PSYCHOACOUSTICS Bar/Café:

 

I have been having quite a think- when it comes to music.  On my own terms, I have managed to write a double L.P.’s worth of material.  The diversity and range is, well… ambitious.  I am happy with all the titles; the lyrics, and- although I can’t read or write music- the compositions.  There is little in the way of pretention (Moi?!).  My voice is shaping up to be quite…um, ‘interesting’ and for all purposes, the foundations have been laid.  I keep wondering where the band are going to come from.  Where is the money going to come from.  Where, in fact, is the impetuous going to come from?  It easy enough to sculpt a song; a voice; an action plan, yet when practicality and reality rear their twin behinds; they often fart clean in your face.  I have wished it is easier to find band members and connect.  I hope that in the next couple of years I will be in a studio; a list of songs recorded, and all of my (music) ambitions satisfied.  It is always the case, mind, that a little help is needed.  Similarly- and for a fair few months- I have had three ‘fantastic’ music video ideas rattling around my skull.  Two are quite ambitious (in terms of scale and possible cost); whereas the other is simple- yet effective.  I know a few local musicians in the midst of making videos, yet the budgets- as one would expect- are reigned in (and directors already attached).  I find myself wondering: where are my ideas to go?  I don’t want to bin them as are exciting me greatly, yet there are few opportunities, networks or portals to place my ideas.

 

Above all, I have found myself unable to relax.  I frequent coffee houses in order to absorb an atmosphere as well as inspire my mind to write.  It is often the way that one cannot find a local coffee house that is not awash with infantile screaming, irritating throat clearing, coughing, irritation and shiver-inducing cackling.  I am not against conversation- far from it, yet feel that coffee houses- as well as bars- should be havens of chatting, ideas and relaxation.  People in their diluted form seldom have manners or outward consideration; causing patrons such as myself to depressingly stare from the window wondering: where is there a place for people like me?

 

I have tried to find a way to tie all the ambitions, considerations, concerns and tentacle together: to place them under one roof.  My personal music ambitions will continue unabated, and hopefully Psychoacoustics can run in conjunction with, as well as foster all of my dreams.  Below is the ‘plan’: the layout and strands that will be the venue for the basis of the master plan.  I am hoping that enough public appeal and need will mean that the transition from ‘ideas’ to ‘reality’ will be smooth- as well as short on obstacles…

 

Logo:

The logo will depict a gorgeous woman in a black dress.  In her left hand is a blue rose, whilst in her right, is a microphone.  There is a microphone stand in front of her, whilst we see a spotlight shine to the side of her face; whilst drops of rain are overhead and on the other side of her face.  She has brown fair and green eyes, with red lipstick.  To the side of her is a gramophone, as a vinyl plays.  She looks focused but relaxed; enjoying and entranced by the music playing.  The main logo will be centred, whilst either side of the logo will be ‘Psycho’ and ‘Acoustics’ in red lettering.  The letters will be in a stylised font, but easy to red; with the letters bordered in white to give a modern and striking design.

 

Intended Destination:

Hoping to have the premises located either Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden or Soho.  Due to the size of the building it will need to be located in these areas; and are also locales that attract huge amounts of tourists and attention- providing the most possible custom.

 

Building:

Inspired by Café De Paris, the building will be very large as well as decedent.  The premises will comprise two floors; with the intension of each being large enough to contain all the incorporated properties of the business (see below).  Hoping to have it opened no later than 2018.

 

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri:

8am to 12pm.

Sat:

8am to 12pm (when gigs are performed it will be extended to 1am).

Sun:

9am to 9pm.

 

Staff:

Around about 50 in total.

 

Policy:

It will be over-18s only: no babies or children allowed.  Dress code is not strict and open to the public.

 

Funding:

I know of websites similar to Kickstarter that provide funding opportunities for businesses.  I hope to pitch a business plan and raise as much of the funding from there.  Aside from a business loan, I am hoping to raise as much of the remainder of the funds myself.  I am not sure of the exact cost of the entire business, yet hoped that over the coming few years the entire amount can be raised.

 

 

Ground Floor:

 

Bar and Kitchen:

As you enter, to the left of the premises is the bar.  The bar will be very modern with a wide and long counter, in order to allow maximum custom.  The bar logo will be emblazoned above the bar, and will be unique.  As well as serving coffee (and tea, hot chocolate etc.) alcohol will also be served.  There will be a range of beers, wines and spirits- as well as an extensive cocktail menu.  The menu will be extensive.  There will be breakfast, lunch and dinner options- with a dessert menu.  The range will include British, American, Mexican, French, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Australian and Spanish food; from savoury to sweet.  The kitchen will be next to the bar, and will serve food from opening through to close.  There will be themed dishes and cocktails that will incorporate band names, lyrics and album titles etc.

 

Seating: 

There will be a large amount of sitting, to accommodate around about 100 people.  The seats will consist of sofas, leather sofas and chairs, as well as wooden chairs.  It is designed to be a relaxing and comfortable environment; it will not be cluttered or compacted- space and openness is a huge key.

 

Jukeboxes and Speakers:

This is one of the main features of the business.  The music will be the epicentre of the bar/café, and will be a constant.  As you enter, to the left and right hand corners; to the back left and right corners; as well as in the centre, will be two digital jukeboxes.  It will be free, where anyone can select a song.  There will only be allowance for one song per customer; with a continuous playlist being selected.  The jukebox menu will be interactive, so you can select a song by searching; or find by genre/decade etc.  There will be access to over 500,000 songs, and will include every genre and style.  There will be screens in the centre of the room (overhead) that will show which song is next- running order etc., and everyone will be able to hear the music.  There will be four speakers suspended from the ceiling- on each corner of a chandelier.  The music will not be so loud that you cannot converse, yet will be crisp and true.  Using latest technologies it will be possible to blend the sound of music and conversation so that neither becomes too distracting.

 

Stages:

As you enter, to the right hand side of the building is a small stage.  It will measure 15 by 20ft, and will host intimate performances.  At the back of the building will a main stage.  It will be 25 by 30ft, and will have a retro feel.  There will be a blend of modern, gothic and American; giving the stage a unique feel.  The stage will host larger gigs; whereas in front of the stage, will be an orchestra pit that can host 30 musicians.

 

Décor:

The décor will be a main attracting.  On the walls will be paintings and landscapes depicting famous album covers, music photos, as well as band portraits and designs.  It will encompass a large range of artists and there will also be canvases on the wall.  There will be modified street signs and portraits, giving it a retro and classic feel all at once.  There will be a white wall as well, where lyrics can be written and designs drawn.  The entire interior will mix modern and vintage, with artefacts and designs reflecting this.  It will not be like Hard Rock Café where it is a sort of music museum or attraction; it will be subtle and will play second fiddle to the key components.  Overhead will be several chandeliers as well, providing a romantic feel.  At night these will be on, and soothing lighting will bathe the interior.

 

Access:

There are two methods of access from the ground to upper level.  There will be a staircase to the right of the entrance; in addition there will be a small lift giving disabled access (and to allow transportation of equipment, stock etc.)

 

Upper Level:

 

Store:

This is a store with Rough Trade in mind.  The store is split into different sections.  There is an extensive store that offers music by genre, decade etc. and has a large stock- similar to HMV’s largest stores.  As with the lower level of the bar, there are paintings, designs and artwork on the walls- and ceilings.  There is also band merchandise and memorabilia, signed memorabilia, as well as musical instruments.  The idea is that there is everything under one roof that a musician, music fan or music lover could want.  There is a charming décor that mixes ’90s Seattle, modern-day U.S. as well as Rough Trade.  It is homely as well as modern and cutting-edge.  As well as being an all-inclusive store there is a profit-share initiative.  Schemes will be set up to allow a small percentage of profits going to independent record stores, as well as local bands.

