Issue 23 Volume 1May 2011
GO CORPORATE IF YOU WANT TO QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
By David James
Nobody doubts that the business of music has changed, pretty much permanently. Talk to people involved in the music industry in the US, and the consensus is that record executives are just hanging on as long as they can, relying mostly on back catalogues. There is the smell of death.
Happy Birthday from Mr President
By: Robert Gavin, Honorary Secretary
MAGA comes of Age
The Guild is the representative body of a highly skilled, but often invisible membership base including Australia’s leading music arrangers, orchestrators, electronic arrangers, music copyists and type-setters.
HEARING MORE THAN JUST DRUMS
By Megan Albany
For years Calvin Welch has been the drummer of choice in the Sydney Funk scene, but now the rhythm man who has lent his sticks to such mainstay projects as Professor Groove and the Booty Affair, is beating a different tune. Despite having started out as old school as it comes – gigging in the Motown Era with the likes of Eddie Russ, Calvin is now embracing new technology with a vengeance. He recently started a website, I Hear Music, to allow music enthusiasts from around the globe to find quality Aussie music easily, and for the cream of our crop, to not get lost in the mega-online-store that is Itunes.
WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T MAKE A LIVING PLAYING WITH YOUR VEGETABLES
Not Gene Peterson that’s for sure. This is one young drummer with his head screwed on right (which is always helpful so you face the audience not the backdrop). At only 23, Gene is not only flat out gigging with his own unique drum shows, but he’s now starting his own production company to help other talented musicians finally quit their day jobs. The Dues caught up with the young beat-meister to find out how it all began.
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In the newsCMVH-Bistumishi to release musical wallpaper
After decades of releasing wallpaper music, European pabulum giant CMVH, in association with Japanese-Mongolian waste dispenser Bitsumishi Sandfly Co, is planning a series of releases of what CMVH executives are calling a “revolutionary” and “irreverent” concept.
Welcome musical wallpaper.
NOT ANOTHER DRUMMER JOKE
By Megan Albany
Ok, so we all know a million drummer jokes, but to be fair and to show
that drummers really are a smart bunch, the Dues has decided to
dedicate this issue to drummers the country over – because let’s face
it they’re the ones who get everyone’s booty shaking.
But it’s not any ordinary drummers we’re playing tribute to, but instead drummers who show that perhaps, despite the jokes, they are the brains of the outfit after all. We speak to a veteran drummer and a new drummer on the block, who both have their head well and truly screwed on when it comes to the business of making music and what’s more, god forbid even making a living out of their chosen careers.
And then there were…..
Ubiquitous financial “Holding Company” Citigroup has now swallowed EMI. Private equity firm “Terra Firma” has given up on turning the discery into a profitable business.
Citigroup has massively reduced the label’s debt (apparently
by writing lots of it off since they were the major creditor!) and now
claim the label is ready to make bucks. How they plan to do this in the
current environment isn’t specified. Many suspect that a purchase of
EMI by one of the few remaining “major” labels in the near future is a
more likely outcome.
Part 18 of a series
Last time we looked at what the internet can do and concluded that it can basically only do two things:
1. Give you a place to “Hang Stuff Up”
2. Allow you to “Send Stuff”
Let’s first consider “Hanging Stuff Up”. This process requires some form of web presence. It could be a stand alone website or a site which is really just pages on someone else’s site. It could be something you have built yourself from scratch or using a template based tool such as “bandzoogle”.
It could be pages on this or that social networking site, the possibilities are seemingly endless and that is part of the problem. People often tend to concentrate on the array of available ways to create a web presence rather than to concentrate on what that presence can do.
It makes more sense to work out first just exactly what it is you intend to “hang up” rather than where or how. And at the same time (or maybe even before this!) you need to work out how “hanging up” a particular item on a web platform is going to help you.
Let’s look at some examples to try to clarify this before it gets any more abstract.
Part 21 in a series
In our last edition we had just summarised four of the six chord families, only two to go now. Let’s press on: