Saturday, 31 December 2016

I'm late, I'm late

Hello world and welcome to week 19 of my blog, hang on am I running a bit late with this one. Well here in Oz as I type it's nearly 8:30 am on the 1/1/17, so Happy New Year everyone :) Still for most of you it's 2016 for a number of hours yet, so am I really late? Yes I know that's cheating, but for those hours you have left I become a bona fide timelord. Well I'm in the future right?



Okay that's enough of me trying to wiggle out of my slowness with my blog. What am I really going to talk about this week? That's right, I'm frustrated. I have flagged this before, but if your going to have a twitter account make it something that is going to work for you. More importantly what does your profile tell me and any other prospective followers about you? Is your profile picture appealing? Or would someone go 'I don't know if I could trust or like that person' Sure there is the old saying don't judge a book by it's cover. However that's very much for the old world, this is the internet and trust and liking are big factors. This equally goes for your profile description, does it tell me who your are and what you do? Does it make me want to follow you? Are the links working, I'm going to say that one again ARE THE LINKS WORKING? I stumble upon a lot of broken links, sometimes it's because people might move their material to new web-pages etc., but sometimes it's simply because someone, didn't do the basic rule of setting up a link on their profile. In other words checking that the link actually works. I have seen plenty of cases of one url attached to another, because the appropriate break was not put in to separate them. Okay so as you make your New Years resolutions, perhaps make one to make sure your twitter account is very inviting. Make us trust and like you, so that we can happily and confidently get to know what you have to offer ;)

Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Well again I'm sure there is plenty, but I have not been sent anything. You are all still busy with the festive season, no doubt. Who can blame you, that's why I'm a bit late with this weeks blog. Hopefullyas things get back to normal, I will be able to bring you some news next week. Again this is a big hint for anyone of you who are bands or artists. If you have news, like singles or album releases, concerts etc, let me know via my email address of skerat@zoho.com If it fits in with the blog, I will publish it.

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Now to finish up for another week, its time to check out the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 17th of December to the 23rd of December:-

24/12/16 RUN-DMC - Its Tricky
25/12/16 Simulakrum Lab - The Day the Vocoder Stood Still feat. Kenneth Johnson
26/12/16 Berlin - Masquerade
27/12/16 And One - Military Fashion Show - Club Hit
28/12/16 Mi-Sex - Blue Day
29/12/16 Save Switzerland - Love Game - Original Mix
30/12/16 Player 1 - Space Invaders

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.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and please make sure you check it out. Support for me and the acts is what helps to keeps us all going. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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 :)

Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for all your amazing support in 2016 and I look forward to a massive musical year in 2017

Friday, 23 December 2016

Details, details, details

Hello world and welcome to week 18 of my weekly blog, as I type it's Christmas eve in Australia and it's hot in my corner of the country and no doubt the rest of Oz as wll. Today will be 33c\91.4f and Christmas day will be 35c\95f, so does that sound appealing to those of you in the Northern hemisphere, or does a hot and dry Christmas just sound all wrong? Now before I get to carried away with what I'm going to say this week, can I say I hope you all have a wonderful festive break with family and friends, stay safe and eat lots of food :)



Okay this week I thought I might do a bit of self promotion and make sure you are all aware of everything that I have setup for my podcast. Of course the first place to start is the show itself, the show is Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts and it is a spin off, of my previous show Synthopia. Essentially the podcast in essence is trying to capture the New Wave, Post Punk and Synth-pop sound of the 80's, but by the newer artists of the 2000's. The tracks I play range from around the year 2000 to the present day. The podcast itself is uploaded on the last Sunday of every month and can be found on my mixcloud page here

Of course I have social media pages setup to support the show and the main ones are my Facebook page 'Skerat's Synthtronica podcasts' this is where all the bands and fans come together to share posts, videos and news about the genre and me the show. I also have a Twitter page here again it serves a similar purpose to the Facebook page. However you also get a sense of my other musical tastes beyond the show, with my daily tweet of Skerat's track of the day. In addition to these pages I am slowly building my Synthopia Youtube page which features acts I have played on both my shows.

Now the last address I'm going to point you towards, is my email link for the show. This one is especially important if you want to send me your tunes for the show. The address is skerat@zoho.com and please as this one has changed very recently, make sure you have updated your mail lists.

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 Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Well I'm sure there is plenty, but I have not been sent anything. Everyone must be busy with the festive season, so hopefully I will bring you some news next week. This is a big hint for anyone of you who are bands or artists. If you have news, like singles or album releases, concerts etc, let me know via my email address of skerat@zoho.com If it fits in with the blog, I will publish it.

