Monday, 19 January 2015

Yes, more gigs attending:)

At the start of year, i thought i was not going to attend many gigs due to the expense with hotels. The main issue has always been, getting back/ The main factores, the trains stop too early and because of that, additional layout for overnight stay in hotels. I was getting fed up of the public transport system, lack of enthusiasm for gig goers. I have always thought, they would mak a killing, if your laid on trains until at least 2am, thats enough

Oxford gigs
I found out through, Strummer Room Project, gig organiser, Chris Oakes, that the rail service, put on a late train coming back from Oxford,.  Late, as in past midnight.   I went out Friday night to the Jericho Tavern and a great venue it is as well.  I will now being going to Oxford more often to see bands,

After that problem solves, then it another, Birmingham
I have to say, i was pretty shocked at the time, the trains stop from Birmingha, its just crazy. !0.30??
Unitl now, i had not considered coaches. I checked National Express from Birmingham and foudn out to my shock, they lay on coaches through the night.
With that little solution, i am going to see, Naked Lunch, for the first time, in Birmingham. No longer any needs of constant hotel stay overs :)

Now, i can go to more gigs in, Birmingham, and save money :)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Silverspark,The Shapes, Torn Like Colours, Jericho Tavern, Friday, January 16th

After around ten years, due to being unable to come back the same night, i went back to Oxford for a night out.  Chris Oakes, who has been organising gigs in and around the Oxfordshire area for about 2 years, took his Strummer Room Project to Oxford and held his first band night at the Jericho Tavern.

I had never been there before, very nice venue. Its looks like a polish restraunt from the outside looking in. I like the way the place is laid out. The band area is upstairs so we got a beer and went through the maze of staircases


Matt and Carley have been performing Acoustic sessions around the counties through the Winter months. This was there last one i believe before the full band starts up again. Carley, has a great range, can hold notes, like no one else and really has power, which does not let out on all songs.
Matt on guitar and Matt Hewitson on the Cajon and guitar. First time in two years i have seen these guys do an Acoustic set. The last time, is when they were a duo.
Great performance by the band, dispite, Carley haviinf microphone feedback and Matt, having a blonde moment.
They set was a Acoustic translations of songs from their, Flames Run Deep album, a cover and a new song, always great to hear. My favourite was Smoking Gun, which translates very well in Acoustic form. Dangerous Game is also good and their did, Something About Your, which is a staple song of Silverspark sets

The Shapes

Different venue, gained fans. This was a fantastic performance by, The Shapes. The main difference here is three guys on vocal duties, no female on stage on the night
I have been wanting to see,The shapes in a different venue and they were brilliant.  The set was some of their new material from their new ep, Its Bigger than Everybody and older music, including,The Facebook song and Little girl, which went down well. My favourite of the night was, Mr Sandman. Just sounds amazing live, like a musicial for the, 40s, Going to see them again

Torn Like Colours
Headliners ( Replaced Facture)

Never seen these guys before, well and gals.
With the net, you can hear what a band sounds like before you see live. Torn Like Colours are a live band
I had a fair idea of what they were going to do with a mixture of  original material and their "Mashups"
Besides the drummer giving them a false start " I am not ready" Leanne can seriously blast it out of the P.A. She has great range. I was impressed with the  whole band and how they perform together. Great original material which is more dynamic live.  The other part of their set is the " Mashups" This is taking a one or two riffs one two songs and lyrics from another, or just mashing two songs together. This is brilliantly done. My favourite is "Rolling like the Tiger"  ( I Think), with the rolling beat of Survivors, Eye of the Tiger, with Lyrics from another song..  The only let down, was the lead problem, but that was only momantary and Leanne singing in the wrong key on one song, Matilda. The even got an encore :)

Great to go out on a Friday night, to somewhere more accessable and come back the same night. Oxford has a late train, late enough to walk back and catch the train home.  Chris has got something good going here. There are more gigs at the Tavern over the coming months. Good exposure for upcoming acts. If you do not know who any of them are, look them on the net, checkout the sounds and then see the live experience
Its good to see live acts more often. Its fine going to Birmingham and ok every so often to stay overnight, but can't do that all the time. At least with Oxford, have a few hours, watching great bands
All information
Strummer Room Project website

Silverspark              The Shapes        Torn Like Colours

My thanks for reading
Paul Readman
Radio presenter, broadcaster, video editor/ producer
Radio Variety Show site

Monday, 12 January 2015

Filming( Strummer Room Project Night) Silverspark, The Shapes, Torn by Colours

First time in a long time, i will be going to Oxford to go to a gig.  Trains, from many destinations, stop too early, but Oxford has got a late train, so, more gigs in Oxford, i am thinking

Friday 16th January, i am going to the Jericho Tavern, for the first Strummer Room Project Night of 2015. Its a few weeks short of a year since i went to the first of 2014, at Castle House
I will be filming the bands on the night

Opening the night. 

Matt and Carley, who formed a band in 2014, after being a duo, have been performing Acoustic sessions, thoughout the U.K

The Shapes

One of their current single, which  i produced for the band

Nice pop, folk music from the 6 members of the band.  Anthony Kellys, brings bit of a ,Van Morrison , feel to the night. The will be performing their new ep, Its Bigger Than Everybody

Torn by Colours

This band, who replaced headliner, Fracture, i have never seen before. Its easy to hear music on the internet, but of course, different experience, going to see the band
The, will be the last act on, playing their own material and covers. They are an indie pop bands, with a learn towards, Alternative, rock, depends which song you listen it

Dj Readman
Radio presenter, Video producer

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

DJ Readman Filming and video editing ( Official Blog)

As it says on the title, this is my official blog for the promo production, video editing i do
Footage below is a mixture of paid work and band footage, which is off my own back when i go to gigs.
I thought i would go into more detail here as i have no space on my radio website.
I love film, i have been filming bands either at gigs or guests, when they perform live on my radio shows for about two years.  I record with a campact Canon, which has the best audio you can get. This even beats some camcorders i have used, which is shocking.
This is probably the favourite, in terms of a band sets at a gig. The band were pretty shocked at the quality. I was suprised the camera held up, due the number of people on stage and Iain Brownlie projective vocal power.

