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.
The MI Focus ‘This Month In Music’ Spotify playlist features music relating to articles we’ve posted on the site each month.
Below, 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!
This Month In Music – January 2018
Madame Gandhi – The Future is Female
ROLI has launched its new #StartMakingIt initiative, aim at inspiring and supporting music creators. ROLI spoke to musicians – from established artists to up-and-coming stars of the future – to discover how they find inspiration, overcome obstacles and discover their own distinct musical voice, including electronic artist, activist and drummer Madame Gandhi.
Little Boots – New In Town
Electropop artist Little Boots is also supporting ROLI’s new initiative, which is also giving away BLOCKS every two weeks to lucky winners who are sharing how they #StartMakingIt. Simply share how you are starting, or planning to start creating music to Instagram, Instagram Stories, Twitter or Facebook.
DIDI – Awkward
Pro audio trade publication PSNEurope has announced the launch of its new podcast series, highlighting prominent women in the industry. Launching on March 6th – two days before International Women’s Day – the new series features interviews with women in a variety of roles across the pro audio industry.
Confirmed guests so far include award-winning record producer Catherine Marks, radio engineer Ann Charles, Saffron Records founder Laura Lewis-Paul, revered mixer Marta Salogni and record producer and solo artist Lauren Deakin-Davies aka DIDI.
Pink Floyd – Money
Musikmesse has announced the full line-up of top drummers performing at this year’s Drum Camp, including Gary Wallis.
For seven years, percussionist Gary Wallis influenced the sound of Pink Floyd – both live and on disk. Accordingly, he will play at the Drum Camp on the original drum set he used on stage with the legendary psychedelic rock band. He also plays for the British all-star band Mike & The Mechanics.
Evanescence – Going Under
Also performing at Musikmesse is Will Hunt. The US drummer has been a familiar name for fans of hard sounds for many years. Will Hunt’s references range from Black Label Society, via Crossfade, Device and Skrape, to touring activities with Staind and Static X. At present, he is a permanent member of the alternative rock band Evanescence – and will be giving a performance at the Drum Camp immediately after the world tour.
Jan Delay – Oh Jonny
Jost Nickel aka ‘the groove monster’ will also be at Musikmesse’s Drum Camp. The Hamburg-born came to the attention of a broader audience as Jan Delay drummer. He is also a popular drum coach and much in demand for international workshops and clinics.
Jan Böhmermann – V for Varoufakis
The final addition to Musikmesse’s Drum Camp line-up is Felix Lehrmann.
German television viewers know Lehrmann primarily as the drummer of the studio band of ‘Neo Magazin Royale’ late-night show with Jan Böhmermann. He is also in demand as a session drummer and has played on recordings by hip-hop artists such as Dendemann, Samy Deluxe and Megaloh, as well as pop acts such as Sarah Connor, Lena Meyer-Landrut and Namika.
Britney Spears – Private Show
Not-for-profit organisation GIRLS I RATE is hosting its 3rd annual Gala Dinner fundraiser on the 8th March, this year’s International Women’s Day.
Founded by Grammy-nominated songwriter Carla Marie Williams – who has written for the likes of Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Sean Paul, Craig David and Paloma Faith – GIRLS I RATE provides a platform for women and the next generation of girls with its Arts Academy, a weekend hub of learning and development for women aged 16-30, as well as the #GetHeard A&R and Songwriting weekender that engages with 1,000 young women.
LIFE – Popular Music
The British Music Embassy returns to SXSW in 2018 for its 11th year. The first six night time official SXSW showcases will be in partnership with AIM, BBC Music, the Department for International Trade (DIT), PPL and PRS for Music.
The showcases will put a spotlight on the best of new British music and will take place at the Latitude 30 venue in Austin, Texas, 12–17 March 2018. The first night will be headlined by LIFE.
TOUTS – Sold Out
TOUTS will also be headlining a British Music Embassy show at SXSW on March 13th, which will be presented by BBC Music Introducing in association with PRS Foundation.
TYNI – Fighter
Help Musicians UK has unveiled the official anthem of Music Minds Matter – the music industry’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health support line and service.
‘Fighter’ by emerging artist Tyni is an anthemic pop record about overcoming dark times and empowerment.
HMUK aims to raise funds and awareness for the Music Minds Matter service by calling for music fans to ‘Donate with a play’, generating revenue for the service through clicks to streaming services such as Spotify as well as downloads.
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