Sunday, 6 August 2017

Thank you everyone who was part of the Synthopian and Skerat spirit

Hello world and welcome to the August edition, of my monthly blog and for what will become my last post for quite sometime. This one will be short and sweet, manly for the purpose of a quick goodbye and a thank you.

I have done my various radio shows now for nearly 5 years, first there was my involvement with Club 80's on 1 Radio, helping out with the music chart. On a few occasions I sat in for the shows DJ and this then evolved into my own show Synthopia. Synthopia quickly gained a reputation of being a show where lots of independent synth artists could get their first airing and the support from bands and artists quickly grew. It was also popular for it's chat box and a massively friendly and supportive fan base grew from that chatbox. Synthopia was not simply Skerat's Synthopia, it was everyone's Synthopia. Not only that it grew to be a fiercely independent platform and I soon moved on from a fixed station and branched out on my own onto Mixlr. After a couple of years I had a short break from Synthopia and returned with Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts, but this was strictly no chat and perhaps lost a lot of it's soul as a result. As does for many things in today's world after about a year or so the demands of life, meant that doing a show was just simply to hard, so at the start of this year I went on an indefinite break. However a couple months later Johnny Normal pitched an idea about an Australian only synth show on Radio Warwickshire and it was too hard for me to pass up the opportunity to promote our local acts. I certainly returned to air, thinking lets see how much time and energy I have to last out and sadly five shows later, I have run out of steam.

While the shows all now come to end, I proudly look back at the amazing community we all created, many people identify with Skerat and Synthopia. Every person who supported and contributed to the shows, created something very special and for that I while always be extremely grateful. I have premiered a huge amount of new artists and many more songs and feel incredibly happy to see many of those artists and songs being played elsewhere. I also feel very chuffed to know that many friendships evolved from the shows and some of them even resulted in musical collaborations. Now I draw my breath and say one last extremely massive thank you to you all for an amazing journey, that for now is at a fork in the road :)

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Now let's give the last show of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia a descent send off, are you ready to make one last collectively community rally to make it the highest listened to of my shows ever? Then click here and let's send the show off in style.

Tracks played on the last show:-

DevilMonkey - Blank USB
Devilmonkey - Decadance (Sobriquet Nation Remix)
DevilMonkey - Galaxy Class
UKLD – Foam
All Things Lost - Whyd You Have To Go
All Things Lost - Closing Doors [Unearthed Stream]
All Things Lost - Hold You Down
Arado – Mind Games Featuring Burton c Bell on Vocals
Arado – Moon Child
Arado – Robots Crazy
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Phoenix
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Psychedelic_Soliloquy
The 5000 Fingers of Dr T - Computer Games
Asian Envy - Before Now
Asian Envy - I'd Like a Refund
Asian Envy – Serenade
Divine Knights - Your Love
Divine Knights - Smalltown Boy
Parralox - The Sundial
Parralox - Stranger's Thoughts
Parralox – Voyager
Space March – Sometimes
Space March - You Are Electric
Space March - Mountain King
Tycho Brahe - White Room (Real Life remix)
Tycho Brahe - Tainted Love vs The Doctor
Tycho Brahe - Send Me An Angel

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Now for one last band plug before I go and it's a great Aussie act in Arado:-


'arado' short for Alternative Reality Active Defense Operations is hosting an evening at the New Globe Theatre, please come as your favourite Alternative Universe character whether that be from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Fire Fly, Red Dwarf, Babylon 5, Fifth Element, Blakes 7,or any of the plethora of others just have fun and thats an order. There will be prizes for best costumes and lots of other surprises. Great mixture of artists and other fun stuff worth dragging yourself away from Netflix for a few hours to enjoy!!

Performing live on the night will be the cream of Brisbane Electronic/FuturePop/Industrial music including:

arado
replikant
Omegachild
Failed Assimilation
NyteShayde
Edith Thomas Furey
...and more to be announced

It will be out of this world so come along and explore the Space.

