Advent Day 18 What Bluesdoodles Talked about in 2017
Throughout 2017 Bluesdoodles has had the opportunity to talk to some wonderful musicians. Adding to the excitement We now have Wes O’Neill who will continue throughout out 2018 bringing you insightful interviews; Liz will be adding some as well. Bluesdoodles giving you an inside view of the artists we love to hear play live and recorded. Everyone at Bluesdoodles thanks, to the PR and Record Companies and most of all our gratitude to all the artists for their valuable time and willingness to answer the questions.
Bluesdoodles discussed, new albums, debut Albums, first Headliner Tour and what makes a great song. Explore the thirty conversations, listen and buy the music and see artist live where and whenever possible
No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition, the £20 entry fee has been removed! The innovative music competition announces the great news.
Since Bluesdoodles interviewed Feargal Sharkey about the competition and his involvement there have been positive developments with the announcement of No Entry Fee for Salute Music Competition. Read what Feargal said HERE
Salute Music Makers, the revolutionary songwriter’s competition platform which launched in April amid great media interest, has now taken the unprecedented step of giving back the entry fee of £20 per track to all those who have entered to date, and have made the process totally free for up to four tracks to be entered thanks to the huge impact the initiative has had on the partnerships they have so rapidly developed with the likes ofGRM Daily, Unsigned Music Awards, UNILAD and many more.
This step to hand back money to thousands of songwriters is clearly a very rare occurrence with any enterprise, but once again highlights the importance of the songwriter to the Salute ethos.
As legendary artist and music industry expert FeargalSharkey, who is spearheading Salute Music Makers explains – ‘The level of support and encouragement we have received from the industry since launching our competition has been truly extraordinary. Thanks to the support of our partners, Salute is now in the enviable position to make entry absolutely, 100%, free. Yet again Salute is leading the way in providing proper support and encouragement for the next generation of great British talent. Now is your chance to win a £50,000, no strings attached cash prize and entry is free. One small challenge: just write the best song anyone has ever heard!’
One of the most important aspects of the whole initiative was the ambition of Salute to make their entry free within the second year, but thanks to the huge impact it has had from business partnerships, this dream has been realised within a matter of weeks since its launch. Since contestants began to upload their music, the Salute brand has grown more rapidly than anyone could have hoped. Salute have been emotionally humbled by the response from budding music makers and hence made the decision that giving back had to be the next step, and subsequently have now opened the competition to an even broader audience in their pursuit to find the next best UK grassroots music artist.
In conversation with Feargal Sharkey as he discusses the excitement and opportunities from new style competition – Salute Music Makers competition
BD: Huge thank you for making time to speak to Bluesdoodles about Music and your new project as the face of Salute Music Makers
BD: Announcement of another competition with TV and Public vote! What is Salute Music Makers and why is it needed now?
FS: This is different, it is a very simple idea, and there is nothing clever about the concept. Not to be overly jingoistic but the fact is the UK has produced some of the best, long lasting popular music across a range of genres. I truly believe the talent continues the great music was not a blip of a generation or two. We are the second most successful nation when it comes to music outside of North America. Given our population this demonstrates the massive impact on music across the genres. Simple truth in the world there are only two teams in the premier league of music U.K. & U.S.A.
What musicians need is the opportunity to showcase their extraordinary talent I feel passionate about this. The next truly original artist is just around the corner and they need help to develop.
BD:How does Salute Music Makers differ from other music competitions like The Voice, and Britain’s Got Talent?
FS: Firstly and most importantly there are no strings attached to the prize money. It is entirely up to the winners how they spend the money Salute Music Makers will have no influence on this decision, as much power and control as possible will be in the hands of the artists themselves. They have the control to use the money on their terms, make several albums, set up a management company, make a film whatever they feel is the best use of the money for them. It is open to all types of music it has to be original. If you see the competition as an easy way of reaching the top leading the life of a rock star then this is not the competition for you. The competition is to find the great musicians out there – with the winners having a financial platform to develop and grow. This is for great musicianship where you can appreciate the talent. The key to great music is songwriting, it is the song that sells, and it is the song that identifies the group. We are looking for the greatest songwriter’s great melodies and powerful words this is the heartbeat and foundation of music. The focus will be on the craft of songwriting.
BD: With the opportunity for aspiring Music Makers to upload their music from 27th April when does the upload window close?
FS: The upload window closes on June 30th then the competition begins in earnest.
BD: How will the listening and judging process be conducted. Who are the Judges and what will they bring to the process?
FS: We have a huge panel of judges at our disposal. The judges will be matched to the genre of music, so experts will listen and interpret, judge – Electronica, rock, blues etc.… The judges are experienced industry experts with a depth of knowledge in the area of music they specialize in.
Then it will be opened to public opinion for the hundred entries selected by judges. They will vote using an App they download. The public then can listen to all 100 entries or fewer as they please. The system is clever voting fifty-nine times is not going to happen IP addresses will be filtered. This is a super cool process if there is any belief that votes to an artist are suspect that an entry will be suspended; if investigation confirms they are cheating they will be removed from the competition.
The Public vote will decide the Best Six Acts.
Two Television Programmes will then be aired in October and these finalist will receive £10,000 and the overall winner a further £40,000.
BD: Sounds a really interesting concept how did you get involved?
FS:I was introduced to three young men at the beginning of the year and thought it was a fantastic idea. BD: The brainchild of entrepreneurs of Salute Music Makers are Lars Bylehn, Michael Bylehn, Jean-Claude Charnier, Patrick Butterfield and Minesh Patel.
It took me back to the early days of The Undertones. Terri Hooley’s record shop Good Vibrations. Terri gave us £100 to use. We paid for Eight hours of studio time recorded Teenage Kicks as an Ep. This would probably not have happened if did not have this support in the early days. It was a pat on the back and practical help Salute Music Makers is a modern equivalent. With the focus on the songwriting for me an innate talent often overlooked. It is an exciting project to be involved in. With songs the heartbeat of music taking centre stage.
BD: I asked about dream band Feargal laughed said my tastes are too diverse changes with the moment. We did though get an insight into a play list on random while on a twenty-minute drive around the North Circular in London.
FS: Hard Floor – Spencer Davis Group – Little Dragon – Paul Weller …..
BD: Thank you for your time and looking forward to the Public element of a completion focusing on the signwriting Salute Music Makers