Sunday, 28 July 2013

Jet Noir not Alone with Naked Lunch

Around 6 years, i met Jet Noir ( Different name at the time) classically trained musician, with a great talent and stunning looks. She has recorded a lot of music, Trance and eclectic dance tunes over the last 5 years,
I have met her a few times, in a music and non music capacity and at some point i knew joining a band was going to happen.
About 10 years ago, she was in a all girl, Punk band, Psycho Bambi.  After the band split, Jet decided go the electro music direction.
Over the last few years, she managed to push her music forward and the quality reached new highets  Her debut album, Emotional Chess, is the first release to have a high production value in this style.  It suprised a lot of people and the beginning of a new age for Jet Noir.

November 2012, was the first time in 5 years she had actually appeared on a radio show in person( As far as i know). I interviewed her about her music and what was to be the beginning of a music colaboration, joined by Tony Mayo, whos band, Naked lunch, had recently reformed.  The Naked Lunch history goes way back to the electro punk days of the late 70s early 80s and managed to release a banned track Rabies with Slipping Away as the Bsides.

Combined these two mamoth talents, i thought to myself, Jet is going to join Naked Lunch.  I knew that Jet had talked about reforming, Psycho Bambi, but from what i can recall, the process did not go far, for whatever reason.
Jet and Tony have known each over for some time musicially. As like fashion, music has a habbit of coming full circle

Back to November 2012 and i found out in two hours, who, Naked Lunch are and what the forward thinking was.
Like many musicians, they have to push hard to get where they want to by and Jet is no exeption

Since the first radio special, their plans have been brewing like witches sturing a caldren.

After the first, Radio Variety Show, it was announced that Tony Mayo was Jets manager, which made a lot of sense.

Now, this leads us to the future *Rubbing Crystal ball*,  what can i see, aaaaaah....

Naked Lunch mentioned to me recently that the band was after an extra member, someone to play synth and extra vocal duties.  Low and behold, it was announced that ,Jet Noir has joined. Naked Lunch.....and i thought my crystal ball was broken?

Naked Lunch are about to release their first new song in many years, with Jet Noir on her first band recording in 10 years, which, i know, something she is very pleased with
I am lucky enough to get hold of the song, Alone, early and its a gorgeous, railroad spike beat, bassline driven, haunting song.
This is only the beginning

                                                   Naked Lunch Facebook
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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Simon Dwight

Acoustic guitarist and poet, English born and talented on the guitar from Milton Keynes, Simon Dwight.
I found out about Simon through Bodfest 13, which is local festival in the village of bodicote (Opposite side of Banbury to where the, Croperdy festival is yearly held) and didn't get a chance to catch the two performances he did, one, which was at the Acoustic stage at  the Plough pub, and the Open Mic at the bodicote church.

The week after, i got a copy of his CD, which is a mixture of Acoustic instrumentals, vocal songs and extra studio work by Van Gabriel in the states who Simon colabroated with on the production work, who he found through Soundcloud
The lyrics are written from personal experiences with two very fine guitars including a Resonator(in the picture) which he bought with him when he come for his radio special.
Simon is currently working on a remaster of older work in a few months time. 

He appeared last Saturday for a special radio show and played a 30 minute set.  He is a big fan of Joe Strummer, Pink Floyd, The Jam and suprisingly, Roni Size.
Its very stricking to note that as i said above, many of his songs are written about personal sadness and how he got through them.  Very good vocalist and the guitar and fine and the resonator is a really good guitar and gives the songs a Blue grass edge, just because the way the guitar sounds
His currenty album, Across the Atlantic is a great example of Acoustic guitar work and a great colaboration that works very well
The appearance was the Acoustic version of of many new, currently and older songs and gave example of whats different about the current album

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Simon has also donated 3 songs from the radio appearance on the 20th July to the RVS cause
You can donate as much as you like here
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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Open Sore ( Punk band)

In the golden ages of Punk, Open Sore Sprang up from the waistslands of England. This involved, Sean Burke, guitarist, which was before, Tubeway Army.  As many millions of people know, Tubeway Army was fronted by Gary Numan. Look at the videos and Sean Burke is the guitarists in the frame
This all started when Michelle Griffin, found me out and told Sean and i how i got a Facebook message from Sean. One of those golden moments in music.  I had to look twice at the message.  From what i know, Open Sore have not been doing much over the last few years. Mainly in the 70s with rehearsal tapes, then in 2009, they supported The Fall, which was recorded. To the present day, with what was recorded, including two songs from late 70s rehearal tapes, cleaned up,, is By Royal Appointment.

