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|"How Online Advertising Is Killing Music Journalism"
|LINK: "How Online Advertising Is Killing Music Journalism"|
One of the Already Heard team shared this with the team earlier today and I thought it was a good, sensible read that brought up some good points.
The point about blogs/sites producing quick and short news post is something I see daily, and it frustrates me. They’re often far too brief and lack really substance, and are merely there to produce instant content that readers can easily share, which in turn increases advertisers revenue; as explained in the above link.
In the so-called “scene” I follow online and the sites I have on my Google Reader, the content produced is far too similar from one site to the next. As much as I like some of the bands being mentioned on these sites, I get bored reading about them. Bands become over-exposed. Do we really need dozens of sites writing briefly about a tweet, a band member hinted about a possible, unannounced tour that will probably happen soon?
As for “underground” blogs featuring mainstream bands, I think it’s a case of advertisers pushing for more “accessible” bands/artists to gain more revenue. I guess in some ways it is like publishers pushing for popular bands to be on magazines covers to gain more sales.
As for us folk at Already Heard, we don’t receive any advertising revenue. The ad space is there and we do occasionally mention it, but in this economic climate not everyone can put aside a couple of quid to advertise their independent release on a relatively small website.
And due to the music and genre’s we often cover; I’d say 97% of our content is anything but “mainstream,” we don’t attract the numbers to gain advertisers. However me and the Already Heard team are fine about that.
I’m sure someone will pick up on the point that Already Heard does include dozens of aforementioned brief news stories, however that’s just the nature of our “scene” and news plays a role in growing our readership and our name.
We’re not here to make money; if we were I’m sure you’d see us writing about more “mainstream” bands, we’re here to write about music and bands we love and want our readership, however small it is, to know about them. And we try our hardest by producing quality, detailed content.
Is online advertising killing music journalism? Not quite but it’s helping it evolve to an unfortunate state where sites have to “be first” and pander to readers’ need for every last bit of info as quickly and as briefly as possible.
|Tags: music journalism, music,
|I know some maybe fed up of talking/”plugging” Already Heard but it’s what takes up a lot of my free time when I’m not at work.|
However Already Heard had a pretty good day today. Here’s why:
FIVES: The Best 90’s Emo Albums
“Fives” is a feature that we started off late last year, and in some ways sees the site continuing it’s retrospective/nostalgic approach. This is (kinda) why we’re going to be alternating “Fives and our “Versus” every Wednesday.
This week me and the four other Already Heard writers decided to pick out our favourite “emo” albums of the 90’s. I picked Sunny Day Real Estate’s ‘Diary.’
If I remember correctly, its one of many albums I discovered from reading a book called ‘Nothing Feels Good’ by Andy Greenwald. Go and read the full feature for my thoughts on the album.
Already Heard Live: Housefires - Wilmcote
Over the past few months, Mikey (AH Assistant Editor) has been working his ass off working and processing a load of new video content. This is one of the live performance videos, something that we’re planning more this year.
Housefires’ vocalist Dan Callis and drummer Nate Goodridge are playing their final show tomorrow, so we thought it’d be an ideal time to post this video and launch the “Already Heard Live” portion of our site.
Already Heard Presents: Calls Landing & Make Your Mark UK Tour
I have to thank AH writer and Ebb & Flow PR’s Rosie Kerr for setting this up. Calls Landing and Make Your Mark are two bands from Leeds and they both fit the Transit/The Wonder Years mould.
It’s great for our site to be involved with two promising bands, which is something Already Heard is all about.
I would advise to click on the link above, go to our show and listen to both bands.
|Tags: music, emo, housefires, calls landing, make your mark, already heard,
|Feature: Already Heard - 50 Bands to Watch in 2013
This feature has been on the back of mind over the Christmas period but I think it’s came together brilliantly. Like our full album of the year list (which I never did put online,) the 50 bands that me and a selection of the Already Heard team have picked is quite diverse and varied - just what our site is. That is what so good about our team, we all have such a varied taste in music but we’re joined by one goal; to grow Already Heard through our passion for music.|
In 2012 whenever I felt shitty about anything, Already Heard and the people involved in the site have kept me busy and picked me up.
