Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My Independent picks for 2014

Thought i would extend this into a blog
Welcome to my first top picks of a year. Never done this before. Making up catagories up as go along ;)
Top Rock album 68-75 - Stay on the Ride, 
Fav pop live act, Sinestar
Dark live /Camelon  act, Among The Echoes
top electro act, NakedLunch Original
Top dance release CLOAK - Dance ep, 
Top Acoustic/release/harmony act - Blackdoghat
top Punk act, DRAG,, 
Alternative rock act, Bella Figura
top Comeback Johnny Normal,
Top music personality Ian Wall , Rock God as he calls himself ;)
top music duo, Johnny Normal and Pete Walsh,
 top Alternative synth artist, Alex Paulee Juno
 top rock singer,Suzanne Sledge
top male singer, Iian Brownie,
Top pop singer Carley Phillips ( Silverspark)
American Alternative rock personality  Yvonne Lauglin
Top Pop Rock live and album act  Sliverspark
Rock band to look out for in 2015 68 75
Live pop band in 2015. Sinestar

Who impressed me the most
Although i like Among the Echoes a lot, live, with vocal range and outstanding drumming, it has to be Sinestar. Sinestar below a lot of people away, in 2014. I know i am not the only one

Among the Echoes
Going to gigs, is where this all began. Great live and always experimenting with different musicians and sounds. Since i have heard them, they have changed their act twice and released a great studio album

Singing wise, like above, for rock power, Suzanne from 68 75 and for pop power, Carley. I just could not split the ladies appart. They have two different vocal styles, to billing

Music Persinality
Top music personality was the easiest. Ian Wall ( Singer of Among the Echoes) 
Since i have seen the band i have noticed, hes a talker, always talkative before and after the his band finishes. he approaches you, even its a hello,which not everyone does, unless they know you or you them. Not everyone does that in general

Johnny Normal
This guy should be zombie, but he is far from that. Most of 2014, he was on the brink of death. unable to speak or walk. He fought, like a gladiator to recover, return to form, and release music more. The comeback king of the year
This follow nicely, with Pete Walsh. Their a music duo, also doing their own seperate project. Pete Walsh, is one of the best live guitarists i have seen in some while. I have dubbed him "The Birmingham Hendrix

68 75
I was the first to play these guys on U.K radio. They just jumped out at me with some of the best rock i have heard in years. Led Zepplin for the next generation. Just pure power. Their not heavy, just great, catchy, outstanding, rock music.They are coming over in to England 2015 , and they are going to blow this country apart

Yvonne Laughlin

She seems to have the midus touch when it comes to finding bands, that have great sounds. Recently, Voodoo Sex Cult ( Hard Rock) and Dauzet St Marie ( Acoustic) Rock . To completely ended of the spectrum, yet, quality music. she also communicates for well with whoever she sends music to and very much loved with a fan base of her own

There is whole universe out there

As always, there is a lot more music then i have put above, there always is.  Most of this was pretty easy,. Musicians who i have seen live, music i have recieved. Above, who have hit the spot, where music is supposed to it. 
A video will be coming regarding this, which may extended further. But for now, the above is for reading

Thanks to everyone for the music, happy new year and see you in 2015 :)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Air drumming at its finest

I have been air drumming a lot, recently.  The band i am in, The Projectiles, needed a second drumming, so i stepped upto the plate. I have no drum kit, no room, for one, reason i never took up as an instrument.

What is air drumming
No different to playing air guitar, although with air drumming, it helps you practising for when you have real kit in front you. Its hitting air and sitting in the position, you would do, if you were in front of kit.
I found talking with drummers, who i have seen live and they recommended, Aerodrums

What is Aerodrums?
Good question, i went to find out......

