Thursday, 28 June 2018

“We Only Have Ourselves To Blame” - Who is at fault for the state of Sydney’s music industry?

I just finished reading this article and wanted to share some thoughts.

When the iconic Sydney venue “The Basement” announced they would be closing earlier this year the conversation about the state of the industry was once again a hot topic. The Basement closing down, like many other venues before it is another big loss for musicians and music appreciators alike.

Like the article above (and the ensuing comment thread) there is a lot of blame going around, from fingers pointed at the state government and their lock out laws; over to un-supportive punters who are more willing to spend money at a nightclub with a DJ than to get out and support especially local bands; and further scorn goes to the “industry” that just doesn’t support live music like it used to.

One notable exception to the blame game I’ve noticed is to put some of this on us - the musicians themselves. Since starting my agency Brightside Music last year I have spoken to many well-intentioned, music-loving and supportive venue owners with absolutely terrible stories of musicians showing up to gigs drunk, poorly presented, abusive or others just not showing up at all. It’s a massive risk to their venue to put a musician in, it can ruin a night and I’ve had to talk up our musicians and assure them that should they try live music again that, this won’t happen - only some of them believe me.

I believe it’s a combination of all of the above and more - a big mess really, and even if you are an optimist and see some hope for live music you still have to agree it could definitely be better. I don’t think there is one solution for this, but I know as a musician that I can do my part as the professional to build trust back into our industry and if you are a musician I’d love for you to do the same.

Friday, 27 January 2017

My Intro!

Welcome to my blog, my name is Phil Stormer, I'm a musician and entrepreneur based in the Blue Mountains (about two hours west of Sydney) Australia. Here's some of my work:

I'm 30 years old and I've been a musician since I first began guitar lessons from age 5. I elected into music right through school, took lessons that entire time with 20+ different teachers and went on to study music at university and I hold my bachelor of music in performance & composition. I have been a professional guitarist from my mid teens and have played countless gigs and taught hundreds of students in that time (hear me play here).

I am also an entrepreneur and run two music businesses with my brother Joel; Stormer Music and Brightside Music. We have built these from the ground up and have been basically self taught until recently when I joined the Entourage and now work with a business coach/mentor.

I've started this blog to join in the discussion around music, business, art and life. I will be posting about topics like why music/art matters, the interplay between music and business, entrepreneurship, musicianship, life and making it count. I've often thought about starting a blog, but have never taken the step (I suspect many people have this same urge) so this will be a journey for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.

I hope you enjoy!

- Phil.