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My Questions Answered…Allessandria and Rime Suspex


I asked the two artists these questions for my article:

•What hardships or rejection have you faced while trying to make it?

•Why have you chosen not to get involved with television shows like x factor or the voice?

•Other than gigs how else are you trying to promote your brand?

•When are you thinking of making a new album?

•How have the public responded to your independent promotion?

•Ultimately where do you want to reach in the profession? Is fame the dream?

 Alessandria’s reply to questions:

Hi Tasha,

1. Singing has always been a part of my life, but I only realised this year that this is definitely what I want to do… to have a career and know that I would always enjoy it no matter how hard things could be. The hardships are trying to get contacts with people. It’s difficult to know who’s who, who will try to use you and who are the good people that will believe in you. Rejection is most commonly from YouTube or media, as that horrible dislike button or a simple dislike comment can make you feel absolutely miserable. You have to be tough skinned…

2. I am in two minds about XFactor / The Voice. Is it a celebrity machine or does it actually manufacture singers that stand the test of time in the industry? I want to be recognised for my hard work and passion, but there are parts of me that think if I was on these programmes and got through to finals that my dream would be there one minute, then gone the next. I do not think I would want to put myself through that. However, being in the current competition I am in has really pushed me to want to enter Xfactor next year. Luke Friend who won a similar competition to mine is doing exceptionally well!

3. FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, BITSTRIPS, SOUNDCLOUD, YOUTUBE, and REVERBNATION are all fantastic media tools to promoting what I do. It is extremely tiring posting all the statuses and photos etc., but you have to keep fans interested and make others notice you. I also spend a mass amount of time ringing radio stations, newspapers and councils trying to gain more support from those who are yet to discover who I am.

4. it’s only recently that I have realised that I want my own branding and own music material. So I am going to get my head down very soon and concentrate on writing an album.

5. From only having 50 likes on Facebook, in the matter of two months I have over 350 Likes and that’s from pure self-promotion. I have a growing follower population on Twitter and my YouTube videos are hitting off too, so the public are responding very well! I even have a few fans that come and watch everywhere I go locally. The only way is up!

6. I wish to have at least three No.1’s, No.1 Album and more than five minutes fame. To be up there as a female icon like Adele, Rihanna, Jessie J… something brand new and what the music scene needs. That I still have to find. For every singer, fame is the dream. But what fame costs is another thing, no privacy and always in the public eye? I suppose when the time comes (if it does) of breaking fame, I’ll know whether I truly want it. For now, I know I DEFINITELY DO!

Miranda from Rime Suspex reply to questions:

Question 1 what hardship and rejection have you faced whilst……

We have faced rejection in the past but because we believe in ourselves as a band and know were good at what we do it just seems to go right past us and even determines us to do better and show them. If we get rejected from one person that doesn’t like our music then that’s just their opinion and their entitled to that, there are plenty of other people out there that love our music.  After all rejection is all part of building your strength and making you better as a performer and survive the business.

Question 2 At the moment we are not planning on entering one of those shows just because we want to see how far we can get without it. But in the future we will see what happens.

Rory Myles’ reply to questions:

Rob Duckett- 25

Rory Myles- 21

Miranda Myles- 18

Question 1: I guess the hardship of trying to make it is as a band is your music not being recognized to the level you believe it should. The main difficulty with us isn’t the quality of the music as we believe in that 100%. It’s just trying to find a way to get it out to as many people as possible. It also can be quite hard to have to go from doing a great gig back to everyday life as we can’t do this as a career yet, if it was up to us we’d be doing it 24/7!

In terms of rejections, you get them all the time, it comes with the territory but you can’t let it knock you back. Every great band has had disappointments and rejections, you’ve just got to make sure you know it’s them and not you, and believe in what you’re doing.

Question 2: A number of reasons really. Firstly because we’re quite an independent band who likes to choose what songs we perform, what we wear etc. I’m sure that Cowell would have us making rap versions of 1 direction songs in matching outfits.

Another reason is that it all seems a bit too easy, when I watch the musicians I look up to being interviewed they often say how the journey is the best part. These overnight ‘successes’ bypass all of that, I’m not denying TV shows like that are a great promotional tool, but imagine the feeling of satisfaction you’d get from getting the same level of popularity as a singer from X factor without selling your soul to the devil. Finally I don’t know if we quite ‘fit in’ with their idea of what a pop star is. I’m sure the lyrics to ‘Money’ embody everything Simon Cowell stands against.

Question 3: Our Debut EP is available to buy on iTunes now, we’ve got our first music video ‘Escort’ coming out January time and they’ll be some march coming soon!

Question 4: There will be an album coming out in the future! All the tracks are already written and we’re recording at the moment, but we’re pushing the EP at the moment and making sure as many people have heard that as possible to create some hype and demand. But there’s an album coming and it’s going to be sick!

Question 5: Everyone who hears us seems to like us, and if they don’t they’re keeping it to themselves. I think everyone’s pleased for us and the support and feedback we’ve had so far is brilliant.