Commander Sven Hovardsen
arado freedom fighters

SEPT 1st   Galactic Blast Off
18:00–0:00

New Globe Theatre
220 Brunswick St, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4006

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As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day from the past month, which I have also brought to an end for now. It only covers the period from the 2nd of July to the 16th of July:-

2/7/17 Martin Krog - One Man Army
3/7/17 Newcleus - Jam On It
4/7/17 Missed
5/7/17 Patenbrigade: Wolff - Maureradio
6/7/17 PF Project - Choose Life
7/7/17 missed
8/7/17 The Flood - High Above
9/7/17 Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
10/7/17 Erotic Elk - Rest in Pieces
11/7/17 IAMX - Nightlife
12/7/17 Hot Pink Abuse - Mysterious Souls 
13/7/17 INXS - KissThe Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)
14 and 15 missed
16/7/17 Toffeetronic - Iman Umachine

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and before I go please remember to check out the last show posibly forever by Skerat, that is of course show 5 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows.

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Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
The show page on Mixcloud
Youtube Synthopia page
Radio Warwickshire

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For the last time for quite some time or perhaps forever, this is Skerat over and out.........



Sunday, 2 July 2017

Is There Anyone Out There?

Hello world and welcome to the July edition, of my monthly blog.

Many of you will know that on the last weekend of each month, my show Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia goes to air on Radio Warwickshire. Last weekend was show four and as always the show featured a very fresh and exciting list of Australian synthtronic music. Did I say fresh and exciting? Yes absolutely there is some very excellent talent down here that should be heard. However after saying all this, I have to admit I feel a little frustrated. Why is this?

Well it now appears that because it's an 'Australian only' show that it's getting a bit less love. Sure the show may go to air when you are perhaps busy, but even so the podcast is still available soon after the show. Of course the independent synthtronica shows for the UK, Europe and the States give and equally get great support for all the international acts and please believe me I think that, that is awesome. Some of those acts will be Aussie too, but believe me it will be a very small percentage. Which of course was what my old shows covered as well, but with a little extra Aussie flavor than the norm and the support by the various acts and listeners was truly fantastic and I greatly appreciated it. However I think with a lot of my past listeners and especially the acts that I have played in the past it is important to understand, that I was approached to do an Australian only show. While I genuinely stopped Skerat's Eclectic Podcast because I was extremely time poor, I still felt compelled to do an Aussie show when I was approached to do it. As our corner of the globe for the local independent Synthtronic scene, does not get quite the same exposure, as their synthtronic friends elsewhere. Yes a few do get played elsewhere, but it is still a very small ratio. Therefore I say to all of you who have supported me in the past, please understand I have not deserted you. In fact you will be all be aware that my Facebook, twitter and blog pages still support you all, just my show is giving my fellow Aussies a go. Have you deserted me?


Foot note to this, some of these Aussie bands have collaborated with overseas acts, or even moved to other countries and become part of acts there. This means that as I play these acts as well, there is still an element of connection to music outside of Oz. This also means that some of you other acts or independent labels outside of Oz may want to work with some of the acts as well, so another very valid reason to check it out ;)

Okay now that I have got that off my chest and perhaps triggered a lively chain of responses, let's show you all what was played last weekend on show 4 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia.



JJ.Christie - 7th Heaven (Desolation mix)
JJ.Christie - The Night (Resolution mix)
The Black Hundred - Matriarch Fallen
The Black Hundred - Death of the Physical - Rise of the Spiritual
The Black Hundred - Orwell (Walter Fini 2017 Remix)
In This Mode & Vague Notion - Here Comes The Cold - (Australian and Canadian collaboration)
In This Mode - transendence
In This Mode - Here I Stand
3D - I Wanna Riot
3D - I Confess
3D - City@Night
Actroid – Enron
Projekt Camus - Extra Dimensional Being
Projekt Camus - Stage I - Ignition
Alien Skin - I'm Your Machine
Alien Skin - Prisoner of the Tower
Alien Skin (ft. Steve Kilbey) - Summer Of Love (ft. Steve Kilbey)
Space March - Big Joe
Space March – Conspiracy
Space March - Teacher's Crying
Lunar Module - Berlin Wall
Lunar Module - Put Out the Fire
Lunar Module - The Neuromantic
Neuropa - Deutschevision (Extended Mix)
Neuropa - Midnight Sun (Citizen Clone Remix
Neuropa - One Foot in the Grave

