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Audiu - Cmdn Collective - Connecting Social Media Accounts - Dream of Gerontius

#EngagORS - Eugene Ebner - Forge Camden - Global Music Project - Goodbye Tsu

Handel's Saul - Hospital Records - Irene Conti - Jeroen - Mike Oldfield - Millie Manders

Mindful Music - Music as a Service - Music Publishing - Music Startups

Music startups @Medium - Music Startup Space - Music2Deal - OK Feds

Online Music Ed - PluggerBeatz - Prince - Rupert's Hi-Fi Odyssey - SaxWindBrass

Seeking Sponsors - Songbird - Spotify - Teo Milea - Violins - Why Music?

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Connecting Social Media Accounts

Make it as easy as you can for people to find you online.

Connect your social media accounts so that

people can find your other accounts from each profile.

 

Soundcloud

And you'll end up with something that looks a bit like this

So that when people go to your Soundcloud profile they can

find, follow and engage with your other social media accounts.

soundcloud

 

Youtube

 

Click on Edit links and you'll see something like this...

 

 

Type or copy in your links for each of your social media accounts & website

 

Click Done

And you'll end up with something like this...

It also helps to auto-post your account activity to twitter

so that people on twitter can see when you

Upload a new video
Add a video to a playlist
Like / Save a video

Irene Conti

After doing a spot of promotion on social media for Italian singer, songwriter & guitarist Irene Conti for her London & Farnham performances (21st, 23rd, 28th May), I went along to Cafe Nero on Tottenham Court Road on Monday 23rd to meet her in the flesh, and to hear her perform.

Unfortunately, the mini PA didnt have the required cables so she sang without it.

Nonetheless, I found her and her performance enchanting.

I asked Irene if she was gdoing any more recording and she told me a number of the songs she sang she had sung for the first time and that shed like to do some more recording.

She was kind enough to sign a copy of her single for me, which I listened to a number of times when I got home. It was lovely to meet her and her sister.

I'd love to get her over to London again to perform at the Cheeky Promo arts festival.

Check out her Facebook page and tweet her @IreneConti

Why do we say singer-songwriter rather than songwriter-singer?

Let me know your thoughts by email at rupert@cheekypromo.com

Conversation with Eugene Ebner

Thank you VERY much to Eugene Ebner for taking the time to chat to me via video about my passion for music, Cheeky Promo & the Cheeky Promo Arts Festival.

Violins

I just had an email from someone in Milan who makes violins.

Do any of you (know anyone who) sells / buys violins in the UK?

'I used Balkan maple for back, ribs & neck, spruce from Val di Fiemme [in Northern Italy] for the front and ebony for the fingerboard. It is inspired by the style of J. Stainer (an Austrian violin maker of the C17th). The varnish is an alcohol varnish with a base of clear varnish made with a middle age recipe. The varnish gives it an ancient look. The sound is focused & brilliant. I'm interested in selling violin in the UK for at least 2000 Euros.

Now I'm crafting an other violin, inspired by Alessandro Gagliano but I don't have other instruments in stock becouse I already sold them all.'

If you know anyone who can help, please email rupert@cheekypromo.com

violin detail

violin front

violin back

#EngagORS

Last night, Simon Barry (@eggwhisk) invited me to take part in the #EngagORS twitter chat.

"Hey Rupert. How are you? Wondered if you were free for a Twitterchat 1-2pm tomorrow? We invite special guests and I think your entrepreneur / music would be good to talk about / promote. Simon"

During the course of the chat, he asked me questions like

"Q2? Are you concentraing on #startups in the #music industry or other industries?"

and

"Q4? What challenges have you faced in growing your business?"

It was a fast paced chat with a number of people chiming in, replying, asking questions and sharing their own responses so I found it hard to keep up but it was great fun.

Thank you very much to Simon (@eggwhisk) for the opportunity.

I'm going to try to get involved in next weeks #EngagORS chat on Thursday between 1-2pm UK time.

The Forge Camden

A few months ago, one of my (Facebook) friends asked if I wanted to go to a gig in London to hear Radical Face. I said 'yes please'. She messaged me yesterady morning to say that she was too ill to go and she very kindly offered to send me the tickets so I could go with someone else. Thanks Anna.

I waited for my old (as in I've known him since c1991) school friend Marcus in the cold outside Camden Town tube station. Whilst checking Facebook, I saw one of my friends had posted that it as snowing in Marylebone, London which surprised me as it wasn't snowing in Camden.

We then walked the short distance to The Forge.

I haven't been before so I took some pictures with my phone. I find it furstrating when venues don't have images of their empty spaces on their websites / facebook pages for promoters to see. I appreciate that they want their venues to be seen to be fileld and busy. I've been in touch with Adam, The Forge manager, about helping them somehow, and about hosting an event there myself.

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merchandise

First up was The Little Books (Facebook / bandcamp).

The Little Books is Robin Rutenberg and Rick Colado.

They hail from Jacksonville, Florida.

