Friday, 14 October 2016

Interviews and why don't I do them?

Hello world and welcome to week ten of my weekly blog. This week I'm going to tell you why I don't do interviews, for the acts that I play. Every once in awhile I get asked by bands, artists or their managers, if I would be interested in doing an interview with them. I will always politely say no and try to explain as best as I can why not. However sometimes when you are suddenly asked a question like this, you find that sometimes your explanation can become a little convoluted. Okay so why don't I do them then? The primary reason is that when I started out doing these shows, I had to set some type of format that I wanted to work with. The initial thoughts were should the show just be purely music, should I talk a little, or talk a lot, should I do interviews. I very quickly came to the decision that the show should strictly be about playing the music and utilizing every minute to do so. With me doing short hopefully unintrusive into's at the start of each track. This was to give the listeners the details they would clearly want to hear about the tracks and to give the show a little bit of a personality. This meant that there would not be excessive talking by me and interviews were not going to be part of my format. This decision for me was made even more concrete, by the fact that my timezone was very much at odds with most of the acts that I was going to play, so interviews would be tricky. Once I had made this decision, I felt it was very important to stick to it for show consistency. Of course I will still get asked, every once in awhile. After all the acts quite rightly need to investigate every possible avenue for exposure, but again for consistency I will say no. I strongly believe that if I were to do it once, then that's when I have decided that I will keep doing it and at this point that is not part of my plans. I don't want to have the situation where I say no to one act and yes to another, because clearly the other act will be asking why? Still as I said that is not part of the plans for now, but in the future who knows. It is still quite possible that one day, if I ever have a less demanding day time job, that I might expand on my shows and do interviews as well.

Okay last week I asked, who are you and where did you come from? This is a permanently ongoing thing and I will really love to hear from you. I want to hear your stories about when, why and how you followed me, what do you love about the shows and what's your part of the music story. Are you a happy listener, a band sending me tracks (did I give you your first play), a label or a promoter. I would love to hear all your stories and share some tidbits in the blog, so send them through to my email address of after all this is a great opportunity for you all to help build and shape this blog.

I have already had some great feedback on last week's post. Cheryl and Bevan from Vague Notion, told me how Geoff from Tenek mastered their first EP and how he did a fantastic job! They too agreed Both Pete and Geoff are great guys. I was very pleased about this one, as at the time I had suggested to Cheryl, that Geoff would be a good person to go to for their mastering. It's a great example of how close knit we all are and how we can all help one another.

Blott who is Geoff Martin, also had some great feedback on the guys from Tenek - "Yes those Tenek guys are great ambassadors for the independent synth scene and a cracking bunch of guys too.
Geoff produced Things Will Never Be The Same and was very good to deal with."

Flip Martian AKA Phil Marsh was also keen to know how much Pete and Geoff paid me to say nice stuff about them. Oh that reminds me, guys have you sent the cheque yet?

and Phil also answered the Where did I come from question... "I think I joined your FB group many moons ago to see if there were any good songs to play on my own radio show back then - your show was one of several sources I used to find new stuff. Can't remember who I found now but I'm sure there were a few"

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 bands 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 8th of October to the 14th of October:-

8th of October    Visage - The Damned Don't Cry (Orchestral Version)
9th of October    Ghost Noise - Space Opera
10th of October  Gorillaz - Kids With Guns
11th of October  Tokyo Witch Hunt - Burn Down
12th of October  The Tamperer - Feel It featuring Maya
13th of October  The Girl & The Robot - Whole
14th of October  Siouxsie and the Banshees - Dear Prudence

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my 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 :) 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.

Please join my social media pages:-

Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
The show page on Mixcloud

and please give a thought to following my blog and give me feedback, feedback, feedback ;)


  1. Cool blog Andrew enjoyed the read will send you some info greets from Tassie

    1. Thank you and excellent Andreas looking forward to it :)

  2. Lovely entry! I don't do interviews either... or talk at all. I do type quite a bit though, but its not good on the radio :)

    1. Thank you Unknown, Jeff ;) Your excellent playlists talk in volumes and yes the typing can be pretty frenetic in those chat boxes :)