Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Variety Show, not just about presenting

In the beginning
Before i began on net radio, i used to run a record shop. While i was in business, i began to find talent. sell the merch and CD.s. Then the magazine idea comes to mind. I started printing a magazine, interview bands at gig, recieving music to review.  Then the online radio came.  At the time, i had no idea i could do radio, although for some reason, i didn't care.  Luckily i liked what i heard and you learn things over time.  I had interviewed bands for the magazine, but live is different. But again, i just did it.

The online radio took over the magazine side of things, which is good, but you want to get out to gigs. The only trouble with a radio, it does not provide finances to do this. Local events are not too bad, you can sometimes get on guests lists, have a few drinks and interview the acts. I used to have a dictaphone or mini disc recorder to record interview, which was fun outside in the wind many times

The future of Variety

Up until this year, i have not gone out to gigs as much as my mentality was different, but now i am starting to swing back to what i used to do, interviewing bands off the net and meet them at gigs.
Me and my wife Rhonda have been travelling, mainly to, Birmingham, to see bands and to do that, i have been selling stuff to finance trips as money has not been around. If if you get on guests list, you still have to book a hotel and travel.  We have been a few times, to see a few electro bands, especially whens its a mixed event. I miss interviewing bands after soundchecks, which i did at the Flapper in August and saw some awsome performances. The Flapper took me right back to what i used to do before the internet radio came along
I have been presenting on internet radio for over 5 years, have guests down and perform. This is based on the promotion i do and many musicians appreciate them you give to the music
The Variety show is now the name i use and many people know me under the name. Its easy name to remember. The Radio Variety Show is more than an internet show, is part of the music world of going to gigs, getting tickets( Sometime i pay, depends on what the promoter feels like doing). getting out there
with the Radio Variety Show name. I am going back to the routes, with the combination of the net radio show for the outlet, and watching bands performing, interview them and replaying bands on the shows.

For more information on what is going on with the radio, filming and gig apperances

Thankyou for reading

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Syntheticity. Actress and Bishop 19th October 2013

This has to be one of the best gig nights we have been to.  Me and Rhonda have been to a couple of gigs with electro acts including Among the Echos this year.  We bought tickets in advance, which were only £5 each. This time is was a pub/venue, The Actress and Bishop, situated further away than the Flapper and 02.  As usual, its a pretty quick train trip and this time, we went to the Travelodge, which is only just around the corner from the venue.

With the hotel,  difference to the Holiday Inn. Its bare, not even a phone or an iron in the room. I think next time, its back to the Holiday Inn.
We dressed up and went to the pub, which is very nice place. First time i had a rum and coke, although i think in future i will have straight rum or Vodka and coke, which has more a a kick, lol
We first thought the bands started at 8, it turns out, they were running a little late with soundcheck and was not on until 8.45.  One thing i learned is always check Facebook profiles for faces, even though i had talked to some people on Facebook, as some people i had totally forgot were going to be there and just didn't know what they looked like.
Everyone climbed the staircase to see the first act, Among the Echos. Great sound, great performance
from the guys and played the classics they are, known for, Pure, Freak, and the new powerhouse of a song Sin.
The first suprise, was guest act, Destination. Brudge was on stage with ATE Phil on base. Then ATE had her on guest vocals for a couple of song,  ATE having a vocal harmony works really well

Next up and the guys i always want to see, Johnny Normal and Psycho Pete.  Pete had a lot of trouble at the start. I discovered afterwards someone had messed up the equalizers on the monitor After a false start, they played, Time, which is one of the
catchest songs and got the crowd going.  About half way through, Johnny announced they are working on an album and played a few songs from it.  Talk to me is the new bside song to, Miss Razorblade, which is really nice live, then, Save Me, which has a very different tone, more oa ballade and then Miss Razorblade, what an electrifying performance. They blew the roof off.  Their new material is fantastic and Pete, goes into Hendrix mode with his guitar work, no one can take their eyes off him.
Awsome set by the duo.  That wasn't the only suprise of the night.......
The other billed and headlining act was, Spacebuoy.
This is another duo, including Howard Moth( Second name on Facebook), who are like the modern day version of the Pet Shop Boys.  Never seen or heard them before, although i had heard two studio songs.  Howard is a great singer, flying all over the stage and has some real presence and reacting to the crowd.
The sound is very Pop trance in style and most of them are in radio friendly length, which was kind of a suprise, unless that was to do with set length.  Great set by them, music and performance wise.
After the gig, i had a quick chat with, Howard,. nice guy to talk to and they have done a lot including support Erasure and touring quite a lot
All in all it was a great night, with all the electro acts given it all.
Every act is different, they bring their own sound to the table.
After talking to Sam, who is the guitarist and recording engineer of, Among the Echos, i found out is has engineered the new songs by Johnny Normal.  From what i gather from the performance and hearing Miss Razorblade live, Johnny Normal are going in a more performance direction with their new songs. The new songs are amazing with the live guitar as they are more synth driven on the studio songs. .

