Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Award-Winning Glitter Rose offers Sponsorship Packages for Dallas International Guitar Festival

Outlaw Southern Rocker, Music Producer and Lefty Female Guitarist Glitter Rose performs for the 7th consecutive year at the Dallas International Guitar Festival and seeks fresh companies interested in sponsoring her performance.

Glitter Rose live at House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA

April 28, 2015 - DALLAS, TX -- The respectfully ostentatious Outlaw Southern Rocker herself, Glitter Rose, has been chosen yet again to perform at the largest guitar festival in the world, the 38th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival. Glitter Rose, also known as GR, has been a hot commodity with DIGF for the past 7 years, being one of the show’s most anticipated independent artists and female guitarists. With her 12 endorsement deals, including Gibson Brands, Orange Amplifiers, Telefunken Elektroakustik, and Fishman Acoustic to name a few, her presence at the show is large. Originally from Ft. Worth, TX, DIGF is quite the homecoming for GR each year.

GR is now based in Los Angeles, CA where she is currently in production of her new album “Outlaw In Love”, and developing young alternative and pop artists to produce in the Summer and Fall months. Her calendar this year has been steady with traveling dates, including Santa Rosa, CA for an appearance with music legends Stu Hamm, Mitch Forman, and Kim SeHwang for EMG TV, a headlining spot at the Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, and an upcoming appearance on Chicago Acoustic Underground while attending the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, in support of the feature film American Girl, which GR wrote and performed the title track, made a cameo in the film and was an associate producer. Dallas will be her destination in May 2015 for the 38th Annual DIGF and sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses interested.

DIGF hosts over 50,000 attendees in the 3 day festival of guitar heaven. Vendors like Gibson Brands, Fender, Gretch Guitars, Marshall Amplification, Guitar Center, Blackstar, VOX, Dean Guitars, SKB, Taylor Guitars, and more gather with their best products, and guitar enthusiasts get the opportunity to mingle and hang with some of music’s most legendary guitarists, including George Lynch, Gary Hoey, Rick Derringer, Johnny Highland and past shows have hosted headliners like Ted Nugent and Johnny Winter. DIGF is one of the largest trade shows of the year in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and receives a massive amount of press coverage in radio, television, and print.

GR is offering some very attractive sponsorship packages for companies that would like to support her and her band’s performance and travel for the 38th Annual DIGF. The packages go beyond being seen at the festival, and can offer as much as a full year of visibility on GlitterRose.com. GR also offers video promotion, newsletter hyperlinks, and more. To get involved, and sponsor this highly anticipated act at this year’s event, go to http://www.glitterrose.com/sponsor-glitter-rose-at-the-38th-annual-digf

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

PSYCHOBILLY TAROT - A MAJOR ARCANA TAROT DECK

PSYCHOBILLY TAROT is a...you guessed it, a tarot deck of custom made cards to make up the Major Arcana. Major Arcana is a full suit of 22 cards, which is made up of 22 trump cards and 4 aces, with original illustrations featuring psychobilly themes. This is standard deck for tarot readers. Not only is this Psychobilly Tarot cards created for readers, but for Rockabilly collectors and enthusiasts.

The artist that created the concept, Michael W. Hallberg was commissioned to illustrate the designs for the artwork. In addition to the Psychobilly Tarot cards, there are matching t-shirt designs, concepts for various merchandise, so people can own different kinds of Psychobilly Tarot

Right now, Psychobilly Tarot is in need of funding to finish the project, so they will be opening a Kickstarter to raise the remaining funds to complete the remaining 9 designs and go to print.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michael W. Hallberg is 28 years professional experience in illustration, screen printing, photography, motion picture, print and design. Clients include NASA, Disney, NASCAR, NHRA, Budweiser, The US Gov & Military, a billion shirts for Ron Jons Surf Shop, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, House of Blues, shirt designs for Grave Digger (because monster trucks RULE!) Aerosmith, Graceland, Prince and a slew of bands across America.

In his own words- "I got into art sideways, no schooling. An aunt of mine whom I thought was cool drew horses and liked The Rolling Stones & Johnny Cash. That was enough to set me on the path. Then I got good enough that chicks dug my work and people handed over cash.

Done, career path established.

From there on out, the artist Robert Williams kind of was my guiding light philosophically: “Take Mescaline and learn to draw eyeballs & skulls…”.