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Now to finish up for another week, its time to check out the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 17th of December to the 23rd of December:-

17/12/16 The Analog Affair - We Were Lovers
18/12/16 The Bucketheads - The Bomb These Sounds Fall Into My Mind
19/12/16 Synthie dB Shock - Factory Reset
20/12/16 Stephen Duffy - Kiss Me
21/12/16 Patenbrigade Wolff - Popmusik fur Rohrleger
22/12/16 Paul Rein - Communicate
23/12/16 Page - Ett SOS

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.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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 :)

Happy Holidays everyone

Friday, 16 December 2016

Are you totally on autoplay?

Hello world and welcome to week 17 of my weekly blog. This week I want to talk about bands and artists that have auto responses and updates on twitter, mailing lists etc. Don’t get me wrong this is a very good and important thing for you all to do. Also if you are not doing it, perhaps you should look into it. However please don't just set and totally forget, these forms of communication. Obviously for your fans it guarantees they get some constant interaction and news, but is it only the fans getting those responses? What about those DJ's that you want to get to listen to your tunes and give you airplay. They are potentially getting those auto responses as well. Do you think they will go through every single one of them and discover you have a new track or album to play? Not even that generous free give away track, you might post to attract interest. No doubt most dj's like myself have hundreds of bands and artists on their roster, so there is no way we can check through everyones post to see what they are doing. This means you need to make sure you are occasionally looking at who is following you and if it's someone who can promote your music get pro-active and get in touch with them. Don't leave it to chance.

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From auto posts, lets now move on to what's coming up in the scene this week:-


Jazzykat releases her brand new CD 'Deeper Echoes' via WEATNU Records this week and you can get the album here

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Emma barson has kindly let me know about another gig in the UK via Facebook events, so if your in the UK check out the Synthetic Christmas Four gig


Saturday 17th December 2016 at The Actress & Bishop in Birmingham ... 7pm til late....
and the bands playing in no particular order are...
Neil Francis
Johnny Normal
Shelter
The Glass Memorial
Promenade Cinema
DJ- Rob Harvey from Phoenix FM's Synth City til 2am

The full details can be found here

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and on the 24th the Blinky Blinky Computerband label has a Christmas surprise for you and I know Olaf is always very generous so this is well worth checking out


Go here to make sure you don't miss out.

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Also please remember if your bands or artists and you have news, like singles or album releases, concerts etc, let me know via my email address of skerat@zoho.com If it fits in with the blog, I will publish it.

Now to finish up for another week check out the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 10th of December to the 16th of December:-

10/12/16 Ultravox - Lament
11/12/16 Martyn Bailey - Red Sky Supernova
12/12/16 Men Without Hats - Pop Goes The World
13/12/16 Touching The Void - Obsession
14/12/16 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Dont Come Around Here No More
15/12/16 The Dossier - Give Me Your Name
16/12/16 The Clash - Ghetto Defendant

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 49 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

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


Friday, 9 December 2016

Groups and Pages

Hello world and welcome to week 17 of my weekly blog. This week let's talk about groups to pages, or to be more precise my Facebook group Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts, moving to my Facebook page Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts. I began this transition about two weeks ago and if your are a member of the Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts group, you should have got an invite to join the Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts Page. Why am I changing you ask? Hopefully for a better experience by using the page format, which most importantly will make it a lot easier for you all to share a lot of the great posts with the wider community. The group page which will still be active until the end of the year, unfortunately has limited functionality. I often had many of you telling me it was often difficult to share posts from the page, as it was too restrictive. As the whole idea of the group was to get all that brilliant music heard, it was time to make that work more effectively. This meant changing to a page format for easier sharing and also to make it easier to join the community. Okay have you joined the page yet? No!!! Well what are you waiting for get over to here and get posting and sharing :)

Okay once your finished your joining or posting and sharing you might want to check out what's happening in the scene this week:-

The guys from the Some Bizzare record label have sent me some details of Steven Jones & Logan Sky recent appearance at the annual Depeche Mode fan club convention in Tallinn, Estonia last week. The audience were treated to an hour long set filled with stunning projections by the guys plus a new track and DM covers. Click here for video highlights or here for the full length "Damned Don't Cry"



The label tell me the audience were, blown away by the guys and they have been invited back to next year's epic 25th anniversary!


