Thursday, April 30, 2015

Music mastermind Loris Zoppelletto releases new single 'Time Freeze'

The ingenious music artist known as Loris Zoppelletto has released his latest official single, “Time Freeze.” The track has been published on the 01Soul System independent record label outside the influence of the corporate music industry. At once both cutting-edge and based on the same house music principles which founded the popular scene in Europe and the United States, “Time Freeze” by Loris Zoppelletto is a dance music phenomenon which gets dance floors jumping in seconds, flat.

Unique to “Time Freeze” and setting it apart from the rest of the EDM and house music genres is the philosophy which it exemplifies, the point its creator, Loris Zoppelletto, is trying to make in having created it. Being foremost a specialist in science and technology, Zoppelletto believes in becoming adroit in multiple fields. Hence, his foray into making music is a message and a proof to the public at large.

“The song 'Time Freeze' has been created for advertising Meetab products for extreme sports,” writes Zoppelletto. (Meetab is an Italian company offering nutritional supplements with an emphasis on metabolomics and all-natural ingredients.) “The style of the piece is dynamic and lively, alternating moments of suspension where the pace slows down and gives breath to the frenzy of the sport that it symbolizes.”

Zoppelletto himself has been described as “a very curious person who believes that the ability of everyone to learn can improve indefinitely. Although he specialized in technology and science with a degree in electrical engineering, he believes strongly in the power of those who can move in different fields simultaneously.”

2001 saw Zoppelletto speaking at a public conference at which he was quoted as saying, “A very interesting word in this period is 'multidisciplinary.' In a sense it is the opposite of 'specialization.' If you specialize in electronics, you'll be an expert in electronic equipment. If you specialize in music, you will be an expert of instruments and sounds. But if you can master both, you may be the one who invents a new way of making music or a new way to record it, or pass it or produce it. Think about it: the things that have influenced our lives in recent decades are the ability to deal with two or more diverse sectors. It's a very creative field!”

Speaking for Meetab, the company for which “Time Freeze” was written, Zoppelletto writes that “The body care, health and nutrition are things which takes up a huge amount of attention in the human being. Although medicine has reached excellent levels in curing acute diseases, efforts are now heading to treat chronic conditions (lasting longer than 3 months). One of the most promising fields in this direction is nutritional medicine. It is a great bet for the future and an exciting opportunity to create value and wellbeing.”

Zoppelletto is known also as a trainer in various fields. With many years of experience, he has dedicated himself to codify teaching methods and systems for creating content to transmit skills to different types of audiences. The effort in this direction culminated in the filing of a patent for a revolutionary method allowing one to quickly create a systematic training course. This method has been registered under the eDooCo® trademark.

“Time Freeze” by Loris Zoppelletto represents the fruit of an artist's creative efforts, but with the added meaning that the artist is not primarily an artist, but rather a multi-disciplinarian. Listen today!

“Time Freeze” by Loris Zoppelletto is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Ethiopian singer Betty G releases new album 'Manew Fitsum'

The singer and songwriter known as Betty G has released her anxiously awaited LP album, “Manew Fitsum.” The record comprises 13 original songs for an approximate total listening time of one hour, making for a comprehensive introduction to Betty G's uniquely captivating repertoire. Classy, elegant, and warmly upbeat in both her singing and songwriting, “Manew Fitsum” by Betty G is the most exciting album from the African continent in 2015 so far.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Betty G grew up in a French high school and graduated college in the French system. Her multicultural background informs her music from every angle, brightly painting her lyrics in French, English, and Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. Likewise, her overall style varies from mainstream pop to adult contemporary with hip-hop, reggae and rock frills, always celebrating her homeland with strong and wonderful African undertones. This is perhaps best exemplified in “Nana Demaye,” one of the record's most uplifting and evocative songs.

Betty G's singing career began in high school when she began performing in her school's carnival program. From there she moved to playing live gigs at nightclubs, at which venues she regularly appeared until she achieved her bachelor's degree.

Ask to describe the overall theme of her new record, Betty G writes simply, “I want to talk about love and how great it is.”

Now, with years of experience onstage and a concrete, passionate fan base, Betty G has collaborated with some of the scene's best-loved artists, such as Nhatty Man, Zeritu, Teddy Afro, Jonny Raga, Black Bukan, and Koby Maxwell. Fans of such legends as Madonna, Cher, and Kylie Minogue are sure also to enjoy “Manew Fitsum” from Betty G.

Several official music videos for Betty G's music are also available for viewing online (link provided below).

“Manew Fitsum” by Betty G is available online worldwide. Pop fans and DJs everywhere should definitely get in early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Americana folk heroes the Ebony Hillbillies release new live album 'Slappin' a Rabbit – Live!'

The titans of folk, alt-country and Americana music known as the Ebony Hillbillies have released their anxiously awaited live album, “Slappin' a Rabbit – Live!” The record is a full-length LP comprising 10 tracks for an approximate listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published on the EH Music independent music label. Jubilant, genuine, and red-blooded-American in a way only raw country music can express, “Slappin' a Rabbit...” proves that the Ebony Hillbillies aren't just playing the music of yesteryear – they're evidence that it's very much alive.

