It is a known fact that getting signed to a major record label doesn’t guarantee success for an artist, but the odds greater or lower vs. staying indie? Moses Avalon explores the “Vegas Odds” of the record deal.
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Recently an article was posted to this site detailing how bands should prepare for their time in the studio. We thought it would be beneficial if we published a similar checklist for those doing the recording — the engineers!
Young talent, takes on a timeless tune: Zander Bleck sings Melody Blues "Nights In White Satin" (Hype Jones Remix)
“In a pop world dominated by hip hop and dance, Zander Bleck takes his inspiration from classic rock to serve up a fresh new sound. The singer’s forthcoming debut single “Temptation” clearly demonstrates his rock edge while also incorporating a pop-savvy, ready-radio melody and his emotive delivery that will have a mass appeal.” ArjanWrites
Despite the roots all three share as rich tributaries of great American music, there have been few instances in which country, jazz, and pop rock have successfully come together within one band. It just seems like an impossible fit: corralling Stetson-hatted cowboys, cool-blowing jazzmen, and funky rock players into a single cohesive project, one that seamlessly blends these very distinct styles. It seems impossible, that is, until you’ve heard Tricked Out Country.
Grooveshark, the fastest growing on-demand music service in the world, has partnered with Rocket Science, the premiere label services engine, to identify and provide support to artists who are having noteworthy success on the Grooveshark platform. Combining Grooveshark’s significant user base and promotional capabilities with Rocket Science’s storied history of music marketing, this collaboration is an attempt to provide a case study for artists who are looking for a non-traditional strategy to build their careers.
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Hi Music Think Tank, We are BBox Radio, a new community-powered platform and internet station broadcasting from NYC’s creative center: Brooklyn! Take a look at our Call for Entries — we’re asking everyone in and around the borough to help us reinvent radio! The idea is to create something new, expressive and decidedly LOCAL, yet global in reach. We hope you can help us spread the word! Visit BBoxRadio.com for more information and let us know if you have any questions. We’ll keep you tuned in. Love, BBox Radio
A lot of people have a warped and narrow-minded perception of what success and failure are. These terms are far too difficult to quantify and should be used with care.
TheStage.tv, “the World’s OPEN MIC”, today announced the availability of its new Spotlight Player, the first video player that lets audience members donate money, buy music and share performances of their favorite TheStage.tv artists – all within a video player that artists can place anywhere on their website or social media fanpage.
What would you add to this list?
I will not blindly chase a record deal
I will never send music to anyone who has not asked for it
I will work on new music for an hour everyday
I know there is no such thing as “genius” but just people who have put in 10,000 hours of effort
I will treat my fans like royalty
I will build my mailing list everyday
I will never undersell my art and let people take advantage of me
An overwhelming abundance of live show promotion tools, created a bit of a fatigue in the independent artist community. This is NOT one of those facebook apps which make your life difficult and clutter your profile. Thrillcall is the fastest growing live event database on the web. Their mission is to make sense of the live show data clutter on the web and provide live music fans with the best quality data out there. They have also accumulated a large knowledgebase of live event marketing Do’s and Dont’s. From this very knowledgebase comes their latest creation the Thrillcall Nucleus
For many independent artists organizing do-it-yourself tours, a common question is, “How can we make more money on tour?” One of the simplest methods: by spending less. Here are some ways you can cut your expenses while on tour which leaves room for more profit.
Whether you’re planning a national, international, or regional tour the goals are the same: earn income while promoting yourself in a familiar or new territory. Reaching out to fans and connecting personally at your concerts are the keys to gaining a dedicated fan base and generating buzz around your band. Admittedly, while overall comfort plays a key role in combatting tour fatigue and maintaining performance levels, sometimes comfort isn’t an option. If tour expenses are outweighing guarantees, try implementing some of these cost-cutting travel techniques tailored for the DIY, self-booking independent artist.
The challenge of being an independent artist, especially when you’re starting off is that you have no one but yourself to answer to. This of course can be both a good and bad thing. For one, if you’re driven - you can do many things very fast because you don’t have to delegate. On the other hand, some days, nothing happens at all because no one but yourself is responsible for your career (and you decided to just stay at home and comment on all your friend’s Facebook pages.) A very real issue is that most of what we do as artists does not pay financially (at least not immediately). Most of it is groundwork, most of it is the business side of our careers. This of course makes us comes to terms…