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Small Band Struggles with Jay: Where Is Music?

Again, this post has been fully done by the wonderful person that is Jay, however, I am going to leave a list at the end of the post as a bit of a guide, and you'll understand why as you read the post. So I hope you enjoy! Welcome back to week three. If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably finding these writings have some utility or are of interest in some way. Whatever your reasons, I thank you personally for the time, I will also thank Grace for allowing me a continued input and platform to express these ideas and topics. Let’s get to it. Where is music? Most of us will be lucky enough to live in, or within proximity of a city or bustling town. If you are a countryside lover, you may not think it is lucky at all to be living in, or close to a city, and perhaps you would be right. A study done by the BBC last year showed that over the past decade in London 550,000 more people left the capital, compared to the number of those who moved into the capital. Not only t

Single Review: Reflections by Four Thousand Miles

Now, this is their second track. I reviewed Lonely when that came out, and I adored that song so I had high hopes and they exceeded all expectations. I've been so excited about this release since they announced it, this track is so mind-blowing and earth-shattering. Like did Alex have to go that hard with the vocals? No, but did he? Yes. My mind is honestly so blown with the level of perfection this song is. This is the sort of song I need in my life, like for as long as Four Thousand Miles exist I think I'm going to be a tad bit obsessed and have a lot of love for them. Every opportunity I get to work on one of their tracks I'm going to do it, because this band! They're so talented and they got so much potential! The music they're dropping is insane, I know we've only got two tracks but they're blowing my mind. So we start thinking, okay this is a decent song, got a good beat, nice and engaging, and then the chorus hits and I'm telling you they

Single Review: Mindreader by A Day To Remember

Ah yes, A Day To Remember have released a new song since they still don't have a release date for the album, but it's still new ADTR content so I can't complain. I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about this track, because it's definitely not the heavier side of their sound. There's no rough vocals in it, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. ADTR are known to have slower, less aggresive songs on the albums which contrast really well with their sound. So Mindreader shouldn't come as a surprise. It's a great track, it's a really catchy song, I really like it. Is it my favourite out of the tracks released? No. Does it make me excited for You're Welcome? Yes. Has it left me wanting more? Yes. Do I still love ADTR for this track? Most definitely. This track isn't slow and stripped back like If It Means A Lot To You or Have Faith In Me, I'd compare the track to the likes of Good Things, which I adore that track. It's very much

Small Band Struggles With Jay: Band or Business?

This entire post has been done by Jay so if you don't know who he is please go show the man some love! Welcome back to our second instalment, I hope you enjoyed the first, as riveting a read it may have been. I feel the way we left off last week, it seemed almost to naturally plant the title and topic for this week’s instalment into my head. In an attempt to get the word count down from last time, I’ll get straight into it. Thanks again to Grace, for allowing my input on these topics. Band or Business? When a musician first picks up an instrument and starts noodling aimlessly until something they play sounds okay, or decides to get tuition, it’s unlikely they are doing it because they want to be a small business owner / entrepreneur. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite. I know I started to learn to play the guitar because I decided relatively young that I wanted to be a ‘Rockstar’, like all my idols at that time. I grew up in a normal family, I didn’t go to a

Small Band Struggles with Jay: Streaming Revenue

So hi, welcome to the first instalment of the lovely series me and Jay are going to be doing. The first issue we've decided to talk about is streaming revenue because this is something that needs to be understood and people need to open their eyes to. So please sit back, and educate yourself on this topic... well, allow us to educate you. One of the many points I desperately want to raise is a point that a lot of high profile musicians have raised before, and people don't seem to be very informed on this, and I know people love hearing statistics, so here we go. If you want to support your favourite local bands, BUY THEIR MUSIC! That's such a vital part in supporting these bands. I know it's hard being broke and music prices soon start adding up and streaming services are still a cheap way out, and I do use streaming platforms I won't lie, I do because it's convenient and cost-effective, but I will still buy music. I support bands in as many ways

Single Review: whatever makes you feel safe by Distant Blue

They're back! It's been a long time (not that long) since the release of MYMINDISOUTOFME, but they are back with their brand new single whatever makes you feel safe, and spoiler alert, it slaps! From the first listen I am ranking it up there in my top 3, Distant Blue don't have a bad song but this song is next level insane. It reminds me of Bring Me The Horizon and Trash Boat. It's the perfect song, it's heavier than their other tracks, but I'm here for it. This song makes me excited about music, it's the song I want to hear live, so lads when this whole thing blows over and the worlds back to normal, a gig yeah? So it's heavier than their other tracks, but it's fast-paced, it's energetic, it's an anthem. This track proves that Distant Blue get better and better with the more tracks they put out. Hearing this track, makes me feel so proud of them because they're coming so far and releasing such solid tracks that you want to listen

Small Band Struggles: The Introduction

This is an idea that I did a few years ago for my English Language speaking exam, but that was YEARS ago, so I want to do that idea again, but I want to make it into an informative piece of writing to raise awareness for your local bands, and why I'm always trying to support local bands, I also want to make you aware of the struggles they face. So let me give you a little bit of an overview as to why we're doing this... No matter where you live, there'll be some local bands somewhere in your area, and it's important to show them your support because they're the artists that really need your love and support. I know of people who've not seen the point in supporting small artists because "If they were good they'd be big" but how can you expect a band to get big if you don't support them? The first time I did this idea back in the day, I actually had the help of Milestones, because at the time Milestones were tiny and before they broke u

Single Review: English Skin by Fast Car To Florence

A.N. I know I've been inactive recently because covid-19 exists and that means there's very little being released currently, and obviously, all gigs are off until further notice, however, there's a few releases coming up, and I will do posts when there's something to write about.  Fast Car To Florence are back again with another song, but this time to some it will be new, to returning fans it is just reworked, reimagined, reborn.   I will admit I adore this track, and the new version of the track really does showcase Fast Car's true talent. Every time I write something about Isaac I always say how beautiful his voice is, and I have to say it again. Isaac has such a beautiful voice The new version doesn't sound dissimilar to the original, it's just a bit more powerful and has a more refined sound to it when you compare it to the version we all knew and loved. It's an incredible track, and it's nice that it still exists within this new era