Archive for May, 2012

Audio:    Eye on the Artist 

Feature: King Myers, Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop

Website: http://

 Connect:   Facebook, Twitter @realkingmyers, Youtube.com

Video: Featured Artist

One Day to Escape

Location: DMV (Northern Virginia)

Genre: Rock, Punk

Connect: Facebook

We ran into One Day to Escape in Chantilly, VA. At the time they were doing some cover songs which was fine, but the amazing thing about these boys was that in just three short weeks they wrote, composed and practiced three awesome original songs and performed well. I have to admit we were impressed. The crew Alex, 13; Lance 15; Sean and James 15, came out to the studio and lit up the green screen with energy, personality and rock! Reminding me of no one particular group, there were hints of influence from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Devo. These crazy fun guys did an awesome performance worthy of a repeat. Check out their on air debut Dementia:

GOOD NEWS

I really hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. I also hope you remembered to take some time and reflect on the sacrifices that our military families make every day to ensure our freedoms and protection. We would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all you do for our country. Learn more at http://www.militaryfamily.org/

A Word from the Coach

Always know that you have “it” in you! Whatever you need to achieve your biggest goals lies within you. It may need a little TLC, a little attention, support and perhaps some added learning. But you’ve got it!” ~Doreen Rainey~

“RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL – by defining success for themselves and having the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at http://www.doreenrainey.com.”

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in!

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Audio: Eye on the Artist

Feature: Athel Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Website: http://www.wix.com/athelmusi5/athel

Connect: Facebook, Twitter, athelmusic.com

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 Video: Featured Artist

J 40 Media Group

Location: Woodbridge, VA

Genre: Every Random Act

Connect: Facebook, Twitter, @RAMJamTVShow http://www.j40mediagroup.com

Normally I would never take this opportunity to promote any other business other than an artist, but this is important for you to know.

Why is it so important?

It’s important because we as a business recognize the need to change the way music handles business. We’ve emphasized before how the industry has changed the way it discovers artists. Today you need to be armed with a proven track record of your marketability (to get fans and sales). We at J 40 thanks to the RAM Jam TV Show are in the unique position to provide an advantage to serious artists who are willing to put in the work to do just that. While still young we realized early on by talking to artists and their managers that the most important thing is exposure and more than just a web-based presence but in mainstream as well. That coupled with a lack of promoting themselves as a business. To achieve a complete package, one must have a web presence, videos and promotional. With a little elbow grease and investment your chances of becoming the next great sensation are closer than you think or at least to run your business on your own terms.

Why J 40 Media Group?

Like I’ve mentioned before J 40 is in the unique position because it offer a platform for “one-stop shopping.” We don’t claim to be able to suite all needs, but we are the best step in the right direction.

Find out more at a sneak peek of our website at www.j40mediagroup.com. It’s not all done yet, but we are so excited to bring you this offering I just couldn’t wait. Be sure to check back on Friday for the official launch. Happy jamm’in with ‘cha!

I PROMISE…

To bring you back the awesome music you’re accustomed to getting when you log on to our blog. We’ve had some exciting acts grace our studio that I just cannot wait to air. One Day to Escape is a boy group headed in the right direction. Infinite Hill is the coolest band yet and Maggie, I can’t wait to tell you about Maggie.

GOOD NEWS?

It’s everywhere! Got a story you’d like to share? Hit us up, we want to hear about it.

In closing: A Word from the Coach

RADICAL Thought for the Day: Maximize this opportunity called life. ~ Doreen Rainey

“RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL – by defining success for themselves and having the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at http://www.doreenrainey.com.”

© 2012 Doreen Rainey

Until next time,

Happy Jamming!

www.j40mediagroup.com

j40mediagroup@gmail.com

Audio: Eye on the Artist

 

Feature: Shea Rose, Boston, MA

 

Genre: Rock/Soul/Funk/Hip-Hop

 

Website: http://www.shearose.com/

 

Connect: Facebook, Twitter, shearose.com

 

 

Video: Featured Artist

 

YOU

Location: Anywhere

 

Genre: Any

 

Connect: Facebook, Twitter, yournamehere.com

 

Unsigned, independent, whatever your genre, whatever your choice, everyone agrees that the music industry is a changed game. Long gone are the days of being ‘discovered,’ hats off to the indie label that understands this. However the goal of becoming a signed artist does not have to fade. But in your quest of becoming signed, consider some protocol by industry experts including yours truly.