Photos: Timo Tani

Another great bit of gig news that Emma Barson has let me know about, for all of those of you in the UK and is coming up this Saturday is the Eclectic Electric IV gig. Following are the details, it's sounds like a great gig if you can make it:-

Hope and Anchor, 207 Upper Street, N1 1RL London, United Kingdom


Due to the Interest from bands and fans we are pleased to announce a further event. Come and join us to enjoy a last sensilbe(ish) night before the Yule/Xmas/Solstice and other midwinter festivals set in

Promenade Cinema

Mangabros

Sudden Creation

Voi Vang

Sistrum

and the ever busy DJ Rob Harvey

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 3rd of December to the 11th of December:-

03/12/16 Emmon - Smalltown Boy
04/12/16 Devo - Freedom Of Choice
05/12/16 Eloquent - Bloom
06/12/16 Gary Numan - I Am Dust
07/12/16 Cloud and Owl - Antithesis
08/12/16 Darude - Sandstorm
09/12/16 Tycho Brahé - Seventeen

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 49 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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 :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

It's time for a summer blog

Hello world and welcome to week 16 of my weekly blog and summer :) Hang on he said summer? Yes summer, well down under it is anyway. It's time for me to mind bend those of you in the Northern hemisphere, which it turns out are a significant number that read this blog. When you surf the net you will find that it is predominantly a northern hemisphere centric space, after all most subject matter is now related to the pending winter cold and a white Christmas. Down here though it's the complete opposite and this very reflects the fickle nature of the internet. How would you feel about hitting the beach on a hot Christmas day and having cold ham and fancy salads on Christmas day? Okay stop packing your bags, I don't have the room :)

Of course the hemisphere centric nature of the net, is just one of it's many and varied nuances. These various nuances can make it a difficult place to grow and increase your fan base and can at times make it incredibly challenging to get your music out there. Or for that matter even your radio show or podcast heard. What appeals to people for many weeks, may not the next. This means you must always be diligent, a loss of a few listeners can suddenly become many if your not showing a presence. It's not good enough to put up a website up with all your tunes and expect people will just come and buy them. You could create the greatest track ever. However unless your really lucky, word of mouth is not going to get it out there you need to promote it. Get your songs to as many shows as possible, but don't go overboard make sure they suit your style of music. Also make sure all of your links and posts for your songs are up to date and accurate. I have mentioned it here before and I will say it again, I find a lot of dead links for band sites. One mistake a few of you make is to not make sure your links are separated. I have often found that some of you have your urls connected to each other things like joe.bloggs.facebookjoe.bloggs.twitter is two links accidentally mashed together and will not work. Take the time to test your links, a day link is going to be more often then not a lost opportunity. Oh and if someone tells you your link is dead, fix ASAP. There is nothing worse then when a fan or DJ try's to help you out and tell you your link is not working, only to come back a month later to find nothings changed.

Okay now let's get some news from around the traps:-


Chris Wirsig of the Electro Noir Pop duo no:carrier let me know about their wonderful new album release Broken Rainbow. I think as the bandcamp page describes the album so well, I will let it tell you about the album:-

The songs on "Broken Rainbow" range from the lead single's topic of depression and addiction ("Your Heroin") to the important role alleged villains often play in fostering what is good ("Holy Judas"), and the depths of human behaviour ("Little Death", "The Day I Met You", "Alibis"). With the creepy cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising", and "The Man Who Drew Cats", a biographical song about Louis Wain, famous for his illustrations populated by anthropomorphic cats, no:carrier again show a wide range of topics and musical influences, that are seldom found in today's music, and merge it with their signature Electro Noir style.

Also this week I got some great news of an excellent deal from Tenek, which is a perfect deal for the festive season:-

Tenek - **SPECIAL CD bundle offer!!**



When you purchase tenek's 'Smoke and Mirrors' album, it will include two additional EPs ('Imitation of Life' and 'Another Day') -- ALL for ONLY £15!! [*shipping charges not included]

To place your order, click HERE

Thank you for your support and wishing you a joyful holiday season!

- tenek and crew


Tenek - Imitation of Life (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Okay to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 26th of November to the 2nd of December:-

02/12/16 Tenek - Elusive

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 49 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.

and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

and please give a thought to following my blog and also please give me, feedback, feedback, feedback ;)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Time where do you find that?

Hello world and welcome to week 15 of my weekly blog and boy do those weeks come around quickly. This means it's time yet again to put my mind to another blog and in addition this week I'm hard at work putting together my next show, for Sunday.

This leads me to think what do we all do to manage getting our music, shows and media organized for everything we do? I have to admit I use a very antiquated process to pull my shows together each month. I rely very strongly on audacity to mix and edit my shows and in edition to this I use Mixxx to get a feel for the order of the playlist before I put it together. If I get tracks sent to me in a different format than MP3, I use Music Studio 6 to covert the format. I also find now that I really need to be more organized with keeping up with all the acts and their tunes, so I use OneNote to do this. I highly recommend a collaboration tool like OneNote as you can dump everything and anything into it and that is a significant help when you need to group a lot of different things together.

Now that I gave given you a little insight into what I use, I'm now curious about what you use. What is good and how does it help and what should we all avoid?

Okay what's coming up this week in the scene?