and remember for those from the Synthtronica scene in Australia and that includes ex-pats and overseas bands that includes Aussies, remember that this is also a great opportunity for you to get on the show. If your sound fits in the genres of synth-pop, new wave, or post punk and lends itself to a bit of an 80's sound get in touch. I have also widened the rage of what years those songs come from. Previously the range was from 2000 to now, but lets get the world to hear some of the excellent tunes that we have from the past. I have noticed bands are now putting up their material form the 80's and 90's on various portals on the net, so to those bands make sure you get in touch with me to. You can do that by emailing me at skerat@zoho.com , please have your tracks to me for consideration by the 2nd weekend of every month. Make sure though before you do that, perhaps have a listen to the latest show to get a sense of the style and genres of the show.

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Okay now that I have given you a run down of the last show, lets move onto what's coming up for the scene in a global sense for the next month:-


Saturday July 1st

UnMute: A Tribute to Mute Records

1 July at 23:00 to 2 July at 23:00 UTC+01

On 1st July we are celebrating the launch of UnMute: A Tribute to Artists on Mute Records. The release is free to download and contains 48 covers split into 2 volumes. All songs are performed by unsigned artists covering Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yazoo, Fad Gadget and many more.

I'd guess everyone reading this knows at least one song from the Mute back catalogue, and chances are that song is covered on UnMute!

Tell your friends! Invite them to this event. Let's make this massive. And remember, the compilation is FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

Please note, this is NOT a physical event, merely an online event to celebrate the release

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Promenade Cinema have just a double single and it is now available on Bandcamp

The two tracks are - Spotlight - & - The Quiet Silently Wait - I have attached a copy of each to this email via WeTransfer: 

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Saturday July 8th 2017

Silicon Dreams Festival 2017

8 July at 18:00 to 9 July at 1:00 UTC+01

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9 Liverpool


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and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via skerat@zoho.com Come on get onto this, a great free avenue of promotion :)

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As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past month and this time an extra week, which covers the period of the 4th of June to the 3rd of June:-

5/6/17 Torul - All 
19/6/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat
20/6/17 OMD - Enola Gay 
26/6/17 Dekad - So Sorry 
27/6/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows. It's at over 53 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.
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Now lets move onto my random link of the month. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each month. This months site belongs to a wonderful friend to me and in turn many of us from our Synthtronica scene, especially the guys of Tenek. That person is Cheri Freund and the site is her excellent digital fine arts page. Take a browse from the amazing art that can be purchased for use within your decor, for interior design and many other avenues. http://www.cherifreund.com

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and before I go please remember to check out show 4 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows and on the last weekend of June catch show 4 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia on Radio Warwickshire. The show will be on Saturday the 29th at these times. London 10:00 PM, Vancouver 2:00 PM, New York 5:00 PM and Melbourne Sunday the 30th at 7:00 AM. Well that's it for this month, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until the first Sunday of next month this is Skerat over and out.


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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Check Out The New Show for Fresh New Tunes

Hello world and welcome to the June edition, of my monthly blog.

Well for all of you who listened last weekend, you will know that show 3 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia went to air on Radio Warwickshire. Now while I know there are a number of excellent synthtronica shows out there and finding the time to listen to a few is not easy. I do strongly encourage anyone who has not listened to my show yet, to please give it a listen. Why do I say this? Well because I can very confidently say that your going to hear a lot of great new music, that you have not heard anywhere else before. Check out the playlist below and I'm pretty sure you will agree that there are a number of new acts and tracks to you. This list is very fresh playlist, so treat your ears to some magic from downunder :)


Tycho Brahe Vs Club House - Acitech [Infinity Mix]
Tycho Brahe – Metropolis
Tycho Brahe – Relentless
Arado – Andromeda
Arado - fourth-dimension
Arado - Maiden-Voyage
Bare Island - New Dawn Rises
Bare Island - Night Songs
Bare Island - Silent Running
Unknown Land – Alchemy
Unknown Land – Fractal
Unknown Land – Qualia
Zen Robotic – Sunlight
Zen Robotic – Market
Zen Robotic – Looking at the waves (but missing the sea)
Symmetrix – Confide
Symmetrix – Mesmerised
Symmetrix – Us
Parralox - 86G feat A7-H
Parralox - Change Of Heart
Parralox - Jupiter feat Louise Love
Graham Clone – Synthesizer
Graham Clone - The Future
Graham Clone - The Vanishing Lady
Asian Envy - Back To Shinjuku
Asian Envy - Say What
Asian Envy - The Beautiful Girls & Boys (feat. Kendrew)
Neda & Marrs - I Miss You

