Friday, 4 November 2016

A cover, of a cover, of a cover

Hello world and welcome to week 13 of my weekly blog. One of the huge pluses of doing my podcasts, is that I get sent a lot of amazing tracks and the vast majority of these tracks are of course brilliant originals. I have to say it is still honestly amazing how much excellent synthtronica music, is really still out there untapped by shows like mine. Now in addition to these original tracks I also get a great deal of excellent covers. Now for me and I'm sure for the other DJ's as well, we are not always 100% aware that we are being sent a cover of a song and that's what this week's blog is about.

For my real daytime job, I spend a lot of time on the train to and from work and to pass the time I play SongPop. Yes I can't get enough of music, but I have no doubt that would go for anyone reading this blog. Look me up if you want to take me on. I may not be one of the best, but I'm not too shabby either. Now the reason I'm mentioning SongPop, is that I am massively blown away by the incredible amount of modern day songs that are in fact covers and in some cases many times over too. Yes like many of us I knew there were a lot, but after playing Songpop I feel I have only really been ever really half aware of the volume.

This brings me to when I do covers on the show. It is not unusual for me to play a cover and be fully aware that it is indeed a cover. Either I know the song itself quite well, or the act that has sent me the track, have kindly told me that it is a cover and they have given me all the details about the track. It is definitely the right thing to do, to tell all of us independent internet DJ's the details of a track, if it is covered. No matter how well you think the track is known. There can be many reasons why a person in this case a DJ, may not be aware of a particular track. After all we have all taken an interest in music at various ages and years. Our musical tastes may have evolved over that time, or we simply went full circle and have come back to the music we once loved. Hits in one country or many countries, may not be hits in other countries and therefore in those countries they are relatively unknown. From what I understand Aussie 80's band Real Life's song, Send me an Angel was a massive hit here in Oz, the States and parts of Europe, but was not so big in the UK. For this reason please if you are sending in a cover of a track, tell us it's a cover no matter how much you feel how popular that track was, we need and want to know it's a cover. It helps reduce the egg on our faces, for not being up with all the thousands of tracks out there ;)

Okay my zoho inbox still has been a little lite on email news this week, come on acts free promotion of your gigs, song releases etc, becon right here. What I can tell you by checking my Facebook events list which is always busy, is that The Sweetest Condition are having an album launch right now.

Also a special plug for Mark Johnson who is Silver Factory Superstars and who did some great sound work for Synthopia in the past. This is his new album available now

Now as I said to all the 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. Come on everyone not one sound file yet, get yourself heard around the globe.

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 29th of October to the 4th of November:-

29/10/16 Patenbrigade Wolff - Freunde der Technik feat Stefan Leukert
30/10/16 Peter Gabriel - Biko
31/10/16 Damsel in the Dollhouse - Room 237
1/11/16   Debbie Harry - French Kissin in the USA
2/11/16   Elektroklange - Approach to Tokyo
3/11/16   Frida - I Know Theres Something Going On
4/11/16   Ghost & Writer - Beyond Repair

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally 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. I'm not a fan of covers. It's always fun to do, to play with a song you always loved and admire,but that's it, just a fun game.
      I really believe that the role of a musician is to create new and fresh songs, with a proposal, and new view.
      Although there is a lot of musicians that use too much known ingredients of a specific style and they sound like a song taken from the repertoire of a famous band from 20 or 30 years ago with nothing new to add, no heart and soul from the artist, no risk...I believe that is a way of making cover versions too.

      Greets!! Hugs from Latin America :)

    2. Hola again Lucia, yes I think covers are one of those music forms that you either love, hate or are very much on the fence with. I think I'm more the fence sitter, some of them I love, some of them I hate. For me I love a cover that pretty much reinvents the original track. Tracks like Frente's cover of Bizarre Love Triangle is probably a good example of that. Still I think sometimes covers are an important way, to help bands break into the mainstream. People often pickup on familiar tracks, like covers that they love and then explorer a band further from there. This then leads them to suddenly see that the band has lots more individuality to offer.

      Still however new and unique tracks, with lots of heart and soul and throwing caution to the wind, are what make for the most exciting additions to playlists. Freshness is the key to a strong and engaging playlist, but the odd good cover here and there is a nice accompaniment too :)

      Hugs back from Oz :)