Archive for the ‘Music Industry’ Category

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It was when in my first school band that my best friend and band mate Steve had us learn a song called “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” Steve was always one step ahead of anyone else around us when it came to discovering new bands. And at a time when when [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk The question is, How did they do it, and, maybe even more importantly, what drove them to that space in time and particular place where it really didn’t matter what anyone else thought and whether it would be popular or accepted just as long as they produced what was in their [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Believe me, we’re trying to change things around. The question is whether we’ve left it all a little too late and are happy to just coast, because it pays the rent. And as no one’s getting any younger, to many, that’s life’s main priority. Maybe we don’t want to change the [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk I’ve been telling as many people in Hong Kong as possible recently how I wish I could bottle the city and take it to places like Tokyo, Amsterdam, perhaps Taipei, Copenhagen, certain parts of Melbourne, but away from the usual suspects in horse racing, and if one can stand the pollution, [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s part of my job responsibilities and being paid quite nicely to be part of it, I would just press delete and detonate my presence on social media. And more and more, it’s all too obvious that I am not the only one considering [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It was raining. And these days one has to almost force one’s self to get out as there’s really nothing much happening in Hong Kong that’s worth making the effort to see or looking for new people to meet. It seems like it’s all been said and done and heard before [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Some of us would have our favourites. There were however those artists who fell under “Global priorities” and “Regional priorities” with all us music executives feeling the heat to come up with those dreaded “numbers” and “chart successes” to be in the good books of Head Office. It wasn’t that different [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk If I didn’t already love her, then revisiting the music released by Jimmy Webb over the last day made that love that much stronger. The song stories of Jimmy Webb, my favourite songwriter, and the voice of Glen Campbell came together to create a brand of pop music that was part [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Annie Lennox approached by talent scout – THE AUSTRALIAN The above shows the huge generation gap in the music industry- some young promotion girl thinking that the great Annie Lennox is an undiscovered talent who might have the potential to be more than she is. Dear gawd, who hires these gremlins [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones? Dylan wrote and asked that question on “The Ballad Of A Thin Man” many many years ago. In recent months, more and more friends have been asking almost the same thing- intelligent people looking for answers, wondering [...]