The NYC-based Ebony Hillbillies cite as artistic influences Murph Gribble, Mississippi Sheiks, Canray Fontenot, Doc Roberts, Dennis Murphy, Leonard Bowles, James Brown, Willie Dixon, and other legends of the North-American music tradition.

“This is another slice of Americana,” the Ebony Hillbillies say of their style. “We're trying to bring back 'porch music!' The idea of bringing people together is what we are all about. This music is infectious and the impetus of what we call American music.”

This goal of unifying the people isn't just a dream, either. The Ebony Hillbillies write and perform their music with the principle guiding every movement and phrase.

“It's got it all in there,” they explain. “Pop, jazz, folk, country, blues, funk, R&B, dance, Native-American, African, Irish, etc… It's truly American music – a melting pot. That is what we are, warts and all: real Americana!”

The band goes on to describe their overarching philosophy behind not just their own music, but of all American music. They explain that the music of the United States isn't based on exclusivity and individualism, but rather, a tendency to bring in, to appreciate, and to synthesize.

“Since our music [represents] the basics of all American-based music, the songs are just that – everything! In the early string-band tradition, no repertoire was off-limits. They played everything. As we play everything!”

The Ebony Hillbillies have been called “the toast of the North.” Their history of prominent performances includes venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, international music workshops and festivals, collaborations with popular visual artists and museums (Kara Walker, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian, etc.) and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS and the BBC.

North-Carolina favorites the Carolina Chocolate Drops have cited the Ebony Hillbillies as key inspirations, and the Pete Seeger family have given them enthusiastic accolades. The history of the Ebony Hillbillies is a trail of critical and fan approbation and rousing, universal applause.

Their current official bio describes them as “consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle …
they have successfully created a following that has bridged a gap in audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaing their grassroots credibility.”

Credibility, nothing. The Ebony Hillbillies don't play music that once was – they've brought this American sound through time, thrumming, jumping and alive, to the thrilling ears and dancing feet of discerning audiences of today.

“Slappin' a Rabbit – Live!” by the Ebony Hillbillies is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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What a wonderful connection to all our humanity.” – The New York Times
“They are the real Y'alternative!” – Creative Loafing
“They provide NYC's soundtrack…” – LA Times
“They get double takes, if not full pauses when they play!” – The Wall Street Journal

Be sure also to see the Ebony Hillbillies on the new BBC documentary, “Blues America,” featuring Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and Chuck D.

Singer-songwriter Noel releases new album 'Authentic Love & Pain'

The singer and songwriter of modern soul and R 'n' B known as Noel has released his latest EP album, “Authentic Love & Pain.” The record comprises six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published on the singer's own Noel Records independent music label entirely without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Smooth, stylish, melodic and rattling with unstoppable back beats, “Authentic Love & Pain” stands as proof that Noel is a master songwriter and five-star performer steadily climbing toward the top.

Noel originally hails from New York City's hip-hop hotbed of Brooklyn. Asked to name some of his main artistic influences, he cites a long and distinguished list including Drake, Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Dwele, Michael McDonald, Craig David, Al Green, R. Kelly, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, and Luke James.

Noel's current official bio describes his sound as “a concoction of classic soul and modern-jazzy R&B over hip-hop instrumentals.” Accessible to fans of any music genre, this combination strikes the ear as mellow and cool, yet with strong undercurrents of passion and intensity which rise up in the flawless vocal performance of Noel, himself. Adding to this a healthy dose of Motown-style groove and lyrical earnestness not often found in any category of music arrives at a place listeners will want to visit as often as they can.

The honesty of his lyrics on “Authentic Love & Pain” stems not only from the nature of Noel, himself, but also from the heart of the music. Aptly titled, the EP record acts partially as a romantic chronicle.

Noel describes it, “After I broke up with my first love in high school, I would write poems to vent. Eventually, I linked up with a friend who was making instrumentals but struggled with the lyrics. I offered my poems and the rest was history. Or rather, her story.”

The album acts as both a parable and a question, he says.

“What if love isn't as easy as we're taught to believe? It's hard work. It's an investment. It's difficult and often times painful. But fruitful for those who dare to sacrifice their convictions for the greater good, for those who dare to be vulnerable.”

“Authentic Love & Pain” by Noel is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.

[The following is taken from the artist's current official bio.]

Noel is a Brooklyn, NY songwriter currently residing in Ann Arbor, MI who has been songwriting for various up-and-coming artists and producers for over a decade. Noel spent six years in Nigeria, and shortly after his return he met a high-school sweetheart and heartbreak. This relationship set off a series of poems Noel would use to vent his emotions. A friend and up-and-coming producer had trouble writing finding lyrics for his songs. The two friends teamed up and shortly after Noel collaborated with local producers in the NYC. His lyrical content focuses on vulnerability, exposing the joys and tragic imperfections of love.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Digital music artist Kitty Bytes releases new single 'Rage Quit'

The composer and producer of digital music known as Kitty Bytes has released his latest single, “Rage Quit.” The track has been distributed to more than 750 online music outlets around the world and is poised to reach Kitty Bytes' largest number of fans yet. It has been proudly published as an independent release outside the influence and financial support of the corporate music industry. Boasting a retro style and feel playing out over a steady build with a pounding, bass-heavy crescendo, “Rage Quit” is an EDM single which will have fans on the dance floor and airborne in droves.

