Guest Post: A Music Video In 4 Basic Steps

One of the main ways of getting attention for your band, or act, is to produce a music video to help showcase your music. But, how do you go about it? Especially if you have only a limited budget and who doesn’t these days eh?

Well, our friends at Epik Music Videos have written us another guest post to help you. You can find it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/epik/shooting-your-own-music-video-in-4-basic-steps/

It makes for good reading and having been in discussions myself recently about helping to produce a local music video, I can tell you that there are some good pointers in the article.

Some of them may well seem obvious, but it’s often very easy to forget the basics. So, have a read before making your own video, it might just make all the difference to the finished product.

Find out more about Epik Music Videos here: http://www.epikmusicvideos

Blog Post – Ragged Trousered Folk

Tony Streeter has written a new blog post for Pierless Music all about his ‘raggedtrouseredfolk’ gigs that take place at the Jenny Lind pub in the old town, Hastings.

These gigs feature artists from across the world, as well as the best local folk talent.

Read more here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/tony-streeter/ragged-trousered-folk-2/

Well done to Tony for putting on these gigs and for persuading international artists to come to Hastings. Tony is also one of the people behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, which will place just over a week’s time, so he’s a busy man. Well done.

Sorry about the colour of the writing in Tony’s post, but WordPress didn’t seem to like using black this time around.

Make Your Band A Brand!

A while ago I wrote a blog post for this Pierless Music site called ‘B(r)and’, in which I talked about the need for a band to start to think of themselves as a brand, or a business.

It’s one of those topics that musicians probably don’t even think about or realise might apply to them, especially when they are first starting out. But it does and reading the post will hopefully make you realise why.

Well, I have recently been asked to update that post for use on another music related website. Something I was happy to do.

Here’s the result: http://www.epikmusicvideos.com/blog/79-make-your-band-a-brand.html

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

A Word In Your Ear

I was going to write a blog post about the potential dangers to your hearing of loud music, especially at gigs. And then a post appeared about that very topic on one of the many music related websites that I follow.

So, here it is: http://sentric.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/if-you-like-it-then-you-should-have-put-an-ear-plug-in-it/

The writer has said many of the things that I would have included myself, including mention of the varying cost of ear protection. Yes, you can pay for personal moulded ear plugs, which obviously come in at the higher end of the price scale. Or, you can do what I did and find some reasonably priced, but still very good alternative options online.

Of course, as with just about anything, you do tend to get what you pay for. For example, the first pair I bought were very cheap and are nowhere near as good as the ones I upgraded to recently.

Whatever option you choose and you really should choose one, it will certainly pay dividends in the end.

Like most people who have attended many years of loud gigs, I have Tinnitus (a ringing, hissing or similar senasation in one, or both ears). I am one of the lucky ones though, in that mine isn’t too bad. I know of musicians and gig goers for whom Tinnitus can be quite debilitating and once you have it, the chances are it’s then there for life.

And don’t go thinking that Tinnitus is something that affects only older gig goers like myself. I was recently talking to an 18 year old musician who is already suffering from a permanent ringing in the ears, due to playing and attending loud gigs.

Another misconception and something that was touched upon on in the blog post above, is that ear plugs ruin the whole gig going experience. I’m sure that might be true if you buy the wrong ones, but the better quality options will only reduce the volume, not the quality of the sound.

I’m not suggesting that we should all go acoustic and unplugged. Rock music needs to be played loud, if only to piss off the people who don’t like it. You can’t expect it to be played quietly, but that doesn’t mean that you should permanently damage your hearing through your enjoyment of that music.

Some forward thinking venues even provide ear plugs for their staff and customers, which can only be a good thing. I was at Rock City in Nottingham recently and there were boxes of free ear plugs next to the stage door. It would be good to see more venues doing the same kind of thing.

It’s never too early, or too late to start wearing ear protection and it’s certainly not un-cool to do so. I’ve no doubt there are many people out there who now wish they’d worn them in the past.

As Joni Mitchell sang “You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”.


Blog Post – Gig Etiquette

One of the main aspects of being a musician is playing gigs, whether they be small local shows, or hopefully something a lot bigger. But, all those gigs have one thing in common and that is the people who work behind the scenes to help put that gig on and make it all run smoothly.

Often those people are either overlooked, or are not respected by some of the very musicians who benefit from all their hard work. All gigs depend on those people.

Aimee, of ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’, has kindly allowed us to use a recent blog post of hers entitled ‘Gig Etiquette’. You can read it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/aimee/gig-etiquette/

I would advice any musician to read this post, as it covers some very important points. Most of them may seem to be common sense to many of us, but the post is written from experience. So, that common sense is not always used by certain musicians. I’ve seen it myself.

If you read and then follow Aimee’s guidelines you might just have a bigger and better musical career than you might otherwise have done.

Thanks to Aimee for allowing us to use her post and we may well be bringing you some more of her work in the future.

You can find Aimee’s page ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’ here:

http://themixtapesessionsblog.wordpress.com/

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.