Open Sore is a Punk band, not an indie band, but straight down the middle Punk (What i call it)  First release in 36 years for the band.
This all came about when Sean Burke came back into the spotlight after collecting and recording his own material. He recently colaborated with John Watt, to record the single, A Perfect Fit.
This is how i found out about Sean Burke.  He was promoting his new single at the beginning of the year and with good results

At this point, Sean was thinking about releasing the Open Sore material when he was talking to me, live on radio and wondered if there was any interest.   I said there was interest as Punk as always got interest.
Not long after that, he got interest ( Suprise, suprise ;) ) and then released the album. This was mainly based on the single, Perfect Fit bring released and then people taking interest, mainly through social media being as big a it is.
I have had three shows with Sean, the first as about, Perfect fit and an interview. This was also the show i played some classic music he was on, which must have helped. The second time, he broke out his acoustic, the electric guitar, which was pretty damn cool jamming session.  The third show was about the Open Sore album.
Yes, every now and again i get people from the classic eras of music finding out about me or someone putting my name forward.  Like i said, before, i golden radio moment.

The album, By Royal Appointment is out now on Amazon
A compilation from live at the Roxy, with Open Sore on the compilation. Link

Sean Burke Interview       Sean Burke Performance   Open Sore Special   Open Sore Facebook

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Bodfest 2013

Yes, not blogged for a while. The reason for this. BODFEST

I have done a lot with Bodfest over the last two weeks, mainly radio shows. interviewing and filming performances leading and at Bodfest.
Every performance i saw was fantastic, even i the searing heat. The pub runs out of beer, everyone run out of food, must be a good thing?

The start off the week, we did a live broadcast with, Chris Oakes, who invited me to Northgate Studios, in Banbury. This was the first live broadcast from another locationdone in a number of years.  This was before the festival, with live performance by Punch Drunk Monkey Club. Chris was co presenting and the whole show was about Bodfest

The festival day

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit was packed.  Very busy day with house sitting as well. I like the fact my studio is compact, and everything i could carry.  Got up there via a lift, found Chris and my HQ for the next few hours.

I had a pub table by the stage, got there just gone midday.  Great weather and managed to keep cool, including the laptop.
My first encounter was with, Small Time Heroes. I had missed their set and had chat with them, found out they were local. Great hard edged indie band.  I got the chance to see them live as another bands could not make it and the bad performed for a second time.

I managed to catch Joe Della for about 30 seconds, who is one of the musicians of Mudane Sands.

 Mundane are a fantastic band, who i got to see and film. They have little of the Levellers sounds, with accordian, voilin, bass, guitars and drums. The played Wishing well, which had broadcast the Monday before and they played it live. The song was a number of songs they played from their 2009 album and the only song i noticed thats is drive by a bassline
                                                   This is Mundane Sands, all 7 got on stage
Great performance and i was glad you could hear all the instruments and no being drawned out by anything

Inbetween the folky and indie sounds, we had some local rap talent. 
Half Decent, local duo. The guy up front with great lyrical flow and the Dj on the mac. 
I went down pretty well. Sometimes, you don't know what to expect when you have variety of sounds like, but i liked his style

About 90 minutes after hour chat, Small Time Heroes took to the stage once more i place of another band. Got a chance to see them.  Great, loud, local indie band

Any band that has been to Glastonbury is bound to create a buzz. Before they come to Bodicote
Peerless Pirates had performed at the Avalon stage. 
Although i didn't get the chance to film or broadcast as my batteries had ran out on everything, i got the chance to have chat with the lead guitarist, ( Left) and the bass player ( Right) of Peerless Pirates.
Before i began the long walk back, i had to catch the Pirates.  they did not disappoint. All changed into their pirates gear as was a tight as waist belt, aaarrrrghhh. The guys will not be walking the plank any time soon

It was a great afternoon, first time i have had a stage pass. Although i have interviewed bands and heard bands live before, an outside broadcast i am going to do again.
After the festival i got contacted by Simon Dwight, who had missed the chance to catch me at the festival. We arranged a time and date and he appeared for a radio special on Saturday 20th July

Thanks to music co -ordinator of the event, Chris Oakes for inviting me and clearing a space for the broadcast.
                                                               Link:  Bodfest website       

This is the video i compiled of the day
Bodfest pictures  on my Facebook

Did you perform there, want to perform on radio and have chat, just like Simon did? by all means
contact me here or pm me on Facebook

You can now donate to the Radio Variety Show cause or donate via selecting a song here

Want to help towards the radio show costs and more things forward


I love music, receiving music submissions and broadcasting on radio. although it's not paid (It would be nice :)

Contributing to the radio show cause
Radio shows cost money to run. I love doing it and I use my wages to pay for it, but to move the show, takes more finances. Although I have had donations towards the running, it is on going

Do you want to contribute, and think how can i?

