ReverbNation rock band selected for new Dodge Dart commercial

After two months going through a couple rounds of online voting, competing against hundreds of other talented artists, and crafting just the perfect song, Michael Williams Band has been crowned the winner of the Dodge “Inspired By You” contest! Along with the free promotion and the worldwide exposure, this kickass rock band from L.A. will get the amazing opportunity to have their song featured in a new commercial featuring the All-New 2013 Dodge Dart.

If you haven’t had the pleasure to listen to Michael Williams, the lead singer and guitarist who is known for combining blistering guitar licks and intense performance energy with soulful songwriting and a dynamic voice, take the time to do it now. Here’s what Rock’s Back Pages has to say about the band:

“Imagine if Jimi Hendrix came out of Texas. That’s what you’ve got in Mike Williams, lead singer, guitarist, powerhouse. The kind of performer who makes you scream. He’s just outrageous… Williams is the real deal: raw rock power, great voice, powerful stage presence… anything you hear on the record is ten times wilder, heavier and more intense onstage.” read more…

Congrats also to the runners up bands!

Bungled and Botched, bluegrass band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

If Birds Could Fly, folk band from Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

If you like what you hear, make sure to send kudos to your fellow musicians in the comments below!

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Opportunities on Tap: Amplified fest, Papercut mag, comedic blogs and more!

Open for National Act at the Amplified Global Music Fest 2012

In the North Carolina area? Get the exclusive chance through ReverbNation to perform at LABEL, Charlotte’s newest night club, and open for a national recording artist at the AMPLIFIED Global Music Festival. The best part is that travel and hotel accommodations will be paid for by AMPED 4-A-Cure, Inc.

This international cancer music marathon was created by AMPED 4-A-Cure, Inc and on October 13, 2012, thousands of musicians of all genres worldwide will perform in their home cities to raise money for cancer research. The goal is to raise more than $500,000 for research regarding early detection and prevention.

Do you want to make a difference with your music? 

Get Featured in Papercut Magazine

Do you have original music and style? What makes you unique? Papercut Magazine wants to find fresh faces, new sounds, and rising talent thru ReverbNation to feature in its upcoming issues!

Hey slice, don’t miss this opportunity >>

Comedian Dave Hill Podcast and Blog Feature

Does your music push the limits? Is it cutting edge? Then, get reviewed by the one and only Dave Hill. I’ll let the man himself give you the skinny on his opportunity.

“Hello. This is your man Dave Hill- comedian, rock person, man of letters, highly-boneable public figure and much more- with a message of great importance.  Submit your band into my sweet contest and I will totally listen to your band, judge you without mercy, bop my head around a little (if I like it), give you the finger (if I don’t like it), and quite possibly even attempt to have intercourse while listening to your music (I need you to be cool with that). In the end, I shall pick a winner and that winner, which is to say the band that I decide is the best ever basically, will be glorified in the form of me writing a lengthy and profanity-laced entry about them on my website (the most popular website on the Internet pretty much) and also featuring them on my wildly popular podcast, Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident (the best podcast and I’m not even kidding).”

Get your kicks and giggles >>

Live Performance Review & Feature Spotlight

Would you like to improve your live show? wants to help! Get specific recommendations, creative concepts, and useable advice for you and your band to become a success every time you perform onstage. Onstage Success producers have worked with Taylor Swift, Jars of Clay, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, & more.

Fine-tune your live show  >>

Don’t want to miss out on upcoming opportunities?

Here are four ways you can stay up-to-date on our latest gigs. We recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed!:

  • Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”
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New HTML5 Widgets: Show Schedule, Press and Video Player

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know HTML5 is where everything is going. Today, all smartphone-optimized mobile web applications are supported by HTML5. And soon enough, mobile users will surpass desktop users. With that in mind and to ensure that you get only the best through ReverbNation, we’ve developed HTML5 versions of your favorite widgets: Music Player, Fan Collector, and today we present you… the HMTL5 widgets for show schedule, press and videos!

Go ahead and get started using any or all HTML5 widgets by going to your Reverb page → Get Widgets (under Quick Actions)

Why HTML5 widgets?

