Author: shane jovanovic

While Streamhear has been working on developing the Gig Finder function of the App, a couple of our uploaded artists have been surprised with great news. Every year, West Australian Music (WAM) seeks to find and celebrate the best contemporary music arising from within West Australia, and this year’s finalists for the WAM Awards is a very impressive glimpse of what the state has to offer. We are stoked – blown away, in fact – that two of our West Australian artists have been shortlisted in their respective categories. Let’s take a quick look at who they are.

 

Hailing from Perth itself,

Nucleust supporting Soilwork at the Amplifier Bar, Perth

prog metal band Nucleust have gone to establish themselves on the Oz metal scene. They have supported the likes of Twelve Foot Ninja, Lacuna Coil and Soilwork, and have gained an enthusiastic recognition in the US. They have just returned from the Alice where they performed alongside some of Australia’s best metal bands at the Blacken Festival, and we may just see these guys on national tour later this year. They have a very informative and up to date website. Have a squiz. http://nucleust.com/

 

 

From the very south of the state, serenading the region with their electronic grooves, Like A Thief have had their song Take Me Back hit the Outstanding Regional finalist list. Those who have followed Streamhear for a while may remember my article on these guys I wrote last year: Approaching Distance Like A Thief. These guys continue to kick goals and aren’t shy to travel to gigs. Keep your eyes peeled for them if you’re in the south west region. These guys are keeping their follower’s up to date via their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/likeathief/

 

From Streamhear, we wish our two WAM finalist artists all the best in their nominated categories.

 

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I am no handholding enthusiast volunteering my time to grease the glory of others, but I am often and easily impressed by original music. Though I do enjoy finding new bands and writing about them, I still keep my involvement in music scenes at an arm’s length. I am the reluctant participator at live events, mostly due to a lack of social finesse. Writing is easier: I control what information comes at me, and the chances of awkward small-talk is effectively nullified by my gate, the dog and a deadlocked front door.

 

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Perth Alt/Prog Rockers, St James Sirens

Despite the fact I don’t exactly jump into my immediate music community all chummy and guns blazing, it is through gigs and research that I catch glimpses of a social network that is glued together so intrinsically that it wouldn’t dissolve if, Nerd forbid, Jane typed Google into Google and broke the internet. I’d unlikely know of The Sleepyheads and the re-emerging punk scene in Tassie if it weren’t for interwebs. I wouldn’t have found alt-rockers St James Sirens to gig with us on our visit to their hometown, Perth, if it weren’t for friends of theirs I’d contacted through a closed music scene group on Facebook. I mention The Sleepyheads and St James Sirens because both their music and attitudes have impressed me, making them great examples for the point I am vague to point out: there’s a lot of great music being made by great people and they just want their music heard – and because we all wish an audience for our music, we inhibit community-like qualities. Internet or none, we congregate regardless around the nexus of our common passion. We seek out what we want, and we put out what we love, for whomever wishes to hear. We like to think we are all individually unique, and this is true on subtle levels, but we are also one of the same. We are the humble musicians, and we are sticking together, sharing music, and making the most out of the industry which many believed the internet had killed.

 

Melbourne Alt-rockers, Ocean Bones
Melbourne Alt-rockers, Ocean Bones

When I was writing about The Sleepyheads I had a mosey on what bands they were associated with. The Saxons, Speech Patterns – they are just a couple of notable bands, and worth checking out. Somewhere along the line the band Ocean Bones popped up. Click, click, clack. Yep. The bands had gigged together. Ocean Bones had started out up here in Darwin. My band had shared a stage with them on a showcase performance, probably close to two years ago now, just before they moved to Melbourne. At what first feels like a coincidence turns out to just be a natural growth of interconnectedness. Ocean Bones and The Sleepyheads didn’t just gig the same place the same night through some tedious throw of the dice, but through the likely probability of two hard working, emerging Aussie bands seeking out each other’s kinship and support. They’ve worked hard to play and bring music further afield, ultimately to us, the ones often taking the moment for granted (if we were ever aware the moment happened at all).

 

This may all sound a little dull and inconsequential to some of you, but bugger you mob! This is the shit that startles and intrigues me. This is why I love being in original bands and this is why I love writing about it. People are coming together and networking, NOT FOR WORK, but because of music. You could join a union and pay your dues for years and yet not feel the same connection to a bigger whole. I am humbled and I am grateful (and a diligent member of my respective Union).

