Welcome to the new site which was recreated in December 2017. The project continues!
It has been designed by Pete Wright of Netcentics.co.uk and as you can see, he has retained the old logo and added a new freshness to the whole site as well as added security. To say that I am delighted with his work is an understatement.
Despite the changes, the ethos remains the same. I focus on the promotion of new and upcoming musicians whether as solo artists, duos or bands, through the written word. I have been a reviewer for a decade or so now, of events such as The Fling Festival in Chelmsford, Exit Calm for Metropolis, The Battle of the Bands in Colchester and musicians live and online.The old site attracted 30,921 hits last year between 1st Jan 2017 up to 1st Jan 2018. The first review of 2018, a Chimpanbee review, is now published.
I have also managed to retrieve some old reviews from 2013, 2014 and 2016 thanks to Facebook. A lot got destroyed when the site was hacked a few years back. The reviews are of The Soul Collective, White Count, The Art of Amputation, The Cornelius Crane, The Vickers and The Hacienda. They have now been added to Posts.
Since moving to Gloucestershire, I have reviewed bands at The Convent, Woodchester ( which was one of the most amazing music venues in the country until it closed down) and music nights at The Sub Rooms in Stroud. Ray and I went to the Outer Fringe Festival at The Crown and Sceptre pub in Stroud last month and I was able to review most of the musicians there. Rodda Thomas who runs the pub is a lovely, friendly man and the afternoon was filled with good music. It was all in support of the Halo charity and the place was rammed.
Shortly after,I posted a review of ‘Hole In My Soul’ by Stu E Skinner. Take a listen to this single that is the first to be released from a yet untitled album. He will be sending me more tracks as and when they are released. So…watch this space.
The fee for reviewing a live gig is for my photographer and myself to go on the guest list where possible. For reviewing online, I would ask for a copy of the CD or whatever online format has been used. I have also interviewed musicians before a gig in the past and then published the interview on my site. Asking more established bands to offer advice to new and upcoming bands,which could then be published, has also proved to be a popular idea and is something that I am keen to try again.
So….if this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org