Why I’m happy to leave my future in Trent Reznor’s hands!


Hey people,

Everyone heard of Nine Inch Nails?… Of course you have! 
 
I was exposed to the band’s music via a friend in Sydney, way before they became really big… it must have been the beginning of 1990, I’m not sure anymore. I thought they were pretty cool... I bought their music, saw them live, even followed Trent Reznor on Twitter a few years later.
 
Since I started making music myself, though, I somehow lost touch with other artists’ whereabouts. Lately I stumbled upon the news that Trent Reznor is now the Chief Creative Officer for Apple Music.
 
After getting over my initial open-mouthed reaction, I let out a sigh of relief...

It seems everywhere we turn these days there’s talk about music streaming and its effects on the artist and the music industry in general...
 
There is no doubt that the decline of physical record/cassette/CD sales is a harsh reality that's impacted musicians in a big way… not to mention the closing-down of record shops around the world, the absence of music television programmes, chart shows, radio request shows… Whichever way one looks at it, today's artist is the one profiting the least out of the schema we call the music industry (a term I dislike with a passion!). But fact is fact and music is, unfortunately, primarily seen as a business and secondly as a creative means of expression. I can tell you from personal experience, too, that unless you’ve been signed by a major label, telling someone that you make music for a living is ultimately going to be followed by the statement, “as a hobby, yes... but what job do actually do?”… ! 
 
To my ears, the entire term 'music industry’ is wrong… the words ‘music’ and ‘industry’ being shoved into one area is possibly the whole reason why the majority of musicians are where we are and not where we should be.
 
When I say ‘profiting’, though, I’m not only referring to the monetary side of music, but to having any say whatsoever as to your own future as a musician. Maybe I’m naive in thinking this way, but that’s why I was so happy to see that Trent Reznor is now making decisions at Apple Music…
 
Trent started small, just like all of us did… Trent has worked very, VERY hard to be where he is right now and he has my FULL respect for that. Trent has also watched the decline of music download revenues first hand and, while he probably isn’t struggling for money, he is just as directly affected by the way the music business has changed in the last 30 years as the rest of us. The difference is, while most of us are just sitting back complaining about it, Trent has decided to stand up and change something; be the voice for us all, so to speak. Because the fact is, the average consumers in 2016 just aren't  willing to pay for music anymore the way they used to. And now with the decline in music downloads, it leaves me wondering what the future is going to look like for all of us who make music for a living… 

But Trent is making changes… think his DMCA Copyright Law Petition which was signed by many major artists like Paul McCartney and U2 in the hope of bringing reform to an outdated Digital Music Copyright Law that they rightly feel has been  exploiting music artists/songwriters… that alone gives me so much hope... and there’s so much more where that came from…
 
 
… hence that sigh of relief!
 
Love and decibels,



WEEKLY WRAP-UP 17.07.2016



I have no words for what's been going on around the world this week...

... well... maybe just one...




 

Love and decibels,





 

 

WEEKLY WRAP-UP 03.07.2016


Hey music family,

This was a quiet week on the music-making front; work continues on new songs, and there probably won't be much other stuff happening besides that, apart from trying out ideas for a possible cover song! :) I’ve never really been intterested  in covering other people’s songs (although I did occasionally try to play a Beatles tune or two on both the bass and the piano in the past), but some unexplained force won't leave me alone for months now and keeps insisting that I do one… so if I can pick one out of the bazillions of different songs out there and manage to do it justice, then you’ll be hearing a cover from me someday soon… If not, you’ll have to make do with my own crazy compositions ;) 
 
It appears I haven’t shared a poem with you for some months now…  
 
Here’s one of those really cheesy love-gone-wrong pieces that I wrote about 15 yrs ago (!!!) with the intention of turning it into a song, but I didn't think it was good enough so it never made it any further than the drawer…!
 
Straight from my special songbook... Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Love and decibels,



WEEKLY WRAP-UP 10.07.2016


Hey music family,

Hope you've all had a good week. I can safely say that the summer has finally hit Switzerland… we’re having some scorching hot days, which has been lovely, but it’s even made playing a keyboard while sitting down a sweaty experience! My home studio has absolutely NO air conditioning and windows that face the sun for the majority of the day, so you can imagine what that’s been feeling like!!
 
