Friday, 27 January 2017

An ending of sorts

Hello world and welcome to week 23 of my blog. No doubt many of you who read this blog will already know that in the past week I have announced that I will be doing my last show of Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts indefinitely and probably forever tomorrow. It was not an easy decision to make, my shows have been going for over four years and my following on social media has grown substantially in that time. Everyone who has followed the show has become a part of it in some way. You have all enjoyed the incredible journey and it’s been a real pleasure to have you all along for the ride. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to get to know and play over 500 acts and easily play tracks that go well into the thousands. This has meant that all the shows have always had an incredible variety of fresh tunes, which of course is very unlike mainstream radio. I have taken great pride in doing all I could to promote and equally protect these acts. Every single show has had a detailed playlist posted to Facebook with not only artist and song, but their webpage as well. All tracks were consciously protected from copying by my talking into the intro and radio iding them near the end and I believe strongly that all shows should do this. I will always remain incredibly thrilled to know that I have given dozens of acts their very first airplay anywhere in the world and equally I premiered many more tracks. To see all of those acts and their tracks being played elsewhere, will always be a huge and rewarding thrill and I am very happy to know the music will live on through others. I do say quite strongly though please don’t take these independent shows for granted, as they do take a lot of time and effort and it is vitally important that they have your support to keep them going. While I do sign off from the show, be heartened to know that the past shows will always remain on mixcloud and that the Facebook and twitter accounts will remain, even the blog will continue, but at a more leisurely monthly post.

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Now let's move on to what's coming up over the next month in the scene. First up on the 28th of January is Pulse + special guests Sinestar & Promenade Cinema at The Fenton:-


Pulse are thrilled to be returning to The Fenton in the New Year to promote our brand new second album " Spheres " Very good friends and special guests on the night will be Sinestar all the way from Bristol who appeared on BBC 4's UK's best part time band recently. And locally Yorshire's own emerging synth talent from Sheffield the wonderful Promenade Cinema. Special guest host and DJ for the night is Dave Charles Harborough 102.3 FM.

Doors open - 7pm until late

Entrance fee on the door - £7

Stage Times -
Dave Chales, DJ : 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Promenade Cinema : 7.30pm - 8.15pm
Dave Charles, DJ : 8.15pm - 8.30pm
Sinestar : 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Dave Charles, DJ : 9.30pm - 9.45pm
Pulse : 9.45pm - 11.00pm
Dave Charles, DJ : 11pm Afterparty disco

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On the 7th of February Melbourne, Australia, will host the Non DJ Electronic Showcase 3


7 February at 18:30–23:00
Tago Mago Club
744 High Street, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia 3071

After successful showcase events in August of 2016, and January 2017, this event will be the 3rd showcase featuring artists who are part of the FB Group Non DJ Electronic Musicians of Melbourne.

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On the 24th of February at 9:00 UTC Jonteknik (Jon Russell) -Skylines (album release)




This is an event which will give you information on Jon's new album 'Skylines'. The date is a very rough estimation. There is no obligation to purchase anything by joining this event.

You can now buy the Skylines CD through Jon's new website/label 'The People's Electric' here

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

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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 21st of January to the 27th of January:-


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

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Now lets move onto my random link of the week. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each week. This week it's Top Documentary Films.com This is amazing site with over 3000 documentaries in various genres and the vast majority are full length and yes some are about music.

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

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Friday, 20 January 2017

The battle to keep going

Hello world and welcome to week 22 of my blog. As many of you know who read this blog, I have on occasion mentioned that it can often be a real battle to come up with something to say each week. Staying relevant and interesting is just a very small part of the battle. The real battle is getting the blog promoted to a reasonable audience, each week. This equally is no different for an Internet radio show or podcast. With an absolute plethora of shows and personalities it's extremely tough to get your voice heard amongst the crowd. This is especially the case when you create a show that is completely independent, in other words a totally solo effort. I'm certain at times like me, many part time Internet DJ's and podcasters, do wonder if the work put in equals the reward. The primary reason I do my shows and other dj's in this niche sector, is to help get great independent artists an opportunity to get their voice heard. Believe me we love promoting these artists, in fact when some of you send me your material and words of support, it strongly encourages me to keep going. However there are some weeks when your shows stats fluctuate so dramatically, that you do truly wonder if the huge volume of work put in is really worth it. I'm sure many of us in the sector feel this way at times and I do agonize over this often. I know some weeks, I do less promotion than others and the listening stats are fairly good, than others I do all I possibly can to promote the show and the listening numbers actually drop!!! This can be incredibly dis-hearting at times and it certainly leaves me often a little perplexed. So I do ask on behalf of my show and that of many others out there, that if you think our shows should keep going, that you please occasionally return to listen to us. Make sure that we survive, not only for us, but for the artists and their music too and for our sanity :) This is also especially important if your are an actual artists being played on one of our shows that week. At the very least give that show a bit of promotion and if you can please have a listen.

