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Mediation and Liveness in DJ Performance

Open Mic Controller | 03/05/2018

This week’s blog by Kim Ramstedt is a discussion of issues related to the study of superstar DJs and follows the recent death of Swedish DJ Avicii. Superstar DJs frequently perform on the main stages of pop music festivals, and festivals built predominantly around DJ performances and electronic dance music attract record amounts of visitors. Yet, popular discourse around large-scale dance music festival performances still tends to range between disdain and hostility towards its ostensible lack of live artistry, while anybody from the core audience actually consuming the culture is rarely consulted in such reports. The general public and the…

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Crunching the Numbers: DIY Touring in 2018

Open Mic Controller | 19/04/2018

David Rovics is a Portland-based singer songwriter of “Songs of Social Significance”. Originally published as a blog on his website, in this article David explains the economics of touring as a politically committed artist who still needs to pay the bills. We would like to thank David for permission to use this article. I suddenly feel compelled to do some public number-crunching, in case it interests anybody. It’s mainly for self-therapy. Also, things are constantly changing in the indie music biz, such as it is, and I haven’t done a public number-crunching in a while. Yes, I did have an…

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Rolling Stones tour: they may be older but time waits for no one

Open Mic Controller | 22/03/2018

This week’s blog is a repost of an article by Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr in The Conversation following the recent announcement of a Rolling Stones tour. An article in Rolling Stone magazine described the legendary band – its near namesake – as “growing old angrily”. Its portrait of Mick Jagger referenced “age lines around his eyes … as old as the weariness and cynicism in his voice”. That was in 1980 when Jagger was in his late 30s. Eleven years, an acrimonious split with Keith Richards and a triumphant comeback later, Q magazine’s review of the band’s live album Flashpoint…

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Interview with E.W. Harris, Singer/songwriter, Brooklyn

Open Mic Controller | 01/03/2018

E.W. Harris is a singer/songwriter who is based in Brooklyn and performs internationally. This interview speaks to the logistics, realities and significance of touring and playing live, both at home and abroad, from a North American perspective. This blog post is based on an email interview with Emma Webster on 29 November 2017, which was part of the UK Live Music Census project. The report and executive summary, published on 16 February 2018, are available here. E W Harris @The Music Inn (c) Jason Warner 2017 How do you describe yourself as a musician? I’d say that these days I…

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Interview with Razor, Musician, London/Brighton

Open Mic Controller | 22/02/2018

Razor is a London-based grime artist who performs regularly in London and Brighton. This interview highlights some of the issues for musicians still at a relatively early stage in their career, particularly around artist pay, and about  discrimination against certain genres. It is based on a telephone interview with Emma Webster on 15th November 2017. The interview forms part of the UK Live Music Census project, the results of which were published last Friday 16th February. To read the full report and executive summary go to the project website and keep an eye out for further blog posts from Live…

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Interview with Gavin Sharp, Chief Executive, Inner City Music (owner/operator of Band on the Wall)

Open Mic Controller | 08/02/2018

Band on the Wall in Manchester is one of the city’s longest-running music venues. This interview with its Chief Executive highlights some of the difficulties in running a small music venue in 2017 and shows that even Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations are not necessarily immune to the issues posed by city centre development. It also highlights the importance of music in education and contains a useful list of the environmental sustainability initiatives in action at the venue. The text is based on a telephone interview with Emma Webster on 30th October 2017 and forms part of the UK…

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Interview with Guto Brychan, Chief Executive, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Open Mic Controller | 25/01/2018

Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach is one of longest-running small live music venues in the city. In this blog post the Chief Executive Guto Brychan talks about the history of the venue, its position within Cardiff’s live music ecology, the Save Womanby Street campaign, the ‘Agent of Change’ principle, skills development and funding within the sector, and the importance of developing the next generation of fans. It is based on a telephone interview with Dr Emma Webster on 8th November 2017 and forms part of the UK Live Music Census project, where it was first published. Clwb Ifor Bach (c) Mooganic…

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