Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Luggage range from Protection Racket: The Best Protection in the Business

Since 1994 Protection Racket has been manufacturing cases using their expertise in manufacturing and design to make the best bags in the business… road ready, durable cases, with easy to use features that are lightweight and provide tough protection is what their business is all about.

Protection Racket have now re-designed and re-launched their luggage range, still under the We Are Family banner, but with even more features, cool designs and a wider choice of styles. From washbag to business backpack, cabin trolley to AAA suitcase, the whole range has been overhauled and given the first class Protection Racket treatment.

The ‘We are Family’ range has everything for the touring musician: Cabin trolley for the plane or train; Business Backpack for carrying around your laptop and valuables around town; washbag for the hotel; wallet for money and credit cards and there’s even a new Musicians tool kit bag!

The new Cabin Trolley is packed full of features to make life on the road easier. The main compartment unzips all the way round for easy access and the large zippered outer compartment has seven internal accessory compartments.  There are additional pockets to hold your passport and both the retractable handles and padded ruck sack handles can be stowed and zipped away.

The new Business Back pack has an anatomical shape for comfort with a large easy access main compartment. In fact the Protection Racket guys have thrown the design book at squeezing in as many options for packing as possible… check this out:

  • Two zippered side pockets
  • Three zippered front pockets
  • Side loading zippered lap top pocket
  • Internal zippered pocket and compartments
  • Earphone channel.
  • Transparent address window.
  • Abrasion resistant bottom.
  • Padded MP3/CD player pocket.
  • Non-slip shoulder strap.

The handy wash bag has been given an overhaul with the inclusion of a hanger hook designed into the carrying handle. Made with a 100% waterproof nylon interior the bag has several internal mesh compartments for all your travel products and is the perfect travel wash bag for wherever you are on the globe.

Continuing their improvement drive, even the wallet has been given an overhaul and as well as it’s Velcro closing, zipped coin compartments, credit card holders and clear drivers licence window the new wallets come in a choice of three colours all featuring the distinctive PR Man logo.

For the best protection in the business, look no further than Protection Racket.

For further details, contact Dean Bowdery at Protection Racket on dean@protectionracket.co.uk or see http://www.protectionracket.com/indexsite.htm

Posted in Accessories, Cases

BBC RADIO 1EXTRA VISIT THE INSTITUTE WITH TIM WESTWOOD

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance was recently the proud host of BBC Radio 1xtra; Tim Westwood, DJ Bailey, Ace and members of their production team, who attended on Thursday 23rd September 2010 for a workshop and Q&A session with selected students.

The session was organised as part of BBC Radio 1xtra community outreach activity surrounding their flagship music event ‘1xtra Live’ which was held at Wembley Arena on Saturday 25th September.

The hour long session comprised of short talks from each of the guest speakers about their current careers and experiences on making it within the music industry.  In addition to the Q&A session students were given the unique opportunity to see a live radio broadcast in action: On Friday 24th September BBC Radio 1xtra hosted a live on-air party for the all students involved and during the show Institute students were able to showcase radio jingles and idents they had written and recorded, have a go at DJ-ing/mixing and film content for the BBC Radio 1xtra website whilst enjoying some special live performances and interviews.

Institute student Nikita Kelleher-Cattermole commented: “Everyone from the 1xtra team were so friendly and very helpful, they told us and encouraged us to send them our tunes as they listened to every track sent in! I found the whole day really interesting, great fun and made lots of contacts!”

For further information this and other events at the Institute, contact us directly on:

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities.  It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a 2-year Foundation Degree, a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and  Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.


Posted in DJ, Events

Announcing the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest sponsored by LickLibrary.com

The Marshall Ultimate Band Contest has just launched sponsored by Lick Library and Smokehead Whisky offering the most amazing, money can’t buy prizes to the winning band.

The winners will have the honour of getting a full endorsement from Marshall Amps for both the guitarist/s and bass player to take their place alongside some of the greatest names in the business including Slash and Jimi Hendrix! Not only will they have full Marshall artist support and loan of gear for a year but they will also win a fantastic bands worth of Marshall amps including a bass stack and Guitar stack.

