May’s Breaking Artists: Kudos to these ReverbNation Opportunity Winners!

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Wondering who submits to all those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? What happens after submissions close? Our monthly Breaking Artists newsletter, along with this nice, shiny blog post, breaks it down and shows you some of the opportunity winners.

Take a look and a listen, show your support for your fellow musicians and send them kudos in the comments.

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

Got a feature in the May issue of Cen Cal Magazine…

Pop musician Marina V from LA.

Pop musician Marina V from LA.

Marina V is a Russian-born recording artist with a hauntingly beautiful voice, whose melodic and passionate music has been influenced by the Beatles, Tchaikovsky and Tori Amos. This month, Marina was featured on Cen Cal Mag, a new online magazine about art, music, food and fashion in Central California.

“Thank you ReverbNation for being so awesome! I’ve been submitting for the last two years to the RN opportunities and have won several, including magazine features, video features and a couple of radio shows. When the Cen Cal Magazine feature came out, they tweeted about my music and posted on their FB page as well, which was really cool.”

-Marina V

Played the Carolina Railhawks postgame party…

Folk-rock band Pinkerton Raid performing at Carolina Railhawks postgame party.

Folk-rock band Pinkerton Raid performing at Carolina Railhawks postgame party.

A family band, Pinkerton Raid is consisted of siblings Jesse, Katie and Steven, plus husband and wife Tim and Laura Wooten on drums and a second keyboard, respectively. The band came together in the retro-pop renaissance of North Carolina’s Triangle region, sharing strong influences like the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young with a core of local acts. Jesse, a soccer fan, was really excited to perform at a stadium with thousands of other soccer lovers. Plus, he knew that playing at the Carolina Railhawks postgame party wouldn’t be just another nightclub gig: the band would get exposure to an audience they might not otherwise reach.

“We had won a couple of previous opportunities, but this was by far the best. It was a well-paying gig and gave us exposure to an audience we might not otherwise reach. For us, making music is all about bringing people together. We try to make music that people at different places in life can get into. A family sporting event turned out to be a great place for us to do that.”

-Pinkerton Raid

Performed at the Montauk Music Festival…

Alternative Reggae Hip-hop fusion band  Oogee Wawa from Long Island, NY.

Alternative Reggae Hip-hop fusion band Oogee Wawa from Long Island, NY.

Take Gym Class Heroes and Sublime; mix them in blender and you have Oogee Wawa, a NY-based Alternative Reggae Hip-hop fusion band. Oogee Wawa’s hard work and determination has honored them spots performing with many national touring acts such as: 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Sublime with Rome, Rehab, Rusted Root, Badfish, Ballyhoo!, The Supervillians & 40oz To Freedom. A Montauk Music Festival veteran, Oogee Wawa’s guitarrist JP says the 4-day music celebration gets better every year. “It’s such a positive vibe out there and we always seem to be more excited about it every time it comes around,” he said. “Plus, the bon fire jam parties we throw at the end of every night are pretty epic.”

“To be highlighted in what is becoming a huge festival over 100s of bands is an amazing feeling.  When you put in as much work and sacrifice into your music as we do, it’s awesome to get noticed for it.  We are extremely grateful!!”

-Oogee Wawa

Performed at the 12th annual Florida Music Festival…

Alternative rock band A Brilliant Lie from Orlando, FL>

Alternative rock band A Brilliant Lie from Orlando, FL.

A Brilliant Lie is a think-outside-the-box alternative rock band from Orlando, FL. They have performed multiple shows at the famous House of Blues (both as a supporting & headlining act). This was their fourth time performing at the Florida Music Festival, where they have supported acts like Anberlin, Minus the Bear, Less Than Jake, and more!

Rocked the stage at MOVE Music Festival 2013…

Electronic Dance duo Young London performing at MOVE Music Festival 2013.

Electronic Dance duo Young London performing at MOVE Music Festival 2013.

Young London is the power-duo of electronic wizard Matt Rhoades and sassy songstress Sarah Graziani. They met in 2010 and quickly realized the two could create explosive electro-pop primed for mainstream radio play. They have toured all over the country, after making their debut at South By Southwest Music Festival in 2011. Last month, they got the chance to perform at MOVE Music Festival in Albany, NY, which is an event that gives exposure to regional talent through live performances at select venues.

