Tidal, an overpriced music streaming service that only benefits millionaires.. #TIDALforALL don’t you mean #MONEYforYALL


Hello all, it’s been a while I know. But something called Tidal left me so miffed this week that I felt the need to vent my frustration on here.

As many of you know some of the biggest names in music came together this week to launch a new product which they claimed was “groundbreaking”, “revolutionary” and would “change the world forever” – in reality it was nothing new at all.

The bizarre promotional video for this new project began with some of the biggest artists from the music industry coming together and discussing the new product around a table. Each of them dishes out a one-liner on how this is going to change the world, and then it cuts to clips of them drinking champagne together. At no point do they mention what the product is, or what it does – it instead gives the impression that this is some kind of social justice campaign. That artists are coming together, presumably to make music more accessible to the world. However you immediately identify that these people are egomaniacs – at the very beginning you hear lines like “… it’s like the beginning of a new world”, “this is a historic day”, “change the course of history forever” and then around 58 second mark you hear Beyoncé say “this collaboration feels so ego-less..” Hang on, have you not heard what all of you have been saying?!

Then we have the launch event. Alicia Keys takes to the podium, what follows is four whole minutes of pretentious drivel, followed by a tedious set piece where the artists step forward one by one to scribble their names on a declaration… A declaration presumably to make their pockets all the more deeper with cash.

Ultimately after such a egotistical promotional video and ceremony, we were all expecting something that was going to reinvent the music industry. Instead we got Spotify Mark II with a much higher price ticket.

What has Tidal actually achieved? Its selling points: it’s artist-owned, and higher quality.

If they can produce a system which has better sound quality then great, well done you. But please spare us all this bollocks about revolutionizing the world and changing our lives forever. Its sound quality, hardly a bloody cure for cancer.

Now what do we mean by “artist-owned”.

Physical sales have gone down substantially, why? Downloading is all the more popular and far cheaper and convenient. We can stream entire albums for a few pounds a month and so for emerging talents and indie artists, life can be difficult. If there was actually a streaming site available – a co-operative for musicians to run whereby there was an equal distribution of profits then this would be a different story…

But this is Tidal.. The shareholders are the artists you saw on that stage, with a combined wealth of over $2.7 billion. They are the ones set to profit from Tidal, not small time artists who are struggling to make it in the industry. “This is for the people, by the people” said Beyoncé. What she really meant was it’s for us super-rich artists by us super rich artists, and we the people can pay the extra price.

What makes this all the more infuriating? According to Alicia Keys, Tidal is some sort of crusade to save the world, “Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music’s importance in our lives”, she said. Madonna then followed this up by posting an image on Instagram with the caption: “If you refer to Tidal as Illuminati, you are paying us the highest of compliments. As I’ve stated before it is another name for ‘The Enlightened Ones’ a group of scientists, philosophers and artists that emerged after the dark ages. They changed and shaped the world for the better! Do the research and find out for yourself!” – I mean c’mon folks really?

Here’s a point, with their combined wealth these artists could help end world hunger. Why not chuck some money at that instead?

I mean sure guys, take on Spotify and see how far you get with your overpriced, relatively average product. But to do it under the guise of some community project, with a higher moral purpose? What planet are you on?


Orchestral Music in Film – Some of the Greatest Movie Scores


My love for film soundtracks has hit a peak in recent months, and now I find myself sitting up making endless purchases on iTunes of orchestral pieces from the likes of Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Music can serve several purposes in film, primarily it enhances emotion, keeping an audience captivated and in the grip of the scene.

One of the first music scores I ever listened to and loved was John Williams amazing pieces for Jurassic Park. One of the most impressive scenes is the helicopter journey to Jurassic Park on the island of Isla Nubar. The music is spectacular.

Two major melodic ideas can be heard in this score. The first and main one that is head most frequently is known simply as “Theme from Jurassic Park” and is introduced when the visitors first see the Brachiosaurus and features “gentle religioso cantilena lines.” Williams declared its use was to try “to capture the awesome beauty and sublimity of the dinosaurs in nature.”

Williams also created familiarily spectacular score for Star Wars. Strangely enough although the prequels aren’t seen as all that good, the music Williams created for them was something else entirely. I’ve put a few of my favourites below.

Finally I want to pick up on the music from Lord of the Rings trilogy, simply one of the greatest movie scores ever created. Howard Shore somehow manages delve us right into Middle Earth with just his music. Shore created a score into which he put as much thought and detail as any great composer. For instance, he carefully crafted different types of music for each of the different races and develop these as the story does. So as the events of the story develop and events unfold, the themes in Shore’s score interact in the same way. Unfortunately I don’t think Shore was able to replicate this in The hobbit trilogy, apart from a couple of pieces for ‘An Unexpected Journey’ the rest of the music really goes unnoticed. However one of his best pieces is ‘Hope and Memory’ (second video) down – it is just incredible.

