Don't worry, I'm alive...

Heya,

Happy holidays you beautiful lot! Apologies for the lack of posting recently. I've started working on some new projects and things have been even more mental than normal!

So, I thought I'd fill you all in, cos I know some of you were wondering what the bloody hell I've been doing with my time.

As always, I've been having a blast doing my best to help Nottingham musicians with Nusic. Crazy to think I've been there a year and two months, and with an exciting 2015 coming up, I cannot wait to continue.

Alongside that, Leftlion rehired me to work on the Young Creative Awards and City of Football. I'm beyond grateful to be working on such exciting projects! Massive thanks to everyone who's made this a possibility. In case you don't know what they are, lemme give you a brief rundown...

So, the Young Creative Awards are... well, awards for young, creative people in Nottingham. I guess the name kind of gave that bit away. But, hear me out, this isn't just another naff school talent competition. There's loads of categories, and some pretty exciting prizes/opportunities for the winners. This year's theme is "Made in Nottingham", interpret that how you will. You can find out more about them HERE.

And City of Football? Well, basically, earlier in the year Nottingham was competing alongside Manchester and Portsmouth to become England's first City of Football. Becoming the city of football meant receiving funding that would allow Notts to get more people playing grassroots football. Despite being overweight, I used to love playing footy when I was younger, but I did struggle to find opportunities to play. So, to open more up more of them and get more people involved, makes me very happy. Find out more about COF HERE.

That's the dayjob shizzle.

Alongside that, I'm still trying my best to post on here a few times a week. Popshade has some very exciting interviews coming in 2015 and hopefully we'll be starting our own live music night up in Notts too. Make sure to check out our latest interview with the ridiculously talented Vanessa Elisha HERE.

On New Year's day I'll be posting my delayed as hell best of 2014 post. Until then, I'll wish you all a happy new year. I reckon 2015 is gonna be our best year yet!

Much love,
Sam x

Why I love pop music...

Hiya,

As I write this, I realise I've technically missed a day, but when I said I'm writing a post every day, I meant I will write at least one post within each period of being awake, so this is technically Friday's post.

Now that's cleared up, I can start talking about one of my favourite things in the world. Pop music.


Yup, pop music pretty much defines me as a person. It's cheesy, it's uplifting, it can be a bit repetitive, but it'll also be stuck in your head for days.

I've loved pop music for as long as I can remember. I think everyone has a phase where they love music, but then they become self-aware about trying to be "cool" or "credible" and they stop liking it. Now, don't get me wrong, I appreciate some people simply don't like pop music, and that's cool. But my beef (yes, even someone like me can have beef) is with the people that dismiss pop music and slag it off just because it's not cool, credible, or indie enough.

Seriously, fuck off.

As a passionate pop music lover, nothing annoys me more than someone turning around and saying something along the lines of "how can you listen to that generic shit?" as soon as I say I like pop music. It's a very common thing. Pop music does have a very bad social representation in today's society, which isn't helped by how manufactured a lot of the pop industry is. But in the same way every indie musician isn't a cocaine taking shithead, not every pop musician is a manufactured puppet.

I'm a person that genuinely appreciates musicianship and talent in any genre of music. Whilst I'm not going to go out of my way to listen to a fifteen minute death metal epic, I can appreciate the work that has gone into it. A lot of people do. But pop seems to be one of the few genres that is most discriminated against as being either "simple", "easy" or "generic".

Do you know how fucking hard it is to make a catchy hook?

Making a catchy pop song is an art in exactly the same way that pouring your heart into a soft acoustic ballad is; in exactly the same way that smashing out a fifteen minutes, fingers bleedin' guitar solo is.

I will always fight my case for pop music. It's got me through a lot. It makes me happy. Pop music is attached to almost every good memory in my life. Nothing releases more endorphins in my brain than hearing a ridiculously catchy hook, then playing it about 35 times on repeat until I hate it for five months and then find it again... everyone does that right?

If it wasn't for pop music, I wouldn't be where I  am today. As both the person that I am, and in the incredible position that I am life wise. When I set up Popshade I was 17, and it essentially got me my current job which I love to pieces. I plan to make more of Popshade in the next few years, but I already owe it a lot.

I plan to do a post on some of my favourite pop songs of all time over the next few weeks. But for now, where should you go to find awesome pop music? I'd suggest Shut Your Pretty Mouth and Bang Tidy! Music to begin with. And maybe Popshade... no, definitely Popshade too. Have I mentioned Popshade enough?

This will definitely come back up in another post soon. I hope you look forward to it as much as I do.

Much love,
Sam x