The other video i began to do in May 2014, was a, Weekly Preview, linked to my live online radio broadcasts. I used band music videos and footage i had shot of a band i had seen locally.
This is the Montage video

The band footage of , The Shapes, caught the attention of the lead singer, Anthony Kelly. He asked if i would do a promo video for the band
This is the result. of ten hours work, which included, finding footage ( All Public Domain) and editing. I work at a pretty quick pace. He was suprised how quick i was.
He like the video, only after two further edits
This is the video

I was paid for the work, which pretty reasonable based on rates i have seen, going by the hour.
After this video, the next soon followed
I added someone on my Facebook thinking it was someone else, turns out it was someone i had never spoken to before. Just buy chance, i mentioned i do video promos, and the guy was interested
Andy Smith,  wanted a promo video produced for his Punk Rock band, Last of the Dogs. I said £50 and he thought that was very reasonable.
I set about doing a, "Rought Cut" based on lyrics and the song pace. Gave him the cut, he was very please with the result and a lot of feedback from people he had shown it to. Aside from one extra edit, i saved the final in HD and below is the result. Again, this too about ten hours to complete
This is it

Ten hours it takes roughly to do a single video. This is based on upto 6 minutes. The two video i did above, were only upto 4 minute each


After filming two Djs in, Milton Keynes,which was going out live on my radio show, 2tone and Dj Twist, were so impressed with this footage, which i was used my iphone 4s is film, they will pay me to film them at a gig coming up this year
January 2015
I continue to film at gigs. This was at the, Jericho Tavern. This i considered na experiement, as very venue is differient with sounds. Turns out, the audio is as good as The Flapper in Birmingham
This is the headliner on the night, Torn Like Colours.  Leanne singer projection was really good and it was caught very nicely. considering its a high stage and the P.A speakes, were above the stage, the audio turned out very well

Above, is what i can do. I am one man band

Filming editing and costs
I consider film editing and art.  The cost i worked out, based on the the video length and time to put together.

One single promo video upto 6 minutes  £50 This based on a 10 hour project
( I have seen other website rates, they charge about £30 an hour)
Upto three videos for one band £100

I have my Canon compact, records avi raw. The audio,as above is very capable and it blows some camcorders away that i have used. I can record as much or as little. The only limitation is battery time, which is based on light. To get the full batter life, its better in day light.  Each batter has maximum 1 hour and 15 minute from full to flat. night, upto 40 minutes. Memory, i can go on forever. The camera has a non stop recording limit of 30 minutes. This is factory setting on the model. I can stop and start with no limit on time.

At a gig

Hired to record a band on a night? If you want the more "Live" experience caught, then is direction camera audio. Want more clean "Band " sound, the audio can be vastly improved by the audio from the mixing deck.

Although the filming i do is mainly concentrates in the music field, it just happend that way. I can do a film or editing thats not music related

DJ Readman
Video producer and filmer

Monday, 5 January 2015

Next video production...Last of the Dogs..Bones

After, The Shapes promo, i got talking to a band on Facebook. I mentioned i just completed a promo and they were interested.
I did a rough cut, which took roughly about, 10 hours, spread over a few days. I used public domain footage for the video. It was Colour and Black and White.
The video was based on reading the lyrics and the song paced. The band loved the first rought cut, aside from changing something into black and white

 This is the end results. Again, took roughly 10 hours
          The band is. Last of the Dogs and the song is, Bone ( In the playslist

I like producing video, and this is paid work. My starting point is £50 for a video no longer than 6 minutes. More than, that, is more. It don;t mind doing deals for more than one video and the fee can be in money or equipment


Paul Readman
Video editor

Saturday, 3 January 2015

January 2015 The Return of dnb DJs 2tone and Dj Twist on Music World Radio

They appeared once again, this time, i went to Milton Keynes to broadcast at Twists HQ
The broadcast, although we tested the audio, was still distored on broadcast, which frankly, we couldn't get around. Got the sort that out, although we tried.
Twists has converted his garage for the sets and to practice for gigs. 2tone, lives down the road and bought his 1210s along

Dj Twist is the modern dnb guy. Ram, the works. He still plays thought and is going another set soon. He played two 40 minute sets on the show. He used CJDs for his sets

2tone, played oldskool, jungle, breakbeat and Goodlooking tunes. He always uses Technics 2010s, the choice of any DJ, who loves vinyl.

I was filming with my iphone 4s on this occasion, as my canon is not working. The phone held up thought, which was suprising. The sound was fine, so using that for Youtube and podcast
Although the last show in 2013, was not without distortion,which was solved, upto a point, the playback of the broadcast, was just too loud. We were fiddling for 20 minutes before we started. For some reason DJs equipment is direct and a lot louder.
The wifi Lee had, also gave out for 20 minutes after an hour. With wifi, if people start using it, the signal get week. Also one of Twist CJDs gave out, which was odd. It started behaving like a random Jukiebox. When i come back home, apparantly, it had gone dead. Strange indeed

Dj Twist set

Postcast coming up
Other then that, it was good afternoon
More to come from these guys in the future on broadcasts

Went them out for sets??

Dj Twist     2tone