This is essentially, taking air drumming to the next level for practising. May sound daft, but it helps out more with adding sounds.  This kit is software that connects to your webcam on your desktop/ laptop., comes with special sticks and together they create the drum sounds, without it physically being there. You position yourself, as if you were playing a real kit
I thought, ah, £50, but no, £100, so i have got to wait.  I have drum sticks and do air drumming against songs. Of course, its not like the real thing. Buying a kit would be the solution, but no funds for that.
I like drumming and am the bass player i have the band. I have bass guitar, which is easier to plug in and practice

Paul Readman
Bass player,/ drummer
The Projectiles

Friday, 26 December 2014

Dauzat Saint Marie - Falling Again ep ( Review)

Dauzet St Marie
Falling Again ep

1. Falling Again ( Piano)
2. Time Slips Away
3. Watch Me Go
4. Sinking Down
5.Falling Again ( Acoustic)

This was a suprise
Both Dauzet and St Marie are from a Metal band, which is literally the complete opposite to this recording.

The first thing that hit you is the great harmony, which is on all their songs, mainly on the choruses. This is an Acoustic ep, aside from track one, which is the piano version of, "Falling Again"

St Marie has a fabulous, powerful voice. From, Time Slips Away through to Sinking down, you are pulled in with just lovely harmony work with
Dauzats guitar work and loop skills,  these are great together.

This should have been an album and in my opinion, more piano work. Having two versions of one song is fine, but i think, they definitely should have included more piano, in fact, they could have done more songs, with both instruments
The only suggestion i have when ,you run out of songs to play, have it on loop and then see them live. If you want to hear their heavier side,? Go and see or their metal band, Hydrovibe. Reason i was taken back with this material

Dauzat St Marie Fb  Website  Hyrdovibe FB   Website


Killer inside video, which is seen on the SAWIII directors cut DVD 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Paid video promo work

This started after being asked by a band, The Shapes, to put a video together in November 2014
I completed another video, for a, Punk Rock, in style, The band is, Last of the Dogs, which is now flying around, Facebook and Youtube

I love video editing and putting together, with ideas from lyrics and the pace of the song.  Not everyone can do this, or wants to do it. I will take on any type of work on. I don't mind the style,  It does not have to be music related.  I love video editing, piecing together, When a project comes along that needs fresh footage, or someone sends me footage to work with, i can do that. Its like a dance and make it run smoothly

The videos
                                            The two videos i produced for the bands are on this playlist
                                                  This is playlist of the video i have produced so far

Editing video is normally charged at £40-£50 an hour.
I go buy video length, reason for lower cost

Messing around with video editing myself. for some time. I love video editing and seeing something flow. You either like it and can do it, or you don't. I like doing, reason why i take on clients.

The videos
Public domain footage used. Both have recieved with success and feedback i have had from the bands

One promo video, estimate of upto 6 minutes £50

Why charge
 I was approached after bands seeing my own montage work. I have day job, but video editing does take time and the finances is needs. Equipment is uses for bring the videos to live, the wear down

Alternative fees
If you prefer to be charged by the hour, i can do this.  Video music promo average 10 hours, £10 an hour. £100
I am a fair person. Equipment is always needed. I can do part money part, equipment

For no extra cost ( Unless you want to pay for this, you can, i have been in the past), i play music on net radio. I broadcast once a week. I plug music, gigs, shout outs. This has no budget, its a hobbie, although, i have fans in Europe and the Americas that tune in and it has happened where i sell artists music via playing on radio. Handy portal :)
The filming fees coming in handy to keep this running

My working schedule
I have a day job, 11am - 5pm, which pays for the roof over my head, The video editing is in the evenings and weekends

The way i work
When i was approached i always do a rough draft first with no money up front.  I get sent material and lyrics( When its a song) I then competely a rough cut, and then sent to the client

How long does a 3-5 minutes promo take
I estimate, based on the videos i have done so far. one week. It could take less, depends on the work involved per one video.
Contact information

The year that was 2014

Many people put down their favourite music and lists. I would have gone into that direction, but to be honest, there are too many. Its not the matter of saying, that bands is better than another, because, thats not the way i see it or it works either.

