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Thursday
May012014

Ourtunez, the Music Network

I am Nino Munaco, Editor and Blog writer for Ourtunez, the Music Network. Ourtunez is a free music streaming service that features Independent musicians. Any one can sign up, upload their music and instantly receive the benefits.

Your music will gain exposure through our website and app. New music discovery is missing in other music streaming services but Ourtunez excels in that department. Even our “mainstream” stations are full of independent artists who have signed up. They are being played alongside today’s (and yesterday’s) biggest artists. We even have a Comedy station where independent comedians can be discovered.

We are looking for people who want to be a part of this community of amazing artists.

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Thursday
May012014

8 Ways To Keep Up With and Discover New Music Releases

Have you ever felt like you were no longer in the loop when it comes to new music? “Have you heard Beyonce’s new song?!” “Did you get tickets for that gig?” “It went to number 1!”. None of us like to feel left out when it comes to the hottest new songs, the latest summer smash, or that killer album everybody’s talking about.

Here are a number of methods to stay up to date with the best music and most anticipated releases.  

1. Social media
Following your favourite artists and bands on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will ensure that you are constantly in the know about what’s out and what’s coming next. Artists promote themselves and their music this way as it’s the easiest outlet to connect with their fans.  

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Beats Music v. Spotify

By John Lahr

As of January 21st Spotify now has a legitimate contender in the music streaming market, as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Music steps into the ring. It is the culmination of eighteen months of development after Dr. Dre’s lucrative consumer electronics company purchased MOG in July of 2012. Entering with a soft launch in late January, the service announced its arrival in spectacular style with a Super Bowl advertising blitz featuring T.V personality Ellen DeGeneres. While Beats Music and Spotify have many similar features, both services have very different views of the future of the streaming marketplace, and different ways of communicating their vision to consumers.

Features Comparison

Like Spotify, Beats Music offers a library of over 20 million songs to choose from, the ability to create playlists and sync them to your mobile device for offline listening, and a radio feature1.  However Beats offers far more advanced features for discovering music thanks to its “Sentence” radio and “Just For You” curated playlists tailored to taste preferences you give when signing up.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

The California Gurl: Katy Perry

 Born in Santa Barbara, California, Katy Perry was a confident and talented performer even at a young age. Thus, it is not surprising that she has become one of the most loved music artists in this era. Her originality, fascinating style and infectious charm helped her reach the top – and she just keeps getting better and better with her latest hits and performances!

A Star Is Born

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, who is best known for her stage name “Katy Perry” was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Having both parents as church pastors, she was immersed in music, mostly gospel music, at a young age. However, she and her siblings were discouraged from listening and singing along to secular music. There were some exceptions, though, since her parents allowed her to listen to some artists including Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald because of the wholesome lyrics and meanings behind their songs.

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Tuesday
Apr292014

CRUCAST: A New Dance Music App and Youtube Channel

Introducing CRUCAST:

A New Dance Music App and YouTube Channel

CRUCAST is an exciting new resource for dance music fans, allowing them to discover new and classic mixes from their favourite DJ’s and stream great music at home or on the move. CRUCAST features dance music of all styles and genres and is constantly updated, in order to provide subscribers with the freshest mixes from the best DJ’s in the world. 

The CRUCAST App is simple to navigate, easy to use and better still it’s absolutely free. The CRUCAST Youtube channel is a comprehensive library of ever diversifying DJ mixes, allowing fans to discover and enjoy brilliant electronic music.

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Monday
Apr282014

5 BOOKS EVERY INDIE MUSIC ARTIST SHOULD PURCHASE RIGHT NOW

As an independent artist, no matter what your style, genre or sound, there are a few things that you have at your disposal that many mainstream or major artists don’t or can’t always claim: extreme flexibility, genuine grassroots connections at a local level, and the ability to be more adventurous and creative with your music. But one of the most important things an independent artist must realize they have a great advantage in is something that may at times be taken for granted or even shunned: self education.

Any independent worth their weight should at least be in the process of building up their personal library filled with books that they can use as reference guides to their own success. There are tons of music business books any artist can find at their local bookstore or major chain. The key is to have a solid idea of the information that you want and a plan on how to use it.

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Saturday
Apr262014

Do We need a NEW Myspace?

Almost a decade ago Myspace was at the top of it’s game. It was not only a new way for users to interact with other users through bulletins, comments, and messages it was a social mecca. I mean heaven forbid you moved someone down from the number 1 spot on your top 8 and connection between bands was just as strong. 

DIY was always around and DIY will never die but Myspace gave DIY a steroid boost. Unlike most social networking sites bands and artists alike could reach out, talk to and add users without being deemed “spammers.” Bands could also track their daily hits and track plays and by those results be ranked on their performance on the Myspace Music charts.  

