Chris Rockett sent me an e-mail the other day, letting me know that he included my blog in a giant list of music promotion resources. I was all like yay, so I took a gander and then was all like WOW.
The list that Chris put together is pretty impressive, and he includes several blogs that I’ve never heard of so it looks like I’ve got some catching up to do! Chris even went through the trouble to create a video tutorial on how to set up Google Reader so you can keep track of all these resources day-to-day.
FORA.tv has put together a great video with Todd Rundgren, an American songwriter and recording engineer responsible for helping create some iconic music with bands like The Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, and more. All three parts of Todd’s presentation are posted below the fold for you to soak up and enjoy.
I have been diving into folky stuff lately, and simultaneously trolling the website Daytrotter for some lesser known greatness. Low and behold, I came across Iron & Wine and was surprised at how many of my friends had already been aware of the band. Seems that they’re pretty well known actually, I’m late to the game!
I found this four-song Daytrotter set yesterday evening, and I was enamored to say the least.
Thanks to this morning’s tabs over at @WAMMusic, I stumbled upon this shiny gem of information. Photo tagging company ThingLink has integrated with SoundCloud in a way that entirely altered my perception of photos and show flyers in the digital realm.
Found this little ditty while surfing YouTube this morning and I wanted to share it with you all. Ian is so right when he rants about the MGMT website, and how crazy their label is for sending fans off to iTunes to purchase the music. By doing that, you are collecting zero data about a fan who’s clearly interested in buying your music. Without their data, you have no way of interacting with that person, no way of building a relationship. A textbook missed opportunity right there.
Most labels have figured this out by now, developing their own e-commerce solutions and stores to collect fan data. But for those of you going at it alone, this is an important aspect of your business that shouldn’t be overlooked!
This week I thought it would be interesting to feature an artist who is at the very beginnings of his musical career. This dude reached out to me via Twitter (@TonysMoment) yesterday as I was scrambling for some new music to put up on the blog for this week. I stalked him out before he had the chance to e-mail me anything.
I came across this video series over on @EnvatoAudio, and I watched the entire thing the other night. There is a lot of great things to learn in these videos, and Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Larry Dvoskin does an incredible job of describing the songwriting process and what goes into writing great pop songs that stand the test of time.