Simon Howes – self employed sound engineer in tv and film
Andy Ward – Musoplex, video, cd and live and merchandise
Katie Southall – WCR – DJ playing music to unsigned bands and musicians regardless of genre – send stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org – Facebook – search for ‘katyjay’. Also a what’s on guide is being setup – contact Katie for more info about when and who. Business Development Consultant – making radio stations sustainable with a mixture of private and public funding.
Andy Roberts – Blue Whale @ Custard Factory and writes for The Fly magazine. Blog and a show on Rhubarb Radio. www.rhubarbradio.com – a mix of cutting touring acts playing in Birmingham plus artists from Blue Whale. Podcast on Speech Fewapy network – 1500 subscribers it’s a feed of different podcasts from around the world. Promoting gigs at The Rainbow. Also running Intro to Logic and FInal Cut courses. andrew-roberts at hotmail.co.uk
Alex – BCU Architect Student looking at pathways beyond degree. Just here to absorb and be inspired. Interested in voluntereering email@example.com@alex_john
Rich – here out of curiosity – guitarist – interested in using media to promote music here and beyond – Post Grad at Aston Business School, former President of Birmingham Uni Students’ Union and promoted many nights. – rj.walker87 at gmail.com
Vince and Colin from Musical Excahnges – Sunday 18th April The Bridge FM 102.2 FM – 2-4pm. Also issuing invites for test pilots for the web site. Give email for an invite. enquiries at musicialexchanges.com Also played Newcastle Guitar Show – record signups. New collaborative diary service. MX Recruit – musicians and tech recruitment section launching this weekend.
Spence – songwriter and looking for other songwriters with which to collaborate – ones with studios a bonus. Also a photographer for live music and studio based. http://www.myspace.com/themackenziefriend Also a tutor a Access To Music. ATM band playing at the O2 – 3 Joyous performing tonight.
Sam – ATM student – sing semi pro doing a vocal course – also singing teaching – into singer/songwriter. Looking to collaborate with other artists. myspace.com/samstarrmusic
Sarah – singer, songwriter and pianist at ATM. Also a tutor at Yamaha Music School.
Jay – form Hinckley – freelance audio engineer – starting a new shared creative studio, space – shared resource centre – large footprint building 4 – 6,000 sq ft. spaces. secretlabproductions at hotmail.com
Adrian – Exit Recording – songwriter and producer working with a variety of artists. New website www.adriankimberlin.com – Also looking for contacts experienced in placing dance tracks.
Anthony – musician, co-founder of BMN, video production company with proven track record of videos for musicians
Dusky Edwards – Violet Sky Management – artist management, managing talent generally. Keen on fairly managing and developing talent. www.violet-sky.com – happy for new talent to get in touch. myspace.com/hopeorthetruth – HOT are a band managed Violet Sky – rock with an electric undertone – American Rock
Keisha Thomson – Action for Haiti – feedback – event really well, 500 people, £3000 raised. Keisha performed her own track Who Loved Themselves – reggae jazz vibe – looking to develop it as a charity single – @keisha_thompson – twitter
Mark Malone – ATM student – songwriter/musician – released on soundclick – amateur internet store website – good ratings – broad genre – rock/acoustic/folk/indie – also working with Crisis Homeless Charity – looking for vocalists (gravelly preferred). – maloneproductions at live.co.uk – available for session guitar/bass/producer/song writer.
The Music Network Meeting Minutes 25th February 2010
Chaired by Andy Derrick
Andy Roberts – Blue whale studios based at the Custard Factory in Digbeth – looking to connect with potential customers – they offer live location recording, filming plus lots more – blog: http://bluewhalestudios.wordpress.com – also running training courses in music production, final cut, logic etc.
Vince – MX – guitar tech – update on MX Colin – MX –
Keisha Thompson – singer, songwriter and poet – looking to network with other musicians.
Abi Seabrook – freelance singer and community musician
Katie Southall – Wolverhampton Community Radio (WCR) – community development role – only community station in Wolvo – 280,000 listeners 20-55 age group – volunteer dj’s production training plus courses – http://wcrfm.com
Andy Ward – Musoplex – company of creative enterprise in Oldbury – Framework recording studio, video production and editing, live sound, sound stage, green screen and rehearsal rooms
Tom – local assistant – recently did the sound for amateur film ‘Killing Me Softly’ – student at BCU music technology – electric blues player also
Adrian Kimberline – Exit recording – songwriter and producer – always looking for interesting collaborations.
Paul Linton / Mark Horton – Punch taverns – looking to recruit a partner for a large pub/music venue in the Black Country
Nicola – Oxjam festival – interested in bands, engineers and others in Oct 2010 – 16th April The Victoria, raise money and awareness – showcasing four acts with female lead –
Caroline Bevan – ex-Kerrang journalist now working as an independent blogger/journo, run the blog for Wolvo Civic Hall
Darren – Birmingham Uni – research in music
Simon Howes – professional live and studio sound engineer with experience in live music and TV.
