INDIE NEWS BEAT
November 15, 2005 Edition
* Mariana Bell Signs With MusicDish Network Artist Development Program
* Jann Klose Plays The Bitter End On November 30
* Live Music Takes Centre Stage At MIDEM 2006
* Chicago Electronica Cabaret Schizowave Appears On Katrina Benefit CD
* ASCAP Announces Conference Dedicated To Songwriting And Composing
* The Dammitheads Release Second LP, The Heart Of The Matador
* Bargrooves: Influences (limited Edition) Jay Hannan / Ben Sowton
* See And Hear The Real Rock School
* 2nd Annual Entrepreneurs Panel
* Noize Market – The New Music Revolution
New York-based singer/songwriter Mariana Bell recently signed up for a six month artist development program with MusicDish Network. Music Magazine publisher and artist manager Eric de Fontenay will supervise Mariana’s career development, developing and overseeing her business/marketing plan, leveraging the company’s marketing services and extensive database as well as representing her at major conferences such as MIDEM.
Eric de Fontenay first noticed the folk pop singer at this year’s Dewey Beach Music Conference where she hosted the GoGirlsMusic showcase. "Mariana’s music is like her personality: engaging, dynamic and delightful. I knew this was one musician I would want to keep an eye on."
After catching a show three week’s later at Brooklyn’s Laila Lounge, and later at the Swedish Music Seminar, the two began to seriously discuss her career’s potential and how to reach it. "Mariana has all the ingredients to bring her musical career so much farther. It’s just a point of knowing how to use those ingredients in order to create opportunities that will help her advance up the ladder."
Online marketing and fan building will be an important component of the program. Utilizing the MusicDish Network’s various campaigns, including syndicated marketing, online street teaming and community portals, webradio promotion and p2p distribution. The program though will also focus on developing opportunities in Mariana’s regional market, particularly in securing performances, networking with industry professionals and connecting with her fans.
The Australian-born, Charlottesville-raised Mariana Bell has been a fixture at such popular New York venues as Caffe Vivaldi, Laila Lounge, The Bitter End, CBGB’s and The Living Room. While her debut record, Dream of Italy, has been a consistently strong online seller through CD Baby, her more recent work branches out from her folksier roots, weaving elements of rock, jazz and country together with her trademark hook-filled melodies and evocative, passionate vocals. While critics have likened her music to that of a young Joni Mitchell, Mariana counts among her own influences Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, and Ani DiFranco.
Blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter Jann Klose is playing the Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street in New York City on November 30 at 9:30 PM. The venue phone is 212-673-7030. Jann is bringing the full band, bassist Chris Marolf, drummer Patrick Carmichael, and keyboardist/ accordianist Lars Potteiger.
Jann’s other upcoming shows are:
**Nov. 19-7:30 PM: The Waterfront Cafe (attached to Empire Coffee), Port Chester, NY
**Dec 5-9:00 PM Iron Horse (The Basement) Northampton, MA
The EP, BLACK BOX has been receiving steady airplay on XM Satellite Radio’s Unsigned Channel. Jann’s songs are on a variety of websites, including the Musicoven Network where he’s received over 1500 plays. Listen also to his music on Last.fm, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody,eMusic and www.myspace.com/jannklose.
Jann is a motivated musician and artist, successfully booking shows and performing throughout the Midwest, the east coast, and in his native Germany. Most recently the newsletter MUSIC MORSELS wrote, "Jann proves to be an excellent songwriter with pure talents on the six string. Add to this his robust but sweetly emotive voice with lyrics that emanate from his soul and the result is some very good music."
MIDEM 2006 – the world’s music market – will once again highlight the importance of the live music sector. Special events include a dedicated conference forum and a complete live concert programme, which will span five days. MIDEM, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2006 and will take place in Cannes, France, 22 – 26 January.
For the second consecutive year, the Live Music Network brings together key professionals from the live music sector for a series of related discussions. Two panels will focus on world-wide touring and the exposure of artists and repertoire within the major world markets. The day will kick-off with two exceptional keynotes : Harvey Goldsmith, Managing Director of Harvey Goldsmith Productions Ltd (UK), and Kevin Wall, CEO of Network Live and Executive TV Producer for Live 8 (USA). The Live Music Network will be held on January 23, in the Palais des Festivals.
