Guest Blog: Toni Malyn (EmuBands)

EmuBands is a digital distribution company that allows independent record labels and unsigned artists to sell their music through major online and mobile content providers. Toni Malyn, head of marketing & customer support at EmuBands has written a guest blog which gives an insight into how data can be used to help route and plan tours. Toni will also be taking part in our 'Data Rocks' panel at Wide Days this Friday... 

Imagine the following scene…

It’s time for your first tour; consisting of three gigs, one of which is your home city, and the other two are sort of nearby. You choose them because you have the venue booker on Facebook, despite having never met them.

You load the van you borrowed from your mate’s Dad – it’s filled with more biscuits and Cassette Tapes than actual music gear, and you head off. You arrive at show number one. You unload all the gear (you leave the biscuits in the glove compartment), and start setting up for sound check.  Sound check goes well. You manage to catch the promoter in the hour or so that follows.

“How did sales go?” you ask.

“…We’re expecting a really big walk-up!” says promoter.

Seven pm arrives. Doors open. There is no walk-up, unless your cousin, who goes to Uni in the town and his plus one, counts.

You end up playing to them both, your mate who is doubling as your TM and driver, and the barman. A roaring success, and show number 2 is the same.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

When planning a tour, knowing where your fans already are is important. Back in the day, this sort of information was only really available to major labels and physical distributors – they were able to see where a band’s physical product was selling the most.

There’s usually a correlation between the number of people in a city who listen to your music, and the number of people in a city who want to go to your gig. It’s usually an extremely high correlation.

Thankfully we’re now in 2017, and the data that once was only accessible to a few is freely available to you.

Social Media platforms like Facebook allow you to view a wealth of data about the people who ‘like’ your page, and view your posts. The Facebook ‘Insights’ tool allows you to break down this data and view where your fans are based (you can filter country or city), what age, and gender they are.

Music-focussed apps like Bandsintown, and Songkick can also integrate with Facebook, allowing you to spread the word of your gigs/shows to those in each city specifically, as well as providing great insights into where your most engaged fans are, which shows are selling well, and which shows aren’t – this is particularly useful as it means you’ll be able to focus your efforts on cities where ticket sales are slow.

Bandsintown has around 30 million users, and they mostly experience the app through Facebook.

Songkick has around 15 million users. Songkick is integrated with a number of DSPs, including Shazam, Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer, and YouTube. Songkick’s service for artists, TourBox, allows musicians and managers to market and promote their concerts to their fans. It also automates the process of posting the tour dates to the services listed above.

Digital music services themselves can provide extremely useful information. Remember I said there’s a correlation between people who listen to your music, and people who want to see you play live? Services like Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, and iTunes provide invaluable analytics data to help locate your fans and plan tours.

Spotify Fan Insights

Lets start with Spotify. They’ve been providing analytics since 2013, but they launched their flagship ‘Fan Insights’ tool in 2015.

With Fan Insights, you can track the performance of your tracks, while learning how fans from around the world are discovering and listening to your music.

As well as your very own map of world domination, Fan Insights allows you to break down your monthly listeners by city –

This data is useful for running promotional campaigns, choosing your next single and of course, helping you to determine where to book a tour.

Spotify have teamed up with Ticketmaster & Songkick to feature tour dates on your artist page. As well as this, your followers and monthly listeners will be notified when you’re playing a gig near them via email and within the Spotify app. For more information on Fan Insights, go here - https://www.emubands.com/blog/spotify-artists/

iTunes Trends Data

iTunes publish daily sales reports, called Trend Reports. As well as giving you an idea of how your tracks are performing in advance of a full royalty report being published, they provide more information not included in your royalty report, such as the purchaser’s post / zip code – which is really useful, for obvious reasons.

You should be able to get this data from most good distributors – at EmuBands we’ve built this into all of our user’s accounts for free.

Soundcloud Stats

If you’re a SoundCloud user, I’d recommend taking a look at their stats and analytics – you have to pay for full access, but they’re excellent. You can easily see top tracks, top countries, top cites, which individual users are listening to you the most, and which websites & apps are referring listeners to your tracks.

Other services I recommend are YouTube’s Analytics and Music Glue.

I would also stress the importance of setting up your own website – if you teach yourself how to use Google Analytics and you’ll be able to learn where your fans are coming from. An option to sign-up to a mailing list on your site will also give you a means of contacting them.

