PICK6 - Scott Muir
22 May 2012
Scott Muir is based in
Are you doing anything special this NZ Music Month?
I'm really, really pleased to say we have been busy moving our business into new premises overlooking the Octagon in the centre of the city. We are lucky to be sharing the 10th floor with a very cool mobile app company. It’s been quite the mission moving the furniture in though...
What has been your favourite local album release to date in 2012?
Hmm tough question... There is no one answer. Tono's ‘Up Here For Dancing’ album and Two Cartoons’ ‘Jelly Tip Lips’ EP are my faves so far this year. It was really great to see Tono and band live recently and see how far he has come stylistically. With Two Cartoons it’s the freshness of the sound and the tension they bring as equal songwriters and musicians to the music they make. Chaos meets structure. Good stuff. (Disclaimer – I co-manage Two Cartoons, but hell, it IS that good.) I also have to say I really, really like Homebrew’s album because it is the voice of disaffected NZ and I only wish great things for them and hope that somewhere the powers that be are listening – the message is THAT important and they have totally connected with NZ youth.
Do you think the popularity of social media now makes individual band websites unnecessary?
No, no, no... A thousand times NO. Social media is NOT your home on the web. Social media is a channel to connect with your fans – it’s like the pub, great place to meet and interact but you wouldn’t want to live there. (Well, maybe some would – but, just sayin’…)
How has the movement of music into the online markets affected your own roles in the biz?
The areas I work in have never been busier. Online is a great place to be – it’s made the world a village and connecting has never been easier. It’s also leveled the playing field in so many ways.
A piece of advice for bands/artists starting out in 2012…
Ask questions – there is no such thing as a dumb question. By and large, people like to help and it really is just that easy… so just ask!
The one question we really should have asked you is…
What’s your strategy? To enjoy and revel in every moment of what I do. It’s only ever about the experience, and unless I am mistaken we only get to do this once…