Keisha Action for Haiti – 7/3/10 – charity event for survivors of Haiti earthquake @actionforhaiti – twitter evening gig and afternoon education session. £5 ticket
Andy Ward – looking for publishers interested in licensing a band Discotheque Wreck
Tom – The Camp – open mic night – Thursday nights £9 – Free – Pershore Road – Stirchley – jam/open mic night – looking to expand the night for a broader night – sound assistant looking for work – hard worker – looking for gigs for a blues band (A Boy Named Sue – gigging already in Aylesbury). Teched The Old FOlkers – worth a look – very entertaining
Paul and Mark – publicans – Punch Taverns – A site in Kidderminster – think it could become a live music venue (with outdoor license and covered area). Hosting an open day 10th March and have a look. Looking for a pub manager to rent it – no criminal record!, investment required, no experience required – but pub knowledge obviously a bonus.
Nicola – Oxjam – looking for a female compere. Also looking for people interested in putting on smaller satellite Oxjam events.
Caroline – carolinebevan.com – former presenter and newsreader at Kerrang – interested in opportunities in music journalism online/video suggestions: Katie FItzgeralds, City TV, Balcony TV. ELT Records launching a music show in the midlands. Also offers media training for musicians.
Musical Exchanges – week 53 – live! – musicalexchanges.com – 3 parts – networking – 1-facebook-esque 2-auction site like ebay but without traders 3-recuitment(find a muso, crew, arrangers, art work etc.). New: coming soon a diary system.
Carlo – Birmingham Promoters – signed touring bands and local groups
Gary Seeney – Birmingham Yamaha Music School – 350 students – lots of activity for Childline – Beatles Tribute band – gary at byms.co.uk New course – Yamaha – junior play for keys Key stage 1
AT THE NEWLY REFURBISHED SPACE 2, CUSTARD FACTORY, BIRMINGHAM
For further information please contact David Whittall on 07535 966314
BENTLEY RHYTHM ACE
Based in Birmingham, Bentley Rhythm Ace are Mike Stokes (aka Michael Barriewhoosh) and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself bassist Richard March (aka Barry Island). The group formed in 1995 after Marsh was introduced to Stokes at the house party of a mutual friend where Stokes was DJing.
Discovering a shared love for screwball novelty records and offbeat groove tunes, the pair met up afterwards to see if they couldn’t make a go of a studio collaboration. To date, they’ve released two EPs and a long-player for Brighton’s big-beat Skint label, attracting wide acclaim for their energetic, irreverent blend of hip-hop, funk, and the bizarre lounge, jazz, and exotica records that initially brought them together.
The duo’s head-scratcher of a name derives from their weekend habit — also commemorated on their first Skint twelve, “This Is Carbootechnodiscobooto” — of rare vinyl shopping at the ubiquitous car-trunk junk sales in their Midlands home; a good deal of the flavor of their material comes from their knack for fusing the fruits of those dusty weekend jaunts with tight, infectious rhythms and engaging arrangements.
Following the release of their Skint debut, Stokes and Marsh took up a monthly residency at Heavenly’s Sunday Social club (where the Chemical Brothers got their start), and their instant popularity has meant they’ve been something of a critic’s darling ever sense.
Their self-titled debut LP was released by Skint in 1997, and featured remixed versions of a few early tracks together with a number of new cuts.
The pair have also cultivated something of a devoted club following through their campy live performances, which often involve strange and unusual costumes and props (probably originating from the same car boots as their records).
Lindy began her recording career in 1990 fronting the band BEATS INTERNATIONAL along side Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim. The single DUB BE GOOD TO ME was a worldwide smash hit, reaching number one in at least ten countries including the UK. There followed a number one album LET THEM EAT BINGO and three more top ten hits.
After two years of touring with beats Lindy decided to pursue a solo career. Signing a contract with Arista records to perform under her own name she released her first solo album PRESSURE to critical acclaim. Two world tours to follow to promote her solo career. Lindys next project was to write produce and sing on the number one garage hit WE GOT THE LOVE. Released in 1994 after a year of studying music in London and Italy, it signalled a change in direction and returned to her club land roots.
Promoting the album in the clubs, Lindy met FRANKIE KNUCKLES and her burgeoning DJ career was launched into the major leagues playing along side names like Jon pleased Wimmin and Tony Humphreys all over the world and a residency at the Hacienda club in Manchester.
Continuing with her djing in the heart of West Londons Globe, she wrote her third solo album NO OTHER STAR, a trip hop reggae influenced record written for the Japanese market, where Lindy is famous for her lovers rock work. She spent the year following touring Japan. During this time she met a new partner in crime and began her next project HARDKNOX which signed to Skint records in 1997.
The band developed a unique DJ sound working together with the decks, sampled beats and sounds to create a hard sound that brought the band huge underground success. Tours with the major UK dance acts followed, playing alongside FATBOY SLIM again, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld.
