Aardman animators watch your backs

Sean the Sheep (Aardman Animations)

Well I’ve had a productive weekend – just finished a (very basic) stop motion video for one of the songs on the new E.P.  Feeling very pleased with myself, although no-one else apart from family have seen it yet, and they’re biased, so it could be terrible.  But it isn’t.  You’ll be able to see it on the release in a few weeks.  Exciting isn’t it?

Why I still don’t like Spotify (part 82)

Go Thom.

Unconference was great back in May – I enjoyed myself immensely apart from a minor blip when I was put soundly in my place for having challenged one of the speakers, Jen Long ( Label boss and Formerly Radio 1 DJ) that Spotify wasn’t all happiness and roses for artists as she’d made out. Jen was saying that the rate paid by Spotify was reasonable as it equated (per listener streaming at .001p) to a £40 payment for a play on BBC Radio 1 or 2.

Well, I said, whilst it gives you a platform, you’re a tiny needle in an otherwise huge haystack of music: you should be paid more per play as people generally seek out bands to listen to on Spotify, therefore you must have already discovered them – unlike radio where passive listeners are introduced to new music via gatekeepers.

Anyway, nice to see an article that kind of backs my thoughts up (tbh, I had a few people come up and agree with my sentiments on the day too!).  Here it is.

See you in Liverpool?

It probably won’t look like this…

Just a quick reminder about the International Pop Overthrow festival in Liverpool on Wednesday evening.  I’m going to be doing a couple of acoustic sets; the first at the Cavern Pub at 6:45pm and the second at the Cavern Club at 8:45pm.  Looking forward to seeing lots of great bands too including The Housekeeping Society from Leeds.

Hopefully should be playing two different sets, including a specially chosen cover or two and material from the upcoming new EP / Album.

The full week’s schedule for IPO (starting tonight) is at http://internationalpopoverthrow.com/schedules/ipo-2014-schedules/liverpool-2014/