Monthly Archives: June 2012

Protection Racket Upgrades Stick Case Range

Protection Racket has listened to customer feedback, followed their continual product improvement plan and upgraded their range of five stick cases.

All the elastic straps have been replaced with new strong webbing straps, which are more hard wearing and the cases now come complete with quick release metal clips for added strength and durability. A new feature is an external popper to close the case once it is zipped-up to give extra protection and prevent any chance of your sticks falling out.

Plus, to make sure you really stand out form the crowd all the stick cases are now available for the first time in white. So the next time you play a festival – you will be able to find it easily in all the mud!

The range of stick cases offers a choice for everyone and every need. The slim line model is for the quick get away, travelling light with three pairs of sticks and comes in a standard (product No. 6027, RRP £16.99) or deluxe finish (product No. 6029, RRP £23.99). Then comes the standard case with space for ten pairs of sticks (product No. 6025, RRP £16.99). There is also a larger deluxe case for the more discerning drummer that wants to treat his twelve pairs of sticks to a little luxury when they travel (product No. 6024, RRP £24.99). Next is the supersize case for all the big boys out there that simply cannot narrow their choice down below sixteen pairs of sticks (product No.6026, RRP £23.99).

Protection Racket stick cases are made to the same rigorous construction quality as their drum cases by some very cool surfer dudes in Cornwall. It is a must have drum accessory for gigging drummers everywhere.

To find out more about the Protection Racket range stick case range please visit

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Caparison Guitars and Basses Now Come With Rotosound Strings

Rotosound strings have got together with Caparison Guitars and Basses, which now come strung with their strings across the whole range.

Caparison Guitars have chosen to supply their guitars and basses with Rotosound strings following extensive testing by their chief designer, Itaru Kanno who described them as ‘ very different, with a longer sustain and a clear interval feeling which is a proof of accuracy’. The boutique Japanese guitar manufacturer produces some of the world’s finest high-end solid bodied electric guitar and basses and endorsees include Phil Campbell (Motorhead), Joel stroetzel (Killswitch Engage) and a host of other top metal guitar and bassists.

Rotosound strings have a long history of being used by some of the greatest artists in rock including Jimi Hendrix, Steve Harris, Duff McKagan and many others. This new deal will see Caparison Guitars fitted with their strings from their Nickel on steel Roto range including R9 Super Lights, R9 – 7 string sets and RH10 sets with Light Top / Heavy Bottom strings. The Caparison Basses will be delivered with Rotosound RS66LD famously used by Billy Sheehan, John Entwistle and Geddy Lee.

To find out more about this flawless blend of British strings on a Japanese guitar or bass visit for Rotosound and for Caparison Guitars.

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Posted in Bass, Guitar, News, Strings

Young Bands Follow Ed Sheeran’s Rockschool Route To Success At The National Festival Birmingham

Rockschool, the leading accredited provider of rock and pop exams worldwide, are the Rock, Pop & Urban sponsor of the Amplified evenings at the HMV Institute for the Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th July 2012.

Rock School, whose rock & pop music qualifications are taught globally, has inspired many rock legends including the award winning English singer songwriter Ed Sheerhan. He is one of the biggest names in popular music today, but behind his incredible rise to fame is a lot of hard work. He studied Rockschool material during his Artist Development course through Access To Music in London.

Music For Youth is a national music education charity, which provides free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. The National Festival Birmingham is a six day celebration of music that includes the Amplified evenings at the HMV Institute where four bands who have followed similar paths to Ed Sheeran, studying Rockschool courses, will perform.

The bands are four piece rock / metal band, Severin, from Norfolk, who recently won a KL.FM battle of the bands heat working towards supporting the Pigeon Detectives. Then comes West Midlands band, Feird Wish, a power pop rock band from Stourbridge who studied the same Music Practitioner Course – Artist Development, as Ed Sheeran, at Kidderminster College where the course patron is Black Country musician – Robert Plant. Joining them is energetic alternate rock / pop punk band Time will Tell, a band formed during a live music workshop at Alton College, a workshop enrichment programme that leads to Level 3RSL Music Practitioner qualification. Inside Indigo also met at Alton College in a similar way. They are five piece vocal harmony one of whose member recently had a piece of music ‘Itsa Africa’ performed at an Olympic event in Portsmouth in front of 11,000 people.

To find out more about Rockschool, its courses and where to study them go to

Feird Wish


Posted in Education, Events, Music, News

Usman Riaz Debut London Performance at the Institute

Fresh from his appearance at the TED Global Conference 2012 in Edinburgh, the Institute is pleased to welcome Usman Riaz, the musical prodigy from Pakistan, for his first London performance at its facilities in Kilburn on Thursday 5th July.

Usman burst onto the music scene in Pakistan when his guitar composition Firefly blended a percussive guitar technique with South Asian rhythms and melodic forms. He was aged 20 at the time and had been playing guitar for only 4 years, though he had been trained in classical piano from an early age.

Usman cites musical influences ranging from Jimmy Page, Kaki King, Michael Hedges and Don Ross to his grandmother, a musician trained in classical north Indian music.

