With 3 bank holidays in one month, and an ongoing cost of living crisis, it’s fair to say the start of this summer season has thrown up some challenges for creatives working within the music industry.
That being said, there is a sense of “bouncing back” within the industry post covid, and more smaller events are popping up across the South West UK.
We’ve compiled a short list of things you could do as a musical artist to “stand out” amongst the crowd, get noticed, and get future bookings.
1. Showreel - a short video compilation of you performing, to give venues and promoters a good idea of what your act is, and the vibe you’re going for. We suggest a 3-5 minute clip of 6-8 songs, in high definition, with some clean editing.
2. Release music on streaming sites - originals or covers, this is vitally important in 2023. It shows promoters and venues that you take your music seriously, and gives them the chance to listen to your music in the background, or even submit your music for radio play (Antix Radio are always looking for new local music). Even though streaming sites are notoriously poor at paying artists, it is still income; look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves!
3. Be Polite - this really should go without saying, but a simple short introduction, and a simple closing of an email goes a very long way, along with a short bio, links to your music videos, social media links and contact details.
4. Attend Open Mics - Open Mics are a great way of getting exposure to new music industry people and venues, and a great way of gaining confidence. We are always on the look out for new talent to join Antix Music Network, and this is a great way to #GetInvolved
5. Update social media - take this time before things get too busy to update any websites and social media, for example, new photos and making sure all contact details are correct - if you’re in a band, have multiple members on your social media, or if you’re a solo artist, perhaps a friend or family member, so any enquires and opportunities don’t get missed.
Written by Frazer Mitchell - Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network
I always enjoy listening to different genres, especially ones that I wouldn’t usually listen to. What I really like about listening to “You and I” by Fleur Lindsay & Toby Burley is how chilled out it is. You know that feeling when you’ve been super busy and had a stressful and intense time, and you finally get that day to just relax and switch off your brain? This is what “You and I” feels like to me.
It’s got a bit of an early 2000’s R&B sound to it with some simple electric guitar playing some simple yet beautiful chords, a slow drum beat, a few licks of piano and bass to round it off. In terms of the lyrics, it’s certainly about chilling out with someone you love and enjoying their company. It gives me the feel of a young couple laying together in bed just talking, laughing and really living in the moment.
Something that really accompanies the chilled out instrumental is Fleurs vocals. Her voice is very soft throughout the entirety of the song, almost in a constant falsetto. I really think it fits the song perfectly. It would still be an amazing song if she was belting out these really loud powerful notes, but by using the softer tone of her voice, it keeps the whole song in a nice chilled out lofi vibe. An impressive effort considering Fleur is only 19 years old!
In terms of the lyrics, I say it all the time, but you don’t need to have verses upon verses of detailed lyrics to create a good song. Something that’s simple, easy to sing along to, and even better if there’s a particular lyric or melody that you can remember. That’s exactly what you get with this song. The title of the song “You and I” is repeated during the chorus, and the groove doesn’t change much from the beginning of the song. But it’s easy to listen to.
Great song Fleur & Toby, really enjoyed this one!
Written by Jack Saunders
For the opening 5 months of 2023, Antix have been slowly moving into a slightly different direction within the business. We started the year regenerating and upgrading our events packages and equipment, and now we have a fully functional smartphone app, and accompanying radio station. We’d like to thank those individuals who have spent their time and efforts on working on our big new project.
One of those individuals who has been within the core team is Bradley Gunn. Not only a very talented software developer, but you may also remember him from his Bradley Gunn Raver days, where he became a global star within the dance music world, travelling the world, with his videos going viral.
Frazer Mitchell caught up with Brad just after the app has been uploaded to the stores.
Frazer; Hi Brad. Thanks a lot for doing this interview, and a huge thank you for all the work you have put into the Antix App and radio. It is looking incredible and I’m so pleased with the outcome.
Brad; It’s been a pleasure, I have loved watching the growth of Antix and being able to be part of the journey.
Frazer; if you don’t mind, can you tell us a bit more about your Bradley Gunn Raver days, for those who don’t know?
Brad; Sure, in 2015 I was attending raves/festivals in Bristol and surrounding areas, I would turn up and dance sober all day, this then turned into me putting videos of me on social media. A few years down the line I’m travelling all over, going to festivals and raves every weekend, from dancing here in the UK to Miami, New York, Vietnam, and all over Europe. I partnered with promoters, DJs, and music media agencies. Bradley Gunn Raver was a global persona that represented healthy sober raving.
Frazer; So when I had the idea for an Antix App several years ago, I always knew it would be you doing it. For those who don’t know, Brad and I went to college together, and I always remembered how much of a talented software developer you were, and with your interest and involvement in music, I felt like you would do the project justice, which you absolutely have. Tell us a bit about your input into the app; did it help having knowledge of the music industry to create this app?