Anyway go and read Already Heard’s list of 50 bands to you need to watch out for in 2013.
View the feature HERE.
|Alreadyheard.com's Records of the Year
|Here’s Already Heard’s Record of the Year list. This has took quite a bit of work preparing. |
To put the list together, I wanted to do it fair. So I came up with a points scoring system where every writer and photographer picked up to 10 releases (including EP’s). These would then be ranked from 1 to 10 with the first choice receiving 10 points, second nine points, third eight points and so until the tenth choice was awarded 1 point.
Once every AH team member handed their results, we basically added the scores up by album.
Overall there was 146 releases on the list that proved to be an eclectic mix of bands, artists and genres
|AlreadyHeard.com Feature: The Cassette Revival
|In recent years there has been a downturn music consumers purchasing physical releases, with many choosing digital downloads as an alternative. In the year 2012, this is a common, well-known fact. Year in, year out stories appear announcing the decrease in CD sales and online sales increasing. |
However despite this favouritism towards digital downloads, there are some consumers who still prefer to purchase. In recent years, one physical format has continued to increase in sales and that is the vinyl format. In 2011 there was a fourteen percent increase in vinyl sales.
Nevertheless for independent labels, the production cost to produce vinyl releases can be costly, and in the current hard economic times, it can more than often be challenging for small labels to produce such releases and to please music fans.
But there are some labels who are finding away around the demanding production cost and satisfying customer needs. They are doing this by producing cassette releases, a format that, for some, has long been forgotten about since it’s decline in the early 1990’s.
In 2012 several labels are regularly producing compact cassette releases, with the likes of Doghouse Records, Lost Tape Collective, Pinky Swear Records and amongst others being part of the cassette revival
Already Heard asked a handful of labels about the cassette revival; does production cost become a major factor? Is there a nostalgic factor behind it? Has the vinyl boom influenced it?
[B]READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE[/b]
|Tags: Already Heard, Cassette,
|Better Late Then Never
Sorry I've not been around.
After much hard work, AlreadyHeard.com finally launched this month (April 9th to be precise.)
Since then we've posted sessions with Transit and Jumping Ships, interviewed bands such as Senses Fail and Angels and Airwaves and much more.
Check it out: alreadyheard.com
|UK Round-Up 9/3/12
Several new bands for Leeds University's Ghostfest has been announced:
Feed The Rhino
Brotherhood Of The Lake
Brutality Will Prevail
Mystery Jets, Villagers, 65daysofstatic, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Dog Is Dead, Tellison, Theme Park, Boat To Row, Very Nice Harry, Yellow Fever and Fine Union, have been announced for Truck Festival. The festival will take place across 20th and 21st July at Hill Farm, Steventon. In addition BSM Records and Alcopop Records will be taking over part of the festival, with bands such as Johnny Foreigner, Tall Ships, Brontide, Talons, Gunning For Tamar and My First Tooth playing The Barn on Saturday July 21st.
The organisers of Nottingham's Hit The Deck Festival, have announced the final batch of bands:
Lower Than Atlantis
Autumn In Disguise
The Black And Reds
The Black Youth
The Social Club
The Summer Set
With One Last Breath
The next announcement for Kent's Hevy Festival will be made on Friday 16th March.
This Years Winner Is have posted a new song entitled 'Better Altogether'.
Failsafe have signed to Cardboard Empire.
The video for 'X Marks' by Hello Lazrurs is now online.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will release a new album called 'Maps' In The UK on May 7th through Cooking Vinyl. A video for 'The Real McCoy' has also been released.
Don Broco's recent BBC Introducing session at Maida Vale Studies, can be viewed here.
'Able Moving Hearts' by Sharks can be heard here.
Gunning For Tamar's video for 'Time Trophies' can be seen here.
Decade have posted an acoustic version of 'Never Enough.
An acoustic performance of 'What Makes Life Better' by Autumn In Disguise can be seen here.
The video for 'Bring 'Em Down' by Lostprophets can be viewed here.
