The Pierless Music Interview – Dorey The Wise

Here’s the next installment of the Pierless Music Interviews, this time it’s with Hastings based band Dorey The Wise.

Dorey The Wise are releasing their first EP in March and have a special launch party gig at the Brass Monkey, in Hastings on Friday 1st March. Check out the Event page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/437950912942785/

For more about the band, see their own website here: http://doreythewise.com/

The Pierless Music Interview – Dorey The Wise by Pierless Music on Mixcloud

The Pierless Music Interviews – Alba

Here is the second in our series of interviews with local musicians.

Alba is a young female singer/songwriter from St Leonards who came to Andy’s attention around a year ago.

You can find Alba here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alba/120989031387098  

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/alba25/

The Pierless Music Interviews – Alba by Pierless Music on Mixcloud

The Pierless Music Interviews

We are planning on doing a series of interviews with local musicians in the very near future.

The idea is to record the interviews as a podcast and to then post them onto this site and also onto the Pierless Music Mixcloud page as well. Bands and musicians will then be able to share them, or use them for their own publicity purposes. For example, within an Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

Initially, we will try to concentrate on bands/musicians that have new material being released, or who have recently released an album, or EP.

The ‘plan’ is to end each Pierless Music Interview with a track from that release. So, we will need to have a copy of the album, or EP beforehand.

I’m hoping to record the first of these interviews tomorrow and already have another lined up for next week. If you’d like to be included on one of these upcoming podcasts and you fit the criteria above, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music.

Btw, we are still in the process of trying to arrange a weekly local music show on BURST radio, as previously mentioned.

King Bathmat – Truth Button

Local prog rockers King Bathmat are back with the release of their 6th album ‘Truth Button’. The album was released worldwide on 21st January on Sterohead Records.

For the uninitiated King Bathmat are the brainchild of singer/guitarist and songwriter John Bassett. Although John has been releasing albums under the King Bathmat name since 2003, it is only over the past couple of years that the project has expanded and now includes 3 other band members.

King Bathmat’s music has been described as “The sound of Pink Floyd wrestling with Kasabian” and “Black Sabbath cuddled by extravagant ELO harmonies”.

If you want to find out for yourself whether these decriptions are correct, you can listen to the band’s music on ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/kingbathmat

‘Truth Button’ is also available to buy on various sites, such as iTunes and Amazon.

More info about the album and King Bathmat can be found on the band’s website at: http://homepage.kingbathmat.com/

I was going to write a review of ‘Truth Button’ myself. But if you look at their website, where you can read some reviews, you can see that the album has been getting a lot of attention worldwide on websites, magazines and radio stations as well. All of which is very good news for the band, especially as the reviews have been very positive.

King Bathmat even had a track from the album featured on the cover CD of the latest issue of ‘Prog Magazine’. The album is reviewed in the magazine as well.

Just to prove that King Bathmat are not standing still, John Bassett has 60% of the bands next album already written. You can’t keep a good man down.

Blog Post – Venue, Venue, Venue

Having recently been to a gig at the newly refurbished Carlisle pub in Hastings, I thought I’d write a blog post concerning local live music venues.

Here it is: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/venue-venue-venue/

Some venues are better than others and for several reasons too.

Have a read, see what you think and add your own comments below.

Here’s a photo from ‘the old days’ of The Carlisle:

 

Blog Post – A Social Media Policy

Social Media is something that we all use these days and it’s something that is becoming ever more important for bands and musicians as well. But, are they using it in the correct way?

Because of that question, Pierless Music have decided to write a blog post about this topic and include some Social Media guidelines of our own. You may not agree with them all, but they will hopefully give you something to think about.

And who knows, maybe these guidelines might have some relevance for an individual too?

Find out more here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/a-social-media-policy/

Why You Need A Website

A while ago i wrote a blog post here titled ‘Time To Get Serious’:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/time-to-get-serious/

In that post i talked about how it is always best to have your own website, rather than relying on other services such as Facebook etc.

A few days ago i came across a very good post which said essentially the same thing. But, this post  expanded on that topic far more and also gave 13 reasons why any band, or artist who were serious about what they were doing, should have their own personal website.

You can find that post here: http://www.makeitinmusic.com/need-band-website/

Incidentally, the ‘Make It In Music’ website is one that is well worth having a look at. It’s a site that i visit frequently and they post some very good and useful content there (I have no connection with them by the way)

Their post also mentions other things that a band should consider in their quest for success, at whatever level. These are topics that i intend to write about here on the Pierless Music website in the future. We are obviously on the same wavelength with our thoughts.

Stay tuned.

Blog Post – You Give But Little….

Richard has written a new blog post about a gig that both of us were privileged to be present at last night.

The gig was King Size Slim, at The Dolphin in Rock-a-Nore and what a gig it was.

You can read Richards’s post here and find out what you missed out on:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/richard-lock/you-give-but-little-2/

In case you wonder afterwards, who the other musicians were that Richard is so complimentary about. They are Harrison Caruana and George Macdonald, who only the night before had wowed the crowd at the Camden Barfly as a part of The Kid Kapichi.

What an eventful and varied musical weekend they have had.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Since we started Pierless Music, one topic of conversation/question has been right at the top of the pile, that being “Are you going to be doing a Gig Guide?”

To be honest, that wasn’t a part of our plans. But, as i suspect all of you will know, just as Pierless Music launched, the ‘Ultimate Alternative’ shut down. This left a huge gap locally, especially when it came to an easily accessible gig guide.

I even wrote about this at the time of the UA’s demise:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/the-ultimate-alternative/

As so many people have said, the Hastings area really needs a decent Gig Guide. So, we’ve decided to try and provide one for you all.

You can find it by clicking on the ‘Gig Guide’ link above this page. Or, by clicking here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

But, we need your help….

As you can see, we have already started to collate, collect and post some of the gigs and events that we’ve seen by trawling through our Facebook event invites etc. But, we know that there is far more out there that needs to be mentioned and publicised and this is where you come in.

If you are a promoter, pub, bar, club etc and are putting on a gig, or gigs please let us know.

If you’re a band, or artist and are performing at a local venue, please let us know.

We have even set up a dedicated email address for any gig dates and information, it is:

gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

Easy isn’t it?

Obviously, the sooner we have your gig info, the quicker we can post it and help publicise it.

There are only a couple of things that you need to know:

1 – Gigs and Events need to be taking place in the Pierless Music area. This basically means the traditional ‘1066’ area. Think Pevensey through to Rye and Hastings up to around Robertsbridge.

2 – We will accept non gig related events, but gigs will always take preference.

3 – Gigs do not need to be of only original music. Although Pierless Music is primarily here to support original local music only. We do feel that, for the purposes of a Gig Guide, all gigs need to be covered.

4 – As with all Gig and Event Guides, please check before you head out to the venue. We cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes, cancellations, or incorrect information.

When accessing the Gig Guide you get extra info by clicking on an individual event. You can also click on the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next events’ tabs to see other gigs. You can even change how you view the Gig Guide by clicking on the ‘Agenda’ tab.

Hopefully, the Gig Guide is nice and easy to use and to view.

If you have any ideas, or feedback on how we might be able to improve our Gig Guide, please let us know. It might not always be possible to do, but we will give any suggestions due consideration.

Finally, i must thank Lily Foster for all of her hard work in helping to get the Pierless Music Gig Guide up and running. It hasn’t been quite as easy as we thought it might be….

Thanks,

Andy Gunton

PS: I have also posted this under ‘Blog Posts – Andy Gunton’ for future reference.