Now this is a cool site. Event and concert listings have always been around on the web. Everyone has his unique resources and websites to dig them up and find a spot to listen to a good live concert. But if you don’t have a system it can soon turn into a hassle leading to ordering a pizza and watching a movie instead. Well now I’ve decided to use HearWhere. You type in your city (or any city for that matter) on the front page and kablamo! you’ve got yourself a listing of virtually every concert scheduled for weeks to come. The beauty is that the listing comes with a pic of the band, a player containing all MySpace songs and the venue’s name. The cherry on top is the map pin-pointing down the venue’s location when you click on the event. So if ever you’re bored one night and wanna listen to some music, I would suggest browsing through this site over any other.
Posts Tagged ‘shows’
Posted in Music 2.0/Networking, tagged concert listings, concerts, event directory, finding concerts, hearwhere, live show, looking for concerts, looking for show, myspace songs, searching for concerts, shows, venue listing, venues on August 21, 2008 | 8 Comments »
Posted in Booking & Promotion, tagged after the show, band promotion, buzz, CD sales, custom download cards, digital music format, digital sales, discrevolt, download cards, merchandise, mp3, promoting your band, promotion, shows on July 24, 2008 | 10 Comments »
In one of our merchandise topics, we had suggested that distributing songs in a digital format at shows could have some potential but the process was most likely hazardous since you would need a laptop handy and ask your fans to bring USB sticks. The idea is far-fetched but one company found the solution to spin it in the right direction.
Discrevolt is an online music store that offers a very cool distribution method for bands who want to level the field for their digital sales. They manufacture unique download cards that bands can sell at their shows, or simply give away for promotional purposes. This makes sense in the current state of affairs as CDs aren’t as viable these days. Digital music formats are making major head-way sales-wise but due to their intangible nature the product is not easily promotable in the offline world. These cards sort of make up for that as they are customizable. Bands can create and submit their own designs and have them printed. This encourages a new form of collectible items fans can relate to. When bands meet and greet with their fans after the show they could hand away these cards creating healthy post-gig buzz.
I find this to be a great solution bands should consider. Mp3s are rising very high but CDs are not dead and vinyls are still in the loop. People need to see and feel their product so cutting the cake in two gives you download cards. They very well may become the next big thing
Posted in Band Revenue, tagged band quotes, Band Revenue, bands, Booking & Promotion, buy out music, gig swap, income stream, music licensing, pre cleared music, promote the musicians, royalty free music, sell your music, shows, Touring & Gig Swapping, venues on April 2, 2008 | 7 Comments »
Last week we went over 3 sites that allowed you to publish and license your music online. Today we’re going to discover quite a few others. There are lots out there to be honest, most of which are fairly new and up-coming, and we should be expecting more to appear as internet is slowly (well actually rather rapidly) transforming itself into the main platform for the music industry’s new business model.
These sites deliver what is called royalty-free music, meaning the buyer doesn’t have to pay royalties for any commercial use of the music. We also call this pre-cleared music because the provider of the music granted in advance the rights to use the master recording. Both pre-cleared and royalty-free go hand in hand. Most these sites all function with the same model: non-exclusive deals (exclusivity referring to not being able to place your tracks on another site), site takes 50% of earnings, site supposedly has contacts in all major media conglomerates and so on. For the sake of not making this post boring, I am just going to list the sites that are the most relevant to musicians:
These site are made to sell music more then to promote the musicians but they can represent a an income stream. It’s browsing through such websites that one realizes the true competition out there. Here I only displayed those who allow you to upload your music, or who make it clear that this is possible. There are much more royalty-free ‘stores’ selling pre-cleared music out there but who have their own roster of composers. The music quality is good and the prices are going down due to competition. This is great for content creators and not so much for artists. Nonetheless, these sites represent opportunity to sell your music and get recognition, so even if it can’t guarantee results, going down the music licensing path is worth a shot.
Posted in Booking & Promotion, tagged band match making, band promotion, band quotes, bands, bars, booking gigs, club owners, clubs, dealing with club owners, gig, gig swap, gigdoggy, gigs, live, live show, open mic, quotes, shows, Touring & Gig Swapping, touring band on March 30, 2008 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Band Talk, tagged bad musicians, band commitment, band motivation, bands, concerts, finding gigs, finding rehearsal spaces, gigdoggy, gigs, good musicians, indie bands, infusician, music selection, shows, sonicbids, woozyfly on March 20, 2008 | 6 Comments »
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Posted in Band Revenue, tagged booking shows, dick dale, frank zappa, gig swap, gigdoggy, gigs, indie, indie bands, licensing, major record labels, music licensing, record labels, royalties, shows, sign with a major label, steve albini, Touring & Gig Swapping on March 18, 2008 | 3 Comments »
Dick Dale knows what he’s talking about. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the name, you’re most certainly familiar with his music. He’s the king of surf guitar and basically created the style with ‘Misirlou’, the track from Pulp Fiction. He has been struggling with the music industry ever since he started recording albums. His message is simple and straight to the point: be smart and don’t count on anyone but yourself to get your music heard.
Here are the main pointers of this video that indie bands should take into consideration:
- Learn how to market yourselves and become business men,
- Stop trying to be the big man,
- Contact licensing agencies and medial outlets to distribute your music.
Concerning licensing agencies, we’ll have a post out next wednesday on online licensing companies so stay tuned.
In our series on major record labels I would also suggest checking out these posts:
- Why the music industry won’t take risks with bands anymore by Frank Zappa
- Why bands should not sign with a major record label By Steve Albini