Five notable albums recorded in Shoredtich

5 Notable Albums recorded in Shoreditch

 

White Stripes – Elephant (2003)

Everyone knows the riff to Seven Nations Army. It’s arguably the most notable guitar riff of the new millennium, and perhaps it noted the peak of the indie/garage movement of the early 00’s when guitars were all of the sudden cool again. Jack White, who since became a cultural icon and his partner in sound Meg White made a collection of songs you either loved or hated, but you couldn’t resist those hooks. It’s almost evident that more than 15 years down the line, this album endured the test of time and became a soundtrack of an era.

 Nice Cave – Tender Prey (1988)

Nick Cave is an iconic figure. An artist that’s been with us for more than four decades, had very little chart success but seems to be going from strength to strength with his career. Viewed by many as his artistic peak, Tender Prey was released in 1988 and contained some of his most recognizable work to date – including The Mercy Seat (which is still being played on every show until today) and Dianna. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would reside in West Berlin at the time, and the recordings took place in Shoreditch, which gives us an idea about what Shoreditch felt like before the days of Boxpark and Pret.

The The – Dusk (1992)

Dusk is another great example of a musical act at its musical peak. Matt Johnson was by no means a newcomer by the time of the album’s release. With 4 albums released previously, as well as grandiose world tours, as well as rather ambitious films accompanying some of these album releases, The The may have had minor chart success but their artistic influence was much bigger. Recorded at Johnson’s very own studio, The Garden (in a building which was sold and now owned by Pret…), the album was recorded live on its most parts and contains rather dense energy, almost making the listener sweat on every listen. The the never repeated the success of this album which by many is hailed as a 90’s masterpiece and a soundtrack of an era.

Prodigy – Fat Of The Land (1997)

That album made everybody stop and listen. Never before did punk and electronica fuse so well together. They sounded (and looked) both intimidating and appealing and let’s face it – it is an irresistible collection of songs, that bridged the 90’s into the new millennium. It was a different way of making music - suddenly left-field producers could be classified as, well, pop, and this was one of the albums to possibly broke the paradigm of what is the role of a band and or band members in the context of modern music.

Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth (1992)

The debut album by this seminal band. This album was loved by many, but it was impossible to predict the global success of their future albums, who made Jamiroquai the biggest band in the world for a few minutes. This collection of songs showcased some very healthy funk & jazz moves coasted by Jay Kay’s soulful vocals as well as his elaborate hats and headgear. As a listener, it feels like you’re attending the best jam in town. They still do sometimes!



Top five music venues in Shoreditch

Shoreditch has been a cultural centre for the past few decades, and one of London’s most sought after areas when It comes down to arts, fashion and of course music.

While live music might be in decline in other parts of London, with venues like the West End’s Astoria 2, 12 Bar and Islington’s Buffalo Bar and Big Red, Shoreditch still rides high as one of the best places for live music in town.

We drew up a short list of our favourite music venues. We’ve tried to combine places at different sizes and calibres, to show the wide versatility Shoreditch has to offer in this field.

 

Café’ 1001

 This café / bar / venue can be an ideal hand at all hours of the day: a great coffee shop during the day, and trendy bar / venue at night. They’re organising events ranging from dance performances, film screenings, photography & art exhibitions and music festivals. Even young Ed Sheeran graces the stage before blowing into a world class artist.

Cargo

Cargo is a venue everyone knows but no one ever knows where it’s at J. Located at an urban disused railway yard, Cargo provides the perfect venue at the heart of Shoreditch, from sunny Sunday session to various club nights. They get some of the best DJs at their club nights, and ensure high quality live acts on the up rise, who are always worth watching.

 Rough Trade East

 To most die hard music fans the name Rough Trade needs no introduction, as they hold the torch being the one of the first indie scene’s gate keepers. Originally a record shop in west London, they branched into distribution platform that would allow independent acts to bypass the need for a major label, and also expended their activities into being a legendary record label, who brought to the world indie pioneers like The Smiths, Pere Ubu and Cabaret Voltaire during the 80’s, as well as more recent acts since the 2000 such as The Libertines, The Strokes and The Alabama Shakes.

