This was originally posted up on Glasgow Music City Tours’ blog on the 6th of July 2015 as I was guest blogging on behalf of Girls Rock Glasgow. The project is finished up now but the week long summer school was so, so amazing and inspiring to be apart of. We’re also looking at running a fundraiser this October for next year’s rock school so keep checking in for updates on that!
Since the start of the year up until now, I have been involved with putting on my own show as part of the Behind The Noise Trainee scheme, which I have touched on before. Now the gig is over, I’m taking a look back at the whole experience overall to evaluate my time and how I felt the project went.
In the beginning, we did hit a snag in the road because the original plan was to be that the four of us would organise and put on a E.P. launch for a band who had also came from Behind The Noise, but things didn’t work out. Instead, we came up with the idea for a night to celebrate all that’s great about Scottish culture, and to that, we called it Scottish Heroes. I know, on the surface, it might sound a bit much – but hear me out.
Pulling from the recent events of the Scottish Independence referendum, as the four trainees involved are teenagers living in Glasgow, we were able to see how passionate people our age were able to get about the politics of our country. I know, for me at least, that there were many people my age that were engaging with the idea that Scotland could potentially exist on it’s own. So what is it that makes Scotland so great? It’s people. It’s culture. It’s music.
That’s what we wanted to celebrate.
So we got to work.
Aside from making #films, I sometimes #draw. Here’s some of my work that was on display at the #ScottishHeroes gig. pic.twitter.com/ACcfYGjRB2— Antonis Kassiotis (@Antonis95K) April 28, 2015
Obviously, we had to start promotion somehow. On one of the nights while we were at the Classic Grand, Jim Gellatly gave us a shout out on XFM. That was such a boost for us. Our gig was being plugged on the radio! We also plastered up some posters around the city centre.
|The final poster.|
Heading to the @BehindTheNoise1 #ScottishHeroes gig tonight at @stereoglasgow. Looks fun! https://t.co/ainrWGPJAi pic.twitter.com/77lwURgIeZ— XFM Scotland (@XfmScotland) April 23, 2015
The night exceeded my expectations tenfold. Ibrahim handled the technical side of things on the night and helped handled the short time slots we had allotted for the changeovers – and he also helped to control the lights. Rico – one of the other senior members of Behind The Noise – commended him on his hard work saying that he thought it was handled a lot better than any local band gig he’d been to. I helped to handle the door, along with some assistance from Yvonne Morrison and Libby Urvois from Ticketmaster and Ticketweb respectively. They were also a massive, massive help to us throughout and especially on the night. I didn’t expect as many people to turn up that actually did. So many people came down and helped to support our show and for that I am so grateful. All in all, it was a fantastic night.
To anyone reading this who might be in school who cares about music in any capacity and that is interested in taking part in Behind The Noise, or the trainee scheme – I say do it. It’s afforded me with experience that I’m going to able to utilise from years to come. I’ve been able to work with like minded people to create something that I am still really proud of.
I even feel a bit like a Scottish Hero myself.
Before I get into the rest of this, let me give you some back story. My favourite band is Motion City Soundtrack. On the 20th of March 2013, the drummer of the band, Tony Thaxton, announced that he was leaving the band after 11 years.
— Alisa (@alisawylie) February 14, 2015
— Tony Thaxton (@tonythaxton) February 14, 2015
I have a bout of the flu. So I’m not really dying, but it sure as hell feels like it. Anyway, let’s reflect back on when I was actually capable of doing real life things.
Last week the Behind the Noise trainees had a meeting with Yvonne Morrison from Ticketmaster and Libby Urvois from Ticketweb to discuss – yes you guessed it – ticketing for the gig that myself and the other Behind The Noise trainees will be putting on some time in April.
