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. Over the years, with armies of “Digital Folks” and New Media Experts and new media marketing and traditional marketing [...]