The bands underground success made waves over to New York label JIVE ELECTRO releasing their self-titled album HARDKNOX. A three month tour of the US honed the bands performance into a mix of Djing scratching and live music with innovative vocals from Lindy.
After there US tour HARDKNOX were asked to support MOBY on his Play world tour in 1999. In the last few years Lindy has had time to build a following for her Djing with residencies at, The End, Big Beat Boutique, Funkt The Dogstar, Babushka, Canvas, The Bed bar and Point 101.
Most recently through spending so much time behind the decks rather than a mixing desk she has found herself right back where she started, pursuing her passion for lovers rock and dub reggae. With collaborations with some of the freshest artists of the scene The Hemponics a very exciting new act from the Faithless stables soon to be released on Trojan records, Keith Tenniswood and Andrew Weatherall of the Two Lone Swordsman and Stingray. Writing beautiful new songs with the freedom to work with some of the most talented musicians on the scene and currently touring with the Dub Pistols makes this a very exciting time for Lindy.
Lee Potter, aka Cut La Roc, made his name in the hurly-burly big beat days of the late 90s. Signed to Skint Records, the same label as Norman ‘Fatboy’ Cook, he was responsible for pioneering the big beat sound worldwide alongside Midfield General, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Fatboy Slim himself.?
Cut La Roc held a four-year residency at the Big Beat Boutique in his hometown of Brighton. He’s DJ’d all around the world several times, appeared on Top Of The Pops, set a new Guinness world record for DJing with the most decks at once (nine!), and has recorded with vocalists such as Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.?
Now he’s about to release his third artist album – ‘Larger Than Life’. Bookending another chapter in the La Roc story, it’s a magical blend of soul, funk, hip-hop, deep house, lilting electronica and breakbeat. Drawing on all his influences, it’s a masterful piece of work: assured, confident, and pushing at boundaries like somebody at the top of his game should still continue to do.? ?It all started for Cut La Roc when he got into hip-hop in his mid-teens. He practised scratch techniques for hours, becoming an expert battle champ, and when acid house hit in the late 80s he was exhilarated by its energy. He began to DJ in clubs, using his scratch skills to stand out from other DJs, and by the mid-90s had fallen in with the Skint Records crew.?
Big beat, the sound that coalesced around Fatboy Slim and the Skint brigade, was a perfect genre for Lee. Mashing together block-rockin’ beats, amyl house, sample culture, breakbeat and drum & bass, this was an exciting time for electronic music. Big beat is credited with converting a slew of indie-rock fans to the wonders of dance music, and its mix ‘n’ match ethos suited Lee down to the ground.?
As well as being resident at the Big Beach Boutique for four years, Lee DJ’d all over America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. He put out first the ‘Mad Skills EP’ on Skint, swiftly followed by the ‘Freeze’, ‘Making It Hot’ and ‘Fallen’ singles. He was invited to mix an ‘FSUK’ comp for Ministry Of Sound before releasing his debut album on Skint – ‘La Roc Rocs’ – in the year 2000.?
Assorted tracks and remixes of his were signed to tons of compilations, and after he moved to Colchester and saw that the music industry was rapidly changing he set up his own label – Rocstar Recordings.?
Rocstar released Lee’s ‘Many Styles EP’ and music by beatfreak luminaries such as Chad Jackson and DJ Whack before putting out Lee’s second artist album in 2007 – ‘Nemesis’.?
Now, as the release of ‘Larger Than Life’ looms, he’s accumulated a tidy roster of artists on Rocstar – Parker, Funkanomics, Pixel Fist, 601, Ben & Lex etc – and also started the Rocstar DJ agency to service the dance scene with DJ bookings.?
‘Larger Than Life’ sees Lee collaborating with a wide variety of vocalists. Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol appears on ‘Mishka’, a soaring love song that really shows off the tenderness of the singer-songwriter’s voice.?
‘What Love Is’ kicks off the album’s proceedings with a great blaxploitation funk bassline before it unfolds into a tasty slice of hip-hop love. ‘Ride On’ is an futurist electro paean, while ‘Come Get Some’ – featuring Donald D – is a grimey vocal breakbeat number. ?
‘Hey Girl’ featuring Lion D is a heavy technoid ragga track that could fit into UK funky/bashment scenes as much as detonate breaks steppa floors. ‘Jump Up & Down’ is an electroid jump-up hip-hop joint, then ‘Don’t Stop’ could almost be the Stones.?
‘Deathstar’ and ‘Glitter’, both featuring a vampish Fangs, are slices of punky electroclash filth, while ‘Waited Far Too Long’ almost borrows the riff from ‘Dear Prudence’ by The Beatles before unfolding into a lo-slung funky trip-hop jam, Alex Larke’s indie vocal lifting it into MTV territory.?
It’s Cut La Roc’s best album yet, the one he’s most proud of, and ably demonstrates that he’s a veritable master in the studio, as well as on the decks.