THE HONG KONG MUSIC INDUSTRY: WHY IT HAS NEVER GONE ANYWHERE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

To understand the current state of the Hong Kong music industry today- pretty much dead and buried- there’s a need to understand at least part of what happened and didn’t happen yesterday, and how things have been allowed to evolve and dissolve into very muddy waters with some Howlin’ Wolf thrown in. We’re going back to the future, Marty…

A fish stinks from the head down, and today’s local music industry is paying for the sins of the past by those handful of decision making executives who engaged in dirty politics, made use of their “Chineseness” to sell themselves and their side projects to naive Head Offices blinded by the “China Dream” that here was “potentially the largest music market in the world”.

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JIMMY “THE VOICE” CUPPLES ADDS TO THE EXCITEMENT OF LONGINES HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

He’s the voice behind the latest theme song for Happy Wednesday titled “We’re Having A Happy Wednesday”.

He’s also the voice behind “We’re All Here Together”, an anthemic song about racing and, especially, the Hong Kong International Races, and another original written by music executive Hans Ebert and producer/engineer Trevor Carter, co-owner of Studio 52 in Melbourne, where the recordings were produced.

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THANK YOU, LEON RUSSELL

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

In the space of two short days, we lost Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell. The curse of 2016 struck again robbing the world of two more extraordinary creative talents just like it’s taken Prince and Bowie and Glenn Frey and so many others from us, and replacing all that wonderful music about life, love and peace and, sure, sex, with a bitter, angry, divisive world hell bent on tearing down all the goodness and innocent forays into the dark that had been built up only to have all this replaced by downright ugliness- ugly politics, where everybody is wrong when nobody’s right, attractive women ugly on the inside in and out of “love” for financial security, and old fashioned ideals handed to us by our parents wiped out forever.

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WHY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE TRUMPED

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

So, you’ve recorded some songs. Great. Creative outlets always lead one away from darkness and into some form of shining light. But what do you plan to do with these songs? Even with a record label behind you, what can they do for these songs? Really. And if you’ve managed to convince some benevolent fairy godparent to invest in your musical project, what next? What’s the payback? It’s not easy being a fairy godmother or fairy godfather these days. It’s a full-time paying gig and like Shylock, they’ll return for that pound of flesh. Bet on it.

Do you even own what’s been recorded? You know, the Rights? All. The. Rights. No one’s going to foot the bill for something and not own it all. All. Everything. It’s what, surprisingly, many who’ve been making music for even decades, still don’t understand. But they’ve happily jumped the gun and are pursuing the fame game by shooting blanks. Even Mother Superior can’t jump the gun.

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MUSIC AND THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s reached a point where it’s not even a case of Them versus Us. It’s finally come around to how to get around legalese that were questionable from the start, but which many were too timid to question, especially at those tribal gatherings of wannabe big swinging dicks who would waltz in and out of those ubiquitous music conferences where nothing was ever achieved and everyone left mumbling that music mattered when they were as confused about everything as someone trying to understand the relevance of a blog by The Bobster.

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THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND THE NEED FOR AN EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF POWER

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Often- extremely often- one wonders if artists really know what’s happening to their music, and, more often than not, why nothing is happening to their music. Forget about all those travelling First Class with their army of lawyers wearing tight legal briefs and with the firepower to give windburn to anyone in their way. Plus, someone like Taylor Swift first came along before it all became so unnecessarily complicated and convoluted and where it’s easier to say just say No, because approving simple requests for something as basic as the approval to use a song might require actually doing some work, or the request is deemed too small to bother.

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HOW A “NORTH WIND” AND WHITEMOOR BLEW THIS WAY

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It would be too easy to say that one could hear Sting recording the song. But, often, the problem is trying to be too smart and which leads to pretentiousness and that kiss of death called Overthinking. Overthinking has been the ruin of many an artist.

So, let’s leave it as “North Wind” by WhiteMoor and recorded in 2014- sounds like something Sting might have recorded when writing songs like “Fragile” and “Field Of Dreams”- strong melodies with moving and effortless lyrics.

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THE RISE AND RISE OF THE STUPID PEOPLE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

“There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones?” Dylan sang those lines years ago without realising just how many “Mister Joneses” have been given a free pass to run free in so many industries.

Look at what has been allowed to happen in the theatre of absurd in American politics. How on earth did a businessman who has declared for bankruptcy so many times, never paid taxes, insults women, and is some television reality personality, who is equal parts schoolyard bully and buffoon, get to a point where he can single-handedly blow the constitution to bits by threatening to throw his toys out of his pram if he’s not named the next President Of The United States?

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