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FISHINABOX: Taiji Cove an Environmental Documentary performed in DUBSTEP

TAIJI COVE coverThis month has seen a massive amount of political music hitting the subculture scene across the pond. The most attention grabbing being TAIJI COVE due for release in February by Fishinabox Records.

This album blows the lid off the Japanese Dolphin and Whale-hunting scams and has become a hot ticket in a number of London protests against Japan. We got hold of a spokesman at FISHINABOX who admitted the Album had been leaked early to demonstrators and organisations working to bring an end to the Japanese Dolphin and Whale business.

The Album was heard in the very heart of London Oxford Street, China Town, Trafalgar Square being played by protesters on portable speakers by our MusicBiz reporter.

A large number of supporters on the Jan 17th Demonstration were seen wearing the Album logo’s, Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark in the hit TV series Game of Thrones was spotted holding a FISHINABOX T Shirt in Trafalgar Square among other up and coming environmentalists and protesters.

TAIJI COVE VALANTINES DISC black CMYKWe caught up with Andie Handei Kumafaro, Horn and Keyboard player for the underground label in Trafalgar Square. He declined a full interview with the Music Biz over the Album Project but commented “The most part of what we do is really just about spreading the message. As a music collective we try to stay anonymous and in the shadows where we belong when compared to the issues at hand. let the album speak for itself, if you are looking for speakers then real credit on this should lie with those representing the organizing Charities and Ric O’Barry’s work, Will Travers for the Born Free Foundation and Dominic Dyer for Care for the Wild who have really clarified the issues here today”.

FISHINABOX had held up release of the Album commercially for over a month to allow it for unlimited download, sharing and use in Demonstration actions by protesters. The protests, from the FISHINABOX Website schedule, should complete within the next couple of weeks.

Look out for this mind blowing release from FISHINABOX Mid February, raw but definitely worth a look, The Music Biz rate’s this Album rating 8/10
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FD & Script – Monza

By Maja C

FD links with Script on the superbly-produced roller that is Monza, forthcoming on the Bridges EP on CIA. Pre-order here.

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Chords – Clarion

By Maja C

Chords makes a highly-anticipated return to RAM with the beast that is Clarion, proving he’s inspired as ever…

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Top 3 Time Management Tips For Musicians

By Shivani Patel

Whether you’re a solo artist or with a band, the amount of tasks you have to fulfill can be overwhelming. The act of making music is just one part of the music industry and just because you are a musician doesn’t mean you don’t have other obligations. It may be hard to find time to get all your tasks done while also making a business out of your music.

We’ve put together three time management tips for musicians!

Planning is Key

Mapping out your time is essential for effective time management. Your plan should include things like goals and deadlines, your marketing plan on a weekly or monthly basis, and your content schedule for social media.

Set aside time to make planning a priority so you have time to think of all the tasks you have to do and you aren’t interrupted.

Prioritize What You Want First

It’s important to understand that not all your tasks hold the same weight. You need to take a look at all the tasks you need to do and determine which ones are most aligned with your goals and do them first. By doing the important tasks first, you will reduce the amount of stress of handling other tasks later on.

It’s also important to carve out a time for deep focusing while doing these tasks because then you won’t feel like you are procrastinating. So, put away anything that may disrupt your attention span.

Make sure you work around your energy so you are more productive when doing the important tasks. Pay attention to your energy patterns and plan your workflow around it.

Get Help and Outsource

There are many tasks that artists can do to outsource, they don’t always to have to everything by themselves. If you need help with certain things such as building a website or even photography, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/top-3-time-management-tips-for-musicians.html

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Halogenix – Cliché

By Maja C

Halogenix returns with the blissful, yet heart-wrenching sounds of Cliché – forthcoming on the Velvet EP on Critical. Get it on vinyl & digital.

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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Being A Star

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Being A Star – Between Diva Behavior And Imposter Syndrome

By Hilde Spille

I love watching the stars at this short, warm nights! For people, being a star means that you are in the spotlights, that others notice you, that you are famous. We admire you, you inspire us.

All the admiration does something to you and your ego. Your ego is blown up big way! Like a balloon. That’s how people with an imposter syndrome experience it. They still feel the same as they were before they became famous. They are anxious all the time, anxious that others might call them a fraud, that others deflate the balloon.

In the Dutch documentary-series “Fuck, I’m famous” I heard Jeroen Pauw, one of the major Dutch talk-show hosts, talking about his fear to be unmasked. When he’s walking on the street and people recognize him, he tries to avoid any contact by concentrating on his smartphone. He knows that others will think of him as arrogant, while in fact he’s very self-conscious.

The other side of the medal is, when you think that you have a right to all privileges that you get because of your fame. Often you don’t even know the name of the people surrounding you. You don’t seem to care, as long as they put you in the center of all attention. In psychology they call it ‘diva-behavior’.

Opera singer Bianca Castafiore (see picture) from the comic albums of Tintin is a great example for diva-behavior, as is Donald Trump. They have high demands for everyone around them, expecting that they have the right to be the center of everything and everyone around them.

