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Thursday
Jan162014

Universal Music Publishing launches UMPG Songs

 Universal Music Publishing has announced the launch of a new, state-of-the-art online music platform providing unprecedented access to the company’s vast catalogue for sync licensing. 

UMPG Songs contains hundreds of thousands of tracks available to licence – from a writer’s full back catalogue to the latest releases, with new works added every week. What makes UMPG Songs unique however is the combination of expertly curated content and smart music discovery tools – empowering advertising, film, TV, and online creatives to quickly pinpoint exactly the right piece of music for their project.

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Thursday
Jan162014

New Free Mobile App Makes Life Easier for Musicians

Red Dragon Records is a relatively new but rapidly growing record label based in the south of the UK. It was designed and built around a business model that involved working with very new artists and the main ethos of the company since its inception is to help artists where possible whether signed to the label or not. To this end, we created a free mobile app (the only app of its kind at the time of writing). This app contains over 1,000 links to radio stations and blogs that have been vetted to ensure that they take music from unsigned or indie label artists. Furthermore there are sections for design companies, sites that will allow artists to find new sources of revenue or even giving artists companies that manufacture CD’s, websites or merchandise. 

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Christmas Flight Into the Charts for German Digital Distributor recordJet: M.I.K.I with Malochersohn

The year 2014 had hardly started when the Berlin-based music distributor recordJet reported that another of its passengers had entered the charts. In charts week 2/2014 (survey period 20-26 December, 2013), the hip hop artist M.I.K.I entered the German charts at number 94 with his album “Malochersohn”, and is currently placed between international stars like Katie Melua and Kings of Leon.

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Monday
Jan132014

New Website to find live shows to play

Literally was just launched yesterday, working on gaining a user base, what are your thoughts?

www.zaffalu.com

Sunday
Jan122014

How Bands Can Break Into New Markets

One way to grow your music’s reach is to break into new markets. This could be taken a number of ways: new geographical areas (cities, states, countries, etc.) or simply new audiences in general (by demographic, interest, psychographic, etc). Before you try and expand your reach through new markets, it’s important to take a few things into consideration:

  • Return on Investment: What is the cost or effort required to break into this market? Is the return on investment worthwhile or would you be better off using those resources to grow an existing market?

  • Goals: What kind of role will this market play in your S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals?

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Friday
Jan102014

The Do’s and Dont’s of Merchandising and Why It’s So Important For Your Band

From the Audio Blood Intern Blog Archive - Published January 2013.

Band merchandise – many think it’s a dying addition to your band’s brand; people are downloading more, so there’s no need for CDs, people are wearing less band t-shirts, and when was the last time someone said they wanted to buy a pin? Well, if you think that you couldn’t be more wrong. Band merchandise serves two VERY important purposes, for one, it’s your band’s calling card – you want people who see you to be able to walk away with a CD, or a t-shirt or poster, so that you’re remembered. Secondly, it’s a financial life-line for the band; bands need money for tours, recordings, equipment, and so much more – a small investment in merchandise can yield high return if you know what you’re doing. So, here’s what you need to know to build up the merch aspect of your band.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Indie Artists in a Business World


Being an indie artist is a wonderful life, or it sucks! Getting paid to play is a dream nearly all artists follow. The goal is to sell songs and merchandise, perhaps ending with a cushy deal playing a short tour of bars that circle round your town every month. (If you’re one of the few who make it big, there’s a mansion and airplane waiting, with a mob of fans.)
“My goal is to rewrite how music is distributed, giving artists a shot at being found and online radio stations a chance to (easily) find quality songs.”

All artists aim for the stars - as do folks in other careers. Just be prepared to enjoy the treetops because that’s where the vast majority of independent artists end up. Be in the right mindset and there’s nothing wrong with the view from there.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Abeem Live Technologies releases Rack Performer 1.0

Abeem Live Technologies has released Rack Performer 1.0, pro-audio software for live performance, sound design and real-time audio processing. 

 

Rack Performer is a high-level modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with MIDI support, multi-channel audio I/O and internal processing, complete automatic patch-delay compensation, sample accurate sequencing, low jitter and latency.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Don’t be a Victim of Your Work – 5 Tips to Help You Stay Ahead of Your To-Do List

So many of us live our day to day lives on a constant goose chase, always trying to catch up with our to-do list. The feeling of being perpetually behind on your work is draining. Living in that space doesn’t allow you to do your best work or be creative. It’s easy to get discouraged and find yourself distracted when trying to hang  out with your friends after work, preoccupied with all the little stresses waiting for you at your desk.

This is no new phenomenon, as we push ourselves harder and harder it’s only normal to want to take on the world. And those aspirations are totally admirable. You have hopefully found what you love and want to do for the rest of your life… but why is it so damn hard to keep up? What we don’t actually learn in school is that sometimes in order to get ahead you need to take a step back, check yourself, and find some good coping mechanisms that will allow you to handle the capacity of work you’d like to. You don’t have to live in that stressful and frustrated space, never feeling like you’ve made a dent. I can promise you, it’s more about a mental attitude than reality after all. And the good news about that is we can change our mental attitudes if we just fight through our old habits!

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Tuesday
Jan072014

Why and When Would a Music Act Invest in Artist Services?

Musicians might grumble about why they are not paid fairly for playing live. As a promoter, I’ve barely broken even in my attempts to new act nights with posters, flyers, articles in the press and industry contacts. I don’t complain. (I got my current job out of it though).

It is never worth deluding yourself that you are worth more than you are. Sadly, many great musicians think they are worth much less than they are. Try to gauge your value. The simple way is by listening to all the responses you and your music gets, even if it’s a one-man-and-a-dog audience in a rural village pub. However, that is no excuse with all the websites there for musicians, which provide free or inexpensive ways to get heard.

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Tuesday
Jan072014

WHY MUSIC IS FOOD (By Piers Faccini)

A few days ago, the English songwriter Piers Faccini - with whom I work closely as a digital marketer - published a great post on his website about his new status as an ‘artist-running-a-label’. In this text, Piers makes a smart parallel between small farmers and musicians who have both had to adapt to a market that has taken a radical turn over the last few years.

His words have all the more resonance considering the current debate concerning streaming royalties and it also shows how important it is for independent artists to be able to develop their own eco-system thanks to the Internet.

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Sunday
Jan052014

UK Ableton Live Training Weekends

The Producertech team are excited to announce these in-class teaching events, starting this month with 2 Ableton Live weekends by certified trainer Rob Jones. These weekends, one for Beginners and one for Advanced level users, include 2 full days of training on Ableton software and music production in general, as well as instruction on Ableton’s control surface Push, free online courses and £100 worth of samples from Loopmasters.
Located in Producertech’s new UK headquarters, the Echoplex Studio complex in Eastbourne, these events allow students the opportunity to interact directly with certified trainer and online course creator Rob Jones, while he teaches the ins and outs of Live in detail to a class of no more than 16 people. Throughout the day, there will be exercises set, which students can carry out on the provided workstations or their own laptops, along with in-depth group and one-to-one mentoring to maximize students’ experiences and learning.

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Sunday
Jan052014

DJs That Use Pinterest

List of DJs on Pinterest and how they use it to up their promotional campaigns.

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Tuesday
Dec312013

A Systematic Approach To Booking

One of the most common topics I get asked questions about is booking. There are a lot of musicians out there that have spent countless hours honing their skills and writing their songs, but have no idea where to start when it comes to finding gigs. So I would like to take this opportunity to lay out a systematic approach that you can use to get your gigging circuit started.

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