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Why just read the latest musical instrument news when you can listen to it too!

As MI Focus reports on the latest news from the MI trade, we thought it would make for an interesting experience to listen to the music behind some of the artist-related stories that you’ll have read each month.

To get the ball rolling we’re kicking off with a bumper edition of ‘This Month In Music’, featuring music relating to articles we’ve posted on the site since our launch in December 2017.

Each Month, you’ll find a breakdown of why each song and/or artist has made it into the playlist with a link through to the original article, so you can listen while you read.

You’ll find the full playlist embedded into every monthly update to make it super easy to listen on any device and follow the playlist to keep up-to-date with our latest selections.

We’ll be swapping out all of the songs on the playlist each month, so be sure to save any newly-discovered tracks you like!

And don’t forget to tweet us @MI_Focus and leave us a comment on Facebook @MIFocusOnline to tell us what tracks you’ve discovered thought the MI Focus – This Month In Music Spotify playlist!

This Month In Music  – January 2018

Idlewild – Little Discourage

Independent music charity Help Musicians UK is set to launch a new permanent Scottish operation – Help Musicians Scotland (HMScotland). To celebrate the Glasgow-based operation, HMScotland is hosting a special Rooted In Scotland gig headlined by Idlewild.

The band will be playing an exclusive acoustic set at the iconic King Tut’s venue on 1st February 2018 – the same day as the official opening of the HMScotland office.

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Deep Purple – Hush

Orange Amplification has announced that three ambassadors will be stopping by the amp maker’s booth at this year’s NAMM Show. The first of which will be Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple).

Hughes will, for the first time in forty years, be performing a full concert of Deep Purple classics live in a special tour in 2018. He said of his Orange amp: “It was as though it had been designed for me!…. It was the sound I had in Deep Purple.”

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Mastodon – The Motherload

Orange Amps will also have Brent Hinds from Mastodon on its stand at this year’s NAMM Show. Hinds, when asked about Orange Amplification, said he “loves the feedback and ghost notes he can’t get out of any other amp”. He has been busy with the supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen, releasing a self-titled album in December 2017, and his band Mastodon are nominated for two Grammys this year.

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Deftones – Change (In the House of Flies)

The last of the legendary trio attending Orange Amps’ NAMM Show booth this year is Stephen Carpenter from Deftones.

Carpenter has been using Orange amps as part of his characteristic tone for more than a decade. The band’s landmark album ‘Around The Fur’ has just celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

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Showaddywaddy – Rock ‘N’ Roll Lady

Barnes & Mullins Pro Audio and Peavey Commercial Audio have announced that leading live sound engineer Ash Hannis is officially using the Crest Audio Tactus digital mixing system.

A regular engineer across the festival circuit, he has held down sound on some of the biggest stages at Summer Sonic Festival, 02 Wireless and Glastonbury. His work also includes in-house mixing for a host of significant artists.

Hannis is currently using Tactus on tour in his role as leading engineer for Showaddywaddy.

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Judas Priest – Painkiller

Earlier this week, MI Focus reported that legendary rock and metal producer Chris Tsangarides had sadly passed away at the age of 61.

Tsangarides was a record producer, sound engineer, and mixer. He is also known for a guitar recording technique called “the vortex”.

Judas Priest was one of the iconic bands that Tsangarides worked with during his career.

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Thin Lizzy – The Sun Goes Down

Another legendary band that rock producer Chris Tsangarides worked with was Thin Lizzy. He produced the band’s 1981 album Renegade as well as their 1983 album Thunder and Lightning.

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Black Sabbath – Hard Life To Love

Tsangarides also worked with Black Sabbath on their 1987 album The Eternal Idol, which was the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Tony Martin.

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Emeli Sandé – Next To Me

Emeli Sandé’s Front of House engineer recently revealed why the BRIT Award-winning artist and songwriter has switched to a new microphone for live gigs.

After taking advice from her sound engineers, Sandé and her team felt a DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone would be the perfect complement for her “chameleon-like, note perfect voice”.

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Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2

Young drummer Matty Brown is hosting a Drum Clinic, organised by SignatureDrummer, at retailer PMT’s Birmingham store on Saturday 27th January, 2018.

Brown’s drumming career began at the age of just a year old. He won the Young Drummer of the Year competition (YDOTY) in 2013 at the age of 16. Since then, Brown has been fortunate enough to share both domestic and international stages some of the brightest young talent to come out of the UK, including grime artist Stormzy.

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Nadine Shah – Out The Way

Independent Venue Week (IVW) celebrates its 5th birthday in 2018. Founded in 2014 as a way to shine the spotlight on the heroes that own and run small venues all across the country, IVW has grown into a UK-wide event featuring performances at more than 160 venues.

To mark the milestone, IVW organisers have invited five ambassadors to champion the cause this year. First of the two to be announced at the launch is South Tyneside singer songwriter Nadine Shah who released her third full-length record, Holiday Destination, to critical acclaim this year.

Read the full story here.

Portishead – Glory Box

Alongside Shah’s announcement as an ambassador for Independent Venue Week is Portishead multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Adrian Utley, who will be curating a gig in February.

Read the full story here.

OK Go – A Million Ways

The NAMM Show has unveiled its impressive line-up for the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage at this year’s show.

On Thursday 25th January, indie/pop rockers OK Go will perform. Members Damian Kulash (vocals/video director), Tim Nordwind (bass), Dan Konopa (percussion) and Andy Ross (guitar) have built a unique career at the intersection of music, visual art, technology and science. The band has emerging at the forefront of a class of artists whose 21st-century brand of experimental creativity dissolves the traditional boundaries between disciplines, garnering them millions of fans along the way.

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Andy Grammer – Fresh Eyes

On the Saturday evening (27th Jan) of the NAMM Show, acclaimed multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer will be performing at the annual Imagine Party.

In 2011, he became the first male pop star in a decade to reach the Top 10 on Adult Pop Radio with “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” from his 2011 self-titled debut. His second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the triple-platinum infectious smash hit, “Honey, I’m Good,” which was one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah).”

Most recently, Andy released his third studio album, The Good Parts, in December which features the hit singles “Smoke Clears” and “Fresh Eyes,” which has become a streaming phenomenon with over 350 million total streams.

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Founder/Publisher of UK musical instrument industry publication MI Focus.