 

I want to review your band if you are truly interested in being reviewed. I may not be fortunate enough to watch your live performance, but I certainly look forward to hearing more music on Streamhear. I love connecting the dots. I am interested in your influences, whether they are cultural, geographical, musical or personal. I like to see how we have come to listen to music today and how we can influence the music produced tomorrow.  I want to know who you know, your fellow musicians slogging away just as you are. Slowly, over time, I aim to glean the seemingly infinite pieces of unheeded, independent music from all over the world and have them collated, celebrated and, most importantly, compensated.

 

 

Yours eagerly,

 

Shane

“I know when you said that you wanted to die that you meant it

And you know when I said that I ’d be around that I meant that too
but when you say ‘are you in or are you out?’
I’ll tell you with a smile on my face,
‘Not here to fuck spiders anyway’”

Artwork by Robert Frost
Artwork by Robert Frost

 

That’s the opening lines to Launceston four-piece punkers, The Sleepyheads' song “spiders”, a little gem I discovered the other night as I traipsed through the flotsam and jettison of listless Google searches, sniffing out new music in Tasmania. Like a beachcomber I wasn’t fixated on one particular treasure or the other. I was only certain that I should encounter something that would surprise and intrigue. What brought me across the web and to the surf-shackled shores of Tassie in the first place is vague to me even now. It was a bizarre tangent of a tangent - something like hearing that The Bennies were coming to visit my town, giving them a listen, smirking quietly to myself, then discovering Aussie punk bands which eventually led me to Luca Brasi, which led me intrigued with a world I never previously thought to contemplate: Punk in Tasmania. Then with a smile on my face, I pondered what I had achieved through a myriad of searches which had by then consumed an entire evening, which had in turn not passed without consuming a gorgeous bottle of pinot noir from some rich bastard’s hobby vineyard in the southern highlands of New South Wales. I was smiling because [I was partially drunk and] I knew Streamhear would be a fun and sociable means to achieve what I ended up with: a new discovery of independent music. Specific independent music. Music I choose to listen to.

 

What initially drew me into The Sleepyheads’ song were those opening lyrics which paints an image of a friendship alit with the hope of committed intimacy, aptly explaining oneself (with a classic Aussie idiom) as not being in someone else’s life just to fornicate with spiders. The tempo ramps up a notch at “not here to fuck spiders anyway” and the song’s structure seems to really compliment Pat’s lyrics, which makes it feel like it would be a great sing-a-long song in a live situation. This is good, mellowed-out Aussie punk, with nothing too tricky to divert your attention and ample energy in both the riffs and the story telling to keep you hooked.

 

I contacted Pat because my curiosity gnawed at me on a few things. Firstly, I had to know if they even considered themselves “punk.” Just some days ago in the developmental stages of Streamhear, genre’s had been hot topic. I’d been trawling through “punk” as a form of music since my recent findings and noticed a wide diversity of styles and takes. Pat explains:

 

“I think a few people have placed us in that bracket [punk] and we just kind of ran with it. I think the term "punk" has kind of evolved a bit anyway, from bands like the Sex Pistols in the 70s and 80s, to bands like the Smith Street Band these days. It's sort of shifted from that whole "fuck the system" vibe, to be open to a much more inward approach to song writing.”

 

I further enquired on the Tassie punk scene in general, and Pat replies:

 

“There's actually a pretty wide array of "punk" sub genres down here. We obviously have Luca Brasi, who are killing it with that super hard hitting, emotional vibe that they have.
There's a few mellower style bands like us, a lot of cool Folk Punk stuff too, Brodygreg and Squid Fishing are rad.”

 

Squidfishing. Photography by Silent Hymn Photography.
Squid Fishing. Photography by Silent Hymn Photography.

Luca Brasi are big on the scene nowadays, so I’ll just leave you the link and move on! Squid Fishing have a cool vibe from what I’ve heard off of their Soundcloud page, and have helped me to understand folk punk as a genre. At first the concept of merging punk and folk appeared absurd to me, but if you volunteer your time to listen closely to their angst and vigour, the songs express themselves largely in "punk" - while vocally and sonically, they might remind you of The Waifs. In this regard folk punk suddenly makes a lot more sense. Pat has also mentioned The Saxons, who’s songs have reminded me a little of Augie March, though admittedly my history with folk music isn’t as arrayed as it could be (so please excuse any inaccurate comparisons). These guys gig frequently with The Sleepyheads and I am finding that their full and mature sound both addictive and uplifting. Further in my searches I found something else: The Dead Maggies and their song Jorgen Jorgenson. This really is niche punk but their video to this song is incredibly well done and deserves your attention and good humour. I’d call it Pirate Punk, but it really is up to your own ears to discern - such is the joy of music!

