‘How To Get Ahead As A Musician’

As a part of the recent Battle Festival, there was a music based expert panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session. The theme being ‘How To Get Ahead As A Musician’.

We managed to get a recording of the event and have uploaded it to Pierless Music’s Soundcloud page. You can listen to that recording here:

The panel on the night were: Tim Rice-Oxley, songwriter and keyboard player with Keane – Tom Williams, songwriter and main man behind Tom Williams and The Boat – Anna Moulsen from Melting Vinyl promotions in Brighton and Melita Dennet, DJ on BBC Introducing The South. The panel was chaired by Andy Fyfe, a music journalist.

Many topics were covered during the discussion, including: how to get your music played on BBC radio, gigs, your fanbase, mailing lists, social media and how to use it effectively, your band as a small business and much more.

If you are in a band, or act and are trying to move ahead in the music business, this is well worth a listen as these people have been there and done what you’re now trying to do.

Hopefully it will give you some tips and ideas for the next stage of your musical career.

Vote King Size Slim

Local bluesman Toby Barelli, aka King Size Slim, has been nominated in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2014, and you can help him win that prestigious award.

Anyone who has seen live, or heard, King Size Slim will know both how good his music is, and also how richly deserved this award nomination is.

So, to give Toby your vote visit this link: http://www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/vote.htm

The Emerging Artist category is the second from the bottom of the list. Voting is open until the end of June. We’ll let you know if he wins when the results are announced.

While you’re doing that, here’s an interview King Size Slim did recently for the Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio:

Find out more about King Size Slim via his website at: http://www.kingsizeslim.com/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Toby during my Local Music Shows on Carnival FM last year, when he came into the studio to perform a live sesssion. Here’s a video of that interview and of one of the tracks he played live for us, ‘Angel Dear’.

Vote King Size Slim and help put Hastings onto the national musical map.

The Pierless Music Sampler – Updated

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to updating The Pierless Music Sampler playlist on Soundcloud.

The Sampler now has nearly two hours of original local music on it, across several musical genres.

Some artists on the original Sampler have had tracks changed around, such as The Kid Kapichi, Hornet, Harvey Summers and Arivmia. But there are also several new artists on it as well which is good to see.

Those new artists include: King Size Slim, One Thousand Tons, Vile Electrodes, Dollboy, Pantaleimon, Stallion, Dorey The Wise and Otti Albietz. Not a bad line up I’m sure you’d agree.

You can find The Pierless Music Sampler here:

https://soundcloud.com/pierlessmusic/sets/the-pierless-music-playlist

Or, you can just click on the Soundcloud tab at the top of any page of this website, where there is a permanent link to the web page and also an embedded music player.

We intend to continue adding and swapping tracks around as we get them, so keep checking back. Incidentally, music can only be listened to and cannot be downloaded.

Unfortunately, if your music is Copyrighted we may not be able to upload and use it, even if we have your personal permission (don’t worry, we understand why this is). This has already prevented us from using tracks by a few local artists. That could be why your own favourite artist is not included in the Sampler.

Happy listening.

Local Music Online

After months of procrastination I finally took the plunge recently and signed up to Spotify Unlimited. So far it’s been a very worthwhile decision as the amount of music available to listen to is vast, maybe too vast at times?

As I’m sure many others have done themselves, I’ve taken this ‘Unlimited’ opportunity to explore and listen to albums and artists that I’d not heard before, for many reasons. I’ve also checked out some of those critically acclaimed and award winning albums and artists too.

This has led me to some great new music and has even had me dipping into my wallet to buy albums by artists that I would probably never have listened to without this opportunity.

But, the other thing I’ve noticed is just how often I’ve been disappointed by what I’ve heard. Many of those critically acclaimed artists and award winning albums have left me cold.

I realise you can’t like everything, but I must admit to being surprised at the lack of quality of some of what I’ve heard. That old story about the Emperors New Clothes has come to mind on at least one occasion.

Yesterday was a case in point. I spent the morning listening to some of those aforementioned albums and artists and came away unfulfilled. It was then that I saw a link on Facebook to a new album by a local act, which I duly followed. Immediately the difference in quality was apparent.

This brought home to me, once again, just how well much of the original music output of the Hastings area stands up to the worldwide competition and on many occasions actually surpasses it.

As I’ve tried telling many people over the years, just because music is local doesn’t mean it’s not any good. Often the reverse is true. After all, all music is local to somewhere.

So, if you listen to music via the Internet and want something new to whet you musical taste buds, why not have a go at listening to something from the local area?

Many of our local bands and musicians can be heard via sites such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Why not search for them the next time you’re there, or just follow the links on their Facebook page or website? It is often the only way you can actually get to hear the recorded works of local artists too.

So far this week I’ve listened to such diverse local artists as Hornet, Dollboy and Vile Electrodes online.

Why not give it a go yourself? You don’t know what you’re missing.

Mumm-ra are back (again)

It seems that you just can’t keep a good band down these days.

I wrote recently about how so many local bands are getting back together again, even if it’s just for the one night: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/deja-vu-all-over-again/

I mentioned in that piece about the Mumm-ra reunion gigs of 2012 and now it seems that that has whetted their appetite for something a bit more substantial. I had a funny feeling that it might have that effect.

There have been cryptic Twitter messages coming from the Mumm-ra camp recently which have now culminated in the following statement on their website:

“Hello everyone.

It’s been an awfully long time. Five years have passed and my word things have changed. Apparently our Myspace is no longer relevant? Dark times.

Fear not, however, for Mumm-Ra have stirred from their deep slumber and decided to give a home to those songs that never made it to the elusive ‘Album Two’.

Everything’s ready to go and we hope to have something for your ears in the next couple of months. To whet your appetite until that time, here is a little acoustic number called ‘Technicolour’.

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest Mumm-ra news, and check out our Soundcloud page where you can stream all our tracks.

It’s good to be back.

Love always,

Mumm-ra”

Here’s the video that accompanies that new track ‘Technicolour’:

Nice, isn’t it?

It’s good to have them back once again and let’s hope that it’s for a little longer than two days this time around.

Mumm-ra website: http://www.mumm-ra.net/

 

Harvey Summers – Video Interview

We’ve mentioned previously that local producer and musician Harvey Summers had a new album due for release shortly. Well, his album ‘Jupiter’ will be available in early 2013.

In the meantime, Harvey has done a video interview, talking about the upcoming ‘Jupiter’ album and some of the tracks on it.

You can see that video here:

Pierless Music have been lucky enough to hear the album already and can confirm that it sounds just as good as you’d expect it to.

The single from the album, ‘Bon Hiver’, can be heard on our Soundcloud Sampler Playlist :

https://soundcloud.com/pierlessmusic/sets/the-pierless-music-playlist

www.harveysummers.com