Pepper that with being a 3rd generation worker at Kennedy Space Center, where I got the technical side in photography and visualization down, and I developed a desire to communicate (with mostly eyeballs, spaceships & skulls…). I turned my creative eye loose on highly, engineering oriented stuff, the best of

Interview with Michael W. Hallberg

All Indie: How did you come up with the Rockabilly art concepts? Were the designed 100 percent your idea or was this part of Kurt Wenz idea?

Michael: Kurt had the concept of a Psychobilly, monster, 50’s Sci-Fi tarot mashup that had to work as t-shirts and cards and it took me a while to figure out how to make that work visually. It’s not a clear design path so to make it cohesive and still feel like all the things required was the primary style struggle, gladly, I think I hit all the marks visually for Kurt’s concept.

All Indie: It seems that illustrating for t-shirt designs is your specialty. Is this the first time your illustrations will be used for cards?

Michael: Actually no, I do a lot of work for various government and education groups (I spent 5 years creating training at Kennedy Space Center so training has been another big aspect of my work over the last 25 years.)

I was involved in a project a few years ago for UCF and the US Army to design an overall layout and backing for training cards for US Army Combat Medics, they’re playing cards but also have training techniques that could be used as a separate game from traditional cards and set up field medic scenarios, it was a cool project, I also did the card back for the USMC Combat Hunters.

First time for tarot cards however.

All Indie: Some of the designs are incredible and have awesome detail, especially "The Lovers" design (which is my favorite). How did these concepts come to mind?

Michael: I’m not a traditional illustrator as my hand drawing skills have always been so-so and I never took to it but that never stopped me from wanting to do art and I ended up doing a lot of band flyers in the 80’s and 90’s, old school, cut and paste Xerox and tape. That collage style kind of creates limitations you have to work around, what images are available, what you have to try and say style wise, I like a kind of busy, layered, textured look but still holding onto that gritty copy machine, paste up feel so you have to balance all these elements and fill all the space but not distract.

Mostly the concepts fall into place after I go searching for ‘how’ to make the design, I usually have a vague idea but they design themselves after you get the pieces and see what’ll work together, that’s part of the fun for me, it’s kind of art chaos, the opposite of, ‘mastery’, I guess, I’m only kind of in control of the design, I like it that way, we duke it out.

All Indie: Some of the detail is so realistic that it appears as if you've drawn over real photos.

Michael: Back to the, ‘where the designs come from’, question, there’s a lot of overdraw but a lot of keeping it loose to the source materiel, I like that element of colliding styles and textures making a unified whole and will usually only overdraw to make a unified texture for the finished piece, kind of like the old masters varnish, I had a painter friend who said, ‘doesn’t matter what I make as long as the varnish goes on last and ties it all together’, there’s some truth to that.

All Indie: You have an impeccable resume. You've been commissioned to work some of the greatest music artists of all time like Areosmith, Neil Young, BB King, and many more. Who would you say was your favorite client and why?

Michael: I’d have to say my favorite client’s been Kurt, he likes running amok with the art, he pays and he’s a cool guy, after that, I did a bunch of designs for this whacky Christian company (ironic since I’m an atheist but hey, those guys have got some good art!)

He was an MMA trainer and former pro football player who decided he wanted to do like a religious version of, “Tap Out’ and ‘Affliction’ style shirts, kind of a tough guy, we beat you up for Jesus thing, it was another whackAmole mash up of concepts, he’d call at 3am with crazy ideas that should never, ever be made into t-shirts and somehow we’d make them work, giant gold chains with $100 bills and money symbolism all over with a bible verse condemning money, a giant champion belt printed at the waist line of a shirt with gold leaf, never print giant designs with gold leaf at the stomach level of a shirt, you make everybody look like a Star Bellied Sneetch.

The rock and roll stuff was all corporate and we had minimal input from the artists which was a drag but Steven Tyler & Joe Perry made it known they where pleased with my designs, I thought that was cool.

All Indie: What do you particularly like about the Psychobilly Tarot project?

Michael: It’s like pop culture Tetris, it’s really challenging to make the concept stay together and not fall apart into complete mayhem, it’s always a fun puzzle, I’d always wanted to do some sort of tarot something and this has really been the perfect way to do it, I love t-shirt art and all the elements in the concept so it made sense.

All Indie: If you don't mind me asking, what are some of the ideas that you have about the remaining 9 designs?

Michael: Stranger and more obscure, I like adding a lot of inside jokes/info into the designs so they work for a lot of people at a lot of levels, tarot people, Psychobilly, music, movie buffs, nerds and weirdos, something for everybody in a lunatic niche’.

All Indie: When do you anticipate a launch of the new Psychobilly Tarot products?