  • Work on mobile 
  • Easy to create, manage and use
  • Re-sizeable 
  • Configurable 

HTML5 Show Schedule Widget

What’s new with the new HTML5 Show widget: you can easily set it up to show a tour map map (or not show it, if that’s what you’re into) and decide the size of the widget . Your fans can see show details and share your show with friends from any device.

HTML5 Press Widget

Got a great review on that last gig you played? Show it off on your site or blog for everyone to see! Add press clippings, reviews, blog blurbs, or anything people are saying about your band to any other website. Easy to set up for you and cool to see and share for your fans.

HMTL5 Video Player

The new HTML5 Video Player widget is so freakin cool. You can customize it, place it on a website and then stream both Vimeo and YouTube video to your fans. They’re gonna love it. The widget is designed to work with all devices (that means iPhone, Android, desktops, laptops, and *your mama’s TV from the 50s*). *No, not really.

Go ahead and get started using any or all HTML5 widgets by going to your Reverb page → Get Widgets (under Quick Actions)

After you grab and post the widgets on your website or blog, post a link in the comments below for us to take a peek!

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Breaking Artists #1: Highlighting winners of performances and feature opportunities

Do you ever wonder who submits to those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? Do you wonder who gets picked to perform or chosen for a feature? We thought you might so starting this month, we’ll pick a sampling of those artists and send out a new, monthly Breaking Artists newsletter along with this nice and shiny blog post you’re reading right now. The whole Reverb community will get the newsletter (all 2,000,000+ of them). Yep, it’s kind of a big deal.

Please, support your fellow musicians by listening to their music and sending them kudos in the comments!

PS: Breaking Artists are selected by Reverb staff. Increase your chances of being one of them by submitting to opportunities here >>

Maren Morris

Singer/songwriter Maren Morris was named “Artist On The Verge” by the esteemed New Music Seminar (NMS), beating 99 other talented artists.

“It was all around a great experience. (…) I thank ReverbNation for giving me the opportunity to be discovered by NMS in the first place!” 

Listen and download Maren’s track Best of Me.

Veilside, Losing Scarlet, and The Heroes Lie

Hard rock bands Veilside (above), Losing Scarlet, and The Heroes Lie played the ReverbNation stage at WIIL Rock Fest 2012. Veilside told us they were honored to be asked back to WIIL Rock’s annual Rock Fest, this year celebrating 20 years of the Radio Station by sharing the stage with 20+ of their favorite acts like, Black Stone Cherry, Texas Hippie Coalition, Fear Factory, Saving Able, Static X, and much more. Listen to Veilside’s Dust in The Wind, Losing Scarlet’s Learning to Bleed, and The Heroes Lie’s I Am a Fighter below.

Late Cambrian

Brooklyn indie rock band Late Cambrian performed at LUCKYRICE Festival 2012 in NYC! Here’s what they have to say about the experience: “We entered the LUCKYRICE Contest a few days after we joined ReverbNation. The head of LUCKYRICE said he listened to over 250 bands before choosing us. It was an honor really! The Festival itself was amazing. Some of the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted! They gave us free passes to 3 of the 5 nights of Luckyrice. Our show, on an outside stage, under the Manhattan Bridge was an awesome thing to be a part of. It was professionally run and we sold a bunch of CDs.”

“Thank you ReverbNation for connecting us with the contest… It was one of the highlights of our time as a band.”

Listen and download Late Cambrian’s track I Gave You My Limit.


Brooklyn-based guitarist and producer D.V.S* performed at the 2012 Gathering of the Vibes’ Silent Disco. This year’s lineup included big acts like The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and ALO. Definitely sounds like a good crowd to be part of! Listen to D.V.S*’s Shortness of Breath.

Herukhuti Ausar

North Carolina rapper Herukhuti Ausar opened up a SOLD OUT SHOW for Logic and Tayyib Ali at The Roxy in LA! He said: “It was great! I really enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with the Roxy crowd. I got a real good vibe from there and the fans let us know that they enjoyed the performance. GREAT ENERGY!!” Listen to Herukhuti Ausar’s track Carolina:

Eitch, 4onthefloor, Sumilan

Eitch played at Wakarusa Music Festival this year (last year she went as a fan and promised herself she would do everything in her power to play there this year). “I honestly believe that if it weren’t for [ReverbNation’s] update in my inbox, it may have never come to my attention that Wakarusa was gathering their artists in time for me to act.” 