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Now let's move on to what's coming up over the next week in the scene. First up is Analogue Trash Live:-


AnalogueTrash Live is a series of specially curated and intimate events featuring some of the UK's best and brightest alternative and electronic music acts. 

The emphasis is on showcasing and discovering quality new music, with a triple headliner format and lineups that compliment each other in terms of sound and artistic direction.

Join us.

★★★ LINEUP ★★★

This edition features live performances from:


+ AnalogueTrash / Neon City Social Club DJs

★★★ DETAILS ★★★

Saturday 21st January 2017
7:30pm doors
The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
£5 / £3 [student/unwaged] otd.
18+ only

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Next up is a gig by the Humanoidz


27 January at 21:00–0:00 UTC
The Greyhound
85 High Road, NG9 2LE Nottingham, United Kingdom

The Humanoidz performing songs by Gary Numan,The Human League,Blondie,The Eurythmics,Yazoo,Depeche Mode and more
Plus 80s DJ Set

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

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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 14th of January to the 20th of January:-

14/1/17 Computerband Blinky Blinky - Sacred
15/1/17 Blondie - Maria
16/1/17 Martyn Bailey - Gravity Zero
17/1/17 Yazoo - Bad Connection
18/1/17 Madmoizel - Come
19/1/17 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
20/1/17 Low Tide Theory - Shadow of You

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.

Now lets move onto my random link of the week. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each week. This week it's Peek-a-Boo Magazine, a great mag feature essentially music that fits in with the New Wave, Synth-pop, Post Punk scene, free of charge, with integrated information around upcoming events, interesting CD reviews, interviews as well as an overview of flyers/events of several organisations.


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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, so supporting my show helps play a part in that. 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.

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

Friday, 13 January 2017

Show you the money?

Hello world and welcome to week 21 of my blog, now I have to say I am very impressed that your all still hanging in there with me. This hopefully means that some of my tips and information, is of some use to you :) Okay so with this blog I have dipped my toe into the water a little bit with the subject matter, but this week I'm wading into the torrent and it could get tricky.

Right for all you artists and labels out there, I have a big question for you. Are you allowing commercial Internet radio shows, the ones that are actually making a profit, play your music for free? If so I'm curious as to why? When saying this I mean genuine commercial profiteering, which is quite different from a community radio station raising funds just to keep the station going. When I started doing my shows over four years a go, I don't think most of you would have easily agreed to a station making money from you. Creating your music is costing you time, money and effort. Sure your primary reason for doing your music is because you love it. However I'm certain the vast majority of you would love to be able to, at the very least pay for your gear and even make some type of career out of it. Now I think half the time some bands are caught out by some of these stations, as they start out clearly independent of commercialization and then they have a very aggressive growth and all of a sudden the station is doing advertising for profit. If you genuinely think that you should get paid for your music and I certainly think you should be if the are profiting from it, then ask them to show you the money. If they don't, then honestly don't you have plenty of avenues to promote your music, without someone profiting off you?????

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Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Emma Barson is always sending through some news about great nights and this week is no exception:-


Sheffield synthpop night featuring resident DJ 'Blurred Girl'.

Featuring artists such as: Depeche Mode//The Human League//Mesh//Visage//Ultravox//Mirrors//IAMX//Soft Cell//Erasure//Yazoo//Pet Shop Boys//Kraftwerk//China Crisis//New Musik//Zynic//Joy Electric//OMD//New Order//Duran Duran//John Foxx//Blancmange//Goldfrapp//Ladytron// Apoptygma Berzerk //Imaginary War//She Wants Revenge//A Flock of Seagulls//Lowe//Hearts Of Black Science//Hurts//Ou Est Le Swimming Pool//La Roux//Japan//Mechanical Cabaret//Bronski Beat//Ashbury Heights//Tears For Fears//Analog Angel//Vile Electrodes//Kite//VNV Nation//Marnie//Fad Gadget//Sparks//Many More!**

**Requests Welcome!

FREE ENTRY

The Frog & Parrot, 94 Division Street, Sheffield. S1 4GF

THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

Come and be a part of the 'Love Action'!

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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 7th of January to the 13th of January:-

7/1/17 Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
8/1/17 Neuropa - Deutschevision
9/1/17 Neneh Cherry - Manchild
10/1/17 Mental Discipline - Butterfly
11/1/17 Herbie Hancock - Rockit
12/1/17 Eloquent - Mixed Emotions
13/1/17 Bronski Beat - Why

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.

Okay last week I kicked off my random link of the week. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each week. This week it's Discogs, the massive disc listing and selling site for vinyls, CD's and tapes. This site is amazing just about everything single or album are listed here with details and links. This is well worth checking out if you love your music.


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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, so supporting my show helps play a part in that. 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.