Instead, i reflect on the year and the big changes that took place. As i have mentioned in previous blogs, i moved, finally, for the first time in my 40 years. I have a paid job, which helped me do this. Radio broadcasting does not bring in the rent, nor did gardening and cleaning, well not enough. this year was about moving to a flat, well twice, enojing that and going to a couple of gig, which i enjoyed. The radio side, had a few breaks with moving, still doing shows, thoughout the year. I went to local and national gigs, recorded them on camera, which is always fun. Met people off, Facebook, which is always a good thing, face to face.

When i went to gigs, there is nothing like a live drummer. Seeing bands live, i love doing, although that is about to slow down, a lot  The year went fairly quickly. Moving to another flat in November, due to paying less and slightly better area of town

Not many major changes, aside from moving. The radio shows i have not changed dramatically, although my streaming has improved

I have been with the band, The Projectiles. We play renditions of classic song. We are going out to gigs in the new year

About it really, more changes in 2015. in another blog

Dj Readman
Radio, podcast presenter, video editor./ producer

Top 10 independent songs on Watchmojo

I thought i would make up an Independent song list.

I put up 10 songs, from bands i have and seen live. This then goes into the watchmojo system. If accepted, the list goes live in 24 hours.
This is not a chart, like was on Music World Radio. The WM is enough votes cast, the coimpany create a top 10 video on it
You need to register to Watchmojo before you vote.

The links when, live will go on here

The list i put up is

Spacebouy - Oblivion
Shiny Darkness - Mother
Naked Lunch - Alone
Cloak - Sunshine
Sinestar - I am the Rain
Johnny Normal - Miss Razorblade
Blackdoghat - Electric
Among the Echoes - Hate
The best idea is one song a band. When the list goes live people can add their own.
To register, vote. You can also add a song, if you wish 

Dj Readman
Radio, podcast presenter and video editor/ producer

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cloak - Dance ep ( Review)

I like dance music, always have, but something that actually hits the right spot, is not easy either
In walks

I review, what i like listening to.,  but sometimes, there are certain levels that some acts can just produce in a various style of dance music
The new ep by Cloak, it just awsome from start to finish. I am a big fan of 90s dance music, which you do not hear very often now, or replicated.
I am loving the beat, sounds a like a fat click, coming together with the right production work.  Not every dance act i have come across uses this kind of style. Its normally reflecting the 80s, blending past and future.
Most of this ep, reminds me of one of my all time favourite dance tunes, Rui Da Silva - Touch Me ft. Cassandra and Chicane, come to mind. Great build up, great beats and mainly synth, which many 90s acts use
Just like striking a match, opens with Dance and just get hotter. Blood and Pain, Sunshine are just incredible tunes, with an outstanding summer vibe, no matter what season you are in at the time.  I would say the only thing that might get irriating to a degree, is the vocals. Some times in places sounds  like someone is singing in a cardboard box.  The vocals are well produced, they just sound a bit squeezed. Nothing else to fault about this ep, just, i suppose, some longer tunes.  am believer in letting high quality production breath
Also, i can listen to this on repeat without even releasing its gone back to the beginning,
You don;t have to buy this on pain of death. It will not take you long to hit the buy button
This is one ep i would buy on vinyl amd mix with, if i was still Djing

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Dj Readman
Radio Variety Show
Radio presenter, reviewing, video producer

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Top 10 Drum and bass tunes to vote on

I found about about Watchmojo on Youtube a few months ago. I like top 10s, got addicted to them.. I registered to the site, thinking nothing really of it. That is until a few days ago, when i discovered you can create in a top 10 of your own. So, just for a bit of fun, a top 10 drum & bass tunes. This is now live on Watchmojo website and you can vote for it
As i understand it, given enough votes, they do a video counting down.

