Also in this edition: Gary Dewhurst and Alice Braga.
Spending time with singer/songwriter Layne Greene for another Tea Talk episode.
This is a topic that guitar aficionados should read. What I am writing about will challenge those who claim to love electric guitar music. Yeah this is the sh*t man! So yeah you love your guitar and you play well BUT…do you have the effects that will make your musician friends drool? Are you really an elitist as you claim to be? I am joined by my pal Layne Green for this conversation. Layne and I used to have a regular Tea Talk episode in this site but our schedules got in the way. But it is nice to hang out once in a while to exchange ideas about music.
Pedals, pedals, pedals!
Layne Greene: the music store finally has the pedal I want in stock 😀 yay!!!!!
Sphere Music: Is it good?
I hope sooo have to try it first if not, they have another one I’m interested in, but its more expensive.
Oh ok yeah it is great to have options but that one looks really nice
Pedals are expensive :S boooo it should do what I need it toooo http://www.strymon.net/timeline/ I want one of those but they cost waaaaaaaaaay to much.
That one is a beautiful monster.
It does more than I’d probably use if I play until the day I die but it costs like $500
That’s like a good laptop!
I think I’d have a hard time spending as much on one pedal as I’d spend on a guitar :S
Because for you they are the same? Oh you mean pedals and guitars- it is hard to choose.
I mean, I could get a realllly nice second hand guitar for less than that one pedal and I definitely think that a decent guitar is more important than a decent pedal or an amp I could get a realllly nice amp for $500. Pedals are expensive, but most of them are reasonably priced for a bit of saving. Like the flashbackx4, it’s expensive, $310 or so after taxes, but it’s reasonable if you save birthday money… Christmas presents, live a little cheap for a few weeks, perfectly reasonable but saving for a strymon would be ridiculous o.O
A lot of Christian bands use strymon. “praise and worship” groups. They use a lot of strymon and JHS pedals. And a lot of the standard pedals but I’ve noticed a lot of those 2 brands on their boards . A lot of the guys with the money to buy those kinds of pedals are buying nice pedals to cover up crappy playing . I think the whole strymon thing just bugs me I mean, I would love to have the timeline, but most people who have them don’t even use most of the features, and there’s so many gimmick features that are completely useless musically.
It just means that it can be a waste not to take advantage of the features you paid for..I think that is what you are trying to say.
I dunno, it goes even deeper than that, I mean, I think it just bothers me that people who can’t play think that by buying fancy pedals no one will notice that they suck anymore :S its elitist of me, but oh well lolol
Right it does make sense you can’t hide playing regardless of the effects bad playing will always be bad playing.
Bandcamp vs Soundcloud:
Sphere Music:Which is more effective in the ‘selling thing’ bandcamp or soundcloud?
Layne Greene: definitely bandcamp by far. You even get an option to let people pay more if they want to.
I noticed that...so in your experience bandcamp is the most reliable site to sell recordings? Not soundcloud despite it’s ‘buy this recording option”?
Soundcloud is better as a sort of musical journal it’s got lots of musicians, who want other people to listen to their songs. Very few people like Don Beekeeper who are legitimately interested in the community.
Yeah I noticed he is VERY active there.
If soundcloud was a country, Beekeeper would be the president. 😛
This is good news about bandcamp. So if artists are just aggressive in marketing their music, they can really earn without having to get into a label.
Yeah, that’s the whole philosophy behind bandcamp the big thing about it though, is you have to treat it like you’re releasing it through a small indie label no one has eve heard of.
It is like building your store and managing your goods and there is also this thing about newsletter.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is expecting bandcamp to sell albums for them.
It is really not good to expect too much unless you have a manager. My dream is to get rich so I can manage artists lol. And I will let them do what they want haha…or make a label where I will pay people to advertise my artists aggressively and pay radio stations to play the music have the music get into the movies and tv shows. I realize it is all about the money machine… those who got big were backed by rich guys. It is all about brainwashing the consumer that the music is amazing and those who do the brainwashing have connections and money because all types of music are relevant but who gets heard is a question of support and advertisement. What do you think?
I agree entirely, look at the popular music today, NOBODY thinks its good music, but they buy it because of their children, children are more susceptible to marketing techniques, they haven’t learned to think for themselves in many ways, so the record labels pump money into the Justin Biebers and Taylor Swifts of entertainment.
Right! need to brainwash the children and that means getting a spot in the popular media. We need to let children realize that dancing and singing baby baby ohhh is crap and uncool then they will stop.
Music samples from Layne:
Layne Greene performing his song Break
w/ Alex MacNeil
Old Block Productions – http://www.oldblock.ca
Andy Cunningham – Director/editor/Second Camera/Lighting
Adam Johnson – First Camera/Sound Recorder/Sound Editor
Brad Sutton – Lighting
Featured Artist: Gary Dewhurst
The smooth sounds of this UK based musician turn my head! I said man, that is one pleasant music there. I was having a bad mood but when I heard this all that has changed. Check out the brief bio below.
Having toured extensively from the early 80’s both as a solo artist and as part of numerous bands playing both electric and acoustic guitar, while having the privilege to play some of the largest venues across Europe, Gary gradually wound down the live work in favour of what seemed like a more settled life with more time spent writing, recording and producing, however there is nothing like being out connecting with an audience and enjoying the journey through music together.
After much thought and consideration he returned to his first love armed with a handful of songs and an acoustic guitar. Gary is currently building a new network of gigs and loving the sense of starting out again with a new purpose and joy for both my music and the music of others he gets to share in along the way.
Plans are afoot for a new album featuring songs that Gary is currently playing live. .
Gary loves the chance to work everywhere from the most intimate setting without even a PA, up to the buzz of a large festival where musicians get a chance to spark off each other in a special way.
He lives in Carlisle close to the English / Scottish border which provides a diverse range of influences in his music.
Gary is also a photographer, specialising in landscape work. His work has been published on many occasions. He will soon to be offering prints of his photographs and will happily undertake commissions
Featured video: Let Nature Heal Your Heart by Alice Braga
Alice is from New York. I confess I was really worried when Sandy hit. I am glad she is ok. This is one of the videos she made last October 12. Enjoy!