Keeping things as simple as a #JustinBieber and #SelenaGomez song

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s good to get away from daily routines. It clears the head, let’s in some much-needed fresh air to make the fog and amphetamines disappear. forces one to think, re-think and re-learn many things that have been swept under the sneakers, and kinda say, F*ck what everyone else thinks, cos opinions are like assholes and I have mine- opinions and an asshole. And so, the Christmas holidays were spent with someone adamant that I needed the present of Change.

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What’s holding back Asian artists singing in English? Is The Force not with them?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

While Hong Kong’s so-called English “music scene” meanders along with the usual suspects “jizzing” away imagining that they’re jazz artistes- and gullible audiences buying into this vapid shell game- and the cover bands circuit tries to channel everyone from Axl Rose and Adele with no thought of originality, an artist like Yuna from Malaysia continues to push that creative envelope. Love you, Yuna.

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Mainland China is potentially the biggest music market in the world? Still? Oh, please.

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

A friend in horse racing recently asked who I thought was the best music executive in Asia. The answer was easy: No one. If there was a “best”, or even an “effective” music executive, this region wouldn’t be seen as existing only as a token gesture. Making up only a minuscule percentage to annual worldwide profits, when looking at this region, every international head office can still only dangle that carrot known as Mainland China, and sing the same old song sung now for almost two decades- that here is “potentially the world’s largest music market”. Potentially. Stop it, you’re killing me.

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TIME TO STOP THE POLITICS AND RACISM OF HONG KONG’S DYSFUNCTIONAL MUSIC SCENE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

We’ll keep banging the drum loudly about what passes off as the Hong Kong “music scene”, because it desperately needs a new international lifeline, it needs new and young talent- local and from overseas- and it needs to stop being a dumping ground for mediocrity- largely, ageing middle of the road warblers booked by food&beverage managers at five-star hotels who don’t know jazz from jizz, are clueless about their customers, and worst of all, carrying on that “great tradition” known as back-handers.

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The Cult Of Adele: Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Or just cracked?‏

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

There’s an awful lot written about “25″, the new record by Adele that’s been four years in the making. Most of everything written reads like one very long press release cranked out by a relentless marketing machine intent on ensuring that this record results in massive sales, numerous Grammys, and a Sainthood for Mother Adele.

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The A&R process and is it lost in translation?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

There’s been a great deal of chatter recently about this term known as “A&R” (Artists and Repertoire), its importance, especially to a major music company, and the rise and influence of the A&R person, who, in many ways, has become the Rock Star executive within the often dated structure of a music company.

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YOU CAN REVERSE THE PAIN

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

And so you’ve now gone from choosing songs for your wedding to deciding what songs should be played when you’re laid to rest, and as Lennon sang, “Everybody loves you when you’re six feet in the ground”. That was from “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” off his tremendously underrated- and cathartic- Walls And Bridges album recorded during his “Lost Weekend” and Yoko-less Yer Blues period, where he also sang the truism, “Everybody’s hustling for a buck and a dime, I scratch your back and you knife mine”. As was always the case with John Lennon, he didn’t hold back- his songs being the only therapy he needed before meeting the one-eyed witch doctor on the other side.


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Changing the music world: Any investors out there?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s called the “Not Invented Here Syndrome”, and Adam Levine admitting to Howard Stern that after all the bells and whistles have been silenced, celebrity judges have disappeared along with nanu second “mentoring sessions”, and the “good television” of The Voice are gone, how contestants are handed over to music companies where they get lost in the shuffle, won’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed these well choreographed television singing competitions.

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Suffering from Adeleosiphilitis and looking for Honesty In Music

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Suffering from Adeleosiphilitis? Tired to watch one more spoof of the dear lady’s “Hello”, the uniquely titled first track off her upcoming record “25″ that’s been over four years in the making? Bored shitless reading that she and Damon Albarn couldn’t write together, and that he fobbed her off as being “insecure” and “middle of the road”? Can anyone really work with Damon Albarn who seems to need constant reassuring that everything he produces is brilliant when much is absolute crap?

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MONGOLIAN HOT POT ON A MONGOLIAN SATURDAY AND NEW WORLD MUSIC ORDER‏

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Horse racing and the world of music might have made strange bedfellows back in the day when the twain could never meet, but, not these days, where we’re seeing once insular industries with those running them having equally insular thinking waking up to the fact that for businesses to grow, it’s all about increasing one’s customer base, and how, why, where and when partnerships, and thinking outside of the square, must come into play. It’s all part of that often used, but rarely understood word called “marketing”. And in the horse racing industry, marketing is all too often about talking to and reassuring itself that everything is alright. The similarities with the music industry in denial is eerily similar.

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