 

Charity Office:

There will be a small office, next to the store, which will house the Psychoacoustic charity.  It will employ around 10 people, and is a charity which aims to raise money for musicians, struggling bands and children from difficult background persue their goals.

 

Consoles and screens:

This will incorporate everything from the Psychoacoustics music website:

https://musicmusingsandsuch.wordpress.com/2013/10/.  There will be about two dozen consoles arranged within the middle of the floor.  These allow direct access to the website.  As mentioned, the website aims to make it simple to create music, music videos; collaborate online and distribute music.  It incorporates all of the best features of the major music websites, and offers so much more.  People will be able to access the website through the consoles.  There will be two large walls which will display music videos, or can alternatively project images from any of the consoles- for instance is a music video has been created, it can be instantly projected.

 

Studio:

Dominating one half of the level will be the studio.  It is a medium-sized studio that will offer all the benefits and technologies of the biggest studios.  It will encompass a studio, rehearsal room, control room; as well as lounge and bedroom.  There will be an in-house engineer, producer and representatives and offer rates that are very competitive.  The hope is that is will appeal to new bands, but also drag in big names and established acts.

 

Garden and Tranquillity:

In the centre of the level will be a small garden.  There will be a water feature, as well as plants; aimed to relax and inspire.  There will also be a balcony, that will provide a small garden as well as seating.

 

Décor:

There will be chandeliers as well on this level, but a more toned-down feel.  There is impressive lightning and a warm and relaxing vibe.  Again there will be leather chair and sofas- located near the consoles.

 

I am still in the initial stages, yet see everything in my head: the look, the sounds and smells and all besides.  I am open to idea as there are many whom would frequent a place like this.  What do people want?  What needs including?  I know if is going to be costly, but hell, it shall be done.  Above all..

 

Would people come (and make return visits)?

 

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Psychoacoustics: A More ‘Musical’ Future?

 

Psychoacoustics: A More ‘Musical’ Future?

 

FIRSTLY…

 

FOR a fair while I have been (somewhat) procrastinating.  A combination of pernicious self-hatred and depression have somewhat anchored my ambitions.  In order to focus my attentions away from variable horrors; grand ideas (most of them musical), have seemed like a worthy (if possibly, temporary) panacea.  I have been formulating and building a comedy series- The Equality State- attempting to make all my ideas coalesce.  As much as that has been giving me something to focus on; to create a T.V. series that is new, original, and above all, ambitious; has given me something to distract my mind towards.  As much as anything, my excitement has been spiked by a common muse: music.  It is axiomatic to say that it (music) is a mistress which provides fertile dreams; but I have seen a gap in the market.  I have been rapidly- and excitedly- writing my own material.  An album’s worth of original material has been penned; topped off with a bizarrely-ambitious and huge swansong, Vanity Mirror.  The band name is decided; the album title (and cover) is in mind and fully-formed; the ideas, promotion and sounds all lodged in my brain.  As much as I have been laying groundwork: deciding upon ideas; honing my voice; diversifying my cannon of work etc., another thought comes to mind: I need people to make it happen.

   A lack of finance has shackled my deepest wishes.  As much as I long for a music-orientated future, I have realised how expensive it all is: even to record just the one song.  It would probably require many thousands (of pounds) to realise my blueprints: to make them real.  In lieu of a generous benefactor (or lottery win) it seems that the future plans will be very much on hold.  It is a shame, but something I will never give up on, and will find the money to do it- however long it takes, and no matter how many organs I have to sell.  In the midst of the fog of reality, ideas have come to mind.  These ideas concern business.  Music business.  Charity as well.  Let me explain…

   In previous blogs, I have formulated an all-encompassing music website: one which integrates all of the benefits of the existing market; but one which offers so much more (details can be seen below).  It require money (a lot), yes; yet with that one thought, came a tangling thread of possibility; a brand if you will: Psychoacoustics.  It would be a brand and idea that is designed to inspire musicians, old, young and impoverished alike- as well as raise money for worthy causes.  Below is what I want to do…

 

‘The Business Model’:

 

False economy and macro management of the music industry, has meant that there are far too many bands and artists going unnoticed; too many small labels and studios struggling.  The idea is not to create an imperialistic faceless brand: I do not want to become Bill Gates or Richard Branson.  The idea is to parlay as much as the existing market together; making it easier for new and existing musicians to make themselves heard.  Psychoacoustics will be a singular brand that will have a base in London.  I am hoping that an impressive, if small headquarters can be set up in central London; somewhere between Soho and Covent Garden.  The business will have a distinct logo, a ‘face of’- and have several musicians/bands etc., acting as ‘ambassadors’ to the company.  It is not exactly going to be Google or Microsoft in terms of empire; yet will be the central hub that maintains and manages the various arms of the company.  The hope is that that there will be a few dozen employees, including volunteers, whom will assist with the day-to-day running of Psychoacoustics.

   As well as being inspired by some local- and U.K.-based- musician friends (see bottom of article); I have been invigorated by a European pal: Chloe Jane Sparrow (

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Sparrow/324260300959130); a woman whom is fanatical and in love with music.  I started to review artists and bands because of her wonderful blog: http://sparrowjane.wordpress.com/.  She is a tremendously generous and skilled reviewer, whom has turned me on to some wonderful acts, from all around the world.  It was her passion for new music that encouraged me to form my own blog.  As well as being chief editor for NYMY Magazine, Chloe has kept her ear to the ground; seeing what is hot and inspiring in the world of music.  Being so young, she has impressed me with her busy and entrepreneurial spirit; managing to create an impressive kingdom, and is someone whom will have huge future success.  I mention her- as I will be mentioning others too- to show that there are a lot of keen and hungry young talents out there; keen to be heard, and deserving of your time.  Miss Sparrow is a key example of someone whom is beautiful and tenacious, and has a genuine passion and love of multi genres of music.  It was whilst perusing her blog, and listening to her ‘suggestions’ that I have decided to take the first steps.  I am lucky to have friends and connections that spark ignition in me: people whom I hope I can work with closely in the near-future; so to her (first): Merci beaucoup pour tout (excuse my rudimentary French) x

   Below is a summation- albeit lengthy- of what I want to create.  I am already ‘unofficially’ the ‘founder’ of Psychoacoustics- shall have to rubber stamp it!  I know it will take money, but if there is interest amongst any that read my words, I will labour day and night to collate the necessary cash to get the seeds planted; to make the initial baby steps promising ones.  So bear with me, be patient, and above all, let me know what you reckon.  In a generation with more music than ever; where so many new acts are born, raised and fostered (by the public); it is vital to encourage the good and great; manage them and importantly: make people aware of their existence.

 

‘The Five-Prong Attack’:

 

The Website:

 

Idea of the site:

There are quite a few music websites at the moment, between the iPhone, Facebook and the Internet. Most of them offer roughly the same things- music sharing, free downloads, and Internet radio access. There are a lot offering the same things, and quite a lot of things are not being considered. The idea of Psychoacoustics, is to pull all the existing qualities of these sites, together, as well as offering new features, and great networking opportunities- for free. The plan is to top Spotify, iTunes and the biggest sites, by offering what they do, plus much more besides. Specific areas and pages on the site will be named after musical figure, albums and events. For instance, a lyrics section will feature Bob Dylan’s name and be themed around here. It is sort of like a music Disneyworld- different zones and characters. This makes it more interactive and interesting than most music sites and is engaging.