Question 6: I never see it as a profession, it’s my expression! As long as I keep feeling there’s things I want to say and music I want to create I’ll stick at it. Obviously it would be brilliant to be able to make enough money to be comfortable from doing something you love.

As for fame, I can’t speak for the others, but I’m not going to lie when I say; I’d love to be famous. And let’s be honest, if you say you wouldn’t you’re only lying to yourself. I’d want to be famous for doing something good though, if you’re famous for being on Big Brother or TOWIE you may as well not have bothered.


Reflection on Curation research


My first choice for one of my final pieces for Digital Publishing was going to be a curation about homeless people at Christmas. Following another post in my workshop section, titled ‘Curation pitch’, I illustrated that a curation consists of mainly secondary sources.

Using these secondary sources, you put together your own story with the information found and include links to the pages and sites to avoid copyright. However, during the research process I concluded that finding useful information about homeless people was difficult, especially when writing to a niche like at Christmas time. All I seemed to find was websites about charities, food banks and people who are involved in helping the homeless, but not much about statistics or first hand experiences that I felt I could link naturally in a story.

Therefore, after researching and looking into different options for my final piece I have decided to be my own food critic and write a list article on vegetarian food. This specifying what restaurants in Leeds Trinity Kitchen have the best and the worst vegetarian menu.

All this is explained in more detail in my ‘List Article Pitch’ in the Workshops category.

Grafic Interchange Format (GIF’s)


The Graphics Interchange Formatis a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame.

These palette limitations make the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing colour photographs and other images with continuous colour, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of colour.

  • GIFs are suitable for sharp-edged line art (such as logos) with a limited number of colours. This takes advantage of the format’s lossless compression, which favours flat areas of uniform colour with well defined edges.
  • GIFs can be used to store low-colour sprite data for games.
  • GIFs can be used for small animations and low-resolution film clips.
  • Since a single GIF image palette is limited to 256 colours, it is not usually used as a format for digital photography. Digital photographers use image file formats capable of reproducing a greater range of colours, such as TIFF, RAW or JPEG.

While meeting the specification if my first pitch, to avoid copyright of cartoon images and logos, I collaborated a ‘GIF’ using an online resource called Here I used Google images to put together my own individual image to represent the cartoon being discussed. Both GIF images have been posted in my media library.

Social Media Optimisation (SMO)


Social Media OptimisationAbbreviated as SMO, social media optimization is the process of increasing the awareness of a product, brand or event by using a number of social media outlets and communities to generate viral publicity.

Social media optimization includes using RSS feeds, social news and bookmarking sites, as well as social media sites and video and blogging sites. SMO is similar to SEO (search engine optimization) in that the goal is to drive traffic to your Web site.

Relationship with viral marketing:

Social media optimization is in many ways connected to the technique of viral marketing or viral seeding where word of mouth is created through the use of networking in social bookmarking, video and photo sharing websites. An effective SMO campaign can harness the power of viral marketing; for example, 80% of activity on Pinterest is generated through “repinning.” Furthermore, by following social trends and utilizing alternative social networks, websites can retain existing followers while also attracting new ones. This allows businesses to build an online following and presence, all linking back to the company’s website for increased traffic. For example, with an effective social bookmarking campaign, not only can website traffic be increased, but a site’s rankings can also be increased. In a similar way, the engagement with blogs creates a similar result by sharing content through the use of RSS in the blogosphere and special blog search engines.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)


When Sub-editing my last post I used a guide to SEO to improving my listing in search engines.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.

As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content, HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic.


Getting indexed:

The leading search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo!, use crawlers to find pages for their algorithmic search results. Pages that are linked from other search engine indexed pages do not need to be submitted because they are found automatically. Some search engines, notably Yahoo!, operate a paid submission service that guarantee crawling for either a set fee or cost per click. Such programs usually guarantee inclusion in the database, but do not guarantee specific ranking within the search results.Two major directories, the Yahoo Directory and the Open Directory Project both require manual submission and human editorial review. Google offers Google Webmaster Tools, for which an XML Sitemap feed can be created and submitted for free to ensure that all pages are found, especially pages that are not discoverable by automatically following links.

Search engine crawlers may look at a number of different factors when crawling a site. Not every page is indexed by the search engines. Distance of pages from the root directory of a site may also be a factor in whether or not pages get crawled.

Preventing crawling:

To avoid undesirable content in the search indexes, webmasters can instruct spiders not to crawl certain files or directories through the standard robots.txt file in the root directory of the domain. Additionally, a page can be explicitly excluded from a search engine’s database by using a meta tag specific to robots. When a search engine visits a site, the robots.txt located in the root directory is the first file crawled. The robots.txt file is then parsed, and will instruct the robot as to which pages are not to be crawled. As a search engine crawler may keep a cached copy of this file, it may on occasion crawl pages a webmaster does not wish crawled. Pages typically prevented from being crawled include login specific pages such as shopping carts and user-specific content such as search results from internal searches. In March 2007, Google warned webmasters that they should prevent indexing of internal search results because those pages are considered search spam.