Both ways of dealing with an inflated ego will lead to problems for yourself and your loved ones. How can you find the right balance when being a star, when standing in the spotlights? The ego leads to problems once your personality is defined by it.

But there is more, you are more than your ego. If other aspects of your personality can grow with your ego, the big ego doesn’t need to be a problem. Imagine your ego and the other aspects of your personality as rays of a star. If you want to become a real star, ego and talent is not enough. People who have managed to grow into a real star, are Barak Obama, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Annie Lennox.

Developing the other aspects while still supporting ego and talent is not easy, but I can help you.

The imposter-syndrome is one of the subjects in “The Music Managers Guide To Mental Health“, by MMF-UK and Music Support. Definitely worth reading, for everyone working in the music business!

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/being-a-star-between-diva-behavior-and-imposter-syndrome.html

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3 Keys To Breaking Into The Industry As A Broadway Musician

By Cherie Nelson

Fairbanks violinist Caitlin Warbelow wanted to grow up to be a scientist. Instead, she’s performing on Broadway in Tony-nominated “Come From Away,” a true story about the September 11 attacks. Warbelow earned degrees in violin performance, anthropology, cartography and urban planning before stumbling into success, which she says came to her unexpectedly. She was trying to make it as a musician in New York City when the opportunity came her way.

While opportunities like this may come by chance, building a foundation to increase your odds of success can at least be planned, as Warbelow’s prior violin education and musical experience illustrate. Here are some steps you can take to help you stand a better chance of breaking into being a musician for large theater productions on or off Broadway.

Get a Musical Degree

One step Warbelow took that laid a foundation for her success was earning her degree in violin performance. Playwright Garth Wingfield says that having a higher degree is one of the best steps you can take toward getting a foot in the door in the industry, reports ShowTickets.com. While some musicians are self-taught or trained through private lessons, today’s Broadway musicians have at least a master’s degree. Getting a musical degree from a respected university shows that you’ve got the training and the commitment to succeed at your craft. It also gives you an opportunity to network with music professors, drama teachers and other professionals who can open the right doors for you.

Warbelow was smart to get other degrees besides her music degree. This looks good on a resume, showing that you’re a well-rounded person and making your personality stand out. It can also give you something to fall back on while you’re trying to break into the industry.

Join the Professional Musicians Union

Another step you should consider is joining the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802, which is the world’s largest local professional musicians union. This will give you excellent benefits, including referrals for gigs and help with negotiating contracts and salaries.

However, once you join the union, you can’t take non-union gigs, so don’t take this step prematurely. Make sure you’ve got enough amateur experience to successfully handle professional gigs before joining. In New York, it can take seven to 10 years to build a network of connections before you’re ready to become a professional, according to conductor and musical director Brian Usifer.

Build a Network With Conductors and Musicians

Building a network within the industry is crucial to gaining access to the right opportunities. Follow the scene and get to know who’s who in the industry. Attend performances of important conductors and musicians, and ask musicians if you can sit as a guest in the pit and follow the book as they play. Use live events, phone calls and email to reach out to people in the industry.

The goal of this type of networking is to get opportunities to sub. However, it’s important when making introductions to approach as an observer and not as someone expecting to sub. If you show up consistently and demonstrate your interest in learning, you boost your chances that someone will ask you to sub when they need a replacement. Being available and prepared to sub and making the most of the opportunity when the chance comes your way is key to getting noticed by fellow musicians and conductors.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/3-keys-to-breaking-into-the-industry-as-a-broadway-musician.html

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Why Your Home Recording Sucks (And How to Fix It)

By Ben Jacklin

Recording at home is a viable option for musicians now. Whether you just want to throw together a quick demo or you want to record a whole album from your garage, you can get a relatively affordable setup and set up something resembling a makeshift studio at home. Just because you are a musician or singer doesn’t mean that you are an audio engineer, and there are many reasons your recording probably sucks.

  1. Not tuning. I wish this weren’t on the list but I hear it so often. Fix? Tune your instruments!
  2. Zero production. Just recording something isn’t enough, and it will need to be compressed, polished and edited. Fix? Record into proper software and use the editing and effects facilities on offer.
  3. Poor acoustics. Don’t record in your kitchen, it probably will sound awful. Fix? Buy, or even make some acoustic treatments.
  4. Not multi-tracking. A room microphone to record your whole band isn’t going to give you any control over volumes and effects. Fix? Track each instrument separately or at least with its own microphone.
  5. Bad microphones. You can get decent microphones without spending a fortune, but the $5 toy karaoke microphone you bought your niece isn’t going to cut it. Fix? Find a decent mic setup or even borrow one.
  6. Bad playing. It happens, guys. Sometimes you’ll listen back to the demo and think “well that sucks”. The song might not be that great, your technique might need some work. Fix? Practice, practice, practice.

