Music Streaming: The Meet & Jam Guide

Posted 26 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

There are few markets that are expanding as quickly and as dramatically as the music streaming market. With the recent launch of Apple Music and Amazon’s new Prime Music service, fans are faced with a bloated and somewhat confusing range of services between which it can be difficult differenciate. Here’s our brief guide to the five of the most popular services and the subtle differences to look out for.

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A Peek at Periscope View

Posted 24 August 2015 in M&J Introducing (comments)

For the latest instalment in our M&J Introducing series, we chatted to London indie band Periscope View - one of an increasing number of bands with profiles here at Meet & Jam. Despite not actively looking for band members or people to jam with, the site remains incredibly useful for networking, booking studios, and getting your music heard. We asked the band a few questions about their music, their preferences, and their plans for the future. Read on to find out more...

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5 Musicians Who Overcame Rejection

Posted 21 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Record labels and industry reps don’t always get it right. When a label offers someone a recording contract, they’re essentially taking a calculated risk that the potential they see in front of them actually comes to fruition. It’s little surprise, therefore, that label bosses are often cautious when it comes to signing new artists. Of course, they then run the risk of missing out on the next big thing because they couldn’t warrant taking the gamble – or worse, they didn’t see the potential in the first place. Here are five of music history’s most infamous rejections…

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Is busking worthwhile?

Posted 19 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

As a Londoner, I stroll blindly by buskers each and every day. In tube stations, on busy streets, and through leafy squares, I pass these seemingly hard-working musicians and wonder how they make any meaningful money. Is it an endeavour that pays the bills (even in London)? Is it useful just for some extra pocket money? Or is it, sadly, a waste of your time?

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10 of the Greatest Rider Requests Ever

Posted 14 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Musicians are famously - or perhaps infamously - spoiled and pampered. As a result, their 'riders' (the list of requests they hand to venues and promoters) are hilariously demanding and specific. There have been some brilliant ones over the years, but here are a few of our favourites...

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Is this a golden age for hip-hop and R&B?

Posted 12 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Last Friday, legendary hip-hop producer Dr. Dre released his first solo studio album in nearly sixteen years. Compton: A Soundtrack, inspired by the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, has been described by Dre himself as his ‘grand finale’. But the timing of the release of both the film and its soundtrack is indicative of the current state of hip-hop and R&B music.

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Joseph and his Acoustic Magic

Posted 10 August 2015 in M&J Introducing (comments)

For the latest part of our M&J Introducing series, we had a chat with Joseph Lofthouse, folk guitar aficionado and singer-songwriter from Lancashire. His profile caught our eye thanks to his incredible guitar playing technique and the professionalism of his recordings. He's had some wonderful live experiences too, including providing support for one of the country's biggest bands. Read on to find out more... 

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Is London's Tin Pan Alley on its death bed?

Posted 7 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

About a five minute walk from Meet & Jam HQ is the historic, beloved Denmark Street – or Tin Pan Alley, as it’s affectionately known. For over half a century it has been revered as a hub of musical activity. But now, in the face of redevelopment as part of the construction of Crossrail, the iconic street as we know it may cease to exist.

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Tom the One Man Band

Posted 4 August 2015 in M&J Introducing (comments)

We got in contact with gifted, Birmingham-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Ward as part of our M&J Introducing series. Tom drew our attention through his impressive home recordings that showcased his talent as a versatile musician as well as technician. He agreed to give us an insight into his musical experiences and music-making processes. Read on to find out more...

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Brainchild and the Importance of Small Festivals

Posted 31 July 2015 in The Mix (comments)

When it comes to festivals, bigger is not necessarily better. I recently attended Brainchild Festival, a small three-day event that aims to inspire creativity and provide an outlet for young people to express themselves through art, music, poetry, film, and more.

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Six Amazing Live Collaborations

Posted 1 July 2015 in The Mix (comments)

We've all been there... You're watching one of your favourite bands play live and just at the moment when you think it can't get any better, another amazing musician strolls on stage to play a song with them. There have been some unforgettable live collaborations over the years, but here are a few of our favourites...

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