Category Archives: New music

Musicians from Raleigh

Raleigh has produced many musicians, from boy wonders to hardcore metal bands. Here I compile a list of local musicians grouped by genre or instrument. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but note that rock is really what I’m into, and this blogpost is a work in progress.

Bands from Raleigh

Musicians

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Should old people leave the rock scene?

There is a global problem with young people being unemployed. In comparison baby boomers have done very well. Should older people step aside and leave the young people to set the trends? Some apply this to old rockers like the Rolling Stones saying that they’re taking the limelight and denying many young musicians a chance to showcase their creativity – see this recent op ed by social commentator Will Self. I disagree with his argument for three reasons:

1. The music industry does not have a finite carrying capacity – there is plenty of scope to impassion everyone to get into music and for the industry to grow. The arts are rarely limited by top-down authorities.

2. If anything the older you get the more skilled a musician and songwriter you become. We can learn from and admire old masters, and this can inspire younger people to strive harder.

3. The only musicians who are worth their salt can play well live. To hang up your performing shoes, “retire”, and simply sell records is a cop out. Real musicians play their songs live to an audience, and don’t rely on computers and touch ups after recording to make themselves sound good.

You might have your own reasons for not liking bands the Rolling Stones, but don’t let the length of their careers be one of them.

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My songs online

In Sheffield at the end of 2012 my friend Ozzie helped me produce my EP: The Potter’s Clay.

I’ve been recording music myself using Garageband on an iPad since about the same time. (I love the simplicity of this setup – see this blog for more info, but I’d like more control over the volume of the vocals.) I’ve uploaded some of these recordings to Soundcloud so you can stream them free online.

Covers

Solo material

Songs I composed and performed with Black Soul

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Keeping on top of all the new music

There is a bewildering array of acts being formed and new recordings being made. Unfortunately a lot of commercial music media outlets rarely feature new acts (things like MTV UK’s Brand New Unsigned are an exception to this rule). When writing your own music it is especially important to engage with new mixes and sounds – it keeps you creative and prevents your music mojo from stagnating. It would be overwhelming to navigate all the new music by yourself, but thankfully there are some good places to turn to keep abreast of developments.

Radio shows do a lot of the trawling for you. My wife Emily particularly likes listening to Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio six music, which features a lot of new tunes. There’s also The BBC Introducing Mixtape show and blog. (This is quite a British outlook. Please let me know¬†about any American new music shows you appreciate.)

If you want to stay up to date through internet reviews (you are reading my blog after all!) other blogs or online magazine you might like to look at include:

You can also take the plunge and buy some music after only hearing a snippet – the New Artists section in the iTunes Store is one way to do this.

To properly check out new artists, particularly those local to you, nothing beats live entertainment. Listen to artists you don’t recognise at a festival, or pay attention to the support acts when you go to see your favourite band.

Enjoy exploring the musical world, and if you find any gems make sure you share with the rest of us!

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