Thursday, 14 November 2013

November Open Show Promotion artist: Gretas Bakery

Fantastic, Pop Jazz trio from America/ Italy.
The trio contacted me last year with their album, Edge of Everything. The sound reminded me instantly of 80s pop jazz act, Swing Out Sister, who have more of a pop jazz undercurrent

Gretas Bakery return in 2013 with another stunning album, Under Control. Again just incredible Pop Jazz sound, and just have a sound and style that is second to none. Gretas singing, is just spellbinding and the music, is just great to listen to.

They sent me the album to see what i thought. To be honest, very few bands can send music to me and i know i am going to hear quality before i have even pressed play.

For November, they are the open show Promotion artist

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Dj Readman

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Somewhere to live

New update January 2014
The new year is upon us.  With Christmas and gig expenses out the way, i have now the money to move.
For the basics. Read below

Original Blog

Friday 30th October,  after work, i viewed a flat for the first time. Very nice, studio style, with kitchen and seperate bedroom area.
I have been looking everywhere for a one bedroom flat. Depends on the space and the age, it is getting expensive. Since i began looking over a year as my job opportunities were a little random, prices were creeping up.  The average price for a 1 bedroom flat is about £500 and up, depending on location
I want to move out, have wanted to for many years, but never had the money and going through the local council in the modern climate is just impossible. All the companies that are on their list, can't go direct, which is really irritating. It should be a lot easier than this to have choice and where to go to for possible cheap accommodation.

I work part time, i garden and in a coverband too boost funds. The money is enough for basic one bedroom flat. I have not asking for much, just kitchen, bed, internet connection and an en suit. The prices are just ridiculous.

Many companies and landlords are only in it for the money and really push the rent and the deposit to the limit. A one bedroom that should only be around £450, thats fine. But £500 and upwards, just profit seeking. From landlords i have spoken to and one recently, i know that some just want to make as much money as possible. It really depends if landlords can be bothered to maintain the property. Some row of houses i have seen are just left rot with people in them. I know people who live in houses, who have the same problems with landlord.  When you hire out rooms you have a responsibility to maintain the property. Its like buying a car, you don't let it rust up do you?? so why would you have a flat our house? Some tenants are not perfect either, i have heard some stories, but a lot of the time, landlords have a lot of explaining to do

Going back to finding a place. I want a place to live, its not asking much at all. Freedom in your own place, everyone wants that. You either pay a fee, with all bills includes or a monthly fee no bills included

If you have a one bedroom flat in the Banbury area with a room big enough for a large bed( I like to have room, an ensuit( Not shared), either electric or gas(Depends on the proerty and all bills included for £400- £450 a month, you have a deal. It has to be within reasonable walking distance of the town center

Thankyou for reading
Paul Readman
flat seeker or house

The Jonny Cooke appearance

This blog is a little later tha planned.  I have been working and a little less time these days.
Continuing from the website and the great feedback we had from the appearance of English musician, living in Ireland, Jonny Cooke

I first heard about Jonny through, Simon Dwight, who performed on the show in the summer (2013). Jonny Cooke, uses the same engineer, Van Gabriel, as Simon, for his album, Strange Days.
I had never spoken or met Jonny before, only on Facebook I had heard his music, broadcast it, but not much else.
He agreed to come all the way from Ireland to performed. I found out it didn't cost him that much and he stopped overnight in Milton Keynes, where he used to live.
This was the last time we were going to use General Foods Social Club rehearal room, due to the cold weather coming in with the time of year.
Jonny arrived at the house first, too meet, Rhonda, and was accompanied by his brother, Tony, who i later found out was a drum & Bass DJ.  We had a few beer down GF first, talking about music and producing. Then we set up and did a soundcheck. Like always i was limited with what i could film due to the battery and memory card. First time i had expanded the filming with a more vlogging style and more interview on camera.
Connecting to the net via my phone worked great as usual and we had a good time. It was also the first time i had used the Micromixer, donated by John Watt. This is what has been needed for a cleaner broadcast. It picked up the microphone very well.  I am going to invest in a second microphone and stand. Even though Jonny brought anothe microphone, it was the wrong connection. We ended up with one microphone

I like the fact, Jonny loved the visit and the broadcast, which has recieved really good comments and feedback on Youtube. I managed to film 45 minutes, with the battery and 8 gig memory card. I have now got a second batter and another 16 gig memory card so i can film entire radio performance ad gigs.

Although this is the not the first guest, this is the first time i have used the right equipment and more filming.  future broadcasts are going to be expanded. I have plans for a few long time, just the matter of money and execution of the planning.

                                      This is the 45 minute filme of Johnny Cooke
                      Want to perform on the show. Next monthly slot is 23rd November, Saturday afternoon

DJ Readman