Brad; I have had the entire oversight and accountability over the development of the App. Gathering requirements, planning and designing a tech spec, managing the content management setup, developing the app code and handling the distribution on the app stores. All with offering cost effective development whilst ensuring a high quality, robust app that is simple for people to use, easy for the Antix team to manage and represents Antix Music Network to the fullest.
I would say my knowledge of the music industry helped in two ways of thinking:
• The management perspective, people who work in the music industry are incredibly busy people, especially Frazer with the running of Antix. Providing a simple, easy to use content management system was essential.
• The user perspective, understanding how people look for content in music industry related applications.
Frazer; I’d like to talk about the launch of the app. So, Google Play was up and running a few days before Apple, but the app was already at #12 on the Paid Music App Chart before any promotion. We soon made it to #1, and then #37 on the All Paid Apps Chart. As the developer of the app, you must be pleased with this?
Brad; I am massively pleased with this, it’s always amazing to see something you have been making over the previous few months spring to life and get so much adoption early on. I definitely had a big rush of excitement as we were closing in on #1. Clearly this shows that the community around Antix Music Network is strong which is great to see.
Frazer; One of the big discussions over the course of producing this app is whether we should charge for the app or not. It’s also been the most talked about part of the app within the community. Is there anything you want to say in regards to the £2.99 download fee?
Brad; The first thing to consider is do you want to be part of an exclusive local music community. Whilst there are many free apps out there that may not have performed as well if they were paid apps, many of those free apps are targeting a global audience and have massive investment behind them (i.e., Spotify or SoundCloud) which prioritise tracking user data over paid access. You may also find that many free apps restrict people into not being able to use many of the features as they have in-app purchases or ongoing monthly subscriptions. I personally am starting to get annoyed when asked to subscribe to yet another monthly subscription.
I would say that if Antix Music Network app was trying to target a global audience from the get go, maybe another strategy would be in order. However, I see the Antix Music Network app as a special case, it is serving a local community and promoting local talent and events which may lead to wider range of opportunities. It is fair to say that a £2.99 price point may raise some eyebrows however this is less than a high street coffee. The Antix Music Network app will grow and have more features over time, be part of that exclusive club and support the community.
Frazer; You’re not raving much these days, but I do see you at a few gigs here and there. Will we ever see a return of the Bradley Gunn Raver?
Brad; I am so busy with all of my software engineering projects these days, but every now and again I do venture out to have a dance. However, going out as a social media influencer raver is not on my agenda anymore.
Frazer; I just want to end this by saying a huge thank you for your efforts, I’m really pleased with the end product, and you should be too. It’s been a pleasure working with you!
Brad; Thank you, I would also like to thank you for giving me the opportunity. I have loved working with you and developing the app was great fun. I am very proud of what we have produced.
An Uplifting and Inspiring Story
There’s a few times in life where you read a story and instantly feel a connection to the person who it’s about. As soon as I had finished reading a news article about Hamish Jeffcott, I knew this was a person who I wanted to know more about. Hamish Jeffcotts story is one that really shows not only the power and healing ability of music, but the power in self belief!
Hamish unfortunately suffered a severe and traumatic brain injury at age 16 during a rugby match. The injury left Hamish struggling to stay awake, and even resulted in some memory loss. For years, Hamish struggled with anxiety and depression. But instead of letting his emotions get the better of him, Hamish turned to music, and eventually began using it as a form of therapy to help him cope with the trauma and struggles that he had experienced. After originally using music as a form of therapy, Hamish started to find a love for performing his own songs in a live setting for audiences. This eventually led him to performing in New Zealand, Dominican Republic, and even the French Alps.
Moving on to the music, Hamish has described his music as folk-rock that also incorporates other instruments such as drums and acoustic guitar. I was given the opportunity to listen to some of the songs from his new E.P “Time To Grow”. One song in particular that I was drawn towards was a song called “Drive Me Wild”.
It’s a really funky, upbeat acoustic number. This is the kind of music that comes to my mind when I think of the folk genre. What I really love about this song, is that it showcases the different parts of Hamish’s voice. There’s a few times where his voice turns a little gravelly, and others where he goes into a lovely falsetto. I really love the catchy chorus which repeats the words “don’t you know you drive me wild”, it’s easy to remember which is the key to any successful song.
It’s always special when great songs have great people behind them, and this really is a special record. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Hamish.
“Time To Grow” is available to stream from May 23rd.
Written by Jack Saunders
Britpop Is Back!