Kitty Bytes is a new electronic music artist with a deep love for the sound. His particular style is unique to him in the digital music underground, “Rage Quit” being his biggest public release to date. He cites as main artistic influences the work of Deadmau5, Mossy, Dinka, Shingo Nakamura, and Porter Robinson. While his new single sports many of the best attributes of these popular DJs, Kitty Bytes' own music is exceptionally non-derivative and remains his own.

Part of this element comes from a certain nuance borrowed from the background scores of video games. Evidence of this is the title of his new single, “Rage Quit,” which in gaming parlance means to ubruptly exit a game in progress out of frustration. While electronic music and video gaming have shared a growing relationship over the last decade, much of the audible artifacts have belonged to the 8-bit, Nintendo-Entertainment-System style of music. Refreshingly, “Rage Quit” sounds much more akin to the music of earlier games, particularly that of the Atari 2600.

Speaking of his motivation to make music and the themes thereof, Kitty Bytes writes, “I created this single to share my love for electronic music and show my creativity. This album particularly speaks to all gamers out there who have had bad gaming experiences. 'Rage Quit' captures some of the anger I have felt when I played games, and I wrote it as a way to release that energy through music. I hope listeners can feel the same emotions I felt through this single.”

“Rage Quit” by Kitty Bytes is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Gee Kazz releases new single 'Why U Mad' feat. Emaculent and Anthony Gate

The rapper and singer known worldwide as Gee Kazz has released his latest hip-hop single, “Why U Mad.” The track has been proudly published on the BrightLife Music independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. In addition to the considerable talents of Gee Kazz, “Why U Mad” also features the skills and performances of fellow BrightLife associates Anthony Gate and Emaculent, whose “15 Minutes to E” LP appeared in March of 2014 and has been garnering global attention ever since. Fresh, pumping, deftly performed and marked by creative rhythms and background textures, “Why U Mad” by Gee Kazz is one of the most uniquely excellent hip-hop tracks to appear in 2015.

Gee Kazz cites as main artistic influences Elton John, T.I., Michael Jackson, Akon, Kendric Lamar, and Lionel Richie. With such a diverse spread of sounds informing his own brand of hip hop, one would expect Kazz's music to be unpredictable, colorful and new to the ear, but the whole truth is that his characteristic sound stems largely from his multicultural background, being born to French/Nigerian parents and living now in the USA.

“Just like most artists,” Kazz writes, “I fell in love with the art of creating music by listening to other artists. I suppose I could call them mentors. I started writing my own music and poetry when I was little and since then it's just been a lifestyle for me.”

Gee Kazz has been making music in the United States since 2012. His debut mixtape, “Rebirth of Kingship” gave him his first taste of fame online and won him the attention of BrightLife Music CEO Bright Enabulele.

The BrightLife Music label has described Gee Kazz as “a wholly original performer who is primed to captivate listeners the world over. With a flow on the mic that bobs and weaves through meticulously laid-out beats, his distinctive style and undeniable talent create an image that cannot be duplicated.”

“Why U Mad” by Gee Kazz feat. Emaculent and Anthony Gate is available online worldwide. Hip-hop fans should get in early. “Why U Mad” has been released with an official music video available for viewing online at the artist's official website (link provided below).

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Dance-music producer David Smith releases new 'Welcome to My World' EP

The producer and composer of electronic dance music known as David Smith has released his new extended-play album, “Welcome to My World.” The EP contains no fewer than six original David Smith titles for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes. The album has been published on Smith's own independent record label without the financial support of the corporate music industry. Vivacious, pounding with bass and wildly energetic, “Welcome to My World” by David Smith is exceptional dance music for dancers and listeners alike, perfect for cutting-edge DJs who want to light up the dance floor with audio fire.

David Smith (often stylized davi6smith) cites as main artistic influences such house music heroes as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Avicii. Smith's own music shares a great many similarities with the remarkably popular singles and albums of these legends, with the added benefit that Smith's music strikes the listener as something fresh and new to make nightclubs come alive with dancing.

David Smith is an EDM artist from Belgium whose native language is French. His debut single appeared in February of 2015 to critical and fan acclaim around the world. While his career in dance music is still very new, his tracks are already planned to be heard at such dance festivals as Sensation, Tomorrowland, the Ultra Music Festival, and others. His music is particularly accessible to listeners and has been called perfect for commercial use both in Europe and internationally.

Still, Smith has plans to branch out into the pop mainstream by collaborating with singers in the future.

“In 'Welcome to My World' I put tracks for DJs,” writes the artist. “After this release of my EP, I want to make pop dance tracks with singers. I'm still seeking good singers.”

David Smith has already gained a reputation for being one of the hardest-working music producers in the scene today, and he's not afraid of the effort involved.

“There is still lots of work but I like to produce this style of music,” Smith writes. “It's a big challenge for me. I'm very happy with that. I'm just starting this business but step by step my name is beginning to be known. Slowly but surely! … So I work hard. That's the secret.”

