TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE? We ask you, the reader, how you download your music.
FESTIVALS ARE HERE AGAIN We provide you with bite-size Line-ups for Glastonbury, Download and the Reading & Leeds
Kate Nash and Bullet For My Valentine
BREAKING MUSIC NEWS
Welcome to Project Flux, Your number one monthly music magazine for the Greater Manchester area. For May 2010 we have a number of features for you to sink your teeth into.
Contents To Share or Not to Share
We ask you, the reader, to weigh in on the latest legistlation aimed at singling out copyright infringers.
Learn who fell victim to the Iceland volcanic ash cloud and which Manchester Instituions are closing.
Festival Line-Ups A quick rundown of popular festival line-ups. Break out the wellies.
Mickey Grundy - Profile
Floormanager Mickey Grundy tells of her time in the music promotion industry.
We review Coheed and Cambriaâ€™s latest offering, as well as Kate Nash and Bullet for my Valentine.
Edited by : Danielle Young
Photograph by: Danielle Young
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hat, indeed, is the question. Earlier this month, controversial legislation aimed at preventing have been seeing as the upcoming election clouded the issue, and now it is being hotly-contes pressed concern that customers could be presumed guilty under the new proposals, allowing ers suspected of online But what do you, the users, think of the new laws? Wil
‘I’m not sure punishment is the way to go’
Illegal Downloader Francesca Bently
Project Flux: How do you download your music? Francesca Bently: “Through a bit-torrent site.” PF: Do you believe downloading this way supports the artists? FB: “I don’t like to think about it that way. I download illegally because I come from a technologically savvy family, and it is a way of spending the least amount of money possible.” PF: What do you think of the new laws cracking down on illegal downloading? FB: “They’re unnecessary, and an infringement of our privacy. We should be allowed the freedom to surf the internet as we like.”
Illegal Downloader Leigh Oyebanji Project Flux: How do you download your music? Leigh Oyebanji: “I use a programme downloaded directly to my computer, it’s a P2P (peer to peer) network.” PF: Do you believe downloading this way supports the artists? LO: “I don’t think it does, no, but I rather selfishly try not to think about it. They only reason I download is because I don’t have the money to feed my music habit.” PF: What do you think of the new laws cracking down on illegal downloading? LO: “I think something needs to be done about it, but I’m not sure punishment is the way to go, especially if users are only downloading for personal use. The industry itself needs to take a look at itself and change.”
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g illegal downloads was rushed through parliament. The legislation wasn’t inspected as it should sted by industry members and users alike. BT, the UK’s largest internet service provider, has excontent companies to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block the connections of custome copyright infringement. ll they scare you into changing your torrent binging ways?
Legal Downloader Lisa Carter
Project Flux: How do you download your music? Lisa Carter: “I use i-tunes to download my music. It’s easy to install, free, and can be used as a multimedia player. They even have a television option and you can download high definition film trailers. It’s easy, cheap and fast.” PF: Do you believe downloading this way supports the artists? LC: “I believe it does. They have taken the time to create something, why should I steal it?” PF: What do you think of the new laws cracking down on illegal downloading? LC: “They’re a step in the right direction.”
‘They (the artist) have taken the time to create something, why should I steal it?’
Legal Downloader Lauren Ryde
Project Flux: How do you download your music? Lauren Ryde: “I use Play.com, but I also borrow a lot of CDs from my friends and rip them to my computer.” PF: Do you believe downloading this way supports the artists? LY: “That doesn’t really enter into my decision. I do what’s cheapest for me.” PF: What do you think of the new laws cracking down on illegal downloading? LY: “To be honest I think they’re harsh. Downloading illegally would be a great idea, as I’m a student and usually strapped for cash. The only problem is I don’t know how to do it, the whole process of torrents and stuff confuses me. Plus there is a major risk of viruses.” Artwork & Pictures by Danielle Young
Music News | Danielle Young
Volcanic Ash cloud forces UK acts to miss Coachella The ash cloud that is wreaking havoc across Europe forced some UK acts to pull out of the Coachella music festival in the US. Indie rock 4-piece the Cribs had to cancel their appearance at the Coachella festival in California, and Electro-pop idol Gary Numan was also due to perform, but was detained after his British Airways flight was cancelled. He wrote: “We have called every transatlantic airline that operates from the UK and not only are they not flying, they are not currently accepting any new bookings, not until Tuesday for many of them. Gary Newman forced to pull out of “Even I have to admit that it’s not looking good.” Coachella Festival. Picture courtesy Other UK acts including Echo and the Bunnymen, Gorillaz of Nuworld; the official website of and Florence and the Machine were already in the US and were Gary Newman. able to perform.