Pioneers in the distribution of live music via Internet, radio and satellite, Goldsmith and Wall’s impressive careers include the production of the spectacular Live 8 concerts on 2 July 2005. The global event succeeded in bringing massive public attention to the G8 summit and triggered a strong response from the international community to help alleviate poverty and famine in Africa. Participants at MIDEM’s Live Music Network will have the unique opportunity to not only share the challenges of organising such a huge event as Live 8, but also to appreciate how new technologies were used to amplify its political impact. Kevin Wall also founded the multi-platform, digital entertainment network, Network Live. The organisation is at the forefront of new distribution channels for live music and a joint venture with the world’s largest Internet service provider AOL, major American satellite radio company XM Satellite Radio and leading events organisation AEG.
Chicago electronica cabaret Schizowave appears on the new Compassionista Productions CD compilation. All proceeding from CD sales will go to The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Compassionista Productions is a non-profit group whose mission is to promote various grassroots movements and charitable organizations at their events, and bringing together some of the best musicianship in Chicago Metro.
The CD proves to be a top-notch mix of sounds from Ruby Harris’down-home elecric violin blues to the classic pop hooks, soaring vocals, and pointed lyrics of Babyteeth’s, Pearly Sweets Other acts include: Detholz!, Pit er Pat, Icy Demons, oRSo, Palliard, Old Dog Music, All City Affairs, Indian, Schizowave, Sean Michael Dargan, Russian, The Amoreys, Coat, Matt Marque, The Shoals, IZReelSoul, Environmental Encroachment, and Ripley Caine.
All proceeds will benefit The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization of low and moderate income families working together for social justice and stronger communitites. The group was a leader in helping Katrina evacuees to find shelter after the storm. Now their focus has shifted to fighting for their rights to have living wage jobs and homes to return to. ACORN’S national headquarters is in New Orleans. It too, was destroyed by Katrina.
ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman announced the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO — the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing that is designed to bring together music creators with music industry professionals who want to work together to achieve greater success. The EXPO will take place April 20-22, 2006 at The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Marilyn Bergman ("The Way We Were," "The Windmills of Your Mind") will be among some of the most accomplished songwriters, composers and producers in the world participating in the conference, along with Glen Ballard ("Man in the Mirror", "The Space Between"), Stephen Bray ("Express Yourself," "Into the Groove"), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Warm Springs), Desmond Child ("Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Livin’ La Vida Loca"), Hal David ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Close to You"), Mike Elizondo ("In Da Club," "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"), Michael Giacchino (Lost, The Incredibles), James Newton Howard (Batman Begins, The Sixth Sense), Jimmy Jam ("No More Drama," "That’s the Way Love Goes"), The Dust Brothers’ John King (Fight Club, "Where It’s At"), Johnny Mandel ("The Shadow of Your Smile," "A Time For Love"), Rick Nowels ("The Game of Love," "White Flag"), Rudy Perez ("Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti," "Vivir Lo Nuestro"), Linda Perry ("Beautiful," "Get the Party Started"), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), John Shanks ("Pieces of Me," "Somebody Like You"), Jimmy Webb ("Galveston," "Wichita Lineman"), Matthew Wilder ("Beautiful Disaster," "Break My Stride"), and Paul Williams ("Rainy Days And Mondays," "We’ve Only Just Begun"), with many more participants to be announced.
All songwriters, composers, producers, publishers and music industry professionals, regardless of affiliation, will benefit from this unique creative event, which will be presented in a stimulating format designed to facilitate personal interaction, education and networking. Programs will include, panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, mentoring, song critiquing, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. Detailed information, including early bird pricing and registration, can be found at www.ascap.com/expo.
The Heart of the Matador shows the band confidently stretching out in terms of both musical fortitude and studio savvy. Analogously speaking, if Freeze (the bands debut release) were Alexander’s outnumbered Macedonian army assembling on the plains of Gaugamela to assess a strategic plan of attack, then The Heart of the Matador is most assuredly the undaunted charge into battle that brought historic victory over the ample armies of King Darius III.
Sweeping historic metaphors aside, the pertinent words here are "rock" and "roll". The sound is unapologetically thick and bleeding. The keen sense of almost poetic lyrical imagery, delivered with a healthy dose of old school swagger is enough to inspire even the most jaded of fists back into the air.
