I’ve written a few things for the Performance Rights Society’s digital mag over the past few months. I’m a big fan of the PRS, and it’s great to reach out directly to working musicians and producers.
My first piece for PRS explored the thorny issue of DJs playing ‘plague raves’ at the height of the pandemic, a topic that seems now to be covered by some kind of official amnesty / omérta, but remains one of the most deeply reckless features of a crisis that is still far from over.
Inspired by the news that Daft Punk were breaking up, I explored just what’s it’s like to be part of a band when you realise that ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold’.
This piece looked at how emerging back into some semblance of normal touring / business for the music industry was impossible without taking into account the mental and emotional impact of the pandemic on the musicians. And how ‘business as usual’ might be a massive missed opportunity for change.
Most recently comes this deeply polemic piece along a similar theme. The music industry is just one of many where Covid revealed deep fault lines of inequality. And the so-called recovery is no such thing if the only people who benefit are tech bros, Tories and the privileged few. Everything is not fine.