Of course we couldn’t finish without a notable mention of Hans Zimmer’s spectacular work on films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator and the Batman Dark Knight trilogy.

Tinie Tempah: #DiscoveringDestiny (Documentary)


Tinie Tempah: Discovering Destiny, is a documentary film produced by Disturbing London and directed by Jabari Johnson following Tinie Tempah on his “Discovery” tour in 2011. The film includes never before seen footage of Tinie as he becomes the first British rapper to ever sell out an arena tour in the United Kingdom.

Fans will witness Tinie’s inspiring commitment to his craft as he bounces from city to city performing in front of sold out crowds each night. Those unfamiliar with Tinie’s journey will get a better glimpse into his background and experience the reach of his international stardom.

With a platinum debut album, 2 Brit Awards, and an Ivor Novello to name but a few achievements, Tinie Tempah’s work ethic is still unmatched. Discovering Destiny is a very personal look into the life of the UK’s rising icon, showcasing his quest to become the most successful British rapper of all time.

Executive Producer:

Dumi Oburota – http://www.DisturbingLondon.com


Jabari Johnson – http://www.youtube.com/jabari

Tinie Tempah reveals track for new album ‘DEMONSTRATION’



Tinie Tempah has uploaded a tease video for his second album ‘Demonstration’ which features 90 second snippets of 14 of the 16 tracks from the brand new album. He features the likes of Labrinth, Emeli Sande, Dizzee Rascal and many more. Have a listen below:

Listen to 90 second clips from every track on Tinie’s new album Demonstration.
Click through and find your favourites then tweet Tinie @tinietempah.
Pre-order the album now from: http://smarturl.it/demonstration

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Tinie Tempah – ‘Children Of The Sun’ featuring John Martin | Brand new track from new album ‘DEMONSTRATION’


Green Day dominate Reading Festival 2013 | Dookie takes mainstage by storm

Reading Festival 2013

Green Day played an amazing set at this year’s Reading Festival headlining on Friday night. Similar to their warm up show at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on wednesday, the band played their third album, 1994’s Dookie, from start to finish in between some of their greatest hits for the insane 2 and a half hour set.

Billie Joe ArmstrongMike Dirnt Tre Cool came on to the main stage to a huge applause after they were introduced by a giant dancing pink rabbit which had the drummers name printed on the back.

The band kicked off with ‘99 Revolutions’, the title track to their current (now ended) world tour and then went straight into ‘Know Your Enemy’, during which Armstrong pulled a fan out of the crowd and up on stage to sing the track with him (lucky git).

Next was ‘Stay The Night’, Armstrong announced to the audience “This is no fucking party I have to admit. Come on, this ain’t any festival, this is the greatest festival in the world!” He also confessed “When i first started listening to punk music, i used to get my ass kicked. I was a freak. But now i’m amongst many, many, many freaks here tonight!” To which the crowd responded with huge cheers.

The band later conducted mass sing alongs for ‘Holiday’, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ and ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’, the latter of which saw Armstrong bow down to the crowd and collapse in a heap. 

The greatest moment however was when a huge backdrop of the ‘Dookie’ album cover appeared and Armstrong declared: “Ladies and gentlemen next year 2014 will mark 20 years of ‘Dookie’ so we’re gonna play it from the back to the front.”

The Dookie section of the set, which also saw the band play a brief cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, culminated in Armstrong pulling out a huge water gun which he showered the crowd with during ‘St Jimmy’. He then pulled out a huge gun with toilet roll on the end and proceeded to cover the cameraman at the side of the stage. The singer finally pulled out a third smoking gun which fired out white T-shirts into the crowd.

As they wrapped up the set, the crowd sang along to ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Jesus Of Suburbia‘ before Armstrong closed the night with a solitary performance of ‘Brutal Love’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’.

Green Day played:

’99 Revolutions’
‘Know Your Enemy’
‘Stay The Night’
‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash’
‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
‘Let Yourself Go’
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’
‘Having a Blast’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘Pulling Teeth’
‘Basket Case’
‘Sassafras Roots’
‘Highway To Hell’/’When I Come Around’
‘Coming Clean’
‘Emenius Sleepus’
‘In the End’
‘St Jimmy’
‘American Idiot’
‘Jesus Of Suburbia’
‘Brutal Love’
‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’