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Most musicians, me included, start off wanting to be able to play like their heroes…For a cool video, also check out: http://www.markus-k.com/messing-about-with-voodoo-chile/

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    » From Me to You (so that’s what it’s all about!) markus k » From Me to You (so that’s what it’s all about!) markus k Document Transcript

    • Search Blog Music Contact Enter your details below for a free download of 'In This Cold World' First Name Email Address Recent Posts Busking! Messing About With Voodoo Chile (video) Perfection is a Waste of Time GOLDEN GUITAR NUGGET #2 – The Twiddle! Interview with Costa Blanca Blues Categories
    • Blues Music How to Make Money as a Musician Inspiring Playing Guitar Ramblings The First Post Uncategorized videos Find us on Facebook Markus K Like 2,935 people like Markus K. Facebook social plugin From Me To You (so THAT’s what it’s all about!) “a musician without an audience is like a madman talking to himself” audience required Most musicians, me included, start off wanting to be able to play like their heroes. Mine were, in chronological order: 1 – Some country singer on the radio (while I was pretending to ride a horse on the arm of the sofa); 2 – my dad at bedtime (on an old beat-up acoustic); 3 – The Beatles (I confiscated my dad’s copy of ‘With The Beatles’); 4 – Jimi Hendrix (WOW!, I mean WOW!) and; 5 – the Stones (their version of ‘You Gotta Move’ got me into the blues).
    • at 17 So, you practice and refine your skills until you feel you are getting somewhere. And then what? Then you want to be heard! FIRST GIG: I managed to get a lunch-time gig for me and my equally unprepared friends at college. I really don’t think we were very good, but we got through it without making complete fools of ourselves. I was on a high for at least a week afterwards. One of us had recorded the momentous occasion on a small cassette recorder. We spent the next two days calling random numbers in the phone book to ask whether they thought we were going to be superstars (under the pretence of a survey of course). Most of them seemed to think we were! (no doubt prompted by our enthusiasm)
    • Norway I was hooked and I remember thinking “So THAT’s what it’s all about!” BIGGEST GIG: most likely one of the many festivals I did with the various bands I went on to form. It was a great feeling to stand in front of a sea of people and command their attention with our music, and antics. Plus, it won us the respect and admiration from both industry professionals and fans. We were on the radio, did interviews. We even did some TV appearances. Again, I thought “THAT’s what it’s all about!” BEST GIG: the dining room of the TM community I had been part of for over 20 years. I had just come back from a tour round Europe and Norway, with my power trio GILES. The idea was that I would do an intimate ‘coming home’ gig for friends and family, just me and Blondie, my acoustic guitar. As I sat down to play, I realized that I knew every single person in that select group personally. I knew their names and what they did for a living. I even knew their hopes and dreams. And they all knew me too, just as intimately. This was special. dining room gig When I started playing my songs, the same ones I had played numerous times before, they suddenly took on a whole new level. The genuine interest and attention to detail from my friends brought things out in my singing and playing that I hadn’t thought possible. I felt I was literally flying far beyond my usual limitations. This was a totally new experience for me, and I think it was for most of them too. Each and every one of them came up to me afterwards, to thank me personally for an unforgettable evening. All I could do was thank them in return. Since then, I measure all my gigs against that one. I started favouring the smaller, more intimate gigs, and I started doing more solo performances too. Whenever possible, I try and connect with my potential listeners beforehand, so they will feel like friends by the time I get a chance to play in front of them.