Let's kick off with Vogue Notions launch of  their album with 10 fabulous artists interpretations of Human Love Song. It's a free download that is now out as of the 25th of November 2016 on their Bandcamp page


Also the Plonk label are having an album launch this week and a number of these artists have been played on my show before. For Plonk they had a lot of success and critical acclaim for their first 2 W.A.M.P. compilation albums, so they are proud to present the third annual installment in the "We Are Machine Pop" catalog. "We Are Machine Pop 3" and it will feature tracks from the following Plonk artists.......

TOBITRON, SECTOR ONE, UNISONLAB, KRETZ, ZEITMODELLE, NEON, MODULATION, NIELS GORDON, DEUTSCHE BANK, MACHINE BRENNT, Z:INDUSTRIES and DATAPOP

The official release date is the 1st of December 2016.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 19th of November to the 25th of November:-

19/11/16 Kraftwerk - Autobahn
20/11/16 Maxwells Complex - She Is Beautiful feat. Tim Fisk
21/11/16 Miami Sound Machine - Dr Beat
22/11/16 Spacebuoy - Flames
23/11/16 Styx - Mr Roboto
24/11/16 No More - Stardust Youth
25/11/16 Opus - Live Is Life

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 almost at 48 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-
Skerat's Synthtronica Podcasts
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 ;)

Friday, 18 November 2016

Seriously what are you waiting for?

Hello world and welcome to week 14 of my weekly blog. Boy is this blogging thing a challenge to write something relevant every week. Hopefully those of you who are reading this weekly, are finding what I write interesting enough. Now what am I going to talk about this week? That's right are you a band or artist who followed me on twitter, Facebook or somewhere else and your waiting for me to play your music? Yes, seriously what are you waiting for?

Please don't wait for me to contact you for airplay. If you follow me anywhere on social media, be mindful I have way too many things to catch up with to keep everything going. This means there is no way I can go through every single follower in any great detail and certainly not quickly. Of course I try my best to get through as much as possible, so you might just be lucky enough and I do contact you. However you are much better off not to expect it. This would no doubt be the case for most of the DJ's on the internet, so push your tunes forward. For me as I say every week send them to skerat@zoho.com Sure this does not guarantee airplay, but it significantly increases your chances and I do play the vast majority of what I receive. Just make sure it suits the show, don't waste yours or my time with something that I will definitely not play. If your not sure listen to my show, generally the rule is anything after the year 2000 that is in the format of New wave, Post Punk and Synth-pop. Essentially something that leans to those sounds of the late 70's to the mid 80's.

Okay the good news this week is I have been sent some news via my inbox at skerat@zoho.com


Pink Dolphin Records have launched a kickstarter project to get the excellent band Daughter Vision to get their remix album funded to be launched on limited vinyl, cassette or CD.



The other great news sent to my inbox this week by Cheri Freund who is Tenek's hard working PR manager, is that Tenek are releasing a new double EP called Imitation of Life and this is the press release.

Pre-Orders available as CD format at http://tenek.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a0d5bbe3835b51720d4bfecd5&id=4c2fcd980c&e=e7efe68d92 from Monday 14th of November. (*Monday 28th November 2016 – the four track digital release available from ALL popular online stores.)

The EP comes bundled with two growing fan favourites: “Imitation of Life” EP (inspired from
their recent album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’) and ‘What Kind of Friend?’ EP (previously only sold in
digital format), so why not put all on one CD!
‘Imitation of Life’ – brings us a bigger sounding remastered track, along with two brilliant remixes: an 80’s analog remix (Nik Hodges) and a darker rock edge remix (Ghostlights / aka Sam Morrison). And then to add something completely different and unexpected to this release – an exceptional piano
rendition of “A New Foundation” (Matt Jessup).
‘What Kind of Friend?’ - comes with two outstanding alternate versions: a hard hitting powerhouse
mix with an almost thematic feel from the well known UK composer/producer/mixer (Andy Gray / aka Grayedout), and a second with a most unexpected darker sound for the band (remixed by Martin Swan / Vile Electrodes). An added bonus is the inclusion of a re-mastered track, “Sombre Friday” that originally debuted on tenek’s first album (Stateless).
See tenek’s NEW music video, ‘Imitation of Life’ on the Tenek Official YouTube and Vimeo channels.]

Future performances TBA for 2017.

