Life keeps getting better for the DIY movement. YouTube is now letting anyone sign up for ad profit sharing on their site and they specifically want musicians! How awesome is that. Go here to learn more!
Being in a band doesn't always have to be about being a bad ass and writing brilliant press releases to make you sound like a musical genius. Sometimes the best way to win new fans is to show the idiosyncrasies of your group. Recently, the band Them Crooked Vultures posted a funny video of Dave Grohl running around like a maniac due to caffeine overdose. The video wasn't necessarily to promote anything in particular, just to show what a swell bunch of guys they are and how funny they can be. What the video has done is: kept the band in the news cycle, remind old fans of what a good band they are, probably introduced the band to a whole lot of people who didn't know they existed before. Bottom line is that if it's funny or interesting, people will pass it along and you'll have a much better chance of getting a foot in the door with a new audience. Of course, you might not have someone as notable as Dave Grohl in your band to star in a video, but nearly every band has characters and sides to their personality that are interesting and worth watching. Further, since most bands don't bother to show who they really are, this can separate you very quickly from the competition.
One of the keys to building a following is staying in touch with those who are interested in your music. Part of that battle is getting them to read your updates on any social network they may enjoy getting it from. In steps FlowTown, a service that will pull names, social networks, gender, and many other crucial data from just a single email address. It also offers the utility to target emails to these people based on many different data parameters. Very cool and next level! (via Hypebot)
Last year I started wondering how much money street musicians really make. In this old article I made some math and observations on this part time job that many musicians take up. Check it out here.
Brick And Mortar are a fantastic DIY band from the Jersey Shore that sound nothing like the stereotypes you think of when that area comes to mind. Combining Boards of Canada like- atmospheres, with 70's prog melodies and pounding rock rhythms, the group makes a sound that you have definitely not heard before. These guys are gaining a buzz by being both creative and hardworking, recently releasing their debut EP 7 Years In The Mystic Room, which is receiving a very warm reaction throughout the indie world. They gave us a fantastic interview with some smart advice. Do yourself a favor and while you read this interview take a listen to some of their tunes.
- How To Choose A Record Producer/Recording Studio - Part 1 - Recognizing Past Failures
- Ask A Non-Music Dork For Perspective
- Programming Note - One Year Of Musformation!
- Anatomy Of A Buzz Band - How Many Publicists Does Neon Indian Have?
- You're So Much Better Live Than On Record? Why Does No One Know This?
- Band Tip: Don't Sweat A Bad Show
- How DIY Artist Noush Skaugen Got 1.2 Million Twitter Followers
- Watch A Great Video On Pitch Speaking
- Live Lessons: Have A Backup Guitar Ready In Case A String Breaks
- GuGuChu Is A New Service To Find And Promote Your Gigs
- Use A Rehearsal Drum Set For Writing In The Studio
- Words Of DIY Wisdom From Blood Red Shoes
- I Stand Behind It - Radial Bones Y Splitter
- If You Want Your News Shared On Facebook? Put It Up On The Weekend
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean Earbuds/Earplugs/In-Ears
- Jelli Radio (Digg-Like Radio) Expands Nationwide!
- Buddy Up For Cheap Mastering
- Take Advantage Of Google Buzz Sharing With ReBuzzThis
- A Video Introduction To Root Music's Facebook Pages
Possibly one of the great rock docs of all time, Dig takes a look at two bands who you don't need to be fans of to enjoy this amazing doc. Capturing the two seperate career paths of the bands, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, this is one of the most enjoyable displays of rock debauchery and music industry reality you will ever see. Don't miss it.
Making a great record is what we all want to do. Unfortunately, one of the biggest causes of a bad record is making a poor choice in who should produce your record. Many veteran music industry people still guess and use flawed logic when making this crucial decision. Over the years we have all heard records with great songs but flawed production. It happens all the time and many times we can't even get into a record because the approach taken by the producer is so repulsive that it makes it a unlistenable mess. After the jump we will begin to discuss some of the flawed ideas that have ruined many a record and in the preceding parts of this series we will discuss how to understand and fix them
- Donnis signs to Fool's Gold
- Life Of Agony Sign With I Scream Records
- OK Go leaves EMI
- Epitaph Inks Veara
- Hot Hot Heat has signed with Dangerbird Records.
- Write This Down have signed to Tooth & Nail Records.
- The Tired and True are now signed to Eulogy Recordings.
- Bayside have signed to Wind-Up Records.
- Direct Hit! joins Death to False Hope Records
- Reignition signs to Think Fast! Records
- This Century has signed to Action Theory Records
- No Sleep Records have signed I Call Fives
In the hilarious pic above you can see Impose Magazine's inbox about the newest release from the Boogereater adored group Neon Indian. Their take is that the band has multiple publicists which could be the case, but I may favor some of my theories above as well as individual PR people representing the band, label/management and another for Green Label Sound who put out this one off single. No matter what, it is an interesting look at what you are up against in the war to get PR for your release. Check out Impose's take here.
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- Goldbaby's The Fat Juno 6
- Renoise 2.5 Is Out Now & You Can Try It For Free
- An Interview with Multi-Platinum Record Producer Steve Migliore, aka Mr. Mig
- Careful Drink Placement
- EQ Before or After Compression?
- Ear Training: Acoustic Guitar
- Native Instruments Introduces Evolve Mutations 2