The only disappointment of the night, was filming of the acts.  My camera only lasted 30 minutes, which i could not work out.  Comparing the Flapper footage, i realise the lighting was very different at last nights gig and took more battery? The Flapper was better lit. The best footage audio wise ATE and Spacebuoy, but nothing else really came out.

As always with a night in Birmingham we booked a hotel in advance, as the trains stop way to earlier in the evening.  We went to the After Dark club afterwards.  Had a few drinks, listened to the 80s sound, had a few pictures taken and went back to the hotel and colapsed

Many thanks to all the performers wh odid a great show as always

Dj Readman
Radio Variety Show

Thursday, 17 October 2013

New mini website

Its taken a while, but we are finally there.

We have been utilising, Facebook for sometime, which will still continue, but you need a central base, other than social media.
I found about webs that has a 10 page limit when its a free website.
Its full of information, posters, podcasts, videos and other great stuff.
I have no finanices for huge website, so for the moment, a mini website i created.  Also i am slowing turning, Radio Variety Show as kind of brand name. I created the name for the radio shows this year. The Fb group is called that and so is the Youtube account

We already had two music submission through it, which was really fast. The website is obviously being seen and people are curious with any new thing on the block.
As always. this blog will be updated with anything new the website generates

Dj Readman
Radio Variety Show

From Doollalays to a new band........

The band is so new, no name for it yet.
Being in a band is pretty cool. Me on guitar, Carl Waring on the drum and Tony Cooke on guitar and vocals
Over the course over 2 years with Jamming and rough recording we had a good thing going. But performing we never did. We had complete songs, about 3 we could perform. There was always some problems. Obviously things are never perfect, but performing is what bands do.
This year, the band basically died a slow death. Tony Cooke is happy doing his own solo stuff, i do the odd Acoustic recording and Carl still plays drums with a few other people.  The last jam was nothing like we did in the past and was basically rubbish.
Out of the blue, Carl called me a few days ago and said i had enough of what was the Doolallays and wanted to move on. We both agreed to carry on with original material and covers. I had had a number from someone and see someone on the net wanting band members, but as usually nothing comes of it.  To carry on, you need a third member.
We both like creating, jamming and recording music and Carl has performed with other people as he was getting frustrated with the Doolallays end not performing out, so was i

The future

In two weeks on a Friday night, November 1st,  a new band is going to be tested. The one song we are probably going to go through no doubt, is a Stranglers song. I found out over time for warm up song that Carl, likes the track, Peaches, but is now going to part of the first songs we go through. I have the odd poems from Gary Corman, we are going to see what works and just jam and see what comes out. The new memeber that is coming along to see if things gell is Alexander David Braybrook who is a young talented guy with electric and bass guitar skills

The starting plan is to just jam, and see what we can do when we alternate instruments
This is going to be updated with the news and when we have a new name. There is always a
Facebook an old Doollalays one we are going to change to the new bands

Paul Readman, guitarist/bass player and sometime, Drummer

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Once a month broadcasting location

New Broadcasting Location Needed

To move the "Variety Show" forward we are no longer using the small studio for live guests.
Since, August 2013, we moved to General Foods for live in house performances. This is not far from where we live.  The only downside with GF it gets cold especially in winter and it's now time to move location.
I don't expect people to move mountains, athought to broadcast the show just the end of the month, we need free space

What we provide
The shows are net broadcast.  Every guest show has an individual poster for the show, that will have venue information and logo. There is a general poster used for the normal weekly shows (Normally Monday and Thursday evenings 8-10pm), for which the logo will be displayed.  Every live broadcast, we will plug the venue and the podcast, which is the recordin of the live broadcast is uploaded the next day( Below is the October guest and example of poster)

Every guest is filmed with an avi quality camera and audio is fantastic as well, which is a major part of what we do when we have guests.. We can do more vlogging in relation to the venue and the performance with interview on screen.  Any other events that are going on at the venue we can audio and visually plug.  This can be added to the filming or seperate video.  If the venue owner wants to have a video or audio interview(Or both) either before we start using space or want to enjoy the  broadcast themselves, they can do that as well

