The DiY Gang Ethos

Hello, I’m ShaoDow.  Tom, the good man that he is, asked me to write a guest blog to offer some advice and inspiring words on how to succeed as an independent artist in this country. Because that’s what I am; a full time rapper living entirely off my music and merchandise; no label, no manager, no outside funding just some cool supporters who enjoy what…

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Keeping Music aLive

This week's guest post on the vital importance of live venues for upcoming artists is written by new music advocate, Listening Post regular and Friend Of Freshnet Rob Ball If you are reading this then it is highly likely that you are either a musician, work in the industry or like me a new music fan. One thing we all have in common is a…

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How To Speak Press Release

Hey bands! Why spend your hard-earned cash hiring a PR company to write a press release for your next single when you can do it yourself. Music promotion - as any fool knows - requires a highly specialised vocabulary quite unlike normal English. But using our new handy list below, you too can write inflated nonsense like a professional. After carefully analysing several thousand music…

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How To Send Me Music

IMPORTANT Many BBC presenters and producers like listening to new music on CD and vinyl, and keep free slots where they can play it.  I've even written a guide on the best way of sending it to them. But in my own case all my listening to new music - for BBC Introducing, Fresh On the Net etc - is done online. EMERGING ARTISTS If…

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From The Archives: The Little Pink

Back in July 2009 there was an early interview with The Big Pink by Alexis Petrides in The Guardian in which they complained about people assuming they were gay. Here's a taster: "...most striking of all was a backstage shot of Furze completely naked, with a fully clothed Cordell draped over him, gently cupping his genitals. The theme carried over onto the sleeve of their…

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A Letter From The Front…

Today being the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, I wanted to share this poignant letter my grandmother received from the front in 1915 - sent by her pre-war sweetheart shortly before he died:  You can also hear the audio version of the letter here. My Dear May, I am attempting to answer your epistle of loving cheer under somewhat trying circumstances. I…

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That’s MY song that is!

Guest post by Scott Milligan of Kitten Pyramid. “That’s my song, that is,” said Mary, one of the four elderly ladies lying in bed watching my band, Kitten Pyramid, perform at Queen’s hospital in Burton. Hospital wards, like cheap hotels, are rarely homely places. They’re how I’d imagine the space stations of the future: basic, functional and clean. On this ward, there was nothing but cream walls,…

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Add An Icon To Your Comments

In the comments on our Listening Post Eromnim3 once asked: "How do you add an icon to your name?" The small photo you see beside some users' names in the comments at Fresh On The Net is called a Gravatar. To create your own, prepare a square image (up to 512 x 512 pixels) then head along to http://en.gravatar.com and create a free account there,…

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Steve Knightley: Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley from Show Of Hands joined my on my Saturday night show on BBC Radio 6 Music this weekend to talk about his forthcoming solo tour of UK village halls under the banner of Grow Your Own Gig. The principle is that any fan can become a promoter - just find a small venue the size of a badminton court and sell a hundred…

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Rebekah’s New Single

REBEKAH DELGADO - Music Box [Starts: 45:20] https://www.facebook.com/therebekahdelgadopage We all know the route to success for a dedicated musician can often involve considerable hardship along the way. I still vividly remember my own early days with the Tom Robinson Band, when my one culinary treat was a single (small) Macdonalds hamburger with no fries, on my way back from signing on at the dole office…

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