Michael: Please speak to our evil overlord Kurt, I just make the pretty pictures ;)

All Indie: For the official launch party, are you going to be in attendance to sign autographs and be apart of the fun?

Michael: If there are Mai Tai’s, pinup girls and those little pig in a blanket things, all to a Reverend Horton Heat soundtrack, absolutely, if not, yeah, still likely…

Find out more about Psychobilly Tarot:
Official Website: http://psychobillytarot.com
Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1049685103/the-psychobilly-tarot



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thurrock Film Festival introduces MMBF Under 18's Award

Thurrock International Film Festival will introduce the MMBF Under 18's Award at their festival this
 year. 2015's TIFF will take place between 9th-11th of October.

April 9, 2015 - Grays, Essex -- Announcing the award a spokesperson for international charity MMBF told us 'We are glad to announce our partnership with Thurrock International Film Festival, and we hope that through working with them we will be able to reach more young filmmakers and hard to reach aspiring actors'

MMBF Trust has been behind numerous projects worldwide to benefit and empower filmmakers, their most prominent being the 'MMBF Rising Star Award'. The private foundation was formed to tackle hardship for aspiring actors and filmmakers and it does so through grants and scholarships and by partnering with top industry organisations.

The MMBF (Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund) is a UK based international charity that supports filmmakers worldwide through training grants and bursaries, funding for first time filmmakers and provides sponsorship for film related events such as film festivals and film award ceremonies. The Trust was launched and is funded by 22year old film executive and philanthropist Matthew C. Martino.

Benjamin & Natalie Scarsbrook from TIFF said in a statement “We are thrilled to be partnering with the MMBF Trust. One of the key aims of the Thurrock International Film Festival is to provide opportunities for young filmmakers and to enhance their working knowledge of film. We believe that this partnership can only be a good thing for the young filmmakers of the area and indeed across the UK.”

Official website: www.mmbf.co.uk
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Martino_Benevolent_Fund

Friday, April 3, 2015

Exileration: An Experimental Documentary by Sabe Lewellyn

Over the past two years Sabe Lewellyn has created, conducted performances, and endurance challenges that explore time and beauty.​ Mo​re specifically he is interested in qualitative concepts​o​f boarders, transit, as well as more esoteric ideas like scapegoating, sin­eating,and soul­food.

Right now, Sabe is traveling to the U.S. National sea shore in the Gulf of Mexico to create art and draw its natural surroundings. To make this possible Sabe has created a Kickstarter to help fund his adventure. Money raised for this project will fund the camera and sound equipment to document his trip.


THE PROJECT

This project is a three part piece: the planning of the trip, the exile, and the creation of this film and other work for exhibit. This location has been under much stress by human hazards in recent years, such as the BP oil spill and the US Army Mustard Gas contamination. One of my goals is increasing the urgency and understanding of the fragile place we put ourselves in by neglecting our impact on the world.

THE ISLAND

Horn Island is an island within the Gulf Island National Seashore, that is only reachable by boat, and one of the barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Getting to the island will require that I hire a private ferry. And I will live on the park in primitive camping conditions.

BUDGET

The bulk of the expense is simply to cover the camera and sound equipment needed. But also factored in is boat prototyping materials and the supplies I will need to survive: tent, which I'm also designing, and food.

Here is a my pack list of supplies:
  • Tent
  • First Aid kit
  • Back pack
  • Bedding
  • Sunscreen, chapstick, nose sunblock, aloe vera
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Pancho, umbrella
  • Sea suds
  • Flash light
  • Personal canteen–––Camp Water Jug 21 gallons
  • Shovel
  • Eating utensils
  • Garbage bags (medium kitchen), light rope, Duck Tape 
The bulk of this Funds will actually be for:
  • Several Camera (probably Gopro)
  • Sound Equipement
  • Solar Charger
  • Gimbal (steady cam)
  • Drone
GREEN: ARMY NOT ECOLOGICAL

From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to all public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the U.S. Army.

Asbestos materials have been identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island known as The Chimney, which was operated from late 1943 to 1944 by the Department of War to test biological toxins.

In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sand nearby, Brown said.

In all, National Park Service officials are permanently closing 30 acres to the public and park rangers. This area also includes the Big Lagoon.

"There is literature that suggests mustard containers were brought into the water. That was a prudent way to store mustard gas at the time because it doesn't mix with water," said Cmdr. Brian L. Cook, environmental and sustainability manager with the Public Health Service, National Park Service, out of the Atlanta, Ga., office.

While asbestos has shown to be a cancer causing agent, mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems, Cook said.

