out on 2nd of December 2016
Sheffield born musician Web Sheldon releases his second EP ‘Today Is All’ W on Friday 2nd December via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. It’s a mixture of electronic music, pop and Hip Hop. It’s written, recorded and produced by himself and has guest rappers from Madrid (including Spanish lyrics), West Hollywood and London.
After releasing his debut single in January with a follow-up EP in May, this is his third record of the year as he continues to adapt his sound with each release. From his early days as a Singer-Songwriter on acoustic guitar, ‘Today Is All’ marks a further progression into the electronic genre with Hip Hop beats, 80’s synthesisers with catchy melodies and socially conscious lyrics touching on topics such as climate change, sexuality and religion.
Web can often be found touring the gig venues of London, making remixes for other artists or working at BonaFideStudio in Muswell Hill.
Whilst there are many recording and post production studios in and around London, one that has recently come to our attention is BonaFideStudio, located in Muswell Hill, North London. Looking at their website, with their atmospheric imagery, their range of professional audio services and very impressive client list, it would be easy to think that this business was a faceless, some might think scary, professional audio facility for the well heeled. A creative space for the music biz elite, a place where only the recognisable would ever grace their presence. But oh no! What we found was quite the opposite. Not only are BonaFide based in the heart of the local community, but they have a big warm heart for that community. Now this was something that warmed us even more to them. So we got busy, like we do. We called them, we found out a little bit more about them and now we’re sharing what we found with you…
When I speak to Will, who works at BonaFideStudio, we get straight to talking about the inspiration behind the business. The two owners, Deanna and Brian, built this amazing business back in 1999, through word of mouth, with the idea of offering an affordable studio rehearsal and recording location. In fact Brian, who can still be found in the studio 7 days a week sometimes, is also a talented musician whose abilities are available to hire for bands when needed. But it’s when Will shares a couple of stories of about just how this company helps it’s artists, that I am truly impressed.
While BonaFideStudio has worked with top names like Tinie Tempah, The Klaxons and Bill Bruford, among many others, it’s the excellent support and talent the staff themselves offer which really elevates this business. Will tells me of the client who only had a line of a melody, yet wanted to record a track with it. Brian worked with them, building up the song with them until they had something amazing to record. Any artist with a nugget of an idea can build something wonderful with the help and support of the staff of ten who work at BonaFideStudio.
Will also shared how he came into the studio early one morning to help a 10 year old to get a recording of his saxophone music to use as part of his school concert – and BonaFideStudio really is a community minded business with a heart for working with charity, too. One charitable event they are involved in is ‘A Very Merry Muswell’ , for which they are providing the PA system – it’s a great event which supports local makers and businesses in that area.
So whilst BonaFide is clearly a professional recording & rehearsal business, they are also a community minded business. They have a cosy, welcoming environment for individuals and bands of all ages, providing quality facilities at affordable rates. The studios owners and their supportive and talented staff are available on site to nurture or assist musicians, whether they are coming in with a small musical idea or ready to record a whole album.
Rehearsal facilities start at just £5 per hour, and recording starts at just £20 per hour. Their music production skills include recording, custom arrangements & compositions and mixing & mastering. And we like them a lot. As soon as we’re ready to burden society with our very own musical offerings, this is where we’ll be going to lay down some tracks. (Do people still say ‘lay down some tracks’ anymore?? Please advise!! )
Bonafide Studio Contact Details:
The Viaduct; Units 13 and 14
St James’s Lane; Muswell Hill; London N10 3QX
Phone: 020 8883 9641 and 020 8444 5054
BonaFideStudio are joining the festive celebrations in St James Square on Saturday 3rd December 1pm-3pm as one of the organisers of the A Very Merry Muswell event.
A large Christmas tree will be lit in this new heart of Muswell Hill, and the event falls on Small Business Saturday – a UK wide initiative to encourage people to ‘shop local’. There will be market stalls, choirs, bands, DJ, Santa Grotto and lots of seasonal food and drink.
