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Monday, 20 December 2010

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN DUFFY.

Sitting in a small, quiet cafe in the centre of Hoylake, I am sitting with John Duffy, former member of local band The Coral. The Coral were a Hoylake based band who grew bigger and bigger in popularity and eventually becoming big on the national and international scene, hanging out with the likes of Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame.
 John tells me how the band members met playing football in the park and how six average 17 year old boys wanted to make music and start playing gig’s. John also explains his huge decision of leaving the band at their peak. The band had released some of their biggest hits, playing sell out concerts when John decided that the life of boozing and touring worldwide finally got too much for him. I started the interview by talking to John about the history of the band but John also gave his opinion of what he thinks lie’s ahead for his former band members.

What age did you first start performing?
School age really
How did the band start?
In school, and whenever a house was free. Then a music teacher used to let us stay behind so we had a free practise room which was good.
Where you with the band when it first started?
I was around, because we all used to hang around really, it wasn’t really until money got involved that I actually started working with them. We always used to play together anyway, we’d probably still be playing together now even if there was no money involved.
How did you meet?
School, Hoylake’s a small place and we all went to Hilbre High School and it was just like, playing footy in the park and that. Then Oasis came out so everyone started playing guitar.
Who were you biggest musical influences whilst growing up?
Well obviously it’s Oasis and The Beatles, The Jam, The Verve, basically the big 90’s indie explosion but Oasis is the main one really.
Tell me about your first gig?
Err, I think it was in O’Neil’s on Fenwick Street, Liverpool because Jay and Ian’s dad knew the club manager there so we had a few gigs’ there, I think it was like our first 3 gig’s there.
How do you feel that The Coral have influenced other successful bands such as The Rascals and The Zutons?
Well ye, its good isn’t it, it’s good that you can inspire other people to pick up guitars and that. Ye its flattering really, isn’t it.
As the band has become so successful, why did you decide to leave?
It was a lot of things really, I don’t know just when your with someone everyday for seven years , you know what I mean? It was little bits and bobs that weren’t working. So i stopped playing and started tour managing them, that went well for a bit, but you’re just away all the time.
Do you regret it?
In a way, in way no. You know what I mean, I’m getting married next year, so I’ve got to settle down.
Are you still involved with the band?
Not really, no. We’re still all mates though, I went to see them in London last month and I’ve just been with my brother (Paul Duffy) now sorting out Christmas presents (laughs) but ye we’re still all friends.
When you were younger, did you ever imagine that the band would be this big?
Err no, no because you don’t really think when your kid’s your just playing, kinda messing around. When things started happening, it was like being thrown in the deep end, its like six 17 year old kids in the back of a van with all the ale you can imagine, so you just kind of go with it. When it went kind of big, its scary and you had to take a step back and chill out for a bit, thats why so many band members end up in rehab because if you wanted you could drink all day, everyday. I did that for a bit and it’s not healthy.
Where do you think the band will go from here?
I don’t know. I think they’ll stay where they are, they’re respected throughout the music business and have some really big fans like Noel Gallagher and stuff like that. I think one day they’ll bring out THE album, like that will make them massive even though they have been doing it for the last....14 years, they’ll have that album.
What’s the best gig you have ever played?
Glasgow, Glasgow Carling Academy. I can’t remember when it was, probably about 2005.
Why was it so good?
The Scottish fans are like ravenous, they’re amazing. At the end of the gig, me and Nick were going off-stage and they were lobbing loads of cans at us (laughs) for some reason, apparently thats what they do if they like you. So me and Nick were just running around volleying loads of cans back at them, they loved it. So it was great, probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever done.
Were you ever star struck – did you ever meet any of your musical heroes?
Ye, I met Noel and Liam (Gallagher), that was funny. We actually went to a pub in Germany and watched the Man City game with Noel and had a few beers and that. I was proper like star struck you know. Ye it’ll have to be them, they are this generations rock stars.
What did you learn about the music business?
It’s not a nice place at all, everyone’s got their own opinion of what you should do and you’ve got to have like six hit singles on each album, and there’s just a lot of pressure.
What do you think about the X-Factor and the influence on music culture?
Well, I’m a massive fan of the X-Factor, I love it on a Saturday night, there’s nothing better. Ye, its discovered a way to sell a shit loads of records in a small amount of time, forget about whoever it is, even that Leon Jackson sold loads. I’m showing off my knowledge here (laughs) but you know when proper people win it its good, like Leona Lewis who’s actually good.
Who’s your favourite?
My favourite this year was Wagner but he’s gone, but I like Rebecca, I think she’s really good, I hated Katie, I hate Cher and Matt, I don’t like him, I think he’s too weird. And I don’t like them kid’s, One Direction. So ye, its Rebecca all the way.
What did you play?
Err, percussion, so like keyboard, I played a bit of drums but I never did that so ye mostly just percussion.
Who’s your favourite band at the minute?
I like all sorts of indie music but I like Mystery Jets at the minute, I’ve seen them in Liverpool recently.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Monday, 29 November 2010

QUESTIONS FOR INTERVIEW.