Hopefully the information above should provide a good starting point for using data to plan your next steps as an artist or band. 

For more information this topic, Wide Days are hosting a panel titled “Data Rocks!” as part of their conference this Friday, 21st April. http://www.widedays.com/2017-seminars

Toni Malyn

 Head of Marketing & Customer Support, EmuBands

Showcase Spotlight: The Ninth Wave

For the last in our series of artist Q&A's, we chatted to Haydn from The Ninth Wave ahead of their Wide Days showcase at La Belle Angele this Friday...

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Who are The Ninth Wave?

We're a noise pop 4 piece consisting of Elina, brothers Haydn & Ronan, and Lewis. 

How did you guys start playing music together?

We started making music seriously together around a year ago, and we've been building it up since then. We have a double A-Side vinyl that is available now that we recorded last year, but there's more to come soon.

What can we expect from your live show?

Intense stares, songs about sad things, smudged lipstick and sweat. 

You guys have recently signed to Distiller Records, can we expect some new music soon?

You can, but we'll tell you more about that later. We spent a long time recording recently which was great, because we had the chance to take some new songs to a place we wouldn't have been able to do if we had the restrictions we're used to when recording in a bedroom. So there's definitely something on the horizon.

Are there any particularly unusual venues you would like to play?

I love the idea of playing in the back room of an old pub, or any old club in general. If it's a place that isn't used to having bands come in and out every night, then there's more free reign with what you can do with the place. We just did a gig in The Berkeley Suite with our pals LUCIA and Fauves, for the the vinyl release. It was great because it's such an interesting space inside, and nobody ever really does gigs in there so it worked really well. 

 Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

Anybody that has had the experience of doing what we're doing right now I guess. 

Interview: Elle Exxe

With this year's event fast approaching, we caught up with Elle Exxe who showcased at Wide Days last year to find out what she's been up to since the event... 

What have you been up to since Wide Days 2016?

Wide Days started off a whole string of festival showcases for me. I played Great Escape (Brighton), Mondo (NY, USA), CMW (Canada), Liverpool SoundCity, Zandari and Mu:Con (S. Korea) and SXSW (TX, USA). I released my debut album and I won an award for Best Female Solo Act at the Unsigned Music Awards. It’s been a crazy year!

In three words how would you describe your experience playing at Wide Days? 

Freakin fabulously good.

How important do you think it is for musicians/bands to attend networking events?

I can’t count how many people who’ve told me that it’s all about “who you know”..it’s nice to think that your music will be heard worldwide just because it’s good, but in reality the more help you can get the better and networking events are an important part of forming those relationships. Unfortunately the word “networking” sometimes conjures images of suits, schmoozing and social-climbing and creatives don’t like to associate themselves with it. But in reality these “networking” events are simply relaxed parties (often with free food/drink) filled with motivated people with the same passion and with “networking” in the title you’ve got a free pass to talk to anyone you feel like. Strangers can become friends in minutes. A lot of artists/managers/bloggers in the early stages of their careers go to places like this and form long-lasting communities and friendships and support each other - what can be better than that?

What has been the highlight of your career so far? 

Winning the Unsigned Music Award. It was a tear-jerking moment of recognition for all the hours my manager, myself and the rest of the team put in. We all love what we do but we face rejection daily and the uncertainty of whether we’re going to be able to pay the bills at the end of the month - so having our efforts appreciated in front of thousands of people was unforgettably emotional and inspiring for all of us. 

What have you got planned for 2017?

I’m looking forward to hitting the festivals. I can’t announce them all yet but a couple of highlights are Isle of Wight, Sziget (Budapest) and Carnival 56 in Dundee. I also have a release planned for later this year and am constantly in the studio writing/recording new material. Life is a dream.

Showcase Spotlight: VISTAS

Having only been playing together since January 2016, its been an exciting start for Edinburgh based four piece, Vistas. Ahead of their Wide Days showcase at The Liquid Room, we get to know them a bit better... 

Who are Vistas and how did you start playing in a band together?

Vistas are a four piece high energy indie-rock band from Edinburgh. It's that age old story that we all met in high school. Me, Jamie and Prentice where in a band before hand which was just for fun but we became Vistas as we saw the songs developing and growing into much stronger material. We started to place huge importance on how we marketed, promoted and branded our band and thought, we’ve got to make a proper go with this. Then we took on Dylan as a second guitarist, and since January 2016 we’ve been Vistas.

