Two Thousand Eight cont...

(2008 cont...)

Continue on we must, oohhh ahhhhh(say it like a pirate). Mastering out of the way, that job, that tough job still yet to come, what was it? Ahh Chris remembers (sitting like an old man in a rocking chair), there was a band who regularly used the studio for rehearsals and every time Chris heard them and thought, they sound pretty good, it was nothing out of the ordinary to close the studio up and start humming or whistling their songs. This band was a great bunch or lads called Red Shell and man, their sound was just sooo good to listen too. Of course you can read many blogs about someone liking a band but trust Chris, this band was gonna knock ya socks off if you heard them even today. The band eventually called themselves Red Shell, ya know, like off that Super Mario Kart game on the SNES(Chris is still rocking on the rocking chair).

Red Shell performing at Touch Bar, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 2008

feat Chris Rhodes, Ben Ryan, John Ryan, Pete Wanless and of course Chris Dulson

Chris can't tell you why they called themselves that as he would have to rate this blog as Over 18 Adult material but yeah, Red Shell it was and Red Shell it stayed cuz it would chase you up the a***! Stop it or else!







Red Shell performing at Venombase Studios Presents in Yates,

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent 2008

Ok Ok, They were secretly cool guys who really didn't know how good they were. Seriously, they got the right attention at gigs wherever they went. 

Anyway, time went on and Chris decided to put them on his local gig at a place called Yate's in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent. It was a fabulous venue for Live Music and very classy indeedy. This gig became regular every Sunday Night and Chris was the Promoter, Sound Engineer, Host and Dogs body-everybody wanted his blood before and on the night. Oops, we still haven't mentioned that job have we?

We will as soon as i've finished this section. The nights were going well with crowds rising and oddly falling every time another event happend like football etc.





























Pete Wanless out of Red Shell performing at Yates, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent 2008

Chris was starting to get crowds of around 100-150 people to the venue on a Sunday Night. The place as he knew it wasn't that popular before on Sunday Nights so yeah, it was definitely a good move to get Chris in in the end. Hearing Red Shell perform live only made Chris want to do even more for them but this was not going to come lightly or quickly as someone else caught his attention. 



















Red Shell Recording at Venombase Studios 2009

Tracking Guitars

feat John Ryan and Chris Dulson

The 2nd Band but the 1st Band

After opening the studio for Rehearsals and Recording, Chris scratched his head to wonder what he could do next. With now putting gigs on as well as promoting local, national and international artists, what in the world would he need to do next to gather more attention to Venombase? Another local band at the time called Maybe This Friday caught his attention at Venombase and again, he thought yeah, they could go far.

Maybe This Friday performing at The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 2008

feat from left to right: Callum, Tyler, Lois, Jack and Matt




A Music Industry Seminar was appearing at Hanley Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and after briefly talking with the organiser Sarah, he was encouraged to come along even if he didn't think it was for him. A cool young lad out of a band called Maybe This Friday(MTF for short from now) named Tyler asked if Chris was going to the event. Chris said "yeah why not" and i think Chris met him there. Sitting there looking at a stage of Industry Proffessionals which consisted of a Booking Agent, Artist Manager and 2 from a Major Record Label. Listening to them was very inspiring even though the Booking Agent kinda was starting to lead himself into hot water by saying that if a gig was costing £10,000 to put on he would tell the artist it would cost £20,000. Yeah for real and yeah the crowd started to jeer at him but the host eventually explained what he was trying to get at. 

After the event, Chris thought well, he could do the Artist Manager side but wouldn't know where to start.

As soon as his foot stepped out of the Museum he heard "Chris Chris wait up". It was Tyler and Chris thought he just wanted a stroll. Oh no, Chris said . Tyler said "Will you manage us Chris?". His reply was pretty much the same as above. He had no idea where to start, no contacts, no organisation or system in place to follow, just a studio and a bit of experience putting gigs on. After, Tyler ground Chris down Chris eventually gave in. Tyler was a good lad and Chris thought we were getting on ok for him to help this band out.























Maybe This Friday performing at The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 2008

feat from left to right: Callum, Lois, Jack, Tyler and Matt





We have forgotten to mention that the band were only around 15-16 years old at the time and Chris quickly found out that most venues weren't putting on anyone under the age of 18 years. UGH!!!

He wanted to do things right and invited all their parents to come and talk with him and he could then tell them his proposal. On the day of the meeting, no parents turned up as they said to the band that they will support them no matter what their decision. Chris was ok with this but not 100% as he didn't want them to come bustling down my door if there was a problem. Chris went along with it for the time being and so he chatted with the band and obviously they said they wanted to be famous. Chris just said-O K. Then they wanted gigs and especially a Headline Gig at a local venue called The Sugarmill in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Chris said OK, they wanted a logo, Chris said ok, they said they wanted Recording time, Chris said No problem-that is something he already does as they knew. The management agreement was explained very clearly and then the Artist Management job started-With no money to invest in the band, time was all that Chris could give. 

It was a Matter of Time

So, demo recordings? check, logo? check, photos? check, Headline Gig at the Sugarmill-Bloody double triple quadruple check, BOOM! it was going to happen very early with Chris's contact. The band were asked to sell 50 tickets, no problem, they could of done 100 but chose to be conservative and sold around 60 at their first gig from Chris's memory. The floor was bouncing when they went on, Chris was very excited but found himself remaining as an observer/critique as he felt this is what they were going to ask him for after. They were very self-critical themselves too which was surprising but warming as the lead singer Lois attended Dance Schools around the local area and so knew that everything had to be on Par. 

Maybe This Friday performing at The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 2008

feat from left to right: Callum, Lois, Jack, Tyler and Matt














Maybe This Friday performing at The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, 2008

feat from left to right: Callum,  Jack, Lois, Tyler and Matt





Back to the Music

First gig done, what next, what now, i've got this incredible band who have the pop rock genre in their hands, people raving about them at thier schools like they were already famous. Hmmmm i wonder, i wonder if they will, ya know that other band? Well, it was pointless waiting for Red Shell to seek support so Chris asked Red Shell if they would like him to manage them. They in return said Yes and so within the space of a month, Chris was managing 2 bands! The Artist Manager at the Seminar said he is maxed out at managing 16 bands so Chris didnt think 2 bands was that big of a deal. Still it was very exciting as both were doing genres at almost the opposite end of the scale. Pop-Rock vs Indie-Rock. they are different ya know?

That job is going have to wait til the next episode im afraid aswell as what happens next..........

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