“Our experience with ReverbNation has been a great one. The Move Music Festival was a fantastic venue to get our music heard by a whole new crowd. After the show, we got to meet some awesome fans, as well as industry professionals. It was definitely a really fun and positive event for us!!”

- Young London

Young London is now running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of their upcoming EP and tour. Check it out when you get the chance!

More Winners: John Frederick, Deedub

John Frederick performed for Reno Earth Day: "ReverbNation has provided such a wonderful platform for so many of us struggling artists to get recognition and exposure. It is amazing to think that I have people all over the world enjoying some or all of the tunes that I am so lucky to write."

John Frederick performed at Reno Earth Day: “ReverbNation has provided such a wonderful platform for so many of us struggling artists to get recognition and exposure. It is amazing to think that I have people all over the world enjoying some or all of the tunes that I am so lucky to write.” Photo by Debbie McCarthy.

Hip hop artist from Long Beach, CA, Deedub played the Lunar Independent Music Festival.: " I submit to a lot of opportunities on Reverbnation and I have been connected to many events, awards, publications, and online radio through the opportunities system.  It works great and basically helps us to get the kind of exposure that people pay PR firms for.  Which helps save our budget for other things like music production. The Lunar Music Fest went great, there were several venues with live music and we were invited to play a few different gigs through the event.  We headlined the main show at The Complex main stage which holds about 800-1000 people so it was one of our bigger shows to date."

Hip hop artist from Long Beach, CA, Deedub played the Lunar Independent Music Festival: “I submit to a lot of opportunities on ReverbNation and I have been connected to many events, awards, publications, and online radio through the opportunities system. It works great and basically helps us to get the kind of exposure that people pay PR firms for. Which helps save our budget for other things like music production. The Lunar Music Fest went great, there were several venues with live music and we were invited to play a few different gigs through the event. We headlined the main show at The Complex main stage which holds about 800-1000 people so it was one of our bigger shows to date.”

Congrats to all of May’s Breaking Artists!

Don’t want to miss out on the 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 (@Gigs and @ReverbNation) 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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6 great tactics to connect with fans on the road

In this guest post, blues and rock musician Josh Urban shares the social media tactics he got from his recent railroad touring experience.

The greatest advantage of being an independent artist today is ironically also its biggest challenge: Anyone can jump in the game. So while the playing field may be level, it’s crowded. Access isn’t the issue – recognition is.

Here are 6 suggested tactics I’ve had success upping my game using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to go beyond music and build a fan base:

Josh used Amtrak to tour the East Coast.

1. Create an experience

Good music and showmanship are vital — but here’s a radical idea:  What if there’s even more that we can do?

Musicians have always been the ones bringing the coolest thing to town. If the traditional live show is already saturating the market, what else can we do to create an experience?  In my case, I decided to take a tour by train, harkening back to the blues musicians of old. I invited people to virtually “tour” with me using hashtags and social media.  I believe that everyone has a story, so I invited them all to share their worldview by using the hashtag #JURT (Josh Urban Rail Tour.)

“My stage became theirs as they posted text, photos, and ideas back to the tour, creating an exciting environment of inclusion, democracy, and conversation.”

At the end of the tour, I assembled all of the photos posted into a giant collage, a collaborative view of the world as we saw it.  The question is: what can you do to create a unique experience for your fans?  Ask yourself:  Do I have interests outside of music I can draw on? Is there a cause I care deeply about?  What else moves me?  

2. Involve people

For a long time, I forgot the first word of the phrase “social media.”  Unlike traditional media, social media allows conversation.  Engagement with fans turns them into friends.  People like to be heard, and to have others hear their opinions.  Check out the comments section of a news article, and you’ll find folks debating viewpoints — and the input has little or no outcome on the story.  It never seems to stop people, though!

So, instead of talking at people, I like to invite them to talk with me.  Since they’re doing it anyway, we might was well have a conversation.  The challenge: Give ‘em something cool to talk about!  My tour turned into not just a journey, but a sharing of sights and ideas for everyone.  Plus, it made it a ton of fun!  How do I suggest involving people?  Which brings me to…

3. Make it easy

For me, I’ve never had much luck with asking people to remember things like “See this website on my CD?  Go to that later when you go home and sober up, then follow the link, and like my page.”  But  if I’m putting on a colorful show, people are probably going to snap a few Instagram shots of me.

