Got into a fascinating FB exchange with Dave Marks, Steve Lawson and others about finding new music the other day. The discussion was about (amongst other things) how we find new music now that the radio no longer performs the filtering function it used to (and indeed people don’t listen to “real-time” radio any more but use make-your-own-playlist services like Spotify or Last.FM.)
Another way I find new music is by having artists come and work with me, and here’s a new release by London band Los and the Deadlines whose first EP I produced last year. The songs are angular and interesting and the guitar arrangements are inventive. Enjoy their new “Metro Talk” EP, and go to see them live: they’re extremely exciting.
A tale from the vaults: one of the most boring things musicians do to earn a crust is mime in videos. Some years ago I was engaged (along with a dozen other musicians) to be a Blues Brothers act in a series of Tennants Lager commercials. We’d already recorded the music for one of the jingle companies mentioned in this post, and were told we just had to mime to the track. We arrived at the fabulous Rivoli Ballroom in Sarf Lunnon (a true hidden treasure; visit it if you can) and were delighted to be handed dark glasses to wear as part of the costume. We just had to sit on the bandstand and mime….
Some of the musicians had a taste for exotic stimulants and the venue had a bar… as long as the dark glasses were being worn all was fine. Three days we spent there, getting progressively more red-eyed and pissed.
On the last shot of the last day we were congratulating ourselves on having spent three days getting paid for getting drunk when the director announced “OK, Band! On this shot, when I wave my arm, stand up quickly and… take off your dark glasses!”