On The Road

A friend of mine shared the post below with me a few days ago.

It is called “Roadies – Unlikely Survivors In The Music Industry” and was originally published in the Wall Street Journal, not your average rock ‘n’ roll publication!

Although it’s not strictly about musicians, it is about a part of the music industry that even more people may be able to get into, maybe without realising it?

Roadies are often thought of as a bit of a figure of fun, but reading this post may make you see them in a different light, especially when you see how much they can earn per year. Yes, these may be figures from the USA, but road crew are used across the world and in ever increasing numbers too.

As mentioned in the post, touring is now an even more important part of any bands career than in the past, mainly because it’s often the best way for an act to make any money. After all record/CD and even download sales don’t exactly set any musicians bank manager wild with delight these days do they?

Another often missed aspect of a roadies world is that it’s not all about humping amps and drum kits from a truck to a stage anymore. Technology and stage shows have moved on and the skills needed and careers available are now a world away from what they were in the 1960′s and 70′s.

So, even if you’re not a musician, but quite fancy a life on the road with a band, take a look at this post. Maybe you are missing your vocation in life, or maybe you have skills that can be used to help get that show on the road, but you just never realised it?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/roadies-unlikely-survivors-in-the-music-business-1426780184

Photo by tgraham on Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Local Musical Meet Up?

Part of the recent Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrations was a two day music seminar/conference called Un-Convention, which was held over two days at St Mary In The Castle.

This was the 73rd Un-Convention event and the first to be held in the South East of the UK, that’s quite a coup. Musicians, promoters, writers, movers and shakers travelled from as far as Manchester to take part and share their own personal stories, experiences and wisdom to an engaged audience.

You can still see the aganda for the two days here, just in case you want to know what you may have missed: http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2015/un-convention/

One of the panels was titled ‘Local Scenes – Collaboration, Co-Operations and Making It Happen’, which I chaired, and was focussed on the current music scene in Hastings, with the panellists sharing their observations of local music scenes across the UK, all with a view to attempting to see how Hastings can learn from those towns and cities and move forward itself.

One idea that came out of that session was the setting up an informal regular meet up of interested parties, whether they be musicians, promoters, venue owners, producers etc etc…

Past Un-Convention events have encouraged this idea, as getting all those people together in a room, in an informal way, can help cement and grow a local music scene. Something that Pierless Music, Fat Tuesday and The Stinger magazine are very keen to do.

On the day, people in the audience thought that a regular meet up was a good idea and that they would support it. But what about you?

Is this something that you would want to get involved with and how should we go about it? The initial suggestions is for a monthly meeting, maybe on a quieter Monday evening, in a local hostelry.

If that sounds like something you would go to, please let us know by sending an email, and any suggestions, to: contact@pierlessmusic.co.uk

As some of you may already be aware, Hastings Borough Council hosted a meeting recently all about the local music scene here in Hastings, as a part of their cultural policy.

Although this was very well attended, and the suggestion of a regular meeting was raised, many in the audience felt that any such meet up should be independent of any ‘official’ involvement. Hence why we are suggesting this idea of our own now.

Here’s your chance to get involved with the local music scene in Hastings, put your suggestions and ideas forward and maybe help make that scene even bigger and better than what it already is.

After all a collective voice is far better and more effective than a lone one.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Blog Post – Music Video Making

This is a very timely guest post I think.

As you may have noticed, here at Pierless Music we’ve been featuring quite a few new local music videos recently. So, it seemed like the right time to feature a post all about video making and some of the myths and realities about it. And one written by somebody who deals with music video making on a day to day basis too.

The post was written by Tai Campbell from EPiK Music Videos in London: http://www.epikmusicvideos.com

You can find the post, ‘Music Video Making – Myths and Realities‘, here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/epik/music-video-making-myths-and-realities/

If you’re in a local band and are thinking about making a video to help showcase one of your songs, there is some great advice within that post.

And this is the kind of video that EPik Music Videos can help you with:

Thanks to Tai for sending us that post. If you want to send in your own, please contact us and we’ll give it a read.

The Voice

Don’t get worried, I’m not about to start going on about TV talent, or lack of talent, shows. But, I came across this article the other day and although it isn’t right up to date it is still very relevant.

All singers need to make sure that they look after their voice, especially if they hope to forge some sort of musical career. Or even if they just want to carry on playing local gigs for years to come.

Our voice is something that we all tend to take for granted. But when it happens to be the thing that we use to either help us pursue a career, or to do something that gives us pleasure, it needs to be looked after.

The article here gives some tips in how to protect your voice. It’s not the definitive guide, but it certainly gives some good pointers. There’s never a substitute for getting professional advice, but this is better than nothing.

It could even be used for anyone who uses their voice a lot, DJs and radio presenters for example. I’ve noticed myself that when I do a lot of radio presenting, or compering, my voice suffers. Maybe I need to take this on board as well then? Do you too?

Here’s the link: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/2011/11/lessons-from-adele-%E2%80%93-how-to-protect-your-voice/

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.

Otti Albeitz Interview

We have just created a brand new section on the Pierless Music website called ‘Interviews’.

In the future we hope to bring you interviews with musicians and others involved in the local music scene. These interviews may be written, audio, or even on video. They will all be posted into the ‘Interviews’ section.

Our first interview is with Otti Albietz, a Hastings based singer-songwriter.

You can find that interview here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/interviews/otti-albeitz-interview/

This interview was kindly submitted to Pierless Music by ‘Indieed Kids’, who wrote an album review for us recently.

Thanks once again to them and if you’d like to submit something yourself, please get in touch.