 

Initially, when I contacted Pat Broxton, all I wanted to ask were was this question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a Punk band in Tassie? Since my article on Like A Thief I’ve been more curious about the in’s and out’s of bands dealing with that separation from the larger cities. Pat’s outlook is refreshingly positive and informs me that the punk scene in Tassie has began to really regroup after an apparent collapse, and that everyone is super supportive of one another (this sounds familiar to the music scene I’ve found myself in over the past few years in Darwin. Is this a remote scene trend, perhaps? Is it that communities in smaller places tend to be a lot friendlier to one another? More closely knit? No doubt I’ll have to follow the trail and trends and investigate this peculiarity). Expanding on the perks of being involved in the Tassie music scene, Pat wisely explains:

 

“…when a big touring act comes to town, you've got a better chance of jumping on the show as a support.”

 

Ah. Maybe that’s it? A quainter slice of toast over which to spread the love jam. Mmmm. Yes. Love jam. I said it. But if you can navigate your imagination away from the crass imagery, love jam is kind of what makes us tick as musicians on the extrinsic level. It's landing those awesome support gigs, being showered in praise, or selling a stack load of merch. That is of course after the intrinsic, the bread and butter if you will, which are things like making fantastic friends, or quietly and confidentially creating awesome music within the intimate confinements of a rehearsal or bed room.

 

In a roundabout, half pissed way, what I’m trying to get at is that music is fucking awesome and you should really give exploring the dark underground of Aussie music a serious go. You’d be so surprised what you might find. Give Streamhear just a little bit more time, and you’d find you can do exactly that with the App. Period.

 

On behalf of Streamhear, thank you to The Sleepyheads for your part in contributing to great Aussie music. I hope the rest of the country can hear more of what is brewing in the cold streets of Tassie.

 

The Sleepyheads. Photography by Cameron Jones.
The Sleepyheads. Photography by Cameron Jones.

 

In the words of your devious neighbourhood hippy: enjoy your home grown products. Peace out and kudos to the crafty bastard who produced this pinot. Spectacular performance, Australia!

 

Yours etc.,

 

Shane Jovanovic

Like A Thief

The colourful Like A Thief

So I’ve just gotten off the phone with lead singer, guitarist, keyboardist and manager of the trio Like A Thief, Aaron Crosby. In short, succinct, and hardly-doing-them-justice terms, Like A Thief are what can be described as a reverent, feel-good - though occasionally melancholic - dance rock band. Another review on them by Ben Mckernan describes their live performance poetically as thus: "...a whirring fusion of experimental synth; ambient sampling, funk-rock, dance-pop and electronica that makes the air resonate as it has never resonated before. Eddy currents of musical energy, twisting and bouncing and turning in on themselves that flirt with your ears in a way that makes your eardrums blush." These are three guys who have crafted their adept musicianship into the sound of a sharp force penetrating the gummy fug of your lethargy. If you’re struggling with the metaphor, please do yourself a favour and listen to "Escape" then explore their other songs currently online

 

 

While speaking with Aaron we brushed on many topics regarding his local music community (south-west Western Australia) and on the band itself. Whilst I’d love to delve into it all I want to turn particular attention towards the problems related to distance which we face as a larger music circle. Please allow me to divulge a little.

 

 

Distant Woes

 

It's a big country and most artists end up rusting away into the landscape. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Herbele Quality Photography
It's a big country and a lot of artists have ended up rusting away into the landscape. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Heberle Quality Photography

From oceans, to deserts, to ranges, to rivers, to escarpments - every great feature of landscape known to man separates sparse conglomerations of people all over our country. Over seven and a half million square kilometres of land with about twenty-three million people, of which two thirds live in the country’s eight capital cities. It could be said that this is what makes the Australian music scene unique, and that functional distance really is a distant woe. I’ll be inclined to agree, but not on behalf of the other third of Australians (regionals), nor on the recently suffering cities which could do with the support and solidarity from other communities (the recent demise of Sydney’s live music venues, a legacy of controversial lockout laws, has come to mind).

