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LIVE MUSIC CHANNELS IN BRIGHTON

24th November 2017

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Tom Hodgson is a session drummer and drum teacher based in Brighton who plays in a variety of bands. Some of the venues he frequently performs at are: The Gherkin, Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace and Royal Horseguards Hotel. He recently co-founded a unique style of teaching business, Studio Muso.

This approach to teaching provides students with: one-to-one tuition, regular studio recording time, exclusive video lessons/exam grade resources and comprehensive guides to do with the music industry. Through Studio Muso, his students not only vastly improve their playing, confidence and creativity but also become seasoned to a studio environment by being able to record professional demos to use for applications to colleges such as BIMM and even professional work.

In this post, Tom details some of the most valuable live music channels available in Brighton.

He’s also added in channels that aren’t currently accepting submissions but have done some pretty great sessions with Brighton artists over the years, so they’re well worth having a look at and keeping tabs on. Remember, it’s all about networking, so follow these guys and introduce yourself when you feel you’re well rehearsed and have some gigs under your belt.

Sofar Sounds

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The Brighton wing of Sofar Sounds is now managed by Dave Elphick who is the owner of Bmusic. Bmusic is a popular online channel in itself which has done live sessions with countless amounts of great local artists over the years. As a result of everything Dave’s done for the local scene, he has now been handed the reigns of Sofar Sounds and Balcony TV within Brighton.

 

TELL US A BIT ABOUT SOFAR SOUNDS AND IT’S SESSIONS.

“It was started in 2009 by some chaps in London and it’s now operating in 300+ cities worldwide. The sessions are aimed at providing a respectful, attentive and comfortable atmosphere for live music enjoyment. This not only benefits the audience but the artists themselves who get the opportunity to play to an open minded crowd who really come to experience something different. I’d be surprised if each artist that plays doesn’t take away a fistful of new followers and some CD sales out of it too.”

WHAT GENRES/STYLES DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM?

“Gigs are usually stripped back and not a fully plugged in band and we will literally accept any artist of any genre that can prove their live performance ability, big or small, solo artist or band. You don’t have to be massive online, you just have to show you are making an effort to build a career.

If you havent played a Sofar anywhere in the world then there is a global vetting team that keep standards high, not everyone makes it through but we will come back with pointers.”

WHO HAVE YOU DONE SESSIONS WITH?

“Seabed, Nick Tann, Tuval, Night House, AK Patterson, Elaina Bel and many more.”

HOW DO I APPLY?

“If you have never played a Sofar before, the best route is to apply via the website with Brighton as your ‘Perform City’ making sure to provide good, current live video links for the best chance of being selected.

Acts that are chosen to play either take away a boastful live video to boost their online content or a performance fee.”

Links
sofarsounds.com/about/artists
youtube.com/user/Sofarsounds
facebook.com/Soafarsoundsbrighton
@sofarsoundsbtn

 

Small Pond Sessions

Small Pond are one of those companies that seem to crop up in every article we create related to music in Brighton. They’ve just got a hand in all aspects of the local music culture and always do it justice! Not surprisingly really, the live sessions on their YouTube channel are no exception.

Not only does their YouTube channel cover live sessions, but it’s also host to various festival sets and some great gig coverage too.

WHAT GENRES/STYLES DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM? 

“We’ve filmed everything from instrumental rock to electronic and jazz, so we’re very open minded. If your music is interesting and brings something unique to the table then we’ll definitely listen to it, check out our YouTube channel to get an idea for the music we like.”

WHO HAVE YOU DONE SESSIONS WITH?

“The Dillinger Escape Plan, Three Trapped Tigers, The Physics House Band, And So I Watch You From Afar, Delta Sleep, The Fall Of Troy, Maybeshewill, Alarmist, Wild Cat Strike, Town Portal, Mutiny On The Bounty + many more.”

HOW DO I APPLY?

“Generally we find most of the bands we do sessions with ourselves, often using them to help promote our live events or for artists on our label. We do however offer professional, high quality, on location live sessions so email us at studio@smallpondrec.co.uk for a tailored quote.”

Links
smallpondrec.co.uk
youtube.com/user/smallpondrecordings
facebook.com/smallpondrecordings
@SmallPondRec

Balcony TV

Balcony TV is a website and Youtube channel providing ‘Music with a view’ and after a 3 year hiatus in Brighton the channel is back in action.

Live sessions are filmed in one take in spaces with a cracking or iconic view of the city and the list of famous artists that have graced their videos over the years is too long to mention.

 

WHAT GENRES/STYLES DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM?

“Currently the channel is looking for bigger balconies to accommodate full bands but at the moment, it is more aimed at solo artists and bands that can perform as 3 piece acoustic acts.

