The Way We Run The Real Music Club And The People Behind It.
The Real Music Club is run, on a non profit basis, by a team of 7 people. We meet once a month to discuss upcoming shows and usually have most of the year’s artists booked a long way in advance. This means that, if you are looking to get a gig from us you need to get in touch and give us your details, a bit about your music and what you do, in the previous year. We pay the acts from the door take (roughly on a 40% / 30% / 20% basis with the final 10% usually going to the RMC fund) after expenses such as venue cost and posters. We advertise the gigs via posters and flyers (ask us if you want some of these), on this website, on Facebook / Twitter and in the Brighton and Hove listings pages but it is very important that the acts promote themselves too. The more people you get through the door the more you get paid and the better your gig will be. Since we do charge for entrance it is better to avoid doing free gigs just before or just after your gig with us. Tickets are cheaper in advance so try to get your fans to buy them that way. They are available from Resident Records in the North Lanes and online via We Got Tickets. We have a limit of one free guest per band member but there is a reduced rate paying guest list that you can add people to.
One of the club’s founding members.
Tim, with Judge Trev Thoms, and ‘Honlin Stu’, laid the foundation stone for The Real Music Club.
I got to Brighton in the late 80s and fell in love with the Brighton music scene – a lot more basic and not as thriving in those days but I have very good memories of gigs (including the Levellers) at the (Art College) Basement, Brighton Urban Free Festival (BUFF) which I helped organise, Radio Kamikaze (a kind of prototype for Radio 4A), the Zap Club etc etc. One day, a decade or two later. I bumped into Captain Sensible (a guitarist/vocalist with a popular punk band) and he suggested that I check out the Real Music Club. Once I got myself there I realised that was where I would get to see bands like Inner City Unit, Sentient (featuring Steffe Sharpstrings of the Here and Now Band), Mike Heron, Edgar Broughton as well as catch up with great new bands coming out of the Brighton scene like Zofff, Clowwns, Crayola Lectern etc etc. This was a club I could rely on to come up with good stuff month after month. I became a regular going to see bands I’d heard of and never heard of and I never went away disappointed. So I kind of fell into helping out with Facebook promotion when the call went out for more hands on deck. I’m very glad to be on board and hope more and more people come and enjoy the shows so we can keep this ship sailing
I have been going to the RMC since Tim Rundall curated a special event in 2OO8 which more or less showcased the full breadth of what the RMC offers over a year in one evening. I was attracted to the friendly atmosphere and the chance to experience live music I wouldn’t normally get out to see.
Whether it is the psyche / space rock bands from the festival circuits to the specialist singer songwriters and soloists ….. or the weirder extremes such as Tim’s Wild Orchid Slideshow and everything in between or either side, you are always guaranteed to see something fresh, interesting, creative and unique.
I joined the committee at the beginning of 2OI6 and produce the monthly newsletter. I enjoy the process of researching our bands which always gives me something to look forward to when it comes to the live shows and then seeing a successful gig take shape on the night.
Poster design / website / Radio Show host.
I was invited along to a Real Music Club event 10 years ago.
The main acts at that show were The Sumerian Kyngs and Paradise9. I was so impressed with the club concept that I became a regular and was invited to join the committee when they were all reeling from Judge Trev’s death and unsure whether it would continue without him.
I am pleased to say that it is still going strong.
Cliff is an accomplished sound and lighting engineer who has worked for many theatres, venues, bands and performers. He holds a National Diploma in Music Technology and a BA Honors degree in music production. He has experience with a vast range of sound and lighting equipment including analogue and digital consoles, outboard effect modules, microphones, moving heads, lasers, generic and LED lighting fixtures. Cliff is also a composer and performer and has played in many venues under the pseudonym of The Mighty Xanthus. He is also a member of the psychedelic jazz band the Sumerian Kyngs and rock band That Legendary Wooden Lion.
The Mighty Xanthus
‘The Mighty Xanthus’ is the pseudonym of keyboardist and composer Cliff Dowding. He has been writing and performing music for over thirty years. Along with his solo projects, he has played in numerous bands and acts throughout his career with his big 6′ 11″ frame and bigger sound. He has played in many venues, mostly within the Brighton and Sussex area. 2018 sees the return of TMX after a two-year gap where he has been involved with other projects and bands. He will be playing pieces from his first album for ten years ‘Hill Fort By Starlight’, which should be available on the night.