The “Welcome to My World” EP by David Smith is available online worldwide. Get in early, dance music fans and DJs everywhere.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Electronica band Daystar releases single 'Thrasher'

The writers and producers of dark electronica music known as Daystar have released their debut single, “Thrasher.” The track is the first official selection to be made available from their upcoming album, “Rise,” which is expected to appear sometime in 2015. A second single, “Daylight,” is also scheduled for release soon. Shadowy, pulsing and otherworldly, Daystar's “Thrasher” is a vibrant new take on the goth and industrial sound which ruled the underground dance culture at the turn of the millennium.

Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Daystar name only the Prodigy, whose popular “Firestarter” single represents only the tip of an iceberg six-albums deep. Fans of the seminal UK group will be enthusiastic on hearing Daystar's “Thrasher,” which belongs to the same category of music but brings modern nuances to the old sound. This new, highly polished electronica style keeps its best qualities while eschewing those attributes which kept industrial music out of the mainstream for more than a decade.

A leading example of the Daystar sound, “Thrasher” has a deep groove which makes it perfect for dance clubs and parties, but also a grim chord progression and arresting sonic texture which will appeal to music aficionados listening on headphones or in their cars. Far more intriguing than EDM and having lyrical hooks and narratives not often heard in pop or dance music, “Thrasher” is a track which music fans of many genres will appreciate.

Daystar's characteristic sound is a blend of haunting vocal work by members Ghost and Ms. Day (who does not sing on “Thrasher” but who regularly lends her voice) and instrumental work by bassist and guitarist Lefty. This mix of digital accompaniment and live sounds makes for a strong balance with a remarkably high emotional impact, one which the “Thrasher” single suggests will be thoroughly explored on their upcoming 2015 record.

Several music videos are in production to herald the release of their “Rise” album, one of which will accompany the release of “Thrasher.” Starring in the “Thrasher” video is Europe's strongest man, Thor Juliusson, whom many will recognize as Mountain from the popular “Game of Thrones” television series. Daystar's second single, “Daylight,” will also feature an official video, and the band have intimated that a steady flow of such visuals will be forthcoming, making their music not only a sonic adventure but also a cinematic experience.

Visual art has been a mainstay for the group since their inception in Iceland. Each member wears a mask sculpted specifically for each face which fully transforms the musician. Perhaps most remarkable is that of Lefty, whose green, electro-luminscent mask detects frequency range and thrums in cadence with the music.

Daystar's official bio describes their sonic aim as, “pursuing a rather unique style of music – melodic, aggressive, beautiful and mysterious.”

“Thrasher” by Daystar is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of electronica and industrial music. Very early.

Be sure also to watch for the releases of “Daylight” and the “Rise” album, as well as their official music videos which will be made available on their website and YouTube channel.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dutch blues and pop singer DishKing releases new single 'L'amour C'est Toi'

The singer and songwriter from Holland known as DishKing has released his latest single, “L'amour C'est Toi.” The track is a shadowy, blues-fueled song with elements of 1960s French pop which showcases yet another facet of this multifarious musician, a side which his legion of longtime fans in Europe and abroad will be enthusiastic to meet. Dark, masculine and as tonally stylish as it is lyrically evocative, “L'amour C'est Toi” by DishKing is the latest reason for audiophiles around the world to introduce themselves to this masterful sculptor of blues, pop and rock music.

DishKing's former LP albums, “Sell Yourself in Gold” and “The Power of a Loaded Gun,” were released under the AG Music umbrella and continue to garner him fans around the world. His new “L'amour C'est Toi” single joins his more-recent “101” full-length album – the popularity of which seems to grow with every passing month – as an independent release on his own DishKing Records music label.

Asked to describe the theme of his latest single, “L'amour C'est Toi” (“Love Is You”) DishKing writes, “Everyone has been or is in love. The song's intention was to describe the feeling of newfound love, a satisfied moment like cruising by car with your loved one on a hot summer's day celebrating the mutual feelings. Taking the bitter and good times for what it is or was, enjoying the moment of happiness and expressing it.”

DishKing's repertoire is widely varied, so much so that the artist once commented, “What kind of music? You tell me. Even more so, if you like it, tell the whole world.” Nevertheless, he has cited as main artistic influences David Bowie, Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Quentin Tarantino, Goldfrapp, Elvis Presley, Mark Lanegan, and the Queens of the Stone Age. Whether or not his fans will be surprised at the nuances à la Serge Gainsbourg in his new single is anyone's guess – but it's absolutely certain that they're going to love it. “L'amour C'est Toi,” indeed.

“L'amour C'est Toi” by DishKing is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, April 24, 2015


Have you ever considered turning your local watering-hole or favorite restaurant into a venue? Although this approach may not seem ideal at first glance, you’d be surprised at how many places are open to the idea of live music if the terms are right. Many establishments are looking for ways to separate themselves from their competition. By offering entertainment, this could be a win-win for the musician(s) and business.

Know Your Audience and Surroundings

Audience: A coffee house is a completely different atmosphere than a bar. It is important to be aware of surroundings and the customers you will be playing to. Imagine being at your local coffee house and an 80’s tribute band is shredding in your ear. Even if you do “Rock-n-Roll All Night and Party Every Day”, you would not go to a coffee house for this experience. Make sure your music is appropriate for the situation.

Surroundings: Certain regions cater to different styles of music. If you are a Hardcore Death Metal band and you happen to be in Downtown Nashville, this may not be the best fit. Once again, think about the business owner. If they have entertainment, it must cater to their customers. If your group creates an unexpected or unwarranted experience, you may not get the gig or be invited back.