Rick moslty played drums, but then picked up an acoustic guitar.

Robin mostly played electric guitar & sang but also played a flute & a keyboard instrument I couldn't see (to her left).

After a change over / breather, it was Radical Face's turn.

I didn't know any of their music. Marcus said he'd listened to some and it had reminded him of Arcade Fire (who we'd gone to see at Earls Court [RIP] a while ago). When we got to the venue, I noticed a table with merchandise on (a couple of LPs, a book...). The back page of the book mentioned a viola da gamba & a bassoon [which I briefly tried to play whilst at secondary school], which thought was an unusal choice of instrumentation for a band. Maybe that's what why the music reminded Marcus of Arcade Fire.

Radical Face

Despite being a Band (although he did perform 1 song on his own) at The Forge, according to their Facebook page, Radical Face is Ben Cooper, who lives in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. "My name is Ben. I make music sometimes."

Their dates at The Forge formed the last leg of a European tour.

At some point, Robin Rutenberg joined them 'to sing the high part, which Ben couldnt sing'.

The Family Tree: The Leaves is available in digital form from / at a number of online stores and in physical form from their webstore.

Prince

I will forever associate Prince (aka The Artist Formerly Known As / *Symbol*) with the soundtrack to the 1989 film of Batman. I still have a cassette tape of his songs from the film.

Tues 19th April 2016

SaxWindbrass

On my way to the Camden Collective's Temperance Hospital in London on Tuesday the 19th of April I spotted a music shop so I stopped to have a look in the window (it wasn't open yet).

Phil Parker Ltd

The first thing that caught my eyes did so because it was something I'd never seen before; I wondered what it was.

sub contra bass flute

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The sign next to it said...

sub contra bass flute made by Hogenhuis

When I got home I Google'd Hogenhuis / sub contra bass flute

There was also another instrument in the window which I hadn't seen before.

When I got home, I tweeted the shop (@PhilParkerLtd) and they replied;

@CheekyPromo the player would be using a saxophone mouthpiece and reed, so it's a saxophone! A very interesting instrument!

tubax

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tubax

They also had some saxophones and horns visible through the front window.

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saxophones

horns

horns

SAXWINDBRASS - 85, HAMPSTEAD RD, LONDON, NW1 2PL - NOW OPEN!

SaxWindBrass.london is the new London home of award winning saxophone specialist Sax.co.uk, brass specialists Phil Parker and flute/clarinet specialists The Vibe (by All Flutes Plus) creating a unique world-class brass & woodwind centre.

• Three of the UK’s leading specialists in their field

• An unprecedented range of the World’s finest instruments

• Welcoming modern 9,000 sq.ft. showroom with refreshments lounge

• 11 demonstration rooms for play testing

• In-house brass & woodwind repair & service centre

• Central London practice/teaching rooms for hire (only £5 per hour per person!)

• Easy access and great transport links for UK and international visitors

Have a look at their website to find out more about what they do.

saxwindbrass

Camden Collective

I went to the first sesion of a Lean development for the Creative Industries course at the Camden Collective's Temperance Hospital in London on Tuesday the 19th of April.

Camden Collective's Temperance Hospital is "Camden's Creative Coworking Space; A regeneration project supporting start-up businesses, providing subsidised coworking spaces and free creative tech courses."

audiu.net

Before we left, Nadine, the hub manager, said we could go to the ground floor and look at their co-working space. So I did. (I'd previously been in touch with Adam at the Camden Collective via email about the Temnperance Hospital regarding my idea for a space for music startups.) As I walked through, I spotted 2 people doing something on a laptop and asked one of them what they were working on.

Audiu.net

Audiu.net

The ultimate network for musicians & producers

Build your network. Get real feedback.

Develop your sound. Get heard.

facebook.com/audiu.net

 

Record Store Day

After leaving the building, I was about to head back to a local tube station when I decided to walk into Camden instead just for fun / to see if anything was happening.

I walked past Koko and what used to be The Purple Turtle towards Camden Lock / Lock 17, where there was a market.

My brother Dom (10 years older than me) introduced me to the music of Mike Oldfield around 23+/- years ago (when I was around 12/13) whilst playing some of his CDs albums including Tubular Bells, Hertest Ridge & Ommadawn whilst I was in his room.

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

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One of the stalls was a 2nd hand record seller. I had a flick through some of the boxes and found a few I fancied. I didn't have enough cash for a £3 or £5 vinyl so I opted for a copy of Mike Oldfield's Hertest Ridge for £1. A bargain.

Mike Oldfield - Hertest Ridge

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Mike Oldfield - Hertest Ridge

Hertrest Ridge reaction

This is taken from the inside cover of The Complete Mike Oldfield.

This brings my collection of Mike Oldfield LPs to 3.5 - because the 4th is a collection of songs / compositions from his other albums.

Mike Oldfield records

Mike Oldfield records

Oldfields first 4 records

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4 other Oldfield records

 

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