The winners will also win a session at Europe’s largest independent recording studio complex, Metropolis, where they can demo up to four tracks via the studios ‘unsigned mastering’ service. The list of famous artists to record at Metropolis it truly staggering, with everyone from Sting to Robbie Williams using their services.

Further prizes include a selection of best selling DVDs from Lick Library, one of the worlds leading suppliers of guitar tuition, plus Smokehead Whisky will help you celebrate your winnings in style with their Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is not just about winning cool prizes as the prestige and publicity surrounding the contest is more than worth its weight in gold.

To enter the competition, you need to record your own video of original music, fill out the entry form on the Marshall UBC website and then Upload your YouTube URL together with your details. Entry is free and judging in the first round is open to the public with ultimately five top bands being selected to battle it out in front of the judges at the Marshall Theatre.

Check out the competition and cast your votes at http://marshall.licklibrary.com/voter-registration. You can follow the competitions progress and find out about other cool prizes on the website.

Pre Order Lick Library’s New Release Learn to Play Dio Now

Lick Library are proud to bring you Learn to Play Dio, a guitar tuition DVD that celebrates five of some of the finest pure metal tracks of the 1980’s, written and sung by the legend Ronnie James Dio.

This double DVD set has over three hours of guitar lessons with Danny Gill taking you through the fast high energy playing of Vivienne Campbell on these much loved classic Dio tracks. Danny uses the music to really get you into scales, takes you through the solos note for note, and then performs the songs to a backing track so you can see how they all fit together. And all the time the DVD guitar lesson shows by split screens what both of Danny’s hands are doing.

Danny Gill, one of Joe Satriani’s pupils, a prolific writer of guitar tuition books and scores for TV and films, has extensive experience teaching people to play the guitar. When not doing all of that, he enjoys playing live with Lidström who back up a number of major Swedish artists.

Learn To Play Dio (RRP £24.99) – Included on this superb guitar tuition DVD are some of the best guitar riffs and solos from one of the greatest heavy metal acts. Tracks featured are Holy Diver, Don’t Talk To Strangers, and Rainbow In The Dark from the celebrated Holy Diver Album, the undisputed highlight of Dio’s career. Then Danny takes a look at The Last In Line and We Rock from Dio’s second studio album The Last In Line.

Beat the rush and pre-order the new Learn To Play Dio DVD by Danny Gill at the following link http://www.licklibrary.com/news/2010/9/637-New_Release_Now_Available_for_PreOrder__Learn_to_Play_Dio . For further information about Lick Library and all it s products go to www.LickLibrary.com.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Lick Library New Release: Steve Trovato’s American Blues in 6 Weeks

Lick Library, in their search to provide musicians with the best possible learning experience can announce the release of the definitive guide to playing American blues guitar with the launch of Steve Trovato’s American Blues in 6 Weeks, a series of DVD Guitar lessons.

With a DVD for each week, the new series features expert guitar tuition covering the great blues guitarists including BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins and Albert King.

The guitar lessons are presented by the multi stylist guitar wizard Steve Trovato. Although a world class country guitarist, he is aptly nicknamed “The Great Chameleon” because of his ability to change colours musically from country to blues to jazz and rock. He teaches full time at the University of California, writes scores for TV and films including producing the music for “National Lampoon” as well as writing over 20 books about playing the guitar and performing with greats such as Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Albert Lee and many more.

Here are just some of the ideas the six week guitar tuition course looks at:

Week 1: In the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan and includes: Blues scale patterns, blues phrasing, playing the ‘shuffle’ feel, double stops, using trills, hammer-on’s and pull ‘s, using triplets and adding chromatic passing tones to the blues scale.

Week 2: In the style of Johnny Winter and includes: Blues scale patterns, repetitious phrasing, building licks using hammer on’s and pull ‘s, playing ‘in the pocket’ using triplets and using pentatonic scale sequencing to create blues licks.

Week 3: In the style of  Albert Collins and includes: Learn a blues scale pattern, learn a pattern for the major pentatonic scale, using double stops, shifting positions for longer licks and learn to combine scales to create great blues licks.

Week 4: In the style of BB King and includes: Learn a blues scale pattern and a pattern for the major pentatonic scale, learn the famous BB King vibrato, learn bending and which notes to bend and learn to combine scales to create great blues licks.

