Saturday, 6 May 2017

From Pilot to Full Commitment on Radio Warwickshire

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

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


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

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

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

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


8th of May

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

8th of May at 8:00–23:00 UTC+02

Tickets available www.beatbox.se

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

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

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

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26th of May

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

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

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

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

ENTRY $10

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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