Also for those from the Synthtronica scene in Australia and that includes ex-pats and overseas bands that includes Aussies, remember that this is also a great opportunity for you to get on the show. If your sound fits in the genres of synth-pop, new wave, or post punk and lends itself to a bit of an 80's sound get in touch. I have also widened the rage of what years those songs come from. Previously the range was from 2000 to now, but lets get the world to hear some of the excellent tunes that we have from the past. I have noticed bands are now putting up their material form the 80's and 90's on various portals on the net, so to those bands make sure you get in touch with me to. You can do that by emailing me at skerat@zoho.com , please have your tracks to me for consideration by the 2nd weekend of every month. Make sure though before you do that, perhaps have a listen to the latest show to get a sense of the style and genres of the show.

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Okay now that I have given you a run down of the last show, lets move onto what's coming up for the scene in a global sense for the next month:-

Sunday, June 4th 2017

When we were young - the official Oldschool Gothrock and Postpunk Club Night at Wave-Gotik-Treffen. 100% Gothrock, Postpunk, Deathrock and beyond ...

04/06/17
DJ Mark M (UK)
DJ Nephilim (CZ)
DJ J.Macottela (DE)

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ATTENTION / ACHTUNG:
Admission with WGT-wristband only!
Einlass nur mit WGT-Bändchen!

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4 June at 20:00–5:00 UTC+02
4 June at 20:00 to 5 June at 5:00 UTC+02

Kir Hamburg
Langenfelder Damm 94, 22525 Hamburg, Germany

WHERE IS MY POP?

Wir freuen uns auf euch und eine tolle Party. 

Musik von: DEPECHE MODE / HURTS / DURAN DURAN / COLDPLAY / HUMAN LEAGUE / ERASURE / DAVID GUETTA / ROBBIE WILLIAMS / BLOODHOUND GANG / RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS / GOSSIP / SIMPLE MINDS / PET SHOP BOYS / PETER FOX / REVOLVERHELD / ROBERT MILES / FANTA 4 / KATY PERRY / THE VERVE / THE CURE / MADONNA / DAVID BOWIE / BILLY IDOL / BLONDIE.....und vieles mehr!!!

At the Decks: DJ steFan

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5 June at 21:00–23:00 UTC+01

The Washington
79 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP Sheffield

PROMENADE CINEMA
Influenced by the 70's & 80's pioneers of electronic music, together with dramatic film scores and soundtracks, Promenade Cinema create 'danceable darkwave' covering a wide variety of emotions and imagery, paired with unmistakably catchy multi-layered vocals and opulent melodies.

Check it out: https://promenadecinema.bandcamp.com/

CASPIAN POOL

During an unlikely trip to the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, Low Bird (voice) and Jimmy Q (guitars, synthesizers, production) decide to set up their group Caspian Pool. Strongly influenced by 80's electro (Space, Ganymed) and pop glam 70's (Roxy Music, David Bowie), the two French people from Annecy mix new wave, glam rock and Italo Disco.

Check it out: https://caspianpool.bandcamp.com/track/hot-mount-analogue-remix 

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8 June at 20:00–4:00 UTC+02
8 June at 20:00 to 9 June at 4:00 UTC+02

Kir Hamburg
Langenfelder Damm 94, 22525 Hamburg, Germany
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9 June at 20:00–5:00 UTC+02
9 June at 20:00 to 10 June at 5:00 UTC+02

Kir Hamburg
Langenfelder Damm 94, 22525 Hamburg, Germany

Auf der WHERE IS MY POP!? gibt es die besten Popsounds der 80er,90er,2000er und 2017er. Es erwartet Euch ein bunter Mix der Jahrzehnte mit dem Schwerpunkt POP!

