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 ;)