Thank god for summer festivals. Thinking about theses potential up-coming music and arts parties keeps me sane throughout the last few weeks of winter with cabin fever. Even if I only make it to one festival annually, it will be just enough to sustain me through to the following year. However I MUST make it to at least one.
James used to hate making videos. Mercury Records, who we were signed to in the 90's, kept us away from the process; an uneasy compromise as we kept them away from our music until the CDs were finished. Videos we just treated as adverts for the singles, and singles were adverts for the albums. So our 90s videos are very hit and miss, mainly miss.
An alternative rock band from York, these four boys have already released a strong self funded album. 12,000 likes on Facebook and over 200,000 plays on spotify, they clearly have something that people want to know about. I managed to grab time with the lead man Matt, in the pub opposite the gig.
I am done with this. I am done. Kesha has received the most cruel of all imagined conclusions, and her courtroom sobs are a warrior cry to all who suffer quietly, swallowing their trauma back down their throats. We can't be what we can't see. When one speaks out, she inadvertently gives permission to the rest of us. Let's speak out. We are stronger together.
The tone of their promotional clip Adventure of a Lifetime shows us in a very bad light and could even lead to undoing all the good work that has been put in place over the last few decades. I can tell you, it's got everyone going bananas in the office.
The songs being created by the young cover everything, from how to deal with rape as a society, to loving yourself enough to know when you should engage in sexual activity with another person.
You'd think this conversation wouldn't need to happen at Smith's level of fame - but media training and Sam Smith are strangers across a crowded room. Not that you can be media-trained for the specific brand of "Did I really just say that?" that Smith does so well.
So how do we decide whether to stay in or not? Over the coming weeks there will be arguments for both sides. We have to separate the facts from the guff and make an informed choice based on our future within the organisation rather than our questionable past.
There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.
Isn't it time then to think about what composers really need to realise their potential? And, in spite of the wider financial challenges they face, could those who work with composers help by exploring how they might adapt their processes and understanding of what it takes to write a new piece of music?
If you have no idea who I'm talking about and have some doubt in my hype, on Spotify Halsey has 86 million plays on the single which she is currently bringing to UK radio. So get a grip on the reality of how the music industry works now and get involved.
If you want the genuinely good stuff, the originals are likely to be way beyond your pocket, which is probably just as well considering these antiquities have survived a few decades and are arguably better off going to homes well-heeled enough to afford equipment manufactured by the workforce descended from Svend Olufsen and his superbly-monickered business partner, Peter Bang.
If you've ever strolled into a room in the house but then can't recall what reason you went in there for in the first place then you'll have some empathy with good old Marilyn Manson. I've drawn it for you. You're welcome.
After all this diversity hoo-haa, The Brits realised that they have never had a diversity breakdown of their voting academy. Does that matter? I say it does. The voting panel should at the very least be representative of the general population.
Someone I've interviewed since - Lemmy I think, but maybe Ian Hunter - told me that the music you get into when you're 14 is the music that stays with you forever, that nothing will ever sound as good as those songs. At 14 I was in a world created by David Bowie.
Now for those literally without a clue about Bieber (where've you been people?)-he's a YouTube-discovered child star, now 20 something with a smooth and catchy singing voice, with a doey-eyed Joey Lawrence back in the day style look about him.