THE RELOAD PODCAST
On The Reload Podcast we interview industry experts, learning more about what they do and getting their advice and opinions on their field of expertise. The podcasts are perfect for learning something new and broadening your perspective on the music industry and the individuals and organisations who operate within it.
We spoke with Nathan Lilley, Director of Music from ELAM (East London Arts & Music), a full-time industry academy for 16-19 year olds. The academy is open to young musicians or creatives interested in pursuing carer in music, film, T V, production, game design and more and in its first 3 years of running it has seen its alumni take on roles in all of these sectors.
One thing that can be very tricky for young artists is finding a space to record in or even rehearse. It doesn't need to be a headache, there are a few fantastic studios and spaces in London which provide not only the facilities but help from musicians themselves.
One of these places is Raw Material, located in Brixton, London, Raw Material whose missions is to improve the lives of young people, their economic position, their opportunities, progression and development have an open door policy to young creatives under 25.
For an independent artist trying to find their way early on in their music career, any help is valuable. The money can sometimes be low and you might be struggling to pay for the latest piece of equipment. You’ve heard the stories or have peers that have secured a sponsorship or endorsement deal with an established brand, and you wonder to yourself, “how on earth did they secure such a ‘lucrative’ deal?” The thought of getting equipment at a discounted rate or even free is so enticing, but you just don’t know how,where or who to ask.
We invited our friend Kate Bond to join us on The Reload Podcast to discuss This Is Wired, one of London's best live-music shows. We spoke about how This Is Wired originally started out, how the team selects artists for the line up as well as the different platforms the show has been extended too. With 2017 set to be an exciting year, Kate is an industry specialist with a great eye for talent.
Getting involved with music and experiencing different genres and styles isn't something that's always available and accessible to everyone - this is something that The Midi Music Company works towards changing.
We spoke with Joe from Music Glue for The Reload Podcast to find out more about what they do. In our talk, Joe explains that music glue is a free to use online marketing and e-commerce platform - which allows artists to connect directly to their fans (wherever in the world they are) and help maintain a relationship with them too. Music Glue puts all of your 'products' in one place - this means fans can reach your content directly and quickly without having to sign up to different websites and platforms. This is great because it means you can be from a small village in the UK but still sell your album around the world - and merchandise too.
Are you an up and coming artist looking for a gig in Central London? Or are you looking for a place to listen to great unsigned talent? Either way, on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, set in the middle of Soho just upstairs of the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, you will find some of the best British unsigned talent that London has to offer. We spoke with the founder of Ruby Sings, Ada Lo to find out how she has managed to put on live music events and what she looks for when bringing in new musicians.
Episode 3. With the power of the internet, an unsigned artist can easily build a fanbase, communicate with each fan and share their music with the world. Alternatively record labels provide support and an often much needed budget to work with. But which one is right for you?
Episode 2. We spoke with singer-songwriter JC Villafan who has extensive experience touring around the U.S and Europe too about tour-life and what it's really like to set up a tour without a huge team or an expensive budget.
Episode 1 - Sophie Appleby from Youth Music discusses the work their music charity does with young people.