‘This year it would be nice to see a new genre of music’

PROMOTER Nick Courney has high hopes for 2013
PROMOTER Nick Courney has high hopes for 2013
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The year 2013 marks 10 years since I took over from my dad Roger as being a music promoter in Portsmouth.

Things have changed quite a bit since I started.

Dad ran folk nights and band nights, but open mic nights weren’t too common.

This has changed considerably and is a new concept when it comes to music. In March, my music venues will reintroduce the following schedules; 7pm until 10pm will have pre-booked bands I have approached and asked to play. Then, from 10pm until midnight, we will have the famous open-mic night.

It’s good to mix things up and not stick to just one genre. It’s exciting to do because you never know what’s going to come next, anything can happen with it.

So, this year it would be nice to see a new genre of music appear.

We have had all kinds but nothing that is substantially new.

I rely purely on social networking to promote my business.

It has stopped me from having to walk the streets handing out leaflets and putting posters in shops.

The way of promoting has changed a lot in the past 10 years.

It’s always lovely to see people who once performed at an open-mic night making it big.

But, with the change in music – which is down to downloading – if the artists are signed, they may only last five minutes.

The most important thing for musicians to remember is that music’s primary purpose is about having fun.

As long as they don’t take it too seriously, nobody will get hurt.

Because to be honest, making it probably has the same chance as winning the lottery.