Friday, 30 September 2016

Are you following me and do you follow others?

Hello world and welcome to week eight of my weekly blog. Those of you who read my blog last week, will know that I mentioned how hard it is to consistently write something engaging each week. Of course the idea is to draw in an audience and in turn a following. However even if your writing is engaging and people enjoy reading what you say, it still will be a massive challenge to get a person to follow you. There is no obligation to follow my blog and I certainly don't expect someone to have to follow, that would be wrong on my part. However if someone does it's greatly appreciated as it makes me feel like my work is appreciated and that in turn drives me to keep going. Add to this some feedback, like comments and that inspires me even more. Of course this goes for anyone doing a show and to me if you truly like what someone's doing, give a thought to clicking that follow button.

This equally goes for internet radio shows and podcasts and their spinoff social media pages, like Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you love any of these shows, perhaps look into their associated pages. You will not only be supporting the DJ, but you will be actually engaging with a great community of like minded people. In turn you will also be bolstering support for not only the DJ, but more importantly the artists as well. Of course you have to be incredibly selective with your choices, as there is a hell of a lot of shows and pages out there. Still of those ones that you really do like, they certainly can do with your support. All it takes is just a simple click on a follow or a like, believe me it does make a significant difference.

Now equally this applies to me, I try to follow and like as much as I possibly can from the scene. Therefore if you have music that fits with my show, I'm very interested in following you and I will certainly try to follow you back when you follow me. The only problem for me though is that it might take some time, so please don't be disheartened, if it does not happen quickly. I will eventually get there, I just have a lot of music and followers to follow up each and every day. I will also say though as I have said before that if your social media page, be it Facebook, Twitter, etc does not make it clear what you're about, then I will err on the side of caution and not follow that link.

Okay as I said the last couple of weeks, this blog is about what is happening with the show and things related to it. Therefore again with that in mind all the bands and labels out there might like to 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. This week Rich from the Pink Dolphin Music label, has sent me the following great news for a wonderful band I often play called Destination:-


Vinyl Remixes by Destination - Download released 7th Oct & vinyl LP in early Nov

October 7th sees the worldwide online release of Vinyl Remixes by Destination as a download.
This album is a 7 track download in all usual online music stores, featuring 7 different remixes of their song Vinyl released earlier this year on our label. The remixes are all very varied in style & sound, all sounding very different to each other. This Synth-wave & Synth-pop album features remixes from Sinestar, Markymix, Mind Veneration, Patrik Kambo, m00ger!, Glenn Dyson & Destination themselves.
The album will also be released in early November on yellow vinyl as an 8 track album. The extra remix, which is exclusive to the vinyl LP version, comes from Shelter. The vinyl LP will be on sale exclusively at store.pinkdolphinmusic.com
This LP is the result of a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign this summer & the band & label are very excited about its' release.
Destination are Bridget Gray (vocals) & Glynn Jaine (synths) who live in Scotland, UK. Their dreamy brand of Synth-pop is perfectly crafted by Glynn with Bridget's sweet but powerful voice gliding over the top, creating wonderful melodies. Inspired by Erasure, Depeche Mode, etc, Bridget & Glynn make wonderfully enjoyable & beautiful music.
Now as always to finish up this week here is my list of Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 24th of September to the 30th of September:-

24th of September Mi-Sex - People
27th of September Asian Envy - Reality Sinks
29th of September 2nd Happiest - Stay

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.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

DJ or Presenter?

Hello world and welcome to week seven of my weekly blog. Can I start off this week by giving everyone reading and supporting my new blog a massive thank you, especially for some of the brilliant and positive comments that have been sent to me. Until you start doing an actual blog, I don't think you really realize how significant it is to be consistently engaging with each new post. My hat goes off to all of those people who constantly grow their following, for their blogs from week to week.

Equally it can also be tough to come up with entertaining words for a radio, or podcast show and of course each DJ, or show presenter have their own definitive style. Now why did I say show presenter? For good reason, I am not a professional DJ, in fact I'm very far from it. Many of the shows you hear out there on the internet, are often done by amazing professional DJ's, who have done many years of hard slog and I certainly envy and greatly respect those DJ's. While other shows like mine are put together by presenters, working with computer systems at home with software editing programs. Hoping that we always bring you something entertaining and reasonable standard each show. However we all collectively still all fall under the very generic term of DJ, simply because it's easier for everyone to know the purpose of our roles on our shows. Show presenter really doesn't sound so cool, right? Now as I said it can be a challenge to speak on your show and in turn be entertaining, in fact some DJ's let the music completely do the talking, while others have a lot of chatter and fun. I like to let the music do the talking as much as possible but I also like to give you details of each track, should you be keen to follow a track up. In fact I greatly believe that is one of the significant differences between modern and old school commercial radio shows, these days. How often do you listen to a track on commercial radio now, wondering what is the name of the song and who the band is? For this reason shows like mine need to know these details, so if your submitting tracks send through your bio, details of albums, singles or release dates and even possible upcoming gigs. All these details greatly help the DJ to tell the audience a bit more about you.

