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Welcome and Introduction

When I joined university I never expected anything big to happen in my first year. Settle in, make friends, do well in university work and maybe join a couple of societies. A few months down the line and I’ve done all of that and a whole lot more. Mad Alice Records being under the umbrella of ‘a whole lot more’.

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Review: Cute Cute Death – Vessels

This five-piece progressive post-hardcore band from Kingston Upon Thames are set to release their debut album ‘Vessels’. You can already stream their single ‘Vessels’ on Itunes and Spotify which I definitely recommend you go and check out. I had the pleasure of being able to listen to the album prior to its release.

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Review: Lucas Hardy – Melody

I’ve had the pleasure of following Lucas Hardy and seeing him develop as a musician throughout the years. I used to follow the pop punk band that he was involved in called The City Calls until they broke up. Then it was on to the two-piece Modern Honesty and now a few years later singer-songwriter. It’s an honour to be able to work with Hardy after seeing the development that this musician has gone through and knowing how much potential he still has.

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Weekly Update

As we’ve seen a great response from our social media streams and from artists all over the globe, we want to launch a set of new ventures as a company. This is to help us build our social media but also to offer something back to those that have supported us so far!

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Introducing: Aidan - Managing Partner

Mad Alice Records to me is a chance to support the local music scene. Although that is currently York, we do have bigger aims to bring that sense of community to more than just York.

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Interview: Eight 28

Here’s a new segment for the Mad Alice Records blog. You will be seeing online interviews from different bands that are trying their hardest to get big. Please go and check these bands out and support them. Today we are learning about the boys from Eight 28.

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Production Tips: Demos

Every Friday I will be posting a new article about production with hopes of it becoming an ongoing series.

This week I thought I would start off at the beginning process of recording a song, with demos. Demoing a track is always a handy idea as it allows the artist to throw down a rough idea or ideas into a song-like structure without finalising what the overall song will sound like or how it will be structured.

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Review: Pretty Little Enemy EP

The new EP by the metal band Pretty Little Enemy titled ‘Bitch PLEase’ will definitely please any metal fan. However, I believe that it will also inspire people who are not into this genre to give this EP a chance. Even though this EP only spans three tracks the band does pack a lot into each song.

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Interview: State of Demur

Here’s yet another band to check out and follow. This time it’s the band State of Demur. I’ll let the guys of this band tell you all the information you need to know about them and their music...

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Introducing Alex

What’s your name and job role?

I’m Alex and I’m in charge of production at Mad Alice Records.

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Interview: Ascendia

Hello everyone. Another band for you to read up about. I Will be hopefully branching off metal in the next few weeks so here’s your last dose of metal. For all the metal fans out there, don’t worry! I’ll come back to the genre eventually – I do love the genre myself.

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Production Tips: Room Mic

Carrying on from last weeks article on recording a demo, this week I would like to expand this and talk about how to mic up the room to get a good demo recording.

Please remember though, every room is different and therefore will all sound different so some experimenting may be a good idea if you want a nice sound out of a specific room.

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Review: Falling Under

Falling Under are a four-piece Alternative Rock and Punk band hailing from Newport, South Wales. The track ‘Gasoline’ starts off with crystal clear and catchy guitar riffs that follow through the whole of this track. There’s an overlapping of guitars before the beat of the song kicks in. It isn’t for a while until the vocals start up but it does work for this song.

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Weekly Update #2

Although the title suggests that these articles should be every week, I’ve found that as we’ve started to gather some serious momentum that the time has eluded me. So here is the next update, which will probably just be published when we have some bigger news! So let’s get into it.

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Here at a Distance - Casee Wilson

Casee Wilson is a singer-songwriter hailing from the city of York that released her latest album last year in October. This is the seventh release from Wilson and it shows that this is a songwriter that knows where she is going in her career.

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Top 5: Tracks of 2016

Hi Readers, Today is the start of another small series called Top 5 Tracks! This week Alex talks about his top 5 tracks of 2016 so far...

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Production Tips: Guitar Amps

Hi Readers

This week we’re looking at micing up guitar amps, these are one of the easiest to mic up but can still have a skill to making them sound perfect for your recording.

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Update: Graphic (Re)Design

Just a quick update on a few things that are happening at Mad Alice Records!

We’re just in the process of redesigning our website to make it more user-friendly and a bit more modern as we are in the process of expanding as a company. We have recently taken on a few more staff members to enable us to expand into new areas; we’ll have more about that over the next few weeks!

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Review: Darren Ellis - Twenty Something

Darren Ellis hails from the City of Bradford and is a singer-songwriter who brings along with him his blues and folk sound that appears on his new re-released album  ‘Twenty Something’.

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Interview: Maleficent

Today we get to learn about the group Maleficent and their music. Read on to find out more about group and then give them a listen down below.

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Track Review: Bad Breeding – Remembering

If you have been searching for a new gruelling punk band to get into then the lads of Bad Breeding is definitely what you’re looking for.

