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30th May 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting May 30th. 4:30-6:00pm

Speaker : Nick J.Townsend (WEAK13)

Apologies:

Mark Badger

Attending:

Jaum – Bassist from Spain (Wolverhampton University music student)

Ryan Hill and Tony Guice represent Music Propagator CIC and the label Propagator Records.

Both are looking to give opportunities for young musicians, songwriters and bands. They aim to stage 10-16 live music events this year and area excited by the news of their first Propagator Presents event at the Birmingham 02 Academy 3 which takes place on July 13th. Their main website is www.propagatorrecords.co.uk and all their contact details are on there.

Manoj Solanki is an all round dance music enthusiast and specialises in drum ‘n bass, breakbeat and electronica. He is looking for companies or labels to take his music seriously along with his producing skills. Manoj has a soundcloud which demonstrates some of his talents and can be heard on www.soundcloud.come/outway and he is open to consider any interesting music projects that require his expertise.

George the bassist for the act Marc Malone along with Marc himself are looking for help with their band and are seeking management and promotion to help get their music noticed. Marc Malone is playing next at the Asylum 2 in Birmingham on Friday 5th july, their website is www.marcmalone.co.uk and their new EP is titled Shadow Side and is available on http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Side-Explicit/dp/B00C7RRODA

Musicians Gary Haywood, Sarah Birks and Tony Birks represent Acoustic 1 Radio which is one of Birmingham’s, if not the first, Acoustic Radio programmes. The show plays both unsigned and music from famous artists. Their show can be found on www.acoustic1radio.biz and they also have a Facebook page which is Facebook.Com/Acoustic1radio so if you are an acoustic artist, songwriter or your band has an acoustic tune you want to plug then email them on: acoustic1radio@hotmail.co.uk as they are looking for artists to play on their show.

Gillian Stapleton is a singer songwriter and script writer and has recently been offended by how the organisation known as Creative England isn’t taking her music seriously. Is this an isolated case or has anyone else had similar dealings? According to Gillian the company Creative England which has been awarded funds from the National Lottery has been very unsupportive not only to her but Birmingham applicants. Gillian music can be heard on www.myspace.com/gillianstapleton2

Nick J.Townsend runs the Midlands rock band WEAK13 and is happy to invite people to watch his band’s 10th music video titled Sex Pest which is on YouTube. WEAK13 are grateful for any help with promoting this music video which is commercial despite the title. The video can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vhPVdTwJl8

Emma Scott who is one of the people in charge of marketing for Birmingham University is keen to inform all about a brand new music building at the University which opened November 2012 which is named the Bramall Music Building. Emma would like music, promoters, labels and companies etc to be aware that the venue is available for hire. The website for the Bramall Music Building is www.venuebirmingham.com and also reveals previously hosting concerts, weddings, conferences, The 2010 General Elections Leaders Debate and the Antiques Roadshow.

Peter Harris is a music producer and Dance music specialist. He wants to see a new music festival take place in Birmingham that welcomes all music forms. Peter is making an album that fuses all genres dance, rock, ska, metal, a cappella and reggae and is seeking different singers for each track.

If you would like to be involved with this exciting music project then contact Peter on www.soundcloud.com/darkfiredub

Clare Edwards – Festival Producer of Simmer Down Reggae Festival in Handsworth Park in Birmingham and Voices Now Choral Festival at the Roundhouse in London.

Question:

Musically, what works in your favour in Birmingham and what works against you?

Bandstands need to be used, the permission system is unknown and complicated, can the city council allow people to understand the liability insurance rules and make playing on all the lovely Bandstands in the city more possible.

