Archive for the ‘A&R’ Category

The Pogues played a surprise gig in Hong Kong- and possibly other cities- last week. The real surprise is that no one knew about the gig. Here lies the problem: Too many out there with lovely ideas which they are either financially unable to or else don’t have the experience to turn into reality- and [...]

In no particular order of importance, what has been going through my head is [A] why so many contestants from this season’s “American Idol” are singing in keys that are way too high for them? It reminds me of being in a band rehearsing “Bend Me Shape Me” by Amen Corner in the original key [...]

More Jimmy Iovine, please and far more of the different groups of producers as this has brought about a HUGE new element to the inner workings of what it will take to be an “American Idol”. I just kept wishing there could be more- much more- of the studio work and far less of the [...]

Once upon a time, a good A&R person was priceless. They found the artists, they signed them up, they nurtured them, they knew which songs would be hits and they drove the entire creative process. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artists_and_repertoire Over the years, with armies of “Digital Folks” and New Media Experts and new media marketing and traditional marketing [...]