PRS for music announce easier and faster payment method.

PRS for Music have announced that they are launching a new payment system on 23rd January 2014 which will allow production music users to pay at the point of application and receive their licence on the same day. This is really good news for music users as the previous system was much slower process. We will post any additional information here and on Facebook as and when it becomes available.

Keep it simple!

I came across Picasso’s famous quote the other day: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. Many people believe that the more you learn how to do something creative “properly” through training, the less of your natural creative instinct comes through, and maybe this was what Picasso was getting at. There are ‘rules’ to be followed which have evolved over time which must be observed, and once you have mastered the rules you then spend your life unlearning them in a quest for originality! In his early career Picasso famously replicated works by Velasquez which proved beyond question that he knew how to paint. What I believe he was referring to in this quote was the fact that kids get on with it and have fun with art, they don’t think think about rules or self-criticise too much. Hans Zimmer has been quoted as believing that his lack of “formal” musical education has allowed him a certain creative freedom which has allowed him to just do what sounds right rather than follow a rigid musical doctrine. As adults we are always trying to prove something or impress which creates a tendency to over analyse things, whereas children still retain that wide-eyed fascination with the world. The irony is that the more honest and immediate art or music is the more people will connect with it. Conversely, the more laboured and reworked it is the more it loses its original spark. The same goes for recording and arranging music: keeping arrangements simple assists with creating clear mixes which is especially important when creating media music where you might have a voiceover in the middle of the mix. Equally, the first recording take is always going to be one of the best, and captures more spontaneity and feel than the fifty-ninth take when the musicians have played the same thing over and over again….

The important thing is to create a balance between knowledge and experience on the one hand, and retaining a childlike fascination and enthusiasm on the other. Keep it simple and, above all, know when to leave it alone! Easier said than done I hear you say…