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My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 3

16 January 2021

I slip out of bed, stagger in the dark, bounce off the door frame to my office, power-up my laptop, stumble to the kitchen, turn on the coffee machine, quickly turn it off, grab a mug from the cupboard, try again.

As much as I’d love to be the kind of person who wakes up beating my chest and singing PJ Harvey’s “Me Jane” to start the day, all I’ve got to motivate me this morning is, “Ahh, coffee.” Which is more than most mornings, at least.

My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 2

24 November 2020

“Alternative music is a bit vague,” Adam says.

“Embodies the spirit of alternative?” I ask. This is the first time I’ve been able to meet up with both of my fellow expat friends since the pandemic began.

“Grunge?” Lauren pulls a duck face.

Ghosts of music past aside, genres in almost any media are easy to define, but alternative? Even the Grammy organization has changed the definition a half dozen times since 1991, “as recently as last year,”…

My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 1

10 November 2020

“4-Track Demos,” my friend Adam — who used to be semi-obsessed with PJ Harvey — says.

“Yep,” Lauren agrees. “4-Track.”

I’m trying to remember the first PJ Harvey album I ever owned and make the mistake of saying it only included three or four tracks, but 4-Track Demos was released in 1993 and this isn’t it…

Why Is Music Important?

23 October 2020

Why is music important? A question that’s not always easy to answer, but one we had a right good go of answering all the same. See what our global community of playlist curators have to say about why music truly matters to them!

Live Streaming, Discord Servers, Musicto Artist Newsletter – #3

22 May 2020

With Covid turning the world upside down artists are looking for different strategies to engage their fans as well as keep themselves busy. Here’s the skinny from people who know what they’re talking about with regards to: Live Streaming, Twitch, Discord Servers and more.

6 Ways I’ve been Staying Productive As A DJ During Lockdown’ – Mel Low D

22 May 2020

Professional DJ Mel Low D shares 6 things she’s been doing to stay productive during lockdown, with tips that apply to creatives all round

Staying Productive with Remy Sounds

22 May 2020

In this six minute youtube video, producer, DJ and festival runner Remy Sounds shares some of the ways he’s been staying productive during lockdown

Top 5 Reasons Every Band Should Have a Discord Server – CelticWolfTV

21 May 2020

What if I were to tell you about an app that can effectively marry all of your online identities and streamline the way you communicate with your audience – or better yet – how your audience communicates with you?

‘5 things I wish I’d known when I started streaming’ – Jared from Shaping The Silence

21 May 2020

In this post, Jared shares ‘five tips for how to start and improve your live stream as a musician. Lately, it’s become very important for musicians to live stream, but how can you make your stream stand out?’

Musicto Artist Newsletter – #2

5 March 2020

In this second edition of the musicto artist newsletter, the focus is on identity.

We all know the pain of trying to come up with a name for our project that feels like it fits, only to find it’s been taken by a Metallica tribute act from Birmingham, or – as was the case with our video interview below – launching a project with the wrong name and deciding to pull your album from distribution in order to get it right.

Interview with Kristen Olsson – Music to Escape Reality

4 March 2020

You find a lot of different characters in the music business. There’s no shortage of try-hards and dreamers, trying to ‘make it big’ for reasons only their own ego understands. It’s always refreshing then to chance upon someone who is here for the right reasons—for the love of the craft, for the desire to create beautiful art.

Kristen Olsson is one such person. From writing songs on Martha’s Vineyard to singing jazz in New Orleans, it’s clear that for her, music isn’t a vain pursuit of followers or streams. For her, music is a way of life. It’s who she is.

It’s all about identity.

Interview With First the Winter – Video Playlist

4 March 2020

Andrew, founder of musicto.com talks with Aili and Jimmy from Washington state based First the Winter about Identity.