 

While it’s true that technology has reduced the effect of which distance impacts artists, it is regional artists whom are still worse off for being remote to major music scenes and communities. Even non regionals - Darwin as a classic example - are crying out to join the big noise of “down south”. There are also plenty of artists on the west coast who are talking of heading  “over east”. Like A Thief, as it turns out, is no exception. Aaron has explained to me that for as long as they are making progress, they will remain home. However, if moving to the eastern states became a necessary step to push the band to higher grounds, that is precisely what they’re prepared to do. For three young families that’s not an idle whim, but a staunch dedication that reflects their marvellous professionalism and unassailable dedication. Not to mention some very supportive wives!

 

Albany-originated Perth Rockers, Valdaway.
Albany-originated Perth Rockers, Valdaway.

My excitement in Like A Thief’s emerging success is multi-faceted. Most prominently though comes from the rarity of an Albany band smashing the music scene like they have. A great deal of Great Southern prodigies either disband or move to Perth; Valdaway being the most prominent and current Perth band to have hailed from Albany. Meanwhile, it is commonly recognised that The Waifs have been the most successful Albany-origined band to date; though they, too, had relocated to Melbourne where they released their first album and pushed their music further afield.

 

 

Sending Out Your Waves

 

Now while we recognise that it is difficult to reach out to music communities outside your regular haunts, we also recognise a means to a possible solution. One aspect of this solution involves our App, while the other fundamental one is up to the artists. I’ve mentioned Like A Thief for they are an ideal example of a band willing to make everything work for them in the most effective way possible. By this I mean that they have spent considerable money on a few professionally recorded tracks*, have gone to the trouble producing a handful of quality photos, have an active and engaging Facebook page, a Onepage for their promo material and a can-do attitude that never turns down a gig. In fact, when I mentioned to Aaron the measurable success of their band**, I was stunned to hear Aaron say that “it’s actually kind of easy.” After my initial astonishment subsided I thought about this and I realised what he was getting at: it was the law of attraction. What you put out tends to come back at you. With the band’s impressive work ethic, Like A Thief have set many cogs in place for themselves, and now the rest is appearing to come to them over time.

Onepagelink.com is an effective tool for creating a super simple page to showcase a bio, photos, songs, contact info, etc. See how Like A Thief have published their's.
Onepagelink.com is an effective tool for creating a super simple page to showcase a bio, photos, songs, contact info, etc. See how Like A Thief have published their's.

*I stress “few” for the reason of economising. Great sounding productions are not cheap, but they grab attention. If you wish to be found and followed, a couple of mint tracks will most often trump a mediocre sounding full-length album. Of course there are exceptions, but they usually relate to a niche market of listeners who just happen to absolutely dig your genre. You need to be realistic and weigh out the impact per dollar. 

 

**By “measurable success” I am alluding to their multiple supporting acts to some big-named Australian bands such as British India and Karnivool, as well as American alt-rockers Switchfoot. On top of this, the band have been aired on various local radio stations around the country.

 

 

How Streamhear Will Help

 

While bands are utilising current online tools to promote their band, we have yet to witness an App or Website utilise location services to connect listeners to independent bands. By putting your band on Streamhear you are allowing streamers who are passionate about independent music the opportunity to discover your band through a location filter. User’s will be fed music streams dictated by Streamhear’s advanced algorithms, meaning your music is heard more frequently by listeners engaged in your style and/or your specific location.

Users will also be searching for gigs in the cities they visit with the App, helping to connect punters and artists alike in a mere “tap”.

 

 

So Get Online And Get Yourself Out There

 

No matter where in Australia you are, you’re subject to location bias. For some of us (pick Melbourne) it works well in our favour, for others (pick Albany) it is a hurdle which we seem to accept like it were fate. It doesn’t have to be like this.

 

Online networks are smashing boundaries and reprogramming the norm, which means music does not need to be a slave to distance anymore. Obviously, until the advent of some quantum-leaping teleportation, technology can’t physically hop us to and fro the continent like we were rooks on a chess board. However, by applying some nuance, there is no reason you can not utilise your online tools to better your prestige. And of all the online tools available, soon you will have Streamhear to help turn vast distances into great opportunities.