1.) It is not uncommon for bands/groups to play the same venue multiple times due to the familiarity factor. Although there are circumstances where this can be a positive, you need to get in front of new people to grow your fan-base. By playing the non-quintessential venue is a perfect opportunity to accomplish this.

2.) Building your own show is a great way to earn money. If your group/band manages to entertain the crowd, you now can ask the venue for a portion of the bar, flat-rate pay or a percentage of the cover. The key to getting paid is to improve the patron’s experience and draw traffic to the “venue.”


1.) Whenever you book through a promoter or manager, they are responsible for making sure everything goes well. While in this situation, you’re the one making the commitment to ensure everything runs smoothly. Sometimes the additional stress and work isn’t worth the pay-off. Be sure that the venue is worth doing the work for.

2.) There are instances where the venue and the band/group may not come to agreeable terms. Remember, if you’re unable to find a mutually beneficial agreement you should move on. Everyone knows the phrase, “Time is valuable.” Make sure your properly investing your time with the right people at the right place.


Put yourself in the business owner’s shoes and ask:
-How does this benefit them financially?
-Will this enhance their customer’s experience?

To remain competitive and versatile, investing in a P.A (Public Address) System is a worthy cause. If you are a success, the expense will recoup itself within the first few outings.
Remember: If you’re going to perform somewhere specifically not designed for music, your performance must cater to their customer and benefit the “venue.” If you can offer the right sales-pitch, you are more likely to land a booking.
Blog by James Gubersky, Conductor of Artist Support for and ferocious frontman with over a decade of concert playing experience.


Here at MondoTunes, we are always looking for ways to help the musician community! One issue that we hear about on a regular basis is the difficulties in booking shows. In order to combat the stress, we have decided to create a series of blog entries regarding the different ways to book a show. This week’s entry is about Pre-Sale.

Before airwaves and the digital age, the stage was the first home to artists. Whether reciting Shakespeare to a playhouse or painting on a street corner, artists have always had the stage to present their artistic expression. In fact, many would argue that performing live is the most pure and honest medium of artistic expression. Every time an artist takes the stage, there is a degree of unpredictability that strikes fear and joy into the souls of the audience as well as the performers themselves. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? Well, if it is so beautiful, then why is it such a pain in the arse to book a show in today’s music scenes?
A very popular way to book shows these days, is to have the group/artist sell a designated amount of tickets prior to the show. Venues and booking agents are very fond of the pre-sale format because it guarantees an agreed amount of money made before the show has even begun. Although musicians typically frown upon this approach, there are positives and negatives to the method.
1.) Many venues/booking agents will require a reasonable amount of tickets to be sold. Most groups/artists prefer to play in front of a large audience. If the pre-sale amount can comfortably be achieved, this may be a win-win for all parties involved. The crowd will be full and the venue/booking agent will have guaranteed compensation for putting the show together.
2.) There are instances where the venue/booking agent will split the money of ticket sales with performers. It is important to note that the venue/booking agent will keep a majority of the ticket profits. Then again, selling tickets packs the house and increases exposure. Why not earn a few dollars in the process if the pre-sale amount is manageable?
1.) These types of arrangements usually do not favor the artist/group. Musicians must understand that venues/booking agents are ultimately a business. Although they may be music lovers, they need to make a living and money can sometimes complicate booking.
2.) There are instances where the venue/booking agent may present unrealistic terms. I personally have played shows in the past where the venue has required a pre-sale figure that could never be reached. Furthermore, if the obligations were not met, a requirement to pay the difference out-of-pocket would be imposed.
1.) It is imperative to always come to mutually beneficial terms with whoever is booking / hosting the event.
2.) Make sure the requirements of performing at the show are manageable. Do not commit to anything that isn’t realistic.
3.) Always document, in writing, the terms of the agreement and have both parties sign it. This will guarantee the awareness of expectations on either end. Many people develop concerns when the word “contract” is thrown around, however it is essential to ensure everyone involved is protected.
4.) It is always ok to negotiate the terms of a show. If there is agreement with only a majority of what the venue/booking agent is presenting, counter with requests for a lower pre-sale amount or a guaranteed amount of shared profits.
Stay tuned for the next installment…
Blog by James Gubersky, Conductor of Artist Support and ferocious frontman with over a decade of concert playing experience.

JazzRak Vs Rafique announce second EDM record 'Day Dreamer'

The EDM producers known around the world as JazzRak and Rafique have announced the release of their second new EDM album for the pre-summer season of 2015, “Day Dreamer.” The EP comes hot on the heels of their recent extended-play album, “Summer Splash,” which offers fans new and old six original tracks for 40 mins worth of dancing and listening. The new EP, “Day Dreamer,” comprises six more original tracks from JazzRack Vs Rafique for approximately 40 more minutes of top-notch electronic dance music. Upbeat, uplifting, filled with verve and energy, “Day Dreamer” will be the latest example of JazzRak Vs Rafique's masterful digital dance music when it is released worldwide 25 April 2015.

