Nadine Shah // Music Recognition Technology // Library Music // Independent Venues // Erol Alkan // Tanita Tikaram // Shiva Feshareki // Rina Mushonga

  • By Lucy Doyle
  • 20 Dec 2018
  • min read
Extra extra! The winter edition of M magazine is available now and we're pleased to report it's a bumper issue as ever.

First up, we meet cover star Nadine Shah - the outspoken songsmith who has emerged as one of the most vital voices in British music - who reveals all about her rite of passage.

The Mercury Prize nominated artist turns her ire on the business she has grown up in, first as a young jazz performer and now as a guitar-wielding singer-songwriter.

In our Get Played, Get Paid feature, we lift the lid on PRS for Music's use of music recognition technology - an audio fingerprinting system that’s quietly revolutionising the way royalties are paid out to songwriters, composers, artists and publishers.

Elsewhere, we delve into the world of library music. From classic TV themes to slasher movie scores and beyond, production tracks are all around us but many of its composers remain largely unknown. We fling open its doors to celebrate some of the UK’s most unsung musical heroes including luminaries Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett.

Ahead of Independent Venue Week in January 2019, we celebrate the spaces which have become the backbone of British music, and tentatively ask: are we starting to see green shoots for the grassroots? Venues, promoters and initiatives all weigh in to tell us how the landscape is thriving.

You’ll also hear from multi-million-selling singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram on the making of her 1980s hit Good Tradition, Phantasy Sound label founder Erol Alkan lets us in on the songs that have shaped him and experimental composer Shiva Feshareki talks us through her 'hyper-physical' live composing techniques.

In Business News, we find out why YouTube's 'fake news' copyright campaign backfired and hear the latest from PRS for Music including Robert Ashcroft's announcement that he is to step down as chief executive.

With all that and more, see below to read the full issue online now…