Join us for some Community Festive Cheer. More on www.muswellife.com
The Disfunkshunalz is a band of like-minded music makers whose aim is to enable young disabled people to perform, take part in, experience and create, inspirational music.
Their new single ‘Mainstream Girl’ was launched on Thursday 10th November 2016 @ St James Church in Muswell Hill and we are very proud to be part of their project.
Please share with your friends this moving video.Be amongst the first to support this moving love song inspired by a young SEN man’s writing…
‘Will she ever know I care?…’
OBOE: This weapon may appear harmless at first sight. The instrument’s stealth qualities lure its intended victims into a false state of security, and then hit them without mercy. The oboe itself is a harmless composite or wooden conical tube.
Once the ordnance (reed) is inserted, it is a weapon of tremendous power. One comforting factor is that the oboe is only as dangerous as the musician who wields it. At first glance, the operator of the oboe appears sweet, demure, and quite approachable. Do not be fooled by this deception. The oboist is actually a very high strung and temperamental foe. This mania is caused by the perpetual search for the perfect reed, which we all know doesn’t exist. Those who play on plastic reeds are the bottom dwellers of the oboe world and are especially dangerous. The oboe is capable of producing a tone of laser-like quality. The sheer capabilities of volume produced can overpower an entire concert band. The resulting backpressure produced by over blowing has a two-way effect. It allows the musician to play seemingly forever on one breath resulting in sympathetic vibrations causing bulletproof glass and diamonds to shatter into deadly flying shards. The warning signs of impending doom occur when the musician raises the body of the instrument to her mouth to blow dust from under a key. This is how the weapon is cocked. If you ever see an oboist do this, run for cover my friend, for all Hell is about to break loose. The second effect of this weapon’s backpressure is to cause its owner to eventually go insane. On rare occasions an oboist’s head has been known to explode while firing their weapon. The only countermeasure to this weapon is to remove and professionally destroy the ordnance (reed). Doing so will also incur the wrath of its owner, so use extreme caution. The first master of the oboe as a weapon was Melvin “Schwartz” (Oklahoma All-State Band 1982), name changed to protect the guilty. He single handedly destroyed a performance of the Howard Hanson Romantic Symphony Finale under McBeth with his laser-like tones and inconsistent attacks. To this day, he has a bounty on his head and was last seen tending bar in Tijuana.
Hope to see you soon with your oboe at BonaFideStudio
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There are three types; radio pluggers, online pluggers and TV pluggers. Radio pluggers will try to get a band played on the radio, Online pluggers cover all your promotion with websites and mobile phone companies and a TV plugger will try to get a band on the TV. As well as live performances, they will try to get interviews and sessions for the band. They will work out where the best audio and visual outlets are to get a new record noticed.
Pluggers are a subset of public relations people who specialize in getting clients’ music played on the radio. Getting a good plugger can make the difference between a single becoming a hit or a flop and between a band having a successful career or disappearing into obscurity. The pluggers are the link between bands, their labels, and radio station managers, producers and DJs.
A plugger is essentially being paid for the contacts they’ve built in radio.
A good plugger will have a range of contacts across different radio/TV stations, covering DJs and producers as well as music and playlist programmers. He or she will also have a database of detailed info about his contacts; the format each contact prefers (digital, vinyl, CD, etc), and past results.
Some labels will have in-house pluggers to work with their clients. Independent pluggers will often only take on acts that they believe in and like, and ones that will appeal to their contacts.
Getting a plugger is like getting any other music industry professional to work with your band. Do your research and approach pluggers that work with acts in a similar genre to your own band. There’s no point trying to get a plugger who works predominately with rock to take on your hip hop act. Pluggers will be more likely to work with an act that has shown they’re prepared to work hard.
If you can’t find/afford a plugger, consider doing the job yourself.