In Conversation With….

Off of the back of the recent short interviews I did during my Local Music Shows on Carnival FM, as part of the live sessions, I have now started to film some longer interviews.

They are called ‘In Conversation With’, the idea being that they will, hopefully, be more of a conversation than the usual structured interview. They are also not bound by time, so typically last around 30 minutes each.

I am doing them in conjunction with ‘befilmed’, who you can find here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgpH6h8GNdE8BrJMNAuxxg

Incidentally, it was ‘befilmed’ who filmed and recorded the videos from those live sessions on Carnival FM recently. Those videos can also be found on their YouTube channel.

So far we have recorded 3 ‘conversations’, with several more planned. The aim is to feature local musicians, bands and others who have a connection with music in some way.

Some of the artists are also recording some acoustic songs for us at the same time, which will also be shared via the YouTube channel.

Why not subscribe to the channel to avoid missing any future ‘conversations’?

Here are the 3 ‘conversations’ recorded and uploaded so far.

Thanks for watching.

Carnival FM – Local Music Videos

Our last post mentioned the Local Music Shows that I was going to present during this years Carnival FM broadcast.

Well, the shows went well and included nine different live sessions and interviews with local acts. All of these were both filmed and recorded and some of these are now available to be watched via YouTube.

To view the videos visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgpH6h8GNdE8BrJMNAuxxg

More videos are being uploaded all the time and we hope to eventually have most of the songs and interviews, with all of the artists, available to view.

Here’s a taster of what you can see.

With the exception of the videos of Skinny Lister, all were filmed live during the shows.

If you missed them, here’s a list of the sessions that took place during the shows:

Monday – Skinny Lister + The Tabs

Tuesday – Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard + The Moors

Wednesday – The Piercings

Thursday – Harry Osborne + Otti Albietz

Friday – Titus + Buddha Triangle

BeFilmed are also recording interviews with other local acts and people connected to the music business locally. So why not subscribe to their YouTube channel, so that you don’t miss anything.

Andy Gunton

Otti Albietz and the Voices – Live Video

We’ve mentioned before about the series of live session videos that Bexhill producer Harvey Summers has been recording for his Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

Well, the latest episode of ‘The Live Room’ is now ready for viewing and it’s another cracker.

This time around the band in session are Otti Albietz and the Voices. Once again, someone who we’ve mentioned here on Pierless Music before, and for very good reason too.

We think this session captures perfectly the unique sound of Otti and his band.

See what you think.

http://www.bbemusic.com/artists/2816/Otti%20Albietz#.U147mfldUrU

Compare and Contrast

One of the many things that is so good about the local music scene is the diversity of both music and talent that are present here in the Hastings area.

Here are two videos to help show a bit of that diversity.

First up, something brand new from Otti Albietz. The song is called ‘It’s Nice To Feel Alive’ and it comes from his forthcoming ‘And The Voices’ album. I’ve been lucky enough to have heard the album and very good it is too.

This video was filmed by Ali Graham. The constructions were built by Otti and Thad Skews.

In complete contrast comes the latest video from Maid of Ace, a band that are starting to make waves within the Punk Rock community, and rightly so.

Called ‘Spittin’ Blood’, this was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and was shot around Dungeness, near to Hastings.

As always, if you know of anymore local videos that we may have missed, please tell us.

Otti Albietz – Becoming Close

I mentioned in my last post about the diversity of both local talent and gig venues in Hastings. Well, this Saturday afternoon I went to another great example.

It did, once again, feature Otti Albietz. But, this time it was at ‘The America Ground Shop and Barefoot Records’ in Claremont, Hastings.

The event what was billed as ‘The Best Lil Gig In Town’ and it was certainly an intimate affair. As you can see from this video that I shot on my phone:

This was the third in a series of intimate gigs that the guys at Barefoot Records have been putting on in recent weeks. The first featured King Size Slim and last week it was the turn of Jeremiah Longshanks.

More gigs are proposed for future Saturday afternoons. Just turn up for 3pm and see who who they are managing to squeeze into the shop that week.

While you’re there why not check out their great selection of vinyl records? I recoginsed many from my own past collection, now sadly sold.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAmericaGroundShopBarefootRecords

Diversity

Walking along the seafront on Saturday evening, on my way home from another music event, I was struck by the variety of both the music and the venues that I’d experienced over the past few days.

I know that this is probably nothing new to most of you, but let me explain.

