Posts Tagged ‘Chris Blackwell’

By Hans Ebert No one said it would be easy. But no one also warned that it would be so damn tough to make it in music. Of course, it wasn’t always like this. But there’s always hope. It’s about finding it that’s what is inspiring and keeps one from falling off the edge or [...]

By Hans Ebert Often- extremely often- one wonders if artists really know what’s happening to their music, and, more often than not, why nothing is happening to their music. Forget about all those travelling First Class with their army of lawyers wearing tight legal briefs and with the firepower to give windburn to anyone in [...]

By Hans Ebert There’s been a great deal of chatter recently about this term known as “A&R” (Artists and Repertoire), its importance, especially to a major music company, and the rise and influence of the A&R person, who, in many ways, has become the Rock Star executive within the often dated structure of a music [...]

  It’s been swift in more ways than one- the rise and rise of fabulously popular and successful singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, 25, who’s gone from being almost a serial “dumpee” whose queue of short-lived romances have led to a series of Big Hurt songs, to now being hailed as something like the Joan Of Arc [...]

A friend of mine recently resigned from a major music company- nothing really earth-shatteringly surprising as those days when working for one of the majors or an indie or a minor or even a mynah bird was considered a passport to “coolness”. Yes, people, once upon a CD, working for a music company was a [...]

Many of us in this region have fallen for it: We meet some International artist or “name” executive/producer/entrepreneurs etc, they all say they want to work with an Asian musician, you get very excited, said plonker returns home, there are a few emails, perhaps a few phone calls, even a press release, and then, despite [...]

What a strange and fascinating trip it has been for the steel drum to be accepted as a musical instrument and for its players to be accepted by the country of its origin. (Source: Class Actp) Watching the fascinating video below, It’s been a long, dark, dank and dangerous music like a Beastie Boys anthem [...]

(Source: Deviant Art) They probably didn’t realize they were, but the Beatles were very creative marketers. Most of us probably didn’t understand it at the time either as it was always all about the music and the Fab Four wearing white hats, constantly riding into coming our lives and making it just that bit better- [...]

By Hans Ebert The news that each member of Metallica will be bringing out a range of shoes under the Vans brand stopped me in my tracks: Not cos I’m a Metallica fan but just because it made me realize how music is being pushed into the background and how various tails are wagging the [...]

One of the key problems we face today is that everyone thinks they can do anything and that everyone is an expert on something. Or everything. Just like the speed in which we communicate through a new “abbreviated language” , instant “experts” have become the norm and are accepted. It often reminds me of that [...]