I think most of us would agree that music television isn’t what it once was.
With the notable exception of ‘Later…. with Jools Holland’, there really is nothing on mainstream TV these days to compete with the likes of The Tube, Old Grey Whistle Test, or even Top Of The Pops from days gone by.
Ok, so you can watch music videos to your hearts content, but that’s not the same as seeing a band, or act, playing live is it?
Thankfully the rise of the Internet, and sites such as YouTube, has enabled budding TV executives to go it alone and do it themselves.
Once such local man doing just that is producer Harvey Summers, who we have featured on the Pierless Music site before.
Harvey has just uploaded the second recorded session, called ‘The Live Room’, to his own Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.
This live session features local bluesman John Pearson, very ably backed by The Outriders, who are Sacha Trochet and Jem Turpin. If you like a bit of authentic blues, then I suggest you give the video a viewing.
When I asked Harvey why he had started this venture he told me, “The idea had been rattling around my head for a couple of years until eventually everything came together and I was able to go ahead. My thinking was that I love seeing musicians perform, and I love a great sound!”
“Also, nice interesting visuals help and atmosphere is key also. Nothing seemed to exist to satisfy my wants! There’s Later with Jools, and Live lounge etc, but apart from being a bit corporate and exclusive, they don’t have either vibey atmospheric surroundings nor a very interesting sound”
“I also wanted to create the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent there is around, but that doesn’t get a look in by the mainstream media”
A man after my own heart.
The plan is for ‘The Live Room’ sessions to be recorded and uploaded as near to monthly as possible. All sessions are filmed and recorded live at Harvey’s own Broadoak Studios. The next session, which features Claire Hamill, has already been recorded and is now at the editing stage.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire and her doing a live session for my recent radio shows on Carnival FM and if the quality is anything as good as that, we’re in for a treat.
When asked about future shows Harvey said, “Future shows look promising too! We’ve got Jemima Price (a singer Sacha Trochet works with) and Zoe Konez is also interested. And, I’m very pleased to hear that Danny Thompson can’t wait to come and do a show with us too! And who he performs with is going to be very interesting!
“If time allows, we may do a kind of Christmas special too, featuring a few different acts. I’ll be talking to a really wide range of musicians from all styles about it, some totally unknown, some very well-known!”
As for the criteria for the sessions, Harvey’s idea “Is to go for variety, no two shows will be the same – so choosing who to feature is guided by a few things, firstly, are they interesting performers? Secondly, is the quality right up there? and then, are they different, are they saying something in a unique way?”
We wish Harvey well with this venture. It’s good to see some of our areas great musicians playing and talking about the music that they love, or that they’ve written themselves.
Here’s to many more episodes of ‘The Live Room’. I, for one, will certainly be watching.