A New Look For Dawsons Manchester

Store re-fit offers DJs, producers and musicians more choice than ever The paint is dry, the stock has out and ready and the builders have left the building; Dawsons Manchester is now bigger and better than ever before, and we want to share this exciting new chapter with you. Cementing its place as the number… Read More

Launch of #FreeGig to Stage New Manchester Talent

  Today sees Dawsons Music launch #FreeGig – a talent search to find five completely unknown or up and coming acts to gig at Band on The Wall this December. We’re a North West company with a heritage of almost 120 years and our Portland Street store in Manchester city centre has been at the heart of… Read More

Top Marks for Dawsons Manchester

Industry mag rates city-centre store 5 out of 5 in mystery shop visit Recognition is wonderful when it comes, which is why we’re celebrating this week after our Manchester city centre store was awarded top marks by a respected trade magazine. MI Pro, the magazine written specifically for the musical instrument trade, conducted a mystery shop visit… Read More

Synth Riffs You May Have Missed

Oscillators have feelings too y’know What with all the recent excitement about the BBC’s guitar riffs poll, lovers of a slightly less mainstream instrument may have been feeling slightly left out. You see, their instrument can be as obscure, musical and plain filthy as any guitar riff, yet garners nowhere near the same hero worship… Read More

10 Things About Gigging…

The show must go on Gigging is, for most people, the fun part of playing an instrument. Those long hours of practicing, writing tracks, re-arranging chord structures, tinkering with effects pedals and elongating difficult outros are usually done with one singular end-goal; getting up on a stage and showing the world what you can do when… Read More

Guitar Riffs The BBC Missed From Its Top 100…

An alternative list of stonkers, bangers and cheeky little neck twitchers Writers of ‘top 100’ style lists are on a hiding to nothing, generally. Especially when said list has wildly exaggerated titles like “TOP 100 GREATEST GUITAR RIFFS OF ALL TIME EVER.” See, music is different to, for example, sport. By its very nature, music is almost exclusively… Read More

Interview: Converge’s Kurt Ballou

Heavy music legend Kurt Ballou offers advice for taking your recordings to the next level With an established career under his belt playing guitar for veteran US hardcore band Converge, you could excuse Kurt Ballou for being content with the influence he has already had on the heavy music scene. With a career spanning nearly… Read More

Music As A Force For Good

Therapy sessions help aid recovery at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital There are all kinds of motivations for picking up and learning an instrument. Some people aspire to be like their heroes, the guitarists and DJs which fuel our passion for music in the first place. For others, music is simply an effective way of making… Read More

Musikmesse 2014 – Our Top Picks

Every year the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt brings us new pieces of gear from every corner of the musical equipment world. This year the show promised a lot and has given us even more with huge releases from Roland, Boss, Akai, Korg and plenty of other suppliers. Check out our top picks below and make… Read More

The Evolution Of Beats – Roland TR-909

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