Claire Burgess’s Blog

The DIY Pop Star

Posted in Cute, Music by Claire Burgess on March 27, 2010

I’m a big believer in the DIY way when it comes to making and promoting music. Thats why this article in The Metro last week caught my eye:

PixieTea becomes DIY pop star using iPhone apps

Clever marketing ploy or not it’s a great idea and J-Pop fans I’m sure are loving it. UK artists have been using an imac for ages to work on there music. Throw an iphone in and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.  

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Muchuu Garden Party

Posted in Birmingham UK, Fun, Live Music, Music by Claire Burgess on August 18, 2009

On Thursday I will be going to the Muchuu Garden Party. Really looking forward to it. Anyone can come so if you fancy a good time with some great music then come along. You can also see some of the photos from the last Muchuu party here


A New Year…A New Country

Posted in Claire Burgess, Dubai, Dubai Eye, Dubai Today, IBDA'A, Media, Music, Radio by Claire Burgess on January 12, 2009

It has been a while since I have blogged because things have been a little busy, what with moving countries for a month I just haven’t had time. So I will try and fill you in and let you know about somethingI have been meaning to post but haven’t got round to it.

A while back someone I follow on Twitter posted up this link:


It reminded me of the article I had read on the way to work in The Metro about what Coldplay’s Chris Martin said about whether in ‘Viva La Vida’ they had copied any any on Joe Satriani’s ‘If I Could Fly.’ He said that “any similarities are coincidental.” Unfortunately for Coldplay it doesn’t matter whether similarities are “coincidental” or not. If ‘Viva La Vida’ contains 8 notes that are the same as ‘If I Could Fly’ then they have plagiarised. Both sides will now appoint musicologists to fight there cases in court as Joe Satriani sues Coldplay for “any and all profits” related to this copyright infringement. I think if I shut my eyes it sounds like the same song but what do you think?

Joe Santriani

So since the New Year has arrived so have I- In Dubai! Last year I won an IBDA’A Award for a Radio Documentary I made. This was presented to me by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. My prize was to do an internship with Arabian Radio Network- Dubai’s biggest radio network. So here I am. I’m working for Dubai’s only English talk station Dubai Eye as a Producer on their day time current affairs programme- Dubai Today.

It’s very different to the kind of station I am used to. Before, I have only worked for music stations. But working in any kind of station in Dubai has restrictions. You aren’t allowed to discuss Alcohol, Sex, Religion, Drugs, Gambling or anything that paints the government in a bad light. Music station’s here also don’t pay for the music they play. It’s all quite strange at the moment but I’m settling in quite well and making friends as I go.

Dubai Eye

I have been spending lots of my spair time on the Beach- 25 degrees in January, I can’t complain! And last night, I went to the ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ at the WAFI centre to watch ET. It felt like being at a drive-in except instead of being in cars we were sat on giant M&M’s bean bags.

So for the rest of the month I will keep you updated with what I get up to.

Gigbeth at Artsfest

Posted in Birmingham UK, Claire Burgess, Gigbeth, Music by Claire Burgess on September 15, 2008

I have just spent the weekend standing on New Street in Birmingham manning the Gigbeth stall at ArtsFest. This meant I had to tell lots of people that “Gigbeth is a music festival held in the Digbeth area of town on the 7th and 8th November.” I must have said that 1000 times over the course of the weekend whilst giving out 3000 flyers. I also gave away lots of free stuff in the shape of t-shirts, bags and cds. It is funny how much people love free stuff even if it’s not very good free stuff but just because they can’t belive you can actually get something for nothing.

The line up so far for this year’s festival looks very cool indeed. Including D:ream (of Things Can Only Get Better, Labour theme tune fame) Guillemots, The Young Knives, The Destroyers, Stanton Warriors and best of all The Sugarhill Gang. Now, there were two kinds of reactions people were giving to the fact they are playing. The first was:

“The who?”
“The Sugarhill Gang”
“I don’t know who they are.”
“Do you remember the song Rapper’s Delight?”
“I said a hip hop ….”

The second kind of reaction was the most amusing. This was the I got from a man who took a flyer and walked about four paces. Turned around and came back.

“The Sugarhill Gang?”
“The REAL Sugarhill Gang?”
“I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop…”

And the guy rapped the whole of Rapper’s Delight whilst dancing in the street. High fived me and went on with his day. I wonder if he knew he had just made my weekend? For all your Gigbeth info check out there website. Tickets are on sale now.