Straight off the bat, I can hear a lot of Oasis in this song. The chord progression really reminds me of the 1998 hit “D’ya Know What I Mean?”, but it feels fresh, which is so important. The key to having success in a particular genre is to make something that feels a little bit familiar to other songs in that genre, but also make something that doesn’t sound exactly like the thousands of songs from that era. It still has to surprise you. And that's exactly what I get when I listen to ‘The Straights’ new song “Waiting For Someone”.
So who are ‘The Straights’? They are a four piece band from Portsmouth, who have blended their love of all things Britpop, Indie, Punk & Grunge. The band has received both national and international radio airplay. Although the pandemic put things on hold for the band in terms of performing live, it couldn't stall their success, and they went on to claim a high position in Amazon's music charts. A fantastic achievement for the lads!
Back to the song now, and it is a wonderful mixture to begin with of thumping drums, powerful guitar solos, groovy bass and really versatile vocals. For most of the song, it really does feel like a true 90’s anthem. Something that you could easily rock out too, especially on a Saturday night down your local boozer. It's clear to see that the success ‘The Straights’ have received is no fluke. You wouldn’t have thought that the band formed in 2019, which is also why the song is so impressive. It feels like you’re listening to a band that has been going for decades, a true testament to their chemistry.
What I really love about this song is that it takes many twists and turns. It's loud and heavy for the first part of the song,then naturally calms down a bit for the bridge, before returning back to its Oasis style verse and chorus. Then, just as you think the song is coming to an end, you are greeted with this minute or so long instrumental that's a bit softer. And you go into this kind of swaying folky outro that has acoustic guitars, keys and a clean electric guitar. It's like a last hurrah which I could imagine working really well in a live setting.
I really enjoyed this song. It really does have a bit of everything for everyone. And the fact that ‘The Straights’ have managed to come up with something that sounds so mature, so early on in their discovery, is really promising. Definitely a group to keep an eye on.
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An Important Message from Lars Tolhurts
“Never Give In”. Not only is it a message we are told to repeat to ourselves, but it’s also the title of Lars Tolhurts latest song. But who is Lars Tolhurst?
Well, Lars, is an up and coming singer songwriter who is based in Bath, Somerset. Lars strives to make music with a meaning. Something that’s relatable, but also offers a deeper meaning than what’s on the surface. It seems like his music is a form of self help lessons to his audience. Rather than singing about his hardships and troubles, he instead seems to sing about the solutions to these challenges. Something that isn’t very common in the modern music scene.
Lars’ latest track “Never Give In”, is a lo-fi, stripped back acoustic song that also features elements of piano, trumpet and a hint of drums. It’s a song that’s about never giving up on your happiness, something that’s really important to remember, especially in these hard times.
Keep on spreading the good word Lars
Its clear to see why these guys are in such high demand
As we begin to look towards the upcoming Summer, my attention is drawn towards a popular act “Priddice Brothers Band”. They are a Somerset based band who are trying to highlight the stigma of men’s mental health through the power of music, which is a really great thing to do! Music is often described as the greatest healer, and as we’ve seen over the course of history, is also something that brings people from all walks of life together.
Quick backstory about Craig & Alex from the band:
Craig and Alex Priddice are a well established act on the local scene having played most of the local venues. Career highlights include performing at Glastonbury Festival many times and GODNEY Gathering 2016. They have performed at the prestigious venues 'Cheese and Grain',' Louisiana', 'Fleece', 'Ashton Gate' and at 'The Thekla'. They have played for Michael Eavis and have supported Toploader, John Bramwell (I am Kloot), Beans On Toast, Lonely Tourist, Gaz Brookfield and Nick Parker to sell out crowds. They are regular support for many tribute bands including Oas-is, BLURD and Ultimate Coldplay.
As you can see, there’s a real music pedigree here. A high demand act who have recorded their latest E.P “All Will Be Revealed” in none other than Abbey Road Studios. That’s not something that’s easy to do, only prestigious artists get that opportunity. Fair play guys!
Their latest release “Son Of The Sea” is a really indie and upbeat acoustic number. It’s got a bit of everything really. It’s not a heavy song that makes you want to go crazy and dance, it’s more of a chilled out, toe tapping, swaying in a festival tent kind of vibe. It’s something different to what I usually listen to, but it’s an easy to listen to song, and one that you can welcome with open arms. I think this is the reason why these guys have had the success that they’ve enjoyed. Not everything has to be a big sing along hit to be successful.
I did also have a listen to one of songs by Craig & Alex Priddice, called Stones. Which again was a similar kind of song. As I’ve said, you don’t need a massive singalong chorus with lots of production to make a good and meaningful song.
I think the guys are great, their message and what they stand for is wonderful, and to top it off, they’ve got some really great songs that are meaningful and relatable. Just what you want from an artist.
Keep up the good work chaps
Written by Jack Saunders
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network