Harkive 2016 – The Final Countdown – 7 days to go!

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On Tuesday 19th July Harkive will return for its fourth year to once again collect stories online from people about the detail of their music listening experience.

The project asks people to tell the tale of HowWhere and Why they listen to music on a single day each year, with the aim of capturing for posterity a snapshot of the way in which we interact with the sounds and technology of today. Since launching in 2013 the project has gathered over 8,000 stories, and on Tuesday 19th July we’ll be doing it all again. We hope you’ll join us by telling Harkive your story.

We’re now on the final countdown to Harkive 2016, with just 7 days to go. As we have done in previous years, in the run up to the big day we’ll be posting some ‘example’ stories from people who do interesting things with their music listening. Today we welcome Andy Inglis, owner of renowned Artist Management company, 5000.

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Andy is an Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Mentor and Lecturer in the Live Music Industry. His career started in Scotland in 1990, DJing and running raves around the country. He began managing bands and small electronic labels, moving to London in 1997 to continue the work. In 2005 he co-founded The Luminaire which won London Venue of The Year and UK Venue of The Year in the first two years. He booked Quart – Norway’s biggest and oldest music festival – and spent two years travelling the world with Savages as their Tour Manager. He now does the same for Mercury Prize-nominated artist William Doyle (East India Youth) on XL Recordings, whom he also manages, alongside rapper/producer Denzel Himself, improvisational pianist Tom Rogerson, composer John Uren and artist and sound designer Novo Amor. He is International Advisor for artist Jenny Hval and has co-founded up a mentoring initiative to help young women into the music industry. If he had his way he would ban guest lists, encores, cover versions, jazz-funk and Nestlé chocolate.

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Andy kindly agreed to keep a record of his music listening on Thursday 5th July, and here is his story..

For someone whose life revolves around music, I don’t always have time for it. But it’s been my life for twenty-six years and it will continue to be until my life is over. A privilege I’m unable to articulate.

I love all the music I work with and return to it often. And I get a lot of demos. It doesn’t leave much time for new music, and since I stopped promoting shows (at a venue I used to co-own in London) in 2008, I no longer seek it out. Enough seems to find me and let’s face it, at forty-three I’m no longer the target market for the majority of the world’s musical output. As I look at the clock, it’s gone 1535 and I’ve not played a note. It’s unlikely I will all day.

Tomorrow morning I’ll visit Liverpool to appear on a friend’s radio show. We’ll play music and talk about the music industry. He’s just sent me a list of fifteen artists he’ll play. I recognise seven, have an opinion on one. He asked me to play five tracks. I’m going with the work of Julia Holter, Grimes, Glen Campbell, Paula Temple, Pete & Rock and CL Smooth. Holter’s latest album is, without a word of hyperbole, a masterpiece. Grimes’ ‘Art Angels’ from last year is the best pop album I’ve heard in maybe a decade. Glen Campbell speaks to the romantic in me, Paula Temple is producing some of the most compelling, brutal, industrial techno right now and Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s ’T.R.O.Y’ is without question one of the greatest Hip-Hop tracks of all time.

In a couple of hours I’ll go for a run. I don’t play music when I’m running; the cables and player and earphones are physically encumbering. After dinner I’ll have a Skype call with a friend in Montreal, get to bed early for an 0500 start. After Liverpool it’s London, Cardiff, Mallorca, Las Vegas, and into the desert for a drive across America. That’s where music makes sense to me, where I’ll fall in love with it all all over again, not through laptop speakers, or in the clubs and bars we shoehorn musicians into and hope their art somehow makes sense over the clatter of glasses and voices raised, but breathing and soaring through open windows, beneath huge skies, into a burning desert sunset.

If you enjoyed Andy’s example and would like to tell your own Harkive story in a similar way, you can do so by emailing submit@harkive.org on or after 19th July with the tale of your listening day, writing as much or as little as you want. If email is not your thing, you can contribute your story in a number of other ways, such as by Tweeting with the hashtag #harkive across the day, by posting to the Harkive page on Facebook, or by adding stories and images to Tumbr and Instagram – just remember to add the hashtag #harkive to each of your posts. More information on the ways in which you can tell your story are on the How To Contribute page.

Harkive 2016 is just 7 days away. We do hope you’ll join us on Tuesday 19th July by telling us the story of your listening day. If Harkive sounds interesting, please do help us spread the word by telling your friends about the project. In the meantime you can keep an eye on the project by following us on Twitter, or by liking our Facebook page. If you have any question about the project please feel free to email us.

Thanks again to Andy for his story. If you’d like to follow his activities, you’ll find him as  @5000mgmt on Twitter. We’ll have another story for you tomorrow as the Harkive 2016 countdown continues.