Local Music Show – Podcasts

As mentioned in previous posts, I am once again presenting some Local Music Shows on this years Hastings Rock broadcast.

The first two, of four, have already gone out and I have now edited the Podcasts of those shows.

For future reference you can find them on the Hastings Rock Mixcloud page. I shall be posting future shows there as well: http://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

Here are the first two Local Music Shows.

Local Music Show 1 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Local Music Show 2 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Vote King Size Slim

Local bluesman Toby Barelli, aka King Size Slim, has been nominated in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2014, and you can help him win that prestigious award.

Anyone who has seen live, or heard, King Size Slim will know both how good his music is, and also how richly deserved this award nomination is.

So, to give Toby your vote visit this link: http://www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/vote.htm

The Emerging Artist category is the second from the bottom of the list. Voting is open until the end of June. We’ll let you know if he wins when the results are announced.

While you’re doing that, here’s an interview King Size Slim did recently for the Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio:

Find out more about King Size Slim via his website at: http://www.kingsizeslim.com/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Toby during my Local Music Shows on Carnival FM last year, when he came into the studio to perform a live sesssion. Here’s a video of that interview and of one of the tracks he played live for us, ‘Angel Dear’.

Vote King Size Slim and help put Hastings onto the national musical map.

Local Musicians Get Govt Money

Whatever you think about this, or any other Government, they do have the means to help various sections of society, if they so choose.

Well, the current Government have now invested £550,000 of our money to help promote some of the hottest new musical talent from the UK.

The Music Export Growth Scheme was set up to try and replicate the international success of such acts as Alt-J, Mumford and Sons, and Bastille, to name a few. The scheme is administered by UK Trade and Investment, and the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).

Today the Music Export Growth Scheme announced grants of between £5,000 to £50,000 to 14 different UK acts, all aiming to take their music to a worldwide audience.

It’s a pretty diverse list of acts, as can be seen here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/taxpayer-funds-acid-punk-and-thrash-metal-as-trade-minister-picks-new-music-stars-for-grants-9307434.html

One of the great things about this list is that it contains two bands that have current members who live and are based in Hastings.

The first are Savage Messiah, who’s guitarist Joff Bailey has played in local bands for several years, before joining the London based band. They are in the process of releasing their second album ‘The Fateful Dark’. They have been awarded money for ‘European Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing’.

The second band to receive money are Skinny Lister, a folk/rock band, two of whose members are now based in Hastings. Skinny Lister have toured the USA several times and are due to return there again very shortly. Their most recent album ‘Forge and Flagon’ was released in 2012 and very good it is too. They have been awarded money for ‘USA and Japan Tour Support’.

Well done to both bands for getting through the selection process and being picked to help represent the UK music scene across the world. We wish them well.

On another level it helps showcase the great musical talent that we have in the Hastings area and that we are attracting to the town, because of the wonderful local music scene.

Hopefully this will help to inspire and encourage many more local musicians to attempt to follow in their footsteps.