I’m back for revenge!!!
Now that summer is over it’s time to get working! “Hot Air Music Presents…” will now be taking place on Tuesdays at Bar 42 as myself and Mark Knowles have something that we’re gonna be working on for Wednesdays. The first gig back is coming soon on 18th October featuring Funkzilla, Etcetera and Christelle.
Opening artist Christelle has an EP you should check out from April, thanks to the support of fans, friends, family and through crowdfunding. You can purchase the EP from iTunes here.
Funkzilla have also been busy writing with some new songs being added to the library, you can here their stuff on their Soundcloud page.
I just had to get my baby niece as she started crying. Now i have here sitting listening to Funkzilla’s Pre Jam which is awesome. Seriously check these guys out.
I have a few recording projects lined up. First being with Phantom of Eden. I have a few original songs for Phantom which not only we will play at the next gig but also hope to record as an EP or album. Also i hope to record my solo stuff soon as well!
In other new i have plans to start doing YouTube videos. I have been planning to re try my music review series Sound Scope of which three original episodes were recorded and were very shit. Thus i am re inventing it and hopefully it will be of interest to anyone. i may also plan some other videos to offer a better range of content.
I am pleased to announce two charity gigs coming up in June on 7th and 14th at Bar 42. Both gigs will be in support of Cancer Research. The first evening will feature music from myself and our own Luke Amor along with some other soft rock and folk/acoustic acts. The second will feature music from our Red Shores along with other metal type bands. More info coming soon!!!
A few days ago i received an email from a guy in Greece. He was the guitarist for a melodic doom metal band based in Athens and asked me to do a review of their new EP Fortress of my dark self, here is that review…
Ocean of Grief are a melodic doom metal bands from Athens, Greece. They formed in late 2014 and brought together influences from bands such as Enshine, Slumber and Saturnus. Their debut EP began its production in late 2015 and was released in February this year through Russian label GS Productions.
The EP opens ominously with a keyboard and guitar, this builds in the first track Spiritual Fortress. One thing that strikes me is the use of death metal type vocals from vocalist Charalabos Babis Oikonomopoulos, though they sound really awesome i personally feel that they don’t really fit with the genre of music too well, at least not as the main vocals. I think the addition of the keyboard is a nice touch and something i feel adds to doom metal music quite nicely when done correctly, which it is here.
The second track comes in with some nice clean-ish guitar and a beutiful distorted lead. House of Misery is the longest song on the EP at 6:22 and has again got some nice use of the keyboards from Aris Nikoleris using what sounds like a synth-strings patch of some sorts. I really like the melodies in this song as well, something about it just clicks together.
One thing i will say is that i feel that this first track and “House of Misery” maybe need some more dynamic variation to the mix to give more texture to the songs
Futile Regrets blasts in as the third song bringing a more uptempo feel to the mix yet still retaining that dark tone. The use of keyboards again draws me in further with a nice piano sound added in here and there.
From here we move onto “Drowned in Nostalgia”, again returning to the slower ominous opening with guitar and keyboards bringing the track to life slowly before more guitars explode onto the playing field. Again another track that i feel has a good melody. Their is also a nice bit of dynamic and structural variation, probably why this is my favorite track on the EP.
The final track “The Birth of Chaos” has again got that uptempo yet still dark feel to it and also like “Drowned in Nostalgia” and “House of Misery” it has a good melody flowing throughout. This song probably has the nicest sounding solo out of the EP with an awesome melodic bass line from Giannis Koskinas holding up with again the keyboard and guitar.
Despite a couple of small things this is a good EP for people to check out if you are interested in exploring sub genres of doom metal or already like melodic doom metal!
Check out Ocean of Grief with these links:
Last nights gig was awesome! All the bands were really great and also very friendly, definitely people who i would work with again and hopefully will soon. The only real problems we encountered were band members from Operation Kino and Technicolour Limabean being stuck in traffic and so sound checks had to be delayed slightly. This unfortunately cannot be helped and is no one’s fault. Despite that hiccup we got round it quickly and easily especially Mike Baker, Bar 42’s sound tech, who has probably had similar situations many times before.
The turnout was quite good for a wednesday evening as well, i think it was even better than the gig on 16th was. Hopefully i will be hearing back soon from Technicolour Limabean and Operation Kino about playing a gig on 18th may at Bar 42 in support of the absolutely brilliant Dreamwaves!
Photos taken by Leanne Cushnie
I am proud to announce the signing of a new artist!!!
Red Shores are a two piece metal band from Lancing. Check them out here.
The Band and i hope to be releasing some material soon so stay tuned!!!
Below are comparisons of two contrasting festivals:
Download Festival is a rock and metal music held in Donington Park. The event has an age restriction of 17+ (children 16 and under can attend accompanied by an adult of 18+, Children under 5 are not permitted).
The events team has a contact email for any lost property and also provides special facilities and services for disabled festival attendees.
Each Year they donate a large amount of their profit towards the neighboring communities who will then use the money to improve local areas such as schools, medical centres etc… This will help the event’s team gain a good relationship with the local communities and ensure that the festival can keep taking place.
Other facilities include the camping grounds. People who purchase camping space will need to bring everything. The grounds will have washing and toilet facilities. There is also a “quiet” camping area in a separate field with a 00:00 curfew which is good for younger attendees and families. For £16 you can also book a campsite locker to store valuables such as phones, jewelry, cameras etc… Each locker has a usb charging port in so you can charge devices.
Aside from rock and metal bands there are also rock DJ sets played afterhours in the Doghouse, a local venue.
Because download showcases a specific genre of music they need to show it within the design of their media coverage. Their website design uses darker colors, fire effect borders and graphics of “hellish” hounds. If someone was to stumble upon their website they certainly would not mistake it for a pop or EDM music festival. This design will also help draw in the specific crown they are looking for as people familiar with the genres of music will see the designs as similar to some of their favorite bands album artwork or media designs.
Glastonbury festival is a music festival that takes place in Pilton. The festival donates money and works with charities Water Aid, Oxfam and Green Peace. Because of the last one, people who travel to the festival via public transport or bike receive a special ‘Green Traveller’ discount for the festival. This discount is good for encouraging attendees to be greener and help the environment.
The festival showcases a wide variety of music from pop and rock music to club music meaning they can attract a much larger audience. Their diverse entertainment however is not very well conveyed through their website and media as their designs include bright colors and simplistic fonts. This design conveys the ‘pop’ feeling, which works for some genres but not for something such as metal music.
The website has an online registry for disabled attendees who will need special assistance and facilities. This however comes with a warning that with the venue being a field and unpredictable weather there may be complications with movement and access around the site for wheelchair users.
Because Glastonbury showcases a wide range of genres they can attract a lot of attendees. Even with the media and website design aside it Is a well known festival and so they do not need to work as hard to advertise.