OK, this idea started about a week ago when i was on facebook hyping a lilttle DJ mix of mine called Task Vs …. Part #1 Dubstep 2011 and a friend of mine Sam Downie suggested i do a Task Vs Bristol mix. I instantly liked the sound of that and started chatting about how i could dig out all the amazing bristol tunes that have touched me over the years, then i started to realise something.
Right now, Bristol is having one of those years that come around every now again that blow your mind. We have so many artists here who are on it, at every level, who are pushing new styles and making amazing tunes. So, the idea has changed into this. Task Vs Bristol, is going to be a snapshot of a moment in time of bristols musical history, It is going to be about who is doing what, right now, in this moment. So for this reason i am currently collecting tracks from everyone that i can think of, and i have set a deadline for sunday. So far, about 40 artists have sent me tracks, and almost all of them are releasable quality, but some of them are not, which got me thinking again.
If we have so many established artists & so many up and coming artists, surely we can get these two groups of people together and help push the new artists further? Maybe, if i ask, then the established artists will be happy to sit down and spend a day with someone to explain or share skills, ideas & secret working methods? Maybe, just maybe, this will then inspire people to create new music, in new ways and keep bristol established as a world leader in future music.
Also, im thinking it would be awesome to get up and coming artists into a studio, with good engineers and let them experience life at the next level, but thats not quite enough, every artists knows there is a magical, mystical world called mastering that happens after you finish your bit. Mastering is seen as a black art… I mean who knows what they do to make your music sound good, and loud, and crispy and full? Well, im also thinking that we should be able to show the full process of how a track is made, produced, mastered and released. No point in half doing something right? Right.
OK, so. All of these ideas could be a little OTT, or too much for one person to handle, or seen as being egotistical. I mean who has the right to walk up to an established artist and say ‘Hey man, i want you to give me your music for free & a day of your time to share your hard earned secrets,’. We’ll see how this bit goes, im hoping they will agree.
This is where im at so far. Over the course of the last week ive been talking on facebook to various people and letting everyone know that this is what im going to do, people are diggin the idea, people are getting involved, the response has been amazing.
Russel Kearney has offered to master every track individually, and the finished mixes as a whole. Russ is a total legend in bristol, having been an in house engineer for Peter Gabriel at Realworld Studios for 5 years, and also as Bjorks live-in engineer during the Homogenic album which included joga (My favourite Bjork track). This is amazing! Thank you Russ!
Then, James Manning at Digital Labz Production Tuition also offered to donate four studio sessions with up and coming artists, where he would sit down with them and advise on production techniques and on mixing down tracks. This is amazing! Thank you james & all at Digital Labz!
Theres more, alot more so keep on reading…
Then Holly & Dev at the Golden Lion music venue have offered the full use of the venue for a whole day and night for free in mid november (Its going to take that long to get all the tracks produced, mastered and the mixes rendered). This is amazing! Thank you Holly & Dev.
Then today, I have met up with Ross from Sumo Records to discuss my plans, What/how i want to do and where i can get help. Myself and Sumo Records are going to work together to make this happen. They are fully behind this project and will provide worldwide distribution of the mixes and tracks, they will film the entire process and make a 30 minute HD documentary, which will be released via youtube in 3*10 minute videos as well as shown on TV. They have offered all of their resources to make this happen, including their back catalogue [ I may do a Task Vs Sumo Mix at some point but really do have enough on my plate right now ] This is amazing! Thank you Ross, Ben & Oli at Sumo Records.
Ross has also kindly offered to produce 10 tracks with the artists and can also master tracks if we require. This is amazing! Thank you Ross!
Then today, I met up with DJ Skint, a local DJ with crate digging and crowd smashing skillz who also happens to promote regular nights such as Contraband Sessions & Spill the Beanz. I told him about everything and asked for help, Skint has agreed to help promote the event launch night (as well as submit one of his tunes with Twizzy & Jinxsta ). This is amazing! Thank you DJ Skint!
There are a few things i have realised while working through all the different levels of this project.
- I must not put too much of myself into the mixes, My usual style is to layer upto 5 decks at once and i get off on mashing tracks, this project is more about the tracks than what i do with them, so i must sit back and let them have their moment.
- I am only ever doing this once, if someone else wants to take this on another year then they are welcome, its four months work and i have decided to give it everything i have, somehow knowing this is a one off makes me feel more inspired to make it perfect first time.
So, this is where i am at right now, its awesome to have achieved so much in one week, Collaberation is going to be key, There’s no way i can do all this on my own, I want to thank everyone who has sent music, donated time, or listened to me rant it out over this past week. The ideas are flowing, thank god they are mostly good ones
Costings and money.
The distribution company are going to take a minimal fee of 10% to handle everything, including filming / editing / producing the documentary, promotion of the project, providing worldwide digital distribution, providing studio space & time for up and coming artists and donating alot more in time and resources, including media contacts etc. I think that for 10% we are getting a bargain. The other 90% comes to me and this is what will happen to it.
All of the proceeds that I receive from this project will be split equally between two charities Refuge & Nacoa, Both charities perform a vital role in our society and the reason i have picked them is that they offer support and/or an escapre to people who feel there is no way out of their current situation. No artists, including myself, will take any of the proceeds from selling the mix, performing at the launch party or any other income that we get from this project. Everything will go directly to the charities. And by everything i mean this, not a single penny will be given to anyone other than a charity, there are more than enough people getting behind this project that we shouldnt need to pay for anything. The account that holds the money will require dual signature and this is how i can sleep at night. Also, i cant wait to hand over one of those massive cheques, mazers.