Below is a link to a podcast I have recently created all about how to get your brand noticed via Twitter! This is particularly helpful to Independent artists who are looking to get noticed this way!
Have a listen and let me know what you think by commenting on the post below! Thank you!
I have created a blog plan for all upcoming posts for you to keep your eye out for!
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This week let me know what you’re most looking forward to in the upcoming reviews and posts these next few months!
The Arctic Monkeys
In 2013 my best friend and I finally managed to get tickets to see our favorite band live at the MEN arena in Manchester. We’d both been fans of the Arctic’s since high school so seeing them live was a big deal for the both of us.
The Atmosphere of the arena was so intense. It was clear to see that each individual fan wanted to be there and the performances on stage were insane. I will forever remember this night as one of underage drinking, unidentifiable liquids being thrown around and top quality music.
The showmanship of the band was a real deal breaker for me, as I’d seen several interviews and watched many videos of AM, it was obvious to me that their passion for their music was very real and extremely enthusiastic. This was only enhanced when i saw them on stage, it truly pleased me to see people who I admire enjoy what they do when they perform. If you haven’t seen Arctic’s live then you truly are missing out.
I saw these just last year at Heaton Park in Manchester a few days before the ‘Park Life’ weekender. This was one of my first outside gigs as I’ve never been to a festival before, and it was a whole new way for me to experience live music.
IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
I have followed this band for a while and experiencing their music live was incredible. The crowds atmosphere only enhanced my attitude towards the gig, if I ever get the chance to see these live again I wouldn’t even think twice before purchasing the tickets, they were one of a kind and this is a gig I will remember for the rest of my life.
I have yet to see these live as unfortunately the scheduled date for 9th December was cancelled and has had to be rescheduled. Yet I have no doubt that seeing them live will be an incredible experience and one that will easily peak top five of the best bands I have seen live.
I will update this post once I have been to the rescheduled concert and keep you updated as to whether or not they live up to the high expectations I hold!
I’d love to hear about any concerts you’ve attended and whether you’d recommend any particular bands I should keep an eye out for!
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Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity of attending a talk with Stuart Heritage who works for ‘The Guardian‘ as a live blogger for ‘The X Factor’.
He spoke all about what it takes to become a journalist for companies that are successful and well established. I used the hashtag #LTJW (you can click the hashtag and join in with me on Twitter!) throughout the talk. Here are some of Stuart’s tips and words of advice to young people who aspire to become journalists or want to become successful bloggers.
All in all I found the talk very inspiring as it normalized the possibility of a career in Media for me. Stuart is just a normal individual who worked to get where he is, to me this proved that no ambition of mine is unattainable.
I’d really like to thank Stuart for sharing what it took for him to get where he is in his career, I found it very useful and I hope you do too.
Follow Stuart on Twitter: @stuheritage.
You can also keep up with his guardian column here.
Or see some of his other work at ‘Luv & Hat’.
Yes. It’s that time of year again. Hectic shoppers, dark nights and extra layers. CHRISTMAS!
Christmas time to me is nothing without the music. Despite the overplayed and over energetic annoyance of the same mundane songs every year, the holidays would be nothing without it. I have collated a list of what i believe to be the top ten Christmas songs of all time…
Let me know what you think should or shouldn’t be on here!
10. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
This song is a classic and without doubt would get played in my Grandma’s house every single year.
9. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
This is your classic background music in a cheesy American Christmas film, This a guaranteed to be played during a ‘hectic’ Christmas shopping scene.
8. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Two words. Mean. Girls.
7. ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ – Darlene Love
This is definitely one of your Mum’s favorite songs. Probably because she can easily remember the repetitive lyrics… However, it’s another classic and is played every year. It’s heartwarming and puts you in the mood to stuff your face with cheap chocolate and get ‘merry’ on mulled wine.
6. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness
Every year, whilst putting our decorations up with the family, we would gather around in the living room and choose the best ‘Christmas Song Channel’. I am delighted to note that this video is shown at least once on every channel. It’s a good laugh and it gets even better when your 52 year old Dad attempts to match the pitch of some of Justin Hawkins’ notes. Definitely not suitable for the fainthearted…
5. The Wassailing Song – Blur
You haven’t had a ‘Merry’ Christmas until you’ve been sat in the pub with your family singing this song at the top of your lungs. This is a classic and could even be played in the middle of June in my opinion.
4. ‘White Christmas’ – Bing Crosby
I dare you to find me one person who dislikes this song! Yes it’s overplayed but EVERYONE knows it. It’s an all round ‘crowd pleaser’ and definitely your Grandma’s favorite Christmas song…
3. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
John Lennon wrote this song with his second wife Yoko Ono, and shortly after his death has become a somewhat protest song against the Vietnam War and is frequently covered by other artists. It’s a Christmas favorite because not only is it just a song but it holds a political message.
2. Baby, It’s cold Outside – Dean Martin
I’ve always loved this duet. It is such a fun and energetic song. Even more so once it made an appearance in the popular Christmas film ‘Elf’ when it was covered by Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Everyone thinks they can sing this song after a few Christmas ‘bevy’, you might not be the best singer but this song is very fun to sing.
