I have been the biggest admirer of Rosi Golan for as long as I’ve been settled into the New York music scene. We first met in 2008 at her CD release show for the Drifter and the Gypsy, at the Living Room (which went on to become one of my bars that I considered home away from home). She hasn’t played live in a while but was playing at Rockwood 2 with Ari Hest, Allie Moss and others joining her along the way and I took some photos. The set can be found here: Rosi Golan @ Rockwood 2 13 photos or on MidTea’s facebook.
NEW VIDEO: Wanna Drink feat. Joanna Burns
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Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams filming American Hustle in Manhattan (pictures by me)
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The Leave a Lasting Mark Series: Rock Songs of 93
The person in the last photograph is a man called Sam Teichman, who regularly runs marathons and fundraisers alike. Several years ago (October 2010), I shot the very first LaLM, which was themed on Born To Run. The purpose of the first one was to raise more funds to sponsor his marathon running. It consisted of lots of musicians performing Springsteen’s great hits over two hours and twenty performers, raised about $1500+ and the profile of a lot of the people involved. Fans got to hear new bands, everyone got to meet new people and the atmosphere was perfect.
It hadn’t been planned to be as regular a reoccurrence as it has since become (thought to be a yearly thing, it is more often every two months) and a whole bunch of money has been raised for various charities since then. Some of my favourite songs of 93 from last night’s show included Creep by Radiohead (sung by Dave Pittenger, pictured second to last) and the very last group song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers (led by Freedom Bremner, sung by everyone).
This afternoon, Lauren Aquilina performed at the Station Sessions in London St Pancras Station. There were a lot of people stopping. She was lovely. If you’ve not heard her yet, please do yourself a favour and have a listen. Click here for more photos (also at facebook.com/midtea )
My friend Nia had her EP Launch last Monday. We’ve already done two videos with her for MidTea - Aldgate and Black Woman. There are a lot more photos from the EP Launch here and at facebook.com/midtea.
Dan Smith of Bastille, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (by http://facebook.com/MidTea
Photo by Radek at Guy Chambers Studios.
Earlier I tweeted the following two things:
“Don’t say you promote only new music if you only work with people who are already discovered. Well done for those but don’t forget the rest.” followed shortly by
“That tweet wasn’t an indirect at any of you music video people.Not at SBTV, not at Ont or any of that. Just a statement.Don’t limit yourself”
I had a few people asking if it was about anyone specifically, which it wasn’t, so I thought it a good idea to clarify that. But then I thought I should probably expand upon that.
Firstly, I understand that working with successful people is a great way to grow your brand, to gain more hits and to gain attention. It’s actually a good idea to do this so that those other videos you have might get views from people searching through the other material.
Secondly, these other channels have hosted friends and people I enjoy working with or listening to. I am appreciative that those channels have done so. When I say that I got into filming musicians to promote them, that’s what I mean and I have no objection to other people promoting things and ideas that I like. In fact, I’m supportive of it.
My statement is literally continue to promote new people too. If it’s good, it’s good, regardless of the audience. Don’t always think about the amount of hits you’ll get. I know there’s a living to be made somewhere along the way but you have to believe the thing - person, sound, image - you’re working with is worth it and something you enjoy. Otherwise, why bother?
So yes, it might get frustrating when a site picks up more subscribers, or some record label snubs you for another channel, but just keep improving your own stuff and they’ll come find you eventually if you’re good enough.
P.s. no-one has time for subliminal messages.
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