DZ Deathrays have signed to Hassle Records. 'Bloodstreams' is released on May 7th.
You Me At Six released their music video for ''No One Does It Better. They have also written a song for a new Thorpe Park ride called 'The Swarm'.
30 Southampton Cellar
1 London Barfly
3 Birmingham Ballroom
4 Sheffield Corporation
5 Leeds Santiagos
24th XOYO, London
Balance & Composure and Pianos Become The Teeth
05 - Bristol Fleece
06 - Leeds Cockpit Ii
07 - Glasgow Stereo
08 - Manchester Moho Live
09 - Sheffield Corporation
10 - London Borderline
|UK News Round-up (2/3/12)
The Stone Roses and The Killers will headline the V Festival 2012. The other acts announced so far are:
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Snow Patrol, Nicki Minaj, Tinie Tempah, Example, Ed Sheeran, James Morrison, Tom Jones, The Enemy, The Proclaimers, Olly Murs, Noah and the Whale, The Stranglers, David Guetta, Nero, Keane, Madness, Friendly Fires, Happy Mondays, Professor Green, Emeli Sande, Ben Howard, Rizzle Kicks, Frank Turner, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, Miles Kane, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lissie, Shed Seven, The Ting Tings, The Human League, The Proclaimers, Frank Ocean, Inspiral Carpets, The Rifles, DJ Fresh, Pixie Lott, and Dappy.
Skrillex has been announced for the UKF Bass Culture Arena at this year's Global Gathering, which takes place on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th July 2012 at Long Marston Airfield, nr. Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire.
2000Trees have added 14 more bands, and takes place at Upcote Farm in Gloucestershire from the 12th-14th July.
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Dog Is Dead
The first batch for Ghostfest has been announced. The event will take place on June 30th and July 1st at Leeds University.
All Shall Perish
The Haarp Machine
Heart In Hand
Further details about the Slam Dunk Festival have been announced:
Slam Dunk North - May 26th at Leeds University - £32.50
Slam Dunk South - May 27th at Hertfordshire University, Hatfield - £32.50
Slam Dunk Wales - May 28th at Cardiff University - £22.50
Slam Dunk Scotland - May 29th at Glasgow O2 ABC - £22.50
Slam Dunk North & South Line-Up Additions
Motion City Soundtrack
Hit The Lights
The Story So Far
Lower Than Atlantis
While She Sleeps
Of Mice & Men
The Word Alive
For The Fallen Dreams
I See Stars
Upon A Burning Body
Slam Dunk Wales
Taking Back Sunday
Motion City Soundtrack
While She Sleeps
Of Mice & Men
Slam Dunk Scotland
Taking Back Sunday
Motion City Soundtrack
Hit The Lights
The Story So Far
Natives posted their first studio video from their time in LA with producer John Feldmann(Goldfinger).
Scholars released their new single 'Bad For Business'.
Sound of Guns release their new album ‘Angels And Enemies’ next Monday, March 5th.
The new video for 'The Better Half Of Me' by Canada Water can be viewed here.
Loose Cannons guitarist Marcus Rutherford recently passed away after a long battle against leukaemia. A statement from the band can be viewed here.
Architects' new album is called 'Daybreaker' and will be released on May 28th.
Great Cynics released a video for 'In The Valley'.
