If you have lived in Barnet for a while you would know that there has always been a healthy music scene in the Town.
That is changing and there is now just a handful of venues where you could go and watch music or where a band could go and get a chance to play in front of a live audience.

Some of you who read this page would remember places such as the "Con Club", All Saints and the Rock A Cha back in the sixties.
Places the kids of that era could go to for a great night of the sounds of the day. You could see well known groups (The Who played The All Saints in Whetstone) and have somewhere to go every weekend to meet old and new friends.

During the seventies you could go to "The Cambridge" to do a bit of skin head moon stomping or go to The Torrington to appreciate any of the excellent bands that played there.

In Barnet town itself we had The Duke of Lancaster where you could also hear good music and some good bands. Other pubs saw that the people wanted to go out and see live music and Baileys, the Cat and Lantern or the Green Man were always worth a visit to see the local bands progress.

In other forms of music (other than Rock/Pop etc.) things seem better organised. It is easier to find others who share the same taste in music and venues are there to cater for this audience. Not so with the good bands we have around here (except for the Black Horse who have become the best pub to see live bands).

Through this page maybe some of us can do something about it.
We need a venue to cater for these bands and any other types of music that is not fairly represented. Folk, Blues, Country, Reggae could all do with a venue.

Let us hear YOUR views.

Musicians, write in with your gripes or suggestions.


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You’ve written the songs. You’ve recorded them. Now what?

In this short article, I will give you a few tips on how to present your demo CD for sending to record companies, publishers, management companies and venues. It could be argued that ideally the presentation should be different for each type of company, but this article will deal with common sense issues that should work for all of them.

The person you are sending your CD to will receive many CDs, in some cases hundreds a week. If you put more than 3 or 4 songs on your CD, will they listen to every song all of the way through? Of course not.

Typically, they will listen to the first 30 seconds or so of the first song. If they like it, they will continue to listen, but if they don’t, they may skip to the second song and again listen to the first 30 seconds. If they haven’t liked the first two, it is unlikely that they will listen to any later tracks. Some artists think that if the listener doesn’t like the first or second tracks, then the third and best one is the one that will convince them to sign you up. Wrong. They may never hear your “killer” track.

So tip 1 is put your best song on first, not last. Tip 2 is to avoid long intros. Tip 3 is no more than three tracks.

For the CD itself, don’t use cheap unbranded CDs and try to avoid writing by hand on the disc. If you have to hand write, make sure that you use a proper CD pen as other pens could damage the disc. And make sure that your handwriting is clear. Ideally, you should print directly on the disc. Domestic CD printers are relatively inexpensive these days, although printable CDs are more expensive than standard CDs. If you are printing on sticky CD labels, make sure that they are correctly applied to the CD. Sticky labels can cause problems to CD players if they are not applied correctly.

If you are using a standard or slim jewel case with printed inserts, make sure that your artwork is presentable, but always remember that you will get a deal on the strength of your music, not your artwork.

Bear in mind that your CD may be separated from the rest of your package, so tip 4 is to make sure that your contact details are clearly printed or written and that they appear on every item in your package, especially the CD.

Tip 5 is to check your spelling and contact details very carefully. And tip 6 is to play the CD before you send it out to make sure that you haven’t put a blank CD into the wrong pile!

This is only the tip of the iceberg. If you would like future articles covering other information, please contact Barnet 4U to let them know.

The Late Great Rob Austin - CD Copy Shop Ltd