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Indie Music Blog Comparison [INFO]

Rub-A-Dub-Dubbb (http://rub-a-dub-dubbb.com)

  • Uses: New music, videos, and interviews.
  • Genre Info: Dubstep and Electro
  • Ad Annoyance: No Ads
  • Reach (target): Dubstep fans. Nothing to far out of this genre.
  • General Info: From the site: This site aims to help artists with promotion and exposure and may also show you some cool shit along the way.
  • Blog Contact Info: rubadubdubbb@hotmail.com

 

One Track Mind (http://one-track-mind.com)

  • Uses: “Music Discovery Made Easy, One Song at a Time.”
  • Genre Info: Any
  • Ad Annoyance: Banner Ad at the top and a 300×250 on the right sidebar. The ads use products to promote music related events. They are flash ads that expand when you roll over them. In a bad positions for that technology so it becomes quite annoying if you’re browsing.
  • Reach: Music lovers
  • General Info: One Track Mind is a daily music blog which spotlights a different individual song each day. Each featured track is critically assessed and open to discussion via user ratings and comments.
  • Blog Contact Info: email.otm@gmail.com

 

Weve Got The Jazz (http://wevegotthejazz.com)

  • Uses: Independent artist videos, music and news.
  • Genre Info: Hip-Hop and rap
  • Ad Annoyance: Banner and 300×250 (top and sidebar) Completely irrelevant to what the site is about. Definitely annoying.
  • Reach (target): Hip-Hop lovers
  • General Info: WGTJ helps spread the news along with the hits from the independent hiphop world, helping promote the newest and/or best musician.
  • Blog Contact Info:

 

Jonk Music (http://jonkmusic.com)

  • Uses: “Everyday a song from around the web.”
  • Genre Info: All Independent Music
  • Ad Annoyance: No Ads
  • Reach (target): Music Blog Lovers (Indie Music)
  • General Info: Jonk music promotes independent artists by posting a new song everyday from indie music blogs all over the web. They also do a good job referencing the blogs where the song was found, so it is a great place to find more indie music blogs similar to itself.
  • Blog Contact Info:
    • Twitter: @jonkmusic
    • Facebook: jonkmusic
    • Email: jonkmusic@gmail.com

 

By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

How Tech is Changing the Tone of Music as We Know it


Here I’m going to introduce you to 4 music technologies in particular that have already begun to change the music landscape as we know it. Let’s get right into it.

The Cubes:

First we have Percussa’s Audio Cubes. They’re some of the coolest new music making “instruments” out right now. Here’s how they work, straight from Percussa’s website:

“Each AudioCube is identical. You connect them with a USB cable to your computer, one after the other, and assign a colour and behaviour. After that, they work wirelessly with each other, and use their four onboard infrared sensors to communicate and measure distances to objects nearby. One cube stays connected, to pass the information from the cubes to the software on your computer.”  More Here.

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5 Tips for Advertisers to Better Engage Their Customers


In the world of real-time updates, and endless barrages of information, it’s more important than ever for companies to engage with their customers. Online marketing is one of the best ways to do this. This means keeping a couple of things in mind.

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The Beat-Play Experiment – Entry 2

This is an exciting time for the crew. We’re finalizing all of the little bits and pieces of Beat-Play. By the time we’re ready to launch, hopefully in May, we’ll have everything we need in place to help our beta testers begin the journey of successfully promoting their music online, and independently. It’s coming..

We are very busy, but it’s a lot of fun.

We’ve been going back through all of the amazing designers that we interviewed in Colombia. There were 18 total. Honestly they are some of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen and I want to use all of them!

They’ll be doing work for the backgrounds of Beat-Play, which change every time you refresh the page, and they’ll also be doing the ads, which aren’t your standard everyday annoying banner ads. We’re all about the art.

We just had an awesome interview with MWL artist Lisa Lavie. She’s had incredible success on Youtube, being the #34th most subscribed of all time, with millions and millions of views. She talks a lot about her career, and her views about the industry. She’s madd cool and epitomizes Music Without Labels. The interview should be up sometime this week.

