Hello and welcome to our first weekly news update of February 2021! It has been a really busy week for us here at Apocalypse Music HQ with plenty of content creation and ideas flowing. Join us as we roundup some of our top moments from the week.
A story that has been impossible to avoid this week has of course been the internet sensation, Handforth Parish Council. The release of a chaotic Zoom meeting held by the Council has become a viral sensation spawning iconic characters, quotes and memes almost instantly. One of our favourite iterations has been this operatic re-telling of the dramatic tale.
On the theme of viral content we have also jumped on the TikTok train, starting with a new series where Hermione and Pia go head to head trying their hand at various internet crazes. This week they have taken on ‘Day in my life’ and ‘Front Row Fashion’ trends. Be sure to check out their attempts and follow us on TikTok!
In wider news, this week has also seen Universal pull their music catalogue from TikTok rival Triller stating “We will not work with platforms that do not value artists. Triller has shamefully withheld payments owed to our artists and refuses to negotiate a license going forward.” Situations such as these continue to bring questions around the ethics of streaming/digital platforms to the fore, particularly at a time where music is unable to be performed live and provide artists with a stable income.
This week we have been lucky enough to post about a brilliant organisation, Flip the Stem whose aim is to popularise marginalised composers. Read the full Q&A with Nadim and Jenny from the initiative here.
We also invited up and coming artist FONN to perform an Apocalypse Session for us and to feature on Episode 6 of our podcast. Really worth a listen for anyone interested in staying creative during lockdown and hearing FONN’s beautiful debut single “Good Light In”.
There has been some really great new music out this week that will surely be keeping us occupied for a while. Personally, I’m really looking forward to properly sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate and listening to the whole of The Staves new album “Good Woman”, Flyte’s new track “Under The Skin” and Nick Ward’s EP “Everything I Wish I Told You”.
Words by Hermione Kellow & Pia Rose Scattergood
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