For his performance at the Institute, Usman will be accompanied by percussionist Hassan Ameen Moheyuddin, playing pieces he has composed for guitar, piano and percussion. He will also be exhibiting “Ruckus” a short music video he has conceived and directed. Copies of his latest CD will be available free to all attendees.

The performance is free and there are a limited number of spaces available for the public as well as Institute students. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the precocious virtuoso talent of this exciting young artist with a passion for crossing the frontiers between East and West, classical and contemporary, music and cinema, art and dance.

Usman Riaz performance:

Thursday 5th July 2012, 7:00pm

The Institute, 1A Dyne Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7XG

To book a place please email with ‘Usman Riaz’ in the subject line.

For more information about the Institute’s courses and events please contact the school directly:

Usman Riaz

Posted in Education, Events, Music, News

Institute to Host Second International Academic Music Conference

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is hosting the second of its biennial music education research conferences this summer, on 23rd and 24th July. The event, featuring academics, musicians and students from around the world, will explore sociological and philosophical aspects of education in popular and contemporary music. As well as research and debate activities (including presentations by renowned keynote speakers Ruth Wright, University of Western Ontario and Terry L.Applebaum, University of the Arts, Philadelphia), the conference will maintain a strong focus on issues concerning graduate employment.

Other topics being discussed include pedagogy, entrepreneurialism, sociology and philosophy of education in popular music and beyond. There will be performances throughout the event, featuring student and faculty musicians from the Institute and the profession. There will also be a conference dinner in Camden, the beating heart of London’s hip, contemporary music scene, and opportunities to catch local, national and international acts creating live music in one of the world’s major music capitals.

The Institute invites academics, teachers, students, music industry and business colleagues to attend what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the UK’s music education research calendar this year. All are welcome to come and contribute to the debate and to take part in the live Twitter event running throughout the conference.

This event is organised by the Institute’s Research Committee, and will be chaired by Dr Gareth Dylan Smith.

For more information about the Rock and Roles Conference, or any of the Institute’s courses, please contact the school directly;

Rock and Roles Conference

Posted in Education, Events, Music, News

Institute acts to play at Hop Farm Festival 2012

Two acts from the Institute will now be performing alongside music legends at the Hop Farm Festival thanks to a competition organised by the Institute in conjunction with Power’s Bar.

The heats for the competition were held at Power’s Bar in Kilburn throughout May, with one band and one songwriter ultimately winning Friday slots on the prestigious Power’s Bar Stage at the festival which is being held in Kent on 29 June-1st July.

The Vacations, featuring two current BMus students and two songwriting alumni, won the bands round and are looking forward to bringing their ‘quirky, happy go lucky, indie pop’ to the farm. Singer Joe Thom said “we’re very pleased to have the chance to play at Hop Farm alongside so many great acts, thanks to the Institute and Power’s Bar.”

Bobby Evans’ talents shined through as he won the Songwriters’ slot. He was particularly surprised to have won, saying: “I still can’t quite believe it, to be honest. It’s a fantastic festival, with so many of my heroes on the line-up!” Bobby started at the Institute in September having won the Shure Songwriting Competition, with the prize of a full scholarship on the Cert HE in Songwriting, which is expanding to become a full BA (Hons) in Songwriting in September 2012.

The Vacations and Bobby Evans (performing as Bobby Good), now have their names on the bill alongside legendary artists such as Bob Dylan, Primal Scream, Suede and Damien Rice.

Other Institute artists playing at the Festival are alumni George Frakes, Raphaella and Tutor Jay Stapley accompanying his daughter Kate.

To buy tickets for Hop farm visit

For more information about the Institute and its courses, please contact the school directly, or visit their upcoming Open Day on Saturday 16 June.

Bobby Good The Vacations

Posted in Education, Events, Music, News

Mackie DL1608 Podcast Episode 2 Available

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The all-new Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control has garnered some serious attention from audio pros the world over since the unveiling earlier this year. With availability right around the corner, Mackie wants to inform and involve all the eager customers with a new DL1608 video podcast series. Podcast episodes will cover the basics, offer tips and tricks and get into advanced uses. Episode 1 is an overview of the DL1608 hardware and software and the newly released Episode 2 drives into the input processing of the mixer.Later episodes will be completely based around customers’ responses to an upcoming poll on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’ve re-defined the concept of live mixing with the introduction of the DL1608, which takes digital, mobile mixing to a whole new level,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Ben Olswang. “Since then, we’ve received an amazing amount of feedback from musicians, engineers and contractors wanting not only to know more, but to share their ideas. A video podcast series is the perfect platform to engage with these customers.”

Subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series through iTunes to keep up-to-date –

Even better, once the DL1608 is out in the field, interested users can pull this podcast series up right on their iPad. With how-to videos planned for wireless setup, effects use and more, this video series is bound to be an extremely valuable tool for users who want help at the gig during hours when traditional technical support is simply not available.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit The videos are also be hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit to sign up.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians’ can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 will be available later this summer at dealers worldwide. For general information about the DL1608, visit

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