Best Blank Slate Sessions of 2017 – VIDEO FEATURE

We run down the best Blank Slate Sessions of 2017!

It’s been a busy year at BSC. Lots of changes and lots of videos! I think we’ve released over 20 professional videos this year. I’m sure 2018 will be even busier!

Here’s our pick of the bunch (in no particular order)

Creature – Fire

Laura Elsy

Dunes – Velvet

Souls of Jack Ketch – 466-64

Witch Charmer – Worlds Burning

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THE DARKNESS and THE BLACKFOOT GYPSIES – Nov 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Darkness and The Blackfoot Gypsies – 28th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Channelling the styles of Dylan and the Beatles with a distinctly southern rock flavour. Tennessee quartet; The Blackfoot Gypsies are perhaps an odd choice for this opening slot for a hard rock band. That being said, they handled it with aplomb and I dare say they made a substantial number of new fans along the way with their energetic hook-filled set.

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Next up The Darkness, promoting their new album (which is probably one of their finest) ‘Pinewood Smile’.

The Darkness - 28th November 2017 - Newcastle O2 Academy

The Darkness – 28th November 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

You pretty much know what you’re going to get at a Darkness gig: The kind of foot stomping, pint-in-the-air guitar riffs that the combination of Gibson Les Paul and Marshall stack were invented for Guitar solos that occasionally border on a widdlefest, yet always have that melodic punchline that compliments the song and prevents them becoming self-indulgent wankery. High pitched falsetto warbling. Catsuits. Throw in some tongue in cheek lyrics, a bit of daft banter with the crowd and a fair old smothering of hits and you have a typical Darkness gig.

Tonight the band are on superb form, with some extra heft added to the setlist by the meaty riffs of new songs ‘Southern Trains’ and ‘Japanese Prisoner of Love’. They play a hit-strewn set covering all of their albums, bringing the party to a close with (one of the only actually good Christmas songs) ‘Don’t let the Bells End’ and the obligatory ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’.

Some people wrongly dismiss the Darkness as a piss-take of classic rock bands, but with the quality of musicianship and songs on offer plus the party atmosphere of the gig, it’s safe to say that they’ve missed the point. Their loss.

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Music bloggers and photographers wanted – Blank Slate Creative

Blank Slate Creative are looking for music bloggers and music photographers for 2018

Manic Street Preachers - Times Square Newcastle - August 2017 crowd shot

Manic Street Preachers – Times Square Newcastle – August 2017

We have more offers for cool gigs and new albums than we can currently manage. At present, we focus on rock, indie, punk and metal but we are able to expand into other areas depending on demand. Opportunities are available for those with a passion for music and a knack for capturing the moment.

  • Gigs (photo features and live reviews)

  • Album reviews

  • Interviews

We’re looking for people with a strong focus on quality content, as opposed to quantity. Live gig coverage and new albums up for review that kinda thing. We’re a small team at present and would like to bring more music fans in to help with that side of our blogging.

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Avenged Sevenfold – January 2017 – Newcastle Arena

Writers;

Writing skills are essential. Experience not necessarily an issue, although willingness to embrace feedback and guidance from the editor is a must. You’ll need access to a computer or device suitable for writing reviews and internet access to email your content in.

Photographers;

You’ll need your own gear, capable of delivering pro-standard photos. Touring bands tend to be access only but there are the occasionally paid shoots and second shooter duties on offer to reliable togs.

We’re also able to help tutor photographers who’d like to learn the ropes.

Over 18s only as venues we cover tend to have age restrictions.

Get in touch…

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GJB talks about Photography with NARC Magazine

GJB talks about Photography

NARC Magazine asked if I would contribute a feature on how to get started in Photography.

Head here to read my advice/ramblings 🙂

 

Extract; ‘My name is Graeme and I run Blank Slate Creative; a local business that offers photo and video services. I started out as a hobbyist but found myself drawn in deeper and deeper, it’s an addictive but fun hobby…READ MORE

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Prague (Praha), Czech Republic (Final Part) – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

A recent trip to one of my favourite cities. A beautiful place with some fascinating people. I had my Fuji Xpro1 and an 18mm lens with me. Perfect for a spot of street photography 🙂

Prague (Praha), Czech Republic (PART 11) – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

A recent trip to one of my favourite cities. A beautiful place with some fascinating people. I had my Fuji Xpro1 and an 18mm lens with me. Perfect for a spot of street photography 🙂

The Raging Sickness – Blank Slate Session (Part 1) – VIDEO and PHOTOS

The Raging Sickness
Blank Slate Session (Part 1)

Here’s the latest Blank Slate Session. A local band I’ve seen countless times! Great to get a chance to cover them and of course sink a few beers!

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Camera/Editor: Graeme Baty
Camera: Graeme Baty
Sound: David Curle (First Avenue Studios)

HAPPY MEALS – October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Happy Meals
October 2017, Boiler Shop Newcastle

Captured while on tour with Liars.

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Simon Wood – Blank Slate Acoustic Session (Part 1) – VIDEO

Simon Wood and Tamara – Blank Slate Acoustic Session (Part 1)

Really chuffed to have Simon back in session. This time with a very special guest!

For the first track from the session they jam on a few classic gems; Organ Donor, Tainted Love, Sweet Dreams and of course the now classic Insomnia!

Camera/Editor: Graeme J. Baty
Sound: Graeme J. Baty

Prague (Praha), Czech Republic (PART 10) – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

A recent trip to one of my favourite cities. A beautiful place with some fascinating people. I had my Fuji Xpro1 and an 18mm lens with me. Perfect for a spot of street photography 🙂