JazzRak Vs Rafique have been cutting track after track over the last few months. Many of these have seen an early rise to popularity online, some of the best of which are included on “Day Dreamer.” These include such hot singles as the EP's opening track, “Clear My Mind,” “Believe in God,” “Celebration,” the title track, “Day Dreamers,” the prophetic “It Goes Viral,” and power closer, “Save Me.”

JazzRak Vs Rafique's cited artistic influences cover many of the scene's most well-respected artists, including titans of the electronic dance music scene such as Avicii, Basto and Chymamusique. Their own sound takes elements of these and integrates them into their own characteristic overtones. Fans of artists like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tiesto are certain to find all the drum and bass they need to direct a slamming dance floor on “Day Dreamer” by JazzRak Vs Rafique.

JazzRak wrote about the beginning of his collaboration with Rafique in a recent press release for their “Summer Splash” record. JazzRak writes of their recent albums, which have been taking the form of professional and friendly competition in their “Vs” series, “I used to only listen to music, then I met Rafique in 2010. We started to download videos on youtube to see how to produce music.”

EDM fans who haven't heard JazzRak and Rafique should give them a go right away.

“Day Dreamer” by JazzRak and Rafique is available online worldwide beginning 25 April 2015. Be sure not to miss their recently released “Summer Splash” EP, also.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JazzRak Vs Rafique release new EDM record 'Summer Splash'

The DJs and producers of house music known as JazzRak Vs Rafique have released their latest EP album, “Summer Splash.” The EP is composed of six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. This comprehensive length means that though the album has been officially billed has an EP record for its relatively few number of tracks, fans of JazzRak Vs Rafique will get the same amount of music on “Summer Splash” as they do from a full-length album, making for a roundly comprehensive dance experience from these popular EDM artists.

“Summer Splash” comes with some of JazzRak Vs Rafique's most energetic and uplifting house music tracks of 2015 so far, including “Let's Dance,” “Trip to Paris,” “Alive,” two renditions of their “We Are One” single featuring the talents of Anthony Poteat, and the album's title track, “Summer Splash,” which opens up the record.

The “Summer Splash” EP is the first of two albums expected to drop from JazzRak Vs Rafique this 2015 season, the second of which, titled “Day Dreamer,” will be published in coming days.

JazzRak Vs Rafique cite as main artistic influences such giants of the electronic dance music scene as Avicii, Basto and Chymamusique. Their own sound doesn't fall far from these trees, and fans of such other artists as David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tiesto are sure to be excited by “Summer Splash” by JazzRak Vs Rafique.

Speaking of the beginning of their collaboration, which takes the form of professional and friendly competition in their “Vs” series, JazzRak writes, “I used to only listen to music, then I met Rafique in 2010. We started to download videos on youtube to see how to produce music.” The rest, as listeners can attest, is history.

“Summer Splash” by JazzRak and Rafique is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Bathtub Alchemists release new album 'Last Cigarette'

The alt-country crew known as the Bathtub Alchemists have released their latest full-length album, “Last Cigarette.” The LP contains 11 tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been distributed to more than 750 online music outlets around the world and has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry. An alternative country record with rock and folk qualities and unending amounts of legitimate soul, “Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists presents a compelling narrative wrapped in well-written music and evocative performances.

The Bathtub Alchemists go by their given names, and cite as main artistic influences Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band (Jer) as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Guy Clark and Bob Dylan (Beth). Attributes of all the above may be heard on “Last Cigarette” from song to song, making the entire LP a widely varied yet thematically and atmospherically consistent record. Virtually every mood and tone is represented through the Bathtub Alchemists' characteristic raw, genuine delivery and groove.

At least partly responsible for the frank earnesty in the Bathtub Alchemists' music is their rare origin story.

“Music was and is the center of our family,” write Jer and Beth. “What started as an experiment in family dynamics to facilitate coping and healing has truly resulted in musical panacea.”

This healing property of music by the Bathtub Alchemists is communicable, and hearing their record from start to finish has a soothing quality that is unique to it. The band's current official bio describes their musical philosophy by saying:

“Bathtub Alchemists is about the search for unification and the cleansing process that is always required to grow and change as human beings. In every interaction one is able to hear the bonds of family and friendship that pull us all through the ups and downs of life.”

Asked what the overall theme and message of their “Last Cigarette” LP might be, the Bathtub Alchemists write, “It is a story of addiction and loss. From the opening track of 'You and Me' to the closing with 'Living on Borrowed Time,' listeners can see the slow dramatic fall of one man's life.”

“Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
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Matt Eugene releases new EP 'Midnight Train'

The singer and songwriter known as Matt Eugene has released his latest EP record, “Midnight Train.” The album comprises five original Eugene tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has proudly been published as an independent release outside the reach of the corporate music infrastructure. A remarkably evocative and accessible acoustic pop/rock record, Matt Eugene's “Midnight Train” rolls and grooves with an inertia more powerful than that of many “plugged-in” records.

Canadian-born Matt Eugene cites as main artistic influences such popular musicians as Dallas Green, Ben Folds, Alice in Chains, and the Pixies. From these Eugene takes certain nuances to add to his own unique amalgam, which feels like grunge-inspired alternative rock except warmer, striking the ear more gently and pulling at the hearer with hooks and refrains more native to the pop genre.

Matt Eugene himself describes “Midnight Train” as something more personal than mere classifications, however.

