Music, What makes you happy?

Punk

Goodbye 2016, Oh hell 2017

We lost a lot of great people last year. It’s been tough processing those who died before their time.

Sorry for not putting more out last year. Listen to a number of new albums and will talk about them later on, but right now I want to talk about Green Day.

I have watched them change and grow over the years and have been impressed with what they have said of late and what they yell out loud.

Here is a look back at Green Day and good luck to them in the future.

 

 

Looking forward to many more years of their music.

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Dazzle Rebel……Very cool artist from the UK.

Well I met this artist through his website/blog. Not only is his music good but his commentaries are a great read.. I’m happy to say he gave me a few minutes of his time to tell us a little bit about himself and what’s going on.

What got you started?
When I was about six I wanted to learn the violin but my music teacher at school said that I didn’t have a musical bone in my body so I wasn’t even allowed to learn the recorder! Thinking music wasn’t really for me I concentrated on art until my parents split up when I was about eleven. My stepdad taught me some basic chords on guitar when I was about 12 and I started buying guitar magazines and learning tabs and learning to play along with tapes and CDs.

My Dad had already got me into Queen before he and my parents split up and my Uncle got me into Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard. In the UK while the grunge scene was big it was soon surpassed by Brit Pop and Indie bands in about 1994. Bands like Oasis, Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Mansun became the everyday staples of my musical diet. That did it for me really, music was my life.

What instruments you play and what company manufactured them?
Although I started off playing guitar I changed to bass when I was about twenty. I’ve got a brilliant Tokai Thunderbird bass which has the best sustain and low-end growl out of all my bass guitars – of which I have another two Thunderbirds by Epiphone and a small assortment of other brands. My guitars of choice are Gordon Smiths, I have three; a Gypsy and a GS1 and a GS2 delux. They make their own pickups and are amazing instruments. My favourite guitar is my jumbo Epiphone acoustic which my wife bought me a few years ago. You’ll be hearing more of that next year because I’ve got some accoustic recordings planned.

How has it been running your own management?

It’s been great. I’ve spent years being managed to varying degrees of success. Some managers though just wanted to join in the party, which when they have the cash to flaunt on booze and drugs can be lethal but I don’t think it makes for a good manager. Keeping your artists happy is one thing but I believe there’s a reason they call them a manager; they should manage the artists and keep them in line. I’m under no illusions though, I don’t really know the first thing about management but I’m not trying to get anything other than personal enjoyment out of this whole project anyway.

When is the album going to be released?
If the Christmas festivities don’t get too much in the way I am hoping to get my debut EP “Skint and Dangerous” out on 24th December. It’s only a demo and will be available for free streaming and download via www.reverbnation.com/dazzlerebel. You can hear one of the tracks “Back Home and Sober” here now http://soundcloud.com/dazzlerebel. I have no immediate plans for an album yet but will continue to release tracks for free download throughout next year. Once I’ve improved my mixing technique I’ll look at cutting a proper album on disc and releasing it properly.
Please check out his other sites at Youtube, MySpace, and Facebook.

Thanks to Dazzle Rebel for talking with us.


McFly….No not George

07 Sep 2012 McFly in the USA The Roxy, Los Angeles
10 Sep 2012 McFly in the USA The Roxy, Los Angeles

If you don’t know about this group from the UK pop rock here is a little bit about them.

There first album Room on the Third Floor released in 2004 hit number 1 in the UK and earned them a spot in The Guinness World Book as the youngest band to ever achieve this so far. Since then they have had 10 # 1 singles and two albums at #1.  The bands Front man Tom Fletcher has written more British #1 hits than Queen, U2 all before he reached the age of 21.

Tom Fletcher was born in 1985, he is the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the band. He also plays piano. His instruments of choice are Gibson Les Paul, Gibson Flying V, Fender Stratocaster, Music Man Sterling.

Danny Jones, born in 1986 also sings lead and is another guitar player for the band. He also plays piano, harmonica, ukulele, and bass guitar. His instruments of choice are the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul Custom.

Dougie Poynter was born in 1987, plays the bass guitar and vocals. His instruments of choice are Music Man Sterling, Music Man StingRay, and the Fender Jazz Bass.

Harry Judd was born in 1985, he is the drummer. He also plays piano, trumpet, and guitar. I’m not sure which drum kit he prefers. He recently was a guest dancer on Stricly Come Dancing.

Take a moment and check out their most recent hit.


Music, How do you keep it?

So what kind of music turns you on? What makes you happy or sad? How often do you listen? You get sick of your song after the radio station plays it into the ground? You like vinyl or CD’s? Now that vinyl is making a comeback is the quality really that much better? It’s a battle that will go on for the purist in all of us. I’ve been taking my old vinyl and converting it to MP’s like alot of other people so I can listen to it on my MP players.

The market place is full of software and hardware to convert your vinyl to CD or MP’s and there are a few companies out there that will do it for you.

I’ve been using Xitel INport Deluxe, because I actually still have a B & O turntable and a decent stereo. But it’s by no means the only thing I use once I have recorded the music off to my computer. I also use Goldwave to tweak it the way I think it should sound.  Whatever you choose to use, remember to take your time, your not in a hurry if you want it to sound good.

For those of you who want to get started there are some video’s on YouTube that might be of some help.