It started off as a fairly straightforward plan really – Edinburgh-based music-related gibberish to clog up the internet a bit further, except with the occasional session, plus some other nonsense.
I lived in Edinburgh for nearly nine years (although I’m only a tiny bit Scottish), and spent a fair amount of time listening to and occasionally writing about local bands there. I’ve moved to Sydney now, so I’d guess this site will start to slowly fill up with excitable gibberish about local Australian bands instead. Scotland’s still one of the most fertile musical fields in the world though, so I’d guess I’ll still rabbit on about bands from back home, even though it’ll be a bit weird writing about Scottish bands in eighty degree sunshine. Weird, but not entirely unpleasant.
I started this little blog a few years ago just to keep track of which bands were playing at SXSW – it’s a bit sad (for me), but SXSW has become such a behemoth, as well as being such an obviously good time, that tons of proper media outlets now cover it in greater depth than before. Although the bloggers out there still do an awesome job of it, the deepest coverage now comes from the pros, which for me takes a bit of the fun away. The point is I no longer really get into the band lists in the way I used to.
So, the above was true for a bit, but then I moved here, and I’ve changed my mind. For SXSW 2013 at least, I’ll start banging on about which Aussie bands (and probably a few of the Brits too) are going, along with some handy (and occasionally painfully-learned) tips about going to Austin that I’ve learned over the years, which may or may not come in handy for someone.
I also use to co-run Off The Beaten Tracks, where we’d take bands into the odd little nooks and crannies in and around Edinburgh and record acoustic sessions – while we’ve called it a day on that site I’ve started doing some sessions over here now, so that’ll be fun too.
I also occasionally take amateurish photos for the awesomest of all Aussie music blogs, Who The Hell.
Anyway, that’s me – if you’d like to say hello, or even if you want to contribute to the site, please do, I’m pretty friendly.