“My album shares an acoustic rock sound reflective of pain we go through in our lives,” he writes, adding also that it comments on what he calls “positive changes in life.”

This is not to say that his “Midnight Train” EP is strictly autobiography. It isn't.

“I've always taken an intimate angle to all my songwriting,” writes Eugene, “and I put a lot of emotion into my songs. I try to write about something everyone can relate to no matter what age or who they are. It pleases me to know I might touch someone with my songs or have some influence on them for a positive change. My life is music and always will be.”

Matt Eugene grew up in the Canadian city of Moncton, New Brunswick. He has written and performed in a great many musical styles, including rock, grunge, funk, metal, roots rock and acoustic folk. After playing in many groups led by himself or by others, he eventually found his way to the modern studio where he could make his music precisely the way he wanted.

His current official bio tells it: “I never really fit in anywhere or did anything everyone else was doing, I just played bass for various bands, guitar, and sang. I tried having my own bands a few times, but I found the easiest way to do something is to do it yourself. I'm pretty flexible, but a lot of musicians and friends just didn't have the drive and compassion for it that I did – I mean, to make it really work – and stick together.”

It's not that Eugene has simply decided to record on his own, either, but rather that technology has made it possible.

“I'm happy my fans can finally access my music in this digital age,” Eugene writes. “The industry has changed so much; I remember getting rejected by a major label in the '90s, and being so young, I took it hard and thought the worst. But now everything is so different. An artist has more power on their own than they ever did before. You want to do something in your life you're passionate about? Just do it. Don't let anything slow you down!”

His official bio concludes – “Matt is in his late 30s and continues to look for opportunities to share his music every day.”

“Midnight Train” by Matt Eugene is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Jamaican artist Silkkey D releases new EP record 'Wrapped Up in Your Arms'

The singer and songwriter of roots rock known as Silkkey D has released his latest EP record album, “Wrapped Up in Your Arms.” The extended-play release comprises four original songs from the artist plus one remix, for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. The widely anticipated album has been proudly published on the Black Tiger Music independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. A lively, youthful, soulful and uplifting album full of the island spirit of Jamaica, “Wrapped Up in Your Arms” by Silkkey D is music that fans of any genre can get behind.

Black Tiger Music's Silkkey D has cited as main artistic influences such legends as Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, Jacob Miller (Inner Circle), Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Of these, Silkkey D's most evident similarities lie with the first three, all of whom hail from the musical hotbed of Jamaica also.

Asked to describe the overall theme of his latest album, Silkkey D writes it succinctly: “As long as there is Life and Love, there is hope.”

Silkkey D, who was born in the St. Catherine Parish of the island, has been performing music live since the age of six, when he cut his teeth by singing solos in his neighborhood's church choir. Graduating to dramatic and musical stage productions by high school, it was to writing and performing his own music which appealed most to him, and before long his first track, “Wine,” was recorded at Black Scorpio Studios in Kingston.

“Wine” received repeated and popular circulation on public radio, and Silkkey D's career began in earnest. CEO of True Friends Studio, Mikey “Bumpa” Melody, also garnered the skills of Silkkey D for his own recording, and further encouraged the artist to continue his work in music.

Silkkey D's current official bio quotes the book of Luke, saying, “To whom much is given, much is required.” The bio describes the artist as a hardworking singer and songwriter who, “takes nothing for granted and works hard to showcase his God-given talent.” It also describes him as “the first to arrive at the studio and the last to exit [the studio],” and a writer of “conscious lyrics that give a voice to the impoverished communities, as well as ballads of love.”

He has been called “a selfless person who puts the needs of others before his own, and punctuates his beliefs with love, delivered through his music.”

The artist's official bio concludes with a quote from Silkkey D, himself.

“Great is the man who thinks great of the next man.”

“Wrapped Up in Your Arms” by Silkkey D is available online worldwide from Black Tiger Music.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sefu Kafele releases new single 'Mad'

The singer, rapper and songwriter known as Sefu Kafele has released his latest official single, “Mad.” The track is the flagship single from his new LP record album, “Just Know How to Fight,” which comprises 10 original Sefu Kafele songs and features the additional talents of Papa Brittish and Rachel Burrell. Both the new single, “Mad,” and the full-length record, “Just Know How to Fight,” have been proudly published on the 4MC independent music label without managerial or financial support from the corporate music industry. Gritty, aggressive, alive with rhythm and thumping with bass, “Mad” from Sefu Kafele is a refreshingly unique hip-hop serving for fans of any genre.

Asked to name some musical influences, Sefu Kafele cites instead a list of inspirations which have lent much to the creation of his latest work. These include (as Kafele himself writes them) “God, The People, Parents, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and Malcolm X.” A cursory listen to his “Mad” single is enough to understand that he is a rapper with much to say. More importantly, what Kafele has to say is well-written and of great social importance more often than not.

Asked to describe the overall message of his “Mad” single, Kafele speaks as directly as he does in his music.

“Stop living in a dream,” he writes. “Listen to the world around you. Stop waiting for it to get better, make it better yourself.”

Sefu Kafele was born in the United Kingdom but raised in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC. He is an active member of the hip-hop and soul crew, X Black Superheroes. His current official bio states that, “With the group he explores the different ways to challenge the limits of collaboration between art, music, life and words. Sefu tries to take reality and present it to the world in a way that will captivate and shock, all while instilling knowledge and understanding. He has perfected the craft of edutainment.”

