Hey DJs, Perform at Exclusive Hotel Rooftop in NYC (past DJs include Steve Aoki)

If you like to party in NYC and if you like great EDM, you’d better grab the chance to play at Gansevoort Park Summer Series!

For the second consecutive summer, the usually private Gansevoort Park rooftop pool in NYC lets the public in on Sundays for a free house and trance dance series with notable DJs like Hard Rock Sofa, Alex Guadino, Joachim Garraud and Manufactured Superstars. And this year, Gansevoort is taking submissions of ReverbNation artists who want to be part of its great poolside showcase party! 

Check out this video of  last year’s summer party — if by the end of it you have the deep need to be there (which you will), click on the button above to find out how to get started. Did I mention there’s no submission fee and you will receive a $100 hospitality stipend?

Here’s a little more info on the DJs you could be spinning with…

Hard Rock Sofa (June 3): the popular Russian duo best known for their eclectic style and hit tracks “Flash Brothers” and “Josh The Funky”
Alex Guadino (June 10): has a reputation as one of the most prolific EDM names in Europe with his recent “What a Feeling” single featuring Kelly Rowland.
Joachim Garraud (June 17): is a French DJ known for his energetic sets and for using images with his sets, and recently did a popular remix to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
Manufactured Superstars (June 24): the progressive DJ duo known for their accessible party music and recent single “Freak On You”

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63 ReverbNation Artists Make Top 100 “Artists On The Verge” Chart

The New Music Seminar (NMS) presents the ‘Artist On The Verge’ – Top 100 Chart, the most comprehensive chart for emerging talent. Put together by NMS to promote artists picking up steam, the Chart aims to help them get the national recognition they deserve.

The Nominations

The AOV project is a closed project for nominated artists only (NMS does not take unsolicited artist submissions). This year’s nominations came from the biggest names in the industry including iHeartRadio, SoundExchange, BMI, Pandora, Spotify, eMusic, Next Big Sound, Musicmetric, SESAC, OurStage, and many more. Oh yeah, and ReverbNation too! Unlike other charts that only address social media metrics, AOV researches multiple aspects of the artists’ careers: from music quality, to tour history, radio play, uniqueness of videos and current press coverage.

The Big Winners

‘Artist On The Verge’ exposes the Top 100 selected artists to influential media, tech and music industry executives at the New Music Seminar on June 17-19 in NYC. Three lucky artists will be selected from the 1000+ nominees to showcase at NMS where they’ll be critiqued by a panel of industry experts. The grand prize winner from this showcase — selected through live SMS voting by the NMS attendees on Tuesday, June 19th at Webster Hall — will walk away with over $200,000 in consultations, promotion, marketing and music equipment.

Intrigued by New Music Seminar? Want to mingle and learn from industry innovators in NYC June 17-19?  We’ll be there and would love to see you. 

ReverbNation artists save 20% with discount code NMSNYRN2321. Register now!

Listen to the top 100. Use the righthand scroll bar to hear them all.

Take a closer look at the 63 ReverbNation artists in the top 100!

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[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Ambassadors[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Amy Kuney[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Amy Stroup[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Andrew Belle[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Assemble The Skyline[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Aylen[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Ballyhoo![/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Barnaby Saints[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Ben Rector[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Brandon James[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Chip Tha Ripper[/wpcol_1third][wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Clams Casino[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Clare and the Reasons[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Danny Brown[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Dead Sara[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Deniro Farrar[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Electric Valentine[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Emergency Service[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Epic Twelve[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Erik Deutsch[/wpcol_1third][wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Fang Island[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Go Periscope[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Hussle Club[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]J*DaVeY[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Jesse Blaze Snider[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Jesse Terry[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Jon Connor[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Kid Ink[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Lady Danville[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Logic[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Maffew Ragazino[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Maren Morris[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]McLovins[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Mieka Pauley[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Mikey Wax[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Morning Teleportation[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]My Arcadia[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Nikki Jean[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]OnCue[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Payton Rae[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Phil Ade[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Quiet Company[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Reks[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Run DMT[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Sleeperstar[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Smokey Robotic[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Soul Khan[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Ten Feet Deep[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]The Apache Relay[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]The Dean’s List [/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]The Dig[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]The Doppelgangaz[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]The London Souls[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]The Silver Comet[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]The White Panda[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Todd Clouser[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Vanity Theft[/wpcol_1third_end]

[wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Vintage Trouble[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third id=”” class=”” style=””]Voodoo Farm[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_1third_end id=”” class=”” style=””]White Arrows[/wpcol_1third_end]


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Hollywood’s Famous Sunset Marquis Hotel Now Looking for Emerging Musicians

Noah Benardout performing at Live @ Sunset Marquis on May 11th

For those in Southern California, Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood is a landmark name. After all, since it opened its doors in 1963, it has served as home-away-from-home to music legends such as The Stones, The Black Keys, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Green Day and U2, to name just a few. But what you probably didn’t know is that they’re now welcoming emerging musicians to their summer music series Live @ Sunset Marquis! Three ReverbNation bands have already graced the stage with their talent; now Sunset Marquis is looking for at least 27 other artists (three on each upcoming date) to perform this summer. Click here for more info (there’s no submission fee!)>>

“This music series is our opportunity to give back and provide emerging artists of tomorrow the outdoor stage to showcase their talent to a host of industry professionals,” explains Sunset Marquis’ Head of Marketing and Sales Chris Cope.