The broadcast
Every broadcast is two hour long. This is combination of performing, chat and prerecordings artists songs.
The radio show is audio based. It is streamed on Music World Radio. After the live broadcast, the performance is seperated and saved for future broadcast. The whole unedited show then goes up on Mixcloud and promoted on this site, Facebook, my blog and Twitter
What we need
Suprisingly, not much.  All we need is the space for upto four people with equipment. This would compare to say, half the space of the Millers bar at the mill.  (GF rehearsal room is not that big and can take a four piece band easily)  Aside from space, just a couple of powerpoints and chairs, thats it (Chairs without arms due to guitarists playing), thats it. We provide our own net connection. If wifi is available, that's a bonus as a backup :)

It does not matter where the venue is in town, we are greatful for the space. Its could be a spare office, hall, pub, small room in a club, or at the back of an empty property or hotel room for that matter

If it comes down to paying outright, this will only come through donations. If no donations come through, i have a maximum budget of  £10 for 3 hours. The show is 2 hours and time before and after to set up and leave the premises. I am on monthly pay, so thats my maximum.
Below are the guests we i have so far and who is coming up

Booking donations

Thankyou for your continued support :)

Dj Readman
 Radio Variety Show
Supporting the quality music locally and around the world

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Naked Lunch Unfrozen

First, there was their CD ep, Frozen, which is a compilation of tunes they released in the 80s. The CD was made for the gig, Reproduction 13, in London to sell only and limit to 100 copies.  Then they carried this over on bandcamp with the digital until they run out of the CD. This was the stepping stone and set the foundations for future releases

Here they come...., unfrozen, ready to take the world on, with........
The first monster to be unleached was, Alone, which is completely brand new tune from the band. This is the first song with introducties new member, Jet Noir.  This is a fine piece of work.  Very dark dark tones, like your swirling around in a void, not knowing where you are. This is helped with the ghostly voices by Tony Mayo and Jet Noir.  One reason i like this song, is it has a few hidden layers.  I have heard it on a 4 speaker car system, on home speakers and headphone and you in a sense get a slightly different song every time

The next song is Slipping, Again, again, is a rerecording of the original.  Slipping again.  They have taken the original, kept the original spirit of the song, with the same beat with additional elements.  The major change is taking all the elements with modern computer technology and adding additional the synth layers. I like running synth frequency( Whatever you call it) Makes it sound like the pace is building and about half way.  The original was quiet poppy,  which is reflected in the rerecording.  The song in general is more upbeat but keeping the trance tone..

The next Level
With various remixes and outstanding remix of Glow by, Technomancer and a 7 minutes beast of a dance tune We Are 

9th January you will be able to hear a live interview on my show with Jet Noir and own of, Subculture, records, Per Aksel Lundgreen. 

Beyond Planets
For the first time in roughly 30 years, Naked Lunch release a new album into the mass population. They have worked Tireless, including a few single released, Alone, Slipping Again, Again, Glow and We Are, to give you a taster
February release
This blog will be updated as we get more news when we go more

Dj Readman
Radio Variety Show

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Commercial Radio Nightmare

*Before you read on, this does not leaning towards, Horton radio.  Yes, they play commercial music, but they are charity based, do a lot for children and do some fine work in the community*

Update February 2014

One station i had forgot about is, Jack Fm, which is, Oxford based. For whatever reason the signal is weak, so i turned to my ipad. Low and behold, Tunein has it listed

Never heard it before, but after a month of listen, i was suprises at how well the playlist is planned. About 95% is non chart, indents are hilarious and thoughout the day, besides the two presenters on the newa and Sport, Its pretty much automated.
There is a Breakfast show and there are adds, but their playlist is fantastic.
I am no longer going to listen to the Tellietubie playlist of the others. Aside from Absolute radio, all other stations seem to hang onto theie 12 year old audience

Update(October 17th)

I took my pad to work and tethered my phone. I was going to download the, Absolute Radio app, but there is not a direct AR app as far as I can tell. I tried searching on the Tunein app. Low and behold, they are listed. I then had that played for most of my working day and yes, the playlist is not bad.
AR have a non repeat policy, whether that means just per show or the whole day, i am not sure. In general the music they broadcast is above average. They play adds and have new, which is mainly, London, based, but is enjoyable I have to say
Banbury and Heart fm, wake up, your shit compared to Absolute Radio

Original blog
I love music, always have done. Some music leaves me with great feelings and warmth, and other music, leave me cold.  Since i started my part time job two weeks ago, i have been listening to two stations, Banbury Sound and Heart FM. Found out, its the only two i can get.

