I'm new to this but hey I'm giving it ago. I sing and play guitar. I'm here to share a few bits of info I learn along my journey
Charlie Smith and friends playlist
As you may know, I've had a go at building my first ever Spotify playlist Ultimate Alternative. I even wrote a full-length article about it. So, now I'm back at it again. This time I'm not focusing on a specific sound like I did before. This time around I am building a more diverse mix of songs. The main purpose of this playlist is to say thank you to artists and highlight their music. You will hear a wide range of music styles and different genres. From a listeners point of view, I don't think that this is a bad thing. Even though this playlist could be considered a homage and ultimately some sort of thank you note in playlist form. It should still primarily capture the listener's attention and flow well. I hope you discover some new music from this list and every musician song's that are featured; you've helped me a lot. I know for a fact that you have helped others too. So, thank you.
Illness in the trenches
The illness took its time to set in. At first, it started as a cough. It wasn't until mid-afternoon it turned into a fever. James tried to hide it, but this was no place to be sick. Exposed and open to the elements the trench offered little respite. Not sure what he should do he couldn't help but shiver and shake uncontrollably. It wasn't long before a Lance Corporal noticed. A tall man with ginger hair. He was compassionate and expressed great concern. The Lance Corporal whisked James off down the trench. Away from his PALs. The duo weaved in and out of trench lines past soldiers. Board soldiers. Waiting, soldiers. Not sure of their fates, but sick of waiting to meet it all the same. A growing sense of anxiety that no amount of tobacco could fix. It was too late now to head back out of the trench and to seek medical attention...
NFTs are on fire right now but are they helpful to indie musicians?
You may have heard of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) you may have not. Either way, they are creating a lot of buzz and interest around the globe. In music circles, we are seeing established artists selling NFTs for a whole lot of money. Rightly so, indie artists are wanting to dip their toes into the water. With Streaming royalties being so low it's no wonder then that artists are looking for a way to make more money. Unfortunately, there is some bad news. While NFTs are hot property right now there are a lot of considerations you have to make before you decide to sell your music as an NFT. Almost all the articles or youtube videos I watch right now are only highlighting the positives and aren't talking about the realities. They are marketing it as a get rich quick scheme to indie musicians and it just isn't true. I only want to write this article with a more conserved view, but it is worth mentioning that yes I am indeed an indie musician and also an adopter of cryptocurrency. This article is not written on the basis of discouraging NFT sales: In fact, the opposite. To understand the reality of making one you can make informed decisions.
Glacer FM is a big fat scam!
Yes, I'm going to go straight out there and say it, Glacer FM is a scam. Completely, totally and unmistakably. If you're reading this you're most likely from Facebook. You saw a radio station asking for music and you dropped your link! (You should stop doing that by the way). Only for a short time later hit with an alert from the poster to send your music to an email to an address. This account that has asked you to do this is most likely fake. Go ahead check it. The next step is very important. DO NOT SEND THEM AN EMAIL.
Beneath the crust of 'Bread Records'
As you may know, I love all indie music. I've made a playlist from wicked independent artists and also interviewed some of them. Today, however, we are taking a slightly different approach. We are talking to a record label. I know what you're thinking. A record label? Charlie, what on earth has gotten into you? What are you thinking? Safe to say that Bread records aren't your run of the mill record label. No, they are an independent label with a difference. Not only do they promote the few artists they have signed, but they also help promote other independent artists from the local scene in manchester. They work with promoters to book gigs and host an open mic night. So there you go, I'm let off the hook. They might be a record label, but they are featuring and supporting local artists. That is worthy of my praise. Luckily I got to catch up with Micheal Webster and ask him a few questions. He's a hard-working musician, running the label but also an artist as well. I want to thank him for answering my questions and I hope you will find his answers insightful.
Haunting melodies that leave a mark
What is the scariest thing you can think of? Is it a zombie? No, a fierce creature? A vampire? Let me think some more. Maybe a shark? But they're not really scary in-less you're in the water and in most cases, they're not going to be that interested in you. No, what is the scariest and deadliest creature known to us? Humans. It has to be humans. Of course, Halloween is more about spooky ghosts and ghouls than humans. Let's face it though the most real and scary threat you can face is another unknown human being. If I'm out in the woods all by myself the thought of meeting another unknown human is a truly terrifying thought. I'd rather be out there by myself if I'm completely honest. Following on with that theme is the idea behind this playlist I am about to present to you. A spooky and haunting playlist, however not in a traditional sense. There will be no ghouls or goblins here. Just haunting melodies and musing on the state of the human condition. I mean, after all, what keeps you up at night? The fact there could be a monster under the bed or the possibility the person you're sleeping next to could be a monster and you just don't know it yet...........................
Nothing beats a shift in attitude
I don't want to come out and say what has changed me. It is deep and personal and almost irrelevant because it was not just one specific event but a build-up over time of thoughts and feelings. It changed me massively in a way that is not necessarily so plain to see. I mean I still have the same passion for music that I did before and outside of expanding to new hobbies I haven't changed too much or have I? One certainty with people is that like of the seasons they will change. Everyone does all the time. So just like all things, I have changed and although we could look back to a specific date it's still been forward and backwards. Sometimes habits just die hard. It's not something I should chastize myself for. After all sometimes to move forward we have to take a few steps back. These are three key points I have learned and embraced.
The hoss00312 problem
Today we are going to be exploring the 'hoss00312' problem that has been plaguing twitch streamers. Although I'm not 100% sure who or what is responsible for this. There is something shady going on over at twitch tv and I would like to talk about it.
A long way to run
It only takes time. In time everything gets better, but he'd been running too long. Running from the law was a thing he was used to. As a traveller, it didn't bother him. A rolling stone gathers no moss. It was a lifestyle that suited him and only him. The years were aging him now: he felt it in his bones. The cold weather wasn't helping. Snow falling; snow crunching under his boot's.
Down the tubes
The sun was shining; the air was fresh. The car hummed along the quiet B roads towards its destination. 2005 wasn't a vintage year for car's, but this little ford KA was special to the passengers. Four of the best friends squished up together: talking and laughing. On a fun day out. Day's like this are when memories are made.