Wing and Hollow at Live @ Sunset Marquis last Friday

What better place to showcase your music than at the Sunset Marquis, home of the state-of-the-art Nightbird Recording Studio and the famous Whisky Bar, now BAR 1200?

If you want the chance to be part of the scene, submit now to Live @ Sunset Marquis! Last day to submit is August 31st (but the earlier you do it, the better your chances to pick a show date!). Click here to submit for free>>

Summer 2012 Show Dates

El Javi Trio performing at Live @ Sunset Marquis

  • May 25
  • June 8
  • June 22
  • July 6
  • July 27
  • August 10
  • August 24
  • September 1 (Saturday)
  • September 14

Head out to Live @ Sunset Marquis blog to read the producer’s review of last Friday’s shows. And don’t forget to submit your RPK for free today!

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Listen: Winning Tracks from DJBooth + ReverbNation’s ‘The Flip’ Contest

Three months ago, ReverbNation teamed up with DJBooth for a contest that would give up-and-coming artists worldwide the chance to flip instrumentals from standout Reverb producer Shane Eli into fully formed, original work. DJ Booth received a great response, with approximately 1,500 submissions. After combing through all of those, they’ve selected the two winners, one artist and one producer/instrumentalist. Congrats to ‘Reverbers’ Kin4Life and Dave Lindley, who will be featured on DJBooth, be eligible to perform at BMI’s Next Fresh Thing showcase and receive a free, exclusive instrumental from Shane Eli!

Want to listen to the winning tracks? Click on the their pictures below and let them know what you think in the comments!

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Hip Hop duo Kin4Life

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Producer Dave Lindley


Missed out on this opportunity? Don’t let that happen again. To keep up with all of the great opportunities we find for our artists, make sure to follow ReverbNation on Twitter, go to this page to check out the latest, or submit via ‘Opportunities’ in your Control Room!

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ReverbNation Adds Dubstep, EDM, Funk, Ska, Instrumental and Five More Genres

You got the funk? Or is dubstep more your thing? Either way, you asked for more genres and we delivered. We’ve just added 10 hot new ones to better fit your sound:

Now the Foreign Beggars can choose to make dubstep their primary genre

  • Dubstep
  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Funk
  • House
  • Instrumental
  • Christian Rock
  • Rockabilly
  • Experimental
  • Ska
  • Ambient

To change your primary genre, just go to:

Control Room > My Profile > General Info > Edit > change your Primary GenreAnd don’t forget: we gotta have that funk.

Got more genre suggestions? Please sound off in the comments below!


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Why Musicians Don’t Need to be Signed to be Successful

This guest blog post was written by Marcus Taylor, founder of The Musician’s Guide — a website that helps DIY musicians learn about the insides of the music industry, and download useful resources including music contracts and music contact lists.

What is it that holds unsigned artists back from achieving the widespread recognition that’s all too often reserved for the signed artist? Is it the advances poured from the pockets of record labels? Is it the connections that labels facilitate? The reality is that whatever it is, unsigned musicians might be better off without it.

“David’s victory over Goliath is held to be an anomaly. It was not. Davids win all the time” – Malcolm Gladwell

Unsigned musicians are the music industry’s equivalent of David in the biblical account of David and Goliath. They’re the equivalent of the self-funded startup in the business world, or the outnumbered army in a one-sided battle. Unsigned musicians are often relatively weak in comparison with musicians who are backed by a label, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. But just as many of the weaker forces mentioned above have defeated their stronger combatants, unsigned musicians have the potential to become just as, if not more powerful than the behemoths of the music industry. It just requires a slight change of mindset.

If you want to punch above your weight, get creative.

Bombarding journalists with demos and performing the same old gig circuit won’t make you stand out — you’re a small fish in a very, very big ocean. If you want to punch above your weight and manifest power, you’re going to have to get creative and go where few other musicians have already been.

Linda Chorney at The Grammys

For example, take ReverbNation artist Linda Chorney, who secured a nomination at this year’s Grammys by introducing herself and her new album to voting members of the Recording Academy through its Grammy365 website. Linda also funded a nomadic tour across the world by trading her performances for flights, scuba dives, ski passes, health care, and other travel expenses.

Or take Merton, ‘the piano guy’ who got wide acclaim for his innovative use of Chatroulette. And Arcade Fire, who released their album using a Google Maps integrated HTML5 music video that blew the technology industry away, getting home page features on almost every popular tech blog.

