The internet is littered with accounts of the world’s craziest drummers- Keith Moon’s marathon drug and drinking binges, trail of shattered hotel rooms and early death; John Bonham’s… pretty much the same thing; Ginger Baker being the subject of a recent biopic which both explores and document’s his often fantastically unhinged behavior, etc. However, there are far fewer accounts of those guys who just do their thing without all the fuss and muss and have done for years. Don’t they deserve some of the limelight for being so consistently… consistent? Well it’s to be hoped they do, because that’s what this article is about.
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ANNOUNCEMENT for BOB CRAWFORD’S NEWLY PUBLISHED MUSIC THEORY BOOK ”SYMMETRIC CYCLES” NEW TOOLS FOR ADVANCED IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION FOR ALL MELODIC INSTRUMENTS
Announcing the release of Bob Crawford’s newly published John Coltrane/Pat Martino-inspired music theory book “Symmetric Cycles” (Foreward by Mick Taylor -Rolling Stones/John Mayall) by RMCO MUSIC/Charles Colin Publications.
“Symmetric Cycles” offers new ways of stretching the melodic and harmonic boundaries of Modal Jazz, Blues, Pentatonic Rock, Latin (Montunos, etc.) Reggae, World Music, etc., creating sound colors that will open your ears in ways you may not have experienced before. It also is extremely useful compositionally—connecting chords in very unique ways, adding emotional sound colors to original musical works. As a teaching tool, it is very valuable for advanced students as well as seasoned players.
If you’re studying modern music, particularly popular music, you’ll want to learn a bit about marketing and how the information related to marketing might be skewing your view of music a bit. Remember that, where popular music is concerned, music is a product. It’s designed to be marketed and sold to a particular demographic. As a serious student of music, you’ll need to learn to separate the music from the marketing that goes along with it.
Every day, I get to wake up and go to work at my favourite place in the world with my favourite people. Every day I shake myself and say - HEY THIS IS REAL LIFE. YOU AREN’T DREAMING!
My brand and artist development company Audio Blood is turning 5 years old next month and I can’t help but do some reflecting. 5 years somehow feels like it has just flown right by. I can see 10 in the not so distant future, and 15 and 20 thereafter. But, when you look carefully at each year it also feels like it’s been so long since starting out on my own in my little bedroom on Salem Ave in Toronto to our new downtown office with 7 full time staffers. It kinda blows my mind.
Since launching in August 2013, Music Gateway has grown by 62% to over 10,000 registered users. The unique business platform has served over 750 music project opportunities and received +2,800 pitches to date.
“I must start by thanking all of our founder members for their continued support and help in making Music Gateway happen. It is of fundamental importance to me personally that, as we grow, I look to include them in our success.
Our current investors aren’t musicians, therefore don’t fully understand or appreciate a musician’s mindset or the degree of passion and dedication taken to create good original music. We are quite simply a breed apart and it’s a bloody good job for the music industry we are too.”
Coffee House Sessions is a new music initiative, exposing the hottest in upcoming UK music talent to the student market via daytime performances in University coffee shops around the country: http://youtu.be/CZRp_MoTqhM.
With a carefully designed touring circuit taking place in 40 universities, Coffee House Sessions holds acoustic performances at two different campuses a day over a ten day period and provides promotion for the showcased artists through student media outlets such as student newspapers, student radio and student TV at each university.
The digital music distributor recordJet and the young Berlin-based technology start-up brokenmusic have announced a joint collaboration. brokenmusic focuses on music and audio production services, while digital distributor recordJet offers bands and musicians the opportunity to sell their music digitally and physically worldwide. “As a Berlin-based start-up, we are particularly proud that a successful, young company like recordJet has placed their trust in us for a joint cooperation. Our work together will mainly focus on the combination of our services”, said Valéry Döhler, founder and managing director of brokenmusic.
“We were very confident in the idea of brokenmusic, because it stops right where recordJet starts. From production to sales, it covers the precise competencies that are needed before distribution. By combining our strengths, we’ll be able to offer our passengers production services together with a professional partner”, commented Jorin Zschiesche, Captain of recordJet, on the young collaboration.
10 years ago social media management was easy for musicians. MySpace was THE central place for artists for publishing their output online. All they had to do was making a few posts per month or upload a track from time to time. Nowadays artists and the music industry face a time consuming challenge: the fragmentation of social media. Today we have Facebook and Twitter, we have SoundCloud for sharing sounds, we have Instagram for sharing pictures and there are several new ambitioned platforms such as Tumblr striving for more importance. On top of that each of those platforms provides artists with loads of data which is too generic to support entertainment professionals with useful insights for a sustainable digital strategy.
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Guide to the Artist Press Kit
Continuing with our recent guides on promotion, this week we’re going to discuss the Artist Press Kit. Because every artist represents its own “brand”, it becomes necessary to package your brand in such a way that it is attractive to fans as well as potential investors from within the music industry, while showcasing your marketability and strengths. For successful artists, having a press kit available at any time is a must.
But what exactly is a press kit and why is it so important to have one?
Essentially a press kit is exactly what it sounds like: A group of documents which present the artist’s background, past shows, publishing achievements, current and future shows, as well as contact information. (Sounds kind of like a resume to me!)
Your image is your brand - you in a package - and is the key to selling venues and A&R representatives on the fact that you can make them money. Though this may all sound like a headache to put together, I assure you that you already have the majority of what you need! It won’t take long to format and compile, and like I always say, “you get out what you put in.”
FanUnite connects Artists, Fans, and Promoters to share their love of music. As a video-sharing social network, FanUnite helps music enthusiasts discover and share new artists with the music community.
I have created a group on soundcloud where most of the featured songs come from. I had no idea that it would have 1600 submissions and almost 800 members after I haven’t posted for 2 months. The problem is I don’t have many followers - so if you could help spread the word so that I can provide a true platform for independent artists that deserve the exposure to get heard!
The soundcloud group can be found here - https://soundcloud.com/groups/indie-indie-indie
I better get to it - I will keep it updated regularly from now on!