Week 5: In the style of Jimi Hendrix and includes: Learn a blues scale pattern, learn the Jimi Hendrix vibrato, learn the ‘blues rake’ and learn how to use phrase repetition.

Week 6: In the style of Albert King and includes: Learn to shift position to create longer blues lines, learn to play multiple note bends on a single string, learn to bend in intervals and combine techniques from all other lessons in the series.

This six week plan for American Blues is presented in an easy to follow pace to help you learn a wide range of techniques, concepts and licks and Lick Library guarantee you’re playing will improve. The full set of six DVD’s retail for £79.99 or can be purchased individually at £16.99.

Visit www.licklibrary.co.uk today and find out more about this exciting new Guitar Lesson DVD format and see over 20,000 other guitar tuition products to choose from.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Institute Alumni Loick Essien Releases First Single With Sony Music

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance alumni Loick Essien released his single ‘Love Drunk’ from his debut album with Sony Music on 12th September.  A scholarship winner on the Institute’s vocal Higher Diploma, Loick firmly made his mark while studying, participating in showcases and gigs and gaining industry attention, before signing with Sony Music.

Loick worked on the single with producer of the moment, Labrinth, who has hit the scene with credits on Tinie Tempah’s #1 hit ‘Pass Out’.  Loick’s vocals have also appeared alongside Chipmunk’s on ‘Beast’ and most recently provided the choral hook for Bashy’s ‘When The Sky Falls’, the theme for upcoming gritty UK flick ‘Shank’.  The single ‘Love Drunk’ is out now with his debut album to be released later this year.

For further information about the ICMP, contact us directly on:

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities.  It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a 2-year Foundation Degree, a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and  Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.


Posted in Education, Events, Industry

Mansons Guitar Show 2010 Update: Zon, Manring, Bershadsky and Avid competition confirmed

Joe Zon of Zon basses will be at the Manson’s Guitar Show 2010, both days. With him will be virtuoso American bassist Michael Manring and bassist phenomena Alex Bershadsky. Plus visitors to Manson’s Guitar Show will be able to enter a competition to win an Avid Eleven Rack, the Pro Tools Recording Systems Designed Specifically for Guitar Players.

Joe Zon has been building basses with high tech components combined with traditional woodworking and lots of elbow grease in California since 1981. He has worked with many of the world’s top bassists and he is bringing some of them to the Manson’s Guitar Show 2010.

Michael Manring, a member of the super group DeMania with guitarist Alex de Grassi and percussionist Christopher Garcia since 2005, plays a custom bass built by Zon Guitars. The so called Zon Hyperbass is a very flexible instrument developed by Manring and Zon. The playing of the DeMania trio has been described as “masterful delivery with confident improvisations that float in an environment as energetic as it is spacious”.

Alex Bershadsky is the Latvian born, Israeli fretless bass jazz fusion phenomenon. He is sure to secure himself a slot in the minds of bass lovers / players everywhere. A Zon endorsee, he has appeared on the most prestigious stages of the international jazz scene. Alex is known to be an accomplished player, lyrical soloist and sure footed technician.

The Avid competition, exclusive to visitors at the Manson’s Guitar Show, is for the Eleven Rack, worth almost £800. This is a revolutionary new guitar recording and effects processing system designed to eliminate the challenges guitarists face in the studio and on stage. Whether you’re tracking in the studio or playing on stage, Eleven Rack delivers fresh, mind-blowing, hyper-realistic guitar amp and effects tones that will inspire your best performances.

The Manson’s Guitar Show 2010 is on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October, and more artists and competitions are close to being confirmed – Please check www.mansons.co.uk further updates about this autumn’s most exciting music show and to purchase tickets.

Posted in Bass, Events, Guitar

Hit Talk Interviews Far East Movement, Offers Uploads

Hit Talk, a music production website, teaching aspiring musicians how to produce hit singles just released it’s latest interview with Interscope/Cherrytree recording artists Far East Movement out of Hollywood, CA.

This in-depth Hit Talk interview reveals and discusses the music business strategies and promotional strategies Far East Movement used to achieve such impressive musical feats as touring with Lady GaGa, N.E.R.D., Jay-Z, and the Black Eyed Peas, plus landing major features for their debuting album: Lil Jon and Snoop Dogg.

