Rock clinic at Music Ireland '06
Hot Press is giving 16 unsigned bands the chance to have private consultations with top industry experts during Music Ireland '06.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 21 Nov 2006
Hot Press has been pioneering the provision of practical information and advice about independent careers in music since the late ‘80s, when we ran the first ever international seminars in Ireland.
Since then we’ve happily supported and been involved in many other initiatives, right through to our present association with the annual MIX course (Music Industry Xplained) and the Rock Clinic at Music Ireland ‘06.
For the Rock Clinic, Hot Press is giving 16 unsigned bands the unique opportunity to have private consultations with top industry experts over the weekend of Music Ireland ’06. Sometimes the right advice at the right time can help bands untangle a dilemma they’ve found themselves in while devoting all their energies to their creative endeavours. The Rock Clinic is intended to help resolve such dilemmas and free bands to move their careers forward so they can maximise their potential.
THE PANEL OF EXPERTS:
The Toronto-born Alison Curtis decamped to Dublin in 1990 and was soon snapped up by Phantom FM. She then moved to Today FM initially as a researcher before taking on the station’s The Last Splash, through which she’s made a national name as an entertaining and knowledgeable DJ. She has also worked on the other side of the control room, producing Ian Dempsey’s breakfast programme. She has been acknowledged for her sympathetic ear for young bands struggling to make that all-important breakthrough, and she has been particularly supportive of Declan O’Rourke and Joe Chester.
As Marketing Manager with IMRO (The Irish Music Rights Organisation) Keith Johnson has built an enviable reputation for his knowledge of the songwriting and publishing worlds as they impact on new artists and he has been more than generous in imparting his advice to young musicians. Through the annual IMRO Showcase Tour he has helped countless new bands to take their first steps on the rock ’n’ roll path. He oversees the regular IMRO workshops and collaborations, and played a significant role in the new Music From Ireland initiative set up to support Irish artists playing at music events abroad. Johnson plays a leading role in MQ magazine, published by Hot Press for IMRO members, and which includes invaluable news, information and advice for songwriters.
A graduate of the hotpress production line, Ken Allen impressed many by the professionalism and commitment he brought to setting up Faction Records. He launched that label with an impressive CD sampler featuring acts of the calibre of The Marshals, The Immediate, Future Kings Of Spain, Director, Cathy Davey and The Blizzards among others. Since its release, several of the featured acts have gone on to greater things. Before that venture Ken was the Irish A&R scout for Polydor Records UK, talent-spotting Laura Izibor along the way. He also runs Factory Studios in Dublin.