The Smoking Hearts
Fri 06 Apr Bridgend, Hobos
Sun 08 Apr Andover, The George
Mon 09 Apr Stoke, Harry's Bar
Tue 10 Apr Liverpool, Upstairs @ The Caledonian
Wed 11 Apr Norwich, Karma Café
Thu 12 Apr Southampton, Avondales
Fri 13 Apr Weymouth, Finns Rock Pub
Fri 20 Apr Bournemouth, Soundcircus
Fri 27 Apr London Voodoo Rock @ Electrowerkz
Sat 02 Jun Lincoln Crash Doubt Festival @ The Showroom
Sound of Guns
6th Newcastle, Academy 2
7th Glasgow, King Tuts
8th Inverness, Ironworks
9th Aberdeen, Tunnels
10th Dundee, Doghouse
13th Manchester, Roadhouse
14th Dublin, Academy 2
15th Belfast, University
16th Sheffield, Leadmill
17th Leeds, Cockpit
19th Nottingham, Bodega
20th Cardiff, Moon
21st Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
23rd Brighton, Hydrant
24th Southampton, Unit
19th London, Cargo
21st Liverpool, O2 Academy 1
3rd March, Derby, The Victoria Inn (with We Are The Physics)
7th March, Southampton, Unit
8th March, Brighton, The Green Door Store (with We Are The Physics And Joanna Gruesome)
9th March, Northampton, Labour Club (with We Are The Physics And Zola)
10th March, Cheltnam, Frog And Fiddle (with We Are The Physics)
11th March, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (with We Are The Physics)
16th March, Birmingham, The Flapper (with A Cast Of Genius)
Gunning For Tamar & Jumping Ships
19th March: Beercart Arms, Canterbury
22nd March: Avondale House, Southampto
24th March: The Cellar, Oxford
25th March:old Blue Last, London
27th March:the Hope, Brighton
28th March:buffalo Bar, Cardiff
29th March:trinity Bar, Harrow
30th March:shipping Forecast, Liverpool
31st March:the Chameleon, Nottingham
The Ocean Between Us
27 April - Sumo Middlesbrough Empire
28 April - Bristol Croft
29 April - Reading Facebar
30 April - Manchester Retro Bar
2 May - Stoke Sugarmill
3 May - Sheffield Corporation
5 May - Leeds Empire
6 May - Leicester Soundhouse
7 May - Newcastle Riverside
8 May - Carlisle Brickyard
9 May - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
10 May - Aberdeen Tunnels
11 May - Dundee Beat Generator
|UK Round-Up 24/2/12
Empires Fade's new video for Virtue'' can be seen here.
The video for 'A Modern Day Epic' by Man of the Hour has been released.
Crowns released a video for 'Full Swing'.
A free song from Shades of Jade; 'Her Soul' can be downloaded here.
Apologies, I Have None's new video for 'Clapton Pond' can be seen here. Their new album, 'London' is released on March 19th.
MC Lars and Wheatus will be heading out on a tour of the United Kingdom in May and June.
Great Cynics' new EP, 'In The Valley is streaming here.
Natives (formerly known as Not Advised) have posted a song called 'Big Plans'.
Wolf At Your Door Records released their fourth unsigned showcase.
On My Honor
23 Kingston Fighting Cocks W/the Rookie League
24 Reading Facebar
26 Leicester Soundhouse
27 Wakefield Black Flag
29 Sheffield Corporation
Futures (with Don Broco and Natives)
17 Brighton Haunt
18 Norwich Arts Centre
19 Birmingham Hmv Institute
20 Glasgow Abc2
21 Newcastle Academy 2
22 Manchester Club Academy
24 London Xoyo
25 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
26 Oxford O2 Academy
27 Leeds Cockpit
03 CARDIFF Buffalo Bar / The Moon (TBC)
04 MANCHESTER Star & Garter
05 LONDON Boston Arms Music Rooms
01 Brighton Audio
08 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
09 Birmingham Academy 2
11 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Kanye West & Jay-Z (Watch The Throne)
18 The O2 Arena, London
19 The O2 Arena, London
20 The O2 Arena, London
21 The O2 Arena, London
22 The O2 Arena, London
11 Manchester Arena, Manchester
12 Manchester Arena, Manchester
13 LG Arena, Birmingham
02 Bristol Fleece
