A couple of weeks ago, while in Philadelphia for business, a colleague from across the pond asked a favor of me: would you mind listening to some music? This is like asking a kid if he'd mind spending the day in a shoppe full of candy. One with toys, gadgets, games. All free. Um, sure!
Music has always been a passion of mine. Now, having spent some time in the industry, in a past life, I know that there is an enormous amount of untapped talent out there. There's also a lot of -- well, let's just say, stuff that just doesn't have a chance of getting close to Mr. A&R (Artist and Repertoire) VP at a small, medium-sized or big record label.
Because of the nature of the 'biz', I'm a big proponent of the Indie movement - in film, literature, and most especially, music. Which is why I think MySpace rocks, as far as music is concerned. Independent bands have a shot at making it big just by posting a profile, a bio and their music to the site. It's simply a phenomenon of this: power to the people. The people decide...not the music industry execs. (Sound familiar?)
Back to my story. So, during a Skype chat my colleague sends me the mp3 file of a song called City. I listen. I likee. I pursue. The band is called Trail. And for a band with a repertoire of just eight songs, let me tell you ... this is an impressive debut. Lead singer Charlie and I have gotten to know each other via email, and I'm encouraging them to come over to the US and give it a go.
More with music over here, soon. In the meantime, ping me if there's a band you'd like us to look at for an upcoming interactive podcast.