U.a. mit Mukke von : DEPECHE MODE / HURTS / DURAN DURAN / COLDPLAY / HUMAN LEAGUE / ERASURE / DAVID GUETTA / ROBBIE WILLIAMS / BLOODHOUND GANG / RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS / GOSSIP / SIMPLE MINDS / PET SHOP BOYS / PETER FOX / REVOLVERHELD / ROBERT MILES / FANTA 4 / KATY PERRY / THE VERVE / THE CURE / MADONNA / DAVID BOWIE / BILLY IDOL / MODERN TALKING/ALPHAVILLE/ BLONDIE/ ROBIN SCHULZ/SNAP!/DR.ALBAN/ACE OF BASE/WHIGFIELD/GIGI D'AGOSTINO/SUGABABES//KERSTIN OTT/FELIX JAEHN/AVICCI......and many many more!

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10 June at 21:15–22:00 UTC+02
Next Week · 13–27° Thunderstorms 

The Lindbergh Palace
Kalenwall 3, 38100 Braunschweig, Germany

http://www.braunschweig.de/kulturnacht-programm/ 

18:30 — 19:30 Uhr Detlef Hurling (Elektro)
20:00 — 20:45 Uhr Glantz (Elektro)
21:15 — 22:00 Uhr In Good Faith (Synthpop)
22:30 — 23:00 Uhr C. Sammy-Street (Hip Hop)

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8 July at 18:00–1:00 UTC+01
8 July at 18:00 to 9 July at 1:00 UTC+01

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9 Liverpool
ticket
Find Tickets
Tickets available
www.liverpoolphil.com

Festival of Electronica from the birth city of British pop.

Featuring :

Parralox
Avec Sans
Future Perfect
Berlyn Trilogy
Caroline McLavy
Voi Vang

Plus DJs from the Pink Parrot and AnalogueTrash

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and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via skerat@zoho.com Come on get onto this, a great free avenue of promotion :)

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As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past month and this time an extra week, which covers the period of the 7th of May to the 3rd of June:-

10/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat 
16/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat 
23/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat
28/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat
29/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat
30/5/17 Whoops missed by the busy Skerat

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows. It's at over 52 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.
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Now lets move onto my random link of the month. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each month. Do you hanker for the previous version of an application, or miss one that's been discontinued? Well OldVersion.Com is the site for you, believe me this site is very comprehensive and very well laid out.


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and before I go please remember to check out show 3 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows and on the last weekend of June catch show 4 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia on Radio Warwickshire. The show will be on Saturday the 24th at these times. London 10:00 PM, Vancouver 2:00 PM, New York 5:00 PM and Melbourne Sunday the 25th at 7:00 AM. Well that's it for this month, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until the first Sunday of next month this is Skerat over and out.


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Saturday, 6 May 2017

From Pilot to Full Commitment on Radio Warwickshire

Hello world and welcome to the May edition, of my monthly blog.

For those of you who read last months blog you will know that I did a pilot show for Radio Warwickshire, called Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia. Well the good news is, that show officially became a monthly show as of last weekend and will now continue to air on the last weekend of every month. Don't worry if you missed the show you can catch up with it right here. Of course as the title suggest the show is all about Synthtronica music from Australia and believe me there is plenty. This means that you are going to be treated to a lot of new artists and music, that you have never heard of before.


Now this also means that this is a really great opportunity for those of you from the synthtronica scene in Australia, to get on the show. Therefore yes I want to hear from you, so if your sound fits in the genres of synth-pop, new wave, or post punk and lends itself to a bit of an 80's sound get in touch. I'm also going to widen the rage of what years those songs come from. Previously the range was from 2000 to now, but lets get the world to hear some of the excellent tunes that we have from the past. I have noticed bands are now putting up their material form the 80's and 90's on various portals on the net, so to those bands make sure you get in touch with me to. You can do that by emailing me at skerat@zoho.com , but before you do that perhaps have a listen to the latest show to get a sense of the style and genres of the show.

