INDIE NEWS BEAT
October 31, 2006 Edition
* The New 2007 Edition Of The Indie Bible Has Been Released
* Little Nashville Aims For The Big Time
* New Stoneman CD Release
* New Organisation For MIDEM Classique & Jazz
* Charlie Peacock And Bob Hutchins Partner To Launch Premium Digital Content
* The Majestic Twelve Are New Artists You Need To Know Now According To MSNBC.com
* AirPlay Direct Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
* Author Reveals How To Use Video Clips To Promote Indie Music
* ReverbNation.com Sets The Stage For A Music Revolution
David Wimble, musician and founder of The Indie Bible, announced the release of the 2007 edition of the ever-popular music industry resource. Listing over 4200 publications that will review artists’ music and 3500 radio stations that will play their songs, the 8th edition of The Indie Bible has become an indispensable tool for recording artists looking to take the DIY route to success.
“The first edition was a photocopied spiral bound book with a plain white cover,” reminisced David Wimble, Publisher. “Even though its appearance was unimpressive, the feedback was amazing! Now in its 8th Edition, The Indie Bible continues to grow! It still remains as the only resource totally dedicated to those artists that have recorded a CD or demo.”
The Indie Bible has 330 pages of valuable contacts and informative articles:
– 4200 Publications that will REVIEW your music!
– 3500 Radio Stations that will PLAY your songs!
– 600 Labels & Distributors looking to SIGN artists!
– 500 Websites where you can UPLOAD your music!
– 50 articles that will help your career
* Listings with email, web url and physical address, phone and fax
* Worldwide listings in US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, etc.
* Sorted by genre and location for precise targeting
* Local and international press
John Foxworthy of GarageRadio.com has called The Indie Bible “a 330-page collection of the most useful resources on the planet and presented in an easy-to-follow format … quite possibly the most valuable piece of literature to occupy any recording artist’s library.”
David Wimble is a Singer/Songwriter from Ottawa, Canada. His band, Big Meteor, put out their first CD in 2000. The CD, titled “Wild River,” received rave reviews from around the world. “Wild River” features a wide blend of music ranging from Acoustic Rock to Blues to Old Time Country. To date, songs from the “Wild River” CD have been used in one made-for-TV movie and 50 television shows on networks such as NBC, A&E, MTV and VH1.
J Juliano and Adrienne Grove, the Illinois State Winners, from Chicago walked away with the Midwest Regional title and an all-expense paid trip to the National Final of the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee. The Midwest Regional was held at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, South Dakota. The six other acts who competed in this Regional won their local and state competitions were Bryan Popp & the River Divide WDMP Dodgeville, WI; Shawn Mayer KODY North Platte, NE; Christina Thomas KZPK St. Cloud, MN; Greg Amundson KKWS Wadena, MN; Jennifer Thompson KBXB Sikeston, MO and Carrie Joy KYLS Farmington, MO.
Before winning the Illinois State Final, Juliano and Grove won their local competition sponsored by WUSN of Chicago, IL. As an award-winning songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Juliano began guitar at just 5 years old. In 1998 he opened for Toby Keith in Chicago and realized his love of the Windy City. He began performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest, sharing the stage with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown, to name a few. When Juliano and his wife learned they were expecting their first child, he began “Little Nashville” country music for kids that teaches important lessons and values with a bit of rock at the same time.
“Little Nashville” went from the studio to the road, bringing Adrienne Grove into the mix. The singer/actress began belting out The Star-Spangled Banner also at a young age 3. The Southwestern University graduate received a Bachelor¹s Degree in Music Education, and plays the guitar, flute and piano. She has performed with Starlight Theater, Park Ridge Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Savoy-aires and several others. Since joining forces in “Little Nashville,” Grove and Juliano have performed in front of thousands together. They have opened for Josh Gracin and have been honored with the title of Best Children¹s Act of 2006 by the On the Waterfront Festival in Rockford. Displaying their songwriting talents in Saturday¹s competition they performed an original piece, Dry County, Charlie Daniels¹ The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
In January, Juliano and Grove will compete in the National Final at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The five regional winners from across the country will receive an all expense-paid trip to the National Final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title of Best New Act in Country Music. The National Final will be televised nationally in March and April 2006.