It was a nice, informal Q&A type session and they were both happy to help with anything that we may need for our impending gig. What I took away from it though, is that the ticket websites aren’t actually just ripping the piss when it comes to booking fees for gig tickets. The initial price you pay for the ticket is the cost of seeing the band alone, which is set by the band and has nothing to do with the ticket website that they put them on. All they do is charge the 10% of whatever the band charges, add that on as a booking fee and that’s the money that goes back into the company to keep it running.
|Booking fees sneaking into your order like…|
Ticketmaster/Ticketweb aren’t always the evil boogeyman lurking in the shadows trying to steal your money. They’re just trying to make a living. Rather than being angry at them, be angry at whatever burnt out band returns with a comeback tour and charges astronomical amounts because they know people will buy them. They’re the real villains, people. OPEN YOUR EYES.
Last Saturday I also was at the Behind The Noise open day, speaking again with the trainees and offering my wisdom to the kids there that were interested in going into further education with music courses/just want to see themselves in the music industry in some way. My university – Strathclyde University – actually used to run a course called Applied Music which sounded ideal for someone like me, but they dropped the course the year I applied. I am still upset about this.
|Dat accidental flash.|
I also managed to see Allison Weiss and Rob Lynch at Audio while I could still sing without my throat feeling like it was the home to a million tiny razorblades. Allison Weiss was, as usual, great. She played a song that I requested called Boston, from her Teenage Years album but since she doesn’t play it that often, she forgot some of the lyrics half way through. To help, I started to sing really loud so that she heard and remembered. This prompted a “YEAH!” of recognition and she finished the song and it was beautiful. I adore the song and it meant a lot that she played it since if she doesn’t normally. THANKS, ALLISON ❤
Think that’s it for now. I’m going go drink my weight in tea. Again.
Last year, the band from my school, Heisenberg, performed 4 covers live at a sold out gig at the Classic Grand. This is the cover of Do I Wanna Know? by the Arctic Monkeys.
Super exciting times ahead. Watch this space.
I’ve also been totally obsessed with Tegan and Sara recently, especially their newest album Heartthrob. Fans of the two piece may have been a bit taken aback by the sharp difference in sound when this came out in 2013, They still hold on their strong indie pop roots, but they infused in a large blend of dance-y pop. It’s very different from the material what they started off with, but that’s progression, right?
I mean, they did collab with Tiesto for a song in 2009…
In other news, I’ve also totally fallen in love with Chrissy Barnacle.
I met her last year at a TYCI introductory meet up and I remember her being super lovely and mentioning that she was a singer-songwriter. I had since taken note to listen to her tunes, but have actually not done so until very recently. She’s unlike anything I’ve heard or listen to. It’s hard to believe that when she sings that she’s doesn’t hail from America or Canada because it’s just so different. But I think it’s so wonderful. Her music is an injection of what this scene needs. Really lovely stuff.
|Kurt, Frances, Patty.|
Ned Vizzini died a year ago today and the loss is still immeasurable, inexpressible, incomprehensible. RIP a great human being and friend.
— Nick Antosca (@nickantosca) December 19, 2014
It’s been a year and some change since Ned Vizzini decided to end his life, which really hurts my heart because IKOAFS helped me so much.
— MB (@MaryBBarefoot) December 21, 2014
A year ago today the author my favorite book in the world, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, committed suicide. Infinite love for you, Ned Vizzini
— k8 (@kaydargs) December 19, 2014
In the run up to Christmas, it’s easy to get snowed under with everything and forget about certain things. This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas, so, for my first year as being over the legal age to drink, I’ve been both working late, drinking after and drinking when I’m not working. Oh, Christmas.
I’ve already tweeted this, but I want to share it again because I really want people to see it. The date stamp is 2008, but I feel like it might be earlier. I’m not sure. It’s a spoken word/poem about the suicide of a beer. It’s haunting to listen to it now, but at the same time he manages to tackle this issue, this very prominent issue that lead to the end of his life and makes it light hearted. It has less than 400 views.
“Ski. Sled. Play basketball. Jog. Run. Run. Run. Run home. Run Home and enjoy. Enjoy. Take these verbs and enjoy them. They’re yours, Craig. You deserve them because you chose them. You could have left them all behind but you chose to stay here. So now live for real now, Craig. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live.“