The military is in the process of destroying any reserves of the chemical, he said.


MORE ABOUT SABE

October 2012 Sabe went without sleep for 40 hours. During 24 hours, 17:00 day 1 to 17:00 the next day, he was confined to an area where he constantly created artwork. The preoccupations during his career are questioning qualities focusing primarily on beauty and time. Often his installations are a collection of recycled and found objects that are collaged with cast acrylic paint. Using these he constructs a composition inspired from the everyday experiences from walking through the urban environment of Seattle as well as his more extreme performances. Sabe has exhibited throughout the USA, as well as Berlin, and London. His work will be on exhibit in “New York Now!” in NYC during the Frieze Art Fair.

Go to the KICKSTARTER at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/327835297/exileration-king-of-the-raccoons

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fastest Rising Artist, Walla's new single "101" debuts on Spotify with over 1.2 million listens

Walla - Photo by Jody Fine
3-time award winner, Walla releases their latest single, "101" on January 20. Walla’s new single debuts on Spotify’s Top 10 New Music List with over 1.2 million plays inside of four weeks and listed as the “Fastest Rising Artist" on Last.fm.

February 18, 2015 - Los Angeles, Calif - Not since the release of their hit single "Nature" in 2013 has their been such a "buzz" for a single release. "101" can be heard on several radio stations like KROQ 106.7 FM, WLSO 90.1 FM, 92.7 BIG FM, KGUP 1065 FM, and several college radio stations including CSUF, USC, and many more!

On Monday, February 23, Walla will perform at FREE show at The Mint in Los Angeles, CA for Hot
Tub Johnnie’s HunnyPot. Doors open at 7pm and event goes on until 1:30am. This is an All Ages event. Performances include John Anderson, Billy Gottlieb, Mark Foley, Ryworlf, Ireesh Lal, Hollywood Jane Review (Burlesque show), An0maly, and Hunnypot Dance Party.

Location:
6010 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

About Walla:
Formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths.

Listeners describe WALLA as Alternative, Indie pop, synth-based, retro-influenced, indie rock, or something along those lines. Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues. Nevertheless WALLA continued to press on and eventually ranked #1 on Hypem.com, #6 on FMQB Radio Charts, landed press from Billboard, MTV to USA Today and Nylon Magazine. They were also invited to share the stage with one of the members of Depeche mode, worked with Grammy winning producers, and "zoned" out to a collaborative sound through multiple mediums from radio to the more obscure. "But still our goal since conception has never changed: to keep doing music out of a passion and pure love for it. The longer we can do it, the better, and the more people who can help and support our journey, the more we keep going."

In 2013, WALLA won their first accolade for Best Indie Rock Artist at the 2nd Annual Artists In Music Awards, then repeated during the 3rd annual and took home two more awards including Best Alternative Artist at Universal City, CA on February 7th, 2014. WALLA looks to repeat for 3rd year in a row at Season IV of the Artists In Music Awards in 2015.

Picasso once said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Despite legal, economical, and financial challenges, WALLA continues to face that problem head on, going face first into the mysteriously inconceivable abyss. "Just like our songs, we never know where WALLA will take us next and we admit, we like it that way."

INSTRUMENTATION
Jonathan Hoonch Kim - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Gabriel Nava Rodrigues - Synths/Backing Vocals
Ian Charlie - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Mauricio "Moebeats" Carcamo - Bass
Alessio Balsemin - Drums

DISCOGRAPHY
2015 - The Kids Are Alright (March 10, 2015)
2014 - Gangsters of Suburbia EP
2013 - Nature EP
2012 - Animal of Love EP

Connect with Walla:
Official Website www.thewallaband.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWallaBand
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thewallaband
INSTAGRAM http://instagram.com/thewallaband
SOUNDCLOUD https://soundcloud.com/thewallaband

For interviews, appearances, and event bookings, contact agent@lainpr.com

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Album Review: Turning Points by Oren Yaacoby

There seem to be very few musicians that can truly be said to defy genre boundaries, and the ones that do are often, for better or for worse, labeled as “session musicians”, a term that is, sadly, all too often taken to mean someone lacking in musical personality or vision. Oren Yaacoby is perhaps the very definition of someone who proves how misguided this attitude is, and his debut album, Turning Points, is a case in point.