We also have some other awesome interviews in the works including a video interview in Spanish with a hot Colombian artist Lilith, an English video interview with one of the leaders of an awesome independent movement going on in Medellin, Colombia, and a written interview with a really talented indie artist over in South Korea who calls himself Silvercord.

He used to live in Cali but now lives over there. I met him on thesixtyone.com and he actually did a little bit of mastering work for me and my friend. He’s going to talk to us about the music scene over there to try and give us a wider view of the situation for indie artists as a whole, around the world. I’m really excited for that.

Also this week we’ll begin filming a new online show that we’ll be starting called Beat-Play Harmonics. It’ll feature indie music videos, interviews, live performances, industry discussions, and a lot more. The first couple episodes will mostly just include music videos, kinda like MTV when they first started, except strictly independent/unknown artists, and we’ll never lose focus on the music. We have some awesome music videos lined up for that.

We also have Jasmine Sacarello, an up and coming actress who has conducted interviews for us before, doing some video blogs for us. We figure she’s more interesting to look at that us, and videos are a better way to get the information out. Definitely look for these posts coming up in the near future.

On top of all of this, most of us are starting to take some classes on the side. We’re all over the web doing constant research, and we’re on literally a couple thousand social networks as a whole, including a lot of smaller independent music based ones. We also go out to shows and take pictures and video and help the bands promote themselves. If you click the picture at the top it’ll take you to the most recent show pics, which will be updated again soon, and if you click the second pic it’ll take you to that band’s website..they’re an awesome laid back reggae band from CO named Apex Vibe.

Most of us have non-profit stuff we do on the side too. Dave Botero, marketing and ad sales, runs a handball program for kids in our area with the YMCA, called Hope in Handball, where a bunch of mentors play with the kids before and after school. He’s always looking for donations.

Right now I’m helping a friend of mine with a cool project. He’s actually an artist I met at a CD release party, Nashon Walker. I’m helping him put together a preview video of a TV show he’s trying to pitch.

It’s a combination reality show/flash back show that goes through the details of his rough past, from being abandoned, to parents on drugs, stealing, dealing, and jail, to going to college, marrying, getting a good job, having two kids, and starting his own mentorship programs and non-profits to help kids who have been through similar situations, and he’s not even 30 yet.

The reality part of the show follows him on his quest to bring real change to inner cities, and the other part shows flashbacks of his past acted out to show the contrast. It’s an awesome project I’m really happy to be working on. If you want to be involved, he’s looking for donations as well right now.

On top of that I’m still keeping track of the development process of Beat-Play which is moving along at a great pace, and I’m continuing to talk weekly to lawyers who are schooling me on copyrights and licensing.

Every once in a while I’ll even get some time to write some lyrics, and I’m planning on recording a mixtape pretty soon in my studio, which is about 30 ft from me right now, but I really haven’t had the time to put it all together yet, though the material is all there.

We’re also hammering out the ad model right now, which will be the main way that artists get paid on Beat-Play. We’re thinking there will be a set flat rate that we charge to advertisers, and if an artist reaches over a certain number of views, their ad space goes up in value, and we then give the artists 95% of the increase to their ad price..that’s on top of the flat fee.

There would be different levels, or brackets the artists would get placed in based on their views, and that would determine the price of their ads. The cool thing is the artists would get the majority of the money generated specifically from their views, after hitting a certain threshold, which Beat-Play’s promotion makes a lot easier to do. I would love to get feedback on this from some artists out there.

Also this week we marked the 250th artist to sign up to beta test on MusicWithoutLabels.com

That’s pretty much the full update of what’s goin on here at Beat-Play from our end. A lot of exciting stuff to look forward to, and great content to watch out for. We’re pretty stoked over here.

Ideas, comments, disses, encouragement always welcome. We’ll keep you posted.

Peace!

Entry by: Dante Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

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10 Sure as Sun Big Innovation Predictions for the next 20 Years in Tech

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Note: All predictions are based on a firm understanding of current technologies and the popular trends that seem to be prevalent. It is only by assuming that these trends will continue, that any actual predictions can be made. There are no real guarantees that anything will happen for certain, there are only conjectures.

