fair to say that Hip-Hop is equally the most revered and least relevant to a white, middle class, English man such as myself. My youth was not defined by murderous gang hostilities, cocaine, bloc parties, graffiti and overtly corrupt politics, as is the core subject matter of this drama. I've never tried to look fly and its unlikely my then sanitised pop interests would be considered dope. In fact my youth was pretty wack, not that I'd have used, or even know what that word meant. And here in lies, at least for someone like myself, the ... Read more / Preview track