In which we open up our
mailbag and let you peek inside. Don’t throw up, please.
By Fred Mills
In between strategy and planning sessions (held down at the
local Hooters, natch) and trips to the john every 15 minutes for a “jolt” (you
know what we’re sayin’…), we here at BLURT central actually devote some time going
through our in-boxes and spam folders to make sure that nothing currently going
on within the music industry escapes our steely gaze. We pride ourselves at
being way ahead of the fucking curve.
Of necessity, as a major media player we also have to field
a lot of correspondence that is, shall we say, somewhat misdirected. (Memo to
the person that keeps sending us Buckcherry updates: thanks!) We’re not sure if
these are acts of p.r. desperation, inexperience-bred naivete, or a willful
ignorance of what BLURT is all about.
On the latter point, an occasional glance out our website
and digital magazine might be helpful in terms of how labels and publicity
firms target their pitches. But that’s out of our control. What we CAN control,
however, is what we do with the dang emails, which is where you, gentle
readers, come in. Presenting the first in an occasional series: Dumb PR Pitch O’ Week. Guarantee: all dialogue repeated verbatim. Some names may be
changed/deleted to protect the clueless. Void where prohibited by law. Caveat emptor. Enjoy!
I want to pitch you Colin Armstrong for feature or profile or guest on your
He found his passion for music in his early
years. Though it’s not uncommon for independent singer/songwriters to play the
guitar and piano, Colin’s love of music evolved into learning how to play the
bagpipes at just twelve years of age. He knew then that music was his calling.
By the time he was fifteen, he was touring Europe
and competing with bagpipes internationally, which lead to an invitation to
play shows with the infamous band KORN. That’s when Colin got a glimpse
of the rock lifestyle-while meeting and hanging out with Billy Idol and Robbie
Krieger of the Doors.
Today, he is a world-class
Colin’s first break came when he won the “BE A
STAR” contest on Los
Angeles‘ leading rock radio station STAR
98.7. The victory landed him a demo deal with Hollywood Records.
Although he was excited to garner a development deal with a prominent label, he
didn’t feel like the time was right– he wanted to work on his material. Good
wouldn’t suffice, it had to be great.
In order to reach his musical goals, Colin knew he had to
continue to write, record and hone his skills, gathering the best material
possible for his future debut album. In the meantime, Colin’s song “Lonely
Fall” won “Best Male Vocal” and “Best Song” at the San
Diego Music Awards followed by a “Best Pop Vocal” nomination for his
song “Hey Yoko” at the Los Angeles Music Awards. His song “In
Your Eyes” was also chosen for the top ten finals of the 2007
American Idol songwriter contest. It didn’t end here, early 2008 brought
Colin a worldwide publishing agreement with NorthStar Media who placed
one of his songs, “Nothing More to Say” on the hit Lifetime network show “Army Wives.”
Colin and his team have been busy in the second half of 2008
finishing up his record, forming his band and getting ready to hit the road in
support of the January 2009 release of his full length debut album,
“Lost and Anonymous.” Produced and mixed by Mikal Reid (Mick
Jagger, Ben Harper, Aerosmith, Wang Chung), Colin has also collaborated
with several A-List songwriters.
Colin Armstrong’s debut album “Lost and Anonymous”
will be available in January 2009 and I’d love for you to consider a review
or feature with Colin.
Please let me know of your interest in this unique artist!