Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Why Blogger? - 17 Seconds

Time for another delve inside the curious mind of the blogging community.  This week it's the turn of Ed Jupp who, since 2006 has been running the excellent blog 17 Seconds.  Ed also set up 17 Seconds Records and has a wealth of experience in the music 'scene'.

Hello, how are you?

A little frazzled! have just successfully organised an event in Dalkeith library involving my brother Miles and Frankie Boyle, as part of National Libraries Day, at Dalkeith Library. It went well -and I know have that sort of tension headache comedown. Otherwise...great!

Sum up your blog in 140 character tweet.

Running since July 2006, an mp3 blog featuring reviews, interviews and musings, and the odd rant

There's little (if any) monetary gain in blogging. Why do you do it?

Because I'm passionate about music and writing, so this gives me the chance to do both. There is little monetary gain - but the amount of free music and gigs I get passes to me that I can go to far more and listen to far more than I could do otherwise.

Allow yourself some self praise, what's your proudest blog related moment?

Probably interviewing Roy Harper - who was lovely, although getting a hug from Jennifer Herrema after interviewing her was a close second.

You're on a plane and the only in-flight movie is Maid In Manhatten. What do you take to:
Listen to: My iPod! But my favourite travel album is The Man Machine by Kraftwerk (yes, even above Trans Europe Express and Autobahn)
Read: Something by Christopher Brookmyre or Jonathan Coe would probably be my first choice.
Watch: My favourite film of all time is Withnail and I, so probably that; or an Alfred Hitchcock (not one of his comedies)

What Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Do we have all day?!
Idlewild, Aberfeldy, Belle & Sebastian, Chris Bradley, Shop Assistants, Camera Obscura, Matt Norris & The Moon, Josef K, Rustie, Simple Minds (1979-1986), The Delgados, Mogwai, X-Lion Tamer, Meursault, The Skids, Jesus H. Foxx, Young Fathers, Fiction Faction, Wildhouse, eagleowl, White Heath, The Pastels, Wounded Knee...

Do you write your blog with an audience in mind, or do you blog about what's on your mind?

Mostly the latter, I think.

What do you think blogs bring to the music 'scene'?

The opportunity to discover new acts, and (re)discover older acts; the fact that anyone can do it, the opportunity for people to bring something to the table who might not get exposure either as artists or as writers; the fact that their space is inifinte as opposed to print media which, by definition, is finite

As a reader, what blog(s) do you frequent?

Song, by Toad
The Vinyl Villain
Aye Tunes
Manic Pop Thrills
Love Shack, Baby
Teenage Kicks...
I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and many more.

Thanks very much for talking to us. Would you care to end with a joke?

I went in to see my boss.
He said: 'What's wrong with you?'
I said: 'I've got a wee cough.'
He said: 'You've got a wee cough?'
I said: 'Thanks boss, see you this time next week!'

Check out 17 Seconds blog here

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