“ReverbNation was definitely the catalyst in making a dream come true.” 

Along with Eitch, 4onthefloor and Sumilan also got the amazing opportunity to play at Wakarusa Festival this past month! Listen to Eitch’s Sun and Moon, 4onthefloor’s On Tuesday, and Sumilan’s How Now Does It Feel below.

The Nearly Deads, One Days Notice, Zak Smith, Slave To The Day

The grunge rock band from Nashville, The Nearly Deads, got a feature in Substream Music Press.

Pop rock band One Days Notice opened for The Offspring at House of Blues Cleveland. “We had an AWESOME time! The Offspring, the crowd, and the House of Blues staff were GREAT!”

NJ rock band Zak Smith opened for Carbon Leaf at Brooklyn Bowl. “It was awesome playing at Brooklyn Bowl with Carbon Leaf, who are an unbelievable band. It’s by far one of the greatest venues to play in NY.” Photo by Vernon Webb.

Metal band Slave To The Day played Dirt Fest 2012 in Birch Run, MI.

Listen to The Nearly Deads’ The Perfect Cure, One Days Notice’s Shake It Out (free download), Zak Smith’s Crawling (free download), and Slaves To The Day’s The Waking below.

Congrats to all of August’s “Breaking” Artists!

Don’t want to miss out on next opportunity?

There are four ways you can use to stay up-to-date on the latest gigs (we recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed!):

  • Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”

So, where’s your next gig?

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Opportunities on Tap: Toyota short film, Bud and Roach show, and EDM’s Big Gigantic!

Toyota wants YOU for a Short Film Feature

Calling all bands from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama! Don’t hit the brakes on your chance to be in Toyota’s new web short film that will be used on the Internet for one full year. The best part is that production comes to you! Production will coordinate a two-day shoot in your hometown and you’ll get paid $4,000. Ready to go from zero to 60? >>

Interview with The Bud and Roach Show

We’re not just blowing smoke! The Bud and Roach Show wants to feature YOUR music and interview you on their live online radio broadcast. Your music will also be played during the week leading up to the interview on their classic morning show, The Wake and Bake. You or your band will get added exposure with a feature on their home page!

Check out this potent opportunity! >>

Big Gigantic at Wanee Music Festival

Open for Big Gigantic at Yoderfest

This is your chance to open for one of EDM’s hottest artists, Big Gigantic! Yoderfest, held in local music mecca Raleigh, NC, begins as a high-energy day party at Deep South the Bar and ends at the highly popular, Lincoln Theatre with performances by Big Gigantic & Crizzly.

The one-day festival was created by the friends and family of Chris Yoder. The festival is held in memory of the young and dedicated music fan, who passed away in 2011.

Donate your time to be a part of this music celebration. >>

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Think you don’t need a producer? 4 reasons to reconsider

This is the first in a series of guest blog posts written by music producer Rogers Masson. Rogers has worked with many independent and signed artists, in a variety of genres. His recent credits include chart topping work with ReverbNation artists Vintage Trouble and Day of Fire, along with emerging indie artists The Riot Tapes and Brian Mackey.

There’s no doubt that now is the best time to be an independent artist. With easy and inexpensive access to recording technology, marketing, distribution, and more how-to videos you could possibly watch in a lifetime, the aspiring musician has more tools today than ever before. However, there remain some aspects of a musician’s career that, when the time is right, are not DIY; working with a producer is one one of them. Here are four reasons why:

Rogers in the studio with Vintage Trouble

1) Keep up with today’s standards that are higher than ever

The potential spotlight on independent artists has never shined brighter or broader. But with so many talented people creating music, it’s critical that your recordings are absolutely the best they can be. Everyone in this industry, fans included, expects your songs to sound as good as everything else on their music player. A producer will get you the professional sound you want while you focus all your energy on making the music.

2) Benefit from an unbiased ear

Throughout the creative process, it is incredibly challenging to remove yourself from your own song and listen objectively. The producer is the unbiased opinion in the studio, giving it to you straight when decisions have to be made.  He’s there to say, “That’s it! That’s exactly what this track needs!”

