Friday, 7 October 2016

What's your story

Hello world and welcome to week nine of my weekly blog. Who are you and where did you come from? Now what sort of question is that to kick off this week's blog, you ask? Well stick with me and I will explain. I have now been doing my music shows for four years and during that time I have met a lot of brilliant and incredibly generous people. Over that time they have not only listened to my shows, they have also followed my various pages promoting the music. Those of you who were there in the early days have seen quite a few changes and some of you were the incredible support I needed when I was starting out.

One of the great examples of this early support was Pete Steer from Tenek. Somehow Pete got wind of my early ragtag shows. From memory I think he actually listened to the very first show and after that show he very kindly offered me the opportunity to play a bucket load of Tenek tracks. By show three I had so many Tenek tracks from the guys, that I decided to make the whole of show three a Tenek special. The show was a great hit, not only do Pete and Geoff put out great music, they're also very well liked in the scene. This meant the show had generated a fair bit of interest and gave me that very much needed little push along, to get some early interest in my show. While most of my 1radio shows are not uploaded to mixcloud, the two early Tenek specials still are. Therefore if you're curious, check them out here Synthopia Three and here Synthopia Twenty, but please ignore the very nervous and amature live DJ, just starting out ;) The great thing about Pete is he not only helped organize, to send me lots of great Tenek tracks via their band PR Manager Cheri Freund, who has also been a great supporter and fantastic friend since those days. He also given me a few crucial little bits of advice, that helped set me in good stead for the show. In addition to this he also put the word out at the time, to other bands about me. This in turn gave my music roster some real depth and fantastic impetuous, to grow.

Of course I am incredibly thankful for what Pete did, to help me when I was starting out. Of course in turn, I do whatever I can to promote the guys. Be it be by airplay, retweets, referring bands to Geoff's mastering service (which is brilliant, if you need some mastering), etc. Now in our scene it is these very kind selfless acts that really help us all and I'm very heartened every week by many of examples of it. Unfortunately and very rarely the odd person does go against the grain and it becomes all about what they want to do or archieve. To those people I say please make sure you realize that you're part of a scene that is something much bigger than you and that it is something very special.

Now I have told you all about Pete and the excellent impact he has had on my shows and that leads me back to my question. Who are you and where did you come from? I would love 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

Right now a reminder 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.

Okay this week the guys from the Some Bizzare record label, have sent me some news for an upcoming STEVEN JONES & LOGAN SKY gig. Steven and Logan hope to see their fans at the Depeche Mode fan club in Tallinn, the stunning capital city of Estonia on 12th November. Go here to check out the details

Okay to finish up this week here is my list of Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 1st of October to the 7th of October:-

1st of October Black Edition - Ferme tes jolis yeux
2nd of October Dance 2 Trance - Power of American Natives
3rd of October Daybehavior - Come to Bed With Me
4th of October Dee D. Jackson - Automatic Lover
5th of October Equatronic - La Isla Bonita
6th of October Eurogliders - Without You
7th of October Eyemouth - Blood on the Earth

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.

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  1. Enjoyable as always Andrew. Geoff mastered our first EP and did a fantasic job! Both Peter and Geoff are great guys.

  2. Excellent read that bud.
    Really nice to get a bit of background as to how the show began too.
    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.
    Anyway, keep up the good work!
    I will try and listen in more as I haven't tuned in much since your 'Numan like' retirement announcement last year. :)

    1. Thank you Geoff, I like to share what I can with everyone and hopefully I can keep make it interesting enough :) Yes Pete and Geoff are awesome ambassadors for the scene and I know everyone who gets involved with them in some way, have nothing but good words for them.

      Happy to have you listen whenever you can Geoff, I must get some Blott on soon. You have definitely left me with a big grin on my face with the 'Numan like ' comment.

  3. Thank you Cheryl. I certainly had Vague Notion as one of those bands in my mind, when I typed about Geoff's mastering services :) Yes Pete and Geoff are top blokes for sure.

  4. Now Andrew, did Pete and Geoff pay you for this one? :D Good to see you still waving the flag for the good ship synthpop. :)

    Where did I come from...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; I never DID get into for that Italdisco stuff you played though!

    Wishing you well.

    1. G'day Phil, it's good to hear from you. Yes I think the cheques in the mail, from the Tenek guys :) Flying that flag as best I can Phil, by giving it a little bit of an Aussie slant.

      From memory I have a feeling kim Hadley told you about me Phil. It's good to hear you were looking to use the show for a source of new material back then. This is the really important part of the show, as on play for the bands is the key. LOL on the Italo disco stuff, a bit of crossover from supporting another show back then.

      Take care mate