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Production Tips: Drums

Hi Readers,

Drums are probably one of the hardest instruments to get right when it comes to recording, as they have so many different factors that effect how they sound.

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Track Review: Chris Tavener – I’m Better Than You

Another singer-songwriter that should attract your attention is Chris Tavener. If lyrics soaked with sarcasm and wit interest you then you should definitely give one of his newest singles a listen ‘I’m Better Than You’.

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Track Review: Cooper BloodBand

This three piece outfit from Barnsley have released three singles which are ‘The Keepers’, ‘Dog Days’ and ‘Heap Big Medicine’. Cooper BloodBand produce a sound that is reminiscent to bands from the eighties the band does bring their own unique sound to the songs.

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TRACK REVIEW: ADORNED - [4EV3R] TH3 0N3

This four piece group from Bradford gives us a straight up remix of their new song. It can already be viewed on YouTube if you are interested in remixes or electronic music at all.

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PRODUCTION TIPS: Micing a piano

Hey readers,

This week we will be looking at micing up a piano. Upright and Grand pianos are both completely different and therefore the microphones are miced up differently.

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Interview: Chris Tavener

Here’s a recent interview we got to conduct with the singer-songwriter Chris Tavener. Tavener has been featured on this website recently with the review of his song ‘I’m Better Than You’ and will be featured in the future with the review of his new single ‘Super Cool Sadie’ which you can read on this website soon.

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Update: Writers, Videos and Opportunities

So we’ve had a bit of a hectic week in the office, from getting even more new staff members to starting some new ventures.

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Introducing: Zoe

My name is Zoe Buckton, hello! I’m a new writer for Mad Alice Records. I’m hoping to branch into some filmography and marketing work too. You can check out some of my published writing here (http://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/zoe.buckton/) and watch this space to hear more from me on MAR.

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Review: A Dead Forest Index

I was on my third coffee when I sat down to review A Dead Forest Index’s ‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’. Absolutely buzzing, my eyeballs about to pop out of my skull, I pressed play. I was immediately surrounded with more ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ than a firework display.

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PRODUCTION TIPS: Micing acoustic guitars

Hi readers,

This week we will be looking at micing up an acoustic guitar, we have briefly looked at this back in the very first week but this time we’ll be going into it in more detail.

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Top 5 Music related films

As a top 5, this is easily one of the most difficult for me, as a lover of film and music. Trying to get this down to a condense 5 that showcased a range of aspects of musicians careers that were as unbiased as possible, although that’s probably not the case. I hope you enjoy the following top 5 and that at least one off the list you’ve not seen and one of them you agree with.

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Review: Harrison Rimmer – ‘C’ EP

York local Rimmer has recently released his new EP ‘C’. While currently gaining exposure lately on his national tours Rimmer is showcasing some talented pieces of his work. This EP can not be placed into just one genre; however, it has genres such as rock, blues and even some grunge that has been thrown into the mix.

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Review: Mulholland - North Country

York based country-folk-blues duo have released their album ‘North Country’. As previously stated, the seven songs that make up this album offer a range of genres that include country, folk and blues which meld together in a seamless fashion which makes the listener believe that Mulholland have pulled this off with an air of ease.

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Review: Sammy Kettell - Whisky & Wine

Exeter singer-songwriter Sammy Kettell has just released his debut EP ‘Whisky&Wine’. This EP offers an interesting range of elements from the genre itself but also seems to be able to create a unique sound as well..

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Review: Perhaps Contraption

This outfit hailing from London definitely offer the listener a variety of sounds on their new album ‘Mud Belief’. Being described as a rock brass band the group collide the two genres so well that it makes the listener believe that these two genres should be experimented with more often.

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Review: She Pulled The Trigger – 10,000 worlds away

The four-piece group from Pennsylvania in the US has just released their debut five track EP. It features two of their singles ‘Dying to Shine’ and ‘Stand Up and Fight’ that have previously been released last year and showcases three new songs. This 18 minute EP offers the listener many guitar riffs and built up motivational choruses.

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Review: Maths and the Moon – Familiar Strange

Maths and the Moon is an odd title to come across. By far, there have been more incongruous band names, but the pure contrast sets the tone for their entire new album ‘Familiar Strange’. Releasing in May this year, the all-male band feature nine songs of gritty (and I mean gritty as in complex) music.

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Track Review : Ghost – Oddity

This trio hailing from Chicago have just released their new track ‘Ghost’ which is on their upcoming album ‘Settle Down’ which will be out June 24th. For a song that’s length is an average 3:33 the listener is lulled into the false pretence that this is longer than it seems. This would be seen as a positive since the band pack a lot into this song.

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Production Tips: Basic Mixing

Basic mixing should be the first thing you do on a mix, this is mainly just to help fit parts into place and see where they best fit in the song. I will be using a standard rock band set up (guitar, bass, drums and vocals) to help explain how to do a quick mix.

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Mad Alice Records is an Independent record label that strives to support local artists and talent. We pride ourselves on being a Non-genre specific label, and aim to meet the needs of all artists. We offer a range of services, from recording and production to management and branding.