Home recording done right is great, it liberates garage bands and lets you take more of the work in house, plus it means no waiting for studios and engineers to be available. Avoiding some very basic mistakes can go a long way to ensuring your recording is at least passable.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/why-your-home-recording-sucks-and-how-to-fix-it.html

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SubMarine – Paradiso

By Maja C

Subtle roller from German producer SubMarine, forthcoming on Demand Records. Pre-order here.

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Ulterior Motive launch their own label with a diverse new EP

By Maja C

After reaching a milestone 10 years as a duo Ulterior Motive are launching Guidance – their very own imprint which will see them experimenting with their most diverse soundscapes to date, and it’s all kicking off with a forward-thinking debut EP due for release on July 7.

Initially starting life in 2007 as an event, Guidance has gone full circle and will now be the home for their music, with the first EP also featuring the likes of Icicle and SP:MC. We caught up to find out more…

Yes fellas, thanks for joining us! Where have we caught you today?

Thanks for inviting us! We’re currently packing for Glastonbury…

Jealous! So, new label – new beginnings .. Massive congrats! Was launching your own imprint something you’d always planned to do?

Yeah it’s been on the cards for a long time, but like everything we wanted to wait for the right time. We took some time out after the album in order to let the dust settle and re-focus on what the next move was. Now seems like the right time to finally kick things off, we have the music we want to release and full autonomy…

What’s the core ethos behind the label?

We just want to release music we believe in!

It’s named after an event you guys ran in Bournemouth back in the mid 00’s, and those days were no doubt formative years for you as artists as well – will the label be an opportunity to pay homage to some of the sounds of those times?

Guidance will give us the opportunity to write what we want, and in some ways we have been taking things back to the 2008 sound but we’re not planning on making old-sounding tunes exclusively, The Wobbler featuring SP:MC is a good example of this.

The Wobbler is outrageous… What a tune. Was it inspired by anything in particular?

Thanks, this one was inspired by our Subtitles days and is the tune that sets the tone for the label.

Did you already have a beat ready for SP or was this made with him in mind?

He wanted to get involved from the first time we played it out. Initially it wasn’t made for a vocal but he really wanted to get on it and we’re good friends so set it up. He nailed it.

That he did! So will you be bringing the event back in conjunction with the imprint?

100%! We’re launching the event at The Clash Stage in Shangri-La at this year’s Glastonbury. There is also a Bristol night, London night, and some shows across Europe as well.

Label launch at Glastonbury… Doesn’t get much bigger than that does it?! Must be absolutely buzzing for that one! How did the prospect of a launch at Glasto fall into place anyways?

It’s crazy right?! It’s going to be a real celebration on Saturday! We’ve played in the area the last few years and the guys who run it offered us a curation opportunity, and we explained we’d be launching our label mid summer and they instantly offered us the launch… The team at Shangri-La are really cool and we respect what they stand for so it’s a real honour to be given such an opportunity!

Will you guys still be releasing on Metalheadz or are you taking this as an opportunity to have a period of complete artistic freedom?

We did a 12″ for Headz recently and we certainly aren’t cutting ties, but the label is our focus for now. If we write something that we feel fits Headz then we’ll still see if they want it. We are all family there and everyone respects the need for creative freedom.

Good to hear! Will you be inviting other artists to release on the label as well?

For sure, we’ve got tunes with DLR, DRS and Jubei already lined up, and we’ve spoken with others who want to get involved. However we aren’t rushing to have a whole roster of artists and releases, we just want to put out what feels right, when it feels right. We’ve started listening to demos from new producers as well, as we feel it’s important to help bring the new guys through.

Absolutely. Were the tracks made for the EP specifically or just tracks you felt deserved to see the light of day?

They were made for Guidance really.. When we decided to start the label we set aside everything we knew would fit. There are a few things that people have been playing that haven’t come out, this should explain why…

How did you go about deciding who you’d like to collab with?

We just write with friends who are on the same page socially and musically. There’s not much else to it.

Clap Ya really showcases your versatility as producers, is there a story behind this one?

Not really, we just tried something different and it worked. Sitting in front of the computer without an agenda often has the best results.

Love the raw feel of Anode with Icicle. Were you guys able to get into the studio together for this one?

Yeah, Icy came down for a for a couple days and we got a few ideas down. We’ve been friends for years so it’s always great to hang out.

Are plans in place for future EPs already? If so, have you thought about who you’d like to collab with?

The next EP is pretty much wrapped up. It will follow the same format as 001, and we’ll aim to put 4 EPs out before an album in late 2018.

Looking forward to it all! If you could give yourselves one piece of advice back when you were doing the Guidance nights, what would it be?

Don’t book a £2000 DJ the same night Dave Pearce and Erick Morillo are playing in a town with 5 clubs….

Haha you live and learn eh! There’s been a bit of a pattern with artists branching out and doing their own thing – do you think it’s important for aspiring artists to find a home at a label before they branch out into their own thing?

I think people should do what they want, there’s no rule book is there… It’s a good thing that people are setting up their own camps as it will mean more creative freedom, which will in turn lead to more inspiration across the scene.

Definitely. Final shouts?

Thanks to everyone who has helped us from the start of Guidance in ’07, right up to now!

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