“I work outside of Birmingham, a lot of variety of music but from talking to musicians there aren’t many paid gigs” – Juam

“Some amazing venues in Brum but it is harder to get gigs, not much money in Birmingham music, the general public won’t see the great artists Birmingham offers as there are few bands and performers being paid. Later buses to venues would be nice, free carparking, make it less harder for people to set up, public need more awareness of the venues around Birmingham too such as The Roadhouse (Stirchley)”

– Tony & Ryan Hill

“Loads of good venues, but there are problems, some great places but hard to travel to. Such as The Roadhouse and Route 44” – George (marc malone)

“The curfew in Birmingham venues is a massive problem so you can’t mix people, what would be good is if promoters and venues ran club events alongside to go on after live Birmingham events”

– Marc Malone

“Birmingham needs to do more, as far as the live scene is concerned it has a good openmic scene but it is not backed Birmingham council”

– Gary Haywood

“Lowfunding in Birmingham for artists and projects,can keep young people off the streets,community radio needs to be funded”

– Sarah Birks

“Using public performance spaces, it is sealed in red tape, it will cost you so much, at least £350 for permission, bring down the prices, make it easy for local artists and bands to set up public events, bands need the freedom to do their bit for the community. Have booking procedures needed, maybe make it easier for the bands to approach a park officials as not everyone can understand all the unnecessary red tape, park officials should be more active promoting band stands looking for live music”

– Tony birks

“Film screenplay writers are in need of funding, they feel removed, Birmingham has less funding now for script writers, Creative England has cut facilities”

– Gillian Stapleton

“Festival events ,the cancellation of Birmingham Arts Festival is not good, more funding cut, is there any chance we can have a B-Fest made?”

– Peter Harris

October 2010 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Present:
Andy Derrick, Adrian Kimberlin, Darren Roberts, Gary Heywood, Colin Tippin, Vince O’Malley, Iona, Robin valk,

Apologies:
Anthony Hughes
Clare Edwards
Kate Southall
Andy Ward

Announcements:
Andy Derrick, Mark Badger

New Points:
Darren Roberts, Robin Valk, Ioana, Mo Hawk, Colin Tippin,  Andy Derrick,

Andy Derrick:
Andy would like to acknowledge and thank Dave Taylor at BCU for help and support given to The Music Network and of course for supplying Teas and Coffees for the meeting.

Andy lead a discussion about #quitmyspaceday blogged about by Andrew Dubber and the Issues surrounding Myspace both For and Against.

Andy made the point that Myspace is still valid for many people but wanted to ask who else still uses myspace? A lively conversation followed.

Against:
Agreed that it is a terrible interface.
Myspace appears to be in decline.

For:
Still a useful resource to find out about stuff.
Some bands still find they need to use myspace as many people they wish to engage are still to be found on myspace.

If you google a bands name at present….usually first result is myspace.

Suggested alternatives: bandcamp, reverbnation, build your own wordpress site,

Concensus of opinion: Think, be independent, do what you think is suitable for your needs. Andy has invited people to add comments at: www.andyderrick.co.uk

Robin Valk:
The Pilot Project
www.pilot-project.co.uk
Bristish Library New Music Network
Website goes Live on 18th November, Project is working with The British Library.
There is an Audio Restoration project already going on but Robin is interested in targetting contemporary music and had an idea to start an experimental  project on a regional basis to assemble a project.

This will be a curated site as opposed to a band nominated site.

Clare Edwards, Katy Jay, Richard Elms, and many others have been invited to be involved.

Idea is to run the project for five years.

Nick J Townsend:
Made an interesting point that if you live in Kidderminster you can get airplay on Radio Hereford and Worcester but if you live in Brierly Hill, Dudley, Stourbridge then West Midlands Radio doesn’t seem to recognise those areas as part of their geographic catchment area and so does not prioritise playing or engaging music produced in those areas.

Ioana:
Uncle Jeb events
Bristish Bands to Romania
Ioana based in birmingham, she takes rising Birmingham or British bands and organises gigs for them in Bucharest Romania, covers their expenses.

Ioana is looking for indie, guitar based rock, post punk, punk bands

She is looking for bands with a unique selling point

Contact: Ioana Epure
www.unclejebediah.co.uk
Uncle Jebediah Ltd Trading as UnkleJeb Events,
Aston Cross, 6 rocky lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5RQ
(+44) 0755 476 5967 / (+40) 0724 249 379
She is also a photographer and journalist

Mo Hawk
Artist fusing African music Styles and Hip Hop
Looking for words of wisdom about how to market and promote their music in Birmingham. Suggestions made Giles Petersen
The Block Studio
Mo Hawk
Gambia tel: 220-9983980, 220-4371508
Sweden mobile 46736465996
Mohawkk1@yahoo.com
http://www.theblockstudios.com

Programme called “rooted” about promoting African languages
If anyone can help with a Birmingham gig and help marketing and promoting the record.

