Musician rivals X Factor for Christmas top spot

This Is Wiltshire: Gaz Brookfield Gaz Brookfield

A musician is going head to head against X Factor this year for the coveted Christmas Number One – but says he still wishes Jahmene Douglas all the best for the competition.

Singer songwriter Gaz Brookfield, 33, has been a fixture on the Swindon pub circuit since 2006 and will be releasing his single, Diet of Banality, on December 16 in a bid to keep Simon Cowell off the top spot.

The single, which is a folk punk rant against mainstream celebrity culture, will be available to buy from iTunes, Amazon and 7Digital.

Gaz, of Wroughton, said: “Every Christmas there is the battle for the number one spot in the charts, and every year the choices get less, well, choosable.

“Bieber or Talent show pawns seem to be the only choice these days, unless a well-meaning internet chap or chappette rallies the troops and gets everyone to buy Rage Against The Machine, or something – which, while commendable, isn’t really addressing the issue of getting new art out there.

“The way I see it, if the RATM thing can work, then why can’t this? I am a totally DIY musician. I have no label, management, promotion company, publishing company, distribution company, or even any money worth mentioning.”

Before going solo in 2006, Gaz was in the popular Swindon band Durera, and he later went on to become the first ever unsigned solo act to sell out The Fleece in Bristol.

He was the winner of Acoustic Magazine UK’s Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2010 and has also played with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Frank Turner, Nik Kershaw, Mark Morris (Bluetones),Pete Doherty and Dave McPherson (InMe).

And although he may be going up against X Factor hopeful Jahmene, who is tipped to get through to the final three in the competition, Gaz said he was still proud to see a Swindon lad doing well.

He said: “I wish him all the luck. The release of my single has nothing to do with him personally, it’s just about demonstrating that other musicians can be in with a shot at the Christmas Number One, without the aid of Cowell.”

Diet of Banality is from Gaz’s first album, Trial and Error. Visit www.gazbrookfield.com.

Builder is in the running too

A SWINDON builder is also hoping he proves to be a contender in the race for this year’s Christmas Number One.

Colm McCarthy, alias Puff Paddy, is releasing a festive tune and will be donating 25 per cent of the funds to the charity Christmas Care, which helps homeless people in the town over the festive period.

The singer, of Akers Way, is launching the single at a charity gig on December 16 at the Moonrakers pub in Stratton from 2pm.

Tickets are £6 on the door and other guests on the night include Rapper 8, The Hippie Club, The Stokers, Benji Clements, Myles Angel and Daine Angel.

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10:10am Thu 15 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

Rival xfactor? Yeah ok then. Will not even be like a boil on xfactors backside.
Rival xfactor? Yeah ok then. Will not even be like a boil on xfactors backside. Davey Gravey
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11:19am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cathyburns says...

What a fantastic song this is. It made me laugh a heck of a lot but is also a really good tune. I wish Gaz all the luck in the world with this. It's a bit of a David and Goliath thing he's trying to achieve but at least someone is out there trying to support original music. I'll definitely buy his single and I'll get as many of my friends to as well! Swindon should be very proud of him!
What a fantastic song this is. It made me laugh a heck of a lot but is also a really good tune. I wish Gaz all the luck in the world with this. It's a bit of a David and Goliath thing he's trying to achieve but at least someone is out there trying to support original music. I'll definitely buy his single and I'll get as many of my friends to as well! Swindon should be very proud of him! Cathyburns
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1:17pm Thu 15 Nov 12

musicguru says...

I wonder if the Adver will give Gaz - a musician writing, marketing and promoting his own music -the same amount of coverage Jahmene gets. I know it's a different league but isn't he more deserving of their help. One is an original artist out there on his own,doing it for all the right reasons (a music career rather than stardom) with only his own money to drive it, the other part of a multi million pound marketing machine that ultimatley only makes one millionaire even richer.
I wonder if the Adver will give Gaz - a musician writing, marketing and promoting his own music -the same amount of coverage Jahmene gets. I know it's a different league but isn't he more deserving of their help. One is an original artist out there on his own,doing it for all the right reasons (a music career rather than stardom) with only his own money to drive it, the other part of a multi million pound marketing machine that ultimatley only makes one millionaire even richer. musicguru
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1:52pm Thu 15 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

"""A musician is going head to head against X Factor this year for the coveted Christmas Number One – but says he still wishes Jahmene Douglas all the best for the competition. """

Nice to see we all know the real meaning of Christmas then. the "coveted number one" so all about money then.....
"""A musician is going head to head against X Factor this year for the coveted Christmas Number One – but says he still wishes Jahmene Douglas all the best for the competition. """ Nice to see we all know the real meaning of Christmas then. the "coveted number one" so all about money then..... house on the hill
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2:45pm Thu 15 Nov 12

musicguru says...

Of course the music business is about money, that's why its called a business, but there is a more interesting point here about raising awareness to the fact that the seasonal music charts don't have to be about paying for Simon Cowells Christmas dinner via the X factor production line or other style over substance acts and I somehow doubt that the way music sales work even if Gaz does get his record on the top spot he will hardly be retiring on the proceeds.
Of course the music business is about money, that's why its called a business, but there is a more interesting point here about raising awareness to the fact that the seasonal music charts don't have to be about paying for Simon Cowells Christmas dinner via the X factor production line or other style over substance acts and I somehow doubt that the way music sales work even if Gaz does get his record on the top spot he will hardly be retiring on the proceeds. musicguru
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9:39pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Benzel says...

Way to support the local musician.

Humbug indeed.
Way to support the local musician. Humbug indeed. Benzel
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1:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Alan B'stard says...

Jar Mean is rubbish by the way.

I'm much better.
Jar Mean is rubbish by the way. I'm much better. Alan B'stard
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