Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Why Blogger? - Tidal Wave Of Indifference


Joining us this time round on 'Why Blogger?' is Stu Lewis, the brains behind The Tidal Wave Of Indifference.  With regular album reviews, and the regular Bandcrush feature, Tidal Wave are a stalwart of the blogging community.  Stu has been kind enough to answer some of my questions, as we once again delve into the mind of the blogger.  Enjoy!

Hello, how are you?

As it happens, on the sleepy side. I could do with a snooze.

Sum up your blog in 140 character tweet.

Immigrant obscurist waffles on about not just Scottish bands. When he can be arsed.

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

It's a cliché, but sheer love of music and wanting to tell anyone who'll listen about why they should be listening to it as well. I've been doing that for about 20 years, but learning how to use the internet gave me a whole new platform for my pontificating.

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

I was delighted to score a little interview with the Go! Team, but ambling into a pub before a Come on Gang! gig to be greeted by two guys that I barely knew (at the time) who were there BECAUSE I HAD WRITTEN ABOUT IT still makes me enormously happy.

You're on a plane and the only in-flight movie is Maid In Manhatten. What do you take to:
Can't I just watch Maid in Manhattan? Sounds quite saucy...
Listen to: Well, my iPod, which has everything I need on it anyway, but I'd probably flick straight to Deerhunter or Grizzly Bear first. Or old favourites My Bloody Valentine.
Read: The latest Colin Bateman or Chris Brookmyre. Easy reads for travelling and you can't beat a bit of humourous crime fiction.
Watch: Aliens. Game over, man.

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

Too many to mention. But try PAWS, French Wives, FOUND, Admiral Fallow and Meursault for starters and get back to me to if you don't like any of them as I'd then feel it my duty to punch you in the face.

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

I'm never really sure what my audience is to be honest so it's usually whatever takes my fancy, also depends on what albums are incoming as a my 'album of the week' pieces have always been the main event on the blog.

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

Hopefully a bit of support and some kind words they can use as a quote. It would be nice if they could also generate some sales too, and I know for sure that my musings have prompted a number of purchases; I just don't know how many.

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

I flit regularly to Aye Tunes, Song, by Toad, Last Year's Girl and Peenko. I know all these people personally and have enormously respect for them. I rely on my Twitter feed to remind me that other great blogs are out there, so tweets are likely to prompt me to have a look at others for both inspiration and entertainment. There's also Radar of course; while I write for them I'm also interested in what the other contributors are doing.

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

No thanks, although I was reading recent story which suggest that the Flintstones were banned in Dubai. They just don't like them, but apparently the people of Abu Dhabi do.

Check out The Tidal Wave Of Indifference blog here

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