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or is this the state of our nations music?
I'd be interested in seeing an American/Canadian version.
The only judge that I'd trust would be lauren.
she's clearly a complete tool.
She's fucking useless. All of the judges are, especially Alex James, who I used to quite like, but as soon as something that isn't 'indie' comes on he doesn't know what the fuck is going on. The best judge I've seen on there was, amazingly, Lethal Bizzle, who was guest judging once, and he was genuinely really insightful and considered all genres. It should just be him judging and be called Lethal Bizzle Rates Your Band. I'd go on that.
DISCLAIMER: I've only ever seen two episodes of this programme.
judging on how poor the first series was, but it baffles me there are no better bands out there that really need something like this just to give them away to break into the industry.
back at the start of this decade she was given three minutes at a time of television to do things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPLc2jJU4aM
Lots are 'emo'or 'goth' 14 year old girls who want to be more popular, it's a strange show.
and where they ideally want to take them. Simon on there keeps mentioning that the band needs to have a hit single and he's hoping the band will go on to have a platinum album, in essence he's hoping to find the next Razorlight, Kings Of Leon, Dido from taking part in it. Bnads that people on this forum will classify as 'good' don't normally achieve anywhere near those have those kind of sales and are usually a lot more DIY spirited.
I mean if someone like Razorlight had entered something like this to make their career, they would have in terms of what the judges want, blown everyone else of the stage.
Instead they'll be playing dingy London pubs, putting a 7" inch out on a small singles label and have a good manager on board who will know that by taking part in something like Unsigned Act they'll be forfeiting their credibility, the media and a lot of normal people will form an opinion before hearing a single note, those people will be very hard to win round after, plus no other label will take a look at them as they'll be regarded as 'damaged goods'. Enter and win and you're cursed by it, lose and you still have that nose hanging round your neck.
because surely most bands know that what you're saying is the truth?
your spot on here.
We talk about Envy & Other Sins and consider that the 'wrong' band might have won, but E&OS you can at least imagine might have sold some records had they got a consistent push, but then Revenue might have been an easier sell at the start of 2008 but their type were being pilloried from all quarters by the end of the year. (And there's the fact E&OS won just before Christmas and the single didn't come out for about four months so the target audience had forgotten). Why did This City enter the first series, even if they did pull out very early on? Why did a really interesting but commercially unsellable young local band make my heart sink with their Myspace bulletins urging us to vote for them in the initial stages (they didn't get through)? At least if, as it looks, the winner is in no way credible as we'd understand it there'd be no pretence that they're invading our territory.
they'll have had come up against so many walls that entering is the final push to 'make it'.
Agree with you on E&OS, they had some good songs but there downfall was not being right for the label longterm, they'll have been better off with someone who had more modest expectations and who would be content with sales of around 20,000. With some labels it is all about turning a large profit around in a very short amount of time, the bottom line rides high while art plays very low down on their list of priorities.
because going on it automatically makes your band / act irrelevant by proxy.
I think they are actually good!
Tommy Reilly is just great, sounds slightly like frightened rabbit...
but the rest are shamefully bad.
got to audition and stuff but they didnt want him for some reason. he beatboxes and sings and loops and stuff
but don't place such a great deal of importance on getting through as others.
I made a profile for my stuff, thinking "hey, maybe someone new might listen to my songs" * and declined to expend any more energy on badgering people to vote for me day and night.
* If anyone gives a shit: www.myspace.com/oxygenthief
Bo Bruce & Toby Sebastian, who incidentally the two most marketable. You know deep down Simon Gavin doesn't want the Scarlot Harlots to win.
and they had that Pyrelli guy in their 'Next Wave 2008' feature. The music business is difficult.