I used to like listening to the radio, but now, its just filled of the top 40 that is mainly x factor driven, over produced teenpop. Not one song sounds different. Its dire, boring and really, i can't stand listening to it when i am at work.

I like commercial pop, many unsigned acts are pop, which i like. I have been presenting on internet radio for over five years on Music World Radio,  you just get some idea of the quality out there and i do the best i can do broadcast quality. For some reason, commercial radio, plays all the music that 12 year olds buy and these days its mainly downloads. Thats not the whole market, excuse me.
I have been on Youtube and had a look at the top 40 rundown. what has happened to it?. I like many sounds and grew up on loads of things.  Modern radio i am sorry to say is really bad.  Until you listen to it for a few hours, you have no idea.

I am not the only one who does not like the constant repeat of songs, the Lady Ga Ga that makes you brain go numb, that everyone seems to copy, and thats every 5-6 songs. Many commercial station are based round a 400 song network as i understand, which is manly the top 40 or technically top 100, if that still exists, well it used. *Got an image of a Smash its magazine in my head looking at the top 100

I remember going to a radio station listeners panel a few years ago.  Banbury Sound invited several people to attend. We all had our say and really, IMPROVE, the music.  Well, they didn't seem to care what the public say and think they know best.  Even thought is their audience is the public, six months later, they sold Banbury Sound. Aparantly, they said, a year a head, they weren't going to loose money. No one knows that far a head. not even a radio station.  Also Heart bought out, Fox FM, for the reason i have forgotten. If i remember correcting, Heart is based in Reading?

I compare commercial radio to football. Something is holding back stations so they don't broaden the music.  Sky has say over matches played, when they start and so on. This is because the plough millions into it, which in a way makes sense. It seems to me that if the top 100 is not played on a loop, they get shut down, thats the impression i get.

The consolation out of this radio nightmare is, Absolute Radio.  I have never listened to this station, until recently.  The playlist is not bad. Its not brilliant, but not bad either. When i managed to squeeze it out of the radio, as i can only get the station on Medium Wav and it sounds like its underwater,, i was listening to a string of good songs.

Seriously, if i was offered to broadcast the top 40,  i wouldn't. i would ask them for another show to play the music i receive. From what i have heard over the last few years, with the combination of singing and production, you could fill the top on a regular basis.  You just don't as 99% of the station, are too scared??I have no idea what the issues are, but there must be one or more.
I know for act people like the music i play and promoters send me. I am regular contact with bands promoters and members of bands. I have interviewed bands, people booked to perform. I love it and so do they and they appreciate the support.
This is what really gets me about commercial fm radio.  I get great feedback all the time, Facebook reactions and even people buying the music. I have had more than one listener say two things. that like the live interaction and they like the fact i don't talk over songs, which i can't stand anyway.
I keep up with technology with the introduction of listening through an app. Many people in other countries listen to my shows through Tune in Radio.

I seriously, would not have an issue with music on FM station, if the miusic was more varied. They say it is, but its not.  The other point i would to make is the fact that, Banbury Sound act like they are a Banbury Station. If many people don't realise, they play no local music, and are not in the same county.  It should be called Warwickshire sound with Banbury weather, thats all it is.  Its one big smoke screen

For some reason, the real top 40 has gone unsigned and underground, bring it back to the surfice

Thankyou for reading

Dj Readman


Monday, 7 October 2013


Do you have rush for sugar, so doc I, well sometimes. It turns I now work in the Banbury branch of Sugarush Imports.  Although it does not say, Imports , on the outside of the shop, that's their speciality.

They sell, American, Australian, sweet and sour flavours. From penny sweets, Cereals and Peanut butter.
I began work there 3 day a week, two weeks ago.  Getting to know the customers and settings on.

I am glad I have a safable job, which is all day, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

I am suprised how busy they are in term of what people buy. I am glad the business is going well and obviously there is a market for imports.

Although I am known for my music, this does not effect my radio shows. The day of the show may move every no and again, but mainly. Monday and Thursday.  I have been doing radio too long, just to stop.