Just a reminder, here are Youtube links to all but one of the tunes ( Couldn't find Kill Bill
The Prodigy - Smack my Bitch up ( Hype remix)

Adam F  - Metropolis 

Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag

Goldie - Inner City Life

Noisia - Block Control VIP

Bad Company U.K  - Bullet Time

Grooverider-  Rainbows of Colour

Ram Trilogy - Beastman

Aphrodite - Stalker

Music Video promos ( The Shapes) Project

/Over the past few years, i have grown to like video editing. I record a lot of video, mainly vlogs, reviews and a weekly preview for my live radio shows.
I recently changed the format of the weekly episode to a "montage" of music video clips.
Based on my first omontage, which features a segment of the band, The Shapes, i got asked by the lead singer to produce a music video promo
Its called, Tom Petty 1980. This is the one

                                                        Below the video the singer saw.
I thought, Youtube is visual, It would be better to see more bands, in represented visually

This took around 8 hours to complete. This includes finding the footage. The footage was public domain and use of one of the bands live segments

Not long after this i was talking to another band about video promos. From this i got another paid project. i just finished. The band is, Last of the Dogs, The song and video will be released by the band in January. You can hear me play the song, Bones on my radio show

I charge £50 a video. I have been told this is very reasonable. So far both videos have been edited and produced in around 8-10 hours.  This is working in the evenings after my day job, mainly
In the new years i might revise the fee structure, depends how much works comes in.

How i work.
I am happy if you are happy.

Dj Readman
Thanks for reading

Contact me about a project?
Text/ call 07810518778 ( Please text first)

Another Dimension from Naked Lunch ( Remix album review)

As the Prodigy once sampled" Going to take your Brain to Another Dimension"

Yes they did, and yes theses guys have.  This could have gone in any direction, well you have many direction, in this sound scape
This is the extention to the original album. you could say or a stand alone album by Naked Lunch.  Another Dimension are selected songs taken from the, Beyond Planets classic, given to various artists and their stems treated with acid

The quality is there, the beat are there and Tonys vocals are sharp as a tac
A few stand out.; Technomancer, who did, Glow, one of the best remixes i have heard and slipping Again, Again.  Then there is Saint(ED) remix, from Jeremiah Saint, who takes you somewhere else entirely or should i say, sounds like a rerecording,. Same guy who " rerecorded" Alone for the Alone2 ep/ ( For seperate review i think)
I like Ruinzer remix of, Fade Away, like someone put extra juice in the car and put it on turbo
We Are, Glow, Alone, Emotional Termoil, Slipping Again, Again and Weekend Behaviour, have had their stems carved up and replanted, some more than once, in some cases. From the minimalistic, do the darn right, animalistic, you have one side of the insanity spectrum to the other.
If you like the original versions, with an extra industrial edge and electric shock and them some or more stripped back, then this is the album for you.
The only downside to this album is not all the songs were remixed. There are few of Glow versions which is cool but it would have been good to hear the remixes  of the all the album tracks, especially Rabies. You never know with Naked Lunch, anything could happen

To buy the album and all the Naked Lunch Material currently on release
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Monthly Radio Variety Strummer Room Show

In November, i invited, Chris Oakes down to be a guest on the show.
He was going a show on local charity station, Horton Radio, which is in the local hospital.  He had to stop his shows as the Bicester gig he now organises was on the same night.
He organised night at the Jericho Tavern, Wheatsheaf, (Oxford),
The Bell ( Bicester) and anywhere else he lands

He popped up on Facebook one day and i happen to say " Why don't you join me?" And then, that was it

After the first one, which i was pretty fun. We did one two weeks later, once a month.
Chris is now joining me, once a month live on Music World Radio

Chris has had many guests down on his show, although there was not much room, but managed. I also have had guests down, and hired places to for more room. Would you like to perform?? send us some music and will take it from there, or if Chris wants to bring you down, why not

November show
This is the podcast for the first monthly and full playlist

This is the podcast and playlist included

The lights go on every night
This, of course, takes funds.  Over time, there have been donations, not of a bank busting kind, but we survive, I work and so does Chris. Neither of us are under charity banners and we love music, but, at the end of the days, it costs money to do this

To donate, does not matter how much click here


DJ Readman
Radio broadcaster and Music video promo producer