I should also note that the following is in a particular order, and is meant to be viewed together, as separate pieces of one whole picture, assembled one at a time. Some of them need to be explained first in order to understand others.

1.Computer Imbedding– There will come a time, and I’m sure it’s not hard for you to imagine, where computer technology will become so flexible, that we will go crazy trying to figure out what we should integrate with it next.

Some probable solutions that I think will last will be the clear glass computers, such as in mirrors, shower walls, and cars. I suspect toilet will be a winner, and also probably even the walls of our homes, hopefully being merged with something like Rachel Armstrong’s Metabolic Materials.

Imagine waking up in the morning and watching your news while in the shower, or getting a jump on your emails, making a list, or putting in a coffee order down the street, all using much improved voice to text. Computers in everything? There may just be a point when we say “Why not?”

2. Free Streaming Content – This is a subject I talk a lot about. I know this is possible because I’ve designed a solution that creates an environment where the more users access and share the content, the more ad revenues the content creator gets. This is done using more creative ad model methods than the currently standard, annoying and obtrusive ad model used online. My model also includes a similarly reciprocal process of promotion, like an automated word of mouth between friends on a social network.

3. Open Browsers – The browsing experience online will be completely different. Everything will be super organized, and super custom. Since intellectual property will no longer be an issue, remixing and sharing of things like apps, whole websites, and of course any entertainment media, will be completely open to the public. The best content and apps will rise and get shared a lot, and the not so good ones won’t, kinda like a virtual Darwin evolution. People will be able to combine the pieces of their favorite sites into one site and be able to share their breakthroughs in efficiency, with better designs arriving all the time, and with the people doing the work getting rewarded justly for their efforts. Innovation, efficiency, and developing the most useful and valuable tools will be full time, self-employed jobs online, along with all aspects of entertainment, in the not so distant future.

4.3D Virtual Environment Integration – Once virtual technology advances a little bit further into the mainstream, you will see a huge shift in how our societies are structured. This is where you might really start feeling like you’re in the future. With 3D virtual environments, and something as simple as peripheral vision glasses with some sort of amazingly clear fractal image technology, interacting with the world will be completely re-defined.

Say hello to the Matrix, or Avatar meets Grand Theft Auto(without the gangs – course, you can’t die anyway). With amazingly real graphics, everyday tasks can be transformed. A person’s movements could be tracked (again maybe using Rachel Armstrong’s technology fuzed with wall censors) which could be cool for things like sports or other games. You almost can literally do anything you want. You can be on a roller coaster, while in your living room, or you could walk over the middle of the grand canyon looking down, if you had the guts. Almost anything is possible, including 3D social networks and teleportation or worm-hole graphic travel from website to website.

For practical purposes, Virtual 3D technology could put an end to retailers having to have actual stores. In addition to movement and touch, eventually even smells and tastes will come into play, and already have begun to. Store clerks & cashiers at the stores can still be real people, and they can simply oversee the transactions and help people with any specific questions.

One of the coolest possibilities is whole city maps that can be re-created in a virtual environment using pictures, building plans, maps, and infrastructure schematics. People can walk down the same streets, can gather for events in a city from ANYWHERE In the world, walk into the same stores, get the same experiences, but more efficiently. If this happened there would be no need for the sheer number of business related buildings.

Going green can mean going virtual for a company. It cuts down on overhead, cuts travel expenses, its makes the company look good, it’s more efficient and convenient for customers by a lot, and it expands access immensely. The result would be the land once occupied by business, to be occupied only by people and people dependent services like food, mail, doctors, ect. The land could be cleared of concrete and can open up space for much more nature, gardens, farms, protected lands, or recreational areas.

Traffic to high profile areas will be cut, thus less death due to travel, and less pollution. People would not need to walk home from work, or take a taxi, or really leave their houses other than to travel, meet with friends, eat out, enjoy life, ect. If the hour is bad for a run, the option to stay at home and do it safely is there. City crime will cut tremendously, also due to the surge in jobs online, which will also cut stress, and the greener landscapes will provide better scenery. “Inner Cities” will go from being claustrophobic, to completely out in the open. Also with this technology, you would see the true meaning of World Trade, as shopping in different countries becomes incredibly easier and more reassuring.