 A quick online search reveals that Oren has an incredibly rich and versatile background. When first perusing the internet to hear more of this incredible artist's work, I had to double check that all the mentions of “Oren Yaacoby” where in fact talking of the same person. On the one had, his work has included playing lead guitar for the by-now-legendary Missing in Action, an Israeli Metal-Core band that came into prominence with their first performance at the 2010 Wacken Open Air Festival, alongside Slayer and Iron Maiden. Yet he has also played in a huge variety of other settings, including The Paintbrush Orchestra (a free jazz influenced Soundpainting ensemble based out of Boston), and recording for several major T.V series and movies (most notably CBS's The Crazy Ones and Fox's Enlisted), as well as a myriad of other jazz ensembles.

Yet perhaps whats most amazing about Oren's playing in all of these different settings is that he does what so few manage to do – to play in manner that is faithful and true to a genre, while always maintaining that honest personal tinge that makes a performance truly great. Nothing I have heard from his vast catalog has in any shape of form felt disingenuous or forced, yet it has all managed to sound like the same person is playing with the same level of care and craftsmanship. That is truly no small feat and the mark of a true artist.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Oren Yaacoby's debut album, Turning Points, hardly feels like a debut album at all. Rather, what we are hearing here is a fully formed, mature artist at his finest. The five tracks all feel like the work of a veteran songwriter, and every aspect of this album, be it the lyrics, the incredible showmanship of guitar technicality (more on that later), or the refined production, hints at an magnum opus that will hold up after many repeated listens. The opening track, “The Alchemist” is a beautiful and personal ode to the craft of music itself, and sets a reverent mood for the entire album, which remains strong even through moments of intense energy and complex guitar lines, such as the almost progressive “Truth on the Outside”, a teeth-grinding, keeps-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat tour de force. Also worthy of note is Oren's vocal work, which is strong and poignant through-out.

I would be amiss to write anything about Turning Points or any of Oren Yaacoby' work without
mentioning the incredible level of technical guitar mastery. And while that is usually hardly something worth mentioning in an album review, in this case, it feels like a beautiful and integral part of the music itself. Rather than feeling like a stale display of technic, as can often happen when one reaches this level of familiarity with an instrument, one gets the feeling that we are hearing an artist push himself to the limit of what he can do, trying to find something new and beautiful. The incredibly fast, complex and clean guitar work on the album is absolutely flooring, but somehow manages to always remain exciting and musically relevant.

This is one album that is not to be missed, certainly one of the freshest and most exciting releases to come out this year. I know I will be talking about it to pretty much everyone I know, and I wouldn't be surprised if very soon you will be too.

Find more of Oren Yaacoby
Official website: http://www.orenyaacoby.com
Bandcamp: https://orenyaacoby.bandcamp.com/album/turning-points 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orenyaacobymusic

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WaveCat - A New Kind Playlisting Making a Comeback: Interview with Steve Biddick

Wave.cat is a music streaming, play list building service that acts as a 'second-skin' for Soundcloud and Youtube. It allows users to build unlimited playlists using freely available tracks and offers 100% uninterrupted playback without any advertisements. Every playlist on wave.cat is hand-picked by a community of real people - not faceless computer algorithms. wave.cat users search for their favorite tracks from YouTube & Soundcloud and create new playlists to share with a growing community. An intuitive drag-and-drop interface allows users to easily build and structure playlists in a matter of seconds, arranging the music however they wish.

Wave.cat features:
-An intuitive drag-and-drop interface
-internal search functions for YouTube and SoundCloud
-100% free with no ads or interruptions
-Unlimited playback
-Long playlists mixed by professionals and every day users
-Cat-like memory that remembers the last song you listened to in each playlist
-User customised channels and playlists
-Sharing and collaborative functions for community driven music

Wave.cat is the brainchild of Pedro Esperan├ža, a workaholic programmer and music lover who likes to listen while he works. Pedro noticed an annoying trend that was hampering his daily music fix - he always had to choose a new song at some point, which meant stopping his to work to find a new track. He looked for playlists to remedy the problem but these almost always came with advertisements, which sullied the listening experience. Pedro used Dropbox to create a 'website' of streaming music, asking his friends to contribute and set up “a great playlist” for him to enjoy while working. The playlist was a big success and soon spread outside of his circle of friends, eventually earning up to 2000 visits per-day. People were listening. To invite further collaboration, Pedro decided to make wave.cat – a free playlist building platform for everybody to use.

Steve Biddick of Omerta Game Ltd got involved with Wave.cat in July 2014.

Interview with Steve Biddick of Wavecat

So, for those that aren't familiar with WaveCat, please explain what WaveCat is. What inspired you to create WaveCat and how long ago did you start this project?