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Okay as you will now know from reading the above, I did my second show for Radio Warwickshire last weekend. For those of you who know my shows quite well, you also know I like to do all I can to promote the acts on the show. Therefore without further ado here's last weekends show with all it's active links to the bands that I played:-

Foreign Technology - Beholden
Foreign Technology - Gliding
Foreign Technology - Watch By Windows
JJ.Christie – Ascension
JJ.Christie - Pay Per View
JJ.Christie - The Aftermath
Unknown Land - Storm
Unknown Land - Memento Mori
Unknown Land - Salvation
Synthie dB Shock - Heavy Skies
Synthie dB Shock - Factory Reset
Synthie dB Shock - Here With Me (R.I.P. Charles Haddon)
Alien Skin - 19th Century Girl
Alien Skin - The Secret Garden
Alien Skin - Dust to Ashes 1945 anosphere nightmix
Zen Deluxe - LightOfDay (FilthMix)
Zen Deluxe - Coincidence (FilthMix)
Zen Deluxe - Stay a While (Electro Mix)
Neuropa - Das Beat Industrialle
Neuropa - Fashion War
Neuropa - Plastique People
The Sound Of The Crowd - Life Is Calling
The Sound Of The Crowd - Oblivion (Flesh + Bone Remix)
The Sound Of The Crowd - Wrong Or Right
Space March - Dorian Gray
Space March - Saturn's Sun
Space March - Two Divided By Zero

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Okay now from what's happening with me, lets move onto what's coming up for the scene in the next month:-


8th of May

Ballerina - Tribute to Shanghai [Release Date, NOT a Party ;-)]
Hosted by Beatbox.se

8th of May at 8:00–23:00 UTC+02

Tickets available www.beatbox.se

For a short time during 1985 and 1986 Shanghai was in every Swedish pop magazine and in every teen girl's heart. But apart from that they also released a bunch of great pop songs. With "Ballerina - The Tribute to Shanghai" we will make those song live again.

Machinista - Bang Bang [Swedish Version]
Eurotix - Bang Bang (Heart On Fire)
Saft - Ballerina
RetroTeque feat James Knights - Sayonara [English Version]
Brita Kristina - Nattens armar
Disco Digitale - Angelina Angel Eyes
Evan - Vild natt
Obsession of Time - Radio Girl
Octolab - Fallen ängel
Electric City Cowboys - Flight 69
Sister Electra - Rosalina
Leaderboard - Africa
Peter Sjöholm (official) - Du är min prinsessa
Candide - Toner av en melodi
Electronic Zoo feat Pagque - Victory Of Love
Modiga Agenter - Eldfödd
Technomancer feat Angst Pop - Friendship
Train To Spain - Step By Step

CD release 2017-05-08. Preorder: http://www.beatbox.se/shop/vinyl-cd/

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26th of May

Zen Robotic, Holy Pablito, H-Zed, Symmetrix and Sam Square

26 May at 20:00 to 27 May at 1:00

Rockstar Bar, 480 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, Victoria 3199
Australia

AN EVENING THAT WILL FEATURE AN ECLETIC MIXTURE OF ROCK AND ELECTRONIC ACTS.

ENTRY $10

HOLY PABLITO ( Midnight – 1am )
A four piece rock n roll band.
https://www.facebook.com/Holy-Pablito-162043120509969
https://soundcloud.com/holy-pablito

ZEN ROBOTIC (10:45 – 11:45)
An electronic band with a dark, synth driven sound influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode and New Order. Deep, thought provoking lyrics are integral.
www.zenrobotic.com
www.facebook.com/zenrobotic
www.soundcloud.com/zen-robotic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgyJZaWQXVQdwIqXGIbNOcA

H-ZED (9:45 – 10:30)
A female fronted, four piece alternative rock band.
http://hzed.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/HZEDBAND
https://www.instagram.com/hzed_band


SYMMETRIX (8:45 – 9:30)
Marita Ryan is a singer/songwriter who writes within the electronic rock/electronic indie genre.
https://www.facebook.com/SymmetrixMusic
https://symmetrix.bandcamp.com/

SAM SQUARE (8:00 – 8:30)
A Melbourne based producer, instrumentalist and singer. Bringing together blissed-out rhythms, warm soulful tones and epic soundscapes.
https://www.facebook.com/samsquaremusic

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31st of May
The Enemy is the State
Hosted by John Costello
31 May at 0:00 to 13 June at 23:59 UTC+01

The debut electronic art pop album from John Costello.
Limited edition of 100 numbered CDs including bonus disc of selected cover versions 2006-2016 (the covers will not be available digitally). Over 120 minutes of music!

