The Future of Technology in Collaborative Writing and Music Production

Posted 29 February 2016 in The Mix (comments)

As a community of musicians and also a marketplace for studio time and services Meet & Jam is very much at the forefront of the trends in collaborative music writing and production. We have always aimed to facilitate real world meetings but are essentially a tech company in essence, so just what is the future of how musicians, engineers and producers will interact, write and produce music? And how should we feel about technology invading music even more?

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5 Essential David Bowie Albums

Posted 12 January 2016 in The Mix (comments)

Originally, I wanted to make this a list of 5 essential David Bowie songs you should be listening to as you reflect on the singer's tragic and untimely death from cancer at the age of 69. But then I tried to limit myself to just 5 of Bowie's timeless hits and quickly realised it was a completely impossible task.

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Should You Care About the New, Free NME?

Posted 14 October 2015 in The Mix (comments)

After struggling with plummeting readership figures and a a poor reputation amongst the bulk of today's music fans, NME officially reinvented itself as a free publication last month. A few things have changed, but much has also remained the same. So, should you be excited to pick up the latest free copy from your local tube station entrance or university campus? Or has the NME become an irrelevance; not worth the paper it's printed on, and doomed to fade into obscurity before long?

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Vote for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted 12 October 2015 in The Mix (comments)

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2016 have been announced, and for the first time ever you can vote for the act you'd like to see inducted. Among the more predictable names such as Deep Purple, Yes, and Steve Miller, are a few surprising inclusions that are evidence of the Hall's keenness to embrace genres outside of classic rock and roll. Here are three nominees that stood out for us...

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Apple Music: To pay or not to pay?

Posted 30 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

After three months of glorious, complimentary listening, today is the final day of Apple Music's free trial period. As such, music lovers everywhere must decide before tomorrow whether to pay the monthly fee or walk away from the service. Like any tricky decision, the most sensible thing to do is to weight up the pros and cons...

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Interview with Jamie Johnston

Posted 28 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

The other day we sat down for a chat with band manager and 'Access to Music' lecturer Jamie Johnston. Jamie has been managing and developing musicians for more than fifteen years, including several critically acclaimed acts such as Maps, whose album We Can Create was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007. He has also worked with companies such as Universal, EMI, Mute, PIAS, Kobalt, BMG, Chrysalis, Erased Tapes, One Little Indian, and Fierce Panda. He recently began teaching at Access to Music, a music college that operates in a number of cities across the UK. Jamie kindly agreed to speak to us about his experiences in the music industry and some of the benefits of studying with Access to Music.

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Bond Themes: Six of the Best

Posted 25 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Sam Smith today released his theme song for the upcoming Bond film, Spectre. "Writing's on the Wall" has received mixed reviews, and you can listen to it for yourself here. But every time one of these themes is released, you inevitably delve back into Bond themes from the past to compare.

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Dave Grohl and 5 More Onstage Injuries

Posted 9 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Last weekend, the Foo Fighters played two massive shows at the Milton Keynes Bowl, supported by Iggy Pop. The two sold out nights were replacement shows for the bookings at Wembley Stadium, Murrayfield, and Glastonbury Festival - all cancelled after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling from the stage at a performance in Sweden. Even in Milton Keynes, Grohl's leg remained in a protective boot, forcing the band to construct a magnificent throne made of guitar necks and flashing lights (as seen above)

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Is Tesco's decision to stock vinyl good or bad news?

Posted 4 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Tesco have announced that, from today (September 4th), they will begin stocking copies of Iron Maiden’s new album The Book of Souls… on vinyl. The records will be up on shelves in 55 Tesco Extra stores around the UK in a move viewed as the giant supermarket dipping their toes into a flourishing, resurgent vinyl market. Whether a full-scale move into the sale of vinyl actually materialises is anyone’s guess. But the response to this initial decision has been fascinating. The question is: will the vinyl market benefit or suffer from Tesco’s introduction?

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Stories From The Studio: Springsteen's Born To Run

Posted 2 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

A few months ago we brought you a handful of stories from the studio; tales of some of the most infamous recordings in musical history. Today, with the album having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the focus turns to Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic, Born to Run...

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Reading Festival - Six of the Best Performances

Posted 28 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

This weekend sees the return of one of the country's oldest and best loved rock music festivals - Reading Festival, and its sister event Leeds Festival. Having originated in the early 1960s, Reading Festival truly found its feet in the 1990s and has since become something of a rite of passage for teens immeditely following the release of GCSE results at the end of August. There have been some unforgettable performances over the years, but here are a few of our favourites...

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