Friday, January 27, 2017

#70sVibe #Vinyl #RootsRockReggae REVIVAL


With the advent of digital music and the popularity of downloads, it seemed that vinyl 45s would be relegated to museums but, they seem to be making a comeback. That got me thinking and I started looking at the reggae scene.

In the UK scene some of the bands from the golden age of vinyl are still going  Misty in Roots, Aswad. Others are making a comeback like Black Slate. 

There was a lot of underlying tension in the community back then but, with ideals and causes like #RockAgainstRacism holding rallies and festivals where reggae artists often had the opportunity to be billed. The music also reflected this 'reality' and this 'crossed over' because the issues could be related to by many parts of the community, not just the black community. Because of this, some of the best reggae music was written and produced. I believe this period was reggae's heyday.

Looking at the world at the moment, we are in a period of uncertainty and although the sub genres of reggae like lovers rock and dancehall are popular, there is definitely a rise in the popularity of Roots and Culture, Reality and Conscious reggae.Whether out of Jamaica like #RagingFyah #Jah9 or the USA with #Rebelution, there seems to be a return to music with a cause. 

Reggae music was born from the need for people to have a voice and it is still a vehicle for the people to be heard.

So like the vinyl 45, newer doesn't always mean better.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#Innocent Released 3rd February - #NewRelease

The #newrelease 'Innocent' by #MissTun Pickney will be available on all major digital stores the 3rd February but can be heard now on internet radio.If you sign-up on the website you can get a #FREEdownload of the track and also hear a sample on the  home page .

It was difficult thinking of a theme for the cover art. How to reflect what the song is about in one image. Innocence, as far as I was concerned, was a birth right of all people and I wanted to try and reflect this in the video and the cover art. So, I threw this over to my graphic designer to come up with some ideas, one of which, was a face, but whose face? Then, the idea of a face that was a collage of other faces came to mind.

A few options were put forward and I settled on the one you see in the cover art. I wanted to try and convey a couple of ideas, is this the face of innocence and " I am innocent!". I don't know if this worked, I'll let you decide. But, I hope you find the image interesting, let me know what you think.

Friday, January 13, 2017

#NewRelease 2017 #Innocent

The new single by Miss Tun Pickney will soon be released entitled 'Innocent' . The idea for the song is that innocence is not defined by the #innocent.

You see it everywhere as there are so many mediums to voice opinions, which, for the concept of free speech is a great thing. However, this means that no matter your personal view of your innocence, it is really in the control of others, whether justified or not.

So, in the song I try to define what #innocent means to me but, I hope you will listen to it and maybe you will agree or disagree. The main thing is, I hope it strikes a chord (excuse the pun) with you in some way.

This is why I love creating music because there have been so many songs that really have made an impact on me. Let me know what you think, comments are often great triggers for a new song idea as well as great feedback. The video link is here

Dingazz Music the home of Miss Tun Pickney

Friday, January 6, 2017

Goodbye 2016 Hello 2017

Happy New Year everyone and may all that you hope to achieve in 2017 become reality.

Another year has passed and so has some of the reggae greats like Jimmy Riley, Louisa Marks and Prince Buster. Let's hope the new generation of reggae artists rise to the challenge and take reggae music to the next level.

Did you achieve all that you planned in 2016? Well, if everything did not go as planned, then, 2017 gives us another chance. The music industry continues to change and one thing I have learnt is you need to keep up with the changes and plan accordingly. For example, according to Statista music downloads worldwide will continue to fall. Therefore, like it or not, streaming is here to stay so, as an independent, this fact has got to be built into any plans.

2017 will be a year where I hope to increase the number of releases, improve the website and hopefully turn more listeners into fans.

Whatever, you wish for in 2017, I hope it comes true.