Friday, 21 October 2016

Bloggers block

Hello world and welcome to week eleven of my weekly blog. Blog block, blog block, blog block, what was I going to write about this week.... thinking, thinking, oh yeah that's it, sincerity, gratitude, keeping up and too many social media options. Many of you who follow my show and it's various pages, will no doubt know my main avenues of music play and music promotion are through, Mixcloud, Facebook and Twitter. These three are very mainstream mediums and capture a good audience, but of course everyone has their preference and some may only use one of these mediums. That is why it is always important to have a few mediums covered if your doing something like music promotion. I often see artists complain that they get very low interaction from people on Facebook and some go as far as closing their accounts on Facebook. However I believe in truth Facebook is the place that often leads fans to to your webpages and other social media sites, so I strongly urge you not to discount it. I know I use it for that purpose constantly. Of course if you're like myself and you have more than the three pages, than the reality means it will create a lot of work for you. Over the years I have spread myself across many social media avenues, Mixlr, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Internet Archive, Podomatic, Google Plus, Youtube, and the list goes on and on. Some of these I still actively use, like Youtube. In fact if you get the time you should check out my Synthopia playlist on Youtube. It features bands and artists that I have played on both of my shows and while I focus on that. If I have played you on my show and you have videos that you do want put up on the playlist, please let me know.

Now the more you spread yourself across the social media platforms, the harder and harder it becomes to keep up with all your followers. For me being very sincere and thankful to all your supporters is extremely important. However the more I do to promote the music the harder this gets and hopefully here on my blog or my shows saying thank you to all than bands, artists and fans, helps to go some way there. Thank you for all the songs, the retweets, the likes, the listens, the listens, the messages, the fun and all of the amazing friendships. All of this is what drives me every week to keep going and in turn keeps the show alive and kicking :) To all those music friends that I have not messaged in ages, don't worry you're all still very important to me and I still follow what you're all doing as much as I can.

Okay this week I got sent some details from Amy from the Mirrorman Music Agency, of a great new act Knight$ who is soon to release his EP, check out all the details below:-

KNIGHT$ is a UK artist with a knack for penning some memorable electro anthems. Whether with a full band or simply stripped back with a pianist, KNIGHT$ delivers. With one foot firmly in the present, and a discerning knowledge of music’s past, KNIGHT$ might just be the newcomer to occupy your sound system into 2017.

Cutting his teeth in projects such as Scarlet Soho and Boytronic, KNIGHT$ has made a name for himself. Previously touring Europe alongside Zoot Woman, IAMX and The Faint, he’s also headlined The Under The Sky stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and co-wrote the lead track for the German movie Bauernfrühstück in 2011, where he duetted alongside German classical vocalist Isgaard (Schiller).
KNIGHT$’ started working on the tracks What's Your Poison?, So Cold and What You Leave Behind in 2016, alongside producer Martin Dubka (Tesla Boy/Tyson/Ali Love) in Hackney, London.
Even after a short time in the studio Dubka and KNIGHT$ developed an almost telepathic understanding. It was clear the initial tracks needed to be concise, with super strong stick-like-glue melodies. KNIGHT$ would programme the midi, with Dubka working overtime, patching in an array of vintage analogue synthesizers and getting the sounds just right. They would occasionally stop for coffee, listen to “Time To Move” by Carmen, and swiftly move on. By the time they were finished, KNIGHT$ knew he had something pretty unique on their hands!
KNIGHT$ holds undeniable magnetism live, but there’s a palpable substance to all he turns his hand to. Just when you think you have this guy sussed, he will offer you something different, something you never saw coming.
It’s pop Jim, but not as we know it!

KNIGHT$ tourdates
Nov 3 - The Brook, Southampton, UK (piano set)
Jan 6 - Matrix, Bochum, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 7 - Das Bett, Frankfurt, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 13 - Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
Jan 14 - Dark Disco @ Charterhouse, London, UK
Jan 20 - Moritzbastei, Leipzig, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 21 - Lido, Berlin, DE (w/Melotron)

KNIGHT$ official website 
KNIGHT$ facebook
KNIGHT$ twitter
KNIGHT$ instagram

What's Your Poison? (EP)
Release date 18.11.16

Also as always remember bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of Also again to every band, artist and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 15th of October to the 21st of October:-

15th of October   Cinemascape - The Falling Impossible
16th of October   Devo - Gates of Steel
17th of October   Eloquent - Go Go Yellow Screen
18th of October   ELP - Fanfare For The Common Man
19th of October   Erotic Elk - Burning Down Your House
20th of October   Fatboy Slim - Sunset Bird of Prey
21st of October   Elektroklange - Hello World

I have to make a comment about the Fanfare For The Common Man. Many years ago I competed in a Fun run to raise money for the Australian olympic team. Because of it being all about the Olympics, they had at the start line a brass band playing a short blast of Fanfare For The Common Man, just as the race was about to start. By the time they had finished I was absolutely hyped and I was feeling far more than just very Olympic, I bursting out of my skin. The gun went off and the first kilometer was done in record time, the next nine kilometres was spent trying to keep going :)

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows.

and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Maybe even vote for my show in the Mixclouds Online Radio Awards. Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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