Live performance of ‘First Cut is the Deepest’ by Cat Stevens:
Thanks to local photographer Jon Clifton for some excellent photos from my set at the festival. More can be seen at his website:
Future Radio Show
Music is my passion and I had a great time at Future Radio recently recording my own People’s Playlist radio show, talking about, and playing 12 of my favourite songs. The show will be broadcast on Monday 23rd October at 2pm and also available to listen again on their website. Hear what I’ve selected here:
Norwich Sound and Vision Conference
A week after attending Amplify Introducing, the BBC’s music event in London, where I got to interview Bob Harris, it was really nice to be back at another music conference, Norwich Sound and Vision. There was a full day of insightful panels during the Friday providing a practical guide to revenue, music rights, promoting gigs, building a fan base and connecting with the industry, finishing with an In Conversation with Dave Rowntree of blur.
The first panel I saw was about performing live which is now the single biggest revenue stream for established artists. The FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) and education programme CMU:DIY, who hosted the conference, illustrated the live path that artists take; from open mics and self promoted shows to club gigs, slots at festivals and theatres.
The panel included Rosie Arnold, the promoter at Norwich Arts Centre, who advised on promoting and putting on your own gigs. She stated that it is important to consider every detail and how it is essential to get an engineer to enable the gig to have good sound. She believes in always paying artists and the Arts Centre, when it can, prefers to get local supports for gigs. She finds the best way to sell tickets for gigs is still by talking to people and carrying around tickets with you.
Paul Reed at The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) advised on applying to play festivals and said it was best not to send too much exhaustive information. He felt people were more open to discovery at festivals. Singer songwriter Roxanne de Bastion talked about how she started on her live journey, playing at open mics which then led to her getting longer slots at them. She felt it really helped her hone her craft and also loves the intimacy of performing living room gigs.
During the afternoon session, the discussions moved onto building your artist business and how to choose your business partners. For Roxanne, DIY means do it your way, not necessary to do it all yourself. When finding out who you need to work with she said she always trusts her gut. Chloe Forsyth, music lawyer at Harbottle Lewis, joined the discussion and outlined the different deals that are now available to artists and how to choose what is best for you. The panel also talked about PRS, who help you unlock revenue from compositions and live work, PPL who are concerned with recordings, and digital distributors such as Tunecore, who enable you to get your music to Spotify and iTunes.
In conversation with Dave Rowntree
It was great to hear an In Conversation with blur’s Dave Rowntree who I also saw do a great DJ set at OPEN’s Common People Britpop indie night. He talked through his career journey and how things have changed radically from his early days in the band when they would physically post demos.
Although the channels have changed he acknowledged that it is still just as difficult to break through. He feels a lot is down to luck and good songs. Technology dictates and defines changes in music and a radical difference is how you can now speak directly to fans and that you don’t need a label to get your music on sale.
He also talked about songwriting, how it can be very lucrative, and how to write a hit. His answer was to write 1000 songs and really practice your craft. He told the audience that Damon Albarn writes constantly so you have to absolutely love writing. When asked if he knew a hit when he heard it, he said that although feeling an emotional connection is good, you also need an outside objective, so the rest of band always listens to Damon’s work and give their honest thoughts.
Upcoming Gigs - Oxjam, Tom McRae, Frank’s Bar
Looking ahead to gigs, and I have a few coming up over the next few weeks. I am really proud to be part of Oxjam Norwich and will be playing at the Karma Kafe this Saturday at 5pm. Also performing will be my talented student Breeze Redwine. As well as Karma Kafe, there will be live music at various venues across the city including The Birdcage, The Mash Tun and Rumsey Wells and later on a funk and soul after party. Full details are here: https://www.facebook.com
I am also excited to be performing for the first time at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket supporting singer-songwriter Tom McRae who I really admire. He is one of the most respected songwriters around and has consistently released outstanding and highly acclaimed material. I recently saw his show at Norwich Waterfront and so it’s lovely to be supporting him on the final date of this current tour. For tickets:
My next acoustic gig at Frank’s Bar is Sunday 29th October which is a lovely chance for me to play a mixture of original songs as well as favourite songs in an intimate setting. Live music starts around 7.30pm.
OPEN Norwich, Americana night
On November 10th I will be playing a great Americana night at OPEN Norwich. Headliners are wonderful duo Worry Dolls, multi-instrumentalists Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, who I saw at Maverick Festival and the Americana Music Association UK conference. Their debut album “Go Get Gone” was released earlier this year.
Also performing are the superb Morganway who will be playing a special stripped back intimate set. It’s going to be a lovely night of Americana.
More information and tickets here:
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Lisa with Bob Harris at Amplify Introducing