I still do gardening work and selling records to make for the lack of cash until the monthly pay packet hits

There will be pictures soon

Dj Readman
Part time at Sugarush

Sunday, 6 October 2013

(Album review) Ann Scott - Venus to the Sky

Joy and Stripes are just two of the songs on this fantastic album, that arrived in the mail, out of the Blue.
It did not take me long to get blown away by this well crafted masterpiece.  I am continuously playing this, which is rare for me, because 8 times out of ten i don't
Venus to the Sky was recording in California and Ireland on various session, and its seemless. This album is only 36 minutes long but the album is just a pleasure to listen it.

This is her third album to date and being released on October 18th.  This is a solo outing, regarding her singing and at first you think its only an Acoustic based album, then it springs to life. I was amazed at what i was hearing. I picked out Joy and Stripes for the great basslines.
It gives you impression that there are half a dozen musicians in a big room, recording together. The production has an orchestral feel, a little like how Muse or Kate Bush do their recordings.  From Hoola to Stars its just a joy to listen to, it really is. The only comparious i would say is Ann is the female version of Nick Cave, i get the same feeling from both
I highly rate this for a great creative work, depth, beauty, quality and just great atmosphere and Ann Scott, haunting and sometimes ghostly singing style

Video i found of Ann Scott

Only two works. "Just incredible"  Dj Readman   Radio Variety Show
This is why i do radio shows to listen to broadcast this kind of music

Want to send your music

Her Facebook
Bandcamp( Album not available yet)


Baleve is the word and also " Baleve in them, as they taken themselves through a national open Mic competition.
Adam Bunting and Jamie started this year under the name after meeting and seeing if their styles worked together through jamming.
Adam himself, is well know in the area for his great guitar skills and song writing.  Jay is not exactly unknown but not many people know him for a singing ability, which he can as well as being a lyrcist.
The two have been together a while and i first found about about their efforts on Facebook. They have a music on their Soundcloud page, which at the start, was just experiments and jamming, which many people do.  A while after i went back and found there were songs on there. To my astonishment there are well crafted songs. Very commercial in sound and can easy be indie to accessable chart hits.  Adams fathers, who has been in the music business for many years, took the songs and add his touch, including backing vocals on the one of songs.
I admit i was suprised at the quality of the songs. how catchy they were and the fact that both guys sing, Jay does to some lyric flow work, buts its mainly singing, which, yes, many might be suprised to hear
I have known Adam for a few years, he had jammed with us a few times, with the band i was in, The Doolallays and a few weeks ago i was chatting to him about the music in town.
Sunday 29th September, the guys appeared on the Variety Show for a two hour special. This was the weekend before their appearance at the Birmingham NEC( Last night 5th, October)
They performed three songs, Never Let me down, Everything( In the middle) and a Enieum cover, Hayleys song.  We had a chat, inbetween songs and their performance and captured part of the interview on film.
I wish these guys every success with this, as the songwriting and singing, really works here. They have worked hard to get to this point, which in some cases sets the stannard for any local acts trying to break out somewhere

The live radi performance Interview segment Studio songs Checkout their Facebook
Open Mic competition

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Band promotion ( Music Promo/ online promo)

To Utilise my online time
I have been asked many times to manage bands or to do more promotion. i have been ask " How much do you want for your time" i have always been thrown
I  realised recently, since i am on the net a lot and need extra funds, then this is the way to go.

Music Promo
My own work, led me to being asked to do two promo videos. My Weekly Preview video, i changed to music video "Montage style" and caught someones attention as i used footage i had shot of them live
Footage used is bands, fan footage, ( Only landscape mode) and public domain. I try and keep the colour as even as possible, unless the mixture of black and White and colour, is no issue

Online Promotion
Many bands, just have no time to sort out social media profile. From recording my own music and promoting voting, I released, it takes a lot of hours.  Musicians do not realise the man hours it takes to keep profiles updated and the world knowing who you are. Other than social media, there is a band website, sending music to stations and any voting that needs to be updated and so on.

Depends on the work, I have to pays bill like everyone else and i do work for a living, but the band that asked me to do th videos, got me thinking.  I am looking at £40 for promo, depends on the negotiation :)

For £30 month, I will do the promotion for a band. This is online only. This is not finding gigs, unless social Media brings in requests of that nature, which could happen. We all know things are that random. For the time I have been doing net radio, interviewing, meeting, talking to musicians, I know the score. ( Again, depends on negotiation

I have had donations from musicians in the past, for helping them out.

I am not into putting packages together as every bands is totally different
To get in touch

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