Friday, 2 December 2016

It's time for a summer blog

Hello world and welcome to week 16 of my weekly blog and summer :) Hang on he said summer? Yes summer, well down under it is anyway. It's time for me to mind bend those of you in the Northern hemisphere, which it turns out are a significant number that read this blog. When you surf the net you will find that it is predominantly a northern hemisphere centric space, after all most subject matter is now related to the pending winter cold and a white Christmas. Down here though it's the complete opposite and this very reflects the fickle nature of the internet. How would you feel about hitting the beach on a hot Christmas day and having cold ham and fancy salads on Christmas day? Okay stop packing your bags, I don't have the room :)

Of course the hemisphere centric nature of the net, is just one of it's many and varied nuances. These various nuances can make it a difficult place to grow and increase your fan base and can at times make it incredibly challenging to get your music out there. Or for that matter even your radio show or podcast heard. What appeals to people for many weeks, may not the next. This means you must always be diligent, a loss of a few listeners can suddenly become many if your not showing a presence. It's not good enough to put up a website up with all your tunes and expect people will just come and buy them. You could create the greatest track ever. However unless your really lucky, word of mouth is not going to get it out there you need to promote it. Get your songs to as many shows as possible, but don't go overboard make sure they suit your style of music. Also make sure all of your links and posts for your songs are up to date and accurate. I have mentioned it here before and I will say it again, I find a lot of dead links for band sites. One mistake a few of you make is to not make sure your links are separated. I have often found that some of you have your urls connected to each other things like joe.bloggs.facebookjoe.bloggs.twitter is two links accidentally mashed together and will not work. Take the time to test your links, a day link is going to be more often then not a lost opportunity. Oh and if someone tells you your link is dead, fix ASAP. There is nothing worse then when a fan or DJ try's to help you out and tell you your link is not working, only to come back a month later to find nothings changed.

Okay now let's get some news from around the traps:-

Chris Wirsig of the Electro Noir Pop duo no:carrier let me know about their wonderful new album release Broken Rainbow. I think as the bandcamp page describes the album so well, I will let it tell you about the album:-

The songs on "Broken Rainbow" range from the lead single's topic of depression and addiction ("Your Heroin") to the important role alleged villains often play in fostering what is good ("Holy Judas"), and the depths of human behaviour ("Little Death", "The Day I Met You", "Alibis"). With the creepy cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising", and "The Man Who Drew Cats", a biographical song about Louis Wain, famous for his illustrations populated by anthropomorphic cats, no:carrier again show a wide range of topics and musical influences, that are seldom found in today's music, and merge it with their signature Electro Noir style.

Also this week I got some great news of an excellent deal from Tenek, which is a perfect deal for the festive season:-

Tenek - **SPECIAL CD bundle offer!!**

When you purchase tenek's 'Smoke and Mirrors' album, it will include two additional EPs ('Imitation of Life' and 'Another Day') -- ALL for ONLY £15!! [*shipping charges not included]

To place your order, click HERE

Thank you for your support and wishing you a joyful holiday season!

- tenek and crew

Tenek - Imitation of Life (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Okay 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 26th of November to the 2nd of December:-

02/12/16 Tenek - Elusive

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. It's at over 49 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.

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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