Dawsons Music Spotlight Sessions: Fort Hope

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The third installment of our Spotlight Sessions series features rising stars Fort Hope. Jon and Andé from the band kindly dropped in to our studio and chatted to us about their recent signing, the music industry and their fans amongst other things. They also gave us a great acoustic performance which you can see at 10:08… Read More

Poll Names Wonderwall The Song Musicians Most Love To Hate


) For some, Oasis are the high watermark of the UK rock industry over the past 20 years. The band, which dominated UK music in the 90s, achieved colossal success off the back of hits like Don’t Look Back in Anger, Supersonic and Roll With It. Guitarist Noel Gallagher’s Beatles-aping anthems inspired a generation of… Read More

Five Guitars That Changed Music

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Great music is due to the artist, but it’s hard to deny the influence of some gear – here are five guitars that changed music In most creative arts, the tools required remain pretty much unchanged over the years. I mean, whilst dyes may change slightly, paints are pretty much the same as they’ve always… Read More

Five NAMM Trends We’d Like To See For 2014


NAMM is approaching, and new products are appearing – but which of the emerging trends would we like to see for 2014 One of the few things to put a smile on musicians’ faces in January is the NAMM show. This huge tradeshow for all things musical takes place in California every year, and is… Read More

Synth Icons – The Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synth

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Like many synth icons, the Roland TB-303 transformed the music by being used in ways it was never intended… aciiieeed! There are bits of musical equipment that are so well designed for a given purpose that they quickly become a standard, used by nearly everyone. More often than not, however, the gear that truly changes… Read More

The Evolution Of Beats – Roland TR-909

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The Roland TR 909 did for House and Techno what the 808 did for Hip Hop, and here’s how… Think of House and Techno music, and certain defining qualities spring to mind. The first is most likely to be a four-to-the floor beat, with a kick drum sound whose almighty ‘thump’ would cut through any… Read More

Want to get ahead? Learn to play

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survey suggests that if you learn to play, your life could be better in a number of ways… Want to get ahead in life? Want to earn more money, become a better parent or be more attractive to a potential partner? The answer is simple, and lies in music. The findings of a recent study… Read More

Jools Holland Competition Winners Take To The Stage

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Jools Holland Competition Winners, Charlie Cooper and Annaca Espach, perform at the Manchester O2 Apollo It’s not every day you get chance to play on the same bill as one of your idols, let alone your idol hand-selecting you personally to join the bill at his next sold-out show. Fortunately for two talented, up and… Read More

Getting The Sound Of Christmas Songs

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It’s that time of year again – we take a look at how to achieve some of the key sonic elements from Christmas Songs Though they’re often derided, Christmas songs are a bit of a guilty pleasure. Come on- you know that The Pogues (at least) bring a smile to your face when you hear… Read More

Festive Music Gear

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Some instruments seem more appropriate than others for this time of year – here’s some particularly festive music gear When it gets to this time of year, things seem to take on a more ‘seasonal’ appearance. Shop windows are filled with items with very ‘Christmassy’ colours. Music shops are loaded with equipment of all colours,… Read More