You only formed as a band at the start of 2016, last year was an extremely exciting year for you guys – what have been your highlights so far?

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It's been quite a crazy year for it only being our first year as a band. I think the main thing has been the Spotify explosion that came with the release of our Medicine EP then the same happened again with our single Feel Alive. We've played some really great shows including our latest sold out launch for Feel Alive at The Mash House. We also played a crazy sold out show in Sheffield and we played our first Glasgow show at a sold out king tuts bar as part of the F*ck Yes club nights. I think what’s been most special about this year though is seeing how our fan-base has grown from the very beginning to what it is now, and with every gig and every release more people are getting behind our band, which we are so grateful for.

You released your debut EP ‘Medicine’ at the end of last year, what was the inspiration behind it?

I think before the title track “Medicine" had been written, Prentice and the rest of us knew we had this great batch of song sitting just waiting to be recorded and then when Medicine came along that was just that push we needed to go in and get them down. I feel like it really has shaped our sound and set us apart from other local bands. All three tracks on the EP have a different inspiration behind them and we’re really proud of them all.

Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

I think at an event such as Wide Days, we are looking to talk to anyone and everyone who is able to share their advice and expertise with us and help us develop as a band, it’s invaluable really. I think it's really important that local bands are given the guidance and information they need to properly develop because there are so many areas that just wouldn't occur to you unless someone with that knowledge had shared it with you.

What have you got planned for 2017?

More gigs and more music really! 2017 is going to be a big year for us, we have some really big plans, so keep your eye out for them. The main aim is just to build and buildour fan base inScotland and the around the UK and hopefully take our band to the next stage! We just hope people will join us for the ride.

Guest Blog: Help Musicians UK

This year Wide Days are pleased to be partnering with Help Musicians UK, Claire Gevaux the Creative Director has written a guest blog to explain more about the music charity and the work that they do... 

Help Musicians UK is the leading independent music charity. As the charity approaches it centenary year in 2021, we are committed to be truly representative of the music sector, increasing our presence in the nations and regions of the UK, being inclusive to every genre and reaching a diverse range of musicians and those working in the broader industry.

After the successful launch of Help Musicians NI in Belfast in November 2016, we are continuing our focus on investing in the regions and nations of the UK.  In 2017, we are developing our approach in Scotland, listening to the challenges in the profession and hearing the success stories of the Scottish Music scene. We’ve spoken to musicians, those representing the wider industry as well as funding agencies and membership bodies across Scotland, who are helping us to understand how we can have a long lasting impact in Scotland. We are already supporting artists and organisations based in Scotland through our existing funding streams but we want to expand our relationships with partners to ensure that we reach across the whole of Scotland.

In March we partnered with New Music Scotland Awards presenting the New Music Performer of the Year Award to Red Note Ensemble founded by Robert Irvine. We were delighted to have been able to support this award which recognises the performing of contemporary music. Red Note Ensemble is a worthy recipient and wonderful advocate of attracting new audiences to explore the talent pool of Scottish new music.

Commencing our partnerships in the wider music industry, it’s a privilege to support Scotland’s only music-business convention Wide Days which takes place from 20-21 April in Edinburgh. Launched in 2010, Wide Days has attracted key music industry players from the UK, US, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands. It launched Music Venue Trust, the Off Axis gigging network and has established a green festivals network in Scotland.  

Help Musicians is offering discounted accreditation to emerging artists and industry professionals who would not otherwise be able to afford a full price delegate pass to the conference. We are delighted to offer 50 delegates, selected through an application process, a huge discount reducing the cost to just £25. Awarding bursaries for study or professional development is core to our Creative Programme which means that we can give opportunities to those learning the profession or continuing to develop their practice. Working closely with Wide Days has given us a unique opportunity to ensure that more people can benefit from the experience of attending this valuable networking event. We’re also delighted to be taking part in the conference programme of Wide Days. Sharing the platform with other funders, we’ll be talking about the different funding opportunities HMUK offers and offering some of our top tips in writing applications in the ‘Free Lunch – a guide to funding’ seminar.

Continuing our series of listening events, we are taking advantage of our partnership with Wide Days and relationship with Scottish Music Industry Association to host a workshop discussion just before the convention. On Thursday 20 April, we will bring together some of the biggest names in Scottish music to discuss the future of Scotland’s musical landscape and how best Help Musicians can support and help develop the existing infrastructure. We’re excited by the prospect of bringing together diverse voices from across the sector to contribute to a series of questions which will help frame what programmes of support we design and deliver over the coming months.