Interface:

By accessing

www.psychoacoustics.info, (website currently under planning/construction), you will be able to access the site. From there, there will be a home page. On the home page is a main design. It is an animation of a studio, called Psychoacoustics. It is designed like Abbey Road, and there is constant movement on the page. There will be a bank of about 200 different musicians, who will walk into the page and interact with each other; leave and enter the studio, and keep the user amused. The icons as well as the animation will be colourful and interesting and better designed than most of the music websites out there. The icons and options displayed on the homepage are as follows:

Chat:

There is a chat/Skype option where you can interact with any of your contacts or friends. This can be done via a Facebook-style message service, or Skype. When you add contacts- like Facebook or Twitter- you can chat with any of them at any given time.

Mail:

Your personal inbox; you can mail your contacts, as well as any musician or venue.

Search Engine:

This is a bespoke, specialist search engine. It is similar to Google but responds to questions and searches effectively, returning only relevant websites. It also can record via and audio, so if you were searching for a song title or name of song, it would be able to locate it. The search engine is able to answer specific music questions and ties together information and resources from Yahoo, Google and Bing.

Updates/Events:

This is a diary of important music events and updates specific to the user.

Music Player:

You will be able to create a playlist or jukebox of up to 2,000 songs.

Personal Profile:

You can create your own avatar, and enter all of your information. It is similar to Facebook, but more detailed, and upload photos, videos, and designs. I will go into more detail later, but on your personal profile, is all of your information, favourites, and links. The profile works like Twitter and Facebook but more in depth with fewer faults. I have described the social side of things in a previous mail.

1. Studio and Rehearsals:

This is an animated studio and rehearsal rooms (about 3 studios with control rooms and one rehearsal space). Unlike sites where there are a list of features, you access the features via icons; so for instance you would click on a T.V. or a guitar to access the relevant feature. The tab on the interface is red, and will consist of different shades of red. The specific names and designs for each feature are to be decided, but are as follows:

Music video:

Here you can pitch ideas for music videos to bands, acts and labels. You can protect your idea and sell it for money or use it to gain points and exchange for a reward in the future. There is also a music video store, where you can access any video from any song, and search by genre, artist or time period. Also, there is a software where you can put ideas into and create videos through animation, film or various other techniques and apply them to your own songs.

Album cover:

Here you can view any album cover, and search for it like the music videos. The features here allow you to design covers using animation, photography or a photography edit where you can mix and edit images and merge together to create incredible designs. From here you can publish them or share, or pitch ideas to bands looking for ideas.

Photography:

This is like Instagram where you can upload photos or designs and edit them, using hundreds of options. Here too you can search for photographers and view images, websites and famous images from music history.

Music video player:

This utilises YouTube where you can view music videos for free and have a favourites list, or share the video to social media.

Song dissect/mix:

On this page, you can take any song- from rock to classical and dissect it. You can see what notes are played, and what instruments are played. This helps when writing songs and can learn easily about music. Also you can take sections of various songs and mix them together, and edit the sounds to create new songs.

Entrepreneur:

Here there are guides, links and ways to set up your own record label, festival, or music magazine. You can interact with others online, and get funding in order to set up your own business, and then network on site to attract users and business. Also you can invent new music ideas and instruments; design them on this page and pitch them.

Broadcast:

There is a software where you can design and broadcast your own podcast and radio station. Broadcast over the site or YouTube, play your own songs and broadcasts and get fans and followers as well.

License:

On here you can sell songs to T.V. and film companies and productions.

Band sites:

I will explain more on the registration but when bands and artists sign up they can create their own website and include a wealth of information, and make it easy to promote and get fans.

Sounds:

This is a sound library with thousands of sounds, effects and mixing options.

D.J:

If you are a D.J., here you can mix tracks, scratch and broadcast your own set, via the site and promote your gigs.

Home Studio:

This is a software where you can record vocals, instruments and effects and then send your songs to fans or broadcast the tracks online. There is also software for tuning instruments as well.

Recording and Production:

This allows you to record songs professionally and easily, and provides every technology a modern studio would. You can record vocals and instruments, mix and layer them, and create a professional sounding track. From there you produce the tracks, and broadcast them, and burn them onto C.D. It also allows for album covers to be printed and gives links to sites where you can buy C..D. case and additional software.

Rehearsal and Live Room:

These are simulations of studio spaces where you can play live or rehearse. Via Skype you can jam with the rest of your band or solo and be seen by contacts and have your performance saved and shared. There are options for recording. There are guitar, drum, piano, vocal and orchestra options where you can simulate any guitar or piano etc. and get the most realistic sound possible. Unlike software where it is flattering, here you have to know how to play. Like Wii it reacts to touch and you can simulate yourself playing, as if it were real. From there you can either mess around or record the sounds, or join with others or your band members, and jam together. You can tune the instruments and it is as good as the actual instruments. You can do the same with vocals and record as many tracks as you like, and access different mics, and effects. It is able to work with recording so you can record full songs and albums using this. it is not to replace real life but more act as an easy way to share and record demos for when you are in the studio.

2. Bar and Venue:

The venue is downstairs of the studio and the bar upstairs. It is animated like the rest of the site and acts as a portal for socialising and broadcasting. The tab for this is green and appears with different shades of green on the interface.

Radio player:

You can access tens of thousands of digital stations from around the world and stream them live, as well as access archive broadcasts and songs.

Links:

There are links to all music magazines and publications, as well as music websites as well.

Donate:

Like PledgeMusic where you can donate to get album made, and respond to pitches. Artists can offer rewards or treats, and get a % of funds raised. Can network and swap and record vocals or write as well.

Share:

Due to revenue coming from advertisers and labels, the site can pay royalties to artists whose songs are downloaded, and means that songs can be downloaded free, but artists get paid.

Food and Drink:

Links to music venues, as well as music bars and cafes, anywhere in the world, and you can get alerts of any local to you as well as any events that are happening, and share them on the site.

Leagues and Competitions:

There are various leagues for new bands and directors etc. that are updated and points given to the winners. These charts reflect download amounts, most hits as well as popularity too and there are leagues and competitions for new and unsigned bands.

Music Fantasy League:

This is like football fantasy, but you choose a 5-piece band. You have to choose at least one drummer, and one singer, and can choose from any musician from history. You also select 2 songwriters as well and an album and song. There are various points awarded to each depending on how many times they have been downloaded and mentioned, and there is an overall league that updates each week.

Read and Write:

You can publish blogs and reviews of bands and gigs, and albums and publish them and share them, as well as gig reviews and album reviews.

Social:

There is a dating website and connection site for musicians, as well as connect and promote music charities. There are event postings and updates for your local area as well as internationally. You can also tie all of your contacts and friends in from other social sites into this one.

Connected:

Once you have created a profile you can search for potential band members or venues. When bands or acts register, like a dating website you answer various questions such as favourite music, bands and albums. If you are looking for someone you can either type in a search and the site matches people for you, or you can click on a map. From here you can click on any country or city and search for any member located in that area and contact them. There are sections where you can connect bands and venues, labels to acts and band members and bands together. If you make a successful match, you gain points that can be exchanged.

Actors:

This links actors to bands looking for people for music videos, and also can join actors together, who can share links and tips with regards to music, and best contacts and agents.

Contacts:

I have explained all of the social side, but the site works more like Twitter where you can ‘add’ any band or musical act, and follow their progress and updates. There is a LinkedIn style site too where you can connect with employers or contacts and build up a network of fans and followers which gives you greater opportunities.

Live:

You can broadcast live shows and gigs and stream concerts here and share them.

3. Living Room:

This tab will appear shades of yellow. The living room will consist of a sofa, chairs, jukebox and notice board as well.