Robert Pattinson as Kurt Cobain?
Tabloid newspaper The Sun is reporting that British Actor and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson is in line to play Kurt Cobain. Pattinson is said to have been picked for the role portraying the troubled Nirvana front man by Courtney Love, who reportedly has a “key role” in the movie’s production. The Sun’s source said, “Robert has been calling and emailing her non-stop. She has been a bit wound up by his manners, but he is her number one choice to play Kurt”. Daviid Fincher, the man behind Fight Club and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, is being considered as the film’s director.
Jilly’s Rockworld and The Music Box close Two of Manchester’s best-loved clubs closed earlier this month after their parent company went into liquidation. Jilly’s Rockworld and The Music Box, both of Oxford Road, officially closed down on Wednesday April 14, leaving partygoers dismayed.In a statement via their website the owners said: “The club that has brought Manchester the best rock nights ever finally closed its doors. We know we will be sorely missed.” Rock World originally opened back in1970 as Fagin’s, with The Music Box opening a year later. It is probably best known in its incarnation as Rafters, which played host to early performances by acts such as Depeche Mode. The late Rob Gretton was Rafters’ resident DJ and it was at a battle of the bands evening at the venue in 1978 that he first saw the embryonic Joy Division play. He went on to manage the band through their independent success and subsequent transformation into New Order. “It’s one of the saddest things in the world when these institutions close,” former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook told the BBC. “I always think that corridor in Oxford Road played a great part in giving Manchester its identity and its vibrancy.” Madina Mohammedzade, a regular at Jilly’s Rockworld, said: ‘I spent most of my youth in Jilly’s. I think it’s very sad to see such places go, and I will definitely miss it. The place has so many memories attached for me.’
Festival Line-Ups | Danielle Young
It seems the sun is out (for now), and that can only mean one thing – it’s festival time, and don’t you just love it? Below is a quick breakdown of the kinds of acts playing this summer and when. Download: June 11 - 13 Aerosmith Rage Against the Mnachine Slash The Used The Damned Things Atreyu Cancer Bats BREED77 Sweethead Porcupine Tree No Americana Senser Halestorm Nonpoint As I Lay Dying Flyleaf White Wizzard Zebrahead Rock Sugar Michael Monroe Holy Grail Straight Lines Tiger Please Revoker Young Guns Tyketto Year Long Disaster Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Enuff Z’Nuff Panic Cell And more yet to be announced.
Glastonbury: June 25 - 27 Dizzee Rascal Vampire Weekend Snoop Dogg Hot Chip Florence and the Machine La Roux The Courteeners Mumford & Sons Ellie Goulding The Big Pink Newton Faulkner Muse Lightning Seeds Pet Shop Boys Editors Imogen Heap Delphic Foals The xx Coheed and Cambria To name but a few.
Reading & Leeds: August 27 - 29 Paramore Guns n Roses Pendulum Enter Shikari Limp Bizkit All Time Low Foals Queens of the Stone Age Modest Mouse Frank Turner Frankie and the Heart Strings The Futureheads Band of HorsesThrice Motion City Soundtrack Weezer Cypres Hill The Gaslight Anthem Kele The Drums Mystery Jets Billy Talent NOFX LCD Sound System Klaxons To name but a few.
Profile | Danielle Young Michaela Grundy, 25, spent most of her early twenties as a floor manager/events manager for a large Manchester club. She began the job at the age of twenty and was thrown immediately in at the deep end. Here, Michaela, who prefers the moniker Micky, sits down with Danielle Young to discuss the craziness of those years, and the celebrities she rubbed elbows with.
