The aim is for the young people to write their own song with as little input from me as possible. I'm there to support and guide. It's astounding to witness what these young people are capable of, how naturally creating music comes to them.
Then there are the many, many people who still think it's OK to use file sharing and pirate sites to download music for free with the justification that the record labels have been ripping us off for years. This "justification" conveniently side-steps the fact that if the record company doesn't get paid then neither does the artist...
The 2013 edition of the Austin City Limits Festival finds the event shifting direction in a way that makes it one of the most compelling of the fall festivals in America. The three-day, eight stage music extravaganza will feature over 130 bands including bill-toppers Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse, Kings of Leon, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie and Phoenix.
I think we forget how good Sting and his mates were. Maybe there wasn't much else in the charts? Let me think, what else did we have in 1980? Well, we started the year with Rupert Holmes singing his Pina Colada song.
Ministry of Sound recently became part of one debate after beginning legal proceedings against Spotify over the protection of our intellectual property. However, notwithstanding our own battle, I'd argue that there are bigger, fundamental questions to ask about Spotify - questions which affect our industry as a whole.
We want to inspire a sense of new musical curiosity in everyone. We are lucky enough to have an phenomenal amount of talent emerging onto the UK scene- and they're not all just 'singing for survival' on dodgy TV talent shows.
We're fairly confident that we've ticked all the new music boxes in this week's round-up of unmissable gigs.
This weekend will be the 11th year of the Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) festival, an event genuinely motivated by heart, enterprise, and imagination. HWCH is a chance for music fans to catch 100 Irish music acts, including 70 brand new artists, in a range of excellent Dublin venues.
The Electric Recording Company's select few releases are comprehensively better than this long-time analogue addict has ever before experienced. If you're the sort who occasionally treats yourself to an expensive bottle of wine or a nice watch, then you'll understand why Pete's productions are causing such a stir.
Sexed up and ready to go, Cyrus swings from one wrecking ball to another. I am overcome by a wave of deja-vu. She is certainly not the first Disney child star desperately wanting to prove she is an adult.
I've mentioned this before, but I still can't believe that at such an early age, we were all listening to music and taking it all in. Maybe it's because there was nothing on the telly in those days. I mean, in the UK we only had two channels - and they didn't start until 5pm. In black and white.
As I returned from Bestival roughly two week ago, after an indulgent summer of dragging a beer and mud stained tent up and down the country, I came to a conclusion. Festivals are all, in a way, a bit like Glastonbury.
Both GTA and the Arctic Monkeys have cleverly grown with their fans, knowing that standing still is the biggest mistake you can make. Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman quite rightly reminded us on the Today Programme that the average age of a gamer is now 30.
Undeniably a major contribution towards my open-mindedness is the fact that I was raised in England. But being an entertainer in Pakistan means acknowledging the limitations and working within strict boundaries, and with this video shoot I vowed to myself, to be as tame as physically possible.
We're on the King's Road and Marcella has just wrapped up the final gig of a short UK tour to promote her new album The Vehicle (Right Recordings, 2013).
"I don't get played on the radio anymore, and quite rightly so, because it's other people's turn. At my age I can do what I want." Elton's comment illustrates one of the admirable traits of this founder figure of popular music - his benevolence. He has always been generous with his support of new bands.