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Friday
Apr252014

Selling Yourself: The Art of the Killer Bio (Part II) 

How you tell your story is as important as what you tell

If you remember back to high school English you probably recall the idiom “show don’t tell” which is especially relevant for writing artist biographies. If you were an agent or talent buyer, would you pursue an act with a bland, cliché-filled, unimaginative bio that reads like a college resume or an engaging, moving, interesting or funny story that comes alive on the page?

Language is a tool, like any other, and one that you can use to convince potential supporters of your value. If you can tell your story in a way that engages and triggers the emotional centers of the brain, you are much more likely to get a “yes” when it comes to critical career-building opportunities.

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Thursday
Apr242014

PRINCE’s NEW DEAL WITH WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS IS A PART OF THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF THE ISSUE OF COPYRIGHT TERMINATIONS UNDER U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW.

The music business headlines are touting the story that Prince has returned to Warner Brothers Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his back catalog of recordings. This deal marks a new era as the ability to terminate master recording copyright after 35 years was granted in the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 and became effective in 1978, the year that Prince’s debut album came out. 


Just as the record business has been staggering back to its feet after the digital assault started by Napster over a decade ago, another hard blow to the record industry business model is starting to have ripple effects. Recording artists and songwriters from 1978 and after are now entitled to start terminating their contractual transfers and demanding back their copyrights.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Get the Show on the Road: 3 Ways to Finance a Tour

Dizzyjam, an online merchandising firm that caters to musicians, asked 207 bands (mostly from the U.S. and U.K.), about their financial situations. Seventy-two percent of them said they earned some money, but not near enough to live on; 23 percent lost money making music, and only 4.3 percent earned enough to live solely off their music. You already knew that making a career out of music would be difficult, but it's doable, especially for persistent bands with a decent following. Even if you don't make it big, touring the country is a priceless experience. Here are three ways to raise the necessary funds to get your tour started:

Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012 and $1.5 billion in 2011, and the financial consulting firm Deloitte estimated that 2013's crowdfunding efforts would raise $3 billion total (we have yet to see exact numbers for last year). The money is there, if you put forth the effort—5,067 music-related projects were successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2012, the most across all industries. In 2012, Amanda Palmer (of the alternative rock duo Dresden Dolls) raised more than $1 million via Kickstarter for her tour and record. It can be done.

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Thursday
Apr242014

BandFriend Announces New Version 2.5 with In-App Messaging

The popular free social networking application for musicians now with new chat feature.

SAN DIEGO, CA, April 24, 2014 – BandFriend, the popular free social networking application for musicians available on Android and iOS devices, is being upgraded today to version 2.5 and features new in-app messaging.  BandFriend helps local musicians discover, connect, and share all things music.  Now with BandFriend’s new in-app messaging feature, finding musicians nearby to jam and collaborate with has never been easier.

BandFriend’s unique mobile collaboration and sharing approach fits the on-the-go lifestyles of musicians creating a great mobile networking app experience for musicians.  BandFriend helps musicians discover local talent, connect to jam or share ideas, and capture inspirational moments with a mobile device and share using SoundCloud and YouTube integration anyplace, anytime. 

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Auganizer v1.1.1 as used by Steve Angello, Swedish House Mafia

A major update for Auganizer has been released, bringing it to version 1.1.1. It adds numerous new features and addresses all known issues.

 

Auganizer allows you to rename, reorder, organise and arrange your Audio Units the way you want to. Until now, renaming and arranging your Audio Units in Logic, Garageband, Main Stage or other Audio Unit hosts has been impossible. Since its release by Apple the Audio Unit standard has not allowed for your own naming and organising conventions. Now, for the first time, Auganizer makes it simple to arrange plugins by group, sub group and custom name, for straightforward filing and identification.

 

The Auganizer team said “v1.1 is all about adding compatibility and functionality across the board. We’ve made lots of changes on the backend of the software to cater for just about every plugin out there. Everything is silky smooth and running great and we’ve added a whole bunch of features since v1.01.”

 

So much so Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame was quoted on Twitter as saying “This has changed my life” - https://twitter.com/SteveAngello/status/457481322055745537 certainly a ringing endorsement. 

 

Auganizer v1.1 is available now from auganizer.com for $34.99.

Tuesday
Apr222014

New Paul Maddox Ableton Push House Production Online Course

The Producertech team are pleased to let you know about our latest course release, House Production with Ableton Push Part I by Paul Maddox (Spektre).
This course is for anyone wanting to get into producing house music with Ableton’s Push. Presented by renowned producer and Producertech tutor Paul Maddox, the lessons show how Push can be used to create music in a totally hands-on way, focusing in this set of tutorials on creating a classic, retro house groove.
The lessons go from starting out with a new session, through drum instrument selection, loading, playing, sequencing, editing and mixing, showing a variety of different techniques such as live recording and step- sequencing, and ensuring that all parts are locked into the same groove.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

5 Useful Tips for Recording a Great Music Record

The music recording process can prove daunting for amateur artists and established brands alike. It has been observed that recording sessions can take up a lot of time, music albums can often go over budget. Besides this artistic and musical differences can put a real strain on music band’s relationships.

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