Steve: We have three offices - a UK one, a Hong Kong one and a dev lab in Lisbon, Portugal. We listen to music all of the time and have a diverse range of genre interests. Discussion about 'what constitutes good music' lead to many agreements and disagreements, eventually that there was a need for a playlist sharing method with no whistles and bells. WaveCat is made from those discussions.

Workaholic programmer Pedro Esperanca made the first cat, putting a few files he owned on dropbox and making a simple webpage to serve these. Anyone in the office could open and play the page. Pedro didn't want to keep choosing new songs, which meant stopping to work to find new tracks. Playlists on other sites are littered with annoying advertisements (in the Chinese office these are in Cantonese and none of us speaks that language) We didn't want ads in playlists in the office. We eventually got a bit tired of the Dropbox playlist, and asked some musical friends to collaborate in setting up a better one. They really liked the visual format and set up four libraries of recordings, which we also hosted on Dropbox. These lists can all be found at http://wavecat.wave.cat - so that the collaborators could listen too, we put it on the web.

There was a big local response in Portugal - with the list going locally viral via Facebook. Soon we were getting 2000 visits per-day. People were listening. To invite further collaboration, we decided to make the current version of wave.cat – a search-engine based free playlist-building platform for anyone can use. 

 Seeing the huge potential of this 'second skin' type website, after Pedro moved to a new project, working for a different company, Omerta Game ltd CEO bought the site in July '14. 
 Neat fact: as the money transfer completing the purchase of wave.cat went through, Steve was just touching down in Catalonia, where the .cat TLD is based.

What makes WaveCat different from other Playlisting websites and why is this one better?

Steve: Wave.cat is a 'second-skin' for Soundcloud and Youtube (we plan to add more services as we grow, but those two have the biggest online repository on the web, so a good place to begin. Search Engines are 'second skins' too (Second skin websites were predicted by David Gelernter in his seminal book 'Mirror worlds', published in 1991). What it means is that the content is elsewhere, or 'lots of elsewhere's' and then collected together in a neat visual format by wave.cat for relay to consumers, but leaving out the bloat and spam, both visually (banner ads and leadins to other parts of those websites) and audiably (playable ads). Wave.cat replaces these with an awesome neat visual format, drag and drop UX and without all the trimmings. Another advantage is 'social music sharing' - wavecat playlists are sharable with other users. We have teams of DJs putting together playlists from club nights gone by, playlists made by all members of a band and friends just sharing tunes they love, or sometimes loved years ago. We are making it easier to share curated lists of music, between friends and friends of friends. Plus we have an 8-bit cat and a cat wearing shades for our logo. What's not to like?

In comparison to Spotify and Pandora, how is WaveCat’s sound quality?

Steve: Sound quality at-source depends on the tunes you pick when you are making your wave.cat. You will find that when a tune on YouTube is a poor recording, there are typically multiple instances available - when I make a list I sometimes go through two or three before I find the one I like.

As already mentioned wavecat isn't a steaming service. See it a s prettified search engine for music, cross-platform, with savable, sharable results. We think that's different.

Roughly how many songs does WaveCat have and how many songs per day are added to your database?

Steve: Add up all the recordings on SoundCloud and YouTube...

Everybody thinks the cat is cool, even (Wiki inventor) Ward Cunningham saw the potential. That was a big moment for the team. We are geeks. It was a 'we are not worthy' moment (like when Wayne and Garth in 'Wayne's World' meet Alice Cooper and throw themselves down at his feet).

What are some of the best features of WaveCat and why WaveCat would make people drop their current music platform?

Steve:
• No signup
• No ads
• Clean visual interface
• Smooth UX
• Shit-easy to make a playlist (you can dump a playlist URL from YT or SC and ALL of the tunes on that list appear on your new wavecat)*

We suggest you try that - register at wavecat, start a new playlist, open SoundCloud or YouTube, grab the playlist of your choice, drop it's pagelink into the Cat and choose a groovy background image.

Really - try this - you will see that a fantastic looking new playlist is made and ready for sharing in seconds.

We also have a great mix of user and professionally curated playlists, you can choose from these and play without ever being nagged to sign up.

Now, these playlists are created by fans, correct? For the unusual tastes, does WaveCat cater to people that love Anime and video game music?

Steve: Sure - there are some K-Pop and J-Pop lists in there and all sorts of oddities. You are limted only by imagination.

Make that list for is if it is something that you love. We want to hear it! In fact, I'll personally send a free air guitar to the first person who sets that up.

Currently, is Wavecat mobile friendly? Is there an app? If not, how soon do you think it will his come out of development and get into the hands of fans?