All of the elements here integrate seamlessly, almost to the point of begging the question, "Is The Heart of the Matador a songwriter’s record cleverly masquerading as a brazen collection of swaggering rockers or is it a rocker’s record masquerading artfully as a shrewdly constructed songwriter’s opus, coyly impinging on concept album territory?" The knowing is in the listeningŠand the believing is in the knowing.
Seamless get to enhance their solid reputation of purveyors of fine music with this latest in the Bargrooves ‘Influences’ series. Featuring the turntable dexterity and pristine selections of Jay Hannan this compilation is another one to add to your no doubt already bulging collection from the label. But first kicking of with CD one is label head-honcho Ben Sowton who delivers a polished mix of gorgeously funky tunes which range from breezy dubs via Pepe Link’s ‘Jammin’ to the uplifting Soul Avengerz version of Soularis ‘Freeway’. Then moving on to CD two and if you’re fimliar with any of Jay Hannan’s previous classy mixes then this choice blend of nuggets will continue keep you satisfied. But with beautiful music from the likes of Ananda Project, Dawn Tallman and Kaskade you cant really go wrong. A hit – Update Magazine
The limited edition 3xCD includes a bonus disc which features 4 exclusive Seamless tracks, an interview with Jay Hannan, bargrooves animation, and downloadable wallpapers.
They may not have had the benefit of mascara-loving Mr Gene Simmons as head of music, but up-and-coming indie rockers, Nately, certainly know a bandwagon when they see one.
The edgy accoustic/rock band originally formed in the nineties at Christ’s Hospital school – home to Channel 4’s "Rock School" series – and reunited in late 2004. 2005 has seen the band build on a series of intimate gigs at London’s 12 Bar with wilder, high-energy sets throughout the capital’s larger venues. Highlight of the year was the performance at Rob Da Bank’s Bestival. Along the way they’ve caught the ear of producer MJ Cole who is currently remixing the band’s haunting track "Mr Pope".
The band are extremely grateful to Christ’s Hospital for the support and resources made available to them and other budding musicians and artists regardless of genre (it was never ‘just classical’). Nately will gladly make themselves available to talk about their time at the school (and their music of course …), but sorry, no elvish speakers available.
Berklee’s Music Business/Management Department, currently the largest major at the world’s leading music college, presented the Second Annual Entrepreneurs Panel at Berklee College of Music last week. The panelists included Wayne Inouye, CEO & President, Gateway Computers, the third largest PC company in the U.S. and in the top ten worldwide; Fred Bramante, Founder & President, Daddy’s Junky Music, one of the largest musical products company in the country; John C. Koss, Sr., Founder and Chairman of the Board, Koss Corporation, a major consumer electronics company ranking as a world leader in the manufacture of high fidelity stereophones; and Jim D’Addario, President, J. D’Addario & Co., a family owned instrument string manufacturing business that employs people on five continents. Martin Dennehy, associate professor of music business, moderated a lively discussion by the top entrepreneurs. Topics included the ins and outs of starting and growing a business, the importance of human resources, the challenges inherent to being a publicly traded versus privately held company, and qualities necessary to be a good leader. The panelists also offered advice to the audience of Berklee students on what attributes executives look for in potential employees.
Noize Market’ is a new music magazine due to launch December ’05 – the only national UK based publication to focus entierly on the independent scene!
featuring interviews and features on the UK’s hottest up-and-coming acts, Noize Market promises to be the most amazing springboard for bands and artists to launch thier careers into orbit!
written by the fans – for the fans and distributed directly into venues right across the country, Noize Market aims to be the UK’s first national free music fanzine focusing only on the unsigned/independent underground live scene, covering all genres and styles of music.
…this is all about live music made by real bands.
…Noize Market have built up a network of great incisive writers – that aren’t afraid to tell it like they see it, and fantastic photographers that can capture all the excitement of a great gig, as well as cartoonists, designers, street-teams… anyone and everyone that has a burning desire to see, read, write and talk about the most scorching new bands in the country.
Noize Market is being produced by Big Productions in partnership with UKBands.net It shall enjoy an unprecedented first issue print run of 100,000 copies, being distributed directly to venues, pubs, clubs and Universities.