Archive for September, 2013


You can listen to the show every Thursday

You can listen to the show every Thursday

We speak to Tommy Clark of radio show The Third Class Ticket, and ask his opinion on all things to do with unsigned music.

Can you tell us a bit about The Third Class Ticket?
The Third Class Ticket show is a weekly Internet based radio show on MESi Radio.  It is solely for the promotion of new and unsigned bands that probably don’t get much airplay anywhere else.  It came about as most music projects do as a hobby in my bedroom.  I messed around with mixtapes and wee half hour ‘radio shows’ then posting them to my facebook page.  The guys at MESi heard them and asked me on board when the station kicked off last year.  At the time the show was mostly a mod type show but as more unsigned bands sent through their stuff to me the ‘Ticket’ show was re-born.  Now each week the show plays in excess of 30 songs.

How would an artist go about submitting their music for your show?
Bands interested in joining the Ticket family can send their tracks to me at thirdclassticket@hotmail.co.uk.  Mp3 or WAV files are preferable.  Also they can reach me at www.facebook.com/thethirdclassticket or at www.mesiradio.com

Do you have any hot tips for us to check out?
Now isn’t that the million dollar question.  So far on the show I have been lucky enough to play some of the best music going on.  Bands I would suggest to go in the Glasgow area alone are Rank Berry, Soldier On, The Begbies, The Coffins, Cabey, Sonic Templars, Jim Dead, Craig Hughes, The Apparells, Stonehouse Violets, Enemies of the State, The Revolt, The Beat Movement, Button Up or any of the singer/songwriters on the ACRE records label.  From further afield listen out for The Found, The Panoramic, Electric Stars, French Boutik, The Arrivals, Echo Raptors, Pretty Cartel, The 45s, The Universal and The Lemontops (who are coming soon to Kilmarnock – don’t miss them). Apologies to the hundreds of other great bands who have featured on the show but I cant list you all.  All in all tune into the show because every week you could hear your new favourite band.

Unsigned artists played on the show

Unsigned artists played on the show

What do you think makes a radio show like The Third Class Ticket so important for unsigned music?
The Third Class Ticket show is sometimes the first time that some bands are heard on radio so it can be the spur to push harder.  I have found that as word spreads about  the show  more bands who are friends of bands played or have been on the same bill are contacting the show.  I look upon the show and the wider ‘ticket’ family as a community who spreads the word of what’s bubbling under what’s bubbling under the surface.  Also it gives bands in Ayrshire hear what’s going on in Newcastle or Portsmouth or Las Vegas.  They can get new ideas, new contacts and even more importantly opportunities to get opportunities to play with like minded bands from across the country.  The motto of the show is ‘WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER’ and if we all work together we become stronger.

What’s your opinion of the music scene as it is today?
The music scene is vibrant right now it’s just the audiences that need to get better.  And to be fair bands need to get a bit better too.  If you are first on the bill at a gig night stick around and support the other bands.  It could be you playing to the small crowds next. Rant Over.  Musically though there is a wealth of talent and innovation out there.  X Factor hasn’t ruined music it’s just made bands work harder which I don’t think is too bad a thing.  Please support live music because if we don’t it wont be there when we want it.

 You can listen to The Third Class Ticket show every Thursday on MESi Radio from 9pm.

Interview: Chris Croken

Interview with singer-songwriter Chris Croken ahead of his gig at 13th Note in Glasgow this Thursday.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming gig at 13th Note?
I thought I’d get a few friends together, play some new songs, some covers and more or less have a good time with good music.

You have a demo up on SoundCloud, which includes the amazing track Slow, what’s the story behind this song?
I don’t really know. The passing of time, and enjoying the finer things and dragging through the rougher ones. I’ll let whoever listens to it decide.

Do you have anything planned for the rest of the year? New music? Any gigs?
I have lot of ideas, I am in the middle of gathering material for an album, I also want to have a band again. This will more than likely be my first and last gig of the year asides from open mic’s.

Who inspired you to get into music?
I honestly don’t know, I think it was my dad with U2, ELO and the like. Then I guess I found my own way; Clapton, Mayer and the into the classics of American music.

If you could perform at any venue in the world, which one would it be and why?
Red Rocks amphitheatre it’s outdoor and it just looks amazing, especially at night.

Chris will be performing at 13th Note this Thursday alongside Darren Hendrie and Amy Lyon. Gig starts at 8pm – tickets are £3 (available at the door) and it’s an over-18s event; get along to it if you can!

You can also check out his music on SoundCloud here.