Hanshotfirst Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

hanshotfirst bannerWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Hanshotfirst vocalist Zander Dale to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

I love the Boileroom. Having a local music venue of that size so close to home is ideal! It’s the perfect size to see up and coming bands before they hit the bigger venues. It feels intimate but not squashed – and if you want, you can get right up close and personal with the band or stand 5 metres back and chill with a beer. It’s my favourite-sized venue.

Having seen larger bands such as Funeral For A Friend, Arcane Roots and Madina Lake among many others just proves Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Artists & Industry Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

boileroom bannerSometimes the old ways are the best.

Over the past fifteen years, the music world has been revolutionised by digital technology. There have been many positive developments facilitated by the Internet, from social media sites to digital music stores and crowdfunding platforms. Smart and savvy musicians now have access to a wealth of tools that previous generations could only dream of – but the physical world still holds the key to a thriving, successful career.

The ease with which a band can break through barriers previously manned by a handful of power-hungry gatekeepers represents the bright side of digital music – but there is also a widely recognised and heavily debated Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Hanshotfirst – ‘Hanshotfirst’ [Review]

hanshotfirstMusicians have been courting controversy for a long time. Legendary Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini made his name as “The Devil’s Violinist”; Elvis’s hip-swinging performances were the cause of public outcry in the 1950s; Marilyn Manson was blamed for the Columbine High School Massacre; and every week brings a new celeb-mag revelation about Rihanna and whatever she’s wearing (or not wearing) right now. But these guys may have overstepped the line. Read more…

Posted on 25 June 2014

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