Freelance: Album Review Status Update

I have now finished reviewing my top 10 albums. This process was pretty lengthy and did take me a while to complete but I did enjoy the process and I am glad I picked this project. Here are the albums listed below that are my top 10:

  1. PVRIS- White Noise
  2. Paramore- Self Titled
  3. Melanie Martinez- Cry Baby
  4. Jessie J- Who You Are
  5. Issues- Self Titled
  6. Bastille- Bad Blood
  7. Tonight Alive- Limitless
  8. Pierce The Veil- Collide With The Sky
  9. Ed Sheeran- Multiply
  10. The Script- Science and Faith
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Album Review Blog Page

During the past couple of weeks I have created a blog page linked to this website on album reviews. So far I have reviewed two albums. Paramore ‘Self Titled’ album and Issues ‘Self Titled’ album.

I decided to have more of a personal vibe to these reviews with some mention of technical jargon and instrumentation.

I plan to have at least five or six done in total before the end of the month, to showcase that I can review different styles of music.

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Cookie Gig// Catch Up: 20/04/17

Cookie Gig: 06/04/17

The Cookie gig went a lot better than I thought! I enjoyed every second up there and considering it was my first time performing at that venue, I thought it went rather well.

The reaction we all got whilst performing was great and they all seemed to really enjoy it. The atmosphere was just a massive hype and everyone did so well!

My strengths were the fact that I actually moved and fully performed on stage. I feel like I am finally coming out of my shell and into this whole new person when I’m on stage.

My weaknesses were probably working myself up to a nervous wreck and not being able to control my vocals. However no one seemed to notice that so that’s okay.

 

Catch Up

Okay! So since the gig I have been ridiculously busy with coursework and maths revision. However I have been writing a few songs and listening to some new music. I’ve made sure I’m not too out of practice and have been fully planning my masterclass, ready for when we all go back to college.

I will post again on Wednesday after band rehearsal to update you all on what we will be working on for the rest of the term.

Guildhall Review

Yesterday, Leicester College music students and students from Peterborough all attended an event at Guildhall Leicester for a ‘rethinkyourmind’ showcase.

The event included three masterclasses that were all from different spectrum’s of the music industry.

  • Tour manager
  • Folk artist/ singer songwriter Lucy Ward who formed her own record label
  • Mark Morriss from The Blue Tones with hit singles and gold albums.

In my opinion the tour manager masterclass didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. I also felt like when asked questions, the answers were not realistic to the times we live in now. Therefor I don’t feel like their advice would help in today’s generation of touring.

Obviously it was still interesting to hear some of the stories, I just don’t feel like it helped me to gain any relevant knowledge of today’s music industry of tour managing.

The folk artist masterclass was really interesting! It was so great to listen to someones journey of being so young, signed to a label, and then going to run their own label and managing themselves with help from their family and friends. It was really refreshing to hear about how organic her process was and how much she has control of the visual side of music as well as the actual audio.

She had a really infectious personality and voice that you just wanted to listen to. I really enjoyed her original song ‘Julia’ it was so emotional and beautiful. She has a gorgeous tone to her voice that sent shivers down my spine and is a very talented songwriter.

The last master class was with Mark Morriss of The Blue Tones. He’s very narcissistic but in a humorous way. It was quite cool listening to someone talk about how they got to ‘the top’ of their career. It was also lovely that he gave advice on how to be the best you can be in the industry and that’s simply being the best. Starting off in your street, your town and eventually your county. Although it seems super far fetched, it’s still really encouraging to know it can happen for you, as long as you put the work into it.

Now onto the band performances!

I really enjoyed all of the acts to be honest. They all brought something different to the table. The vibes ranged from funky to slow and emotional.

Overall I had a great experience at the event and will definitely remember it.

 

GIG REVIEW- PVRIS

This weekend I qued for four and a half hours to get as close as possible to the stage without being VIP to see PVRIS. I ended up in the third to fourth row which was pretty decent!

The support acts were Bones and K-Flay.

Bones were a duo of an electric guitarist/ backing vocalist and a vocalist that also plays electric guitar. There was also a session drummer who was really good! They sang songs titled ‘Get Fat’ and ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’. The song ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’ included a very skilled guitar solo from the guitarist (Carmen Vandenberg). The vocalist was amazing too! Very raspy tones with an immense amount of sass and attitude.

The last support act was K-Flay. They were more similar to the main act as there were uses of synths as well as drums and guitar. The vocals where raspy and sometimes cute and squeaky but in a good way!! I really enjoyed there set and the vocalists stage presence.

Overall I really loved the support acts and I liked how they we both different.

Now… PVRIS!

PVRIS are my favourite band and I loved every single second of the gig!

Lynn Gunn (vocalist) was exceptional. From the way she performed to her comical qualities when telling people to get off of their phones during the track ‘Holy’. I could ramble on page after page after page about this band so I will try to keep it as short as possible!

I really enjoyed the synths live as I had never heard anything like that before. Hearing the songs live was a really great experience for me because I got to see it all happen during the set.

The drummer Justin Nace was incredible! He was so energetic and flawless. I don’t normally pay a lot of attention towards drummers because I’m normally fixated by the vocalist but I really enjoyed listening to and watching Justin play. (The same goes for Brian MacDonald the bassist and Alex Babinski the guitarist)

I loved how I listened to them as a band and wanted to see all of them an equal amount. This doesn’t ever happen to me. I normally just want to see and hear the vocalist with a little background band but not PVRIS!

If I had to describe my experience in three words it would be ‘captivating’, ‘amazing’ and ‘special’.

I definitely had the best night of my life including the DJ set at District done by Brian, bassist of PVRIS.