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Lies, Damn Lies & Marketing 2.0

Don’t Mess With Mr Inbetween. For my cynical, sarcastic and often downright rude rundown of some of the cheap flimflam tricks musicians use to promote themselves, see here. Here though, are some further observations, and this time … it’s digital.

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‘Tis the Season to be Appropriate

Early, I know (gets earlier every year), but here’s a plea to musicians. If you’re going to take bookings in December, please have some seasonal repertoire ready. Even just a few numbers. Doesn’t have to turn into a full-blown carol

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Zen and the Art of Depping

One day, eager young tritone-hopper, when you leave this jazz temple, the day will come when you won’t be able to do a gig and have to put in a replacement. There will be a “you-less” hole at the Pillock

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Practising in Your Head

Those lovable boffins have been at it again. It seems that “scientists at Cambridge” have established that a lot of the creative process occurs for musicians when they aren’t even touching their instrument. This story was presented recently by BBC

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Geronimo! …and Thoughts from New Chief Sitting Bull’s Head

Let’s hope that the Evening Standard gossip column rumours about conversion of the Bull’s Head in Barnes into a ghastro pub aren’t true. It’s a great venue in a beautiful part of London, with one of the best maintained pianos

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Flim Flam Sauce – Lies, Damn Lies & Marketing

Music has what investors would call very low “barriers to entry” – in plain English, anyone can do it. Although it takes talent and many years of perseverence to do it well, and a heavy dose of luck to get

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