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and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via skerat@zoho.com


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As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past month and this time an extra week, which covers the period of the 1st of April to the 6th of May:-

1/4/17 The Girl & The Robot - Silence
2/4/17 Kids In The Kitchen - Bitter Desire
3/4/17 Johnny Normal - The London Sound (The Department Remix)
4/4/17 Laura Branigan - Self Control
5/4/17 Lunar Twin - Metroplex (Berlin Edit)
6/4/17 Paul Hardcastle - 19
7/4/17 1912 - IRL
8/4/17 Alphaville - Afternoons in Utopia
9/4/17 Ashbury Heights - Spiders
10/4/17 Basement jaxx - Where's Your Head At
11/4/17 Whoops missed this day
12/4/17 Whoops missed this day, as well
13/4/17 Daybehavior - For a Thousand Years
14/4/17 Devo - Beautiful World
15/4/17 Neuropa - Modern Talking
16/4/17 Visage - Night Train
17/4/17 Vile Electrodes - Play With Fire
18/4/17 Yazoo - Only You
19/4/17 Machinista - Brandbergen, Stockholm via Kalmar till Malmo
20/4/17 Latin Lover - Dr. Love
21/4/17 Erotic Elk - Hate Your Love
22/4/17 Emmon - Smalltown Boy
23/4/17 Eloquent - Images of Heaven
24/4/17 Eisenfunk - Pong
25/4/17 Chinese Theatre - History Forecast
26/4/17 Chicane - Saltwater
27/4/17 Vogon Poetry - Moments
28/4/17 Ultravox - Reap the Wild Wind
29/4/17 Gold Zebra - Drift Away
30/4/17 Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
1/5/17 Low Tide Theory - Author of all Things
2/5/17 Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene, Pt. 4
3/5/17 Jonteknik - Eureka Tower
4/5/17 Grant Miller - Red for Love
5/5/17 Ghost Capsules - My Red Shoes
6/5/17 Apoptygma Berzerk - Nothing Else Matters

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows. It's at over 50 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.
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Now lets move onto my random link of the month. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each month. This month however is music related. Do you like me get totally bamboozled by all the genres out there, these days. Well Every Noise is a perfect site to help you out. Just click on the genre and here a sample of the music style.


and before I go remember to check out show 2 of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia and please make sure you check it out. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows. Well that's it for this month, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until the first Sunday of next month this is Skerat over and out.

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Please join my social media pages:-

Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
The show page on Mixcloud
Youtube Synthopia page
Radio Warwickshire

and please give a thought to following my blog and also please give me, feedback, feedback, feedback ;) and share the Skerat everywhere, remember it helps me to support you :)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Skerat's Pilot on Radio Warwickshire

Hello world and welcome to blog 27, of my monthly blog. It's now over two months since I ended my monthly show Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts. Of course in my last blog I mentioned the mixed emotions of giving up the show, I had to balance out the volume of work and the free time I had over the falling show listening numbers and ultimately I made the hard decision to hang up the mic. Now just when I really thought I was potentially totally finished doing shows ever again, I suddenly had a surprise and very welcome message from my good friend and a very good friend to many of us Johnny Normal. Johnny suggested that I might like to think about giving a show a go on Radio Warwickshire, perhaps a show about the local scene in Oz. Now not only was I thrilled to be asked by Johnny, as he certainly is an icon of the scene, but what he suggested was also a great idea. Now as many of you would now know I did a pilot of that show last weekend and it was called Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia The Pilot certainly went well. I have flagged to Johnny today that I'm keen to have a go and at monthly show, so keep an eye out for any news on my various pages. May I also say thank you to Clay Lowe who runs radio Warwickshire for also giving me the opportunity to broadcast on his excellent station.

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So what was on that first playlist, that I did for Radio Warwickshire, well check it out below :)



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Okay now from what's happening with me, lets move onto what's coming up for the scene in the next month.