03 Cardiff Ifor Bach
04 Nottingham Maze
05 Birmingham Academy 2
06 Manchester Academy 3
07 Glasgow King Tuts
08 Newcastle Trillians
09 Leeds Cockpit
10 Norwich Arts Centre
11 London Scala
Apr 25 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo w/ Russian Circles
Apr 29 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge w/ Russian Circles
Apr 30 - London, UK @ Scala Theater w/ Russian Circles
Sat 25th Feb WAMA High Wycombe
Sun 26th Feb White Rabbit Plymouth, Devon
Mon 27th Feb The Cavern Exeter,
Tue 28th Feb Sin City Swansea, Swansea
Wed 29th Feb The Fleece Bristol, Avon
MARCH 2012 (supporting INME)
Thu 1st Mar Talking Heads Southampton, Hampshire
Fri 2nd Mar Crauford Arms Wolverton, Milton Keynes
Sat 3rd Mar The Attic Rushden
Mon 5th Mar The Junction Cambridge
Tue 6th Mar Firebug Leicester, Leicestershire
Wed 7th Mar The Waterfront Norwich
Thu 8th Mar Corporation Sheffield
Fri 9th Mar The Masque Liverpool
Sat 10th Mar Fibbers York
Sun 11th Mar The Crown Middlesbrough
Tue 13th Mar O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Wed 14th Mar The Tunnels Aberdeen
Thu 15th Mar Dexter's Lounge Bar, Dundee
Fri 16th Mar Stereo Glasgow
Sat 17th Mar Spring & Airbrake, Belfast
Sun 18th Mar Whelans Dublin
Tue 20th Mar Dolans Pub Limerick, Ireland
Wed 21st Mar Cyprus Avenue Cork, Ireland
Thu 22nd Mar The Well Leeds
Fri 23rd Mar The Lamp Hull
Sat 24th Mar Moho Live Manchester
Mon 26th Mar The Sugarmill Stoke
Tue 27th Mar Rock City Nottingham
Wed 28th Mar HMV Institute Birmingham
Thu 29th Mar Guildhall Gloucester
Fri 30th Mar Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
Sat 31st Mar O2 Academy Islington London
Norma Jean, The Chariot, Admiral Arms and Dead & Divine
Feb 26 - Cardiff, Cardiff Uni CF10
Feb 27 - Birmingham, 02 Academy 2
Feb 28 - Glasgow, 02 ABC 2
Feb 29 - Dublin, The Village
Mar 01 - Belfast, The Limelight
Mar 02 - Sheffield, Corporation
Mar 03 - London, Camden Underworld
The Zico Chain
Tuesday 28.02.12 Kingston Fighting Cocks (18+ show) Doors 7.30pm
Friday 2.03.12 York Fibbers
Saturday 3.03.12 Huddersfield Parish
Saturday 5.03.12 Brighton Hydrant
Wednesday 7.03.12 Manchester Dry Bar
Thursday 8.03.12 Harlow Square
Friday 9.03.12 Weymouth Finns Rock Pub
Saturday 10.03.12 Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 11.03.12 London Nambucca
Tuesday 13.03.12 Birmingham Flapper
Wednesday 14.03.12 Leeds The Well
Thursday 15.03.12 Derby The Vic Inn
Friday 16.03.12 Coventry Kasbah
Thursday 05.04.12 * RESCHEDULED FROM 1st MARCH* Newport Pagnell Watershed
|UK Round-Up (17/2/12)
The first set of bands for this years Slam Dunk Festival have been announced, and will take place at Leeds Uni on Saturday May 26th and Herts Uni, Hatfield on Sunday, May 27th. Bands announced so far: Taking Back Sunday, Architects, The King Blues, Every Time I DIe, Cancer Bats, Mayday Parade, Forever The Sickest Kids, Set Your Goals, The Audition and Make Do And Mend.
The folllowing bands have been announced for 2000trees:
65daysofstatic, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rolo Tomassi, The Xcerts, Johnny Foreigner, My First Tooth, Brontide, Turbowolf, Freeze The Atlantic, Marmozets, Run WALK!, Shapes, The Bronze Medal, Goodnight Lenin, The Cadbury Sisters, Sam Russo, Jason Steel and Sam Brookes.
Tickets for this year's Leeds and Reading Festivals will go on sale at 7:15pm on Monday March 12th. The headliners and several other acts are due to be announced on the same day.
Killswitch Engage, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth and Nightwish have been added to this year's Download Fesival.
An announcement regarding the Sonisphere Festival is rumored to be made next Wednesday, possibly in Kerrang! magazine.
