Photos by LC Photography
I’m back for revenge!!!
Now that summer is over it’s time to get working! “Hot Air Music Presents…” will now be taking place on Tuesdays at Bar 42 as myself and Mark Knowles have something that we’re gonna be working on for Wednesdays. The first gig back is coming soon on 18th October featuring Funkzilla, Etcetera and Christelle.
Opening artist Christelle has an EP you should check out from April, thanks to the support of fans, friends, family and through crowdfunding. You can purchase the EP from iTunes here.
Funkzilla have also been busy writing with some new songs being added to the library, you can here their stuff on their Soundcloud page.
I just had to get my baby niece as she started crying. Now i have here sitting listening to Funkzilla’s Pre Jam which is awesome. Seriously check these guys out.
I have a few recording projects lined up. First being with Phantom of Eden. I have a few original songs for Phantom which not only we will play at the next gig but also hope to record as an EP or album. Also i hope to record my solo stuff soon as well!
In other new i have plans to start doing YouTube videos. I have been planning to re try my music review series Sound Scope of which three original episodes were recorded and were very shit. Thus i am re inventing it and hopefully it will be of interest to anyone. i may also plan some other videos to offer a better range of content.
Starting off the first of many “Hot Air Music Presents…” gigs we had New Tropics supported by Funkzilla, Etcetera and our Luke Amor. Night went well, had a nice crowd although a lot of people seemed to leave after Funkzilla leaving New Tropics with a smaller audience then they should have for a band of their calibre. Check out all the artists on Facebook!!!
Photos by Leanne Cushnie
When organising gigs as a student at Northbrook college there is a great system in place where if i do a proposal to my lecturer i can get funds to pay bands who require expenses and all. Really useful and if you don’t make back to full amount you borrow you are not in debt, pretty good huh? Well yes if you remember to do an expenses proposal!
So i woke up last Wednesday morning and realised i needed to get £90 to pay back bands so i raided the last of my wages, luckily my mother was able to loan me some money to use as payment as i didn’t have £90 in my account.
Anyway, i know this one is late but hey ho!
Last Wednesday was a panic fest for me due to the fact that my own money was going into that gig, so if i didn’t make the money back on the door i would have been broke for the rest of the month (not a great realisation). Despite this the gig went quite well! There was quite a big problem however when the main support band did not turn up for soundchecks and also were not there for most the gig. They did however turn up during the third band’s set and so were able to play with a line check between sets.
My panic was lifted when one of my door peeps turned to me and said i had made back the money… You cannot believe how happy i was not to be broke.
I actually did however leave with a small loss because i ended up paying Opportunist, Red Shores and my two door peeps some money as i was just too happy to care really but we had made a good profit!
I am pleased to announce two charity gigs coming up in June on 7th and 14th at Bar 42. Both gigs will be in support of Cancer Research. The first evening will feature music from myself and our own Luke Amor along with some other soft rock and folk/acoustic acts. The second will feature music from our Red Shores along with other metal type bands. More info coming soon!!!
This has probably been the most interesting gig to say the least…
We started out by going to college to grab the pa equipment required for the gig, we managed to get everything together quickly and also all the stuff to the venue in one trip with two cars. Once we had arrived at the venue we unpacked the stuff into the stage area and began setting up. Originally my sound guy had planned to get there at 7 so i was too sound check the bands and ring the system out.
We encountered our first problem when we realized the technicians had forgotten a few bits from our list which we should have checked before heading over to the venue, this unfortunately was too late to get the bits from college as the music block was closed. We got round it however by cutting certain things out of the pa such as the multi fx lexicon unit and compressor. The only effects unit we used in the end was the graphic EQ for fold back and so did not need the effects rack they lent us for the gig.
Our second problem was that the headline band Andy and the Echoes who were providing the kit for the gig were unable to arrive for 4:30 setup due to still being at work which is understandable. We got around this by setting up their kit and bass quickly and then beginning sound checks immediately. I had a problem sound checking Andy and the Echoes and The Red Smoke as i am not the best tech however had some help from student teacher Neil Allison who knew a few things about sound tech and got me through the first two. After this my sound technician turned up and sound checked Ellie and her backing band as she was first on.
As the night went on things seemed to be going smoothly, the sound technician didn’t encounter any problems he could not fix. I feel though that maybe the mix of artists wasn’t quite right for the venue though, maybe myself and Andy and the Echoes would work but Ellie’s set and The Red Smoke i feel were out of place somewhat. Also we could have either started slightly later or maybe had an extra artist as the gig ended a bit early i feel, even though we ran late with sound check.
I think the main problems i faced with this gig were a lack of promotion which is one of my biggest flaws i must work on certainly. Maybe by contacting loads of music magazines, local blogs and such within the area to get some sort of press coverage for gigs.
Despite these problems it was still an enjoyable night, all the bands were good and people did seem to enjoy the music they heard. One thing that the landlady at Smugglers suggested is that friday is not the best day to have a gig, especially one starting with covers of classic rock and heavy metal music, this is because people coming back from work won’t want to hear ace of spades as soon as they get to the pub. This is some good advice which i will take into account for future events in pub type environments.
Last nights gig was awesome! All the bands were really great and also very friendly, definitely people who i would work with again and hopefully will soon. The only real problems we encountered were band members from Operation Kino and Technicolour Limabean being stuck in traffic and so sound checks had to be delayed slightly. This unfortunately cannot be helped and is no one’s fault. Despite that hiccup we got round it quickly and easily especially Mike Baker, Bar 42’s sound tech, who has probably had similar situations many times before.
The turnout was quite good for a wednesday evening as well, i think it was even better than the gig on 16th was. Hopefully i will be hearing back soon from Technicolour Limabean and Operation Kino about playing a gig on 18th may at Bar 42 in support of the absolutely brilliant Dreamwaves!
Photos taken by Leanne Cushnie