Track List:
 1. Imitation of Life (Tenek)
 2. Imitation of Life – Pre-Midi Remix (Nik Hodges)
 3. Imitation of Life – Pale Imitation Remix (Ghostlights)
 4. A New Foundation – Piano Version (Matt Jessup)
 5 What Kind of Friend? – Radio Edit (Tenek)
 6. What Kind of Friend? – Gayedout Remix (Andy Gray)
 7. What Kind of Friend? – Miami Odyssey Synthporn Remix (Martin Swan)
 8. Sombre Friday – Alternate Mix (Geoff Pinckney)

 For information, please contact:
Cheri Freund – cheri@tenek.co.uk Or visit www.tenek.co.uk

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 12th of November to the 18th of November:-

12/11/16 Cloak - Mr Loneliness
13/11/16 The Stranglers - Strange Little Girl
14/11/16 Blott - Things Will Never Be The Same
15/11/16 Daft Punk - Robot Rock
16/11/16 Illustrial - Break the Angel
17/11/16 Eisenfunk - Pong
18/11/16 Martin Krog - One Man Army

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 almost at 48 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic 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 ;)

Friday, 11 November 2016

Making everyone happy, well at least trying to

Hello world and welcome to week 14 of my weekly blog. As part of doing my shows and my various pages I do like to try and show my supporters and the bands as much appreciation as possible and as often as I can. However this can be a very tough task, at times. The reality is that all my pages have heaps of information flowing through each and every one of them. Equally my shows are choc full of information and I certainly don't like to intrude into the music being played too much. This means the gratitude I often try to show can be lost in those piles of posts, or because of the restrictions of things like character numbers or seconds to talk.

On the flip side of all this of course, is that many of you often return the gratitude. This too can be lost for all the same reasons and that is probably when I'm seen as having even less gratitude, if I don't acknowledge it. Of course that could not be any further away from the truth. I sincerely appreciate every supportive post or re-post on Facebook, Mixcloud and here on the Blog and equally every tweet or re-tweet on twitter and any of the social media forums you support me on. It's this support that keeps me going and in turn helps to keep the show alive. So don't despair if I have not acknowledged one of your posts. There is a very good chance that I missed it, but believe me I appreciate it.

Okay I mentioned keeping the show alive in those last couple of sentences. That is very much the big truth for the show. My podcast is a little bit more unique, to most of the other shows we all love to listen to. I have no affiliation to a radio station and I do this all very much on my own. This means self promotion takes a lot of time and a lot of work. I don't think that I'm overstating it, when I say that my show has been a good avenue for a lot of new acts to be heard. Therefore it would be a shame to loose it. I have remained fiercely independent now for a very long time, because I think it suits the shows format and the acts I play. However the independence comes at a cost and that is less promotional resources. So please if you love the show let people know about it. Also bands and artists, if I play you seriously promote the hell out of that show, it's not only helping me, it's definitely helping you.

Okay that's my little ramble for this week, now what's happening with the week ahead:-

First up thank you Emma Barson for letting me know about Frequency


Next up a gig in Landskrona, Sweden with two brilliant Swedish Bands in Train to Spain and Obsession of time. Thank you Kjell Ek of Oak Promotions for letting me know about this gig.


Okay now as I say every week to all the bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday of each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com

Also again to every band, artist and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts. Come on everyone not one sound file yet, get yourself heard around the globe.

Now to finish up this week, here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 5th of November to the 11th of November:-

5/11/16   Giorgio Moroder - From Here To Eternity
6/11/16   Hot Pink Abuse - Stranger to Others
7/11/16   Grandmaster Flash - White Lines
8/11/16   Meter Bridge - The Squad - Crash Hardwood Edit
9/11/16   Nitzer Ebb - Shame
10/11/16 Vile Electrodes - The Future Through a Lens
11/11/16 Underworld - Underneath the Radar

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.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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Friday, 4 November 2016

A cover, of a cover, of a cover

Hello world and welcome to week 13 of my weekly blog. One of the huge pluses of doing my podcasts, is that I get sent a lot of amazing tracks and the vast majority of these tracks are of course brilliant originals. I have to say it is still honestly amazing how much excellent synthtronica music, is really still out there untapped by shows like mine. Now in addition to these original tracks I also get a great deal of excellent covers. Now for me and I'm sure for the other DJ's as well, we are not always 100% aware that we are being sent a cover of a song and that's what this week's blog is about.

For my real daytime job, I spend a lot of time on the train to and from work and to pass the time I play SongPop. Yes I can't get enough of music, but I have no doubt that would go for anyone reading this blog. Look me up if you want to take me on. I may not be one of the best, but I'm not too shabby either. Now the reason I'm mentioning SongPop, is that I am massively blown away by the incredible amount of modern day songs that are in fact covers and in some cases many times over too. Yes like many of us I knew there were a lot, but after playing Songpop I feel I have only really been ever really half aware of the volume.