Luke Leighfield has released a documentary film entitled 'Seasons', which documents the recording of his new album 'New Season'. Watch/Download the film here.
Hello Lazarus' new self-titled EP is available to order from from Scylla Records.
On their current UK tour, New Found Glory have confirmed the 'Pop-Punk's Not Dead' tour will be coming to the UK before the end of the year.
The Used will be playing a short acoustic set and doing a meet and greet at Banquet Records in Kingston on April 28th.
Your Demise have released a new song called 'Born A Snake which is taken from their new album, 'The Golden Age' which is released on March 26 via Visible Noise.
Pariso have joined Tangled Talk and will release a new CD on May 21st.
The Ocean Between Us' new video for 'And Our Names Were Written In Water' can be seen here.
The new video for 'Arcane Effigies' by SHARKS can be seen here.
The Smoking Hearts have released the music video for 'Seatbelts'.
Not Advised have changed their name to Natives.
30 HMV Ritz, Manchester
31 O2 Academy Brixton, London
Polar. (with Carcer City)
01 - York Stereo
02 - Leeds The Well
03 - Liverpool The Shipping Forecast
04 - Northampton Racehorse
05 - Stoke The Underground
06 - Glasgow Stairway
07 - Aberdeen Tunnels
08 - Sheffield Corporation
09 - Southampton Joiners
10 - London Garage
11 - Aldershot West End Centre
12 - Rugby The Vault
13 - Margate Westcoast Bar
Mayday Parade (w/You Me At Six)
14.03.12 Belfast, Ulster Hall
15.03.12 Dublin, Olympia Theatre
17.03.12 Leicester, O2 Academy Leicester
18.03.12 Nottingham, Rock City
20.03.12 Bournemouth, O2 Academy Bournemouth
21.03.12 Yeovil,Westland Centre
23.03.12 Cardiff, The Great Hall
24.03.12 Liverpool, University
25.03.12 Newcastle, Academy
27.03.12 Glasgow, SECC Hall 3
28.03.12 Manchester, O2 Manchester Apollo
29.03.12 Manchester, O2 Manchester Apollo
31.03.12 Birmingham, Ballroom
01.04. 12 Birmingham, Ballroom
02.04.12 London, O2 Academy Brixton
03.04.12 London, O2 Academy Brixton
13 Old Blue Last, London (buy tickets)
|Tags: uk round-up,
|Progress - A little bit of info on AlreadyHeard.com
|As you may have seen, the new music website I’ve been working announced it’s new name earlier today.|
The site is called Already Heard* and will be fully launching in the coming months. The reason we haven’t fully launched the site is for two reasons; the final design/layout is still being worked on and secondly, we wanted to have plenty of original content prepared for when the site is fully live.
From my perspective what is the point of having a site that looks great, if the content is pointless, right? So that’s what me and the rest of the Already Heard team are doing; making content and by content I just don’t mean your usual music webzine/website/blog stuff; reviews, interviews, news.
I’ll admit the latter will be part of AlreadyHeard.com but one of our main aims is to produce original content that is interesting, engaging and possibly even thought-provoking.
That’s not saying news won’t be part of the site. In this day and age of social media and the internet etc, people want news and information instantaneously, and Already Heard will be posting news but we know there’s tons and tons of sites out there covering the same stories etc. That’s why our aim is to put emphasis on original content.
If you know me, thanks for your support and I hope my words above haven’t put you off from continuing your support and interest in AlreadyHeard.com, and if you don’t know me, then thanks for reading and I hope you will support the site in the coming months.
For me, today is a big, positive step forward. One that leaves me feeling hopeful for what is to come. I hope you’re excited as me and the rest of the AH team are.
If you’re in a band, run a label or are generally interested in working with AlreadyHeard.com, send me an e-mail: email@example.com
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*Yes the name is influenced by Brand New, but I think the name has a nice sound to it.
