Friday, 20 January 2017

The battle to keep going

Hello world and welcome to week 22 of my blog. As many of you know who read this blog, I have on occasion mentioned that it can often be a real battle to come up with something to say each week. Staying relevant and interesting is just a very small part of the battle. The real battle is getting the blog promoted to a reasonable audience, each week. This equally is no different for an Internet radio show or podcast. With an absolute plethora of shows and personalities it's extremely tough to get your voice heard amongst the crowd. This is especially the case when you create a show that is completely independent, in other words a totally solo effort. I'm certain at times like me, many part time Internet DJ's and podcasters, do wonder if the work put in equals the reward. The primary reason I do my shows and other dj's in this niche sector, is to help get great independent artists an opportunity to get their voice heard. Believe me we love promoting these artists, in fact when some of you send me your material and words of support, it strongly encourages me to keep going. However there are some weeks when your shows stats fluctuate so dramatically, that you do truly wonder if the huge volume of work put in is really worth it. I'm sure many of us in the sector feel this way at times and I do agonize over this often. I know some weeks, I do less promotion than others and the listening stats are fairly good, than others I do all I possibly can to promote the show and the listening numbers actually drop!!! This can be incredibly dis-hearting at times and it certainly leaves me often a little perplexed. So I do ask on behalf of my show and that of many others out there, that if you think our shows should keep going, that you please occasionally return to listen to us. Make sure that we survive, not only for us, but for the artists and their music too and for our sanity :) This is also especially important if your are an actual artists being played on one of our shows that week. At the very least give that show a bit of promotion and if you can please have a listen.


Now let's move on to what's coming up over the next week in the scene. First up is Analogue Trash Live:-

AnalogueTrash Live is a series of specially curated and intimate events featuring some of the UK's best and brightest alternative and electronic music acts. 

The emphasis is on showcasing and discovering quality new music, with a triple headliner format and lineups that compliment each other in terms of sound and artistic direction.

Join us.

★★★ LINEUP ★★★

This edition features live performances from:

+ AnalogueTrash / Neon City Social Club DJs

★★★ DETAILS ★★★

Saturday 21st January 2017
7:30pm doors
The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
£5 / £3 [student/unwaged] otd.
18+ only


Next up is a gig by the Humanoidz

27 January at 21:00–0:00 UTC
The Greyhound
85 High Road, NG9 2LE Nottingham, United Kingdom

The Humanoidz performing songs by Gary Numan,The Human League,Blondie,The Eurythmics,Yazoo,Depeche Mode and more
Plus 80s DJ Set

and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via


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 14th of January to the 20th of January:-

14/1/17 Computerband Blinky Blinky - Sacred
15/1/17 Blondie - Maria
16/1/17 Martyn Bailey - Gravity Zero
17/1/17 Yazoo - Bad Connection
18/1/17 Madmoizel - Come
19/1/17 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
20/1/17 Low Tide Theory - Shadow of You

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.

Now lets move onto 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 Peek-a-Boo Magazine, a great mag feature essentially music that fits in with the New Wave, Synth-pop, Post Punk scene, free of charge, with integrated information around upcoming events, interesting CD reviews, interviews as well as an overview of flyers/events of several organisations.


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. Ultimately mate, when you're promoting music on behalf of others, a few will help you out but ultimately its all down to you to get their music out there for them. Its a 1 way effort quite often. 2.5 years on and I still don't miss promoting new stuff. You can only do stuff as long as its rewarding for you too. I think most of these shows have a finite lifespan for that reason. But someone will always put a show on so the cycle continues. :) Peace, man - enjoy what you do, you only get one crack at life.

  2. Only to a degree Phil, my shows would not have lasted the 4.5 years if it was not for a massive amount of support bands and fans. In fact they still very much support what I'm doing. Keep in mind I went the total lone ranger for the last 2.5 years and that's why the effort became so great :) I have stopped the show, but I'm still promoting like crazy. I love this scene it has given me back a lot.