Increasing prominence:

A variety of methods can increase the prominence of a webpage within the search results. Cross linking between pages of the same website to provide more links to most important pages may improve its visibility. Writing content that includes frequently searched keyword phrase, so as to be relevant to a wide variety of search queries will tend to increase traffic. Updating content so as to keep search engines crawling back frequently can give additional weight to a site. Adding relevant keywords to a web page’s meta data, including the title tag and meta description, will tend to improve the relevancy of a site’s search listings, thus increasing traffic. URL normalization of web pages accessible via multiple URL’s.


Developing my Pitch


Rime Suspex

Rime Suspex are a three piece powerhouse from Blackburn, Lancashire, combining soul soaked melodies with urban poetry. Formed in January 2013 after a Jam session between Rob Duckett (Vivid), Rory Myles and Miranda Myles.

Rime Suspex have quickly built up a repertoire of original music and regularly perform Live. They have played support slots for well known names in the Rap Scene such as Don’t Flop’s Shotty Horroh, Psychosis Holocaust ,Flex Digits and Blizzard as well as legendary Britpop singer John Power from the Liverpool bands ’Cast’ and ’The La’s’.

In March 2013 they made it through to the Final of Reidy’s Home of Music Talent Contest out of approximately 80 contestants. Despite narrowly missing the top prize it gained them a good level of exposure and they received a fantastic reaction from the audience.

Their Debut self titled EP was released on the 16th of August and is available for download on ITunes or for purchase on hard copy at gigs, from any of the band or from They have recently appeared on BBC Introducing as well as having tracks from their debut EP played on BBC radio Rime Suspex are currently booking for gigs, so if you would like them to play at your event, message via Facebook or email

They can also be contacted via;

YouTube Search-Rime Suspex  

You can listen to their first

Its £4 and consists of 4 songs; Escort, Live my Life, Miss you loads, Money

Rime suspex


Allessandria is a sassy, young female vocalist currently acclaimed by many as ‘the freshest artist to hit the scene in years’. Don’t let her age deceive you; Allessandria is an extremely professional performer with her own unique style that others take decades to perfect. She is embraced with enigmatic vocals and a natural captivating stage presence.

 Ever since Allessandria can remember, music has been a great influence in her life. From winning her first every dancing competition, to being ‘Baby Spice’ then practising the top notes of Celine Dion, singing is like breathing to her. ‘’Music is like one big family to me. There is not one specific artist that has shaped me; all of them have moulded me as a whole. Names such as Michael Jackson, Etta James, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Guns’N’Roses, Emeli Sande, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars all come to mind. Each very different but I am a little bit like a sponge, taking snippets of the diverse range of styles’’.

 Currently, Allessandria is a Semi-Finalist of Open Mic UK, which is one of the biggest talent competitions nationwide. She is also a firm favourite in the North West and has performed for Christmas Light Switch On’s, made guest appearances at radio stations and has featured in newspapers for her outstanding musical progress.

Brand new for 2014 is ‘Miss Minaj’ an outstanding vocally accurate tribute to Nicki Minaj. Bringing the outrageous wigs and renowned costumes, Allessandria delivers on all levels. ‘’This is totally exciting! I have been working immensely hard mastering the raps and dance routines. Miss Minaj is like no other, absolutely unique and the only Nicki Minaj tribute in the UK. Hopefully this will open a lot of opportunities for me’’


Telephone: 07437 012840

Miss Minaj:

Facebook: Allessandria Professional Female Vocalist (


Questions I would ask  both artists for my article.

  • What hardships or rejection have you faced while trying to make it?
  • Why have you chosen not to get involved with television shows like x factor or the voice?
  • Other than gigs how else are you trying to promote your brand?
  • When are you thinking of making a new album?
  • How have the public responded to your self promotion?
  • Ultimately where do you want to reach in the profession? Is fame the dream?

Creative Commons


Copyright Laws

In all cases journalists must respect copyright law. This is a form a legal protection that automatically occurs assigned to content the moment you create it. For example when I publish this posts on my blog, it will be protected by this law. This means that it gives the creator a number of exclusive rights and only the creator can;

  • Claim authorship
  • Distribute the work
  • Reproduce the work
  • Create new works based on the original

Also the owner can often sell these rights to other people, but if anyone breaks this permission, it is in fact breaking the law.

However, there are some methods that allow other people to use your content with something called Fair Dealing. This is where some use of copyright is allowed in such ways as;

  • Research and Private study
  • Criticism and Review
  • News Reporting (except original photography and videos)
  • Incidental Inclusion

In all these cases sources must be attributed and the amount of material must be “necessary for the purpose”.

Creative Commons

Creative commons means some rights reserved and is an ‘open source’ to licensing for content online.

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. It develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. It is a non-profit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

What can Creative Commons do for me?

If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.

If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.

I myself am planning to publish my work under creative commons to give me and others wanting to use my content the flexibility and protection that’s needed.