This brings me to when I do covers on the show. It is not unusual for me to play a cover and be fully aware that it is indeed a cover. Either I know the song itself quite well, or the act that has sent me the track, have kindly told me that it is a cover and they have given me all the details about the track. It is definitely the right thing to do, to tell all of us independent internet DJ's the details of a track, if it is covered. No matter how well you think the track is known. There can be many reasons why a person in this case a DJ, may not be aware of a particular track. After all we have all taken an interest in music at various ages and years. Our musical tastes may have evolved over that time, or we simply went full circle and have come back to the music we once loved. Hits in one country or many countries, may not be hits in other countries and therefore in those countries they are relatively unknown. From what I understand Aussie 80's band Real Life's song, Send me an Angel was a massive hit here in Oz, the States and parts of Europe, but was not so big in the UK. For this reason please if you are sending in a cover of a track, tell us it's a cover no matter how much you feel how popular that track was, we need and want to know it's a cover. It helps reduce the egg on our faces, for not being up with all the thousands of tracks out there ;)

Okay my zoho inbox still has been a little lite on email news this week, come on acts free promotion of your gigs, song releases etc, becon right here. What I can tell you by checking my Facebook events list which is always busy, is that The Sweetest Condition are having an album launch right now.


Also a special plug for Mark Johnson who is Silver Factory Superstars and who did some great sound work for Synthopia in the past. This is his new album available now


Now as I said to all the bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com Also again to every band, artist and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts. Come on everyone not one sound file yet, get yourself heard around the globe.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 29th of October to the 4th of November:-

29/10/16 Patenbrigade Wolff - Freunde der Technik feat Stefan Leukert
30/10/16 Peter Gabriel - Biko
31/10/16 Damsel in the Dollhouse - Room 237
1/11/16   Debbie Harry - French Kissin in the USA
2/11/16   Elektroklange - Approach to Tokyo
3/11/16   Frida - I Know Theres Something Going On
4/11/16   Ghost & Writer - Beyond Repair

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.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

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Friday, 28 October 2016

Are you a twitter egg or a friend to all?

Hello world and welcome to week twelve of my weekly blog. Okay as you all can see the title of this week's blog is are you a twitter egg or a friend to all? Pretty cryptic hey, perhaps yes but believe me this is a very important question, that I think you should all be aware of.

Lets kick off with those eggs, those of you who use Twitter will be aware when you first sign up to twitter that they give you an iconic avatar of an egg. Why an egg? Well you're about to begin your journey of hatching a twitter bird. Now the important thing to do for everyone's sake, is to get straight into hatching that egg. I say this because an egg that hangs around with out any character or identity, very quickly becomes more and more suspicious as the days go by. Believe me there are 100's, if not 1000's of eggs continually popping up and following you for purely dubious reasons. My tip is don't follow a new egg back for at least a week if they follow you, unless you know without a doubt who it is. Give that new egg some time to hopefully create an avatar and to add some identifying information to their profile. Check if your friends are following them, but don't assume that because some of your friends are following them that it's definitely okay to also follow them. That part I'm going to cover in the next paragraph. Okay now for those of you who have been a little tardy and you have not changed your egg since you joined twitter, now's a good time to hatch :)


Now let's deal with the second part of my question are you a friend to all? I think from reading my blogs over the past twelve weeks, you can tell that I emphasize the importance of being aware of who follows you on social media. With twitter that is no less important and I often take quite some time to follow some followers back, if at all. While it's incredibly flattering to have a lot of people following you it's also makes for a very slow vetting process, but it has to be done and done well. Over the past couple of weeks I have began a very vigorous vetting process and I was honestly absolutely shocked to see how many of you have been following back some very dubious followers. Please, please, please, don't automatically follow people back, you're not only putting yourself at risk, but you're also putting your followers at some degree of risk as well. after all you're making your follow list totally viewable to that person. Until over a week ago I had over 3300 followers that number has already dropped by nearly a whopping 200 followers, as I cull followers that I have genuine concerns about and I'm not finished. I certain that I will drop below 3000 followers by the time I'm finished, so that's hundreds of accounts that could quite easily cause me and my real followers some trouble and I would much rather avoid that, wouldn't you?????


Okay my zoho inbox has been a little lite on email news this week, but I can tell you that Steven Jones & Logan Sky, have just let me know their busy filming a new video this weekend and equally the Tenek guys are about to release a new video and are hard at work on a new EP, so keep an eye out for both from the two bands.

