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Travis Travesty: Industry Mourns over Astroworld Festival Horror

The music industry has entered a state of instant shock as we mourn the passing of 8 avid concertgoers of Travis Scott’s annual festival, Astroworld.

Amongst a live gig stricken with grief, panic and turmoil, the international rapper has come under fire again for his controversial antagonising of the crowd to “start riots” and surge in waves – which was the unfortunate after-effects of what occurred on the 5th of November.

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“It ain’t a mosh pit if there no injuries / I got ’em stage divin’ out the nosebleeds” – STARGAZING, Astroworld, 2018

With lyrics like these imprinted in the very songs included in Astroworld song list, Travis’s active curation for the “rage” atmosphere is undeniably too far merely for a live music concert. It is interesting to note that the “nosebleeds” he refers to here considered to be the most elevated seats in a stadium, which are called “the nose bleed sections.” His fans jump from “the nosebleeds” and injure themselves, causing literal nose bleeds. And we ask ourselves, how do these things happen?

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Since the travesty that night, both Travis Scott and Drake have been sued over the deadly US festival crush, simply for being irresponsible and merely ignoring the rampant cries of the crowd urging him to stop the performance.

“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner.”

But, among many others, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred when it comes to Travis Scott and his live gigs. Where warning signs were ignored from previous accidents – including a paralyzed fan urged to jump from a balcony – many questions are being directed to those event organisers that let this happen again.

When the promo video from previous years is used to hype chaos itself, is it any wonder these things occur so predominantly among his fans?

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Artist Spotlight: Black Honey

Similar to that of Black Honey, this indie-grudge grunge quartet are as viscous in their bold music-beatings as they are as sweet in their intriguing delivery.

Tough acts of “Beaches”, “All My Pride”, “Corrine” and “I Like The Way You Die,” are what makes this Brighton collective so unique and wild in their coming-of-age industry story. Love, lust, hate and all-between.

Another band is rising into the limelight showcasing a boss bitch frontman and a no-nonsense attitude knowing exactly what they want.

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Let’s Talk: Are Record Labels Relevant Anymore?

With this question an important topic in our modern music manifesto, it seems it is a question that has been begging answers for years now.

With the work of singularity and independence coming into play in the music industry, less and less artists have had to rely on the demanding schedule and pay schemes of record labels. Whether it be independent or corporate, the feelings are mutual with record labels becoming less and less prevalent in our industry.

More so for financial support than anything else – and to merely shift the artists around on a spreadsheet to ultimately balance the books – record labels are not nearly as important for underground and bedroom music artists, who can distribute their own music themselves.

With artists fully in control of their music, their are fantastic sites out there that can allow artists to obtain 100% of all music royalties – without having to do unnecessary splits at the business table.

It is important to uncover that some record labels out there are sourced independently and the majority of them are musicians themselves. Keen, motivated and simply happy to be where they are, these more indie-sleuths of the corporate world are a far more dazzling prospect to keen up-starters and demonstrate a more creative side to the industry. Where investments, global value and profits are still important, these indie individuals like to take a back seat on such matters, and focus more so on the music.

Transgressive, Domino and Mind of a Genius Records are a few that do exactly that. But, with these still alive in our industry, many are far too hesitant with the prospect of incorporating contracts and verbal agreements into their music – when all they want to do is just play it.

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So, what’s your view? Are record labels a dying breed? Should we leave them behind as we get our music industry back on track from lockdown? Or do we need them know more than ever simply for financial stability?

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Sleep Token – “This Place Will Become Your Tomb”: Album Review

Ethereal and chaotic all swirled into one complex creation, the shrouded mystery of Sleep Token return with their second highly anticipated album, aptly named This Place Will Become Your Tomb.”

Although not nearly as prevalent in the castings of metal as their debut of Sundowning had in 2019, TPWBYT still harks back to the chaotic rage-inducing of Gods and Offering with Alkaline and Hypnosis in this second attempt of divinity.

Where it lacks in overall oomph for a metal/rock album, it makes up for its quality through experimentation and electronics. One thing I certainly love about bands is when they don’t exactly conform to their first sounds from their debut – and start to branch out to new avenues and new possibilities of drawing new fanatics.

Lead singer Vessel has a perfect gothic tone to his voice – streaked with a guttural voice and a deep monotone to make the ocean weep. With it, comes to the experimental value of Sleep Token – inclusive of creepy piano, programmed beats and delectably delicious guitar grooves – which personally, I love. It may take a listening to get the other metal-heads on board, but I don’t personally mind the new image and poetic enchantment they’re bringing to this work.

My favourites on-repeat are certainly pop-inducing Mine, heavy-herald of Distraction and pre-amble of The Love You Want.

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The other-worldly concept of this band is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of it.

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I may very well hark over to The Night Does Belong To God every once in a while, but damn does it get me more excited to see them live next year.

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Isle of Wight Festival this WEEKEND: What are your set highlights?

The Isle of Wight Festival is set to kick off this weekend, and so what are you most looking forward to in set performances and artist appearances?

After Gallagher’s triumphant return to the main stage belting out Oasis classics – and falling out of a helicopter after – it certainly brings out the festival in a new, raucous light.

“Who said Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead, Keith Moon eat your drum skin out.”