Friday, 13 January 2017

Show you the money?

Hello world and welcome to week 21 of my blog, now I have to say I am very impressed that your all still hanging in there with me. This hopefully means that some of my tips and information, is of some use to you :) Okay so with this blog I have dipped my toe into the water a little bit with the subject matter, but this week I'm wading into the torrent and it could get tricky.

Right for all you artists and labels out there, I have a big question for you. Are you allowing commercial Internet radio shows, the ones that are actually making a profit, play your music for free? If so I'm curious as to why? When saying this I mean genuine commercial profiteering, which is quite different from a community radio station raising funds just to keep the station going. When I started doing my shows over four years a go, I don't think most of you would have easily agreed to a station making money from you. Creating your music is costing you time, money and effort. Sure your primary reason for doing your music is because you love it. However I'm certain the vast majority of you would love to be able to, at the very least pay for your gear and even make some type of career out of it. Now I think half the time some bands are caught out by some of these stations, as they start out clearly independent of commercialization and then they have a very aggressive growth and all of a sudden the station is doing advertising for profit. If you genuinely think that you should get paid for your music and I certainly think you should be if the are profiting from it, then ask them to show you the money. If they don't, then honestly don't you have plenty of avenues to promote your music, without someone profiting off you?????


Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Emma Barson is always sending through some news about great nights and this week is no exception:-

Sheffield synthpop night featuring resident DJ 'Blurred Girl'.

Featuring artists such as: Depeche Mode//The Human League//Mesh//Visage//Ultravox//Mirrors//IAMX//Soft Cell//Erasure//Yazoo//Pet Shop Boys//Kraftwerk//China Crisis//New Musik//Zynic//Joy Electric//OMD//New Order//Duran Duran//John Foxx//Blancmange//Goldfrapp//Ladytron// Apoptygma Berzerk //Imaginary War//She Wants Revenge//A Flock of Seagulls//Lowe//Hearts Of Black Science//Hurts//Ou Est Le Swimming Pool//La Roux//Japan//Mechanical Cabaret//Bronski Beat//Ashbury Heights//Tears For Fears//Analog Angel//Vile Electrodes//Kite//VNV Nation//Marnie//Fad Gadget//Sparks//Many More!**

**Requests Welcome!


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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 7th of January to the 13th of January:-

7/1/17 Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
8/1/17 Neuropa - Deutschevision
9/1/17 Neneh Cherry - Manchild
10/1/17 Mental Discipline - Butterfly
11/1/17 Herbie Hancock - Rockit
12/1/17 Eloquent - Mixed Emotions
13/1/17 Bronski Beat - Why

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.

Okay last week I kicked off my random link of the week. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each week. This week it's Discogs, the massive disc listing and selling site for vinyls, CD's and tapes. This site is amazing just about everything single or album are listed here with details and links. This is well worth checking out if you love your music.

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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  1. Hi Andrew!!- I completely agree with you! Although sometimes is hard to notice the difference between an online radio with or without profits, most of all because we don't listen for a long period of time the radios, and we don't know how commercial is the radio after the specific show in which you are left me thinking!!
    But in general, I don't agree in give your music for free (another thing is promotional material for blogs and radios that supports musicians), I think we have to respect our work, and the work of other musicians too. It's not a good thing to make normal to people to think that they have to pay for the music of popular musicians but they have to get it for free from indie musicians :/

  2. Thank you Lucia, it's always really good to get feedback. As I like everyone to feel a part of this blog :) Thta is one of the very tough issues for everyone Lucia, how do you know all the time? After all there are a lot of shows to keep up with. My tip is check their web pages etc and ask them straight out, do you have advertising and is it for profit.

    I very much agree about the free factor Lucia, apart from giving tracks for free to promotional people and supportive Internet shows. Everyone else should try to offer something for the tracks they like. Although if a band or act is giving away a track to attract interest, that makes sense. It's when whole albums are given away publicly, that I feel that's far to generous for so much work.

  3. Always the points that you stand out are so good, I will take more care from now on! Thank you!:)

    1. Thank you Lucia, happy to help if I can :)