About Higher Plain Music
Higher Plain Music launched in 2008 and is an independent musical haven to discover and enjoy new music that enriches the soul. The site’s mission is to share new and upcoming music as well as celebrating music that truly leaves a lasting impression on you. It’s important to shine a light on musicians doing new things but essentially, the only criteria to be featured here is that it has to be music I enjoy and love. If it moves me, I think it will move others too.
Throughout 2018, Higher Plain Music is making a huge transformation from a daily music blog into something much wider in scope. I want it to be a special place the inspires creativity. I’ll be opening Higher Plain Music FM later in the year as an internet radio station to discover new artists. In-depth interviews with musical artists will become a mainstay to provide an insight into the creative process. I’d also like to open some more social and interactive experiences on the site too with learning resources for new musicians about how to find their feet and share tips and advice from other musicians too.
A Waffle from Simon
As a singer-songwriter and composer, albeit an amateur one, in his own right, I know how difficult it is to get music out there and be heard. We are so fortunate to have access to technology and spread the joy of creativity but the other side of that sword is that there’s so much noise, it’s difficult to stand out. I created Higher Plain Music initially to share music that I had discovered and loved. The music I love doesn’t usually find its way into the charts and is not always “radio friendly” (whatever that means) and I was digging deep to find platforms that really promoted the indie artists.
Over the years my passion for music has only increased and so has my interest in understanding the creative process and finding new ways to tap into that for more people. I work full time during the day currently in a job that’s labelled as creative, but it’s actually extremely stifling, so I run projects on music, games and disaster movies (a guilty pleasure I know) to let me celebrate creativity where I find it. I have so many ideas for the site, but there’s only so many hours in the day which is why supporting me via donations or Patreon is a vital lifeline to enable me to do more. It’d be a dream to be able to run this as a fully dedicated site part-time alongside my other creative projects – its a dream I’m not giving up on.
Almost all of the reviews on the website are positive ones because I want to promote things I like and not contribute to the meme culture of lazy journalism and short attention spans. I think we all lose when that’s all that we pander to. It has its place – but here I want to create a warm corner of the internet for feeling, introspection and a damn good melody!
Ultimately, every artist I feature here is an extended thank you. Thank you for what you do. You’ve inspired and brought out an emotion for me and for that I’m forever grateful.