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This original, first,
Q&A started it all - a long time ago.....Dec Cluskey answers your
real music questions personally:
I need your help if you can
spare me the time. First I must say that your material has
inspired me over the last year and the ideas continue to pop into
my head, organising and running with them is challenging yet also
fun, you have been a great help.
As a songwriter, comedian and
singer I do get regular work, however, how do I keep in touch or
find out who to keep in touch with in the TV world. At this moment
I don`t have the contacts on that level. HAVE I LOST THE PLOT
At this moment in time there are
not many of us breaking through in Wales. The question I find
myself asking is, how can I make this happen.
Dec, tell me more about the next
stage and the wonderful world of discovery.
Many thanks and an even bigger
thanks for taking the calls...
Any section of Show Business tends
to be exactly the same!
It's all a case of 'gaining their
The surprising fact of life in
writing/comedy/visual/singing/recording is that you must have a
talent and a presentation that is innovative, 'never seen before'
It's everything I say in my
writings....I see it all the time (just came back from a
cruise....new young comic on there....new material....new
The most important thing is to be
'dangerous'...take chances....'safe' gets you nowhere, only more
W.M.C's and sh*tty 'you take the door money' rock venues.
If you have a gobsmacking act that
is just so 'talked about' then merchandising will increase,
fan-base, data-base will increase your following....then you get a
buzz going.....queues down the street....bookings and re-bookings
at bigger and better places.....your act gets bigger....bigger
sound system...bigger lights....bigger crew....band...special
effects...then even bigger queues...bigger following...bigger
data-base, fan-base...more merchandising.....
Mean to tell me that that won't
attract TV, won't attract Record Company 'suits'?
Do be serious!!!!!!
P.S.: Set goals....how many Gigs
next month? How many new names on your fanbase? How many
merchandise albums sold next month? If you haven't a game plan you
Many thanks for the e-mail reply
this is a real help to me, however, I think I did loose the plot
don`t you think ?.
One more question, in my case
what do you mean by "dangerous", and taking chances
would you explain more.
Thanks again, PE.
What do I mean by 'DANGEROUS'?
For instance, if my brother and I
continued to present 'Bachelors' on stage as we did in the
Sixties....safe as houses, we would be dressed in those natty
mohair suits with the cuban heels and tortured 15"
collars....remember the little straight ties?
We would be playing those big old
Gibson acoustic/electric guitars with the Selmer 30 watt
amps....we would be singing through Rezlo mics and a 30 watt P.A.
We would sing 'the hits' with the
dreadful backing group that 'almost get it right'.
Instead we have 'dangerous' 12 KW
sound system, state of the art guitar equipment, lights that are
'frightening' in their effects and design. Stage outfits that are
definitely 'unexpected' and vocal 'effects' that are state of the
art studio stuff. 90% digital presentation. The performing
material is 'in yer face' 'Next Millenium' with the Sixties stuff
presented as if it were in the charts last week, not 35 years ago.
The audience is taken aback in no
uncertain way....they are shocked!
We are looking for the comment:
"My Goodness I didn't know what to expect, in fact I didn't
want to come, I was dragged here by my Mother...but Hey, where is
your next Gig and can I get on your mailing list?"
Trust me, you won't get that
reaction by performing a 'safe' act with 'safe' music that doesn't
ruffle feathers...you have to take chances...you have to do the
'original' material, the dangerous material....'Middle of the
Road' nowadays is NOT Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Jim Reeves...it's
Oasis, Blur, Luther Van Dross, Artful Dodger, Ann Lee, Simply Red,
Madonna, Cher, Timbaland.
Your act, recorded material, looks,
attitude and total presentation has GOT TO BE 'never seen before,
never heard before'!!!!
'Dangerous' is where you go on
'Talk Radio' and answer with one word: 'Bollocks'.....certainly
gets the phone lines going...gets you booked back (I know, I've
done it, many times)...and certainly gets you noticed!!!! Do you
get your name in the paper for saying: "I understand your
point of view but would you consider that possibly....etc...et
'Dangerous' makes life more than
interesting both on stage and off!!!! It is the rockbed of all
alternative comedy and the rockbed of all chart records today
(well, 98%, I don't include Andy Williams....or Sir Cliff)
The boss, Dec....4,500
audience...real music people run this site...not faceless
What do you think of the
I suppose I'm a lot different to
others in our business...I actually care!
listened to your cd....interesting
(terrible word that).
immediate reaction? no hits! (I
thought that was the reason we existed...maybe i'm wrong....hmmmmmmm)
it would benefit from:
independent producer (don't give
me that stuff about "only a demo") would ensure some
accuracy in the vocals, for a start.
your voice toughening up...
stinks of "only sings an odd time". I always thought
we were in a professional business...if you don't toughen it up
then get a tough pro singer to do your stuff!
vocal arrangement (most important
part of hit music) totally missing (and again don't give me that
stuff about "not finished yet" and "well, there is
a 'bit' of harmony here and there". oh yeah?)
all sounds sadly like what it
is....all synth produced (ok an odd guitar and the like, poorly
lyrics (and i'm like most males,
not a lyrics person) scream at me...so much cocophony in your
words....whatever happened to the sweet, smooth, loving,
caressing, synonistic gorgeous, 'eat your heart out' words that
make real today hit records? think about it!
lastly....i always listen to demos,
among my daily diet of 'today' and 'future' hits (i have great
respect in the business, so get the very best and the very new).
putting your cd on confirmed everything i thought....does not
stand up in any way to what is required for top 3. check it our
yourself....easy enough to slot one of yours into a mini disc or
cd of current top 3.....comprende?
and completely lastly:
there are 6 names mentioned on your
cd cover. YOUR NAME IS MENTIONED SEVEN TIMES. what does that tell
me? "rank amateur" that's what it tells me!!!!! it also
shrieks that to all you send the cd to!!!!!
Written by Joe Bloggs
Composed by Joe Bloggs
Played by Joe Bloggs
Words by Joe Bloggs
Music by Joe Bloggs
CD cover printed by Joe Bloggs
Coffee made by Joe Bloggs
Studio swept by Joe Bloggs
Wallpapering by Joe Bloggs
Car serviced by Joe Bloggs
GET THE PICTURE?
it's called in the business
ps....i don't do this for
everyone....but you've got talent....sadly i feel you have no
direction or constructive help and encouragement....until now!!!
you are going to gain a lot from my writings if you have the b*lls
all tough, but true?
then again, i could say: "nice
material, not quite what we're looking for at the moment, but let
me hear any new stuff you write...."
Just this minute back from
I'm afraid I agree with most of
what you have assessed and what does that tell you?
It should tell you that
improvements were being put together hence my seeking advice in
the first place. I've been a long time away from the business but
the song I've just recorded is certainly a huge step up from the
stuff I sent to you. Those that know me know that I do not suffer
from 'self-aggrandisement' indeed the opposite may be the case.
However I do tend to leave decisions to others sometimes and the
'name' thing was one of those.
I am also writing outside of
music but feel, like you do, that I do have a certain talent. Also
some of the stuff is geared to stage and theatre so a song like
'Everybody wants to be a big shot' has a full theatrical script
and choreography attached to it. Then it works.
I will send to you a copy of
'Not this time round' (the Baden song). It is a DEMO but it is a
Thank you for your help thus far
and for confirming what I already knew deep down. I shall now look
forward to your music stuff for which I have the adequate and
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