(((O))) Category: A Year In The Life

A Year in the Life: Ummagma – Doing The Splits with Finland’s Virta

In the latest Year In The Life instalment Ummagma give us the lowdown on their split release with Finland’s Virta & more. By Shauna Mclarnon

Ummagma: Small Victories

“Other things happen because you have planted a seed and then it has grown (even when you might have been sleeping or otherwise not paying attention)”. Our latest update from Ummagma…

Ummagma: May Days

The first in our latest Year in the Life series from Ukranian based duo Ummagma…

Stylusboy: Polly and Ploughmans

The perils of vegetarian touring with Steve Stylusboy…

Matt Stevens: “It’s going round and round, it’s a fake, I’m not stupid”

In some situations you can’t win… – by Matt Stevens

Stylusboy & Jess Morgan – The Power of Love

English folk artists Stylusboy and Jess Morgan have recorded a special live version of the Huey Lewis and the News classic song ‘The Power of Love’ to celebrate Record Store Day 2013. The song originally comes from the Back the Future soundtrack, a fil …

Matt Stevens: Why aren’t Fierce And The Dead playing Electric Garden Festival now it’s not funded?

The Fierce & The Dead experience festival blues… – by Matt Stevens

Blog: Stylusboy – photos from Acoustic Magazine show

Matt Stevens: Hobby Bands

A well know figure in the “prog” scene made a statement about how “hobby bands” were ruining the music scene for pro bands. Yes I know “proper prog” fans, I know I’m not really prog (don’t start) . This is crazy. No one is entitled to earn a living thr …

Matt Stevens: Why am I starting to charge for Ghost now? Do I believe all music should be free?

My thoughts on the whole Free/Pay What You Want thing was to use “free” content (in this case an album) to gain an audience for my music. My music is bloody weird/quite odd but hopefully quite melodic so I was really hoping to connect to an audience but it was a hard sell. Weird guitar instrumentals in odd timings – doesn’t inspire much confidence does it?

Blog: Stylusboy – Acoustic Magazine show

[BY STEVE] Last Friday (March 23rd) we played a lovely show at LAMP in Leamington for ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE. It had been snowing most of the day so we knew the trip was going to fun! I managed to find the venue, even though it is slightly off the beaten tr …

Blog: Stylusboy – photos

BY STEVE On Saturday Rachel and I spent time recording more parts on tracks for the album. It is coming along slowly but surely. We are very excited about it and pleased with how it is sounding. This session was about recording guitar and vocals on a c …

The Album – an enduring anachronism?

It’s been a while since my last article. I’ve been making an album. But why and for whom? Scarcely a day goes by without some music industry commentator arguing that the album’s popularity is on the wane, that sales of both physical and digital collect …

The Pay’s The Thing

A musician friend of mine once said: “We don’t do it for the money. But we won’t do it without the money” I’m paraphrasing. The original piece ishere. But this is as good a start as any. I’m finally plucking up the courage to talk about money. I have t …

The Great Unsigned

There is one thing I hoped would die with myspace. Just one little rat I prayed would not escape the sinking ship. The word UNSIGNED. Lamentably this peculiar anachronism is still with us – like a cockroach scuttling beneath the debris of a nuclear hol …

Unsigned Melody

The hardest thing about writing these articles on the word “unsigned” is deciding on which pun to use for the title. A close second was “Unsigned, Sealed, Delivered” (but I thought that might be a little too much). Anyway… In my last article I talked a …

Blog: Stylusboy – live video

Here is a little live video from back in July 2012 when we supported LUCY WARD. I hope you enjoy it. You can read the blog about the gig HERE.

Blog: Stylusboy – Hangout Sessions

I am writing this while I sit and watch, listen and enjoy the wonderful music of JACK OMER. He is playing live from his home for a RIGHT CHORD MUSIC HANGOUT SESSION, which I am hosting. This works via Google Plus and a thing called a Hangout, which is …

Blog: Stylusboy – recording the album (double bass)

Blog: Stylusboy – Screen Gig

BY STEVE On Friday I played a little SCREEN GIG via Google Plus Hangout. In 2011 I played a number of shows like this via Ustream, even streaming the solo house shows that I did. So I thought I would try it again in 2013 via Google Plus as I had been r …

Blog: Stylusboy – live video

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