In their east end shop, opened in 2007, they host many upcoming acts who often play stripped down, secret sets to to loyal fans who snap the tickets within minutes. Apart from selling records the place also runs a café, and it is a local staple for any music lover around.


Rich Mix 

Rich Mix is a community hub staging music, dance and spoken word performance, art shows and film screenings. They feature shows from both established and emerging artists, see themselves as a true creative hub – for their artists, for their diverse and dedicated audiences and for the creative enterprises resident in their building. They also sport a pioneering learning and participation programmes who bring people from east London into close touch with the arts.

There’s a real vibe when you walk inside Rich Mix, and you can tell it’s a place that is trying to give a lot to its surrounding. Apart from music they run a great café / restaurant and a wide array of activities for all ages.


Colours (previously knows as Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen)

Opened in 2001 and with a grassroots approach to programming up and coming live talent the venue’s eagle eared bookers have paved the way for some goose-bump inducing performances over the years in the 300 capacity live room. The list of bands that have played here is a fantasy festival line up if ever we saw one, with bands sharing fond tales on the touring circuit perhaps part explaining the venue being so well revered outside, as well as inside, London.
Live acts that have previously played include: Florence + The Machine, Foals, Dum Dum Girls, Ben Howard and a lot more.

Should I go to a singing contest ?

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Should I go to a singing contest ?

Like it or not, in the past generation we have changed the way we discover music. In the past, we will probably pick up music is being played on the radio, MTV, recommendation for my best mates or simply go to a record store and browse till we hear (or even see! ) something that we like.

Nowadays, the main two platforms we discover music on our streaming services such as Spotify,  Apple Music, Tidal and many others, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and last but not least are singing contests such as X factor, Britain’s  Got Talent and many more.

No one can deny sheer influence these programs had over the public. They are probably the only way we can feel some kind of social mobility, and in other words: platform that could turn us to pop stars almost over night. 

If you set up your mind to audition for one of these shows, you should probably keep a few things in mind:

  1. Set your expectations: you’re about to audition against thousands of singers, some of them are truly incredible and experienced. Know that while you always have a chance, don’t let any result bring you down or stop your creativity.

  2. Prepare yourself for a tough day: long queues, impatient staff, inconvenient facilities and most of all - being overwhelmed by the amount of people trying to get a slot.  Enjoy the experienced but don’t let it affect you.

  3. Come prepared: the last thing you want is to make it all the way to the audition and then sing out of pitch, forget your lyrics or generally seem a bit unfocused. The judges on these shows are way to saturated with mass amounts of people to really give people a second and third chance.

  4. Give the judges something else: Admittedly, a lot of people can sing. It’s been proven on these shows. Don’t try to impress them just based on your voice, as they have seen and heard it all. Show them you’re an interesting personality, and most likely - you’re a real artist. It’s always more impressive to bring an original song, let alone an amazing one. This would prove you’re on the right path, regardless to any competition.

  5. If you do make it to later stage make sure you know it’s based on your musical talent, and not on an attempt to turn you into Simon Cowell’s next laughing stock. It sounds cruel but it is reality TV at the end of the day, and mocking weak contenders can attract viewers just as much as watching an amazing talent.


Following these, and no matter what happens you will either fly or bounce back. Now get into your writing mode :).


Development Vs. Instant Success

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We’ve seen it all before. An unknown talented singer appears on our screens for the first time and within seconds captures our hearts and imagination. Could we do the same? Is it that hard? 

Trouble is, people tend to forget the difference between the being discovered and tagged as a potential talent, and having an actual career in music. After all, we are used to the format of TV shows that pick up people from the streets, heralds them as heroes for a minute and leave them forgotten minutes after the lights go off. 

But being a successful musician has a lot more to it and in this new blog we’re going to give some ideas and tips about then necessary steps and ideas that should accompany any artist in their path, no matter how far they’ve come. We’ll try to skip the obvious (we all know how to use Instagram, and if you don’t – start today!). But more importantly, we feel like there is a gap in the field of artist development out there, and we’re hoping to share some of our knowledge here, so stay tuned.