The home office will rule. You can go to work and even realistically interact with co-workers, all while at home. People already use second life for things like school and retail. This transformation to 3D Virtual worlds I believe will begin in the next 20 years, but let’s hope that when it does we don’t leave a bunch of empty skyscrapers sitting around rotting.

5.Same-Day Delivery Online Shopping – With everything now being purchased virtually, from food to clothes, it will all have to get delivered right to your house. The biggest problem right now is shipping time and cost. I suspect the solution to this lies in big warehouses. With retail businesses already not needing physical stores, warehouses are the only necessity. I visualize a model where local delivery services like FedEx or DHL start renting out stock room space and delivering to every street everyday, like regular mail. Imagine the time this could save. You could put in a grocery order from lunch at work, and have it at your house in time to get home and make dinner. You wouldn’t have to waste the time stopping by a store, waiting in line, and getting stuck for a second time in rush hour. This would also have a positive effect on the environment, leaving cars off of the road for longer, and it could cut down on accidents. The delivery vehicles could also be electric or some sort of hydrogen harnessing water powered vehicle. Another way the internet can literally save lives, and maybe even our planet.

6.Flying Automated Cars – This will represent another huge breakthrough for our society. It would free up any time spent traveling for other, more productive things, and it also would mean faster speeds, faster arrivals, and more practical long distance trips. People would never really get lost, and accidents would be reduced dramatically. There’d be no rush hour or no traffic. The world really would be a less stressful place.

You’ve seen the Discovery Channel show.. Cars would all talk to each other and would be able to make sure they never come in contact with each other, like automated air traffic controlers. These technologies are already being realized. Rumor has it that the U.S. government has even already started designing air vehicle licenses, but who knows for sure. With this notch on our belts, I’d say we’d be pretty deep into future culture at this point.

7. Blogosphere Awakening – Basically this is an information revolution that begins by bloggers taking over as the main source for news worldwide. I believe this will happen as better technologies are developing in the fields of home production, film and sound recording. I see there being a trend more towards vlogging as time goes on. Having bloggers be the main source of news would just mean more sources. More choices and opinions represented, rather than the usual 2 or 3 that are represented on traditional news networks, and more information for which to base one’s own opinion.

The premise for the new model is simple. It’s like books on tape. Listening to a book is always faster than actually reading it. It’s no different with a blog. Blogs transformed into Vlogs would allow users to get through more information faster, and actually feel a relief from the overwhelming flows of information that they want desperately to absorb in a manner that will one day be referred to as “as old school as an actual book.”

Just right now I have about 16 tabs open in Chrome, all blogs that I want to read later. Imagine if I could press play, and all of them would play in the order I put them in, and I could be listening to them now as I type this, instead of having to read it all later, each on a different website. Trust me, this technology will be out sooner than you think 😉 (don’t be surprised if you see some vlogs coming from this blog in the future).

8. Wirelessly Charging Devices – There are rumors of Apple creating an iPhone that is powered by solar technology. This is truly the wave of the future. There are also some crazy technologies that supposedly allow you to get a charge from a WiFi connection somehow. And who knows, Tesla could have been up to something when he built those big towers to harness energy from the earth’s magnetic fields. This technology could prove to be so important, especially for emergency situations, that it’s my guess that we will gain significant ground in this area within the next 20 years, and the solutions are already beginning to emerge.

9. Global Wireless Internet Access – This is something that’s benefits are so tremendous, that 20 years from now, with all of our capabilities, we would be negligent not to do it. Especially with wireless devices charging from solar or magnetic fields, having a working device with global wireless not only would mean the TV show Lost wouldn’t have lasted more than a week, but even while they were waiting to be rescued, they would have been pretty well entertained. In addition to emergency situations, global WiFi could help connect a range of devices together to talk to one another, further the reach and expanse of knowledge and information all over, and especially transform areas mostly cut off, into areas with new opportunities and resources. It’s the World truly connected.

