Music Industry networking night

Manchester music networking night a roaring success

 

Tucked away down a dark, narrow alleyway just off a side street in the heart of the Northern Quarter you’ll find a door to a venue called Aatma. Unassuming to anyone on the street during the day, but by night you enter into a thriving hub for local, up and coming musicians with only a chalk board placed on the pavement to announce its existence.

Organised through the Facebook group’ALT-360 presents a networking night‘, word of the  night reached far and wide. The event played host to industry professionals from other bands and technicians to music producers, photographers and journalists. Throughout the night people exchanged business cards and contacts and talked about all things music and Manchester.

 

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The event was organised in order to give local music enthusiasts the chance to network with industry professionals. Local bands could spread their influence by talking with and exchanging contacts with people from all across the industry, from sound technicians and music producers to photographers and journalists. Throughout the night people exchanged business cards and contacts and talked about all things music and Manchester.

Featuring performances from Manchester bands; Corella, Fresco Muy Funky and Akcadamy. Corella, who headlined the evening, were set to release their new single‘See The Day’ music video on 9th December. This being their second single after ‘Waterfall’ which was released earlier this year and are currently working on an as yet untitled EP to be released in February 2017

 

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I worked alongside The Northern Quota’s Jamie Oliver to interview the bands, set up equipment and produce photos and videos. We caught up with Corella after their set

Local up an coming band Corella were set to release a new single on 9th December so organised the night as publicity and in hopes of gaining valuable music industry contacts for the future

Meeting through university halls and luckily bumping into each member who all played different instruments. They encouraged face to face interaction from the beginning, with each gig they played by talking to other bands on the set lists in hope that they’d be asked to support them in the future.

 

 

 

Corella front man, said  that they’d met some really good bands that they’d been doing gigs with adding that talking to them and getting to know them helps you to appreciate the music a lot more compared to just hearing them on ‘Sound cloud’.

Jack their drummer said ‘it’s all about who you know… the more people you meet, the more opportunities you’re going to get’. It’s clear that this was a driving force behind their desire to host a networking evening as it helps out the smaller Manchester band scene

With gigs planned for early next year and more music on the way, the night gave extra exposure to a budding band born in the home British music, Manchester.

 

The location of the event is shown below:

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Independent vs. Chain Cinemas

In this day and age the cinema experience is becoming ever more present in the home. With home media stations and streaming websites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime it’s becoming easier to see what we want to watch, when we want to watch it all from the comfort of our own homes. This has led many to believe that traditional cinema as we know it is about to die in favour of the more convenient alternative.

But recent bouts of blockbuster movies have seen a rise in cinema goer numbers and breaking box office records in the process so it’s clear that traditional cinematic experience is here to stay however it does raises some questions.

Are these increased numbers of cinema goers due to the cinema experience in general or simply because of blockbuster movies? If so, then does that mean that independent films could be threatened as a result? What are the preferences of the the individual viewer, do they go to large chains or prefer independent cinemas? etc.

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So in order to find out I went to two popular cinemas in Manchester, one a big nationwide chain (Odeon), the other an independent (HOME) to ask cinema goer what they thought about the differences between chains and independents and their personal preferences.

  1. What film are you here to see?
  2. What made you choose this cinema over others?
  3. How do you see the difference between independent and mainstream cinema?
  4. Do you think it’s important to support independent cinema?

Firstly I put the questions to people outside Odeon:

 

Martin Brunts, 40, School administrator from Salford

  1. “Dr.Strange”
  2. “Just booked the closest cinemas to me”
  3. “I think independent cinema can be quite boring, not enough explosions, ha… Erm, yeah, they just need to show more big films otherwise no one will go, hence I’m here (chain cinema) and not there (independent)”
  4. “Does anyone really watch independent cinemas? Give me superheroes and explosions any day over a drama about loving mushrooms or some crap like that”

I then asked the same questions to cinema goers at HOME, the independent cinema:

Kaylee Frye, 20, engineering student at University of Manchester

  1.  Don’t laugh… The Iron Giant, they’re doing a special screening and it was one of my favourite films growing up so I thought I’d watch it on the big screen.”
  2. “For that reason. No one else is showing it, which makes this place pretty cool. I’ve never been before but it’s nice, so I’ll see about coming again.”
  3. “I think independent films take risks because they don’t have to worry about making back millions of pounds, so they can be experimental with their plotlines. Compare that to mainstream cinema who spend vast amounts, following the same money making formula just because the last 5 movies they made about it worked out, just take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just sayin’.”
  4. “Yeah, I do. I mean think about it, are the big cinemas likely to show films from 15 years just because it’d be nice? Probably not, because that’s not where the money’s at. So it’s worth investing in somewhere that has a little care.”

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Odeon, Printworks:

Boasting an impressive 23 screens, capable of showing 3D, including their very own IMAX screen, you can buy standard tickets at any of their front desk or self service ticket machines or splash out on an exclusive entertainment experience with the ‘VIP Gallery’ and ‘Premier seats’. Standard tickets are what you’d typically expect from a chain cinemas at about £10-£15 a ticket.

Refreshments come in the form of brand deal with Costa, and Bubbleology, Ben & Jerry’s etc. as well as their own concession stand where you can buy your classic popcorn. These concessions can be a little steep in price though as a way to fund the cinema and keep ticket prices lower, so watch out.

HOME:

A much more humble cinema as it shares it’s space with theater and gallery space and bar/restaurant, only contain 5-6 screens on relatively small size, roughly a 9th the size of the Odeon Imax ones.

Ticket prices are considerably cheaper though with a standard ticket only costing between £5-£10 depending on the film

 

So whether you enjoy the cozier cinema experience at a smaller screening or the more lively spectacle of the big screen with hundreds of others, give a little thought for what the other is like now and then and maybe give them a try.

 

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