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What happens behind the scenes: BASEQ Jams at the Royal Mail

I wrote the following to help a very new committee member get up to speed on what happens at a BASEQ jam when it is held at the Royal Mail Hotel Goodna on the last Sunday of the month (except Dec: Xmas/NYE, and Jan: too close to Australia day events at the Royal Mail). I've also expanded on some of the points. 12noon - the host band starts to arrive for setup and hopefully a quick soundcheck. At the time of writing, the Royal Mail provides a [...]

By |2021-01-01T18:18:50+10:00January 1st, 2021|Behind The Scenes, Club Stuff|

LiveStream: Blues Arcadia – How It Was Done

SoundOut Studios Even with using recording setups, there are many ways to tackle how to stream a band. Here, Casper Hall, drummer for Blues Arcadia and owner of SoundOut studios explain how he and the band approached their Facebook Stream. Congratulations, Casper, on an excellent Stream of Blues Arcadia the other week. Can I ask you a few questions on what happened behind the scenes? Firstly, did you float the idea of live streaming to the band, being comfortable with technology, perhaps using the [...]

By |2020-09-22T23:42:39+10:00September 7th, 2020|Behind The Scenes|

LiveStream: BBFactory Single Launch – How It Was Done

(image curtesy of Dianne Hastie) Unprecedented times, unprecedented measures. More musicians are turning to using live streams - via Facebook, Youtube ... even Zoom - to reach their audience. Reconnect with audiences, chances for musicians to play together, pushing technical boundaries, the reasons are many. I chatted with Pedro from BBFactory on how they went about doing their recent live stream to launch their new single "Keep Yo Mama" ... the recording of the live event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdPUPoxUWP0 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Congratulations, Pedro, an [...]

By |2020-08-26T22:45:28+10:00August 26th, 2020|Behind The Scenes|

Josh Cheyenne – Natural Blues

Recently I was at The Colonel's "legendary" Blues Jam at the Morrison Hotel Woolloongabba and ran into Josh Cheyenne, who - as was mentioned earlier in the day - had just released his first CD. So I bailed Josh up just outside the restaurant and pressed him for details ... Congrats on the release of your new CD. Many thanks! I've been more of a side-man for others, on lapsteel and slide-guitar over the years so didn't concentrate on my own recordings, or my own lineup [...]

By |2020-08-26T23:04:13+10:00March 1st, 2020|Behind The Scenes|

SAVE OUR GIG …really? A Note On Gig Promotion

By Andrew Baxter (origionally published in BASEQ Groove mag #189) “Support live music”, “Come out and support my band”, “Support venues that support musicians” “Keeping Mu- sic Live”. These phrases can be seen regularly on pro- motional material for gigs and shows, especially on so- cial media sites. How effective are they? Are they in fact counter-productive? Should promotion of live music be cast in a more positive light? Is live music dead or dying? Does it need to be supported? These are all vexing questions [...]

By |2019-07-24T04:45:05+10:00July 24th, 2019|Behind The Scenes|