Woodstock Folk Pop from Galapaghost

Galapaghost is the conception of Casey Chandler, a 22 year old graduate of music production.

During the summer of 2009, Chandler began writing a new batch of songs with his ukele.

His style began to take influence from bands he’d always admired like Midlake, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, and Neil Young. His song craft drastically changed and he focused more on arrangements and vocal melodies, rather than riffs. Instead of being overindulgent with his mixes and doing excessive layering with his songs like he did with past songs, Chandler decided to peel back layers.

This has opened up his songs and allowed for more organic growth. More importantly, the mixes weren’t being suffocated by too much instrumentation anymore. Apparently due to his post-graduate poor financial situation,Casey Chandler’s recording equipment is extremely limited. Instead of seeing this as a crutch, he saw this as a blessing. He claims to work best under limitations.

In the Autumn of 2009, armed with only an Shure SM57, an MBox, a few guitars, and some cheap percussion instruments, Casey Chandler began his first recordings for Galapaghost. Holed up in a tiny apartment in Queens, New York he recorded his first EP entitled Our Lost Generation in just two days.

Recording around his day job he completed recordings in two back to back 12 hour days. Another few days of mixing and his six song, 20 minute EP was finished. A couple months later, Casey Chandler recorded his 2nd and latest EP as Galapaghost entitled Neptunes, which is another six song, 20 minute EP.


Casey Chandler wrote, played, recorded, and mixed every song on both EP’s. He released both EP’s on iTunes.

For more information visit www.myspace.com/galapaghostcasey

The Live & Unsigned Music Festival


If camping out in field of mud for the weekend is not your idea of a great music festival, there is a festival with a difference this year, held in London’s indigO2 at the O2 arena on July 10th is the Live & Unsigned Festival.

Why not be different this year and go along to see the unsigned band’s of the moment performing for the right to become the festival headliners of the future – see them now before they make it big and bore your mates forever with “I saw them before they had a record deal’ stories!

The Live and Unsigned Festival is an all day event, packed full of entertainment and will play host to an eclectic mix of artists – including Rock, Indie, Pop/Acoustic and Urban, so it’s packed with something for everyone.

The L&U Festival will bring together the cream of the crop of unsigned talent from across the UK – providing plenty of opportunities to dance your socks off to something other than the regurgitation of the top 40 chart.

There’ll also be a host of celebrity judges on hand to cast their eye over the bands, as the acts have all battled it out in Live Regional Heats to make it to the IndigO2 in London. Celebs confirmed to be there on the day include the legendary Slade front man Noddy Holder, Radio 1’s prime time presenter Greg James,  Urban DJ and Radio 1’s Ras Kwame, RnB mega star Shola Ama, TV star Gail Porter and many more!

A live crowd of over 2, 500 people and the celebrity judges will all be there to celebrate under the radar acts. And for those wanting to hear something familiar, there will also be performances from guest acts and DJ’s. Innovative, fresh and brimming with new music.

Tickets for festival are available from The Live & Unsigned website.

The event takes place in the indigO2 at the O2 London on July 10th. Doors open at 1.30pm.

Unsigned Bands US College Tours

There are a lot of bands that go to U.S. campuses to search for the perfect vocalists and other musicians that would fit in their group. They conduct auditions and various musical events to discover new and unadulterated talent.  In connection to this, some of the most famous universities like Berkeley, as well as musicians from many music institutes in Los Angeles, go on tours to find the best talent that many schools have to offer.

Advantages of College Tours

  • One advantage of these college tours is that they are able to find raw talent at educational institutes.  They can be assured that most of the students are fresh faces that are not yet signed by any record company.
  • Aside from this, these tours are able to find talent that is best suited for most bands. Music bands look for fresh talent, because most of the students, who audition in the college tour musician tryouts, have been well trained because of the various music programs that their colleges organize.
  • Also, some of the college music groups go on tours themselves to represent their college, such as Berkeley, in various choral group contests.
  • Band managers and music producers just have to monitor these state-wide contests to find the perfect member for their band.

Additional Points

These schools do not discriminate against race or colour.  In fact, one school is already auditioning and training African American students for their music program. This is to avoid any racial negativity. As long as you can play an instrument or sing a song, you would still have a chance to get into their bands. There are many types of accommodation for these student musicians. If you are a budding musician travelling to or near Arizona, you can look for some University of Arizona apartments to stay.