Also as always to all the bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com Also again to every band, artist and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 22nd of October to the 28th of October:-

22nd of October  A Flock Of Seagulls - Heartbeat Like a Drum
23rd of October  Machinista - Molecules And Carbon
24th of October  Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
25th of October  Vision Talk - Dina Tankar
26th of October  Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy
27th of October  Not Lars - Ill Say It With Synthpop Then
28th of October  Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Metroland

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there, maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Bloggers block

Hello world and welcome to week eleven of my weekly blog. Blog block, blog block, blog block, what was I going to write about this week.... thinking, thinking, oh yeah that's it, sincerity, gratitude, keeping up and too many social media options. Many of you who follow my show and it's various pages, will no doubt know my main avenues of music play and music promotion are through, Mixcloud, Facebook and Twitter. These three are very mainstream mediums and capture a good audience, but of course everyone has their preference and some may only use one of these mediums. That is why it is always important to have a few mediums covered if your doing something like music promotion. I often see artists complain that they get very low interaction from people on Facebook and some go as far as closing their accounts on Facebook. However I believe in truth Facebook is the place that often leads fans to to your webpages and other social media sites, so I strongly urge you not to discount it. I know I use it for that purpose constantly. Of course if you're like myself and you have more than the three pages, than the reality means it will create a lot of work for you. Over the years I have spread myself across many social media avenues, Mixlr, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Internet Archive, Podomatic, Google Plus, Youtube, and the list goes on and on. Some of these I still actively use, like Youtube. In fact if you get the time you should check out my Synthopia playlist on Youtube. It features bands and artists that I have played on both of my shows and while I focus on that. If I have played you on my show and you have videos that you do want put up on the playlist, please let me know.

Now the more you spread yourself across the social media platforms, the harder and harder it becomes to keep up with all your followers. For me being very sincere and thankful to all your supporters is extremely important. However the more I do to promote the music the harder this gets and hopefully here on my blog or my shows saying thank you to all than bands, artists and fans, helps to go some way there. Thank you for all the songs, the retweets, the likes, the listens, the listens, the messages, the fun and all of the amazing friendships. All of this is what drives me every week to keep going and in turn keeps the show alive and kicking :) To all those music friends that I have not messaged in ages, don't worry you're all still very important to me and I still follow what you're all doing as much as I can.

Okay this week I got sent some details from Amy from the Mirrorman Music Agency, of a great new act Knight$ who is soon to release his EP, check out all the details below:-


KNIGHT$ - WHAT'S YOUR POISON? - EP (18.11.16)
KNIGHT$ is a UK artist with a knack for penning some memorable electro anthems. Whether with a full band or simply stripped back with a pianist, KNIGHT$ delivers. With one foot firmly in the present, and a discerning knowledge of music’s past, KNIGHT$ might just be the newcomer to occupy your sound system into 2017.

Cutting his teeth in projects such as Scarlet Soho and Boytronic, KNIGHT$ has made a name for himself. Previously touring Europe alongside Zoot Woman, IAMX and The Faint, he’s also headlined The Under The Sky stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and co-wrote the lead track for the German movie Bauernfrühstück in 2011, where he duetted alongside German classical vocalist Isgaard (Schiller).
KNIGHT$’ started working on the tracks What's Your Poison?, So Cold and What You Leave Behind in 2016, alongside producer Martin Dubka (Tesla Boy/Tyson/Ali Love) in Hackney, London.
Even after a short time in the studio Dubka and KNIGHT$ developed an almost telepathic understanding. It was clear the initial tracks needed to be concise, with super strong stick-like-glue melodies. KNIGHT$ would programme the midi, with Dubka working overtime, patching in an array of vintage analogue synthesizers and getting the sounds just right. They would occasionally stop for coffee, listen to “Time To Move” by Carmen, and swiftly move on. By the time they were finished, KNIGHT$ knew he had something pretty unique on their hands!
KNIGHT$ holds undeniable magnetism live, but there’s a palpable substance to all he turns his hand to. Just when you think you have this guy sussed, he will offer you something different, something you never saw coming.
It’s pop Jim, but not as we know it!
LIMITED EDITION (250) FOUR TRACK ORANGE VINYL EP/CD/DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE from KNIGHT$ bandcamp.

KNIGHT$ tourdates
Nov 3 - The Brook, Southampton, UK (piano set)
Jan 6 - Matrix, Bochum, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 7 - Das Bett, Frankfurt, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 13 - Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
Jan 14 - Dark Disco @ Charterhouse, London, UK
Jan 20 - Moritzbastei, Leipzig, DE (w/Melotron)
Jan 21 - Lido, Berlin, DE (w/Melotron)

KNIGHT$ official website 
KNIGHT$ facebook
KNIGHT$ twitter
KNIGHT$ instagram

KNIGHT$
What's Your Poison? (EP)
Release date 18.11.16
Mirrorman/SpecchioUomo

Also as always remember bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com Also again to every band, artist and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 15th of October to the 21st of October:-

15th of October   Cinemascape - The Falling Impossible
16th of October   Devo - Gates of Steel
17th of October   Eloquent - Go Go Yellow Screen
18th of October   ELP - Fanfare For The Common Man
19th of October   Erotic Elk - Burning Down Your House
20th of October   Fatboy Slim - Sunset Bird of Prey
21st of October   Elektroklange - Hello World

I have to make a comment about the Fanfare For The Common Man. Many years ago I competed in a Fun run to raise money for the Australian olympic team. Because of it being all about the Olympics, they had at the start line a brass band playing a short blast of Fanfare For The Common Man, just as the race was about to start. By the time they had finished I was absolutely hyped and I was feeling far more than just very Olympic, I bursting out of my skin. The gun went off and the first kilometer was done in record time, the next nine kilometres was spent trying to keep going :)

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Maybe even vote for my show in the Mixclouds Online Radio Awards. Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic podcasts Facebook page
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Interviews and why don't I do them?