         The missing piece of The Coral
1.       What age did you first start performing?
2.       Tell me, when did the band first start?
3.       How did the band start, how did you meet?
4.       Who were your biggest musical influences whilst growing up?
5.       Tell me about your first gig?
6.       How do you feel that the band has influenced other successful bands such as ‘The Zutons’ and ‘The Rascals’?
7.       As the band has become so successful, why did you decide to leave?
8.       Do you regret it?
9.       As you are still involved with the band, what exactly do you do?
10.   When you were younger, did you ever imagine that the band would be this big?
11.   Tell me, when you were a factotum, what sort of things did you do?
12.   Where do you think the band will go from here?
13.   Whats the best gig you have ever played?
14.   Were you ever star struck – did you meet any of your musical heroes?
15.   What did you learn about the musical business?
16.   What do you think about the X-factor and the influence on music culture?

Saturday, 20 November 2010

ARTICLE RESEARCH

The Coral are an English band formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside.
Meeting at Hilbre High School in West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula, the six friends would meet at each others' houses and the school music room where they would watch films, listen to music and play guitars. After leaving school they went on to jobs and university before quitting both to take up the band full time.
According to Deltasonic head Alan Wills he first encountered the band in a rehearsal room where they were playing pool. He thought they "looked cool" and decided to go and see them live. At that point the band hadn't released any records or have a fanbase. When Wills discovered the band he had already started to think about starting a label but yet to realise it, and The Coral gave Wills the impetus to start Deltasonic. Wills told HitQuarters that: "It was always the aim to release them through Deltasonic, and it was always their aim to be on Deltasonic ... Most people wouldn’t have understood the Coral at that point." Wills also assumed responsibility for managing the band, albeit reluctantly as he was unable to find anyone else to take on the role.
The band started as prominent members of the Liverpool music scene, playing many gigs around the city. The Coral's distinctive musical style has strongly influenced many other of the Liverpool-based label's acts, including The Zutons, The Dead 60s and The Rascals.
The band's music is a mixture of old-fashioned country, 1960s-style psychedelia and folk with modern rock influences. The Coral have released 7 albums (The Coral, Magic and Medicine, Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker, The Invisible Invasion, Roots & Echoes, The Singles Collection/Magic & Mysteries, and Butterfly House). Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine. It was announced on 9 January 2008 that Bill Ryder-Jones would be leaving, but the band would continue as a 5-piece.
Hailed as the first English band of the "guitar group revival" the band released the critically acclaimed EPs Shadows Fall, The Oldest Path, and Skeleton Key in 2001. Their eponymous debut album The Coral, released in 2002, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and was nominated for the Mercury Prize the day after its release. A successful UK tour and festival slots followed along with the singles "Goodbye" reaching number twenty-one in the UK Singles Chart and "Dreaming of You" reaching number thirteen.


           Members
  • James Skelly - vocals, guitar
  • Paul Duffy - bass guitar
  • Nick Power - keyboards
  • Lee Southall - guitar
  • Ian Skelly - drums
  • Bill Ryder-Jones - guitar, 1996–2008

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

PLANNING PRODUCTION.

Front cover image 
 A medium close-up of Leah Kent with aviator glasses and holding a cigar.

Coverlines:-
- Interview with a Vampire - An interview with american band Vampire Weekend.
- Gouldust - Ellie Gouldings'd life in a week.
- The Life and Times of Leah Kent.
- EXCLUSIVE Interview with indie legends Kings of Leon!
- Travelling Abroad? The Top Five Festivals Away.

Text in Contents Page

Regular Content
·         Editors Letter.
·         Dates for future music gig’s coming to all venues in major cities (London, Liverpool, Manchester ect.)
·         What Did You Think? - A readers review and pictures of a gig they recently attented.
·         Top ten music albums.
·         Official Top 20 Indie Music Charts.
·         Pictures of bands recent gigs.
·         The best artist of the month.
·         KODAK  MOMENT! – The month in pictures.
·         SPOTTED! – Interview with an unrecognised band who will soon be in the charts.
·         Competition.
·         Subscription – Subscribe and get Vision every month for £1.50
·         My Life in the Industry - on the last page; one to one interviews with singer about their confessions e.g worst CD they have ever bought (This week – Alex Turner)
       Feature Content
·         Exclusive interview with Kings of Leon.
·         Interview with the vampire – Interview with popular band ‘Vampire Weekend’.
·         The top ten best legal music downloading sites.
·         Travelling Abroad - The top five festivals away.
·         Gouldust- Ellie Gouldings life in a week
     Following Ellie round in a week to see what she gets up to.
 ·                   An interview with Band Scouts – What are they looking for in a band?
·         Investigation into the scamming of Ticketmaster.
·         An interview with Chris Moyle’s – To see what is on Radio 1’s playlist this month.
·          Mr Unpopular – An interview with the drummer, Gordon McRory out of The Fratteli’s to see why the drummers always get un-noticed.
  • The Life and Times of singer Leah Kent.
Images for Contents Page
-  Medium close-up of 4 people pretending to be a band, in a phone box.
- Close-up of a concert ticket.
- Two photo's referring to the front cover image, photoshoot of Leah Kent.
- A medium close-up pf a girl holding a guitar.
Double Page Spread Article
The missing piece of The Coral - An interview with John Duffy, who was previously in the band playing percussion, but has now left and deals with the management side of it.