College tours will definitely help you be discovered.  So if you want to share your talent, be active in all school events and band auditions.

The Red Bull Bedroom Jam Event

The Red Bull Bedroom Jam – Monday 14th September 2009

I have only just recovered from the launch of the second season of The Red Bull Bedroom Jam at the Sanctum Hotel in Soho, London.

While the Sanctum did not seem the obvious venue to host the post-hardcore-emo-pop-punk-rock party, Red Bull pulled out all the stops to make sure that the second annual party was about as stereotypical rock n roll as possible – from hot tubs to naked rock stars running around the patio!

Throughout the night Attack! Attack! (not to be confused with the American Attack Attack!), Saving Aimee and Young Guns played short sets in the Penthouse Suite.

With the mattresses pushed up against the walls and friends and fans sitting in bathtubs,  the only word to describe the atmosphere was intimate.

Disappointingly, the plug was pulled on The Blackout after only one song, as the council decided we were all having a little too much fun… okay, well there may have been some noise complaints as well.

Due to very limited space each in room-come-venue, I really only had a chance to see Saving Aimee and Attack! Attack! However, neither disappointed.

Saving Amiee delivered upbeat  1980’s influenced synth pop rock, and although not all that original, the set was a lot of fun and the band exhibited great energy, particularly during the performance of their new singles  ‘Fresh Since ‘88’ and ‘We’re the Good Guys’.

Next up were the guys from Attack! Attack! from  Wales.  These guys have been creating a lot of buzz in the UK music scene recently and I was quite excited to get the chance to finally see them play. Clearly drawing influence from bands like the LostProfits and Fall Out Boy, this four piece also had impressive energy as they belted out their infectious pop-punk songs. So infectious in fact that my friend (who would have rather been at a Beyonce gig) even started tapping her foot.

As the music came to an early end, the party continued well into the night, with mattresses moved over in front of the windows to try and muffle the noise. As one guest put it while running around the patio in his boxers “It’s a Fucking Pop Punk Party!”

The Red Bull Bedroom Jam was started in order to help unsigned bands gain exposure through an online platform.

In order to have an opportunity to be showcased bands must upload videos of themselves performing in their bedrooms. People then login to the Red Bull website to vote for their favourite acts, and the lucky winners are given the chance to play a live gig. It is a great idea and way to support up and coming acts.

You can check out videos from the night on www.redbullbedroomjam.com.

Tourdates launch chart show featuring unsigned bands with chance to win recording session

cid_59347021230072009-0050Camden based Tourdates have announced a brand new show in support of their long-standing UK Unsigned Top 40 music chart. The weekly two hour show, called Music Unleashed Top 40, is to be presented by Jordan Thomas and Murray Golding and will air on Tourdates.co.uk every Sunday from 5-7pm.

The chart, in its 140th edition, is based entirely on plays and downloads by the Tourdates community. The show will also be made available free of charge to community radio stations, student radio and selected online radio stations.

Tourdates CEO, Jarrod Robinson, said:

“Since we first launched the chart in Dec ’06 upcoming bands and music lovers alike have used it as a barometer for what’s happening in the underground scene, so it made perfect sense to create a show around the chart and make that available to community stations across the UK. It’s a win-win-situation – artists and Tourdates get more exposure, with the stations getting access to a professionally produced show with fresh new content.”

Win A Recording Slot For Your Unsigned Band

To celebrate the launch of the chart show, Tourdates will be inviting an unsigned band to go in to the studio for three days to record two songs with long standing producer Paul Tipler. The lucky band will be hand picked from the Unsigned Top 40 between August and September. All bands in the chart are in the running, not just those who reach the number one slot. Paul Tipler has been working in studios and producing records for over 20 years, and is always on the look out for exciting new bands to work with. He has worked on both singles and albums for a wide variety of bands and artists, including Placebo, Idlewild, The Charlatans and Atomic Kitten, to name but a few.

The Tourdates site provides a platform for DIY music makers to promote themselves alongside mainstream acts, gigs performed in London will also appear automatically in the London Tourdates magazine.

There are currently over 5,000 tracks for music lovers to listen to online or download as well as videos, blogs a comprehensive gig guide and music news.