We’re hugely grateful to the people representing the Scottish music scene who have already offered their thoughts, ideas, experience and advice to us in this first phase of research. We will continue to involve key voices in the sector through a newly formed Task Group of advisors who will help us hone and shape what we do. If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch. We would love to hear your views and hope that you will be inspired to help us empower and support musicians throughout their careers and lives.

Claire Gevaux

Creative Director & Director, Scotland

Showcase Spotlight: The Vegan Leather

We chatted with Marie from The Vegan Leather about the strangest gig they've ever played, what we can expect from their upcoming live show at Wide Days and what's next for the band... 

Who are The Vegan Leather?

The Vegan Leather an art-pop quartet, consisting of Matt, Duncan, Gianluca, and myself, Marie!

We always get asked what we mean by "art-pop", and I think all we really mean is our appropriation of art into pop music. We want to take the traditional 'pop' style and merge it with  formal values of music, art, and even poetry. I think we have quite an 'arty' ethos when it comes to making music. It pertains to the 20th century, where the boundaries between art and pop music became quite blurred. I think in making our 'pop' music, we're thinking a lot about culture, and different theories pertaining to art, and I think this comes across in our music, lyrics and even the way we visually present ourselves. A lot of our influences seem to do this too - Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Christine & the Queens, Sparks, Bjork, to name a few! But yeah, 'art-pop quartet' is a lot easier to say, haha!

You guys have earned yourselves the reputation as being one of Glasgow’s most danceable and innovative live acts, what can we expect from your live show?

The live shows are definitely notorious for getting the crowd moving! Our aim is to create an electric atmosphere as naturally as possible. We want to have a huge live band presence, but blend it with a more produced sound. It's definitely music for both feet and mind!

What’s the strangest gig you’ve ever played?

We played in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which was incredible, but really strange! I mean strange in the best possible way. There were dinosaur skeletons, trapeze artists, and a  12-foot long South Pacific  feast bowl, which we all thought was a canoe . The space was huge, and it was a total honour playing there. Our dressing room even had a suit of armour in it too. Disclaimer: we didn't touch it. Gian's head did not get stuck.

Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

This is such a difficult question! From previous years, Wide Days has had such an amazing cross-section of people in the industry. There are so many people and subjects we would love to learn more about. From a songwriting/musician aspect, I'd love to hear Anna Meredith talk about her music after winning the SAY award with 'Varmints.' We all really love that album, and are interested in how she mixes 'pop' with 'classical'. Although we don't play classical, we're always trying to mix things together, and it'd be great to hear her process. I think we'd all love to hear more about different labels, and festivals too. And radio as well. Oh, and music journalism. And music law. Maybe about publishing too. There's far too many things to list. But we're extremely excited.

Lastly, what have you got planned for the coming months?

We have a lot coming up! I feel like we have been planning for months, making sure we have the sound we want. We're playing a lot of festivals, and just plan on getting out there, with more singles and as many live dates as we can around the country, and beyond!

Showcase Spotlight: JR Green

Wide Days chatted with brothers, JR Green about how they started playing music together, gig highlights and what's coming up for the band this year. Catch them at Teviot on Friday 21 April.

Q: Who are JR Green? 

JR Green consists of me, Rory, and my elder brother Jacob. We hail from the Ardnamurchan peninsula, on the West coast of the remote Scottish Highlands. We play a type of music that captures elements of Scottish Traditional and Folk music, and combines them with a more contemporary, indie verve.

Q: What led to you playing music together?

Growing up, we began learning instruments and exploring artists and bands who made us want to write and perform music of our own. Being brothers, it felt only natural that we would do this together. From an early age we were taught and exposed to Traditional Scottish music, the use of this influence was another thing that felt completely natural.

Q: In the past you’ve played at The Great Escape, Celtic Connections and most recently at King Tuts as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music festival, what have been your gig highlights so far?

Travelling to L.A to perform at the Muse XPO global conference was an unbelievable experience, something we will always remember.  

Q: Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

If  Lee 'Scratch' Perry were to get up and speak, I don't believe anybody would feel the urge to check their watch.

Q: What does 2017 hold for you guys?

We are currently sitting on a wealth of material that has either been recorded, or is in the latter stages of being written. The next few months will see further JR Green releases without doubt.