In addition to rare industry insights from FM’s music interview, Hit Talk also offers a chance to connect directly with the band by inviting aspiring musicians to upload their best musical works for Far East Movement and their management to consider first-hand for possible collaboration.

To read the exclusive Hit Talk interview with Far East Movement, plus upload your music for an chance to connect with the band, visit: www.modernbeats.com/hit-talk/far-east-movement-music-interview/

Posted in Industry, Music

Introducing The BumChum: The silent bass drum monitoring system

Born out of a combination of necessity and ingenuity, The BumChum is a small, highly portable and tough solution to an age-old problem:

We all know the feeling of the bottom end thump when we see a band from out front. Who usually feels that the least in the whole room? The drummer. The answer is a device that you are in control of, that delivers all the weight and power of your bass drum without the volume.

The revolutionary BumChum allows you to feel and experience your bass drum like you never felt it before. No longer are you dependant on the lottery of monitoring your bass drum (should any monitoring be provided), whether on a big stage, in your local pub with the bass stack in your ear, or rehearsing.

No more hammering away, technique flying out of the window, in a desperate attempt to hear yourself.

The BumChum consists of the most powerful Tactile Generator available, (used by the US military in their simulators), built into our very own throne top, coupled to a flightcased electronics pack. The BumChum system uses bone conduction to deliver powerful, precise and nuanced reproduction without sound.

Audio techs (as well as your ears) love the system because the stage is quieter and more controlled. The band can tour with fewer amplifiers and sub cabinets, saving on weight, costs and stage space. If you’re using in-ear monitoring, you’ll be able feel the bass drum like never before. If you’re not using in-ears, this system so accurately connects you to your bass drum that it will improve your confidence, playing and your whole stage experience.

Better still, our clever techy guys have built the BumChum electronics to fit into a road rugged flight case the size of a 10” tom which only weighs 8 kilos. It is extremely portable and, most importantly, is quick and easy to set up. Simply open the case, plug in throne, plug in mic, plug in power and you’re away!

From stadium concerts to pub gigs, the BumChum is aimed at both the jobbing drummer and touring pro. You’ll never want to play live again without it.

The BumChum is available now and priced at £1199. For further details and where to buy the product check out our website at www.thebumchum.co.uk.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show announces 2011 Greatest hits World Tour

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, fresh from the success of a sell out tour in 2010 will be back in Europe in 2011 with an even bigger and better show. Beginning in January, the 2011 tour starts in Poland and brings with it not only the trademark lighting and laser show, but a brand new quadraphonic sound system and cinema quality 3D visuals.

The band is very proud of and excited about the new show which includes for the first time 3D stereographic video. This technology is the same as used in 3D cinemas, where the audience wears 3D polarized glasses to create the illusion of images reaching out. The new technology combined with the quadraphonic sound system will give fans a truly amazing spine tingling concert experience not to be missed!

Steve Mac, singer and guitarist with The Australian Pink Floyd, said “we can’t wait to get back on the road. This show is the biggest and best yet. With the state of the art 3D effects and the amazing quadraphonic sound we have some real surprises planned for our fans. We have never been so strong”.

Their upcoming Pink Floyd Greatest Hits World Tour 2011 showcases the most spectacular Floyd tribute of all time. With over two hours of the absolute best of Floyd live, it is the sort of spectacularly ostentatious setting that all true Floyd fans will relish.

The first tour dates confirmed and on-sale now are as follows:

  • Poland: 22 January 2011, City: Rzeszow , Venue: Na Podpromiu
  • Poland: 23 January 2011, City: Plock , Venue: Orlen Arena
  • Poland: 24 January 2011, City: Gdansk , Venue: Hala Sportowo – Widowiskowa
  • Poland: 25 January 2011, City: Bydgoszcz , Venue: Luczniczka
  • Poland: 27 January 2011, City: Warszawa, Venue: Torwar
  • Poland: 28 January 2011, City: Lublin , Venue: Globus
  • Poland: 29 January 2011, City: Katowice , Venue: Spodek

The Australian Pink Floyd Show takes the Pink Floyd tribute experience to a new level.

More UK and European tour dates will be announced very shortly so please check for further information the bands website on www.aussiefloyd.com.

Posted in Events, Music