Music download:

Like Spotify you can download any track for free, and either play them, or create your own playlists and sections. You can compile songs into albums and burn a C.D., or you can share songs via your phone or social websites. There are also links to Spotify and iTunes, as well as music apps too.

Promotion and Distribute:

You can listen to recommended music depending on your mood or find any new music depending on your tastes. You can then share them via social media, or you can promote new bands and artists, and share acts with promoters and venues, as well as labels. It works like ReverbNation but more in depth, and gives tools to find new music, as well as share and get your own voice heard easily.

Jukebox:

You can have a playlist of up to 2,000 songs, and play them, whenever you like.

Reference Library:

You can view information about every band, artist or album released. It is like Wikepidia where you can find out anything about music, and gives info about bands, videos, links and merchandise; which allows you access to new music, old music you may have forgotten about, and can access any information whenever you want.

Music Trends/Stats:

There are tables and graphs that show music trends, sales figures and stats relevant to you, that are updated daily.

Charts:

These are all of the charts from home and abroad, updated weekly, with links to all of the songs featured.

Search engine and lyric finder:

The search engine is also available here, but is a lyric finder, where you can type words or lyrics and it finds the song. Also you can input audio or video if you are unsure of the song or artists, and it will find out for you.

Pitch Zone:

If you have spare lyrics or ideas, you can pitch them and trade them with artists. You can earn points for anything that is bought from you, and you can pitch and find ideas for songs. Also you can pitch music, so if you have no lyrics you can match them, and also collaborate with people on site and join your music and lyrics together. From there you can create songs together and share them.

Music Notation and languages:

There is a software where you can learn music and translate your music into musical notes, so that it makes it easier to write music. There is a link to a language site where you can learn any one of 30 different languages for free. This makes it easier to communicate with international contacts as well as write and sing in a different language.

4. Bedroom and Kitchen:

This tab appears as different purple and the bedroom has a bed, wardrobe and table, T.V. etc.; the kitchen is a smaller room connected to the room.

Updates:

You can access all of your updates, information and messages here- as well as directly from your personal profile.

T.V. zone:

This allows access to dozens of music T.V. channels as well as archived videos and shows as well, and relevant T.V. shows and performances.

Links:

There are links to music teachers, studios, websites and bars and venues; everything anyone could want.

Creative Zone:

You can chat with anyone; share ideas, stories, gig reviews as well as photography and videos etc.

5. “Acoustic Vinyl”:

This is a specially designed shopping site. The animation is designed like a large Rough Trade store and the tab will be a specially designed one.

Music:

Search by genre, period or artists and find music from them to buy. It pulls together Amazon, iTunes and all music websites so you can compare prices for the album and gives you the most choice you can imagine.

DVDs and Merchandise:

You can search for DVDs and merchandise from any band. This gives you links to shopping sites as well as band sites, so again you can find the best deal.

Others:

You can purchase band and festival tickets, music books, apps and instruments. You can also purchase gift cards too.

Stores:

There are links to shopping websites as well as info for independent stores, with website and address details.

6. Join/Log-In:

This tab is in shades of black and grey.

Registration:

Different registrations. For casual user, browsing, solo, band, promoter, venue, label and other. They ask for different details and different lengths but all very simple and easy.

Log-in:

It allows a simple log in and a feature where you can log in to all of your music and social accounts at the same time.

7. About Us:

This tab is going to be detailed in shades of orange.

Studio history:

There is information- fake of course- of how it was set up in East London in 1969, and the story behind it. There is a ‘mock’ Vevo-style video and video history of the studio and founders. It is comical and is also like a guided tour.

About the site:

This is a serious description of what the site aims to do and how it will evolve.

Press and links:

This displays any links to relevant sites and partners, as well as software sites so you can create your own music website.

8. Music Player:

This tab will be in shades of blue. This ties together all of available and your downloaded music so you can play it on-going and create smaller playlists.

9. Advertise With Us:

This tab is in shades of pink.

Adverts:

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The idea is to raise money to improve the site constantly, and give royalties to all musicians whose music is downloaded. I want to top iTunes and Spotify and have everything any music lover or artist could ever hope to want. As a singer, who is curious about my vocal range, there are tools for that, recorders, and I can locate a band easily, as well as produce music video ideas, and record songs.

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The Record Label:

 

Named Psychoacoustic Records, I am determined to create a small record label that will give a warm home to some great talent.  In my previous role as music reviewer, Scottish band Universal Thee were one of my favourite ‘subjects’ (see them at

https://www.facebook.com/universalthee).  I have been communicating with their lovely members James and Lisa Russell for a while now; having been bowled over by their brilliant and original sounds.  Between the three of us (as well as the band as a whole) we summated that there is a lot of great talent that emanated further north- Scotland especially.  Most of the musical money; including the big labels etc. are based in and around London.  I have been blown away by the sheer quality from bands such as Universal Thee- a stunning band that are starting to get the attention they deserve!  In addition wonderful bands like Issimo (fronted by the phenomenal lead Abi Uttley, and multi-talented wonder Marc Otway), as well as talent such as Nightwolf, Katsuo, Lisa Marini, Steve Heron and Jade Barnett have been featured amongst the pages of my blog.  I have mentioned these illustrious musicians as they are the epitome of the modern-day idols: those nauseated by the cheap X Factor fakery and noxious fame; talents whom let their voices do the speaking and are deserving of a huge audience.  They are all going to be huge one day very soon, and it is artists such as these I am trying to recruit. 

   Of course there are hundreds of small record labels- some fail; some succeed- that are trying to do the same as me.  I want to set up a label not restricted to the U.K.  As much as I want to entice the likes of Issimo, Universal Thee, Steve Heron etc. to the books of P.R.; I want to look farther afield: to the U.S., Australia, Europe and Africa- aiming to help those who have a stunning talent, and need a record label to help them out.  I have been speaking with, and reviewing for, Phil Cass’ brainchild, Cuckoo Records:

http://www.cuckoorecords.com/.  With the help of a couple of his friends and music colleagues, he has raised and built up a brilliant Yorkshire-based music label.  They have some stunning talent on their books- including Cisse Regwick, Annie Drury and Raglans- giving a voice to some superb northern (and Irish) talent.  There are precious few southern/London-based labels that share the ethos of Cuckoo’: encourage a wide range of genres and talents; with the intention of sharing their brilliant sounds to a wide audience.

   In conjunction with the studio (below), the label would initially attempt to attract a dozen or so local artists.  The long-term aim is to tie and bind international and local acts under one roof: to provide assistance (both financial and creative) to the patrons and participants.  Not only that, but provide opportunities for the acts to work with each other and generate publicity and gigs for each other too.  It is hoped that I can find premises either in Surrey or London- but I will mention that more later.  There are a lot of merits one can assign to and ascribe, with regards to the big labels.  They provide a home for some superb artists, yet I feel that too many have limited quality control.  I don’t want an X Factor/The Voice parasite in the team; no generic and faceless U.S. act: just concise and staggering bands and artists.  Bigger labels such as Rough Trade are the exception that prove the rule; as it seems that there are few smaller labels that have their voices heard.  I hope those labels can kick the dust aside and break through.  I want to to assist them, and work alongside them.  I have an idea for a band of course, and it seems logical to parabond the twin desires of music-writing and talent-hunting.  I have an idea for a logo; I have some names I want to approach; and have a location in mind- who wants in?

 

The Studio:

 

Whereas the idea of a record label is to provide a business for new musicians; and a website would encourage an easy way to make great music; a studio is a physical home that can bear witness to some great moments.  I am going to mention several other musician friends, but Luke Oldfield (of Gypsyfingers) has a glorious haven in Little Halings Studios (https://www.facebook.com/littlehalings).  Luke has managed to make a great success of the studio, and lured some top names to the studio: I have watched on with admiration.  One of the reasons that it is so idyllic is its location.  Surrounded by arable and bucolic splendour, it is synonymous with peace and tranquillity.  Because of this, bands and artists are able to create sounds in beautiful peace: thus leading to a more harmonious and less anxious end-result.