Steve: This is the current project - An Android app version is being tested for beta release soon. I can't give an exact date yet, but I can tell you it'll totally rock (and dance, and jazz or even Anime.)

An iOS version will follow. We are kind of in stealth mode for now while these apps are being made. If you are reading this on a phone and wonder why wave.cat does not work on your phone, launch it in a browser - it will soon!

What are some things that music lovers can expect from WaveCat in 2015?

Steve: The app. The app and the app. Then we will add some new services and expand all the sharing stuff. More WCOD (Wave cat of the day) lists from new bands and celeb bands alike.

We're currently promoting musicians who we have ties to via social media, particularly encouraging those who have made a WC to promote their band or brand. Some more experienced bands have featured (OK, Go! Pomplamoose) and some up and coming ones like Lake Street Drive.

Take a look at the blog to see our recently published WCOTD's, ranging from underground hip hop to chart-busting pop: http://blog.wave.cat/

We will also add some revolutionary stuff to boost sharing

Find more of Wavecat
Official Website: www.wave.cat
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wavecatmusic
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Launching of Songwriter Connect to Help Talented Songwriters Worldwide


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Songwriter Connect has been launched, with this platform already having several members who are successful songwriters with top hits in the US and Canada. Slots are filling fast as the platform will only be accepting 500 members.

The site is inviting songwriters, composers and other musicians to get connected with the music industry and apply for membership free of charge. Membership is austerely limited to accommodate 500 talented members and all applications will go through a strict application process. Songwriter Connect membership includes the following:

• Pitching opportunities for artist’s placements
• Pitching opportunities for TV and Film
• Free resources for songwriting
• Discounted songwriter services
• Music and songwriting industry news

Be among of the first fortunate users of this new website which connects songwriters and composers to become well established. The music industry can really be hard to penetrate where composers and songwriters take long years just to have a grand break in the market. Hence, Songwriter Connect is establishing a new way to help these people who want to make it through this kind of industry and make their names be known worldwide. This latest platform will feature several opportunities for music creators to pitch their song to industry contacts looking for a specific sound. Whether an A&R agent is looking for the next hit of Ariana Grande or Justin Timberlake or a label is looking for the debut single of an upcoming artist, you will find the pitching opportunity at Songwriter Connect.

The benefit for members is that, if accepted there is no submission fee for each pitch and members will not compete with 1000s of other music creators for one opportunity as only 500 members that had been screened are accepted to be part of Songwriter Connect.

Explore the opportunities and sign in contracts, by just showing a unique talent in writing and composing. Apply for membership and let the world hear a magical sound that will make a change. Songwriter Connect is the right place to be!

### For those who are interested about Songwriter Connect, they may visit www.songwriter-connect.com or email them at info@songwriter-connect.com for more details.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Milky Chance and Tegan and Sara make the list of Top Rated Music Artists of 2014

2014 was a spectacular year for music and the Los Angeles based indie radio station known as KGUP 1065 FM "The Emerge Radio Networks" as they reached new heights and have expanded across the world.

Over the course of nearly 2 years, the radio station has been growing exponentially and can be heard on many radio networks across the globe. The Indie-Alternative radio station has grown so rapidly, they had to dedicate an entire page to show and support all 16-radio networks that play and endorse KGUP.

In 2014, KGUP has come across some familiar faces and discovered some of the most amazing emerging artists from the independent music community. One independent artist in particular goes by the name of Sono Vero. Sono Vero took the Number 1 spot for the Most Requested Artist in 2013 and held on to the top spot well into 2014 for 18 weeks straight.

Below is a list of the Top Rated Artists of 2014. This data is based on the total number of listeners tuned in for a particular song and have performed the best throughout the year.

Moving into 2015, a congratulations to this weeks Most Requested Artist of the Week, LP. Her song “Tokyo Sunrise” has maintained the Number 1 spot for the 5th week in a row and is the first artist to be Number 1 in 2015.

Listen for yourself and you'll discover why KGUP is becoming one of the best radio stations for independent music by going to www.kgup1065.fm and www.kgup1065.com or listen on your smart phone or your hybrid/electric vehicle by tuning on TuneIn. Search for "KGUP".

Request your favorite songs by calling or texting at 206-736-9698

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Giving Artists a New Reach: Interview with Justyn Brodsky


Artist Reach is a company that offers Professional Artist Development & Elite Music Industry  Services while cutting out the middle man, "consultants", or people in the Business you potentially may be wasting money with. We are a direct source, and best of all, we are founded and operated by Professional Musicians--guaranteeing you top results based on our decades of hands-on experience on stage, and off stage; and our online presence demonstrates that our following grows daily, and sustains absolute loyalty among those that have connected/networked with it.

