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My Blogger Thoughts …

It’s been a hell of a week so far, and so instead of investing some time into a written discussion, I’ve decided to just share with you some of my thoughts today.

I’ve learned the hard way that running a blog upholding producing daily content is not easy work. Not only drawing up inspirational words of wisdom for blog ideas but also investing time in sharing it within your own community and fellow bloggers, it really takes it out of you and before you know it – the morning has gone, your coffee has gone cold and your stomach is rumbling for a sandwich at a 2 ‘o’ clock shadow.

I’ve tried unconditional ways of staying ahead of the game, raising audience awareness, running the numbers – all seem far too difficult to run it constantly for a month straight, say. I’ve even tried to write blogs a week in advance – but that majorly runs you dry with lack of original concepts and ideas for content; especially when I would like to stay within the confines of the music and its industry.

Whilst my writing has gotten quicker and my ideas are spent less time in my head per se, keeping up to date with a daily blog is still a pretty difficult challenge to uphold. I certainly wouldn’t want to reduce its quality for quantity over the day, that’s for sure.

Any perspective thoughts on your own on how to stay ahead of the game and prevent yourself being burnt out on constantly striving for new ideas and challenges, do let me know.

I’ve been thinking about taking a break, but that will break the one promise I made to myself. Go a full year, posting a blog update on every one of those 365 days in the year.

As soon as our lives return to normality and our busy schedules become busy again, it may seem I may have to break that promise to myself sooner than I would like to …

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I’M BACK! What have I missed?

Hey folks, I’m back to writing today. After the backlog of sifting through my most frequently written album reviews from Tame Impala and Ben Howard, I’m back today on Easter Sunday of all days writing up music tellings and musings for your visual pleasure.

So, what have I missed? Let me know any juicy gossip of your own ventures, stories or comments below.

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Pidsley

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Quirky London music-making boy returns with yet another indie triumph

Luxurious indigo-indie with a eccentric reception to follow, London-based music-making boy Chris Pidsley is set to turn heads with his eclectic blend of sorrowful quips and tales that draws inspiration from Vance Joy and Kodaline with “Quirky”, “Cinnamon” and his most recent release, “Alex’s House” leading the way in Pidsley’s sound.

Whilst lockdown has been a difficult time for most musicians – especially with the lack of live music gigs and tours allowed to go ahead due to restrictions – Pidsley has been getting his thoughts to paper, marking himself in the musician head-space, as he adds six singles to his growing collection since the first lockdown in March.

His latest, Alex’s House, is a sincere triumph and truly sparkles Pidsley’s quirky flair and writing approach to making music in his bedroom. Perfect for any lazy Sunday playlist or for those scenic beachy walks with sand in between your feet, Pidsley’s music sits comfortably among the greats who Chris himself follows in admiration for ideas – for whom he will surely see himself in the same bracket in the future.

Simply easy-listening, it marks a venture into the world of catchy licks, outlandish quips and fast-paced beats –

a world Chris will surely circle back too.

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Let’s Talk: Is Rock Dead?

KISS bassist, Gene Simmons has been in the firing line, as he stated that “rock is dead” and informed us to “don’t kid yourself” about it either.

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“The reason for that is not because there’s a lack of talent, but because young folks, that kid living in his mom’s basement, decided one day that he didn’t want to pay for music. He wanted to download and file share.

“And that’s what killed the chances for the next generation of great bands. The fact that the music was for free. So nowadays new bands don’t have a chance.”

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We had the mighty rock greats of The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd and Elvis. Then, the heavier metal side, you had the likes of Metallica, Maiden, AC/DC and on and on. With a refusal to place rock legends, Foo Fighters in the same bracket, is rock as dead as believe it to be? After all, who is the next Beatles?

Is Simmons right here? There is such a strong sentiment in the fact that the business model has shifted, which does have a knock-on effect to how we see and view rock music nowadays. The short of it all, we’ve gone soft. With it, goes our rock music.

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“Don’t kid yourself. As soon as those girls [Foo Fighters] are gonna grow a little bit older, that’s going to go away. It’s like sugar: you taste it, it gives you that little energy boost, and then it’s gone forever and you don’t care.”

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The desire to play music is slimming as each day passes where music became more expansive, more accessible and free. Above all else, the desire to provide your own spin for music and its rock elements ultimately vanished when we were struck with bedroom artists.

Let me know your thoughts with this one and if you really believe that rock is dead.

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Are Spotify Taking Over The World?

In an elegant rebuttal to their neighbouring competitors, Spotify have declared their plans for world domination within the music industry via their On Stream event.

What are they planning by 2025?

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1. Market Expansion: they plan to expand to 80 new markets – resulting in more than 1 billion Spotify users

2. Spotify and Social Media: they plan to include Spotify ‘clips’- which will harness social media and music consumption into one app.

3. Visual with Audio: they plan to include visual content when we listen to our music; including music videos and the visual side of podcasts. This will undoubtedly cause competition between themselves and YouTube.

4. Artists Marketing: in an attempt to earn more money, Spotify are also planning and providing marketing strategies for artists and labels to feature more prominently on playlists and next shuffle songs. The more you spend, the more you feature, right?

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What does this mean for artists and consumers?

With the fact that Spotify royalty payments do not pay artists enough – a fact that was glossed over this charade – is their response to it? Artists having to pay for listens? It seems that Spotify are planning to be on the same par as the conglomerates of Facebook and Instagram, with the features of social media, the use of marketing yourself as an artist distributor and the use of social media via ‘clips’, promoting a stronger desire to not only play music and listen to podcasts, but to do everything else we do on the Internet, too. All via one company.

Soon they won’t have to rely on others for the sharing of our stories, eh?

Cornering the market and becoming the number one streaming service, is certainly a clever idea and would undoubtedly increase their worldwide profits. The evils within Spotify are gleaming with glee at this prospect. And as ever, the creators who make the industry – who actually power Spotify to keep trudging on – are kept at the bottom of the pile again.

But, will these plans in place spark change and:

provide greater chances for artists to make a name for themselves in an ever-growing and ever-consumed industry?

What are your thoughts on this one?