   It will be styled with Little Halings’ merits in mind: a wonderful location to record in.  I am off to London either the 28th October, or 1st November: as a reconnosense mission.  I know for a fact that there are ideal buildings in London, facing closure.  Around central London and in east London are former shops and old buildings with no current purpose.  I will not be a big studio: not an Abbey Road-style mecca; more a cosy yet attractive base.  On its outer shell will be psychedelic and psychotropic adornment: something akin to a Beatle-esque mural; not gaudy, but striking and stand-out; front and central will be the studio name and logo.  Inside it will be more modern, but not sterile.  Housing a veritable smorgasbord of homely comforts, there will be a few bedrooms, living/communal area, as well as a garden, reception; forming a circumference around the centrepiece: two adjoining studios, complete with control rooms and rehearsal space.  Its design and layout will be different from anything else; its purpose: to provide a cocoon for a handful of artists (with the sister record label as well as guests); tied to a centralised and focused motto: Create an environment that inspires great music, affordable and accessible to all.

 

The Music-Themed Bar/Café:

 

Okay- not strictly related to ‘new music’ or talent-hunting; more of a new type of bar.  I have long bemoaned the plight of the coffee shop (the multinational one anyway).  It used to be the case that you could grab a coffee, in a relaxed environment; and relax.  Unfortunately it seems that they are glorified nursery.  Aside from the fact that babies and children have no business being in a coffee shop; the associated and combined noise is enough to cause an aneurysm.  I have no quarter with conversation; on the contrary: it is just noise and irritation that gets my goat.  It is a sad reflection of the times that most public spaces are being child centric; or at the very least, all encompassing.  There are few places one can go to unwind without the looming threat of juvenile delinquency and petulant screaming.  In the U.S. there are a lot of music cafes and bars, yet in this country there are relatively-few.  If you travel to London, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow etc. there are a fair few: although that said, there aren’t as many as there should be in London.  The idea is simple: have a spot that is devoid of irritation and calamitous infancy; instead a wash of music and conversation greets the willing patron.  It will be have the Psychoacoustic name, yet will try to marry modern as well as ‘retro’ and vintage flavours.  It will be a spacious bar that will serve coffee as well as alcohol.  The décor will be a mixture of jukeboxes and music players- where anyone can select what they want to play.  There will be a small stage for live performances, as well as two floors.  The stage will be downstairs, where as upstairs it will be slightly different.  Here there will be a lot of music memorabilia: photos, scenes, souvenirs and instruments from famous bands and acts.  There will be lyrics written on the wall, a space where you can create music of your own, as well as a communal wall where anyone can write and share inspiration.  There will be vibrancy as well as calming touches; sofas and comfortable seating areas, but above all, a clear credo: a space that appeals to the musician, with none of the unnecessary noise or disruption.  It will have a combined feel of a bar and coffee shop and will try to combine charm with modern sharpness: the combination will be a unique bar that hopes to attract many.

   Of course places like Planet Hollywood exist; yet are a bit gaudy and touristy (sic.).  There are plenty of pre-existing music bars and cafes, yet most are smaller and less well-heard of.  My intention is to create- at first a one-off-a name that can lead to global representation and franchise.  I do not want something faceless and corporate: more a bar that is unique and fascinating, yet can be transferred and incorporated by an international market.  I feel that there are few venues or spaces one can sit and talk; write; listen to music; create music, as well as have a quiet drink or see a gig: all under the same roof.  It may seem like pie-in-the-sky thinking, yet is not beyond anyone’s reaches.  The design would be easy enough-given time; and it would be something- I hope- that would attract a wide range of people- from all around the U.K.  I hope so, anyway….

 

The Charity:

 

The final tentacle of my five limbed squid is a charity: a benevolence that helps to prosper musicians, and non-musicians alike.  Let me elaborate.  There are a few charities around which aim to provide funds to the new musician- not many mind.  The idea is to filter and tribute the profits and finances gained from the other arms of the business, and funnel it into the charity.  Of course it will not receive ALL of the profits: there are staff, expenses and other costs that needs to be dealt with, yet will (hopefully) benefit from a sizeable chunk of revenue.  The charity will aim to provide funding to new musicians: those struggling, as well as those finding it hard to fund their projects.  In addition, finance will be assigned to worth music-related projects: invigorating struggling venues; providing support to record labels as well as independent record shops and larger chains alike.  Aside from music digressions, it will have an intention to provide support to a multitude of other charities.  The idea is that an assigned percentage of donations will go to charities, such as cancer charities, those whom support the elderly etc.; yet will also aim to benefit many others.  I would hope that the charity could entice established as well as new musicians to act as ambassadors and supporters: whom would help to raise funds for the charity- as well as raise awareness for worthy causes.

   All of us have experiences tragedy of life: either first hand or indirectly.  Whether a relative has died of cancer, or a local business has faced ruination; there are many things and events that can shape a human being for the worst.  Of course we have established charities and great causes, yet few that are music-based.  It is hoped that not only Psychoacoustics’ profit-share benefit a multitude of charities and ventures; but it would inspire multinational companies, organisations and huge bands to kick in some funds; help raise revenue and assist in rejuvenating people, causes and lives.  There is a lot of focus based around self-involvement and self-enrichment; yet small mind is paid towards those less fortunate.  This would be a way of helping to raise money, yet also be involved with music and musicians.  The idea is that the charity would have a website and you could pledge an amount.  Like the Psychoacoustics website, one could download and access music- at a cost; the idea being that as well as purchasing a track or album a small amount would go to the charity- thus benefiting the associated musician as well as others.  Gigs would be organised and events (runs, bake sales etc.) would be hosted; with the intention of encouraging as many different people- from all around the world- to donate their time and effort to symphonise a more stable future.  Who could object?

 

‘The Ambition and Long-Term Goals’:

 

Inspire others (myself included):

 

I have about 5 or 6 great (well, pretty good) music video ideas in mind; yet nowhere to put them.  I am looking to find a song that can fit the images.  There are a lot of different emotions and thoughts that occupy my mind; yet there seems to be little change of having them heard.  If it’s easier to connect, to make music, to find a voice etc. then it is easier to create as well as inspire others.  I am aiming to give an outlet to as many as humanely possible.  Music is the singular-greatest thing in existence: something that unites as well as divides.

  

Raising money for musicians and charity:

 

Sorry- almost at the end!  I want to mention two different musicians, if I can?  The first is Fran Galea (https://www.facebook.com/chessofficial?ref=br_tf), A.K.A. Chess.  I became aware of Fran a while ago and was instantly struck by her ambition, as well as her great taste in music.  A fellow worshipper of Michael Jackson, Prince and Freddie Mercury, here was a woman with a great eye for quality.  I had the pleasure of reviewing for her; her E.P. Babygirl included.  I was struck by her voice: at once powerful and dominating, the next sleek, seductive and romantic.  Her sheer range and power could not be denied; nor her quality or desire.  She is a hungry artists whom is doing her native Malta proud.  I have spoken to her (verbally) only once; yet have been in frequent communication; keeping a keen eye on her progress.  Fran also teaches too, and has dedicated much of her young life to realising her dreams and doing what she loves to do: making music.  I have watched with nerves, Chess’ plight, with regards to raising money.  Previously, Fran has been able to raise money through Kickstarter: relying on the generosity and support of some loyal fans.  In addition to working incredibly hard to raise money, she has worked tirelessly to have her music heard.  It is a sad realisation that in order to record music and realise ambition, a lot of money is needed- a huge amount in fact!  Recently the funding for Chess’ forthcoming Tuxedo E.P. has completed (well done again!).  As I speak music is being created; ideas bursting forth, and a young musician is preparing to make her next moves in the music world.  Fran is very excited- if nervous- about the next few months.  There is expectation, yet above all, there is personal expectation.  She wants to create something memorable, and something that is true to her and shows how good she is.  I am a big fan of Fran and Chess and will continue to lend my support: as a listener, funder and reviewer.  She is a very down-to-earth and lovely person, and someone whom is deserving of accolade and huge attention. 

