Friday, 30 March 2018

Name Dropping

As I alluded to in a previous post, one of the bonuses of working with industry professionals is you get to meet other industry professionals. Nowhere is this more true than at music industry social events.

I was invited to one last night near Kings Cross and what an amazing evening it was. As well as catching up with Christina Jansen who recently took some amazing shots of me a few weeks back, she also introduced me to a few people before she had to head off to a gig, and I ended up enjoying a glass or two and a yak with numerous people, some with amazing achievements under their belts.

One such chap was Chris Thompson of the Screaming Blue Messiahs, who was describing how David Bowie loved the band so much he tracked them down to support him on a US tour - and complained once in an interview that everyone sent him free albums - except the Screaming Blue Messiahs!

Another was Damon Summers who had few hits in the 80's and 90's in Europe and the far east with X Projection and has put together a new line up (who were all there too) to keep the music going - playing old hits and also new stuff written with guitarist Mark Campling. I ended up at some nightclub with the rest of the band for a short while afterwards - Singer Kyra Poole was wearing the coolest hat...

Speaking of cool, very cool was meeting and having a brief chat with Rob Davis who co-wrote Kylie Minogue's hit 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (with Cathy Dennis). And speaking of Kylie Minogue, I had brief chat with Peter Waterman's business partner who was there too.

Jon Morter was another one - he ran the social media campaign that got Rage Against The Machine their Christmas Number 1 in 2009 (a feat he told me which couldn't be done now in the same way) while Sharon Matheson kindly gave me a little more insight about the industry from a music distributer's point of view.

There were also numerous singer/songwriter/musicians in various stages of their careers: Llio Millward who was utterly charming and kindly gave me a copy of her Heart Of Fire CD (which I am finding heartfelt, cool and hauntingly quirky), Selena Seballo, Crawford Mack being among those I spent some time with.

The wonderful thing was that everyone I spoke to was engaging and friendly, in contrast to what is sometimes the reputation of the music industry!