But who’s complaining?... I like it that way! :)
 
I’m still awaiting an answer from a group of very important people, which will influence my decision of what the next release of mine will be, so I’m afraid I haven’t got much news on the creative side at the moment… so this week I want to touch on the subject of THE FUTURE.
 
Whether we like it or not, 2016 is the age of the digital media. I know I was protesting against the change from analogue to digital musicmaking, mixing, etc. for a long time, but somehow I had to try and convince myself that I need to move with the times, whether I fully believe that it’s the better move or not. 
 
Despite the fact that we all know the past is the past and that we should be living for today, I can help but notice that we’re focusing all our energies in the future with one foot in the past! This little picture sums it up really well, i think:
 
 
The music and fashion of the last decade had a massive 80s influence; the radio and tv music shows kept playing 80s music over and over, a new Star Wars craze happened with "The Force Awakens”, SoundCloud was filled with a new generation of brilliant musicmakers churning out one 80s-influenced tune after another, a celebration of 80s events was depicted in various documentaries around the world celebrating my favourite decade… 
 
All this was good fun, but...
 
… I thought this was the 2000s!…
 
Now 2016 seems to have gained a bit of a 90s touch to it… the floral skater dresses are back… Doc Martens are back (yay, i’m getting mine out again!!), the grunge flannel shirts are back (please, nooooooooo !!….), today’s kids are riding a future generation of the skateboard, the radio and tv music channels keep bringing Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam back to the limelight… and even bands that were big in the 90s all seem to be making a comeback by going on tour this year - Pearl Jam, Weezer, Lush, Vanilla Ice, The Spice Girls, The Counting Crows, Blink 182, just to mention a few!
 
So which is it, then?… Are we moving forwards, or backwards in time?… Vinyl is making a comeback… the future of music streaming is under serious discussion… digital telephones imitating analogue ones… we have more and more software imitating analogue sound equipment… we wiped out pretty much every single vinyl record factory and record shop from the market, yet people are starting to release albums on vinyl again...
 
… Someone please enlighten me, cause I’m confused…!
 
Comments are welcome below!
 
Love and decibels,

 

WEEKLY WRAP-UP 26.06.2016


Something incredible happened after last week’s blog where I'd 
posted that I shall be freezing my Facebook music page due to inactivity....

During the week I received an email from Facebook stating that, since then, the number of weekly visits for the music page had gone up by 14,000% !...

Take a look! : 

 
Regardless, I'm afraid my decision is to keep Synthie dB Shock on Facebook frozen for now. Apologies to those I've upset with that decision, but I strongly believe that if something is not working (for whatever reason), it should be put on hold until it does. I'd rather use that time to make music for you :) 

And that's exactly what I'm doing. I have numerous unfinished tracks I'm working on and, if all goes well, I'm hoping to have the next single released by late October. There's another big big dream I've been hoping to fulfil in the near future, but that one's going to take some time before it comes to fruition, so I can't reveal too much about it until I have some concrete news.

I'd also mentioned that I’ve taken up a new instrument, which I’m practicing like mad… it is not so easy, but it's great fun nonetheless. I'd promised you a clue on Instagram soon, so keep an eye out on there. Insti is still foreign territory for me, so bear with me, I'll get that going properly too!
 
And how much fun have we been having on Twitter?!! Synthie dB Shock has just welcomed follower No. 800... YAY! :) How cool is that!! Even though it’s hard keeping up with so many of you, I really appreciate you for sticking around!
 
Show 7 of Skerat’s Eclectic Podcasts is now up on Mixcloud, so head over there and have a listen. DJ Skerat is still a rock when it comes to supporting electronic and synthpop music, what would we do without him?!!
 
By the way... the very first track on the show is by Australian artist De-Franco. Check out the awesomeness that is De-Franco, he’s released some amazing music that I can hardly stop listening to!
 
More about me next week!
 
Love and decibels,


 
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