Hello world and welcome to week ten of my weekly blog. This week I'm going to tell you why I don't do interviews, for the acts that I play. Every once in awhile I get asked by bands, artists or their managers, if I would be interested in doing an interview with them. I will always politely say no and try to explain as best as I can why not. However sometimes when you are suddenly asked a question like this, you find that sometimes your explanation can become a little convoluted. Okay so why don't I do them then? The primary reason is that when I started out doing these shows, I had to set some type of format that I wanted to work with. The initial thoughts were should the show just be purely music, should I talk a little, or talk a lot, should I do interviews. I very quickly came to the decision that the show should strictly be about playing the music and utilizing every minute to do so. With me doing short hopefully unintrusive into's at the start of each track. This was to give the listeners the details they would clearly want to hear about the tracks and to give the show a little bit of a personality. This meant that there would not be excessive talking by me and interviews were not going to be part of my format. This decision for me was made even more concrete, by the fact that my timezone was very much at odds with most of the acts that I was going to play, so interviews would be tricky. Once I had made this decision, I felt it was very important to stick to it for show consistency. Of course I will still get asked, every once in awhile. After all the acts quite rightly need to investigate every possible avenue for exposure, but again for consistency I will say no. I strongly believe that if I were to do it once, then that's when I have decided that I will keep doing it and at this point that is not part of my plans. I don't want to have the situation where I say no to one act and yes to another, because clearly the other act will be asking why? Still as I said that is not part of the plans for now, but in the future who knows. It is still quite possible that one day, if I ever have a less demanding day time job, that I might expand on my shows and do interviews as well.

Okay last week I asked, who are you and where did you come from? This is a permanently ongoing thing and I will really love to hear from you. I want to hear your stories about when, why and how you followed me, what do you love about the shows and what's your part of the music story. Are you a happy listener, a band sending me tracks (did I give you your first play), a label or a promoter. I would love to hear all your stories and share some tidbits in the blog, so send them through to my email address of skerat@zoho.com after all this is a great opportunity for you all to help build and shape this blog.

I have already had some great feedback on last week's post. Cheryl and Bevan from Vague Notion, told me how Geoff from Tenek mastered their first EP and how he did a fantastic job! They too agreed Both Pete and Geoff are great guys. I was very pleased about this one, as at the time I had suggested to Cheryl, that Geoff would be a good person to go to for their mastering. It's a great example of how close knit we all are and how we can all help one another.







Blott who is Geoff Martin, also had some great feedback on the guys from Tenek - "Yes those Tenek guys are great ambassadors for the independent synth scene and a cracking bunch of guys too.
Geoff produced Things Will Never Be The Same and was very good to deal with."








Flip Martian AKA Phil Marsh was also keen to know how much Pete and Geoff paid me to say nice stuff about them. Oh that reminds me, guys have you sent the cheque yet?

and Phil also answered the Where did I come from question... "I think I joined your FB group many moons ago to see if there were any good songs to play on my own radio show back then - your show was one of several sources I used to find new stuff. Can't remember who I found now but I'm sure there were a few"



Also as always remember bands and labels out there make sure you send me news for any upcoming shows and/or music releases each week. Keep in mind the blog is posted every Saturday, so if you could send me the details by Wednesday each week that will be a great help. As with any music or news you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com Also again to every bands and followers alike, please send me your sound files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that you're listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up this week here is the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 8th of October to the 14th of October:-

8th of October    Visage - The Damned Don't Cry (Orchestral Version)
9th of October    Ghost Noise - Space Opera
10th of October  Gorillaz - Kids With Guns
11th of October  Tokyo Witch Hunt - Burn Down
12th of October  The Tamperer - Feel It featuring Maya
13th of October  The Girl & The Robot - Whole
14th of October  Siouxsie and the Banshees - Dear Prudence

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my Skerat's Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows.


and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here and while you're there maybe even check out some of the older Synthopia shows :) Well that's it for this week, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until next weekend this is Skerat over and out.

Please join my social media pages:-

Synthopia & Skerat's Eclectic podcasts Facebook page
Skerat on Twitter
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