Sefu Kafele has been performing for longer than 15 years, and has played at venues such as CBCG, S.O.B.'s, Brooklyn Exposure, the Apollo Theater and the Afrikan Poetry Theater. He has mentioned that he intends one day to perform in Africa, at Madison Square Garden and at Webster Hall.

His bio concludes with the following passage concerning his personal character:

“As a rule Sefu strongly believes that it is 'Better to be humble, than to be humbled.' And with this understanding he does indeed live a very humble life. Never treating others as if they are beneath him and always looking for a way to make a change in the world around him, Sefu is truly the picture of humility. Sefu has a dream to open a community performance space. With the space he plans to take what he loves and extend it to his immediate community.

“Sefu is so much more than an artist. He is a visionary, a storyteller, a leader, a father, and a powerful force ready to take the world by storm.”

“Mad” by Sefu Kafele and his “Just Know How to Fight” LP are available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Chawn Martin releases new single 'SmartPhone Party'

The songwriter and music producer known internationally as Chawn Martin is releasing his latest single, “Smartphone Party.” The track has been proudly published on the Code 69 Records independent music label entirely without the influence or support of the mainstream corporate music industry. A radio-ready, rhythm-packed, electrifying single perfect for packing dance floors and night spots anywhere in the world, “Smartphone Party” is a signal to the music underground that Chawn Martin and Code 69 Records are back in action and here to stay.

Chawn Martin cites as main artistic influences a dizzying array of popular musicians and a surprising variety of genres, including hip hop, soul, R 'n' B, house, jazz, and rock. His favorites include such names as R-Kelly, Keith Sweat, Brian McKnight, Silk, Troop, Bel Biv DeVoe, Joe, Az Yet, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J., Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent. Martin's own sound depends on his mood, but can be as slick and sly as jazz, as aggressive and high-impact as rock, and as stylish and dance-inducing as house music. In this way, “Smartphone Party” is an excellent example of both his ability and versatility.

Like much of Martin's music, it isn't just the groove he has to offer in “Smartphone Party,” but also a point of view.

“This single is based on the use of smartphones at parties,” he writes. “'Smartphone Party' is a track about how antisocial parties are nowadays with the smartphone in our lives. I try to bring to light that parties are not all that social anymore, like before when we didn't have them.”

Chawn Martin resides in the music hotbed of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Playing music since the age of seven, he is a longtime singer and rapper and formed a popular R 'n' B group, Code69, in the 1990s. After collaborating with prominent sound engineer Bone Sounds in 2012, Chawn Martin and the studio pro joined forces to create Code 69 Records in 2014.

Martin's current official bio concludes: “Now he's producing his own beats together with Bone Sounds always searching for his own sound, an artist on his own record label trying to give maximum boost to the dreams and goals he wants to achieve in life. Today Chawn Martin creates all sorts of music, from R&B to HipHop, Soul, Funk, House music, etc.”

“Smartphone Party” is available online worldwide from Code 69 Records.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Drunken Monk releases new single 'Look at Me Now'

The rapper and songwriter known as Drunken Monk has released his latest single, “Look at Me Now.” The track is the most prominent official single to be dropped from Drunken Monk since his “DMT Flows and Cadillac Doze” EP which appeared on digital shelves around the world in January of 2015. Both the “DMT Flows...” EP and his new “Look at Me Now” single have been proudly published on the New Age Lions Music LLC independent record label. True lines, thumping back beats, creative rhythms and an inimitable vocal delivery make “Look at Me Now” by Drunken Monk a loud example of why independent hip hop is overtaking the mainstream in waves.

Drunken Monk cites as main artistic influences Outcast, the 666 Mafia, Goodey Mob, Nas, Roots, and Miles Davis. While music by Monk is packed with many of the best qualities of these legendary performers, his overall sound is uniquely his own and cannot be called derivative of anyone at all. A cursory sampling of his work over the last ten years uncovers a broad variety of tones and types of hip hop, signaling to the music fan that no one song by Drunken Monk can hint at what he may come up with next.

Part of Monk's unpredictable nature is his musical background, which differentiates him from the largest part of the hip-hop community.

“I studied jazz in college,” Drunken Monk writes, “and have been producing now for 10 years.”

Asked to reveal the theme and message of his new single, “Look at Me Now,” he is characteristically direct and to the point.

“There ain't nobody to blame for most of our problems but ourselves,” writes Monk. “Look at yourself NOW and be real about what you see.”

Drunken Monk is the stage name of J. Gray, a producer, keyboardist and rapper originally from Louisiana. He often collaborates with artists from far-flung scenes such as Arkansas and London, and appears regularly in international magazines. He recently appeared on the popular Coast2Coast online radio program and Sallassie's Two Racks rap contest where he opened as a show feature.

Prior to producing full-time, emcee Drunken Monk studied piano and jazz and has performed on instrumental showcases as well. His vision is to produce unique works of music that reflect the background and culture he is from and to blur the boundaries between the genres of jazz rap, trip hop, funk, and trap. Drunken Monk currently lives, performs and produces music in Oakland, CA.

“Look at Me Now” by Drunken Monk is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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