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Ten Questions for Rainmaker Media Group

With the music world changing, many bands and musicians are looking for different ways to get their music out to the music buying public. The most obvious approach is to send your music out to as many different music labels as possible and hope that one of those labels will pick up the music and distribute the music for everyone to find and follow. But when that doesn’t work, the next thing to do is to go a different route.

In the past, groups and individual musicians would take their music and create their own albums. With the album complete, their next move would have been to promote the album and get people to notice the release on their own. In today’s world, this is time consuming and it takes too much money.

In the long run, it really may not be worth the trouble to go the D.I.Y. route for the independent artist or band in today’s music world. The next route to take is to find a promoter or public relations (PR) firm that will do the work for you and get back to running your band or solo career. If you are interested in finding a PR firm, there are many to choose from.

One of the best PR firms out there right now is The Rainmaker Media Group. What follows is a series of ten questions asked to Rhonda Brilliant of The Rainmaker Media Group.

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Drinking With Gene Simmons – My Adventures at Canadian Music Week

(We would like to welcome musician, publicist and writer Dave Chinner to the Rock and Roll Report team as our new Toronto-based correspondent. And what better way to start things off then throwing him into the midst of the colossal Canadian Music Week and see what gives!)

Ok, maybe the title is a bit of a stretch… Ok it’s a huge stretch, considering Gene doesn’t even drink, and even if he did, he probably wouldn’t drink with the likes of me. But I decided to roll with it, since I needed a smoking headline for this, my first Rock and Roll Report piece, and I personally think its way more catchy then say…. “Drinking in the same hotel as Gene Simmons sort of…..”

Now I find myself sitting in front of my laptop for the last hour, as the Canadian Music Week dust settles, trying to decide which piece of wisdom to share with the RRR world. In the last week, I’ve done everything from appearances on reggae radio, to 3am Chinese food with CTV comics, to award shows including the Indies and Canadian Radio Music Awards. I’ve met everyone from Dave Foley from The Kids in the Hall, to bassist Tommy Mac of Hedley (honorable mention to Gene of course). The week was a whirlwind of activity, and everywhere I went could have likely produced enough “wow factor” to justify an article, but what I found most strange, is that no one thing really blew my mind. There’s a significant possibility that I’m just an asshole, and I’m certainly not implying that there was nothing good to see. I just think, it’s silly when the biggest star of the week, is such that would encourage forty-something’s with mullets to paint their faces and head to the Royal York Hotel. Nothing against KISS or their fans, but let’s face it, nobody can hog a spotlight like Mr. Gene Simmons, and for a festival showcasing 45 venues, I would have liked to see more media attention given to the independent artists who desperately need it. So rather then writing yet another “OMG Gene Simmons” piece, I’m going get real with you here, and share with you some of my observations as a writer, publicist and musician.

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BEING IN A BAND IN THE 21ST CENTURY

(We are pleased to welcome Aaron Philips as a new contributor to The Rock and Roll Report. Not only will Aaron be contributing various CD and live show reviews, his position as the drummer in UK modern rock band Blue Bullet (www.myspace.com/bluebulletrocks) gives him on hand experience with what it is like trying to make it in the music biz in this Web 2.0 world. This is his first of occasional features on what it is like to try and make it as a band in the 21st Century.)

The lights blinding your eyes, the tension running through your body, the sickly feeling you get in your stomach to the sheer adrenaline rush and sense of gratification you get after.

No I am not talking about your first sexual experience, but my experiences of playing drums in a rock band!

I have been playing with UK based rock band Blue Bullet for almost three years now after helping set the band up with close friend and guitarist Stu Clarke.

I want to talk about my experiences thus far in the band, and what my preconceptions were regarding making music, and what tips you can use in your own bands.

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It’s a Long Way to the Top – Diary of a 21st Century Rock n Roll Band: What’s Next?

Kurt Dahl leads a double life. First and foremost, he is the drummer of Saskatoon rock band One Bad Son (www.onebadson.com). Second, he is writing his Master’s of Law thesis on the future of the music industry, and how artists will continue to make money in a digital world.

The Rock and Roll Report contacted him to write a diary for his latest venture: driving to Vancouver to record new songs with Default drummer Danny Craig as producer. Below are his entries…

Monday Feb. 9th – Songs Coming Together

Guitars, drums and bass are all done on the 3 songs, and Shane is now laying vocals overtop. Danny Craig and Scott Ternen have done an AMAZING job with these songs, and they already sound wicked without a mix done…which is the true test of a good recording. For the first time in our career, our true colors are coming through on record. That is an accomplishment in itself, and we all sense it.

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It’s a Long Way to the Top – Diary of a 21st Century Rock n Roll Band – The Day Bob Dylan Dies and Do Artists Need Record Labels?

Kurt Dahl leads a double life. First and foremost, he is the drummer of Saskatoon rock band One Bad Son (www.onebadson.com). Second, he is writing his Master’s of Law thesis on the future of the music industry, and how artists will continue to make money in a digital world.

The Rock and Roll Report contacted him to write a diary for his latest venture: driving to Vancouver to record new songs with Default drummer Danny Craig as producer. Below are his entries…

Saturday Feb. 7th – The Day Bob Dylan Dies

Spent the day listening to guitar takes and thinking about something: What will we do when all our music legends start to die? Will there be anyone that comes close to Dylan, Young, Townsend, Bowie, Cohen, etc? Mitch Mitchell died the other day, and I sat and wondered whether any drummers exist out there with the same rambling, melodic, jazz-on-steroids feel? Doubt it. Just like the Who were a tenth the band once Moon died.