As an independently owned music company we offer a wide range of creative and business services to artists and songwriters: we produce and mix records and write songs in our two recording studios in London; we manage artists; run an independent record label and a publishing company. Get in touch via email to tell us about your project. We accept demo submissions.

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7 lessons to be learned from rejection

Having been on the receiving end of rejection for four decades, I’ve grown a thick skin. When I started my career as an artist, A&R guys rejected our demos. When someone finally accepted them, the rejections started to pour in from journalists. When parts of that wall broke down, the buying public began rejecting our work. Eventually,  a few fans found us and we toured the world for a few years. So it wasn’t all bad. But there sure was a lot of rejection along the way. Years later, while I’ve been running a label and managing artists, I’ve had to both reject stuff from artists and face rejection when the world doesn’t care for the artists we work with. Neither is particularly pleasant. The only way through is to try, try and try again. Hopefully with a better song, a better record or a new haircut.  Lesson number one
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Working on your craft

Working in music is fun and you meet interesting people with interesting ideas. One such person was this German music publisher who said that “the music business is an ideas business where those with the best ideas win”. Just like good songs, good ideas are hard to come by.  Ideas are also specific to time and place. If you have a day off on tour and the bass player says “I know a place where we can get high and get laid”, it is, arguably, a good idea. The same idea becomes a bad idea when you’re meeting your future in-laws for the first time. Of course, much depends on the way your in-laws roll… It is a very good idea, if you want a career in music, to develop your ideas and your craft. Putting time into learning how to play and then learning how to play even better
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Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas! We’d like to thank all our artists and partners for their contributions in making 2023 another successful year at the Farm. Looking ahead to 2024, a few observations are worth making as a manifesto of intent, if you will. The streaming business, depending on your viewpoint, is either broken or a scam or a lifesaver. This year has seen many corresponding articles in mainstream press about how artists are struggling to make a living. Having been in this racket for a few decades, I have to say: what’s new about that? People who make music that isn’t popular have always struggled to make ends meet. The “good old days” before streaming weren’t that brilliant, you know? Whenever I hear that the music industry has changed, and that there are new rules for a new breed of artist to follow, I think about how the changes of the last
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Are you phoning it in?

A friend of mine, a working musician and singer/songwriter, saw The Boss in Hyde Park the other night and realised to his chagrin that he has been phoning it in, in comparison to what Bruce is still doing at the age of 73. It takes confidence and self-awareness to admit such a thing. Most of us, you see, genuinely believe we are giving it some and if we’re not getting anywhere it’s always someone else’s fault. To be fair, sometimes there are obstacles beyond our control. Most always, however, we most definitely aren’t going anywhere because we’re not doing anywhere near enough. We’re phoning it in.   My mate decided to do his next pub gig differently. Really getting into the material, he performed for three hours solid without any breaks, giving it all he had. The reaction from the punters was palpably different. They recognised that someone was out to
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On Being A Musician

Going to a new town to play a gig in front of five men and a dog used to, at least, be the way forward for artists. You had to make it into the clubs first, before you made it out of them. If you ever did.  Of course, it still goes on, to an extent. And it’s good that it does. However, the inevitable and unstoppable shift from artists playing their music in rooms full of people (or rooms with smatterings of people) to artists existing only as digital constructs on social media platforms is reality. The horrifying death of grassroots music venues doesn’t help. Artists often say that they “need to find decent gigs where people actually want to hear good music” and it always make me wonder if there ever was gig where people didn’t want to hear good music. Who goes to a venue wanting to
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The Five Ws by Lazywall

Who?Me (or You), the New ME. The ME that I have become after being held under house arrest for 2 years because of the Pandemic.What? Fighting depression when they take everything from you. About slowly dying, and then slowly coming back to life. Day after day. When? March 20th 2020, date of national Lockdown for Covid 19Where?bedroom>kitchen>bathroom>back to bedroomWhy?Because you can never give up. You keep going no matter how hard it hits you. Because you will Rise. (“Ghadin Nod” in moroccan means “I will rise”) Pay a visit to https://lazywall.com/ to find out more.
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