Okay as I said last week this blog is about what is happening with the show and things related to it. Therefore again with that in mind all the bands out there might like to 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 you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com to send me news. 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 your listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up again this week here is my list of Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week, which covers the period of the 17th of September to the 23rd of September:-

17th of September Gold Zebra - Apart Again
18th of September Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
19th of September Tiny Magnetic Pets - We Shine
20th of September Thomas Dolby - Europa and the Pirate Twins
21st of September Porcelain Pill - Storm In A Teacup
22nd of September The Police - Bombs Away
23rd of September Platform One - My Love Remains (The Dark Clan Believe In The Remix)

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.

Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts

and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here, on Sunday the 25th of September and while your 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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Skerat on Twitter
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Friday, 16 September 2016

Give your fans a central point

Hello world and welcome to week six of my weekly blog. In fact I had to double check if it was week six already, I swore it was only five.

Well as I head into week six of the blog it is starting to give me and everyone reading the blog each week, exactly what I wanted to achieve. A central place to bring everyone together to know what is happening with the show and in turn things related to it. I have found the biggest problem with trying to make things successful on social media is how far do you stretch yourself. As you all know there are plenty of avenues for promotion and I find it a real challenge to be able to get show information consistently to everyone. Should you simply be on Facebook and twitter, even then your followers will be split, some will follow you on Facebook, some will follow you on Twitter and that is why I think it is important to have a constant page that everyone can come to, like this blog.

I believe even more so, that this is very important for bands. Yes definitely have all your social media outlets, especially the main ones , but don't fall for the trap that no one comments on your posts etc, these are busy mediums and  maybe your followers are just content to quickly skim through your news and follow any links you post. While generally I think at the very least a follower or DJ, is looking for links to your band on Facebook, Twitter and or a page hosting your music, I also think having a constant fully functional webpage is a must. People want to see a bio about you, they want to know how to get to your music, what news you have to share and where to find you on social media, a webpage gives them that very important constant point of contact for all of this and the beauty of a webpage is that they don't have to be an actual member of something, like a Facebook group etc to see it. Quite likely most followers could visit your webpage only once, but it is the way point for them to find you more easily with direct links to things like your Facebook page. I can tell you right now, it's often a challenge to find bands with similar names to other bands on some of these social media outlets. Soundcloud is a very clear example of that, but having a direct link to your bands various social media pages from your webpage removes that confusion and makes it very easy for your new fans to follow you.

Okay now as I said this blog is about what is happening with the show and things related to it, so with that in mind bands you might like to send me news on 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 greatly help. As with any music you send me, please use my email address of skerat@zoho.com to send me news. Also to everyone bands and followers alike please send me your send files for the show, saying who you are and where you are from and that your listening to Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts.

Now to finish up again this week with my list of Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week. Here is the list for this week, which covers the period of the 10th of September to the 16th of September:-

10th of September Sheila E - Glamorous Life
11th of September Empathy Test - Losing Touch
12th of September Freestyle - Don't Stop the Rock
13th of September Cinemascape - Boulevards in the Rain
14th of September A Flock of Seagulls - Modern Love is Automatic
15th of September ÆON RINGs - Time to Run
16th of September Apoptygma Berzerk - Unicorn (Drugwar RMX)




and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here, with a great list of 44 brilliant tracks and next Saturday the 25th of September will be when the next show will begoing up and that can be found here and while your at maybe 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, 9 September 2016

Send me your voice overs

Hello world and welcome to week five of my weekly blog. Well last week I went into some tips about how you should follow me and send me music. Well this week it's all about contributing your voice to the show, that's right I would love to hear from you in various ways. It is important to hear from you too, the show is all about the bands and the listeners, so the more you get involved the better

Many of you will know that Synthopia had a good collection of voice overs from bands and artists, essentially saying who they were and that they were listening to Synthopia. I even had some of them at times introduce one their tracks. Now with my latest show I'm very light on with voice overs, so I would love you all to send some in. This is for everyone, so band, singers or listeners that I play or may potentially play. Send in a sound file saying who you are and where your from. Keep the sound file short, so no longer than 10 seconds. Remember to send them to my new email address skerat@zoho.com

Also give me some feed back on all my pages, be it Twitter, Facebook, or even here. I would love to hear what you like about the show, who are your favorite acts, how long you have been listening for, etc. Also to all the bands that I have played. Let me know when I first played you and\or one of your tracks, tell me when that was and why you choose one of my shows to do it.

