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Find musicians to collaborate with - it sounds easy, but it can be a long and difficult task. When you start a band or join a band, you will be forgiven for thinking that it’s almost impossible to find musicians with the right attitude, the right ability, the right gear, the right age, the right availability in the right genre - all in the right place!

Sourcing musicians for your studio recording can be just as difficult. To achieve a pro recording you have to make a band work - you need the right band mix. Countless sessions have not achieved their full potential simply because members of the band wanted different things - musicians wanted their own vision fulfilled.

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Live music in United Kingdom

The British music scene has for many years had the respect of the music community all around the world. The British invasion of the 60’s and 80’s launched many copy cats, catapulting the careers of several musicians to international stardom.

The influence of the British music scene on the rest of the world has been huge, effectively changing the face of popular music forever. This was not universally accepted by some American artists. The new and exciting British sound and the fact that many of the new groups were not only producing themselves but were writing their own songs effectively signaled the end of some careers, many of the successful girl vocal groups of the early 60’s, the so called teen idols and even Elvis Presley had there recording careers affected in a way that they never quite recovered from.

The artists who were instrumental in the first wave of the British invasion of America were; The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who

The British influence on the music scene came in a second wave during the late 70’s and lasting well into the 80’s. In the post-punk era there was a huge increase in the amount of British bands creating videos to go with their new singles, this coincided with the launch of MTV and a reluctance by American artists to produce videos for their singles. This slowness to react to the new market medium allowed British artists to get a foot in the door and effectively take over the US charts, this is backed up by the amazing statistic one week in May 1985, 8 out of the top 10 singles was by British artists. 

The late 70’s to the Mid 80’s the UK artists responsible for a second wave invasion of America were; Big Country, The Police, Elvis Costello, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, The Pet Shop Boys and Simple Minds.

The 90’s saw the emergence of the Britpop phenomenon, bands that were generally guitar driven, an antidote to the electronic sounds of the mid to late 80’s. This style of music drew on a heavy influence of bands that had gone before such as the Beatles and The Kinks but with a lyrical relevance to the time. Some of the major bands of the time were, U2, Blur, Oasis, Cast, Ash, Ocean Colour Scene, Elastica, Pulp, Suede and Supergrass.

The mid 90’s onwards saw a new kind of band emerge, the boy band, groups of male singer/dancers who took the charts by storm and won the hearts of the pre-teen fans, artists such as Take That, Blue, 911, Boyzone , Westlife and East 17. Not to be outdone or left behind the girls proved to just as successful with bands like; The Spice Girls, All Saints, TLC, Atomic Kitten, Sugarbabes and Girls Aloud. 

The UK music scene both past and present has always excelled in producing quality music from many different genres mirroring the multicultural background of the population.

In classical music, the 19th & 20th centuries produced pieces of work that are still valid today, still listened to and still performed at concerts. In these modern times in what has been described as a ‘disposable’ society it is hard to believe that venues built in 1858 (Covent Gardens Royal Opera House) and 1878 (The Royal Albert Hall) are still being used today. The staying power of the classical music fraternity is backed up by the fact that orchestras formed in the 1800’s are still going strong today; The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (1840), The Halle Orchestra (1858) and The Scottish Orchestra (1891 - renamed The Royal Scottish Orchestra in 1950).

The UK music community is alive and well covering all music genres, symphony orchestra, Operatic Societies, pop groups, jazz bands, rock bands and of course indie bands. Musicians wanted in The UK. You can find hundreds of UK musicians and bands looking for collaborators at Musical Exchanges - right here, right now. The UK is home to hundreds of recording studios encouraging many of the nations available musicians to make a good living as session musicians.

Forming bands is something that happens in every town, musicians joining together, networking and working towards putting a new project before the public, in the UK there has never been a better time to form a band than now and help increase the size of the music community in your area.

Live music venues in United Kingdom

Over the last few years changes have been taking place in the recording industry, the way people buy their music and how & where they listen to their music. The days of the big recording contract have gone and with the increase in online sales direct to the public have reduced the amount of record shops and resulted in an increase in various types of media players being made available.

The biggest change to have come about is the increase in live music being played in venues up and down the country, so much so that in 2010 the amount of money generated from live performances exceeded that produced from the sales of recorded music, this is the first time that this has happened. However, although the UK music scene is currently in a very healthy state, changes to music license laws have resulted in many smaller venues, pubs, bars and clubs, closing there doors which is a huge shame. At the top end of the industry there is still some very good business going on, many top bands are all making huge profits from touring and as a result they are touring on a more regular basis. Many of the larger towns in the UK are trying to protect the grass roots level by not only promoting music on a local level but actively funding venues and festivals. This needs to be applauded and encouraged. 

There has been a growing pressure on the Government to make this a policy to roll out to the country as a whole. Steps have now been taken in this area. In February 2011 a ‘Live Music Bill’ was tabled and has received Government backing. The Bill tabled by Liberal Democrat Lord Clemont-Jones allows a licensing exemption for venues which host gigs attracting an audience of less than 200. 

Following backing from the Government Lord Clemont-Jones commented “The Live Music Bill Will Benefit hundreds of small pubs, restaurants, Church and Community Halls who want live music at their venue by generally removing the need to apply for a complicated license.

This is an excellent break for thousands of smaller bands and venues around the country. It has never been a better time to be part of the music industry.

The local UK music scene is well supported and promoted in various online websites promoting valuable music services to the industry and helping to inform the public of upcoming gigs these are available on a local and national level.

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