There’s been no shortage of case studies in the past few years where DIY musicians have punched above their weight and achieved mainstream success, but what every one of those case studies has in common is that the artist was willing to put forth great effort, get creative, and go where few musicians had previously been, thus putting themselves in a position to stand out and attract attention. As the saying goes, “the hardest place to sell a book is in a bookstore” — the hardest place to get attention as a musician is where the other musician’s are already playing their music. This creative route to success may not be easy — but getting to the top requires hard work, just as getting good at writing music takes practice.

Attack the point of weakness, not the point of strength.

Last year I met up with Jon Morter, best known as the activist behind the Rage Against the X-Factor Campaign where he got Rage Against The Machine’s controversial song ‘Killing in the Name of’ to Christmas #1 in The UK.

Jon explained to me how did it: he read the chart guidelines back to front several times over for weeks, found a tactic to become the administrator of thousands of Facebook Pages with millions of followers and then message those followers about his campaign, amongst many other ways to get extra votes for songs and trigger people’s desire to join his movement. By getting creative, Jon (an ordinary computer programmer from London with little involvement in the music industry) beat one of the most powerful men in music industry at his own game.

What is Jon’s secret? Attack at the point of weakness.

In a report from The New Yorker, political scientist Ivan Arreguín-Toft studied the instances throughout the past 200 years where weaker combatants have defeated stronger forces with their creativity. He found that “the Goliaths” (the more powerful forces) won 71.5% of the time.

What he found, however, was that when the underdogs acknowledged their weakness and chose an unconventional (often more difficult) strategy (as Linda, Jon, Arcade Fire, and Merton did), their chances of winning increased from 28.5% to 63.6%. In other words, when a weaker force gets creative, and is willing to put forth great effort, they have a higher chance of winning than the stronger force.

Let me rephrase that in context — when an unsigned artist with little budget and few music business connections gets creative with their approach and works harder than their signed equals to succeed, they’re more likely to succeed than a signed musician with a large financial advance and a label to facilitate connections.

“When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.” Ivan Arreguín-Toft

Remember this:

The point that I’ve hoped to get across in this post is an incredibly important one — power is a catalyst that can propel you towards success as a musician, and more often than not signed artists receive their power through the conversion of money and connections into opportunities. However, two of the most underused resources that we (musicians) can convert into power is our creativity, and our ability to work harder for ourselves than any label or manager ever could. You don’t need a large advance or a pocket book full of highflying music business contacts to be successful; you just need the creativity to acquire the same results in an unconventional way.

If you have any thoughts or questions about this post, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, or you can send me a tweet at @TheMusicGuide.


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Hip Hop Artists: Perform on the Vans Warped Tour 2012

Are you a hip hop artist? Think the Warped Tour is not for you? Think again!

We invite you to submit to perform at The Bring It Back Stage, the hippest hip hop stage on the Warped Tour 2012. At least one ReverbNation band is guaranteed a performance slot in each city and there are 41 cities. So that means at least 41 artists are guaranteed a slot at the Bring It Back Stage on the Vans Warped Tour! Get your RPKs (Reverb Press Kits) ready, choose the nearest location below and submit for free now.

UPDATE (June 18th): Tour cities in red have recently changed submission dates.

41 cities = 41 artists

But… what’s Bring It Back?

Bring It Back is a passion-driven collaborative tour that utilizes local business and community resources to engage artistic expression. The name “BringItBack” is much more than a touring title and slogan; it’s what any movement represents. Bring It Back brings fans of the hip hop community back to a grassroots connection with its ‘fourfather elements’— Breakdancing, Graffiti, Turntablism, and Emceeing — with the addition of live reggae, rock n’roll, visual arts, and charity work. Watch the video to get a taste and visit the Bring It Back website for more info.

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Hard Rock crowns ReverbNation Artist as champion of their Global Battle of the Bands – Find out who won…

Hard Rock Rising grand prize announcement

Hey Monea! battled through 3 rounds of voting, sweating it out on the live stage and securing thousands of votes online to make the top 10 in Hard Rock Rising – the global battle of the bands contest held by Hard Rock Cafe in exclusive partnership with ReverbNation. When the judges convened and the dust cleared, Hey Monea! was left standing tall. We couldn’t be happier for this 3 piece rock band with their soulful vocals and playful, poppy guitar riffs.  If you’re new to these heart-breakers, let us help make an intro:

(excerpt from their bio)

Hey Monea!’s recognition is rapidly moving beyond their hometown of Canton, Ohio. Lead singer and guitarist, Dan Monea, knows there is no such thing as “overnight success” and eventually hard work will pay off…
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Hey Monea will take the stage this year at Hard Rock Calling 2012 to offer their picture perfect brand of pop rock to folks across the pond in London.  The cherry on top? Hey Monea will be accompanied by this year’s two runners up: Brass WIres Orchestra and FOS!

Learn more about Hard Rock Calling >>

1st Runner Up: Brass Wires Orchestra (Lisbon, Portugal)

2nd Runner Up: FOS (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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