Interview: The Music Industry vs COVID – Barnaby Fairley (Photographer, MCR)

‘I’m alright – I’ve got a skateboard, guitars and some chickens, me. I’m a Yorkshire survivor.’

– Barnaby Fairley, photographer (and Yorkshire survival expert)

Let’s cut back to January 2020. If you’d have said that this would be a topic of conversation in an interview, about the sudden near death of the music industry, as a result of a pandemic that’s killing thousands around the world, I’d have probably said, ‘I think you’ve had enough love, time for you to go home.’

Yet, suddenly, we’ve found ourselves in unusual and unprecedented times; diets are formed of pasta based everything, respiratory illnesses are giving people imaginary bowel issues that require mass stockpiling of toilet paper, and the world has come to a near stand still. Most importantly, jobs have been lost, lives have ended, and times ahead are as unclear as they ever have been.

In the second of our ‘Behind the Sceners’ interview series (read the first with sound engineer, Chris Sherwin, here), I spoke to Barnaby Fairley – a Manchester based photographer and videographer – in order to discover his take on the current crisis within the music industry, and what it means for him. There was, unfortunately, a hell of a lot that I couldn’t keep in the interview, for everyone’s sake – but know, I haven’t laughed that much in a while! Continue reading “Interview: The Music Industry vs COVID – Barnaby Fairley (Photographer, MCR)”

Interview: The Music Industry vs COVID – Chris Sherwin (Sound Engineer for Night & Day, MCR)

There is no denying that the music industry is going to be hit hard by the pandemic that’s currently sweeping across the world. I won’t mention the ‘C word’, as I think we’ve all probably heard it at least 100 times today already, and will hear it several times more before the night is over. There has been so much coverage regarding the impact on live music venues, as well as bands and artists – but what about the so called, ‘behind the sceners’? The photographers, the sound techs, the managers, the promoters – what effects will it have on the freelancers of the industry, who rely on gigs going ahead to keep their heads above water?

Over the past few days, I’ve spoken (via FaceTime!) to some of those affected, who work in several of these fields. In my first chat today, I was joined by Chris Sherwin – sound engineer for Night and Day (Manchester) and also guitarist of Bards, to discuss the tough times ahead, and what he expects to see happen over the next few months. Continue reading “Interview: The Music Industry vs COVID – Chris Sherwin (Sound Engineer for Night & Day, MCR)”

Interview: Hushtones at Night and Day (MCR)

Anyone who follows Blue Light Beat on Instagram will know, that I’ve banged on about Hushtones since the first day I came across their music; I can never thank my ‘Spotify recommends for you’ enough, for throwing their dreamy harmonies in my direction. If anyone asks me who they should be listening to at the moment, this is always a band at the top of my list, and so far, I’ve not found anyone who disagrees after hearing their music. With a wistful, 60s/70s feel, bursting with all the goose bump inducing harmonies, Hushtones somehow manage to make me feel nostalgic about times that I’m not even sure I’ve lived through – I don’t know how they do it, so let’s call it magic and leave it at that.

Today, I was lucky enough to catch them before their show at Night and Day in the Northern Quarter, to talk about Liverpool life, equality in the music industry and the B word (Beatles, what else?). Without doubt, these guys make up one of the loveliest, most down to earth, bands I’ve ever spoken to.

I should also put out a disclaimer and say, that for full effect, you probably need to read all replies in a Scouse accent.  Continue reading “Interview: Hushtones at Night and Day (MCR)”

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