Shawn Magill, Dallas based musician and collage artist

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Collage by Shawn Magill

Shawn Magill is a musician and visual artist based in Dallas, Texas, who has an impressive collection of collage works to her name.

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Dmitri Matkovsky, rock musician turned artist and painter

Monday, 22 May, 2017

Artwork by Dmitri Matkovsky

Dmitri Matkovsky, who splits his time between Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Toronto, Canada, was a rock musician for twenty-five years before swapping the guitar for the paintbrush.

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Mariah Paz, San Francisco based lifestyle and music photographer

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

Photo by Mariah Paz

Mariah Paz is a San Francisco based lifestyle and music photographer, who spends a lot of time taking photos at live performances.

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Princess Leia’s lonely hearts alliance band, the Beatles meet Star Wars

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Especially for May the fourth.

Scenes from Star Wars film A New Hope have been synced with music from the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by US musicians Palette-Swap Ninja.

Titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face while looking at this. Fellow co-workers must have wondered what I found to be so amusing.

Maybe next time I’ll tell them.

Check it out quickly though, I don’t know long the powers that be will allow this to stand.

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Julia Drummond, New York, based portrait and music photographer

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Photo by Julia Drummond

Julia Drummond is a Brooklyn, New York, based portrait and music photographer. Here’s a photo of New Zealand musician Kimbra performing at New York’s Nublu jazz club.

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Music streaming killed the three minute radio song

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Music tracks may become shorter than the current kind-of-standard of three minute duration, as musicians find that broadcast by streaming opens up the way for them to change the way they write and compose music.

Frank Ocean isn’t the only artist finding the conventional three minute song structure increasingly superfluous. With traditional radio being replaced by online streaming as the dominant source of music, new artists are discovering that many of the old rules don’t apply.

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Keitaro Nakamura, architectural photographer and illustrator

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Illustration by Keitaro Nakamura

Keitaro Nakamura is a Japanese architectural photographer and illustrator. An architectural photographer and illustrator with an interest in music maybe, if this illustration of a Telecaster guitar is anything to go by?

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A cover of the Vapor’s 1980 hit Turning Japanese, featuring Kirsten Dunst

Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Turning Japanese was originally recorded by British band, the Vapors, in 1980. While it is a tune everyone seems to know, Australia was one of the few countries where it reached number one on the singles charts.

Thirty-five, or so, years later, US actor Kirsten Dunst featured in a cover of the venerable one hit wonder. I think I’m drawn to her version of the song by the blue wig she wears.

Interestingly, the Vapors, who disbanded in 1982, reformed in 2016, not long after the rendition of their hit featuring Dunst was made.

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Talent is luck, the important thing in life is courage. Oh, and luck also…

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

This ties in with what I call my pub (or bar) band theory. I’ve seen plenty of great bands performing in a bar. They play well, and their music is fantastic.

Yet somehow they don’t make it big. I know the definition of success varies, but some bands are destined to remain to pub bands, whether they want to, or not.

So what do the groups who make it big, those who score recording deals, and play to packed stadiums across the world, do right?

Two things possibly. They may have connections. Friends in the right place. And they are also, quite likely, lucky. Someone who can make things happens, hears their music, and likes it.

For the most part, creative success has little to do with talent or hard work. Lots of people are talented and hard-working. Talented and hard-working people are nothing special, for better or worse. To be successful, you need more than just talent and hard work. You need luck. Or, even better than luck, you need connections.

Not something that happens to everyone. In the meantime, if you’re short of connections, and luck, keep on keeping on.

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When you mix music from Rogue One with The Empire Strikes Back

Friday, 31 March, 2017

There’s a lot of Rogue One video clip remixes going around at the moment, and here’s another one. This time it’s a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, blended with parts of the soundtrack from Rogue One.

Pretty sure I like the “new” Empire Strikes Back trailer better than the original.

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