10. Wireless Everything– I’m sure you’ve all seen the TED video about Wireless Electricity. If not, give that a look. This technology really isn’t far off. It’s hard to think of now, but just take a look around the room. Look at all of the wires coiling and protruding from every corner. If you’re like me and are into music recording and production, you know, when you move a studio, or need to re-set one up, you’re literally up to your neck in cords. We don’t think about it now, but we really are in the dark ages still relatively speaking. 20 years from now they’re going to be looking at wires with looks as baffled as when we look at old telephone switchboards from the 50’s and 60’s, with the huge matrices of connections horribly branched out all over the place and the terrible inefficiency and complication. Wireless…is just a no brainer.

So that’s it; a great look at what our future holds in store for us if we continue down the roads that we are currently following. It’s a much safer, more in-tune, healthier, more efficient, and much more pleasant place to be. I for one cannot wait until all of these amazing technologies are truly recognized. I encourage everybody to do their part in supporting the growth and ongoing development of these technologies, and I hope to see you on the front lines leading the way. Until then, that’s where you can find me. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please, offer your thoughts. Here’s to a great future.

Written by: Dante Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

UnderGroundHipHop.com Manager Van Stylez Talks About Blowing up the Underground

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iTunes talks About Purchasing LaLa.com

There has recently been talk of iTunes’ potential purchase of the music streaming website, lala.com. Currently iTunes is using the old model of paying for songs individually rather than buying entire albums. From this initial model, which iTunes had perfected, LaLa came along with a similar idea, with lower prices for the individual songs. Along with the purchasing of music, LaLa offers a streaming system in which you can listen to a song at anytime for the cost of 10 cents a song.

Currently this is all iTunes has to go for right now, being as their model has become outdated. They need something to keep them at the top of the music industry, so it’s understandable to see this being a potential investment.

The main issue lies within the model itself. There is not enough change being brought the table here. Beat-Play will dominate this model, offering more to the artists and fans through free promotion, social network media player, free online auction, and virtual estore. This will be the change that everyone had been searching for, where you will then be able to purchase your music for an extremely low price because the artists will also be receiving a piece of the ad-revenue based on the traffic to their page on Beat-Play. Upon the release of the site we will gladly welcome all of you to THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

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Music Without Labels & Beat-Play Interview With Jaway

Give us some background. Where are you from originally, where are you now, how did you get there?

I’m from Liberia, West Africa, but I’ve lived in Los Angeles, California for the last six years. I fled from a very bloody and destructive civil war to make a better life for myself and to help my family.  It’s kind of funny—I never intended to pursue a career in music even though I grew up singing in a church choir. In fact, my mom still directs that choir. When I got to Los Angeles, my only goal was to pursue a career in business. But I’m also an athlete and I like to stay fit, so I go to the gym a lot. Anyhow, one afternoon I was singing in the locker room at the gym, not knowing anyone else was there. But in fact another gym member overheard me and assumed I was a professional singer. When he asked me about my next performance, I laughed. I told him I had no upcoming performances because I was not a professional vocalist. He gave me this weird look and said, “So what are you doing in LA, then?” Before I could answer, he said, “Look, son, I think you have a natural talent, but don’t take my word for it. Let me introduce you to a friend of mine who’s been a vocal coach for the longest time. Listen to what she has to say then decide what you want to do.” I took his advice and here I am now. 

What Genre would you classify yourself as?

My music crosses Pop, World, and Adult Contemporary. 

What is it that drove you to pursue a career in music, and what it is that drives you individually as a musician or a band?

Most of all, my passion for the craft. The challenge of seeing the start, development, and completion of a song. The thought process, persistence and dedication needed to put all the pieces together so that a song will transcend the ordinary but also make sense to the next person.  The fact that I can share my thoughts and feelings through this medium still amazes me.  What drives me as a musician? Like my song “Feeling” says, I got a feeling in my soul that’s running twenty miles a minute. A feeling that has taken a serious hold of me and won’t let go. And believe me I’ve tried. But no matter what I do, it’s always there. I’ve come to realize that this is me and has always been for as long as I can remember. Like another one of my songs, “But U,” says, “Don’t try to be no one else but you,” because it won’t work. It just won’t work because you can only be you—so here I am. 