inding Micky in a busy coffee shop early one Saturday morning is no easy feat. She sits nestled at the back in a huge leather chair, fresh from work with a cappuccino in her hands. Joining her, I see she looks stressed, and Micky soon reveals to me she has had an intense day at work. “I have an epic love/hate thing with my job,’ she says with a laugh. “I love the people, the place, even the customers at times. It’s just that my body hates it. It tires it out.” Micky is eager to spill her stories, and so we begin the interview with the most obvious question. PROJECT FLUX: How old were PF: Was music important in the you when you got into the busibars you worked? ness of events management? M: Certainly. I have only worked MICKY: Well I never planned in a genuine, hardcore nightclub on going into that area, and for once, and I hated it. I like the a while my job title never offiidea of being behind the bar and cially reflected that. I wasn’t an watching a band perform live, events manager or floor manager, of being there and seeing it like I felt like a roadie, or a glorified any other customer would. At barmaid at times. I got into bar twenty, I was obsessed with muwork at seventeen when I was in sic, it played a major role in my college. I spent ages clearing up life and working in that environglasses (laughs). I truly hated it, ment was ideal for me. mostly because I wanted to be behind the bar with all the alcohol. PF: How did your promotion I soon graduated to bar work. The editors were among the bands come about? Micky helped book. M: Kind of by accident. I was talking to my boss and he happened to mention his floor manager was going on maternity leave. I stepped in and he gave me a crash course on booking talent. I learned fast, thrown right in PF: Was the bar especially diffiwith the sharks. It was the most cult? insane but enjoyable periods of M: It was like an alien world at my life so far. times. The staff moved so fast, threw drinks and cocktails toPF: What bands did you book? gether quickly. I was out of my M: The Editors, Enter Shikari, depth for a good long while, Reverand and the Makers, The until one day everything clicked. Fratelli’s, Ash, Lost Prophets, I was as fast as everyone else and Funeral for a Friend, who were a could deal with the irate custombit snobby by the way (laughs). ers without bursting into tears. It was definitely confidencebuilding for the young me. My
‘I felt like a roadie, or a glorified barmaid’
‘The staff moved so fast, threw drinks and cocktails together quickly. I was out of my depth’
Acoustic Profile Chester | Danielle | Danielle Young Young PF: Snobby? M: Yeah. I brought them up crates of bottled water and expensive hand towels, as they had asked me for, and apparently my efforts weren’t good enough. I’m sure they’re nice enough day-to-day but when I met them they irritated me.
PF: Any advice for someone looking to break into the music industry? M: Love music. Be confident. Have faith in your talents, because if you don’t you’ll fail.
‘Drugs were prevalent. Weed, cocaine, the usual. But towards the end of my time as a manager I started seeing the party drug, MCAT’
‘I got paid extra for using social networking sites to promote the gigs and the club’ PF: Any special requests? Micky has worked in the M: Drugs were prevalent. Weed, Manchester Bar/Club scene for cocaine, the usual really. But toyears. wards the end of my time as a manager I started seeing the party drug, MCAT. It has only recently been banned, but it’s been around a while. I saw a lot of that, not necessarily with the bands but with customers. That was a rather disturbing trend. PF: Were there any perks to your job besides the free gigs? M: Yes! I got free entry and a few free drinks in the bars I worked, plus I got paid extra for using social networking sites to promote the gigs and the club. I used facebook, twitter and myspace to get more punters in and spread awareness of the bands we had on offer.
PF: And finally, name some of your favourite bands. M: Elbow, Editors, Kasabian, Oasis, Muse, Ash... I could go on forever, you know. How much space have you got exactly?
PF: What’s next for you? M: At the moment I’m taking a break. I’m currently working my notice and want to take a bit of time to decide my next move. It may be away from the music industry, it may not. Who knows? Muse are a favourite of Micky’s - photograph courtesy of Andrew Herrold via Spin Music News Pictures by Danielle Young, unless otherwise stated.
Reviews| Danielle Young
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - FEVER If you’re already a fan of Bullet for my Valentine, this album will not disappoint. Including the massive choruses and catchy riffs that made this band a force from the outset, ‘Fever’ provides fans with all they have grown used to from the Welsh four-piece. Although it lacks the real hard-rock content of the previous album ‘Scream Aim Fire’, the band retains their aggression and meshes it with easy-to-digest epics. Tracks to look out for: ‘Your Betrayal’ and ‘The Last Fight’: both fast-paced with uproarious melodies. If you like this artist, you may like: Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage Rating: 4 out of 5 COHEED AND CAMBRIA - YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW Coheed and Cambria have created their best record yet, and fans will devour it. ‘Year of the Black Rainbow’ is most definitely dramatic, though it’s definitely a prog-rock record, which is an important distinction to make as the band has previously only flirted with the genre. Tracks to look out for: ‘Here We Are Juggernaut’: one of the finest songs they’ve recorded. Hugely anthemic. If you like this artist, you may like: Muse, Thrice Rating: 4 out of 5
KATE NASH - MY BEST FRIEND IS YOU Not quite the musical makeover we all expected, but in experimenting Nash has found her own sound. ‘My best friend is you’ is bursting with melodies, relying far more heavily on the power of a good chorus than her previous album, ‘Foundations’. This album is an example of good pop and appears to be the natural progression of a young lady slowly uncovering her talent. Tracks to look out for: ‘Do Wah Do’: the lead single is vibrant and catchy. If you like this artist, you may like: Lilly Allen, Regina Spektor, Cat Power Rating: 3 out of 5
TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE? We ask you, the reader, how you download your music. We provide you with bite-size Line-ups for Glastonbury, Downl...