This is a topic I’ve been sitting on for a while as I’ve watched many friends and peers in the blogging world decide to shift away from traditional ‘blogging’, to photography, freelance consultancy, LinkedIn posts and anything else that has began to gain traction- or just pack the whole thing in completely.
Its not only the blogging world that seems to have hit a bump, so many written content based websites have been taking hits as of late, as a freelance writer and music journalist, I’m beginning to see this more and more often. Great websites, with great content, written by fantastic people are having to close and axe their activities simply as it isn’t profitable anymore, it isn’t leading anywhere and what was a project of passion has become an intense burden. It’s often I receive e-mails from sites I’ve contributed to over the years to say that things have to change, that the formats that worked for so long are dying. So as it goes, we watched the 2005 movie version of War of the Worlds, not the 1938 radio drama after all.
Hello friends! Today we have a bit of a vintage interview, this is one that was originally written for The Music Site, but with the closure of the platforms news and reviews section, it seemed a shame to let all of the posts die a death, so you may see some of the bits I wrote finding a new home on the very much alive Daveygranger.co.uk.
Today, or rather, last January, I had a chat with Charlie Barnes, music maestro and all round top guy. Since this interview went live, I had the pleasure of seeing Charlie do his thing at Manchester’s The Eagle Inn (criminally underrated venue), he smashed this venue, then went on to smash a similar set at the bloody Royal Albert Hall as part of Bastille’s ReOrchestrated tour, catch my review of that on TMS, maybe it’ll end up here one day too.
He’s a very talented fellow and his latest album, Oceanography, quickly became one of my favourites in 2018. Without further ado, enjoy the interview and remember that it’s a year old!
It’s been a busy couple of years for Leeds’ Charlie Barnes. Hot off the back of his last album, Barnes ended up touring worldwide as live guitarist for massive British band Bastille. In between all of this, he’s somehow found time to not only start a whole other band (The Society Pages) and complete his next album.
Oceanography is already destined for greatness, based on the suit worn in promo and the ‘All I Have’ video alone! Ahead of it’s release in March, Charlie’s let us in a bit on what we should expect.
I was going to start this joke off with a tweet about having not showered since 2018, but it seems I started last year’s send off in that exact same manner. And also it’s a few days into 2019, so you better hope I’ve showered since 2018. Let’s recap another 365 days on the planet shall we. Typing ‘365’ with some confidence as I’m pretty sure 2018 wasn’t a leap year, don’t really know though.
Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See
When in Japan, temple hopping is part and parcel of travelling. The good thing is that there are plenty of temples in almost every corner of the country. In fact, there are already 2,000 temples in Kyoto alone. It’s hard to imagine how many are there in total.
Back in 2016, I posted a lot of articles on the site about my visit to Japan and here are some more additions to that chapter. Take a look at the ancient temples that need to be added to your bucket list.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)
Kyoto is a great place to start because it’s a temple hotspot as mentioned earlier. Dubbed the ‘Heart of Japan’, Japanology describes Kyoto as a shining example of a city that preserves tradition while welcoming modernity. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the must-visit temples in the city, and it’s also one of the oldest in Japan. It was built in 778 without the use of any nails, as the builders relied on their ingenuity to interlock wooden planks and columns together. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the temple’s lights illuminate the vibrant colours of the surrounding landscape.