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What we learnt from a week in the life of Ray Duhaney

Industry insider tips from Brooklyn Bowl's rock 'n' roll guru



We got behind-the-scenes access to a week in the life of Ray Duhaney, the rock 'n' roll guru at the helm of Brooklyn Bowl London. Ray shared some of his industry insider tips with us; here’s what we learnt from a week in his world.

Five top acts to play at Brooklyn Bowl London

Wailers, August 7 2014

Wailers, August 7 2014

‘I grew up listening to the Wailers – they are national treasures in Jamaica. They performed songs from the “Legend” album – basically their greatest hits. It was quite special hearing the audience sing along with everything from “One Love” to “Three Little Birds.”’

Pharrell Williams, June 24 2014

Pharrell Williams, June 24 2014

‘Pharrell is such a huge international star and a supreme showman. It was amazing to see him perform to an intimate audience of just 600 people and there was a real party atmosphere. Yeah, you could say everyone was “Happy”!’

Grandmaster Flash, August 1 2014

Grandmaster Flash, August 1 2014

‘This was a crazy dance night in the company of the founding father of hip-hop, DJ Grandmaster Flash. The sound of the bass reverberating on “White Lines” and the synth on “The Message” is so iconic – it took me right back to the ’80s.’

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Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, July 29 2014

Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, July 29 2014

‘Phil Lesh has been making music since the ’60s when he was the bassist with legendary rock band the Grateful Dead, and he’s still jammin’ with his own house band. This was the ultimate jam session – a totally brilliant mash-up of classic rock with hints of folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country and improvised jazz. And he still plays a mean bass guitar!’

Umphrey's McGee, June 21 2014

Umphrey's McGee, June 21 2014

‘These guys play around 100 gigs per year, but you’d never know it. They have amazing energy on stage doing what’s been called “improg” (progressive improvisation), which means that no two sets are ever the same. They played a three-day blow-out of shows to appreciative audiences and their state-of-the-art light show was something else!’

Video recording with the Lumia 930

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‘It’s great being able to capture the best live bands with my phone so I can watch their performances afterwards and show my friends. The Lumia 930 has four microphones so I can record in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, plus a bass filter to cut out unwanted background noise. Awesome!’

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Five favourite music apps

Nokia MixRadio

‘My tastes can be quite eclectic – Justin Bieber is a guilty pleasure of mine! – so MixRadio is great for introducing me to new artists across a wide variety of genres. It creates playlists based on my favourite artists and suggests new ones to look out for.’

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Spotify

‘An app all music lovers should download. I like being able to choose from ready-made playlists or create my own depending on how I’m feeling that day.’

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TuneIn Radio

‘This is a good one for finding podcasts or browsing a range of audio content by genre. I especially like tuning into new TED talks for inspiration from some amazing people.’

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Xbox Music

‘All the music I’ve downloaded is stored in this app which means I can access it from my phone or computer. I can manage my own collection through the app and it also lets me stream songs for free.’

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Radioplayer

‘I can tune into any UK radio station I like with this app. It offers tailored recommendations and I can add my favourites to the My Stations section for easy access.’

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A world of apps on the Lumia 930

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‘The Windows Phone Store has so many apps to choose from and it’s really intuitive to use. It breaks everything down into categories so I can go straight to “music + video” to see what’s new, or search by keyword if I already have something in mind. It also gives me personalised suggestions based on my Facebook Likes – such a clever idea.’

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Five influential albums

Innervisions by Stevie Wonder

Innervisions by Stevie Wonder

‘The poetry in Stevie Wonder’s lyrics is unrivalled – he sees more than a sighted person could and made me believe anything is possible. And what a voice! “Visions” is one of my all-time favourite tracks and regularly appears on my playlists.’

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

‘The way he talks about the planet is almost prophetic; the album was released in 1971 but it’s still so relevant now. This is an album you should listen to in the right order as each song complements the next.’

Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers

‘This was always played at family parties and my cousins and I would sing along to every word – it was like watching The Jackson 5 do reggae!’

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Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel

Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel

‘This reminds me of my childhood when my brother, sister and I would sit and learn all the lyrics from the back cover. We were so innocent back then!’

Beyond Skin by Nitin Sawhney

Beyond Skin by Nitin Sawhney

‘This is beautiful, complex, soulful, experimental, intelligent music. It reminds me of a time when I went through a lot of personal change.’

Song recognition on the Lumia 930

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‘Believe it or not, once in a while when I’m listening to the radio a song will come on and I won’t know who the artist is. Using the inbuilt Bing Music Search app I can press one button and my phone will search for the song and provide me with all the info I need. It also gives me a link to purchase the track or album, so if I really like what I hear I can add it to my music library.’

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Five unusual rider requests

A picture of Carl Sagan

A picture of Carl Sagan

‘Carl Sagan was a popular American astronomer, cosmologist and scientist. Perhaps the band felt more connected to the universe with Carl’s picture in their dressing room, or maybe they were just messing with me.’

A furry wall

A furry wall

‘Now this was an interesting one to fulfil. We considered making it a permanent feature of the dressing room afterwards, but thought better of it!’

A remote control helicopter

A remote control helicopter

‘I’m a child at heart so this band’s request really made me smile. Everyone in the office wanted a play before we gave it to the band – we take ourselves very seriously at Brooklyn Bowl.’

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Snapback baseball cap of the local football team

Snapback baseball cap of the local football team

‘This went down a treat with the band’s fans. You know what they say: know your audience!’

Twelve packs of pickled onion Monster Munch

Twelve packs of pickled onion Monster Munch

‘It wouldn’t be my flavour of choice, but who am I to judge? I’m not sure if it was one member of the band who had a penchant for these or if they were shared between them, but they all got eaten!’

OneNote on the Lumia 930

‘I like to make lists so I don’t forget anything important when life gets hectic. Using OneNote on my Lumia 930 I’ve created a template for band riders so I don’t forget the essentials; when extra requests are sent over it’s easy to add them on. OneNote is synced to my computer too, so I can cross things off wherever I am and the changes appear on both.’

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Five ways to spot new music talent

Check out their social media

Check out their social media

‘You can tell how good a band is going to be by how many followers they have on Twitter and how many Likes they have on Facebook. In many ways, these days it’s these platforms that create the trends.’

Visit their YouTube channel

Visit their YouTube channel

‘Unknown bands or artists often make a name for themselves on YouTube before they get big. If a band has a lot of hits on their YouTube channel then it could be a good indicator of great things to come.’

Are the universities booking them?

Are the universities booking them?

‘Uni students have their finger on the pulse when it comes to new music so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye (or ear) out for who’s playing the student unions and local student hangouts.’

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Word of mouth

Word of mouth

‘Listen to recommendations from people whose music taste you can rely on. Our Head of Music at Brooklyn Bowl, Jake, is someone I can always trust to keep me up to date. If he says a band is one to watch, I know it’s true.’

Go to lots of gigs

Go to lots of gigs

‘The more gigs you go to, the more exposed you’ll be to new music. And you never know – the support act you see one night might turn out to be headlining in a year’s time.’

Discover new music with the Lumia 930

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‘Nokia MixRadio makes it so easy to keep discovering new artists, I just pick two artists that I love and MixRadio creates a playlist of recommendations based on those people and similar acts. It makes staying up to date with music trends really effortless and I can tailor it to suit my mood on any given day.’

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