Try carlos www.birminghampromoters.com

Suggestions: rhubarb radio, shelley atkinson, brumcast, musicworldradio,

Darren Roberts:
Working on research to include local people involved with music in local government and politics
he has spoken to Councillor Martin Mullaney
suggestions made of Ernie Hendricks, Ed Vasey, David Furmage,
Also playing a gig: 20th november: the void at the actress and bishop
contact Darren: dxr827 at bham.ac.uk

Colin and Vince:
www.musicalexchanges.com
Recruit area where people can find each other, auction area on there
online shopping center for anything music related.
The website is coming together, has a social networking tool
A flyer was given out with more info

Nick J Townsend:
Provided feedback on the Dudly jbs situation. The gig he organised was very successful and the publicity that the venue has had has helped bring in a lot of interest

Next meeting thursday 25th November.

WEAK13, SONS OF BEACHES, KING RICH, THE MILITANTS – JB’s, Dudley, Friday October 22nd 2010

WEAK13 / SONS OF BEACHES / KING RICH / THE MILITANTS
Friday October 22nd
8pm start
@ JB’s
Castle Hill
Dudley
DY14QF
£2 DOOR

All proceeds go to the venue. Please can you help us spread awareness and raise money for JB’s?
Contact for press: Nick J.Townsend   MANAGEMENT 07898181574
A photo opportunity time can be arranged by calling 07898181574

Four bands and acts from across the Midlands including Wolverhampton based band The Militants, have come together to support the venue JB’s in Dudley by holding a Friday night show in which all the proceeds will go straight to the venue. The club has recently gone into administration. All the acts have agreed to play for free. Nick J.Townsend of British band WEAK13 approached Sam the JB’s owner and asked if he could help do something. Nick J.Townsend along with solo artist King Rich were the main people behind getting music back to Kidderminster Townhall way back in 2002 after there had been no names play in the historic building for 15 years.

“Although at the time we were young we organised big concerts in Kidderminster and soon after we had done so big names started playing their again such as Robert Plant, we helped spread awareness and it’s time to act again only this time for JB’s in Dudley” Quote: Nick J.Townsend.

Carl Wilkes from Sons Of Beaches said “It’s the venue that has brought music from around the world into the Midlands and it has to keep going” . The frontman who has played there many time encourages all musicians to stick together and come down to support the club. WEAK13 mainman Nick J.Townsend who also writes for Midland music magazine Ryan’s Gig Guide said: “JB’s is the best venue in the Midlands due to it’s 40 years of history and providing us with great bands”

Solo artist King Rich who tours the UK every year said “JB’s is a landmark for music and it has to stay open due to the important role it places in the music scene”

The event takes place on Friday October 22nd at JB’s in Dudley “We are asking everyone who has had a great time because of JB’s to come down and support the club. We also are expecting some of the bigger bands who have played there in the past to take a stand and step in as this is the club that helped their careers”. Nick added

The Militants
With eclectic musical tastes ranging from various genres the band “The Militants” shows no limitations with their writing ability and style. Starting in December 08 with a solid five piece line up “The Militants” have done nothing but focus on their sound. With music influenced by bands such as Oasis, Stereophonics, The Kinks, The Clash and Ryan Adams, the band would describe their sound as Indie Rock with a twist of Roll. The Militants have played a countless number of venues in the last two years across Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds. “The Militants” are currently preparing to start their next chapter and have finished recording their Demo at ‘The Magic Garden Studios’. The band is looking to support and gig with any other local bands while also searching for any possible label interest. Gear up for the journey to begin with this band as they make a name for themselves. Line-up: Wayne Buckley- Vocals / John Turley- Lead Guitar / Lee Waters-Rhythm Guitar / Stuart Buckley-Bass Guitar / Mike Coulter-Drums
http://www.myspace.com/themilitantsband

