M.I.A thinks the music industry has become "narrow and corporate". The 42-year rapper has hit out at the current landscape of the music business, suggesting that there is a lack of room for creativity and individuality. She explained: "Music has become so narrow and corporate. To be a famous singer, you can go to Brit School, you can go on 'X-Factor', or maybe you are born into it. "It's not like bands often meet at school now and have a community spirit. I think music has become catalogue fodder, a corporate thing that when we bring Artificial Intelligence into it, for example, using holograms for tours, the human aspect is going to disappear even further." The musician - who is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin - revealed that she simply followed the advice of other people as she pursued her career within the entertainment industry. Speaking to the BBC, M.I.A - who previously dated American DJ Diplo - recalled: "When I came as a refugee to England everyone said 'become a pop star, that's … [Read more...] about M.I.A bemoans ‘corporate’ music industry
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Demi Lovato was taught to "follow her instincts" by John Mayer. The 25-year-old singer has had four US top 10 singles throughout her career and knows what she wants from the music industry, but her decision to "follow [her] gut" hasn't always been there, as she admits it was fellow musician John Mayer, 40, who pushed her to have more confidence in herself. Demi said: "When I was 15 or 16, I wrote a couple of songs with John. And he wrote me a letter and it said, 'Follow your instincts. You have really good instincts.' Ever since then, I've just followed my gut, and it's really helped me." Despite singing his praises, Demi wouldn't consider the 'Gravity' hitmaker as her "biggest idol", as she teased a collaboration with the unnamed title holder after speaking about John. She said: "I did a collaboration with one of my biggest idols. I can't give away who it is yet, but you'll find out soon. I can't wait for the world to hear it. It's an incredible song." The artist also isn't rapper … [Read more...] about Demi Lovato got life advice from John Mayer
By Corky Carroll | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm | UPDATED: January 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm This past week there were two important trade shows going on at the same time: The Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla., and the NAMM show right here at the Anaheim Convention Center. A trade show is where companies that make stuff show it and stores that sell the stuff come and order goods that will be available either currently or for the following season. Both of these shows have an impact on my life in one way or another. The Surf Expo obviously relates to the surfing industry and that is where my biggest roots are. Hobie, based in San Juan Capistrano, produces surfboards and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) that I have designed and have my name on them. Normally, I go to the Surf Expo and hang around in the Hobie booth to answer questions about the boards for shop owners who are considering selling them in their stores. The Surf Expo happens twice a year, in September and … [Read more...] about Corky Carroll: Surfing expo or music industry show — you can’t be in two places at once, so which do you choose?
Jimmy Webb’s captivating new memoir, “The Cake and the Rain,” comes to an end when he was 26 in 1973. So, very nearly, did Webb himself.The multiple Grammy Award-winning troubadour recounts his near-fatal drug overdose quite matter-of-factly in his acclaimed book. He was equally candid in a recent phone interview.“Had it just been cocaine, there wouldn’t have been any story to tell. But it was not cocaine,” said Webb, who will perform many of his best-known songs Friday at AMSDconcerts in National City. (Ticket information appears below.)The crippling drug in question was PCP, also known as angel dust. Webb and his longtime musical pal, Harry Nilsson, had each ingested a large amount. Both became catatonic. Both were fortunate not to die.Days later, Webb could still barely function. He was unable to play the piano for a month, although not for a lack of desire.“I looked at it. For the life of me, I could not remember what it was for,” … [Read more...] about Jimmy Webb talks music, drugs, his new book and ‘MacArthur Park’
By Lily Janiak Published 3:19 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Photo: David Wilson Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Deborah Russo, David Goodwin, Lisa McHenry and Kim Larsen. Deborah Russo, David Goodwin, Lisa McHenry and Kim Larsen. Photo: David Wilson Musical revue specialist turns to digital age with ‘Megabytes!’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Having already created “Foodies! The Musical” and “Shopping! The Musical,” both of which ran six years, the hardworking composer, lyricist and librettist Morris Bobrow turns his attentions to a new topic for still another musical revue: “Megabytes! The Musical.” Expect lighthearted skewering of the many quirks of our digital age, particularly the ways we’re subservient to our machines: when you’re not important … [Read more...] about Musical revue specialist turns to digital age with ‘Megabytes!’