The Pierless Music Sampler – Updated

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to updating The Pierless Music Sampler playlist on Soundcloud.

The Sampler now has nearly two hours of original local music on it, across several musical genres.

Some artists on the original Sampler have had tracks changed around, such as The Kid Kapichi, Hornet, Harvey Summers and Arivmia. But there are also several new artists on it as well which is good to see.

Those new artists include: King Size Slim, One Thousand Tons, Vile Electrodes, Dollboy, Pantaleimon, Stallion, Dorey The Wise and Otti Albietz. Not a bad line up I’m sure you’d agree.

You can find The Pierless Music Sampler here:

https://soundcloud.com/pierlessmusic/sets/the-pierless-music-playlist

Or, you can just click on the Soundcloud tab at the top of any page of this website, where there is a permanent link to the web page and also an embedded music player.

We intend to continue adding and swapping tracks around as we get them, so keep checking back. Incidentally, music can only be listened to and cannot be downloaded.

Unfortunately, if your music is Copyrighted we may not be able to upload and use it, even if we have your personal permission (don’t worry, we understand why this is). This has already prevented us from using tracks by a few local artists. That could be why your own favourite artist is not included in the Sampler.

Happy listening.

Vile Electrodes

I mentioned in a recent post about listening to and discovering local music online, and one band that I first listened to online are Vile Electrodes.

Vile Electrodes have just released their first album, ‘The Future Through A Lens, after a series of three EP’s and very good it is too.

When we think about local music, we tend to think of bands just playing the standard guitar, bass, drums and usually from the Rock end of the musical spectrum too. This is usually because that’s what we generally see being played live. But there is far more to the local music scene than just traditional Rock music and Vile Electrodes are one band proving that.

Vile Electrodes, who are Neon and Swan ‘plus an army of synthesizers’, describe themselves as playing ‘Dirty Pop, Electronica, New Wave and Dark Disco’ and that’s something I wouldn’t disagree with. They name such groups as Depeche Mode, Human League and OMD among their many influences and that can certainly be heard in their music. It’s catchy, toe tapping and radio friendly.

You can listen to ‘The Future Through A Lens’ via Spotify and it can also be heard and bought via Bandcamp at: http://vileelectrodes.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-through-a-lens

If you like what you hear and want to see them live, Vile Electrodes are playing The Roomz on Thursday 26th September, along with Rhododendron and Frontier Telegraph. It’s free entry and the evening starts at 7pm.

Local music comes in many forms and genre’s. It’s not just about Rock music and it’s good to see bands such as Vile Electrodes setting out to prove that.

You can find more about Vile Electrodes here: https://www.facebook.com/vileelectrodes

Local Music Online

After months of procrastination I finally took the plunge recently and signed up to Spotify Unlimited. So far it’s been a very worthwhile decision as the amount of music available to listen to is vast, maybe too vast at times?

As I’m sure many others have done themselves, I’ve taken this ‘Unlimited’ opportunity to explore and listen to albums and artists that I’d not heard before, for many reasons. I’ve also checked out some of those critically acclaimed and award winning albums and artists too.

This has led me to some great new music and has even had me dipping into my wallet to buy albums by artists that I would probably never have listened to without this opportunity.

But, the other thing I’ve noticed is just how often I’ve been disappointed by what I’ve heard. Many of those critically acclaimed artists and award winning albums have left me cold.

I realise you can’t like everything, but I must admit to being surprised at the lack of quality of some of what I’ve heard. That old story about the Emperors New Clothes has come to mind on at least one occasion.

Yesterday was a case in point. I spent the morning listening to some of those aforementioned albums and artists and came away unfulfilled. It was then that I saw a link on Facebook to a new album by a local act, which I duly followed. Immediately the difference in quality was apparent.

This brought home to me, once again, just how well much of the original music output of the Hastings area stands up to the worldwide competition and on many occasions actually surpasses it.

As I’ve tried telling many people over the years, just because music is local doesn’t mean it’s not any good. Often the reverse is true. After all, all music is local to somewhere.

So, if you listen to music via the Internet and want something new to whet you musical taste buds, why not have a go at listening to something from the local area?

Many of our local bands and musicians can be heard via sites such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Why not search for them the next time you’re there, or just follow the links on their Facebook page or website? It is often the only way you can actually get to hear the recorded works of local artists too.

So far this week I’ve listened to such diverse local artists as Hornet, Dollboy and Vile Electrodes online.

Why not give it a go yourself? You don’t know what you’re missing.

A Social Media Policy – Update

Some months ago I wrote a blog post for this Pierless Music site called ‘A Social Media Policy’. The idea was to give bands and musicians some guidance on the potentials pitfalls of their own use of social media, based on my own experiences.

That post was well received and I was recently asked to update the post for use on the Epik Music Videos website.

They have changed the title to ‘The 10 Commandments of Social Media’, even though there are actually 16 “Commandments”. But the title does have a nice ring to it doesn’t it? You can find the post here:

http://www.epikmusicvideos.com/blog/84-social-media-policy-how-to-avoid-mistakes.html

Even if you did read that original Pierless Music post, it would be worth reading this new version as it has been updated and added to.

Let me know what you think and if you have any personal pointers that could be added to any future update.

From Hastings To The World

One of the aims of Pierless Music has always been to see original local bands make that transition from being a local band, to being one that spreads its wings and starts to play outside of the area. Even if that means not playing locally as much anymore.