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Stoneman has released his second R&B/Hip-Hop solo CD titled “Stoneman Avenue.” This CD includes this years first place winning song in the Unisong International Songwriting Contest “Danger!!” (Reggae/World Category). Once again all music and vocals on the Stoneman Avenue CD are written and produced by the multiple award winning songwriter known worldwide as Stoneman. Currently available for purchase at the Stoneman Avenue website, Stoneman’s CD will soon have worldwide distribution and will be available at all retail chains shortly.
MIDEM announces the appointment of Christophe Capacci as Artistic Director for Midem Classique & Jazz. Capacci will be responsible for programming the artists and musicians to perform in the classic and jazz concerts during MIDEM.
Christophe Capacci is Artistic Consultant for Jérôme Deschamps at the Theatre National de l’Opéra Comique in Paris, a role he will continue in addition to his newly acquired position for MIDEM.
Capacci takes over from Hervé Corre de Valmalète who has held the position of Artistic Director for Midem Classique & Jazz since 1990 with distinction. Hervé Corre de Valmalète asked to be released from his position as Artistic Director of Midem Classique & Jazz to give more time to his artist-management activities at Concerts de Valmalète in Paris and TransArt UK in Great Britain. He will also continue to produce and head-up the artistic direction for the live music festivals Flâneries Musicales de Reims and TransClassiques and run the record label TransArt Live.
Grammy winning record producer Charlie Peacock and Internet marketing veteran Bob Hutchins announced their partnership in a new online company, Premium Digital Content (PDC). PDC will uniquely combine entertainment with the four primary consumer technology categories: HOME, PC, HANDHELD DEVICE, and CAR each one corresponding to four branded and highly optimized “WatchListen” websites.
The PDC approach will enable millions of consumers to discover, use, and enjoy entertainment and technology at home, on the go, and in the car.
“I can’t think of a more natural partnership than this one with Charlie Peacock, a musician and entertainment executive who has always been a leader in new technology and entertainment,” said Bob Hutchins, President/Owner of BuzzPlant, a multipurpose Internet marketing firm. “Connecting consumers with amazing entertainment as well as tech products and services for their home, PC, handheld device, and car is a mission we both strongly believe in.”
“I see the home, PC, handheld device, and car–all of them as dynamic and ultimately inter-related delivery systems for entertainment. Bob Hutchins has the marketing skill to make this connection for online consumers early on, securing PDC’s future, as online sales and digital delivery continue to radically alter consumer behavior and needs,” said PDC partner Charlie Peacock.
“Billions of people rise every day looking for entertainment, information, products and services related to their home, PC, handheld, and car. We live in a time of phenomenal opportunity to reach entertainment and technology lovers anywhere and everywhere,” said Hutchins.
Wilmington, North Carolina rock band and resident pains in the arses, The Majestic Twelve, were recently acknowledged on MSNBC.com in an independent study of reader feedback about America’s favorite indie acts.
A loyal fan remarked that the Twelve are “one of the hardest working bands around today. They take the idea of DIY (Do It Yourself), and they completely embrace it. Plus, their music is very catchy and fits well on your iPod.”
“We’re honored to be mentioned as a favorite indie band, despite the fact that people need to stop talking about indie vs major labels, and start talking about true independence,” comments frontman Kenyata Sullivan. “We’re humbled by it, and it means a lot. We’re gonna keep working hard and trying not to suck.”
The Majestic Twelve hovers among the top 100 unsigned bands in the country at the moment. Critically lauded by tastemakers like Blender.com and CMJ along with blogosphere writers like Fake Jazz and Culture Bully, The Majestic Twelve’s underground hit album, Schizophrenology has been downloaded over 12,000 times since releasing independently for free in July. Schizophrenology is co-produced by Sullivan and Jerry Kee (Superchunk, Ryan Adams).