Now for a follow on from last week, for those acts sending me tunes. Please if you send me tunes that are covers of tracks, let me know. The vast majority of the time I will know when a track is a cover. However sometimes I may have not heard the original track and I don't realize it's a cover. Plus it's possible that some of those tracks were not quite as popular or ever even got released in Australia, so that adds to the chance of me possibly not knowing a track.

Okay last week I started posting my list of Skerat's tracks of the day for the past week. Here is the list for this week, which covers the period of the 3rd of September to the 9th of September:-

3rd of September Rodney Cromwell - Barry Was An Arms Dealer
4th of September Simple Minds - Waterfront
6th of September Robert Plant - In The Mood
7th of September Rational Youth - In My Imagination
8th of September OMD - Telegrath
9th of September Shiny Darkness - Mother

and remember this months show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts can be found here, with a great list of 44 brilliant tracks. 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.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Following me and sending me music



Hello world

This week I thought I would continue in a similar vein to last week, but more specifically for my show and pages

Something that is very important to me, is that if you do decide to follow me on twitter or Facebook, can you please hit me up with a quick hello. As I mentioned last week a lot of pages lack some details of who people are and to be honest the odd one can look a bit dubious. Therefore for my own safety, I will not follow that person back if I’m a little bit concerned about their page. That’s why your pages must be very clear about who you are, or what you do. I get a lot of really great people following me and equally a lot of their pages make it very clear who they are and what they do. However just like anywhere else on the net there are still the odd bad egg who is trying to trick me into opening their pages.

Now on the flip side an issue that I have had for a long time, is giving bands a very consistent place to contact me. This week I intend to address that here. From now on specifically these three places are the ways that I prefer you to get in contact with me. They are via my new shows email address skerat@zoho.mail or Facebook (Andrew Skerat Kennedy) and Twitter (Skerat). Note my new email address is my preferred mode of contact, for if you specifically want to send me music. Also if you have used my other email addresses in the past please now use skerat@zoho.mail

This week I also thought I would add another feature to my weekly blog. Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know I post Skerat’s daily track of the day. The idea of the track of the day is to post tracks that I generally like and in turn which I hope you will like as well. The rotation is basically classic tracks from the past, one day and then a new track that I would typically play on my show, the next day. While you will know quite a number of these classic tracks, I can also guarantee you I will also throw in some real curve balls.

Skerat's track of the day for the week of the 27th of August to the 2nd of September


27th of August       Gorillaz - Dare
28th of August       Näd Mika - On the Phone
29th of August       Models - I Hear Motion
30th of August       ooTi Skulf - Twenty Five Years
31st of August       INXS - Guns in the Sky
2nd of September  Trans-X - Message On The Radio


Now to finish up this week I'm going to post last weekends playlist for the monthly show, which can be found here Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts Show 9

X_ray - golden future
Analogue Electronic Whatever - Buzzers and Bells
The Livelong June - Thats Why I Love Weekends
The Livelong June - You Put Me In Robot Mode
Damsel in the Dollhouse - War Boy
Damsel in the Dollhouse - Room 237
Damsel in the Dollhouse – Lolita
Perpacity - Corina
Perpacity – 9725
Perpacity – Arise
Haberdashery - Nouveau (People Theatre's Circle Mix)
Haberdashery - Back To Home (Matthias Remix)
Haberdashery - Close To You (markymix)
Season 3 – Pleiades
Keldari Station - Lucky (David Burdick Remix)
Altocirrus - The Swarm
Color Theory – If not Now When
Father Tiger – Till The Morning
Daybehavior – Come To bed With me
Eloquent – Colourful Rumor
Eloquent – Bloom
Vision Talk - Dina Tanker (Extended mix)
Halo Effect - Hammer the Gear – Celtic Tribes remix
Halo Effect - Life Goes On (People Theatre’s Motion Mix)
Alpha Point - Alive Tremor Infestation Mix by the maaaigs
Alpha Point - Things I Do (Pride & Glory Mix by personal Space)
Among the Echoes - Feels Like Heaven (Fiction Factory Cover)
Magnetfisch - Petit-peur
Magnetfisch - Mortal wombat
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun - Concrete Love Song
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun - EnTeR Me
Brutalist Architecture in the Sun - Towers (feat Cye Thomas)
Blinky Blinky Computerband – world
Blinky Blinky Computerband - Up close (vocals by darrin campbell huss)
Blinky Blinky Computerband - Strange life (vocals by henning reuter)
Voi Vang - Cards
Devoix - Let the Rain Fall
Charlotte Someone - In A Fragile Way
!distain - Nights In White Satin
!distain - Boring Monday
!distain - Space09
Magic Mountain – Velvet
Magic Mountain – Innocence
Magic Mountain – Sublight

Okay so that's it for another week. Catch you all here again next Saturday and this is Skerat over and out