Showcase Spotlight: Declan Welsh & The Decadent West

Glasgow's Declan Welsh has been creating quite the stir in the Scottish music industry over the last few years. Now performing with his band, The Decadent West, we chat to Declan about his music, strange gigs he's played and what's coming up for the rest of the year... 

Who is Declan Welsh & The Decadent West?

Well, I guess that it's me and my pals playing music we love. We are a punk band, ostensibly, with pop sensibilities. I write songs about what I see going on around me, sometimes that's about fighting fascists, sometimes it's about staying at after parties too long. It all depends. The common link would be human experiences. So we're a band who play music that most people would relate to in some way, because we discuss what it's like to live a normal life, and experience the world. And we do it pretty well.

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Your music is often described as ‘topical punk’ – is that a term you would agree with?

I would definitely, yeah. I think my definition of punk would be music stripped of the impulsion to show off, music that is direct and played with purpose. Stuff that gets right to the fucking point. That, and punk being associated with progressive causes, with rallying against the status quo, striving to criticise institutions which hold us back from being what we could be. I think that punk communicates a shared humanity as well, which we are all about. As for being topical, I write what I know, so that can't help but be topical. But I also think there is a universality to our message. I think that what someone experienced in 1977 relates to me, and thus when I write about what it's like being a normal person in 2017, someone 40 years later will be able to relate to it. Circumstances may change, but there's a way that people understand the world which links us all together. 

What’s the strangest gig you have ever played?

Hmm, that's a tough one. As a band, we haven't played very many really weird gigs. We've been on some strange bills. We've been supported by a mime act once at a trade union event, which was interesting. T In The Park was strange but in the best kind of way, having a packed tent sing your songs back to you in the first festival you ever went to as a teenager. But personally, I've done a lot of very strange gigs on my own. The most surreal experience I've had was definitely playing Bet Lahem live in Bethlehem, Palestine. It was just unbelievable to be playing a gig in that part of the world, a place of such immense significance, of such beauty and history. I think the most rewarding thing about that whole experience was the reaction, it really cemented my belief in people, and how art can help us communicate. I write songs for me. I write very personal lyrics, which reflect my own experiences. I don't think you can do it any other way. Honesty and authenticity is the only thing I want from an artist. You can be David Bowie, Billy Bragg or Bjork, and as long as you fucking mean what you're saying then I can get on board. I was really worried about how my songs would go down in a part of the world which would seem so different. I have this song, it's an acoustic one, an old yin, which is about growing up in East Kilbride. It's an ode to the existential angst of being trapped in a boring suburb. And people got it. Because the song isn't really about anywhere, it's about a feeling. That's what all songs are about. Whether it's East Kilbride or Aida Refugee Camp, people still feel the same tug of war between what they know and the world outside. Between fondness and loyalty to the place which made them, and a feeling that their must be more to the world. My political and personal beliefs, how I live, all come from one belief: that human beings are both unique and inextricably linked together. Playing, but more importantly being welcomed, in Palestine was the best way to be proven right in those beliefs. 

Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

Again, i'll have to think about this one. Probably someone who is doing something similar to me, advice on how to avoid pitfalls, what to do to maintain integrity while fundamentally trying to sell your art to corporations who want to make money off of you. I guess someone contemporary would be Kate Tempest. I think she is fucking amazing. She's someone who is politically aware, multi faceted in her artistic output, and who seems committed to avoiding selling out at all costs. I'd love to know how she got where she is. And how she managed to be in a position where she can dictate what she does and when she does it. She's a proper inspiration. In a sea of forgettable, vacuous, self involved nonsense; she is a beacon of light. A trailblazer. Kate Tempest, on yerself hen.  

What have you got planned for the coming months?

We have just finished recording an EP and single with Lewis Andrew (of WHITE fame) at Park Lane Studios. That's getting mixed and mastered, but is in the late stages of completion and should be out. We're really pleased with how they're turning out. They sound exactly how we want it to. We've already filmed two videos to go with the tracks, and they're getting edited just now. So just releasing that, and hopefully touring and all that after. We are a band who have nothing out. We have one track on Soundcloud, and fuck all anywhere else. It's remarkable we are where we are with so little available. We must be fucking great live, honestly. 

Showcase Spotlight: The Spook School

Wide Days chatted with The Spook School about their music,  who they would like to see speak at the event and their recent trip to SXSW... 

Who are The Spook School?