 

 

A Last Word On Like A Thief

 

Like A Thief live at The Lakes Theatre, Mandurah WA
Like A Thief live at The Lakes Theatre, Mandurah WA

Like A Thief road trip the south west of WA on a frequent basis and include places like Margaret River, Mandurah, Rockingham, Perth and Fremantle. Interestingly enough they are still encountering audience members and other bands from the metro areas who don’t even know where Albany is (whilst it is a lot smaller than Perth, Albany still supports a population of about 40 000). More surprising still is that they know of bands north and south of the Swan River who are reluctant to travel the apposing side for a gig, as it is “too far.” This screams out to me that there are still plenty of bands out there who are not willing to help themselves. Not only do we have musicians who aren't educated on the geography and demography of their own wider region, but we have great bands that aren’t even willing to travel within their own city!  This brings me back to the point I am making that musical artists need to take the bulls by the horns if they so wish gain traction.

 

Like A Thief haven’t received radio play and performed large support gigs from twiddling thumbs or picking and choosing gigs. They’ve worked hard, taken their music seriously and exercised considerable nuance.

 

You can purchase their latest EP, Play Loud, on iTunes and Spotify.

 

From Streamhear to Like A Thief: kudos fellas and best of luck!

 

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P.S. As I'm about to publish this article I've just noticed Like A Thief's film clip "Escape" has hit 8.6K views on their Facebook page. They've now been played on radio in Holland, their latest EP, Play Loud, has just been spun on 2BOB, their song "Escape" has attracted a high rated review by Alex Dyson from Matt and Alex, and since I started writing this review, they've already attracted two Featured Gigs on Tripple J Unearthed.

In the Early 90’s, Mum came to me with a TV week magazine showing me a massive advert on the back page. It was a CD mail order scam. Buy 3 CD’s for $5!

Coming from a mining town, she thought it was an inexpensive way to give us music as we were becoming more interested in music. So I made my choices and she made my order.

Whilst looking at the Ad, I didn’t hear any of this music, I didn’t know any of this music, I never even heard of these bands. My two brothers we’re in the same boat. We didn’t know which albums to choose as we we’re given three choices each.

What really influenced my choice I remember, was the CD covers and art. I choose Nirvana Nevermind, Metallica Black and Pearl Jam Ten. The rest is history, my life was influenced by those three albums forever. I’m in debt to those three albums and the positive influences those artists taught me.
Nirvana - Nevermind Metallica - BlackPearl Jam Ten

Since then, I’ve never been able to break the spell of finding new music, listening to it and continuing the ritual. I’m forever hooked. I’m always constantly out there listening to the next tune, over hearing a music conversation like some nerdy creep or constantly looking at wall posters or internet music news. Art or Images still gets me hooked!
When I look back now and what made me choose those albums I realise that the album artwork played the only influence toward my decision. As Album Artwork may be considered not very important to some any more. Let me give you a quick rundown of how the album artwork world has metamorphosed itself to what you currently see now. (try not to blink) Huge Album vinyl cover to smaller Tape cassette cover to Larger CD cover to even smaller digital thumbnail cover. It sounds pretty dismal doesn’t it?  So at streamhear we’ve raised a few good points to consider when sprucing up your designs.


The choice is yours

When deciding your artwork, consider your options. Have you got a substantial following? Where are my fans? Are they scattered or very local? Where am I releasing my music? At the markets or online? How much money do I have? Can I afford CD’s and should I? What music do I play? What kind of picture best portrays the album? These are all very good questions you should be asking yourself. Just remember music is now in digital form so making all those Cd’s could be a waste of money unless you’re planning in selling them at your gigs. Listeners still love buying CD’s at gigs. It helps the band connect on a personal level with the audience and shows you’re a human being and not an ego maniac on stage.


Saving time on artwork design.

How many friends does a musician have when it comes to being arty farty? I can think of five already. Musicians are talented past their musical instruments but need to learn how to off load some of the hard work when it comes to producing an album and getting it out there.  Tattooists are amazing artists, graphic designers, Art students, photographers and those really talented mates who just know how to draw or photograph. All may vary in price but may help out for nothing. No harm in asking if they’re interested and at what cost. A tip I’ve tried and seen time again is asking the local university for an art class to design you an album cover, I’ve seen them jump at the chance. Art students are always trying to increase their portfolio for job prospects and always love a challenge.

