Sunday, 16 September 2012

A little of my music history

Well, not famous, lol, but i love music. I do still get asked where my shop is and because of that i do

Over the last 16 years i have sold, performed, written improved and created music.

This all started in the mid 90s, no not the crazy 60s, not old enough, the 90s, well this is when i had grown up a bit in terms of human years. but it was the start of something

I like being my own boss, but saying that is different from doing it, but we soldier on.  Opened up a record shop, oh yes, in town, had never done this before, but from a carboot background and being completely mad. joke, but close... i started.. dun, dun, duuuuuuuun. The basics of a shop is selling and buy. never had a till(Cash register in old speak) until a lot later, so it was all mental. Changing a ten pound note or a 20.  Not credit card machines just pure cash, thats what we like

Now, this was before Facebook, feels like a stoneage before Facebook actually, about 10 years, 1994, had loads of music to sell. People bought music ,sold it to me, met great people and some famous ones, oh yes, at some point, it goes without saying really.

Many things happened inbetween like DJing at a local nightclub, what used to be called Hobsons, jamming on instruments at the mill, meeting loads of bands and this is where the idea of interviewing and broadcasting was realised.
18 months before i closed, an online radio station turned up.  Radio is what i have been wantng to do for some time, after listening to John Peel, i got the bug. Before the radio come along i printed a local magazine, which was 4 of us and photographing and reviewing gigs. we sold a few magazine,but it was short lived. This is where the interviews come in, i did all the interviews, talking, listening, talk. First it was a tape recorder, then a dictaphone, bloody fantasic those things. You could records someone whispering in high wind at 6 feet and you could still hear someone.

The online radio broadcasting come into its own after i got loads of contacts of a punk band( Never forget the two beauties, Hannah and Mellie, awsome) At the time, called, The Growlers, yes, i didn't know where the name come from until i asked ;) )
My first interview was with a band on Sugarshack Records ( Bristol), can never remember their name( Typical) but it was a duo from a 5 piece band and that was awsome.
The radio shows were recorded and i listened to them back. Many have said i am good on radio, which is party the reason i carried on, aside from interviewing bands, which i had done, but not live

11 years on and time gentlemen please, yes the shop had to close.   Big huge chainstores can take a quack, but i could not. There was loads of roadwork before the near enough death of business,   I actually clawed back a little, but not enough.  11 years, is a long time and unlike some businesses, i did not go to online afterwards.  I did experiment and try mail order, but it was a whole different ball game and my mind was just not on it.   I still loved working in a shop, which is why i went along the volunteering route. I also sold at carboots, which is how i started in the first place.

The broadcasting and magazine idea were still floating around my head, its just the matter of executing these things. Even in 2005, the net was around but still was in its earlier stages and was not really using it for this type of thing

I then got it into my thick skull, that i could use my Pc to radio broadcasts, so i had my decks at home and started that way. It did interviews and DJs performend,. Mattix and Futile( Dnb) Hiedi Ice ( London).My only regret was losing heidi's Show, i didn't find out until the day after, i could have screamed the place down,lol

We move on

Also inbetween that was on random occasions, producing music on my own and with someone else, which was electronic music.

Since 2005, is it been mainly radio broadcasting on the internet. did so a stint on FM, cool to hit car radios( With audio) but since then its been net radio and over the last 4 years with Music World Radio and that was the best move.

Since i started, interviews galore, performances galore, VIP tickets, live in the house performances.

The only problem is with radio shows, it does not bring in money,lol, which has always been the downside

One consideration is working my head round joining a pledge site. This incorporating the promotion and the music i do

Over time i have wanted to move the radio shows to a studio, but because the shows do not bring in money, no can do


Dj Readman
from Demand Records to net broadcasting





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