Adam, Nye, Anna and Niall. Four queer, silly, vegan sausages who write songs about gender, sexuality and trying to be ok. We also love gender neutral toilets. 

Where did the band name come from?

Margaret MacDonald and her artist friends in Glasgow making ghoulish and Gothic looking buildings. Critics tried to make fun of them by referring to them as members of The Spook School. But who's laughing now??? Well, I mean they are all dead, but the buildings are still there.

Describe your music in three words?

Queer. Pop. Songs.

You guys are just back from SXSW, how was that as an experience?

Hot. It was the second time we have been invited over. America has always been really kind to us and seems to enjoy our strange accents and squishy faces. There is always a genuine excitement when we get to travel to America and play. SXSW is also great for meeting old friends and discovering new American bands. 

Who would you like to speak at an event like Wide Days and why?

Niall, our drummer. It wouldn't be very informative but we would all have a lovely time watching him struggle to make a cohesive point. 

Showcase Spotlight: Emme Woods

It's been an exciting start to 2017 for Emme Woods, having just been announced to play The Great Escape Festival, playing the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Glasgow and releasing her latest single 'I've Been Running'. Ahead of her Wide Days showcase at Teviot, we chatted with Emme to get to know her a bit better... 

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?

This is the part where I write something fancy about how cool I am but I’d have to spend all day typing ‘cool synonyms’ into google and ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m just a gal from Alloa that likes long walks on the beach, candle-lit dinners and group sex. Tipped as the greatest thing since toaster ovens, my songs will soon be playing in a dentist office near you. Once rode a horse through a McDonalds drive-thru and I’m Kathy Bates biggest fan.

Q: Has the move to electric guitar from acoustic folk and fiddle changed your writing style?

I think I feel a lot more free to write what I want. The acoustic folk just wasn’t really me. It was nice and sweet; too nice and sweet. That’s not really me… I like a bit of grit. I write tunes to feel good and sometimes I write tunes to feel bad, but it always let’s me get something out. I think I’d go pure mental if I kept all the things in my head. Cheaper than a therapist.

Q: Your first two singles were released on the Last Night From Glasgow label, what was the experience of working with them like?

It was my first experience not self releasing. It took so much pressure off and it was really lovely to feel like there were other people out there that liked the music enough to want to help it get out into the world. There’s only so many times I can sing for my gran before she tells me to shut up because River City is on, so I was buzzing when I had other people that wanted to listen. I was the second release on LNFG, so we were both kind of finding our feet at the time. They have all been great to work with and they help with anything I need. Ian even gave me his Netflix password so I haven’t left the house since. 

Q: Have you got any guilty musical pleasures?

I love to blast Tommy Scott in the car. My pals hate it, but I think it’s growing on them. My papa and I used to listen to him when I was younger, then my gran gave me the CD. 'Donald Where’s Yer Trousers?' Tune. And 'Campbeltown Loch, I Wish You Were Whisky’… Well I wish you were rum but I’d settle for whisky.

Q: Lastly, what can we expect from your live show?

Tunes you can groove to. Tunes that make you happy. Tunes that make you not so happy. Some trumpet. A dancing chihuahua. Some really fucking bad jokes. A shit load of swearing. And some pretty great dancing. These legs have a mind of their own.

Showcase Spotlight: Ded Rabbit

The final act playing our Electric Circus showcase this Friday are Edinburgh’s own Ded Rabbit. The four brothers, originally from Yorkshire, moved to the Highlands, and through the isolation and a developing love of music, started playing together ten years ago. We were extremely happy to have them take a break from recording their third EP with Rocket Science Studios to answer some of our questions and take the Wide challenge.

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Showcase Spotlight: Fiona Soe Paing

Final addition to our showcase at The Pleasance Theatre is no stranger to the stage. Fiona Soe Paing has performed a variety of events including Sound Festival and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art as well as playing local gigs at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree and Tunnels Club. Fiona offers a unique live show combining her music with a surreal projected 3D animation which you won’t want to miss! We asked the electronic producer/vocalist some questions to get to know her better.

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Showcase Spotlight: C Duncan

Christopher Duncan has been creating quite a stir in the Scottish music scene over the last couple of months under the moniker C Duncan. He has performed on both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4. His new single ‘Here To There’ is out April 27 courtesy of FatCat Records - catch him play our showcase at The Pleasance Theatre with Kathryn Joseph and Fiona Soe Paing before its release and read our interview with him below.

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