If you care about your art design and want it to be eye catching there is so much software out there to quickly design effects over your artwork. Can’t do it yourself? Cook some dinner and put the beers on and get someone who can. But in most cases theirs software that can place filters, headings and effects to your awesome photo or artwork to give that extra punch.


Art work for individual songs?  

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TAD the App

Attaching art to songs and not albums is fast becoming the trend. Although some like me still like buying a whole album because of the intimacy and experience. Listeners are choosing individual songs and passing on whole albums especially in streaming. This means art is being attached to songs instead of albums. If listeners sift through the playlists your artwork or band photo will need to be displayed with the song. Being so small you may want to shrink your amazing art down to a small size to see if it’s still eye catching. If you don’t have time to do individual song art like most people. One app that’s grabbing people’s attention is TAD. They specifically cater for making song and album covers in thumbnail sizes. Quick and easy too. But remember if listeners are sifting through the music like flipping over records in a store. You’ll only have a fraction of time to get his or her attention with the art so make it good no matter how small.

Saving money on artwork design.

No longer do you need to spend mega bucks on a crafty picture to get someone’s attention. Online marketing and involving your listeners is what’s going to spread your music. Not how much money you pour into the art. Most musicians are art enthusiasts anyway so they care what the album looks like. We understand this. But I don’t think I’ve heard of a band finding art for the listener. Sure they want their attention but ultimately it means something to the musician. In most cases new album covers or song pictures is a quick photo away with some effects or asking your closest friend to draw something for a carton of beer. Save your money for song productions and get your music sounding ready for streaming sites. This is where the industry is heading now.

My Listeners  

80's MadonnaConsider what your Listeners are interested in when designing your art. The 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s 00’s and 10’s Can all be described through the current art of the day. Young people in each generation where creating new styles when it came to design. Retro, modern, inspirational, political, spiritual are just some of the subject matter bands and artists are basing their album art around. This would best describe the generation and the current times. If your mates are into surf and sun and so is your music you wouldn't go slap a dyeing corpse and a graveyard on the front would you? If you and your mates constantly play live death metal it would be ridiculous to show you guys surfing. No brainer really.


Let’s not forget vinyl

RecordMachineThat’s right, at streamhear, we are still music enthusiasts or for some better term audiophiles. So when mentioning ways of getting your art noticed. Vinyl definitely gets a mention. This medium has grown in popularity because of its sound, it’s retro and has large cover art. In case you are trying to market to that niche market. Vinyl albums are still the go when you care about your artwork and what you want to display. There are many new bands that have built their fan base based on selling vinyl's and great art. Especially after Jack White changed the game. Having an album is an awesome feeling regardless if you have a record player. I have collectable albums purely for the art work. Most audiophiles get a kick out of having a pictured disc. It will cost more to get vinyl's printed so watch the money and make an informed decision.

 

Considering streaming sites?

Please choose us! When it comes to placing your art on steamhear we've made it very easy. Your band photo will be shown with your song even if you don’t have any song artwork. You can even choose a different type of art to best portray your band. As an option you have the choice of attaching art to your song to best describe your song. As musicians, because you all make different styles of music now. Streamhear thought it may be much better to let you choose the artwork to suit the genre of the song you upload to the stream. This will help you get better exposure and connected with the audience.


Things to remember

black keys - turning blue

When creating your art. Consider what it’s going to look like in thumbnail sizes. If you have that amazing 3D trippy picture that you’ve spent months on kind of artwork? Maybe leave that one for the vinyls or make it into a poster to sell online or at gigs.  Making massive detailed art for a thumbnail picture may not get the exposure as listener’s attention spans are quicker when making selections now.


Art, in all its forms is still important

If someone asked what art means to me, I’d simply say, watch Equilibrium. Art has an important role in our communities. It develops our thoughts and our personalities. If you’re a comedian, sport enthusiast, painter, jeweller, toy maker, embroider or song writer etc. you have developed an art form.

Album art designers are in the same category but with one amazing persona. They find a connection between the physical art world to the listening art world. It’s a variable that’s unknown to the common eye. In fact, any one being able to have complete artistic expression in what they perceive and place onto an album or song cover has an amazing talent. I'll be writing about some personalities in another story. Meanwhile, All of us here wish you the best of luck when designing your artwork and be sure to have fun doing it.