First up the 80's cover band the The Humanoidz are doing a gig on the 16 April at 21:00 to 23:00 @
The Southbank Bar - Trent Bridge, 1 Bridgford House, Trent Bridge, West Brigford, NG2 5GJ Nottingham in the UK

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Next up on the 22nd in the UK, is the Electric Dreams gig:-


DJS Valeriun,Stix,The Baron and guests
will be playing the mix of Alternative 80’s/New Wave/New Romantic/Goth/Industrial and Punk we have been playing for over 20 years now.
We will be playing music like...

Adam And The Ants, A Flock Of Seagulls, A-ha, Alphaville, Apoptygma Beserk, Associates ,B movie, B52s, Bauhaus, Bolshoi, Blancmange, Blondie, Buzzcocks, Cabaret Voltaire, Camouflage , Chameleons, Clash, Covenant, Cure, DAF, David Bowie, Dead or Alive, Department S , Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Echo And The Bunnymen, Erasure, Eurythmics, Fad Gadget, Fields of the Nephilim, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Front 242, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp, Heaven 17, Howard Jones, Human League, Iggy Pop, Japan, John Foxx, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Kissing the Pink, Kraftwerk, Ladytron, Magazine, Mesh, Mission, Morrisey, New Order, Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Pil, Roxy music, Section 25, Sex Pistols, Simple Minds, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters Of Mercy, Smiths, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet, Spear of Destiny, Specials, Stranglers, Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Teardrop Explodes, Tears For Fears, Theatre of Hate, Toyah, Transvision Vamp, Tubeway Army, Ultravox, Visage, Virgin Prunes, Wire, X-Ray Spex, Yazoo, Yello,
and many others. come and join us!

THE CANNICK TAPPS
(FORMERLY LONDON STONE)
109 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 5AD
£5 ENTRY/£4 for students with I.D
10 PM - 3 AM


MORE INFO
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8044018371
**NEW PAGE**
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Electric-Dreams-Night-club/209752169047968
http://www.myspace.com/electricdreamsnightclub
http://www.electricdreamsclub.com/

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Ballerina - Tribute to Shanghai [Release Date, NOT a Party ;-)]



  • 8 April at 8:0023:59 UTC+02 Tickets can be brought here



For a short time during 1985 and 1986 Shanghai was in every Swedish pop magazine and in every teen girl's heart. But apart from that they also released a bunch of great pop songs. With "Ballerina - The Tribute to Shanghai" we will make those song live again.
All in all there'll be 20 new cover versions, and the full tracklist will be updated here in this event.
Announced so far:
Machinista - Bang Bang [Swedish Version]
Eurotix - Bang Bang (Heart On Fire)
Saft - Ballerina
RetroTeque feat James Knights - Sayonara [English Version]
Brita Kristina - Nattens armar
Disco Digitale - Angelina Angel Eyes
Evan - Vild natt
Obsession of Time - Radio Girl
Octolab - Fallen ängel
Electric City Cowboys - Flight 69
Sister Electra - Rosalina
+ Candide, Datapop, Electronic Zoo feat Pagque, International, Leaderboard, Modiga Agenter, Peter Sjöholm (official), Technomancer feat Angst Pop, Train To Spain

CD release 2017-04-28. Preorder: http://www.beatbox.se/shop/vinyl-cd/

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and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via skerat@zoho.com


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As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past month, which covers the period of the 25th of February to the 31st of March:-

02/03/17 KLF - 3 AM Eternal 
14/03/17 Cybotron - Clear 
20/03/17 Dario G - Sunchyme 
24/03/17 Gorillaz -19-2000  
27/03/17 Missed - Slack Skerat!!! 


You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows. It's at over 50 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.
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Now lets move onto my random link of the month. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each month. This month it's the a simple but very addictive online game called Chain Reaction


and remember the pilot show of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia and please make sure you check it out. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows. Well that's it for this month, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until the first Sunday of next month this is Skerat over and out.

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Please join my social media pages:-

Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
The show page on Mixcloud
Youtube Synthopia page


and please give a thought to following my blog and also please give me, feedback, feedback, feedback ;) and share the Skerat everywhere, remember it helps me to support you :)