Interview with Justyn Brodsky of Artist Reach 

So, are you the founder and CEO of Artist Reach?

Justyn: I am. The company originally started in Spring 2013 under the name The Pact Music Society. But after successfully being offered a grant (along with the help of Digital Music News, Electric Kiwi, Sony, and the Agency Group), some development of new ideas, more crowdfunding, and an enormous response on our social media platforms...we became Artist Reach in Spring 2014 after investors exercised the idea of a name change.

Tell us how the company started. What made you decide you wanted to help artists?

Justyn: helping Artists is something I've always been prone to ever since becoming an Artist myself. God knows since music coming into my life at age 3 (I have pictures to prove this!), it's been quite the journey. I've watched the Music Business evolve, I've watched myself evolve with it, I've watched the trends and the genres go through their changes; I've always made sure to pay close attention to what's going on so I can not just keep up with the essence of times, but find my window to possibly get ahead of it somehow. Do something or acquire something in the industry that hasn't been touched on yet. Differentiation, if you will. You can always play it safe, do something that's already been done and do it well...but with Artist Reach and the audience I've built, I'm yearning to find that key factor of differentiation. Kinda like inventing, or reinventing. But helping Artists simply is something from the heart. I wanna inspire others the same way I was inspired.

What exactly do you do and why would an artist want you to represent them? 

Justyn: I operate, facilitate, and run the Company in all aspects ranging from the business side of things, consultation, teaching up to 5 instruments, and do whatever I can to make sure Artist Reach is always active and making new friends, colleagues, connections, etc. Why us? Because like said, we are dynamically run by professional musicians only. Currently there are 7 of us, myself included. Our experience in many music fields on high levels makes all the difference from your average Music Business "Network" or Music Lesson "Program". We lived and breathed the music fields for years, and continue to do so. We also personalize this experience and don't shy away from or "screen" Artists that wanna be involved because of lack of experience, knowledge of the industry, or heavy extensive touring. We have seen so many Artists start from the bottom and rise. That's why we don't discriminate. If the Artist's drive and work ethic is there along with the will to invest themselves into their career, that's where we can play the best role. Your Artist Development.

There are so many companies that claim to get artists exposure, but in the end, they seem to only take a lot of money with little results. What separates your company from all the other Artist Development companies?

Justyn: We charge our services based on the Artist's needs, their goals, and what they are striving to gain without emptying their wallets. We work with budgets and aren't afraid to show some results first before we charge someone a full quote. Our consultation is always free, and we utilize our skills and experiences combined with your needs and goals as an Artist. And I guess even though it's already been said, the biggest thing that makes us different is the fact that we are a company of professional musicians with elite skills in almost any industry field.

What has Artist Reach done? What are some of your success stories?

Justyn: We have successfully obtained grants from industry investors, 5 star reviews from many customers and affiliates, reviews and interviews on other popular music Zines and Websites, over 150,000 followers on Twitter, over 25,000 Facebook Likes, over 10,000 LinkedIn Connections, a great word-of-mouth following, and countless valuable connections and friendships.

I read your profile and it says that you work for Saturday Night Live. Are you still working for SNL and how is that experience?

Justyn: this is my 3rd season working in audio there. It's not year round, but the best thing about that is it looks great on the resume'. And you get to work with so much talent in the production stages. Unfortunately, I don't get to hang out with celebrities, but the staff and co-workers are some of the most genuine people I've ever met. I learn something new and make great memories every season I get to work in that studio. It's an amazing environment.

Since you are on the inside, have you ever tried to get your clients on the show and have you succeeded? How hard is it to get on these kinds of late night shows?

Justyn: Unfortunately I don't pull that kind of weight. But the advice I was given on many occasions is to make sure I give the producers a reason (or several) to keep them letting me come back to work on the next season. The longer you stay, the more you're looked at as family...and you never know what opportunities may come along! But so far, no one I've recommended or suggested has gotten on the show yet. But I'm always encouraged to submit new talent, and to keep discovering.

What are some of your future goals for Artist Reach and what can we expect in the coming months and years?

Justyn: Expect a very large Network of dedicated Artists with the strive to get to that next level with our help. I hope to open a bigger office, obtain more exclusive investment, and be able to do this full time where I can make this into a living, and have the position to provide a full schedule of services to any Artist looking for the best price for the best results.

Find more of Artist Reach:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtistReachOfficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ArtistReach
Tumblr: artistreach.tumblr.com