Tag Archive: Leicester Music Scene

  1. Looking back on our 10 year history!


    horus music turns 10Horus Music is 10 years old this year, and what better way to celebrate than to look back on what we have been up to over the 12 months. In addition to opening an office in India, we have attended several industry events and welcomed many new faces to the team.

    The biggest and most exciting event of the past year has been the opening of our new office in India! Setting up shop in Mumbai, we can now bring our expertise in music distribution and other services to Indian artists while retaining a local feel. The new members of our Indian team came to our Leicester office to visit in early June and it was a great opportunity to learn more about Indian music and culture for the rest of the team.

    In addition to our Indian venture, we have kept ourselves busy in the UK too. This year Horus Music were sponsors of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s Free Stage, where we helped to bring free jazz music to over 14,000 people over the course of the weekend. The event was a huge success and showcased some great up and coming jazz artists as well as established acts. Among some of these acts were Jamie Cullum, Corinne Bailey Rae and Beverly Knight. Beverly previously distributed music through our service in 2015. Horus Music also was a sponsor of this years Midem conference in Cannes. As the worlds biggest music industry conference, we have been attending Midem ever since the company began and have some great relationships with other attendees and organisers of the event. Being a sponsor was a great way to celebrate our 10th year as a company as well as a decade of attending Midem, which has always been a rewarding event for us and continues to be.

    In other industry events we sponsored the Brighton Music Conference, which showcases the latest in dance music technology and DJ equipment. There were also a number of industry talks and panels, one of which we organised ourselves called ‘Downloads, Streaming, Vinyl and Record Labels: Navigating the Next 10 Years’ which was very well received. In May we attended The Great Escape Festival, also in Brighton, and attended various industry talks as well as meeting some great companies and see some up and coming UK artists.

    We also had the long awaited visit of our Web Guru’s from Croatia to our Leicester office. It was a great experience to have the full team together and discuss upcoming improvements to our system that you can all expect to see in the near future. It was fun giving our foreign visitors a taste of English culture and food too, in addition to allowing them to meet the new members of our growing team.

    As a celebration for our 10th birthday party, we will be inviting plenty of old and new friends, as well as some of our clients to join us in reflecting on the past decade as well as looking forward to the future of Horus Music.

    In the mean time take a look at this video that shows some of the milestones from our humble beginnings in Birmingham to where we are now. Here’s to the next 10 years!

  2. Rob’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10Continuing with our theme of Guilty Pleasure songs, Client Manager Rob gives us his Top 10 list and explains why he chose them.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

    Guilty pleasure because it is used in every cheesy martial arts film or TV show.

    2. Rollin – Limp Bizkit

    Love it because it is the definition of cheesy 2000′s nu-metal.

    3. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

    Guilty pleasure because rick rolling killed this song forever, and the awkward dancing in the video is hilarious.

    4. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

    Guilty pleasure  because it is so cheesy, and because of Titanic.

    5. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

    Love it because of the over the top power ballad drums.

    6. Hero – Enrique Iglesias

    Guilty pleasure because Enrique Iglesias, that is all you need to know.

    7. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne

    Guilty pleasure because Avril Lavigne was good when I was 10.

    8. Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake

    Guilty because it is just so damn catchy.

    9. Take My Breath Away – Berlin

    Guilty pleasure because it is in Top Gun.

    10. I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen

    Guilty pleasure because I like the video with Tom Hanks.

  3. Jody’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    As part of our celebration for our 10th year in business in 2016, we have asked each of our staff members to create a list of their Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs.

    Client Manager Jody kicks things off for us this month, with some very interesting choices. Listen along with us on Spotify and find out why he made chose them below.

    1. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65

    This song is completely inescapable. Simply by reading “I’m blue, da ba dee da ba dye,” it springs effortlessly back to your head, refusing to leave for days. Days. A staple of the early-naughties primary school disco scene, this absolute Italian banger will force you to dance whether or not it’s appropriate or if you even want to. The video is an incredible thing to behold: an outrageous 3D concept, born in a time when it would have been extremely difficult to realise, not given enough money to allow it to be realised in a non-eye-gouging fashion. The result is, quite frankly, hilarious.

    2. Dragostea din tea – O-Zone

    This song is a fantastic example of something that’s enjoyable to listen to, even though you have no clue what’s going on. Sung in Romanian, this piece of history (called Words of Love in English) was created by the Moldovan group O-Zone and released in 2003. Then, it inexplicably shot up to the very top of the Eurocrat Hot 100 in 2004, where it stayed for a full 12 weeks between June and September. Another primary school disco hit. I’m starting to realise where they got most of their material from. Mai ya hee, mai ya haa… 

    3. Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins

    A cornerstone of the early 80s from Martha and the Muffins, this ear worm is crammed full of (presumably) every single synth sound they could get their hands on. Thankfully, they stopped just short of using a synth saxophone, which would probably have earned Martha and the Muffins some sort of sponsorship deal with Moog. Bursting with energy, Echo Beach is guaranteed to stick in your head like an axe, and, you know what? I’m okay with that. Just don’t listen to the lyrics.

    4. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

    No, wait, stop! Put the axe down. I’m serious, this song is amazing. An immensely divisive song, this little gem was originally written by Jepsen as a folk song, but then Josh Ramsay got involved and turned it into the floorfiller we all know and <insert verb here> today. Rather interestingly, the B side was a cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, which I’m sure would have been quite a sharp juxtaposition. Jepsen had a shot at replicating the international euphoria generated by Call Me Maybe again in 2015 with I Really Like You. Did you know that? Nah, me neither.

    5. Burn It to the Ground – Nickelback

    Believe it or not, buried in the depths of each album, there’s one or two pretty decent tracks. However, we Nickelback sympathisers, no matter how generally ambivalent about them we are, must travel by night in thick hoods so that we are not recognised by our friends and family. That’s fair, though, because Chad Kroeger has masterminded some pretty horrendous things. The less said the better, I think.

    6. The Ballad of Jimmy Durante – The Blanks

    “Who the blazes are The Blanks?” I hear you ask. Well, remember the Worthless Peons from Scrubs? They’re a real-life a cappella band, and they’re incredible. Any words on the contrary may be directed to my hand, because the face ain’t listening.

    7. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

    Inevitably, we head back to primary-disco-chic with Mambo No. 5, in which Lou Bega admits that he’s really not one for commitment. Thank goodness that I wasn’t too good at reading between the lines when I was eleven.

    8. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

    For whatever reason, my dad was completely obsessed with Shania Twain when I was growing up. As such, I will not hear a bad word against her. That Don’t Impress Me Much is inexplicably a sublime listening experience, and I really don’t know why. Responsible for problematic bangers such as Man! I Feel Like A Woman, Shania Twain will forever find her way into awkward house party playlists (and probably shampoo adverts). Probably.

    9. Boom Boom Boom Boom – The Venga Boys

    I bought this on cassette when I was small, which makes it the first piece of music that I ever bought. I’m not sure that I should ever have disclosed that information, but I have no regrets. This song possesses all the subtlety of a fluorescent wrecking ball, with its horrendous four-to-the-floor kick beat at what feels like a trillion beats per minute, and its screamy, screamy synths. Not to mention the lyrics which, in hindsight, I should definitely not have been singing so eagerly aged 8. To conclude: this song is pretty much like drinking coke through your eyes. Make of that what you will.

    10. My Patch – Jim Noir

    This song has literally been used on every single advert, ever. Give or take. But seriously, any time a production team is looking for music to go behind a show that could be described as “quirky”, they used this track. It will never leave you alone. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and sit in a dark room with some heavy-duty ear protectors.