Friday, 6 January 2017

Make this your watershed year and be daring

Hello world and welcome to week 20 of my blog, which this week is on time now that the festive distractions are done with. For those of you coming back from breaks or were partying hard last week Happy New Year. Now what does this New Year bring us? Well I really genuinely hope some massive daring from the scene. Let's not make 2017 another year of hope and make it a watershed year for all the modern Post Punk genres out there. That's right this is the year that you experiment more, create more, promote more, be like the Post punk bands of the late 70's, early 80's and push your way to the front of the queue. Music is screaming out for an exciting injection of energy and creativeness.

Okay along those ideas, what are some tips, I can offer from my pondering this week. On both my Facebook and Twitter feeds I get a massive volume of tracks as general post to all followers and of course I can't keep up with them all. I'm not going to trawl through hours and hours of messages and neither will other DJ's. This means just because we are following you, that does not mean were going to see all your posted tracks and get in touch with you. Sure some of the tracks I will see in those few hours a day, I might get some time to look through a small fraction of what I get. However just be mindful I will most likely will miss that brilliant track of yours that I might like to play, so please, please, please get in direct contact with me and all the DJ's you know. Don't let this year be another year, that you could have done just that little bit more to get yourself a lot more exposure.

Another thing that I strongly recommend that you do not do, is if your going to post demo's of your tracks, don't make them too short. I had one very good example of that the other day, going through my new followers on twitter. I like to have a quick listen to see if what you have, obviously suits what I play. After all I don't play Rap and I'm not about too, oh yeah why do so many rappers bulk follow just any old page? I guess that's a story for another space and time :) In this example the new follower had a 14 second demo track and that was it, it sounded okay but it really didn't give me any sense of were the track was going, could it suddenly lurch from a Post Punk sounding track to a rap, or metal track or something else? I certainly had no way of knowing, so please make sure your demo tracks give your prospective fans and promoters something to entice them to.

Name your price, if your going to direct message me or any DJ about playing your tunes, please remove any awkwardness. If your messaging me, that should be because you are keen for me to give you airplay. Which in turn should mean your offering me your tracks for free to play. Try to avoid situations like this, 'what do you think of this video?', 'Check out this track we just posted to Bandcamp' etc. Make it clear what your offering me and any other DJ's that you contact, that your giving them the opportunity to promote your work. Those examples I gave above sound a lot better if they are more like this 'what do you think of this video? If you like it we can send you through the tracks', 'Check out this track we just posted to Bandcamp and if you like it we can send you the download code' Please also if your going to send us to a link that leaves a blank spot in the amount part and a 'Name Your Price' tag next to it, make sure we know you want us to grab the track for free. As I said remove the awkwardness, for both parties.


Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Thankfully this week I have some news sent to me via my shows email address at, by the guys of Analoguetrash and these look to be some pretty awesome gigs for those of you in the UK:-

Some dates for your diary...

Happy New Year! We've got some great events planned for 2017 in Manchester and beyond - so here are the details and dates of the first few. Come join us, support grassroots live electronic music and see some great performances.

Saturday 21st January
AnalogueTrash Live feat. Future Perfect, Promenade Cinema, Voi Vang
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 18th March
AnalogueTrash Live feat. Syd.31, The Arcane Network Broadcast Inclusion, Kurt Dirt
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 1st April
Silicon Dreams x AnalogueTrash at
Threshold Festival, Liverpool
[more details coming soon]

Saturday 20th May
AnalogueTrash Live feat. O>L>A, Pixelate, Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 10th June
AnalogueTrash is 8 feat. Neonsol, Advance, DEF NEON, Vieon
+ Photon x Neon City Social Club after party
AATMA, Manchester
[more details coming soon]

Full details and event listings can be found on our website, Facebook and Twitter profiles. Keep an eye out, and we'll see you soon.

We have discounted Manchester tickets available for Orgy [supported by DEF NEON] on the 23rd of February and Assemblage 23 [supported by Vieon] on the 31st of March, so if you're local and fancy coming along, click here to order them.


Now to finish up for another week, its time to check out the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 31 of December to the 6th of January:-

31/12/16 Nad Mika - Heart Despair
1/1/17 Modern Rocketry - I Feel Love Coming
2/1/17 Rare Facture - Perception
3/1/17 INXS - Dont Change
4/1/17 Ostrich - Sleepy Angels
5/1/17 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
6/1/17 Nocarrier - The Nine Days Queen

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 53 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.

Oh and as of this week I'm going to throw in a random link to something on the net. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check it out. This week I kick off with Good Mythical Morning YouTube page. This is a great fun YouTube show. These guys do some pretty crazy stuff, but I'm certain you will get lots of laughs checking them out :)


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and please make sure you check it out. Support for me and the acts is what helps to keeps us all going, so supporting my show helps play a part in that. Also 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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Once again Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for all your amazing support in 2016 and I look forward to a massive musical year in 2017


  1. Thanks for continuing to put these shows/blogs together and supporting indie artists AK all the best

    1. Thank you Andreas, happy to do what I can :) Looking forward to a Stella year for In This Mode.