Fairytale of Newyork – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl
My all time favorite Christmas Song. This is what makes Christmas for me. Having an Irish family its no surprise that ‘The Pogues’ would be played relentlessly each year but most particularly over the Christmas Holidays. This song has so many memories and It’s a great song and refuses to ‘sugar coat’ the reality of some families at Christmas time. It’s a fantastic song and if you haven’t heard it you’re missing out.
Okay so, having to choose just TEN Christmas songs was extremely difficult for me as each song, (regardless of how annoying it is) holds a memory for me and reminds me of my family and friends. I decided to add a ‘Bonus’ song. When this song is played on the Radio/TV/Shopping Centres, everyone knows that it is officially Christmas…
BONUS. ‘Last Christmas’ – Wham!
Who doesn’t love a bit of George Micheal?
Merry Christmas you filthy animals.
Taxonomy of Twitter
Taxonomy is known as a “formal classification using a tiered term structure.” One of the taxonomies of Twitter could be the ways in which it categorises Verified and Unverified accounts. These are shown through a recognisable blue tick next to a Username and separates famous public figures from the general public. This is very useful as often public figures can be imitated or mocked online through parody accounts, therefore this verified tick lets us know whether the person we follow is the actual person we believe them to be, or if they are a fake account.
Among the whole of twitter, anyone can become involved. Each user is given (through choice) their own Twitter Handle. For example @_harrieth, which allows me to be individually separated from others among the platform, such as @BarackObama. This makes it easier for everyone to be found, as well as allowing them to have their own personal profile where they can follow whomever they like and post their opinions.
Folksonomy, or commonly known as social tagging, is a system in which users can apply public tags to online items, determined by everyday public. As a user the Folksonomies will democratise the way that information is structured; they’re more useful to users.The way we use the folksonomy on Twitter helps us to determine who we wish to connect with and who we desire to target. Hashtags and usernames come under elements of this Twitter Folksonomy, these are known as abbreviations, word of phrases preceded by a crosshatch symbol. You can use a hashtag within your tweets like so…
People who click this hashtag may then see tweets made by other Users with the same hashtag. This is great for online communities or live tweeting as all of the tweets can be sent to one place and found via one hashtag.
Next time you find yourself on twitter, why don’t you hashtag one of your interests? This way you may find new people to connect with and more people who have similar interests as you do.
Alex Turner at the BRIT AWARDS in 2014 is a classic example of everything you do not want to be.
In the grand scheme of things; your stage presence is KEY. Interviews and Award Acceptances can make or break your image. A rude artist often loses lots of public appeal as they seem ungrateful and unappreciative of their fan base. Although it could be argued that this attitude is appealing for Artists such as ‘Liam Gallagher’ who is often rude and brutally critical in his interviews, it often backfires for young independent artists who wish to make a big global impact. Most artists within the Music Industry can throw a few chords together and sing a few words and they can call it a song, but its the showmanship that makes an artist an individual and in an industry of competition;
it is essential.
Artists often rely on social media to advertise their work. Particularly with sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Most Artists are avid social media enthusiasts as the opportunity to expand their fan base within the digital era is known as ‘Free Marketing’.
Most artists advertise online by releasing teasers of album covers and short snippets of their new tracks or behind the scenes footage of their latest music videos. This creates an enigma and allows the artists to take full advantage of the hype created around the release of their new music.
Two words. Miley Cyrus. If her alter ego ‘Hannah Montana’ didn’t give her enough attention, her #TWERKING took the internet by storm and gained her even more publicity. Yet, her ‘performance’ alongside Robyn Thicke during MTV’s VMA awards in 2013 certainly depicted the image of a ‘teenage rebel’ wishing to detach herself from her days on Disney Channel. Her new appearance shocked many of her younger fans and soon it was evident that ‘Miley Stewart’ was never to be seen again.
Miley’s music video ‘Wrecking Ball’ is certainly a video that sparked controversy online. Her lack of clothing and persistent licking of a hammer whilst swinging on a wrecking ball shattered Vevo’s record for the most views in a 24-hour period with 19.6 million VIEWS!
Controversial content worked well in Mileys favor as she was able to introduce her new persona to the world, leaving her with a new and intrigued fan base. As to be expected, parents and young fans were unhappy and ashamed of the ‘New Miley’ thus it is important to consider the benefits of releasing online content and whether or not it may be worthwhile losing a well-established fan base to take a chance and switch up your style.
In my opinion, this worked very well for her.
17 Year old Soak, also known as Birdie Monds-Watson, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter. Her music style is unique and dissimilar to any other artists in the media. Described by ‘The Guardian’ as a ‘vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking’ her Album ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream‘ depicts her soft and delicate demeanour. Her devotion to her career has allowed her to quit education to focus on her upcoming fame and blossoming music. Her genre lies between her musical inspirations/influences, such as ‘The 1975’ and ‘Joni Mitchell’. And most of her music is written from an event or a feeling she has experienced. She says she is “compelled” to write every song from being in a situation as this allows realism and “originality” to her music allowing her to stand out from others in the musical scene.
Formed in 2007, Llandudno, North Wales, Catfish and the Bottlemen have recently gained popularity amongst the British public. Sounding similar to Johnny Marr, Mystery Jets and The Kooks, their style offers a unique yet familiar sound making thousands of listeners keen to attend shows and purchase their latest album ‘The Balcony’. With iconic hair accompanied with an “I don’t give a sh*t attitude” they are going to be HUGE.