On Thursday afternoon I’d been lucky enough to go and see The Kid Kapichi doing some recording locally. I even managed to take some photo’s of the band ‘at work’ as well.

Thursday evening saw me at The Roomz, in St Leonards, to catch the first set by singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Foster. He really ought to play more gigs you know.

On Friday evening I went to The Union Bar, formerly The Tubman, to watch Barb Wire Dolls and Maid Of Ace. And very good it was too.

And finally, early Saturday evening, I went to the launch of the new Book Buster bookshop in Queens Rd, Hastings. Apart from giving away free cake, and who can resist free cake, they also had an instore gig featuring both Tim Hoyte and Otti Albietz (plus Thad).

All the gigs were enjoyable. But, it was the diversity of both the music played at the gigs and the venues that they took place in that struck me on that stroll home along the prom.

Yes, I know that seeing The Kid Kapichi in the ‘studio’ wasn’t something that was open to all, but hopefully you get the idea?

From soft rock to loud punk rock, Indie rock to folky guitar tunes.

From a bookshop to a bar, a recording studio to a sweaty pub.

From being the only ‘gig’ goer to being one of nearly 100, including a man with no clothes on!

If you ever wanted to try and sum up the Hastings music scene, those few days would be a great place to start.

Enjoy.

New video from Otti Albietz

I’m sure we’ve talked about the wonderful talent that is Otti Albietz on this site many times before and here we go again. I make no excuses for that, as we feel that Otti Albietz is well worth shouting from the rooftops about.

Ottis has just released a new and typically quirky video for his song ‘Who Are The Wishful’. The video also features Thad Skews a regular contributor to all things Otti. You can watch it here:

‘Who Are The Wishful’ is taken from the recently released album ‘Bubbytone 2′, which is available via the BBE Records label: http://www.bbemusic.com/

BBE stands for ‘Barely Breaking Even’ by the way. A situation that many small record labels probably find themselves in at the moment. So any support you can give them is good, especially as they are supporting local home grown talent.

Album Review – Jupiter by Harvey Summers

The new album by local producer/musician and songwriter Harvey Summers has just been released. It’s called ‘Jupiter’ and very good it is too.

Tony May has kindly written a review of the album for Pierless Music.

You can read it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/reviews/albums/harvey-summers-jupiter/

Harvey Summers is a keen supporter of original local music and has produced albums by several local bands/musicians, including the new album from Otti Albietz, ‘Bubbytone 2′.

You always know that when Harvey is involved with a project, it is going to sound great and ‘Jupiter’ is no exception to that rule.

Why not have a read and then take a listen?

Otti in the Castle

On Saturday Pierless Music was lucky enough to be at St Mary in the Castle, in Hastings, to see the wonderful Otti Albietz launch his brand new album ‘Bubbytone 2′, which has just been released on BBE Records: http://www.bbemusic.com/

From my point of view, part of the attraction of going to the gig was to see St Mary in the Castle once again. Many of you will probably be aware that the venue has been going through some strange times and has recently been taken over by Buckswood School.

The ‘deal’ does at least mean that this great venue will be used far more than it has been over recent years and Saturday’s gig was hopefully the first of many to come.

Proceedings were kicked off by performances from singer/songwriters Tim Hotye and Dollboy and we even had DJ’s to entertain us too.

Otti himself played a mixture of songs from both ‘Bubbytone 2′ and his first solo album ’1′. Gradually building his set from solo performance, to being accompanied by local flute player Geoff Leigh and finally with a full band, he even managed to fill the dance floor with revellers for his final song.

Special mention must be made of the visually stunning giant cardboard cut outs which decorated the stage. These were produced by bass player Thad Skews and were almost like extra band members.

St Mary in the Castle is certainly a pretty special place to see a gig. The surroundings are spectacular and not what you normally get in a venue. Add in the history of the place, which used to be a church and you’ve got all the ingredients for a special evening.

I hope that we’ll see many more gigs and events at St Mary in the Castle over the coming years and I wish it every success. It is certainly nice to see the place being put to good use once again. It is a unique space that deserves to be used and shared and it was encouraging to see such a good turn out on the evening.

My only concern is that, because of the huge space that has to be filled, the sound quality for louder and more amplified gigs can leave a little to be desired. This was even evident, to a degree, on Saturday. Maybe there is a solution? Having said that, that in no way detracted from what was a good gig and a great evening.

Andy Gunton

More info about St Mary in the Castle can be found here: http://stmaryinthecastle.co.uk/

(Otti Albietz photo courtesy of Sam Kinch Photography)