AirPlay Direct is an easy to use digital music promotion system that was developed to streamline label and artist promotion activities for today’s music industry. AirPlay Direct’s free services replace the unnecessary time and expense of putting together and sending out costly traditional artist packages and press kits via “snail mail.”
In just one year, AirPlay Direct has experienced exponential growth to become a global leader in digital music delivery services directly to radio stations, saving independent artists over $1,000,000 in postage and material costs to date. To celebrate, AirPlay Direct is offering a contest to artists that create a free account in the next six weeks‹a winner will be chosen every two weeks to receive an AirPlay Direct prize package that includes a “Featured Artist” spot on the web site, free marquee banner ads on the site and 15 “broadcast-quality” track uploads, a package valued at over $1,500.
AirPlay Direct offers two free digital content delivery services: digital music and Digital Promo Kits directly to radio professionals. AirPlay Direct’s securely delivers broadcast-quality music files from thousands of independent artists and record labels directly to radio programmers around the world. Artists can access free, real-time tracking reports to see which stations are downloading their songs, alleviating the need for sending costly promotional packages. The best part? This service is 100% free to artists, labels, and radio programmers.
Digital Promo Kits can be emailed to any music industry professional around the world. This concept may sound familiar, but AirPlay Direct takes it one step further in offering links to three broadcast- quality songs along with a visually appealing layout. But what makes AirPlay Direct truly different? The entire package is free! AirPlay Direct empowers artists to promote their music without the cost and effort associated with physical press kits.
No doubt about it. Video is huge on the Internet. Over the past six months alone, video has exploded online. YouTube alone now delivers about 100 million videos a day to its users. And much of it is music.
“It’s like 1981 all over again,” says Bob Baker, author of a new special report called “How to Use Video to Promote Your Music Online.” He’s referring to the year that MTV hit the cable airwaves and changed the way music was marketed at the time. “Only it’s better, because now — 25 years later — everyone has equal access to the ‘airwaves,'” he adds.
Baker cites the recent treadmill video from the band Ok Go as one example. “It was a simple but creative concept that spread like crazy online and primed music fans for the band’s debut CD release,” Baker says.
Or how about the regular video clips published by indie artist Terra Naomi? During a two-month period in 2006, webcam music videos she produced in her apartment were viewed 2.5 million times on YouTube. Because of this exposure, Naomi sold 2,000 copies of her new CD in eight days.
“Don’t kid yourself,” Baker implores. “Online music video promotion is hot — and getting hotter! That’s why I created this short, info-packed report: To help independent artists create, promote and profit from online video.”
Music’s “working class” is about to see the value of its creative equity grow exponentially, empowered by groundbreaking networking and music-discovery tools for performers, fans, venues and yes, even record labels and the entertainment industry all available free on www.ReverbNation.com.
The artist-centric, online music community, which went live in September, will celebrate its official launch at the CMJ (College Music Journal) Music Marathon in New York City, Oct. 31 Nov. 4. In addition to exhibiting at the festival’s trade show at Lincoln Center, ReverbNation.com will host its inaugural artist showcase party at the downtown rock venue Crash Mansion on Thursday, Nov. 2. The Web site is currently inviting artists in all music categories to register as members.
Combining the power of viral networking with next-generation marketing tools, ReverbNation.com is a true music community designed solely to help musicians succeed. With faster, more intelligent ways to connect artists with fans, venues, labels and other artists, ReverbNation.com offers the richest experience available on the Internet for musicians seeking new markets and new paths to popular success.
“We serve the artist’s needs first, unlike other sites that are more focused on the social aspect of viral networking,” said Jed Carlson, chief marketing officer and co-founder of ReverbNation.com. “By giving them ways to immediately expand the marketplace for their music, we’re opening doors that used to take years to get through.”
Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © MusicDish LLC 2006 – Republished with Permission