King Rich (Solo artist)
HONESTY, IMAGINATION, POWER, ARTISTRY, GUTS, CHARISMA, DIVERSITY, ORIGINALITY, ATMOSPHERE and EMOTION are all ingredients that are placed into the song writing, music and performance of KING RICH. He is a bulk of freshness in the acoustic genre, and could very easily become accepted in a vast array of music markets in the music industry. The King is different, but isn’t that what makes all King’s legends? The ever-versatile King is currently making extreme progress in the acoustic genre, shaking the ever-growing dust out of the dull climate acoustic music has currently reached. An exciting breath of fresh air is what King Rich delivers to the new-wave acoustic scene, providing his own stance and slants on music – emotion packed and punching – with much to offer as a fine representative and example of the new-age acoustic pioneer! Songs of vigor, eloquence, style, vivacity, depth and beauty glide out of the King’s entity. He transmits songs from his life experience, and is strong enough to pave a new direction for music as a whole. Crowds are often left thrilled and awoken after a King Rich performance.
http://kingrich.co.uk

Sons Of Beaches
Sons of Beaches are a 4 piece original rock outfit from Kidderminster, in the West Midlands. The band were formed in 2008 and have so far released two self recorded EP’s. The second Ep ‘Plague’, was met with great critical acclaim that spawned a nationwide tour taking in venues in cities such as, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Leicester, and many more. The band played a sell out show at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool in April 09 and also headlined the new acts stage at the 2009 Glastonbudget Festival. Now firmly in 2010 The band have agreed their first recording contract with ‘Limbo Sounds’, and the highly anticipated debut album is nearing completion. In February 2010 the band appeared on the Friday Sessions of BBC Radio, performing four tracks and interviews. The band booked a coach to take their fans to Leicester’s Shed Venue which sold out in under 20 minutes! In May 2010 the band performed to over 1000 people at the Glastonbudget festival. An amazing launch is planned for the album at a 700 capacity venue in the Midlands. Following the launch of the album the band intend to take an 18 month tour of the UK As a live band Sons of Beaches put on an electric show and their lyrics and melodies are the very best in catchy infectious rock. The band put on regular coach trips to ferry fans to and from venues. The bands debut single Turn me on is scheduled for release on September 27th 2010 and a follow up Christmas single ‘Santa i’ve been good this year’ is also set for release during the season. To fully appreciate Sons of Beaches view them in their natural habitat, The live concert stage!  Line-up: Carl Wilkes- Vocals / Daniel Hollowway- Lead Guitar & Rhythm Guitar / Gareth Webster-Bass Guitar / Rich Milton-Drums
http://sonsofbeaches.co.uk/

WEAK13
WEAK13 is a British industrial / metal / grunge act, founded in 1999 by Nick J.Townsend in Kidderminster, United Kingdom. Inspired by 1980’s Video Nasties, Underground music, Comic books, The Grunge and 90’s music scene and real life. Each song is a different story. Lyrics about loved ones who have passed away, songs about the future, death, life, survival, friendship, love, hate and positive thinking. All the guitars on all the recordings are played using strange dark low tunings. WEAK13 is any style Nick J.Townsend wants to be. From Industrial Metal fused with death metal guitars to Dark electro beats entwined with Low tuned acoustic guitars. WEAK13 is every form of music in it’s rawest form. There is a song for everyone. As its main singer, producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Townsend is the only official member of WEAK13 and remains solely responsible for its musical and artistic direction. WEAK13’s music is every genre with metal overtones. Townsend recruits a live band to perform with him on stage after recording WEAK13 material. WEAK13 when playing LIVE is ‘Nick J.Townsend’ (Vocals/Guitar), ‘Wesley Smith’ (Bass) and ‘Neel Parmar’ (Drums). Nick J.Townsend breaks as many rules as possible. Wanted feedback, dark subjects, erratic song structure, raw sounds, one take recordings, surreal ideas and hook lines that you will never forget. There is only one WEAK13 but there are many sounds. Nick J.Townsend is a British underground musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He operates under the studio name WEAK13. Line-up: Nick J.Townsend- Vocals, Lead Guitar & Rhythm Guitar / Wesley Smith-Bass Guitar / Neel Parmar-Drums
http://www.myspace.com/weak13music

WEAK13, SONS OF BEACHES, KING RICH, THE MILITANTS - JB's, Dudley, Friday October 22nd 2010

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