The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess on the Alchemy of ‘The Listening Party’

“The cool thing about me about this album is that I didn’t really know I was making an album,” said Paul McCartney.

It’s December 21, 2020, and like many artists, McCartney has released an album—McCartney III, 40 years of follow-up to Secondly And 50 years after he released the first installment, he made his solo debut – while in the depths of a global pandemic with no place to play. Live on Twitter McCartney has connected to thousands of fans in real time, not doing another live stream but listening to each clip and sharing his captions for each song. Charlatans captain Tim Burgess delivered a musical overhaul for fans, providing a sense of connection through music in one of the most solitary times with The listening party.

In 2011, when Burgess dipped his toes for the first time listening partyTwitter was still a fairly new phenomenon. Urged by following British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed, who was sharing his own commentary on the 2010 film, in which he starred, four black Live on Twitter, the flashlight is on: The same can be done with music. The DVD world wasn’t the only medium worthy of such explanations. Burgess wanted to bring another dimension to albums that people have always loved, or introduce them to artists they never knew they loved, by introducing and listening to the people behind the music in real time.

Within five days, Burgess created his first business listening party on Twitter and continue about The Charlatans, including a 2015 party around the 25th anniversary of the band’s debut album, some friendlyand later delve into some of his single material. Centered only around the solo albums of The Charlatans and Burgess at first, listening party Expanded in March 2020. After the course was completed, Burgess is back with another edition of listening party To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of some friendly When Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Capranos reached out to tell Burgess what the album meant to his 17-year-old when he first bought it. Soon after, Kapranos and guitarist Bob Hardy joined Burgess for their own band. listening party For the first time in 2004 under the title “Franz Ferdinand”.

Perhaps a prophetic phenomenon, Tim listening party Bursting in the middle of a global pandemic, it connects fans with artists who have felt disconnected from normal (live music), offering a new platform on which they can listen to an album – and in some cases a record of the band themselves – listened to for ages – while sharing tidbits and photos they’ve never had before. Its unparalleled and the memories about making it all.

“I think people were confused when the lockdown started,” Burgess says. “Everyone thought this was going to go on for a few weeks and then it got more and more dangerous over the days and days and people needed to do something. Listening parties did something: listening to a recording you liked with other people who liked it too, with one of the band members you knew But you didn’t quite know their story, or maybe you knew them inside and out.”

Tim’s Twitter listening party from there. Oasis’ founding guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs has revealed that “Shakermaker” tune, first released in 1994, Definitely canwas actually pulled from a Coca-Cola ad or how the band recorded the closing song “Married with Children” in album producer Mark Coyle’s bedroom.

Time and time again, more is discovered during Concerts. Simon LeBon’s Duran Duran on keyboardist Nick Rhodes and then his girlfriend giggle at the top of “Hungry Like a Wolf” and how “Save a Prayer” came from the band’s 1982 album Rio. Dexy’s Midnight Runner faces an unexpected situation Reunion About their debut in 1980 Searching for Young Soul Rebelswhile Boy pianist Mike Garson talked about how he barely listened to David Bowie’s 1973 song Aladdin Sani For years after it was registered. “It’s just history,” Garson tweeted at the time. listening party for the 1973 album. “This told me it was big but at the time it was recorded, I didn’t have that fact.”

Regardless of brand loyalty, friend or foe — some band members are reaching out to each other for the first time after years of suspension — dozens of artists, from Blur on Parklife, have joined in, Peter Hook tweeting about New Order’s Technique and Joy Division’s Closer, Kylie Minnock with her new album Disco, along with a host of artists from Run The Jewels, Siouxsie, Banshees, The Cure, Foals, The Chemical Brothers, Adam and the Ants, The Specials, Lloyd Cole, Madness, Midlake UNKLE and more.

listening party It was a saving grace for Burgess, artists who were off tour indefinitely, and fans who needed to connect outside of non-essential live streams during the lockdown.

“He was definitely a lifesaver,” says Burgess listening party. “Just hearing people say how much they were making it made me feel good. It was so rewarding for people to enjoy it.”

Even today, Tim’s listening party He’s pulled over a million replays since March 2020, and in October 2020, Burgess was contacted to post a collection of over 100 recent times. Concertswhich features photos of tweets during each session with an introduction by Bonehead of Oasis and submitted by British music journalist Pete Paphides, and supporting the Music Venue Trust, a charitable organization that benefits music venues and their community.

listening party It helped Burgess reconnect with the albums he’d always loved, and for listeners, it was a chance to hear the album from a new perspective, from the sequence to the origin of each individual track.

“Sometimes the listener doesn’t know how important it is, but the actual art of making that recording and thinking of it as a 10-track thing with instruments is something artists think about,” Burgess says, adding that often the recording isn’t made by the front person or necessarily the main writer. “Maybe he was the drummer, so you get their version of events,” he says. “People felt more connected to the music and by a significant member of the band or their photographer or someone else because that person was talking to them through the album, while we were all listening.”

metaphor listening party As for his own meditations, which he does daily, Burgess says there is something powerful about community gathering around music. “I did it [meditated] With 10 people and 100 people, that’s the most powerful thing,” he says. “That’s how I felt when thousands of people were listening to ‘Technique’ by New Order with Stephen [Morris] Tweet about Jillian’s pics [Gilbert] Writing a song while the rest of the band members were drunk somewhere.”

Marking the 30th anniversary of their debut The Charlatans, the band recently released a line of chests, head full of thoughts, Spanning five albums (in blue vinyl), unheard of demos, live shows, and other rarities, the fourteenth album is in the works.

“We haven’t done anything for five years,” Burgess says of the band’s break between the 2010 release. Who are we talking to? And back in 2015 with modern nature and the latest different days in 2017.

“There was a burst of energy, and then we just stopped a little bit, but I think something is starting again,” Burgess shares. “The set of boxes was for us to clean out the closet and find things we didn’t know were there, and it was a really good way for us to be able to work. No one’s standing on each other’s back, waiting for someone to come up with an idea. It’s just a nice way to work together with something. It didn’t exist before.”

Also scheduled to release his sixth single in 2022, Burgess remains fully invested in daily sessions of listening party.

“It’s all evolved since I started 10 years ago just with quacks and my solo stuff, and it’s been great, but very limited,” Burgess says. “Now I have PR asking if their teams can be included. I am open to anyone who wants to do that, as long as they have a good story.”

Photos: Courtesy of Vicious Kid PR

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