   The second person I want to mention is Elena Stathaki.  She is based in Surrey, yet hails from Greece, but is someone whom has a very different voice, ambition and personality.  I have been lucky enough to recently review Elena Ramona (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elena-Ramona/323928237668916) and her wonderful single Rise.  It is a wonderful song that displays the young artists talent and gorgeous voice.  I am very jealous of her in fact.  She is working her backside raw to raise money to make music- she has an E.P. coming up.  I know from speaking to her, that an E.P. is in the works; songs are taking form, and big plans are afoot.  She is not wanting to give too much away, but one thing can be confirmed: the ensuing release will be fantastic.  Aside from being pretty damn close to my dream woman, she has a very admirable attitude to music.  She wants to work as possible to make her own music; to bring her sounds to a wider public, and to realise an ambition she has had for…well, ever.  I will do all I can to help her, and am keen to be involved with her music in the future: as a reviewer, and fan.  I know she will a huge star and do not need to blow smoke: it is waiting to happen.  I know that Elena has worked tireless to make music and to raise awareness, and feel that there are still too many unaware of her sounds.  I hope to meet her in the future to help foster her ambitions, yet for now the main thing I have noticed is how much she loves music.  Her mind is taken up with what the future holds and what she can achieve: I get the feeling that few things in life are more important.

  I know many others that have been working hard.  I have mentioned Lisa and James from Universal Thee; Abi and Marc of Issimo; Alex, Ryan, Luke, Jack of Jingo, Chloe and a host more (my previous reviews will show you how many new acts have struck me).  I see cases of local talent whom are hungry and headstrong with regards to making music, yet are having to work themselves to the bone to make it happen.  It is admirable that such effort and passion is put in; yet one feels that it should be easier for tremendous talent to make their dreams a reality.  I am hoping that the website will make the business of making music easier; as well as providing links, fans, venues and support to artists; so that they can dedicate more time to making music.  I hope to attract some aforementioned local names to the record label, studio, as well as the charity: to make it less costly for them to record and provide a future home for their future developments.

   There are many musicians out there that toil away; too many worthy people that have to work too long and tirelessly- many of whom never manage to record anything.  I am hoping that finance can be raised to provides huge support to artists, as well as connects them to a global audience, as well as a multitude of adoring faces.

 

Make necessary changes:

 

From my own perspective, I have found recording music a task.  I know full well what my voice can do: dear God how I want to back that up.  I suppose I can write a good lyric; if I haven’t quite mastered the whole ‘traditional song writing’ formula.  I have ambition to record music, yet find that a combination of nerves, lack of money and energy have rendered my boldest intentions a mere orphan.  I know that there are a lot of bedroom idols; a great deal of bands and acts that are wanting to poke their head above the parapet: yet are struggling to find a grip.  There is plenty of money out there, as well as potential.  I am aiming to create a brand that makes it easier for music to be made; making it easier for worthy people to record music- as well as bringing as much music as possible, as far and wide as I can.

 

Reality Check?

 

Lot of dreaming huh?  Surely not possible?  Well…yes and no.  Sure it is true that each facet and chain of the link will require money- a hell of a lot.  That is true, and where does one even get the money from?  A good question as well, but one that can be readily answered.  The initial hope is that the idea will appeal to many: that it will strike a chord with as many as possible.  With a less-than-hectic social life, sans girlfriend, I have a lot of restless energy that needs satisfaction.  I do not see any of it as a distraction, nor an idea that will ever become boring.  The premises will be out there somewhere; the need is there; the website can be created and realised; and a charity set up, it all comes down to two different things.

   Demand is one thing.  On Facebook I have few ‘friends’- slightly less on Twitter.  Getting the word beyond this blog and my Facebook page is going to be a task in itself.  If it strikes the ear of even a few people then it will be worthwhile, yet its future success and creation can only exist if there is a larger market awaiting.  I will try as hard as possible to spread the word and get some feedback.  It is so often the case that people are only willing to pay attention when something is complete: they will only consider a website when it is live; a bar and studio when build and a record label when it is set up.  It is a sad reflection on people’s attention spans and considerations for others, yet is fair enough I guess. 

   The second, and most ominous beast, is money.  Just recording one track can require hundreds of pounds, so surely realising all of this will require hundreds of thousands?!  Well…yes.  The plan is to not do it all at once.  The first stage is going to be set up a website.  I have most of the designs in my head and know what I want it to look like.  The record label is at the forefront as well, and will spend as much time as possible trying to get the funds raised.  I can think of ways and means to do that- it may take a lot of personal sacrifice, mind.  The initial goal is to see if people would ever be interested or gripped by a Psychoacoustic concept? It is not one man’s bid to become a multi-millionaire; more a way of galvanising the music industry and providing a support to new musicians.

 

AND FINALLY…

 

It may be one hell of an ambitious plan: why would I do it any other way?!  The idea of me posting is to see if anyone would buy into it.  Wold there be a hungry market?  Would it flourish many years from now?  It will take a lot of money to get everything off of the ground: which is a curse that is a hamstring to most people.  My Big Question is this:

 

Who would want to see this happen?

 

Let me KNOW…

 

X

“The Equality State”

Where as my last blog was a bit of a window into my personal doubts; issues etc., this is more forward-thinking and positive- alas, not about music… would have been a hassle to create a new blog site for comedy!

I have been exhilarated by Breaking Bad.  I am sad that it ended, and cannot believe it existed- seemed to be a wonderful fever-dream: the likes of which we may never see again.  Comedy shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and such are past their best, whilst others like The Big Bang Theory never seem to tire.  As much as I muse on these events, one thing springs to mind: they are all American.  The U.K. is capable of producing great work.  There has been some terrific comedies and dramas, but the U.S. always seem to lead the way.  We can do drama very well- not quite Breaking Bad great, but great none the less.  Because of the comparative lack of money, it is often harder to be ambitious.  I believe that the U.S. has more money and a bigger creative industry, but not the greater talent.  We have some of the best actors, funniest people and finest directors in the world.  As I am typing this, I am watching a classic episode of The Simpsons.  I am always amazed at how many jokes the writers could jam into a single page; let alone an episode.  Comedies such as The Simpsons, South Park and Curb Your Enthusiasm are cornucopias of intelligence and outstanding break-neck comedy.  Dramas such as Breaking Bad are a dramatic equivalent: astonishing performances, terrific writing and compelling stories.  In this country, we seem to be a bit quieter.  In terms of comedy, we have been a bit hit-and-miss.  I love The I.T. Crowd; I love The Thick of It.  If I were to cast around for my favourite British comedies, most of them would be from the ’80s and ’90s: there are few modern equivalents that excite or inspire me.