^I forgot to mention above the fact that the site will be producing video content. We’ll using Youtube/Vimeo, so users/readers/viewers can easily share that content.
|Tags: alreadyheard, already heard, music, blog, webzine,
|Unsigned but with a Good Work Ethic
|Apologies if this is a little incoherent. It’s just one of those “blogs” where I just write whatever comes to mind.|
This evening I started talking to a member from a fairly unknown, unsigned band that I’m Facebook friends with. After the pleasantries; how are you, how’s the band and so forth, my friend said being unsigned “sucked” and that it’s tough to get noticed in a sea of bands. The latter fact is something I regularly believe in.
I often think the internet has been good for smaller bands, as it has helped them get noticed but the downside to that, is that there’s too many bands wanting to get noticed, and the end result it that it’s hard to pick out the good from the bad, and some bands with great potential just get forgotten about.
As for being unsigned, I questioned if a label was needed. I think depending on the bands aims and work ethic, they don’t necessarily need a label. The band I was talking with are dedicated; released an EP last year, recently recorded some new songs and are aiming to record a full-length later this year.
They’re also open to have feedback, good or bad. Again this is something I think is essential and I respect. There are some bands who don’t listen to feedback (from fans and critics) and tend to stick to what they know or even adapt to whatever sound/style/trend is currently popular. This is something I don’t like. I find bands like that false and not true to themselves.
If you were involved in the music industry and had the chance to work with either a hard working, determined band or a trend-following band with a potential short shelf-life, which would you go for?
However as I discussed with my friend, bands who tend to follow trends (and in some cases quickly signed by labels) are often (quickly) forgot about.
This brief discussion reminded me of a feature I did last year; ‘How To Promote Your Band The Right Way.’ I liked putting this article together. I thought it’d be ideal to have different people from different areas of the music industry. I also felt I covered a wide-range of topics that may or may not help a band promote themselves; online, offline, playing live, free downloading, social networking etc.
My aim for that feature was to give some sort of guide and advice on how bands can promote themselves. I see some bands who tend to focus on some areas more than others. For example some ridiculously over-use social networking sites; Facebook is the be all and end all of the internet.
If I had the chance to sign a band or work with a band in some capacity, I would want that band to be honest, hard-working, with realistic aims; trust me I’ve seen enough press releases or band bios claiming to be the next whatever - I find it off-putting and kinda stupid really. I also like to see bands who are organised; however big or small your band is - put together a “press kit” (bio, links, facts etc) not just a Facebook link, it makes you look lazy.
If you’re a band or artist who are all the above (honest, hard-working, dedicated, realistic and organised) then you’ll have mine and I’m sure plenty of others respect.
|Tags: music, unsigned, writing, blog,
|UK Round-Up (11/2/12)
Man of the Hour will release a new single called 'A Modern Day Epic' in March. The single can be heard here.
Scholars have released their new video for ‘Bad For Business’. The single is released on February 27th.
Thur 9th Stevenage Red Lion (18+)
Fri 10th Harlow The Square (16+, All Ages With An 18+)
Sat 11th Birmingham The Flapper (18+)
Sun 12th Nottingham Maze (16+)
Mon 13th Hartlepool 3 Lions Sports Bar (14+)
Tue 14th Dunfermline Pj Molloy's (16+)
Wed 15th York Stereo (16+)
Thur 16th Southampton Avondale House (18+)
Fri 17th Barnstaple Factory (16+)
Sat 18th Bridgwater Cherries (18+)
Sun 19th Tunbridge Wells Forum (16+)
Mon 20th Stoke Minister's Bar (14+)
Tue 21st Manchester Dry Bar (14+)
Wed 22nd Norwich Karma Kafe (18+)
Thur 23rd Bristol The Thekla (18+)
Fri 24th Leicester Soundhouse (16+)
Sat 25th Basingstoke Sanctuary (18+)
The City Calls
15.02 London - The Good Ship
16.02 Nottingham - The Maze
17.02 Yeovil - Tabernacle Junction
19.02 Winchester - The Railway Inn
Man of the Hour
16th March @ Hobo's, Bridgend
18th March @ The Full Moon, Cardiff
23rd March @ Le Pub, Newport
7 July @ Dare Valley Ink n Iron, Michael Sobell sports centre, Aberdare