6.2.2016 – The demon curry came back to haunt me!
Day 3 of the tour started off with a lie in as there was no free breakfast today! Derek was up and about showering while I dozed a little longer this morning and after the crazy curry last night my stomach felt like it was gonna burst open all over the bed sheets. Luckily it didn’t though and after a weird experience of joy, heat and pain in the bathroom I was free of the demon curry for a while! Hahahaha! T.M.I… It really was the hottest thing i’ve ever had pass my lips and its hard to explain the whole experience and what it was like in words….
Once we we’re both up, sorted and clothes and gear packed up in the room we headed down to check out leaving the smelly curry room behind forever. It was still better than the cleaning product smell that we found when we entered but i’m not sure the cleaners would agree with that when they arrived into the curry pit of hell after we left.
The Deezer Jukebox in the Ibis Hotel Bar in Bradford
We handed our keys into the receptionist and I spied a lovely, chrome, glistening coffee machine behind her at the bar screaming silently at me. It would be rude not to have one… right? We perched our butts on the stools and got two lovely Americanas in tall glasses.(I reckon we looked proper posh) It was then we noticed the iPad on a stand facing us and asking to be poked. I had a little look and realized it was a Jukebox ran by Deezer. Deezer is a streaming service online a little like Spotify where you pay a monthly fee and you can listen to music on there on your mobile devices but I had never seen the Deezer Jukebox setup before. Basically you can hit a search button and type in an artist and que up some songs to listen to via the bar speakers. The first thing we had to do was have a look and see if we were on there and we were! Both our albums were available for people to choose some songs to play in the Ibis Hotel Bar which is pretty cool. Then I thought i’d take a look and see how much we get paid for being on Deezer and letting people download or stream our music.
1000 plays on Deezer = approx $8.10 – £5.56 which is one of the best paid streaming services compared to other similair websites!
Whether this is a good thing or bad thing for musicians , I will let you make your own mind up, but its good to know Deezer are actually paying more than they’re competition and giving a little more back to the artists and creators out there.
If your interested you can find a great article about it all HERE on Digital Music News
Getting the blog up to date on Amazing Adventures Always
After another cup of coffee each then we headed next door for some food at the bar and an awesome £10 for two meals special offer. I had a lurrrverly steak and ale pie with mash n peas and Derek was on the sausage mash n peas special! A quick phone call from Bry the lion and then we headed back to the hotel bar and hung around there for the rest of the day. I managed to get the blog up to date and got some messages out to blogs and podcast to get some tracks played on their shows and then we had a little competition to see who could get the highest score on Donkey Kong.
Derek won hands down and then headed off to walk around his table circle, making everyone in the bar dizzy while he did his laps.
Derek doing his laps of glory!
It was time to head off to the next gig which was again another new venue called The Forge in Leeds. It was only about 20 minutes drive from our hotel and we landed in good time for a sound check and two pints of water. (ahh …the rock star life) The venue was a good looking place and a good size with a nice raised area for the live music which was on regularly. The first set didn’t seem to go by too fast as we were both struggling a little to hear again as the PA provided didn’t come with any monitoring system again. Its pretty important for us to be able to hear each other at a gig as there is a lot of vocal harmony throughout the songs. If its not quite right then it sounds completely wrong!! We managed though and the second set got a little more volume out of it and we were finished by 10.50pm. An early louse for the flyers and in good time for a 2 and a half hour drive back up to the North-east. We were in the car and on the road by 11.10pm. Derek grabbed his new CD he got for Christmas off Melanie which was a 2 disk special of all the ‘T.F.I Friday’ songs which had some great tracks on it. The drive home just seemed to dissapear in no time with lots of nosatlgic tunes blasting around the car and before I knew it we were having a cup o’ tea off Mel in Broomhill.
Derek stayed in the house and Mel headed to Bedlington with me to drop me off and I was back not long after 1.30am which was 2 hours earlier than I originally thought I would be. A quick hello to a sleepy Curly then I headed back down stairs for a vodka & coke , a ham and salad cream sandwich and a quick blast on Call of Duty on the Xbox One to wind me down for bed time around 3.30am.
Day 3 done and dusted! See you soon!
Jason – Amazing Adventures Always
There is lots of Photos to come from the tour so far and you can find them on the We Steal Flyers facebook page HERE