I had the pleasure of being part of The Cambridge Footlights for a couple of years and have seen some terrific talent go onto appear in shows such as The Inbetweeners, Downtown Abbey and Him and Her.  I have always admired the drama and comedy of this country, but feel that we may be stagnating.  In terms of comedy there are too many studio-based variations on the a theme: two many family-based comedies that are gentle, but not exactly gut-busting or adventurous.  We have produced a few gems, but it is still the U.S. that leads the way- by a long way.  I have been wondering why.  I suppose we have less money;  but above all networks such as The BBC are the only station that commission unsolicited comedies: there is still an aim towards inexpensive, family-friendly comedies.  It has always annoyed me, because the finest comedies of the moment are as far from this as possible: they are ambitious and unique and take risks at every turn.  For years there have been attempts to replicate the majesty of early-’90s The Simpsons; classic South Park; cutting edge Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and the like: yet few success stories.

Anyway, below is an idea: something that is an animated comedy: something that this country never really dabbles in, but is much-demanded.  It will be posted through the doors of the BBC; it will go to a few production companies, but I have the feeling it may rely on a Kickstarter-like financial campaign, tied to a willing and ready production company.  I admire any new comedy, but have been thinking about animation.  The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park are three of the best comedies of all time.  It allows you to be as ambitious as possible; it costs relatively little; it takes a few hours to record each episode, and allows you to bring to life anything your imagination comes up with.  There are a few animation companies in this country that are looking for projects.  I have been meaning to make a show for two people: Raph Shirley and Kate Hollowood.  The former is an old Footlights colleague whom is an everyman with impeccable timing; a superb comedy talent.  The latter, a fine and brilliant actor whom is a versatile and very funny human.  Both can knock comedy out of the park; and both will appear in many in their careers.  I have been excited by the prospect of creating a comedy that can grab a foothold and make an impact- see below.

Once it is written, I will be thinking of ways to make it a reality: whether it is a Kickstarter campaign, a pitch to the BBC; a project that needs to go to an independent company- but most of all, I want to know from people: is it something that people would watch and would be popular?  I hope to make it as terrific and funny as possible; to have great lighting and beautiful scenes.  Take the cinematic beauty of Breaking Bad, and cheekily incorporate some of its themes into an animated comedy; have some of the adult humour of South Park, the sharp pace of The Simpsons, and a British sensibility.  A tall order perhaps, but like music endeavours, the ambition is all there…would it be something that could make it?

“The Equality State”

Pilot episode

(29 minutes):

“London, Wyoming

Desired Cast:

Kate Hollowood

Raph Shirley

Sarah Solemani

Male- major role

Female- minor roles

Male- minor roles

Desired Soundtrack:

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I– Them Crooked Vultures (Theme)

Lotus Flower– Radiohead (Opening track)

Familiar Feeling– Moloko (Final scenes and end credits)

Synopsis:

The pilot focuses on two different couples in their 20s, who come together; during Hallowe’en of 2013.  Their coming together will have a huge effect on each other; that will change their lives and cause huge waves.

Alice Yorke is a Jehovah’s Witness, she is down on her luck and a mother-to-be.  She has just learned she is pregnant and tries to balance her daily life, coping with it.  She goes door-to-door in east London; trying to spread ‘the good word’.  The local citizens are not so accepting, and as she meets some weird and wonderful people, she starts to doubt herself.  As the sun rises over east London, Alice and her ‘colleagues’ try to change people’s minds; before a huge song-and-dance number breaks out: D.E.N.I.A.L.  As a hard morning drags on, Alice returns to her Canary Wharf apartment she shares with her boyfriend.

The boyfriend in question is a one Stefan Buckley.  He has recently been fired as a teacher, and spends his days obsessed with Radiohead; smoking, drinking and preparing for an upcoming court case: a harassment charge made by Thom Yorke.  The two sit down and discuss the future possibility of becoming parents; both knowing that they do not have the money or security- or stability- to be able to handle it.  They weight up their lives, and recollect how and why Stefan got fired: both aware that they need to change their lives.

Over in Camden, P.C. Natalie Mercury is on the beat- and on a crime scene.  She is a controversial and ‘bent’ police officer, and has been in trouble constantly.  From drag racing The Red Cross; wrongful arrests, parking in disabled spaces and tampering with murder scenes, her boss is fuming.  Natalie arrests some ‘freedom-hating terrorists’; lays down the law and not strictly playing by the rules- not realising they are Hasidic Jews.  When they complain, she tells them to ‘tell someone who cares’; as there is a smash cut to her Chief Inspector’s office; as a stack of complaints and written warnings are piled on the desk.  She is given one last chance, and told she is on very thin ice.

In a local hospital, her high-flying and dashing boyfriend Dan Bush is experiencing a typical day.  In the clinic he is dealing with some strange and depraved patients, whilst dealing with the advances of a gorgeous co-worker; as well as fending off a tyrannical boss- who is rather violent and angry.  In his spare time, he manages a successful band (Famous Atheists)- as well as looking after his sick and cantankerous parents (two 80 year olds).  After a rough money, he catches a quick break at his flat; located opposite a kebab shop in Camden.  He meets Natalie there, as the two discuss a recent event: Dan proposing the previous night.  With Natalie’s job at risk and pressures in Dan’s life; Dan starts to feel the strain; as Natalie makes lavish- and very unusual plans!  As they prepare for the evening’s Hallowe’en party, the day ticks on…

Alice deals with the effects of morning sickness; choosing inconvenient and embarrassing places to fall ill.  The day continues, and the four prepare for the evening.  As the guests arrive in various costumes, Alice’s niece is round as they have to babysit her.  She is a very ‘mature’ and strange 4-year-old and causes all ends of issues; not helped by Stefan teaching her how to smoke.  The party swings on, as each of the couples confide in each other; and their various doubts.

As the morning arrives, the four go separate ways.  Alice is left to clear up the mess and carnage of the night before; before having to go onto the streets, in a desperate attempt to bring the word of Jehovah to Elephant and Castle and Hackney.  Dan has a nightmare morning as his colleague makes a pass, and his fellow doctors tease him about settling down.  Natalie is fired for letting a drunk meth-head drive her home after the party- in a police car.  Natalie has her badge, car and clothes stolen, and is now out of a job, being pursued by angry criminals, with the Met. Police angrily demanding the return of the stolen assets.  Stefan spends his morning trying to invent the perfect hangover cure; looking for a new job, as well as being embroiled in a battle with a neighbour- with disastrous  consequences.

The two boys meet up at a local bar- Homme’s; they discuss their situations and both feel trapped.  They are making plans for the future when Stefan gets a phone call with terrible news- he may only have 8 months to live.  The two girls meet at an Australian bar in Soho.  With Natalie fired and Alice dislocated and lost, they both feel a change is needed.  After both drinking a well-known cocktail; Natalie still has drugs- taken from a local gang.  After dropping them in the cocktail; she accidentally takes a sip.  The effects start to take a hold; leaving her sedate and ecstatic.  As the girls make their way home on the tube, they see the depression of London life; the inequality as well as the beauty and fascination.  As Alice finishes her day, arriving at the door of a chavy couple, Natalie calls.  Suddenly a master plan is struck, and the girls strike upon a way out of their problems.

Stefan and Dan have a heart-to-heart and asses the news.  Stefan decides that he has been a disappointment to Alice, and decides to make a list; a sort of Bucket List, where he will do as much as possible- as well as achieve as many goals as possible.  The girls realise that Natalie has stumbled upon an addictive and potent invention.  The two set up premises in the empty basement of the kebab shop (opposite Natalie and Dan’s flat), and come up with a name: The Equality State.  It refers to the effect the cocktail has where everyone- rich or poor- is levelled and equalled: everyone feels the same.  It also refers to Wyoming, a U.S. state which is mountainous and sparsely-populated.  It seems like a metaphor for their business, and how they customers will blend into London life.