What struggles have you faced with having your music heard and getting your name recognized by outside markets?

Hummm, where should I start? Seriously, being an independent unknown artist says it all. It’s difficult getting on the radio, getting paid gigs in LA, getting promotion and advertising, weeding through the people who talk lots of game and connects but have none, weeding through the real and the fake, getting the music to the right people. The list goes on and on. This is because indie artists are still up against the labels with all the money and connects. However, you have to continuously seek the way. It takes a lot of work, time, and energy but you have no choice—especially if you want to make a living in this game. And, yes, unfortunately that’s what it is to some people, a game. But, I’m doing what I can through friends (grassroots marketing), social networks, word of mouth, and a medium like this interview. Hopefully, all that effort will kick things off.  You see, I appreciate this interview so much because it’s a great way to get the word out there. So thanks very much to Music Without Labels for this opportunity. And those of you who are reading this, please help spread the word about my music. I greatly appreciate it and promise you won’t be disappointed.  
 

What kinds of things do you do to promote yourself?           

Charity begins at home and ends abroad. As I mentioned above, I started with my friends and asked them to share my music with their friends. Social networks like Facebook, twitter, Myspace, etc. Go into your individual communities. You take every opportunity to perform; you do fliers and post them everywhere you can. Also, I always ask friends for help as well as ideas because you never know. These are just a few of the things I’ve found that you can do yourself, and you build on that. 

Is there a predominant message you hope to get across in your songs?

The most important message is to care for, love, share with and help one another. This will definitely make our world a much better place and alleviate most of our problems. I can guarantee you that.  

What are your thoughts on the future of the music industry and where it’s going?

The future is very promising because artists now have more control over their craft and the fans will benefit from the variety. The industry as we know it—big record labels—will be gone or change dramatically because of the new tools and media that are becoming available to artists. 

Are you currently unsigned, and do you plan on staying independent?

Yes, right now I’m unsigned.  Ultimately, the opportunities presented to me by a major label will determine my decision on whether to go that direction. 

What are your reasons for being an independent artist?

I’m smiling because at this point I have no choice, but the big advantage to me of this situation is the control I have over my music and my image and how they’re presented. 

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Maxwell, Seal, Luther Vandross, Jason Mratz, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Neyo, James Ingram, Beyonce, Bob Marley, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. 

Do you ever feel that people will be missing out on your music because you are not signed to a major record label?

Some people may miss out on it because I’m not signed to a major label—but I’m trying to overcome that by reaching out in various ways—like this interview—to connect my music with people I’ll never meet. I hope I succeed because I believe almost everybody can relate to my lyrics even though we all have different tastes in music. 

What would you say if I told you that there’s a new force in Independent Music that will give you all of the power of the Major Labels and more, while at the same time giving you complete control over all aspects of your musical career, and you will never have to sign a thing?

I’d say I need to be connected to that new force ASAP. 

And you would have access to the world’s first ever audio component auction, where pieces of songs are sold off at auction prices to be repurposed in other songs.  What kind of impact do you think that would have on your music?

Potentially a very big impact, especially in regard to opportunities for collaboration, different types of exposure, opportunities to work with different people and genres, as well as opportunities for new revenue streams. 

The only catch is you have to choose to use it to your benefit, or not.

I’d like to hope that any benefit I gain in terms of promoting my music is also in some way a benefit to everyone who hears my music and message. 

It’s called Beat-Play, and it will be beta tested this Fall 09. Sign up at www.MusicWithoutLabels.com

Amazing Lyricist!

Check out this vid from MWL Artist Emmanuel Jackson.

His lyrics are poetry and his delivery is incredible.

You’re looking at a great right here..and he is

independent and unknown! Check out more artists at

http://MusicWithoutLabels.com