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In any industry, if something is not working and the wheel has broken, one changes those who can fix it and gets things rolling again.

No one carries on with a broken wheel hoping that by some miracle everything will fall into place by divine intervention and the industry will re-create itself.

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The Hong Kong music scene- a multiple sub-division of styles, people, cultures and agendas- can only survive by taking a machete and getting rid of the who and what’s not working- the same old booking agents hotels keep using, the same old musicians and all those involved with it in one way or another along with their cheerleaders and groupies sitting on the sidelines making loud sucking sounds.

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They’ve all had their chances and time’s up. They are simply not good enough, their CVs are weak. they have not brought any change- unless doing the same-old same-old is making a difference- and it’s time to bring in a new army of talent starting with new doers in Hong Kong like those trying to make small venues like Visage One and Beating Heart work and then looking into all those making music in Europe, the UK, Australia and the US without gigs and who can deliver so much more for the same budgets and re-energize this so-called music scene.

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Sorry, but for way too long it’s always been about a handful of artists which has made everything seem mechanical and soulless- and incredibly boring. And this boredom can be heard watching these people perform. It’s addictive- like a yawn.

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Same goes for those trying to make things happen.

Love the commitment, but where’s the beef?

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After years of trying, whatever has been tried just hasn’t worked and there are no results.

Music is subjective. But if no one warmed to it, perhaps it was crap or maybe it was so underground, it was buried?

It’s like artists making records which no one hears as they don’t even know where to find it other that going through an episode of Lost on iTunes. No one has time for anything these days. They want shortcuts to everything.

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With Hong Kong being part of Mainland China, what about the China music market, some might say and talk about Beijing’s “thriving Indie scene.”

Only if Faye Wong, Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Canto-popsters from Hong Kong who have learnt Mandarin or the winner of some Supergirl singing contest from Hunan does anyone make any real money.

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The China music model is all about concerts and their concerts are all about style and wardrobe changes and nothing to do with music as this is what their audiences demand.

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Those outside of China and still wishing to “conquer” this much-hyped “potentially biggest music market in the world” are being fed the same crap I was asked to feed Head Office when with a music company by compensating for the region’s piddly sales with promises of the motherland’s “potential”.

It was a stream of well-presented bollocks about the number of computers and mobile phone users there were in China plus the number of , er, bicycles.

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Numbers, it was all about numbers though none of these numbers had anything to do with music or how to sell music.

It was all about Head Office investing in China and some useless projects that never saw the light of day. But it made money for someone. Not me.

I was the Corporate Fool who saw the creative accounting that went on along with the back-handers and knew exactly who were involved and where the music was killed off – by music companies and all those sycophants who say they are “indie” but do somersaults to be linked to a major label and are then duped.

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What I keep coming back to are the people- the same old people, doing the same old things and going round in circles- in every aspect of what passes off as the Hong Kong music scene.

Look at the people who have kissed Bonnie Gokson’s sweet ass for decades? Why? Bonnie is cashed up, is into music, owns the restaurant Sevva which serves up ‘live’ music, but, perhaps, not too smart about some of the people she hires- big on the promises, short on delivery, which she, apparently, cannot see.

Why? Bonnie is living in Bonnie land and has been stuck there since her diva-like entrance at the Natalie Cole extravaganza she invested in aeons ago.

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However, I am finally, seeing some new doers making things happen in different ways.

There are younger and musically superior new bands who are open to doing things in a new way.

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There are new recording studios, new producers, new songwriters and engineers- and with many suddenly visiting Adrenaline, the club at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, seeing what a great venue it already is and will become for ‘live’ music and how no one there will ever ask musicians to play for “promotion”.

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Adrenaline PAYS musicians- and very well- and watch how this venue will work with the new doers to create quite a few paradigm shifts.

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It’s high time for change, time to remove one’s self from the usual conversations with the usual suspects and let the ankle biters make little yelling noises amongst themselves.

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