3) Plan for the right time and space, at the right price

A good producer will assess your needs — and the budget required to fit those needs — with solid pre-production planning. He will define the amount of time needed to realize your vision for the project, and target the appropriate studio to make it happen. You need the right space, the right gear, and of course, the right vibe. A good producer will get you there.

Rogers is currently mixing the Irish band The Riot Tapes

4) Expand your network to take you further

A reputable producer has a wide network of colleagues and contacts also in the music industry. So many success stories begin with the line “a friend of a friend heard the music and it took off from there.” It’s the producer’s job to get your music in front of this network, and if your project gains attention, both you and the producer shine. Great music is good for everyone!

When you head into the studio with the right producer, at the right time, with clear expectations, you may just come out with a record that changes everything

When is the right time to bring a producer in to your inner circle?

If you really want to take your music as far as it can go, then you may be ready to bring in a producer. And that is the topic of my next post. Now go create some amazing music!

If you have any thoughts or questions about this post, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Or you can contact me directly through Facebook, Twitter, or at


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We need your vote to send our panelists to SXSW 2013!

Vote to send our expert panelists to Austin!

I know, it may seem that South By Southwest Festival was the other day, but believe it or not, we already have our eyes on next year’s festival. Our team has proposed two cutting-edge panel topics to lead at SXSW this coming March… they just need your vote (yeah, I’m talking to you) to get to Austin! ReverbNation staffers have led panels at SXSW for the past three years and are looking forward to making it four straight!

Follow the links below and give us “thumbs up” for our panel suggestions. Voting ends on August 31st, so please take a moment and vote for us if you can. Anyone may vote. You don’t have to be attending the festival, or even live in the United States! You may vote for both topics.

Why Artist Development Matters: Then and Now by Victoria Camera (ReverbNation) and Jason Lekberg (Eleven Seven Music)

Artist Development is a second thought at the major labels as they rely more and more on hit singles at Radio and on iTunes. But to have a long term successful career, you need artist development to grow your fan base. This panel will talk about all the key elements in artist development.

Link to vote:

Ditch the Headliner! Big Brands Need Small Guys by Glenn Goldman (ReverbNation)

Brands have traditionally focused on soliciting support from big-name spokespeople for marketing campaigns. The assumption was that paying a lot of money for the right spokesperson was worthwhile due to their embedded network and social status — people ‘look up’ to celebrities because they want to be like them. This panel will reorient this old school logic by concentrating the core ideas and scaling it vertically for larger reach. We’ll propose solutions to attract more fans with less money by empowering the long tail. We’ll learn how to maximize the potential of small groups. The panel looks at the formation of social nodes and identifying the ‘social leaders’. We’ll discuss how non-monetary motivators can solicit better engagement than money. We’ll go in depth on the variety of technical tools available for this approach, including the use of Facebook developer tools and the Facebook API.

Link to vote:


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Opportunities on Tap: Florida Auditions for THE VOICE and a Dream DIY Recording Package

These are the opportunities knocking this week!

Audition for NBC TV’s The Voice

Guess what Florida? The Voice auditions are coming to you! You could be reviewed by Talent Producer for NBC TV’s The Voice and audition for the show’s upcoming season.

Dominick J. Centi, CEO and Founder of Driven Entertainment Group, tells us, “We look forward to auditioning a handful of talented and ambitious ReverbNation artists for the upcoming season of The Voice.”


Win a “DIY-Dream Recording Package” from SeagateCreative

Do you have the hit songs but simply need the right equipment to record them? SeagateCreative will give one exceptional band the gear to make it happen!

Check out the loot:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)
  • Avid ProTools 10 Software: The industry standard. Record, edit, and mix high-quality music at the speed of your creativity.
  • Avid Mbox Pro audio interface: The highest quality, most flexible personal recording systems ever.
  • Two Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drives: The leader in storage for creativity.

The winning band will also receive a personal critique of their latest recorded music by four of today’s most admired producers/musicians:

  • Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Young the Giant, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes)
  • Mike Green (All Time Low, Paramore, Breathe Carolina, Set Your Goals, Chamillionaire, Good Charlotte)
  • Andrew “Mudrock” Murdock (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Alice Cooper)
  • Chris Vrenna (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker, Killing Joke, Evanescence, Cold).

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