As the police close in on Natalie and Dan’s flat and the walls close in, Natalie still uses her pull and power as a police officer to round up customers and make money and connections.  Stefan and Dan begin a list of 30 ‘to-dos’ or tasks; starting with number 1- with the help of Dan’s band, Famous Atheists.  The two forget about work and life.  Dan does not mention that his colleague made a pass, as well as his doubts about the wedding; Stefan does not let Alice know about his illness.  Meanwhile neither girls mention their business venture, as well as Natalie’s firing, and Alice’s doubts about motherhood.

In the closing scenes, Alice and Stefan talk about the future, and possible abortion.  Outside an inappropriately-named abortion clinic, as the rain lashes; the two realises that they want to stay together and need a future to hold onto.  Knowing that each of their lives will be very different and turbulent, they continue as they are: making sure neither knows of each other’s fate.  Natalie and Dan spend the night together; neither revealing truths, but promising to stick together.  As Moloko’s Familiar Feeling plays, the conclusion plays out.  The girls find that they are being pursued.  Alice has her colleagues, as well as some of her ‘faithful’ chasing her; angry at her betrayal and revaluation; as Natalie finds that her flat is taken over by the police; keen to find her, as some disgruntled criminals also close in.  Stefan has a court case; illness and fatherhood to think about, as Dan’s colleague announces her intentions- leaving each pair with much to ponder.  The screen splits as each of the couples go separate ways.  Stefan and Dan head to Essex to fulfil the next ‘task’- both trying to escape from life; unaware what ramifications could be in store.  Natalie and Alice have a huge queue of customers, as word spreads.  As the siren’s flash across the street and the flat is turned over, the girls both join hands and smile; realising that London will be changed, and that their lives will never be the same again…

The idea of the comedy is to cheekily reference Breaking Bad, as well as have potential for multiple episodes.  The show focuses on the two couples, but has a whole host of peripheral and secondary characters from episode to episode.  As the girls’ lives untangle and progress, they find that their discovery is attracting a lot of attention; as the two balance trying to earn money, but stay clear of the law.  Dan and Stefan bond and try to fulfil Stefan’s wishes, but both couples have a hard time hiding the truths from each other: at the end of the pilot cliff-hangers are unveiled and a few surprise twists as well.

I hope it gets made; I hope it lasts; it may not, but will try my hardest- surely there is room in the market 🙂

Music: How Everything Comes Back To It.

Sunday. 

 

A day of rest.  A day to reflect.  A day of…

 

Well, stress.  The last day of escape before a return to (working) reality.  The roads are crammed with idiots; the streets littered with slow-moving people; above all, a creeping sense that in less than 24 hours, you’d wish you’d made more of the previous day.

 

There has been a creeping sense of doubt coming to my mind recently.  Later I will be posting a blog about a new comedy (I have devised); something that is causing some excitement in my mind.  My working week has become a lot harder as of late.  A combination of increasing stress, growing pressure and personal circumstance have made the thought of another week almost unbearable.  My brain has been letting me down.  Dizziness, migraines, falling down, mood swings; deja vu, trouble walking have made me think something is badly wrong.  If you live with clinical depression and insomnia, you hope that nothing else impinges upon your life; you hope for enough positives to impose some sort of balance.

 

I have been very proud of some of my friends as of late.  At work, I have some very nice and supportive colleagues; who make the stress and sense of fear manageable- and there is a lot of fear.  I have some musician contacts whom have followed their dreams, and put voice to microphone- creating songs, making plans and raising anticipation.  I deeply admire that: that ability to do what you want to do in life; not what you think you should.  My actor friend, Kate Hollowood, has had some recent success- and has inspired a blog that is to come later…

 

As I sit here and think of others; buying gifts; hoping couples are well; that people I know are fine, and that everyone I know is good.  A combination of ill health, uncertainty, and a lot of stress and growing fear and sadness have sharpened my mind.  For all of the terrifying neurological gut-shots; clarity creeps in.  I have been thinking more of companionship: you get to a certain age where being single is not the most logical and sensible option.  I have been making plans for other things: save for a holiday; move out; treat others, and above all- make plans for the future.

 

I have never thought too hard of the long-term.  Having come out of a year-long spell of unemployment, the only priority was finding work.  Now I have, I find myself thinking ahead.  I want to be near London; to move on- I want to be in an environment where I am secure; where I can thrive, and essentially where I feel safe and happy.  I have been very unhappy for many years, and want to change that: I want to make the most of what time I have.

 

Music has always been an obsession: a mistress; a lover; a sister; a loyal friend.  Some will know that I have been reviewing music (on and off) for a while now.  I have witnessed many different acts and bands come in: ranging from Swedish electro, to London punk.  Few people know the other side of the story: me as a musician- well an ‘aspiring’ one at least!

 

I have been writing music since I was 18 (12 years now); and have a double-album’s worth of song titles, designs, names, lyrics and ideas.  I yearn to find 4 super musicians to complete the band; to help put life to the songs.  I have been working on my voice.  Whether it is a side effect of a deeper trouble or a strange (if pointless) talent; I can stretch the thing quite far.  I have always been obsessed and enamoured of the voice; from the likes of Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury, Otis Redding, Bjork, Thom Yorke: I adore ’em all.  Rather than be inspired by them, I have sort of trained my voice to sound like them- all of them.  Being a 6″3 white guy from the Home Counties it may sound incongruous to have the tones of Kate Bush or Howlin’ Wolf in your armour; unnatural and strange.  That is what has always compelled me to do it.  No other singer has tried to make their voice that, well- flexible.  Whether it leads to ostracising looks and fear, be damned: it makes me excited.  I don’t want to hone or reign it in; every weird robusto soprano; contralto; falsetto; bass and tenor movement excites me; I want to sound a bit like London Grammar, Mazzy Star, Tom Waits, Pavarotti, Chris Cornell- whoever.  It gives you range, and possibility, and it forces people to listen.

 

What is the point of all of this you may wonder (or not)?  I guess it is a call to arms.  I have been watching friends go through hell; some through doubt; have had a woman on my mind for too long- causing sleepless nights.  I have had stress, near-death misses and fear and horror over the last few months.  As the week unfolds I am glad that there are people that like me, appreciate me and will look out for me; yet cannot shake the fear and sense of instability, illness and sadness.  I am 30 now, and feel there is little time to follow my dreams, if I don’t start making plans.  I feel that you should do what you want to do in your own life, and not exist in uncertainty and fatigue.  I have witnessed a few of my favourite people growing and encountering success.  In work, relationships and life in general, big strides are being made.  People that were formally unhappy and lonely, have managed to turn things around.  The ‘relationship’ ‘financial’ and ‘personal’ boxes have not been ticked by me yet: I want to them to be. 

 

I only have 3 goals over the next year: find the money, bravery, enthusiasm and luck to be able to make music: if only one song, to show what I can do and what I can accomplish.  I want to be less alone; to have someone to help foster my ambition, and finally, I want to feel safe- not happy (it may be a stretch), but secure and safely ensconced.  Having a job has afforded me the chance to earn money to make plans and look ahead.  Whatever I am doing at the moment is not working out; and whether it is impossible or not, I want to be where I am now, to where I want to be: to have everything in its right place, and to be part of a happier world.  It all comes down to music: I am listening to it now; it distracts me; it inspires and is compelling me to get back to reviewing again…

 

The simple message is this: if you are the type of person whom has ambition and wants to set the world alight, then do it now: too few people do and have that impetus.  I hope everyone- who wants to- gets there.  A lot of people I know are doing that, and I want to join them- very soon…

 

Because one simple change… can change everything.

 

P.S.- new reviews to come soon; new blog to come in a few hours.