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What Day is It?
Daily Archives: September 13, 2010
This is a very interesting story of how one indie band became successful solely off of the power of the internet and their own drive and ingenuity. Def worth reading. The only problem I have with this author is that she promotes the idea of getting signed to a label as the ultimate end goal for artists. I obviously think that getting signed is a terrible idea and I would not suggest that anyone do so. If you need some reasons why, check out the chart we posted on the homepage today. We also have better alternative solutions being tested now, so don’t think we’re just hating.
How They Did It…
Greg explained that they decided to make a full time business out of their band. Everyday at 9 AM, three of the four members met in what they called “The War Room,” which was a room reserved in one of their homes. They took it seriously, just like a job, and every day they would set simple goals.
“In the beginning we really did not know what we were doing,” Greg recalls. “The daily goal was to make the maximum amount of friends on MySpace, which is 400 a day. Between three of us, that was 133 each.” Here’s how it went from there.
Step 1: Find sound alikes – famous bands similar to you.
They started by looking at similar bands in their genre that had large friends lists at MySpace. Dashboard Confessional, for example. They would go and they would ping each and every friend in Dashboard Confessional’s friends list…
Read more: 12 Steps to iTunes Success
This guy has some crazy cool stuff on his site. ToddGreen.com
This is the latest collaboration/creation with luthier Fred Carlson, which is the culmination of an idea I had to combine a nylon-string baritone guitar neck (tuned low to high B, E, A, D, b, e) with a small Chinese Gu Zheng-type section with 11 strings. With the special tuners that Fred designed (photo on L), each string has a tuning range, on either side of the bridge, of about a minor 3rd. The strings can be bent in a Gu Zheng-like style by pushing on the string behind the tuner or on the opposite side of the bridge of the string plucked. The instrument has Brazilian Rosewood sides and back and a cedar top. The blend of the baritone range and the Gu Zheng strings is just magnificent! Another unique feature is the low profile, L-shaped capos (middle photo) that utilize a hole at the intersection of almost every string and fret. The L-shaped capos are pushed in and turned, holding the string at that position. The main baritone neck has modern “friction” tuners. They look and feel like traditional friction tuners (i.e. Cello or Oud) but are actually mechanical inside (photo on R.)