This is a special guest article written by country music veteran Dan Smith. Dan has played in the country band outfit ‘Leather Tone’ for over 30 years, touring all over America, and even a few locations in Europe and Australia. They rose up through the ranks during the golden era of country music during the early 90s, and toured successfully all through the 90s and early 2000s. The band still plays a few shows every year, however they are more casual these days. He reached out to us to share his story of how he converted his old bands footage from VHS to DVD, and was able to share this iconic footage with the world.
The VHS to DVD Story
I was in my mid 20s when the band started gaining a bit of traction. What started out as just me and my brother and our friend Steve Muska jamming away in the garage quite quickly snowballed into us being asked to play some of the biggest festivals of the year. My brother Tommy and I were always the driving force behind the band, and although at the time we were doing it purely out of the love for the music, none of us really expected it to turn into a music career. But that is exactly what happened, and along the way we encountered all manner of people looking to support the band. One of these such people was Billy Kelly, a complete eccentric who loved making films and documentaries. He asked if he could follow us on our tours, and we gladly accepted, so for the next 2 or 3 years Billy essentially became part of the band. He filmed everything, and little did we know that we would be looking for VHS to DVD conversion services years later.
Billy the Kid
Billy would get all up in our faces, get in the way of stage
crews, even knock things over, all just to get that perfect shot that he was
looking for. He shot on what was at the
time a state of the art camera, that recorded onto little cassettes that he
would take home after the shows and edit through to make into mini movies. My memory is certainly a little fuzzy, but he
would turn up every now and then with a finished tape of a particular show or
festival. We watched them at the time, and I think our promoter ended up with
most of them sitting in a box in his office.
They were given to my brother and I in the 2000s, and would not be resurrected
for another 10-15 years.
Digitising the Tapes
When we got those digital copies of the tapes, it was like
discovering a time capsule. ‘We all look
so young!’ exclaimed my brother Tommy.
We could now relive all these magical moments, but more importantly, we
could share them with the community, and people were overjoyed to see all those
great old concerts in action.
Country music is popular in many parts of the world. It is great for the summer, if you are visiting a tropical country, or even cooler climates.
There are many songs that have become classics. There are a few styles of country music, but the most famous is usually old fashioned country. Old-time Western style music has many fans. It also has some influenced rock & roll music, such as the “Rocky” movies and Jim Reeves.
Another popular genre is country style music that is traditional, as it was back in the early days of the United States. It is very traditional with different musical styles being used. It sounds different from the popular music styles of today.
Download sites are common on the Internet. In some cases, these sites will allow you to “rent” these tracks for a certain amount of time. It depends on what sites you visit. This is common in any type of media streaming and is very inexpensive.
The best way to find and download sites is to do a search on Google. Click on the Internet “video” icon and choose “audio streaming sites.” Now you can find all the audio streaming sites in one place.
You might also try to find download sites that offer membership. It is similar to a magazine subscription. You sign up and use a credit card. The membership is like a monthly payment for music downloads.
Music can bring a person back to childhood. Many music lovers come back to this wonderful style of music. Try to come back to the early times of the old songs.
One of the major questions in our society at the moment is whether or not music is accessible to the younger generation. One of the reasons why this question is debated is the price many people have to pay for music and the ongoing disagreements artists have with many platforms such as Spotify , Youtube and other music hosting channels.
Music streaming is a fairly new and extremely popular form of playing music. It has been quickly adopted by the latest generation of people and allows music on demand normally regardless of location. There are a number of inherent advantages as well as disadvantages and it varies vastly from older audio formats such as CD’s or cassettes
One of the most popular widely used audio streaming apps is Spotify. Spotify is the most popular audio streaming app. This is partly due to its free service which includes regular ads and also its paid premium service where users can stream millions of songs for a monthly fee. This is great for people who listen to a very wide variety of music and like listening to trending music on demand.
However industry giants such as Spotify have been embroiled in bitter battles with record labels as well as artists because they pay a very low amount of royalties to the artists every time their song is played. As a result of this many artists have boycotted the service and have withdrawn their songs from it.
Some users of Spotify have also added to the criticism surrounding the company that they do not give people who use ownership of the song. This is due to it being a streaming service although having said this users can still access songs they have downloaded when their premium service membership expire. Overall it would appear that Spotify has helped to broaden the horizons of many younger people who wish to access different music from around the world.
Concerts And Music Festivals
Concerts and music festivals are very popular with the younger generations with millions flocking to them every year. However there have been some restrictions implemented that have affected young people across the UK being able to attend concerts or festivals. One of the biggest factors that has affected concerts and music festivals overall is tickets and ticket prices. Due to the popularity of some high profile music artists many young people find it difficult to find a place within the music industry.
This has led to high priced tickets and has made many events unaffordable for younger people. This is partly due to some ticketing sites and ticket touts reselling tickets. In order to tackle this issue some concert and festival organisers are preventing touts or some select selling sites from using their services and trying to make music more affordable for younger people overall.
Overall to conclude music is becoming a lot more accessible to younger people but more needs to be done to eliminate ticket touts and widen access for all into the music industry.