We have a local peer review system to get a fair consensus on each application and as we only release 1 new session a fortnight please don’t worry if it takes a while for us to come back to you.”

WHO HAVE YOU DONE SESSIONS WITH?

“The Real Mckenzies, Stealing Sheep, The DuBarrys, The Swing Ninjas, Richard Durrant and many more.”

HOW DO I APPLY?

Email them at brighton@balconytv.com to complete a review form to apply.

Links
youtube.com/user/StephenORegan
facebook.com/BTVbrighton
@balconytvbrighton

 

thisisBmusic

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thisisBmusic is the local music YouTube channel brand run by thisisB Ltd, a production company that was formed out of a passion for Brighton’s music scene. It has since evolved into a multifaceted video production house who have been commissioned to work with bands including Town Of Cats & This Party.

So, as much as they are an influential live music channel, they’re also a highly affordable option for bands/artists needing music/promo videos done.

The channel itself is a great way for local musicians to get experience in front of the camera and add to their portfolio. I’ve done sessions with Dave myself and it was always a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Not to mention, a good laugh!

WHAT GENRES/STYLES DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM? 

“Bmusic have no restrictions on genre or style. They are pretty open-minded but make sure you’re well rehearsed and have a good amount of gigs under your belt, before you apply for a slot. This concept goes for any channel you’re looking to do a live session with. You only get one first impression, make it a good one!”

WHO HAVE YOU DONE SESSIONS WITH?

“Warsaw Radio, Fragile Creatures, grasshopper, AK/DK, Lakuta, This Party, Safe To Swim, Frankie Furlow, Thieves By The Code and many more…”

HOW DO I APPLY?

Contact them at thisisBmusic@gmail.com

Links
thisisbmusic.com
youtube.com/user/thisisBmusic
www.facebook.com/BmusicTV
@Bmusic_TV

 

Brighton Album Chart Show

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To add yet another string to his bow, Dave has now launched the Brighton Album Chart Show. This is a TV and radio show that broadcasts each month on Latest TV as well as Radio Reverb.

It is a concept album chart based only upon physical sales at local record shop, Resident Records. So basically, it’s an amazing way to discover awesome local bands that you might want to build a rapport with and keep involved in the local music scene. Plus, each month they look to feature a music video by an artist with a recent album or EP release. So, if that applies to you or will in the near future (and if you’re reading this, I’m guessing it does right?) then get on it and send in your stuff!

WHO HAVE YOU DONE SESSIONS WITH?

Some of the acts featured so far include: Featured eclectic array of acts such as AK/DK, Kev Minney, Broadbay, Normanton Street etc.

HOW DO I APPLY?

“Local artists (Brighton and surrounding towns) releasing a new EP and Album alongside a video, release should entries to: brightonalbumchartshow@gmail.com for the chance to be selected for the show that broadcasts on Latest TV and Radio Reverb.”

Links
thisisbmusic.com/bacs/
facebook.com/BACStv/
thelatest.co.uk/brighton-album-chart-show
radioreverb.com/shows/brighton-album-chart-show

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Previous Live Music Channels

As I mentioned before, these are worth keeping tabs on as they created some great videos and may well start another project where they’re looking for new artists…

 

Eyes & Ears

This was run by Rosie Powell and Amy Forrester. Rosie is a freelance videographer and photographer who’s clients include popular music magazines, musicians and theatre companies across the UK. Amy is multi-instrumentalist with a decade of experience performing, touring, promoting and event organising. Between the two of them, they made an ideal pairing for creating brilliant videos and events. Their channel is well worth taking a look at as they’ve done great videos with some really cool artists. Besides, you never know when they may be looking for bands for projects!

Links
facebook.com/eyesandearsbrighton
eyesandearsbrighton.tumblr.com
youtube.com

SoapBox

Soapbox are a well rounded media company that promote up and coming artists. I haven’t seen any live sessions released by them in recent months (hence why they’re in this section) but they’re a big contributor to the local scene. They travel up and down the country capturing great moments for musicians, artists, designers and local causes. Their website  features some great studio sessions, reviews, interviews and articles. They are definitely worth taking a look at and keeping on your radar!

 

 

 

Links
spbx.co.uk
youtube.com/spbxmedia
facebook.com/boxofsoap
twitter.com/soap_box_

Live sessions are no doubt an invaluable way of gaining more traction for your music. They are also a necessity when applying to most festivals you want to play at. Getting some good live footage may well be the thing that elevates your band over the next hurdle in making a name for yourself So, as long as you’re ready for it… get in touch with these guys and get a video sorted.

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Tom Hodgson

Tom is a session musician and drum teacher at Studio Muso. He loves researching and writing about ways to help fellow musicians find the best opportunities for their music within Brighton's thriving city of culture.