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Please join my social media pages:-

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

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

Friday, 6 January 2017

Make this your watershed year and be daring

Hello world and welcome to week 20 of my blog, which this week is on time now that the festive distractions are done with. For those of you coming back from breaks or were partying hard last week Happy New Year. Now what does this New Year bring us? Well I really genuinely hope some massive daring from the scene. Let's not make 2017 another year of hope and make it a watershed year for all the modern Post Punk genres out there. That's right this is the year that you experiment more, create more, promote more, be like the Post punk bands of the late 70's, early 80's and push your way to the front of the queue. Music is screaming out for an exciting injection of energy and creativeness.

Okay along those ideas, what are some tips, I can offer from my pondering this week. On both my Facebook and Twitter feeds I get a massive volume of tracks as general post to all followers and of course I can't keep up with them all. I'm not going to trawl through hours and hours of messages and neither will other DJ's. This means just because we are following you, that does not mean were going to see all your posted tracks and get in touch with you. Sure some of the tracks I will see in those few hours a day, I might get some time to look through a small fraction of what I get. However just be mindful I will most likely will miss that brilliant track of yours that I might like to play, so please, please, please get in direct contact with me and all the DJ's you know. Don't let this year be another year, that you could have done just that little bit more to get yourself a lot more exposure.

Another thing that I strongly recommend that you do not do, is if your going to post demo's of your tracks, don't make them too short. I had one very good example of that the other day, going through my new followers on twitter. I like to have a quick listen to see if what you have, obviously suits what I play. After all I don't play Rap and I'm not about too, oh yeah why do so many rappers bulk follow just any old page? I guess that's a story for another space and time :) In this example the new follower had a 14 second demo track and that was it, it sounded okay but it really didn't give me any sense of were the track was going, could it suddenly lurch from a Post Punk sounding track to a rap, or metal track or something else? I certainly had no way of knowing, so please make sure your demo tracks give your prospective fans and promoters something to entice them to.

Name your price, if your going to direct message me or any DJ about playing your tunes, please remove any awkwardness. If your messaging me, that should be because you are keen for me to give you airplay. Which in turn should mean your offering me your tracks for free to play. Try to avoid situations like this, 'what do you think of this video?', 'Check out this track we just posted to Bandcamp' etc. Make it clear what your offering me and any other DJ's that you contact, that your giving them the opportunity to promote your work. Those examples I gave above sound a lot better if they are more like this 'what do you think of this video? If you like it we can send you through the tracks', 'Check out this track we just posted to Bandcamp and if you like it we can send you the download code' Please also if your going to send us to a link that leaves a blank spot in the amount part and a 'Name Your Price' tag next to it, make sure we know you want us to grab the track for free. As I said remove the awkwardness, for both parties.

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Okay what's happening in the scene this week? Thankfully this week I have some news sent to me via my shows email address at skerat@zoho.com, by the guys of Analoguetrash and these look to be some pretty awesome gigs for those of you in the UK:-

Some dates for your diary...

Happy New Year! We've got some great events planned for 2017 in Manchester and beyond - so here are the details and dates of the first few. Come join us, support grassroots live electronic music and see some great performances.

Saturday 21st January
AnalogueTrash Live feat. Future Perfect, Promenade Cinema, Voi Vang
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 18th March
AnalogueTrash Live feat. Syd.31, The Arcane Network Broadcast Inclusion, Kurt Dirt
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 1st April
Silicon Dreams x AnalogueTrash at
Threshold Festival, Liverpool
[more details coming soon]

Saturday 20th May
AnalogueTrash Live feat. O>L>A, Pixelate, Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand
The Castle Hotel, Manchester
[event info]

Saturday 10th June
AnalogueTrash is 8 feat. Neonsol, Advance, DEF NEON, Vieon
+ Photon x Neon City Social Club after party
AATMA, Manchester
[more details coming soon]

Full details and event listings can be found on our website, Facebook and Twitter profiles. Keep an eye out, and we'll see you soon.

Plus...
We have discounted Manchester tickets available for Orgy [supported by DEF NEON] on the 23rd of February and Assemblage 23 [supported by Vieon] on the 31st of March, so if you're local and fancy coming along, click here to order them.

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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 31 of December to the 6th of January:-

31/12/16 Nad Mika - Heart Despair
1/1/17 Modern Rocketry - I Feel Love Coming
2/1/17 Rare Facture - Perception
3/1/17 INXS - Dont Change
4/1/17 Ostrich - Sleepy Angels
5/1/17 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
6/1/17 Nocarrier - The Nine Days Queen

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.

Oh and as of this week I'm going to throw in a random link to something on the net. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check it out. This week I kick off with Good Mythical Morning YouTube page. This is a great fun YouTube show. These guys do some pretty crazy stuff, but I'm certain you will get lots of laughs checking them out :)


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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, so supporting my show helps play a part in that. 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.

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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, it helps me to support you :)

Once again 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