As if to emphasise this the Pierless Music slogan is ‘From Hastings to the World’. Hence the title of this particular post.

Well, three of our younger Hastings based bands are now doing just that.

Hornet, Maid Of Ace and The Kid Kapichi have progressed far enough for them to now be headlining London gigs. That can only be good news.

Recently, Hornet headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Islington.

On September 27th The Kid Kapichi are returning to headline the Barfly in Camden.

And on the following day Maid Of Ace are headlining the Black Heart venue, also in Camden.

This is of course no guarantee of any future success. But it does at least show that all three bands are both good enough to hold their own in London and that they all have the ambition and drive to move forward.

Let’s hope that Hornet, The Kid Kapichi and Maid Of Ace will be just the first three of many more local bands that make that transition. I know that there are already at least a couple more bands waiting in the wings to do just that.

London first, next stop the rest of the world?

Guest Post: A Music Video In 4 Basic Steps

One of the main ways of getting attention for your band, or act, is to produce a music video to help showcase your music. But, how do you go about it? Especially if you have only a limited budget and who doesn’t these days eh?

Well, our friends at Epik Music Videos have written us another guest post to help you. You can find it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/epik/shooting-your-own-music-video-in-4-basic-steps/

It makes for good reading and having been in discussions myself recently about helping to produce a local music video, I can tell you that there are some good pointers in the article.

Some of them may well seem obvious, but it’s often very easy to forget the basics. So, have a read before making your own video, it might just make all the difference to the finished product.

Find out more about Epik Music Videos here: http://www.epikmusicvideos

Dollboy

We always knew that Hastings was a great place for original music, and now it seems that word is spreading.

Over the past few years a number of very productive and interesting musicians have moved to our local area. Some well known and some maybe not quite as well known as they deserve to be.

One such is Oliver Cherer aka Dollboy. Ollie moved to St Leonards, from London, three years ago and hasn’t looked back since. He makes music under several different names,  covering different styles and genres too.

So far he’s released five solo albums under the Dollboy name, the latest of which ‘Further Excursions Into The ULU’ came out in 2012 on Kooky Records and he’s currently working on a sixth solo project, amongst other things.

Past Dollboy projects include his third album ‘A Beard Of Bees’ about which The Times said “If the Tardis spat Edward Elgar out into a Shropshire glade with a Roland DX7, a guitar and no direction home, you suspect that the results would not be dissimilar.”

Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

As if to prove his diversity, Second Language Records (http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com/) are just about to re-release Ollie’s album all about lost underground stations in both London and Berlin. Called ‘Ghost Stations’ it’s a bit of an ambient masterpiece, conveying the eerie quality of those underground tunnels and includes tracks about such lost stations as ‘Bull and Bush’ and ‘Potsdamer Platz’.

To coincide with the release Ollie is putting on an audio/visual show this Thursday 5th September at The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe, South London. More details can be found here, but get there quickly as tickets are selling fast:  http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/events/ghost-stationsgeisterbahnhofe-by-dollboy/

If all this has whetted your appetite for the work of Dollboy, you can find more info on his website: http://www.dollboy.co.uk/home.html

You can also listen to some of his music here: http://soundcloud.com/dollboy

If the Hastings area can attract musicians with the talent and musical diversity that Dollboy brings with him then I say “keep ‘em coming”.

Big Green Cardigan Festival

The kids are on their way back to school and the Summer is nearly over, but there’s still time to sneak in just one more music festival before the onset of Autumn.

Appropriately enough, seeing as the weather is cooling down, I’m talking about the Big Green Cardigan Festival, which takes place in nearby Cripps Corner on the weekend of 6th-8th September 2013.

This will be the 3rd year that this small and intimate festival, which prides itself on having no musical policy, will take place.
Therefore, you are likely to hear blues, prog rock, folk, sea shanties, gypsy swing and much more over the three days.

More info can be found on the Big Green Cardigan website at:
http://www.biggreencardigan.co.uk/

Mick Hoad, one of the organisers of the festival told me “We are definitely not The Black Horse Festival, but have more in common with that much loved festival than most of the local festival scene, due to our policy of booking critically acclaimed artists, mixed with local talent who perform their own material.
The Big Green Cardigan is really an old school festival with no gimmicks. It is a festival for music lovers where the audience is genuinely interested in listening to the acts.”

So, apart from hearing and seeing artists from as far afield as the USA, Belgium and Australia, you can also expect to see local favourites such as Buick 6, Expandis and Titus.

One of the highlights must surely be the return, after over 30 years, of local prog rockers Stallion. As mentioned in a previous post, they are playing on Friday 6th September. Read that post here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/stallion-ride-again/

More reasons to attend include local real ales such as Green Cardigan Ale, especially brewed for the festival by Full Moon Brewery from Henley Down. There is also camping available, so you don’t have to bother driving home again afterwards. There’s a food area with sensible prices and enough clean toilets to go round too. That makes a refreshing change doesn’t it?

Please note though that The Big Green Cardigan Festival is not geared towards families. With that in mind there is no admittance for persons under 14.

If this sounds like your kind of festival, tickets are available from www.biggreencardigan.co.uk, Hastings Tourist Information Centre & the Kings Head in Battle.

Don’t worry Summer isn’t over just yet.