    • recently in Spain And it works. I have had many of those special gigs since then. The more I can relate to my audience and the more they can relate to me, the more the music comes to life. Like that feeling that you could hear a pin drop. Or, as Adele put it, “I love hearing my audience breathe”. And it has affected my songwriting too, because I know who I am writing for… You, who makes my music come alive! So every time someone thanks me for an unforgettable evening, sometimes years after one of those special gigs, I think… “THAT’s what it is all about!” So, to get to know you a little better, I would like to invite you to tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments below, or if you prefer, in a private email to me. I will start it off by creating the first comment. You can un-tick the box ‘Post to Facebook’ if you prefer, although Facebook activity definitely helps me to connect. It just leaves me to thank you for your interest. I hope this will be the start of a long-term relationship, because… “a musician without an audience is like a madman talking to himself” 3 25 Add a comment... Also post on Facebook Alejandro Puterman · Posting as Hilary Overcash (Change) Follow · Works at Músico profesional independiente Comment
    • Alejandro Puterman · Follow · Works at Músico profesional independiente Muchas gracias Markus...está bueno!!!...Felicitaciones!! Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · February 11 at 5:11pm Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio Gracias Alejandro! :-D Reply · Like · February 13 at 2:09pm Philip Humphries · Brnunel catering college Hi Markus,thanks for the songs they are all great and quite different to each other ,if i had to pick a favourite it would be song for maharishi it takes you to another place,nice the way it changes tempo mid may and that great drumbeat comes in,feel high just listening to it ( not that i've been high for a while!I also play Dancing with Dolores a lot,i picked it up from you when you did a late set at Arena bar,i had done a set with a friend earlier thank heavens we were on before you and not following you!I sing a little locally as a hobby which is great because i can do the stuff i really like and as i don't get paid it doesn't really matter if it falls a bit flat.I admire what you do the originality and the sounds you get from your magic box are amazing,i hope to see you again locally soon but as i work mainly nights ats a bit difficult,keep up the good work,regards Phil. Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · January 17 at 5:46am Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio Hi Philip, thank you very much for your reply. I am really glad you like the CD. Great to be in touch this way. I am sure we will bump into each other one way or another. I will keep you up to date with gigs in the area. Meanwhile, enjoy your playing. Enjoyment is key! :-) Reply · Like · January 17 at 7:03am Costa Blanca Connect · Works at Costa Blanca Connect I had similar early aspirations, which ultimately manifested themselves as a lifetime spent twiddling knobs and staring at studio walls. I was fortunate enough to enjoy success with that, but as technology became more prevalent, and as my clients drifted towards mechanised pop, I lost the love for it and retired from the game. Music is about true communication from the heart, it's not about the size of the audience, the sales figures or the quality of the reverb. It's good to feel that there may be some kind of original scene beginning to develop here on the Costa Blanca, and I wish you luck pushing that forward. Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 3, 2013 at 3:46am Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio Much appreciated, thank you. And thanks for your support on Facebook and your site in general. :-D Reply · Like · December 5, 2013 at 3:00pm Norman Reeley · Freelance Writer and Author at Everywhere it seems A musician without an audience... good statement... like an author without readers! I really enjoyed your freebie download Giles, good stuff! I hope you settle well in the Jalon. I´ll make a point in coming up to the Planet/Paraiso to hear you live! Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · December 1, 2013 at 6:49am Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio Hi Norman, thanks for your kind comment, and I am chuffed you like the
    • Hi Norman, thanks for your kind comment, and I am chuffed you like the songs. Keep in touch! :-D Reply · Like · December 1, 2013 at 12:24pm Vikki 'Singer' Reynolds · Singer-songwriter at Musician Great blog... Interesting and heartfelt ;) Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · November 30, 2013 at 2:31am Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio Thanks a bunch Vikki, and sorry for my late reply. I am still getting the hang of this site, and I didn't get a notice of your comment. See you soon hopefully :-) Reply · Like · December 1, 2013 at 12:25pm Markus 'Giles' Koehorst · Follow · Top Commenter · Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter at GILES power trio OK, so here's my story in a nutshell: Born in Holland, lived in the UK for 28 years, 2 years in Colombia. I now live in the Jalon Valley in Spain, with my wonderful partner Greys, her daughter, our little girl and my youngest son. I have 6 children in total, who all make me very proud. I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation most of my life. I believe in taking responsibility for yourself and your environment. Life is an experience to be cherished! Reply · Like · Follow Post · Edited · November 24, 2013 at 2:47am Facebook social plugin Tags: a musician without an audience, audience required, best gig, biggest gig, first gig, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Stones, You Gotta Move Blog Music Privacy Policy Contact Copyright 2013 The Official Blues Ring < Prev / Forum / Like / Sites / Join / Surprise / Next > Search Powered by WebRing.