A few examples
These were donated by a musician

The Micromixer is now being used for monthly and outside broadcasts. It runs on batteries which is an added cost, which I was not expecting

Financial donations
There have been a few £10 and £20 donations, so thankyou for this, since September.
To give you an idea, it costs £60 a month to run the show. Some of this is labour time.
I have been asked "What do you want for your time"
This has been mainly donation towards my blog and radio show. For thats donation of £10 have been sent

This blog has been used via Facebook to send donations to Paypal
Thankyou for clicking the link to this blog

Update: Next stage
Due to recent issues with Windows laptops i am considering looking at Macs. For some reason, i have issues with songs sticking on broadcasts and the laptop not liking the heat at lives events. Of course, this effects the enjoyment of people listening in. Although i do upload podcasts with the content after i have recorded, the streaming situation needs to improve.
Anyone that has a spare Mac laptop, they would kindly donate, it does not have to be new, as i want to do some tests. A lot of people go on about Macs, but they are different to a Windows laptop, which will take getting used to.
In an ideal world, having two laptops would be a good idea as the volume of video i have been doing especially, has increased

Castle House Live Events
From Monthly Guests to Monthly Gigs

I got invited by Chris Oakes to broadcast his live at his, Strummer Room event, down at the Banbury venue, Castle House, which i began in January. The first was a testing ground and it worked well. Februarys live broadcast do not turn out so well, even though i had bought additional equipment. This was mainly the laptop getting too warm, or some other issue i am not aware of.  
One thing good about this venue, it does not cost me to hire.  I take equipment down and use to broadcast live. In the idea world, i need two laptops and not use one for everything, but again, the radio has a zero budget. Anyone that is willing to provide a Mac, even if its just for live events i would be greatfull. The Mac will be used only for recording audio and stream it. It will not be used for video, which is recorded seperately

The General live radio broadcast 
Each show is two hours, Monday and Thursday. The average weekly show consists of around 18 songs. The show is a free form.presenter style. There are no adverts, as the station we use to stream is non profit. There is talking inbetween songs, banter and things that spring up live from listeners. I am always on social media and over the last few months more on Twitter.  The show does take time to set up, but social media is the extra time. Although social media is free to use, man hours (Labour time) adds up

The live broadcast are recorded automatically. The show is listened to, saved and uploaded with a poster.  There is no major different between the live show and the podcast, unless they was a net cut live or a song replacement


This year I have help with poster redesign, thanks to Lisa Ann. (Above) There is now a weekly radio poster and poster for every monthly guest.
Monthly guest for November as an example

Live  Guests

This is one area that has been looked many times. With the improvements in technology, I am now able to move the show forward. This is only for monthly guests at the moment. This again, comes down to finances.
I began by hiring the rehearsal room at General Foods Social Club,, which I used in August and October.  Unable to use in September a finances we too low, but were able to have a " Living Room session"
October was the month we rehired General Foods for what turned out to be the most popular on YouTube, which was Acoustic artist, Johnny Cooke

For Radio guests
General Foods is the location for radio guests. At the moment this change to the live broadcasting at Castle House. We will still us GF for future radio guests
                                                               The most viewed video of 2013

This is footage from October guest, Johnny Cooke. Traveled from Ireland, via Milton Keynes for the show

This turned out to be a very well received radio guest. The views began to fly in and still do. He will return in April for another appearance. The next time, the video will be filmed by local film maker, Simon Bastock

More Outside broadcasting
First was Bodfest in July, then November 2013 we broadcast a whole gig and filmed Pop Rock band, Silverspark

This was the first time we had been to a whole show of band to both film and broadcast.
This was at the Musketeer Pub in Banbury
As long as can use the mains and have soundcheck, we can broadcast a live band or at a festival

Youtube Channel
The video above and more performances show by me plus vlogs and other assorted releated videos can be found on our channel.  
 Radio Variety Show

What the financial donations go to
Any donations received go to either replacing equipment or saving for extra. We film a lot as you can see, this will need upgrading soon especially for better quality. The camera we have is good and i am amazed it does not distort. A camcord for better sound quality is needed, especially for the bass
The other area is hiring the room for guests. As i said above, sometimes we get cut sort  and unable to move to another location.  Live guests need room and to film as well.
The last donations received, went to buy this second microphone and stand. This is need for when we have guests

The station
Although i do not run, Music World Radio, i help out as well as broadcast.
Any donations(Money/digital), is split between my show running costs and the station. (After Paypal take their cut)

General donations
This is for any amount for any reason

Donate for a song
Want to donate a song for people to contribute and raise cash?
Simon Dwight is the latest artists to donate some of his live songs from our radio show he performed on in July 2013. You can play and the buy. The buy button is connect to a donate button. My songs are below. Any other artistts who want to donate songs, either  from Variety shows they have performed on or other music, then feel free :)

When e-mail is sent via Paypal i will send the song

Amazon wish list
Another alternative for equipment and music, or just an idea if anything it sent

Many thanks for reading. This has sparked interest from various people as above

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Weekly overview on Youtube: 1st July and 4th July

To make the Radio Variety Show more visual, i thought about what videos to do.  i now use my ipad to show digital releases as well as hard copies and merchanise i receive.
These are the weekly overview vlogs, mainly about the weeks shows and the artists on them

                                                           A few days after bodfest

The lasttest overview covering 20 - 29th July

Want you artists mentioned on an artist overview or send stuff for review, which will include unpackaging?
You can now also donate to the RVS cause. More information on this blog