Reflection Time

Completing the Unit X: FMS Live assignment has been a unique and engaging experience, this unit has allowed me to express myself not only as an individual but also in a group. I believe that my final blog reflects my opening rationale and meets the requirements I set out to fulfil. I was able to give people information about upcoming bands and artists in the alternative, rock and metal scene as well as building their knowledge on current bands and artists. I informed people about upcoming shows and the latest album releases. With this being a live unit I feel that it was important to keep up to date with what was going on in the alternative music word and to get the most relevant and current information out there.

If I were to do this task again there are a few things I feel I could improve on. I would try to include more interactive media for example, videos from shows that I have attended, music videos from new albums and interviews with the band so the personality of the band or artist could really be portrayed through my blog. I would also include quizzes and questionnaires for the blog readers so they could feel more included and I could get feedback and see what I need to improve on.

In regard to audience and pitching I feel that I managed to target the right audience with my chosen writing style and the tone of my blog. If I were to change anything in terms of audience I would have included a more varied genre of music, for example include posts about folk bands and indie rock, by doing this I could have attracted a wider audience as well as educating my target audience on new music, therefore fulfilling another one of my original goals that I mentioned in my rational.

My engagement with the unit could have been improved when it came to lectures and seminars, I find it difficult to speak out in front of larger groups and pitch my ideas openly. Unit X however did help me overcome this fear slightly as we had to pitch our blog post ideas to our seminar groups. It also brought me somewhat out of my comfort zone working in groups with people I hadn’t been previously familiar with. Our group dynamic worked well and we each contributed very different and innovate ideas. As a group we decided that with this being a live unit it would be best to meet once a week. We all agreed to meet on a Wednesday to discuss the information we would include in our infographics and the content of our blogs. During the last couple of weeks of the unit a member of the group wasn’t able to attend a meeting, to get around this obstacle we created a WhatsApp message group to carry on the discussion and exchange ideas without having to physically meet. We had a professional group dynamic and we were able to work through challenges together, for example if we had conflicting ideas we found ways to include parts of each of our conceptions and resulted in a more original idea than we once started with. From this group working experience I have learnt that I am able to work effectively and efficiently with others. I have also learnt that I naturally take on a lead role when asked to work in a smaller group. I have found that I enjoy helping others come up with new concepts, working in a group has also helped to improve my communication skills.

This unit has helped me to further and improve upon my writing skills, it has taught me to write in a more creative fashion and what tools to use so that blog posts engage with the audience. Working on this unit allowed me to develop and research my own personal interest all while learning new skills such as pitching ideas to a group and writing in a more relaxed yet informative style. Elements of this unit relate to my future ambitions of one day writing for a music or film magazine/blog. Creating and working on my own blog was a very hands on experience that allowed me to understand the basics of how things work and the demand on fresh, current content.

Collaborating with other members of the group started off as a challenge, it is significantly different from working individually. With individual work you are able to go froward with your own ideas without having to consult anyone else. Working as part of a group means making sure everyone is on the page and agrees with all contributions so that the idea can move forward. A positive aspect of working in a group however is the exchange of new ideas and the ability to look at things how you wouldn’t normally working individually.

Overall I feel that Unit X is a very innovative working experience that not only helps to better your personal skills and meet learning objectives but also helps to improve team working skills.

Bacon Dream

Astroid Boys are a British band from Wales, Cardiff. Astroid Boys don’t stick to one genre of music, rather they merge the cultures of metal, punk, hardcore, grime and hip hop. That may sound like a crazy mash up but believe me, it works. Members include Traxx, Benji, DJ Comfort, Dellux and Big H. Astroid Boys have cultivated a movement that speaks to youth from all sub cultures, they are able to bring all the different genres together and fuse sound to create their very own genre that can only be described as, Astroid Boys.

They allow a platform for everyone to come together, at one Astroid Boys show you will find your typical skater boy standing shoulder to shoulder with a self professed metal head. Their high-energy live shows along with raw, aggressive and honest lyrics allow a certain level of escapism for their fans and followers. Each member brings their own personal vibe and interest to the group which creates a unique and sublime sound. No two songs are the same, they are able to create and mould themselves through music and share it with the world.