Friday, 5 November 2010

PUBLICATION PLAN.

Title:
Positioning Statement: Music for the people
Frequency of publication: Monthly
Price: £3.00
Distrubution: Newsagents, supermarkets and music shops
Rationale:  The approach of the magazine is very much for the audience’s perspective. We will offer opinions and insights; and articles and interviews will focus very much on what the audience want to know and ask, rather than what the music industry and management want us to read.
Style:  Informal and humourous.  As the target audience is for 15-25 year olds, the language will be simple but not too patronising, using slang in the articles and headlines so it is more appealing to the reader.

Images will be a dominant feature of layouts.

Regular Content
·         Editors Letter.
·         Dates for future music gig’s coming to all venues in major cities (London, Liverpool, Manchester ect.)
·         What Did You Think? - A readers review and pictures of a gig they recently attented.
·         Top ten music albums.
·         Official Top 20 Indie Music Charts.
·         Pictures of bands recent gigs.
·         The best artist of the month.
·         KODAK  MOMENT! – The month in pictures.
·         SPOTTED! – Interview with an unrecognised band who will soon be in the charts.
·         Competition.
·         Subscription – Subscribe and get Vision every month for £1.50
·         My Life in the Industry - on the last page; one to one interviews with singer about their confessions e.g worst CD they have ever bought (This week – Alex Turner)
       Feature Content
·         Exclusive interview with Kings of Leon.
·         Interview with the vampire – Interview with popular band ‘Vampire Weekend’.
·         The top ten best legal music downloading sites.
·         Travelling Abroad - The top five festivals away.
·         Gouldust- Ellie Gouldings life in a week
     Following Ellie round in a week to see what she gets up to.
 ·                   An interview with Band Scouts – What are they looking for in a band?
·         Investigation into the scamming of Ticketmaster.
·         An interview with Chris Moyle’s – To see what is on Radio 1’s playlist this month.
·          Mr Unpopular – An interview with the drummer, Gordon McRory out of The Fratteli’s to see why the drummers always get un-noticed.



House Style

Coverlines:  Arial Black and Arial Narrow (bold) 
Headlines : Franklin Gothic Demi Cond
Standfirst: Franklin Gothic Demi Cond  14pt. Byline to be included in standfirst.
Captions: Franklin Gothic Demi Cond 8pt

Features first paragraph: Drop capital Franklin Gothic Medium Cond5 lines deep, and first two words in capitals.

News first paragraph: first two paragraphs in bold capitals.

Body text: Arial Narrow 11pt 

Colour Scheme: Red, Black and White.     
                                                                                                                                      






Monday, 1 November 2010

QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS

What is your favourite colour?
The results show that the most popular favoutite colours were red
and green, this may help me with my magazine as people may
be more attracted to these colours.


Are you male or female?
Male - 4
Female - 16

Who is your favourite indie band or singer?

The results shows that the most popular indie artists
were The Killers, Kings of Leon and Ellie Goulding. This
may help me with my magazine as I could included these
artists as my cover stories or ion my contents page.


 What 3 words do you associate with indie?















These words could help me in producing my
 music magazine as it may help me come up
 with a good title that will suit my genre of magazine.



What colours do you associate with indie?


These results show that the colours people thought were most
associated with indie were red, blue and brown. This could help me
with my magazine as I could use these for the colour scheme of my
magazine considering I am producing an indie music magazine.



How often do you buy a music magazine?

The most popular answer for this question was monthly
so for my magazine I may choose to do a montly issue.



What do you like/dislike about the music magazines you currently read?

This shows that the most popular thing that people
liked in a magazine was the new music introduced
so I may include articles about new bands in my
contents page.

Do you have a favourite music magazine?

As most people's favourite magazine was NME, I could
choose to base my layout on NME magazine.


How do buy your music?

Do you go to gig's/concerts?

Yes - 16
No -  4

I could include articles about music events and concerts in
my magazine as it may appeal to people who buy music
magazines.

What entices you to buy a music magazine?

These results show that the front cover is the thing that
entices people to buy a magazine the most is the front cover
so I will have to make my front cover very eyecatching.

Do you have a particular favourite part in a music magazine?

This shows that people's favourite part of a magazine
were the inteviews so I may include lots of interviews in
my magazine.