Author - Jason Siddall

Be My Valentine. Duets That Rock Our Musical World

“Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. Love is in the air, every sight and every sound…”   You may recognise those two lines as the opening lyrics to Paul Young’s, Love Is In The Air. And if you don’t, you soon will! This is the time of year when people start humming love songs in lifts and supermarket queues. Shops dig out their Valentine duets collections and play them on a continuous loop. The hope is clearly to seduce [...]

The Only Guide To Buying A Guitar You’ll Ever Need!

Take a guess as to the Number One reason most people never learn to play a musical instrument. They don’t want to? Nope. They don’t have to time? Wrong again. They lack the confidence? Okay, stop guessing – we’ll give you the answer. The absolute main, Numero Uno reason why most people never learn a musical instrument is cost. It’s sad but true. Just think about how much even the most humble piano costs.   This is why guitars are just [...]

Leigh Stephens – The Original Guitar Man

“Who draws the crowd, who plays so loud? Baby, it’s the Guitar Man.” This line from Billy Joel’s famous song could well have been written about Leigh Stephens, who according to Rolling Stone, was “shredding eardrums with the psychedelic-blues trio Blue Cheer before heavy metal had a name. The group bragged of being the loudest in the world, and Stephens’ molten solos epitomise Sixties rock at its most untethered and abandoned.” “Loud” seems to be the impression a lot of people [...]

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SAMA’s 2017 Recap: Winners, Performances and Everything In Between

The annual award ceremony which is arguably South Africa’s biggest award show took place on the evening of the 27th of May at the Sun City Superbowl in the North West. The South African Music Awards hosted by Comedian Tumi Morake and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, were a star-studded affair meant to celebrate local musicians and their work in the past year. The biggest winner for the night was rapper Kwesta, who took home an armload of five awards. Afro-soul [...]

Have Your Demo Picked By Record Labels

How To Have Your Demo Picked By Record Labels

How To: Have Your Demo Picked By Record Labels You’ve recorded the best album ever.The next step after recording your demo is naturally handing it to people who will be able to give you your big break. However, what is tricky about that step is that a lot of artists, like you, are also trying to get their demos heard. Therefore, there needs to be a plan in place to ensure that your demo stands out and doesn’t get lost [...]

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DJ Black Coffee Takes The World By Storm

South African DJ Black Coffee Takes The World By Storm South Africa has been abuzz with celebration and excitement over DJ Black Coffee’s achievements and success lately. In just more than a year ago, the house music DJ and producer made history by becoming the first South African to win a BET Award for “Best International Act Africa”.   But Who Is He? Black Coffee, who real name is Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, has cemented his position in the South African house music industry [...]

The Effects Of Illegal Downloading On The Music Industry defines piracy as “the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented intervention, trademarked product, etc.” while The Economic Times narrows it down and claims piracy is “the copying and distributing copies of a piece music for which the composer, recording artist, or copyright-holding record company did not give consent.” Illegal music sharing started back when the phenomenon of CD-burning was introduced. It was a much cheaper option that came, however, with slow copying time [...]

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Touring Survival Guide Top Tips for Having the Best First Tour

Whether you’re in a band or are a solo artist, booking your first tour is always an exciting time because you get to venture into new avenues and experience first time moments with your fans. Nevertheless, all the flurry of activities, along with making certain everything is organized can be very overwhelming. You also face a swirl of mysteries and a lot of uncertainties that give you sleepless nights as you edge closer to your first touring experience. However, [...]

The Business of Music How Focusing On Your Core Fans Equals Success

We simply cannot deny that each day brings a change and something new to learn and adapt to. Social media channels and new analytics reveal updated facts and stats constantly. Marketing tools and techniques tend to move at a dramatic pace. With such taking place, a position of falling behind is the last thing that marketers need to find themselves in. However, through all these constant changes, one low-tech marketing tool that happens to be the most important and should [...]

Back to School Sale

Any excuse for a sale right?   We thought we’d jump on the bandwagon with our awesome back to school sale! Featuring once-off package deals and huge discounts in ALL musical departments – so if you have decided 2017 is your year for learning a new instrument or have just been eyeballing that drum kit, now’s your chance to get in on a great deal!   Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for deals near you!   Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  

Marshall Music’s Black Friday Sale

Yes it’s true, we have decided to participate in BLACK FRIDAY this year! We can’t turn down a good sale, so We’ve taken up to 50% off our top selling brands, in EVERY Marshall Music branch! The Details? Sale date: 25 November 2017 Venue: All Marshall Music Branches Time: 9:00 – 17:30 There will also be price drops exclusive to each store. Go on, treat yo’self. Here’s a list of the brands that will be discounted at each store, just click on the picture to [...]

Win A Guitar with Marshall Music

Give Someone the Gift of Music Ever wanted to get that guy busking outside the mall a makeover on his beat-up old guitar? Know someone who would really love to play but just can’t get their hands on a guitar? Maybe you just want to say thanks to a friend who has been by your side all year – whatever the reason, we’re giving you the opportunity to win someone a brand new Freshman acoustic guitar! It’s easy, all you need [...]

The Digico S21 Mixing Console Might Be The Answer To All Your Prayers

The Digico S21 Mixing Console Might Be The Answer To All Your Prayers.     Any sound engineer worth his salt knows the importance of a high quality mixing console. The large majority of the room analysis and processing can be achieved with pre-existing technology if the correct mixing console is utilized   Been a pivotal part of the production it is key to purchase the correct console and making that choice can be extremely daunting due to the cost of most high end mixing consoles in [...]

Marshall Music’s Annual Sale: 01 October 2016

Our Annual Sale is Finally Here We’ve got a warehouse full of great gear just waiting to find a home and our one-day-only annual sale is just around the corner. On the 1st October 2016 we’re giving you studio, pro-audio, guitar and drum equipment at unbeatable prices. We will be cutting prices on all your favourite brands while stocks last. For more information, keep an eye on our social media and contact the store closest to you. #MarshallMusicSA TIME: 09:00 – 17:30 MARSHALL MUSIC WOODMEAD Unit [...]

Yamaha Piano Scholarship Program 2016

Interested in a Scholarship? Yamaha Music Gulf FZE, have initiated a Piano Scholarship Program commencing this September 2016. All of the territories falling under Yamaha Music Gulf, including South Africa have the opportunity to participate. A total of 9 finalists will be selected across all regions, these 9 applicants will participate in a final audition in Dubai on the 11th of February 2017. Flights and accommodation for the finalists and their professors will be covered by Yamaha Music Gulf FZE. 3 students [...]