Astroid Boys have been very busy recently, they have just completed a UK and Ireland Tour and not long after announced they were doing a second one following the release of their new track Fallback. The boys have recently signed to Sony Records and show no signs of slowing their roll. They are currently on the road playing shows in smaller towns and cities, I was lucky enough to see them for the third time in my home town of Huddersfield.

They played on Saturday 6th May at The Parish, an intimate venue perfect for the boys to really take in all the energy and communicate with the crowd. I was able to get right to the very front, at one point I was actually on the stage! Its safe to say that this was definitely my favourite time I’ve seen them live. They were accompanied by Sonny Double 1, an artist that features on their latest track Foreigners.

Astroid Boys stayed true to their signature crazy show style and it got incredibly wild. Crowd surfers, people swinging from the ceiling, everyone rapping along and the synchronised crowd bouncing. The energy was above and beyond with each track performed better than the last. They played a mix of tracks from both their EPs, Bacon Dream and CF10 (thats Cardiff’s area code, clever right) They performed crowd favourites such as Minging, Posted, Dusted and many more. They also treated us to some brand new material from their new upcoming album which is still yet to be titled.

Its safe to say that these boys are going places. They still have more shows lined up and they are also playing festivals over the summer, such as Leeds Festival and Boomtown. If you get a chance to see Astroid Boys live, grab the opportunity with both hands. Look out for the latest announcement on the Astroid Boys twitter and instagram accounts and keep up to date with what these talented lads are going to be up to next.

Astroid Boys Blog Pic
(Left to Right) Big H, Traxx, Benji, DJ Comfort and Dellux (on ground)

Binge and Purgatory

First things first Deez Nuts isn’t just a hilarious meme, it is also the name of an Australian hardcore punk band. The band formed in Melbourne 2007 and have been rocking out ever since. The band consists of vocalist JJ Peters, bassist Sean Kennedy, guitarist Matt Rodgers and drummer Alex Salinger.

Deez Nuts are heavily influenced by Hip Hop, Hardcore and Punk. They have a total of seven EPs and Albums including their latest album released 7th April 2017 titled Binge and Purgatory.

Before this however Deez Nuts had released their studio album This One’s for You in 2010. This album features vocals from Bring me the Horizon front man Oli Sykes, on the track “If you don’t know now you know.” Damn, Oli Sykes really gets around. This album was followed by the bands third album, Bout it! Released in March 2013. This album includes renowned singles such as Shot after Shot, Band of Brothers and of course Unfuckwithable.

The rock n’ roll Aussies did a favour for all us poor lonely souls and played a show on the 14th February 2017 at Sound Control in Manchester as part of their shared You Are Part of This tour with Comeback Kid. Yes, I attended. It’s not like I didn’t have valentines offers ok, live music is just better. I digress…

Deez Nuts put on one hell of a show, as usual. This was my second time seeing them live and they did not disappoint. The boys graced the stage in typical Deez Nuts fashion, all guns blazing and ready to rock. As it was a smaller venue you were really able to get a feel for the music. Fortunately I was able to make my way right down to the front of the crowd and got the full Deez Nuts experience. They played a mixture of crowd favourites and classics from former albums such as Band of Brothers and Face This on My Own from the Word is Bond album. They also performed some sneak peaks from the latest album Binge and Purgatory including Commas and Zeros, Discord and Binge/Purgatory.

During the show Deez Nuts had a film crew capturing some of the best moments to include in their tour diary and Instagram tour promotion clips (which you can still go and check out). The support acts this time round were First Blood, Hellions, Get the Shot and Reality Slap. The stage bromance was definitely detectable.

The Australian rockstars are currently on the road with Canadian band Obey the Brave and Get the Shot, they are playing shows all over the world from Germany to Canada, hopefully they’ll come back to sunny England and give us another UK and Ireland tour. But until then, go ahead and grab yourself a copy of their latest album Bing and Purgatory and keep a look out for upcoming shows near you!

DEEZ NUTS BOYS
(Left to Right) JJ Peters, Matt Rogers, Sean Kennedy and Alex Salinger.