I loved how information was just flowing at the beginning of 2012 when everyone was promising to “step up their game,” I’m reminding you (and me) of some ways to boost your music business, notice I didn’t say career. According to musicthinktank.com they listed 12 tips and reasons for taking your business to the next level. Without going in to as much detail as they did, we are going to list them in no particular order. Then we’ll go into a little more great advice that I discovered on great sites like musiccloud.com. Finally we’ll finish with our expertise – videos.

This is the advice from Music Think Tank. Read more at http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/12-ways-to-increase-your-fan-base-for-2012.html:

1. Get serious about your newsletter. Use Fanbridge, Nimbit, Hostbaby, Bandzoogle or ReverbNation.

2. Mine through your email inbox and outbox for names and addresses to add.

3. Bring a clipboard to each and every live appearance. Invite people onto your mailing list with a raffle or giveaway from stage, and collect e-mail addresses.

4. Include a special offer on your website with a free exclusive MP3 or video (or better yet – several).

5. Follow 25 new people a week on Twitter.

6. Send out e-mails to your most engaged fans through Facebook and ask if you can have their e-mail addresses for your newsletter.

7. Do the same with any other networks you frequent.

8. Start a simple Tumblr blog and share photos, stories and thoughts.

9. Start a podcast or a vodcast and interview other artists with big followings. Ask them to share your podcast with their fans and followers.

10. Ask your fans to review your music at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.

11. Wish people a happy birthday (everyday) on Facebook!

12. Practice random acts of kindness online regularly. Introduce people to each other who may benefit from knowing one another.

Some advice from MusicClout.com:

First and foremost, you will need actual recorded music to make this whole thing possible.

Once you have recorded music the next logical step is making sure those recordings are protected from copyright infringements by registering them with the library of congress.

Create a spreadsheet where you can add in all of the music publishers that you’re going to be researching.

Research music publishers who work with your style of music, instrumentals and beats, when researching publishers for your music it’s important to note things like non-exclusive or exclusive deals that they offer to their artist.

One thing to keep in mind is that as long as the music publishing deals you’re signing are non-exclusive, you can always look for and work with more publishers for those same songs. However, if the deal is exclusive, it’s going to be a guarantee that the publisher you signed the contract with is going to be the only one who can work with the songs that you signed with them.

Another big step: Your video

Your video is a representation of you, of course. Today’s technology lets you easily bring your best light forward, with a little help from you. When considering your video, consider the viewer, your audience and what they are seeing, literally. These simple questions answered by the pros at The RAM Jam TV Show may help you make some good judgment when it comes to the camera.

What is the best quality?

1080 HD Quality is the best quality for airing videos. Anything less will result in raster scan lines (vertical lines off and on throughout the video) when broadcasting. For example Jigz Crillz is an artist whose videos are always good and therefore takes priority. Check out the quality of his video Van City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A4meZUwlmE.

What should you include in your video?

Other than the artist name, song title and label name (if you have one) any other credits you want to acknowledge. Your production company, team, and contact information is sometimes included and helpful.

What should not be included?

If there is profanity in your art, take the time to have it edited. This allows you to become more marketable and gives you the ability to reach a greater audience. The same is true for racy outfits and nudity.

Final thoughts: The text should be clear and consistent when used throughout the video and should be included at the beginning and the end. Do your best and rise to reasonable challenges and take this information with you to the top and you should have no problem getting noticed.

 

My company, J 40 Media Group shares the same idea that your music is your business and therefore should be treated with the same care and attention as a small business. We offer competitive rates on music video production, television commercials and advertising. Remember to check us out when growing your company. Official website coming soon!

 

GOOD NEWS

Isn’t it great to live in a nation that honors its art through authors, composers and publishers? To live where you can freely do what you love, write it down and express it? Well, it’s also important to track what you do, be protected and get paid! The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and organizations like it exists so that you can do just that. Learn a little more of what they have to offer:

What Is ASCAP?

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 435,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP’s licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.

ASCAP is…

Don’t forget to get the rights.

 

In closing: A Word from the Coach

“It’s okay to want more from your life!”

“RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL – by defining success for themselves and having the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at http://www.doreenrainey.com.”

© 2012 Doreen Rainey

 

S/N: I’ve started my bunch on Lollipop Listening Therapy last week and it’s been a juggle with the new schedule. Not using that as an excuse, but it can get hectic. I say that to promise not to miss another opportunity to blog on Tuesday for the month of May.

 

Until then,

Happy Jamming!