On the rail tour, I told them that if they simply use the hashtag #JURT, they’d be part of a worldwide project.  I handed them a business card with the tour info on it and guess what – it worked great.  It was easy, and most importantly, they were doing it anyway.  I was able to throw a hashtag at them and get them to join in (and of course, follow them back on the networks!)

There are many other ways, but just remember: the simpler, the better.  I love hashtags, because you don’t have to know the person to interact, which is vital for building a fan base.

4. Their words, not mine 

People like to talk about stuff that involves them.  My new EP does not involve a stranger yet, so no matter how loudly I shout about it, they have little reason to listen to it, assuming they’ve never heard me play.  But, if they take a picture of me playing guitar and post it, now it’s in their worlds, and has something to do with them. This translates into interest, which turns into “Hey, I saw you in New York!  When’s your new EP coming out?”

“The more you get people to talk about your music in their own images and words, the better.”

5. Crossover appeal

By getting out of your comfort zone, you end up meeting people you would normally never meet. Future collabs anyone?

With the rail tour, I was able to interest not just fans of blues music, but also people who were intrigued with the idea, or who liked any aspect of it, such as traveling, trains, adventure, or stories.  It broadened my base, and made each conversation relevant to the project.

And believe me, I told everyone about it, meeting great connections accidentally! It also made it much more interesting to traditional media sources.  I was able to successfully pitch the tour to radio stations, newspapers, and even community television.  Another question to ask yourself:  Who else besides fans of your genre would enjoy knowing you?

6. Refine 

After every experiment, learn, refine and improve.  (Examples of things I learned: never try to eat a microwaved bagel, and give magazines plenty of lead time to meet their publishing deadlines.)

Remember to get busking permits ahead of time!

I’m looking forward to applying those lessons — and others — when I tour again this week, this time on my Search for Good Tour.  I’ll be touring by rail, playing children’s hospitals, street corners, cancer centers, and places that don’t have music.  I’ll be looking for the people, sights, and sounds that rock the world and I’ll be putting some good on the news for a change. (You’re invited to join me, of course!  Find some good, and post it with the #JURT hashtag!) I’ll be adding some other “cool factors,” such as bringing my home-built cigar box guitar and releasing an album on download cards in the form of a tour lanyard.

I’d like to end with six questions you can ask yourself:

  1. What can you do to create your own experience?
  2. How can you involve people?
  3. How can you make it easy for them to join in?
  4. How will they express it in their own words?
  5. Who else will this appeal to?
  6. What will you learn from the project?

I’d love to hear what you cook up!  Leave a comment below with your social media ideas and questions.

Josh Urban is currently recording an EP inspired by his first rail tour, and will be touring by rail again to support its release in May and June of 2013. He firmly believes all the world’s a stage, as shown on his Instagram feed. He can be reached via his website, Facebook, Twitter @DontJoshMe and Instagram @JoshUrban.

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Opportunities on Tap: Sire Records/Warner Bros Records, Rush Bros. Beat Battle, Umphrey’s McGee’s sUMmer School!

What’s on tap this week at ReverbNation?

Join the Sire Records/Warner Bros Records Talent Search

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Location: Online

Have you always wanted your music in the hands (and ears) of record label execs? You’re one step closer to making it happen! The A&R team at Sire Records/Warner Bros Records will be scouting ReverbNation to find the most promising musical talent to add to their roster. This is not a contest, sweepstakes or promotion.

In order to make the best first impression possible, make sure your RPK is complete and up to date!

Have you..:

1. Synched your social pages?
2. Updated your concert schedule?
3. Chosen your best photo for your main photo?
4. Put your best song at the top of your playlist?
5. Added videos to your profile?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you’re ready to submit! >

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Be Featured in the Next Rush Bros Game

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Genre(s): Electronica, Dance, Dubstep, Electronic Dance Music, Experimental and Instrumental
Location: Online

Take your music to the next level by having it featured in an upcoming installment of Rush Bros! Rush Bros combines platform racing with pulse-pounding music, gamers from all around the world will be bumping your beats as they solve puzzles and overcome obstacles in more than 40 unique music infused environments. The newest game update will include a level based on the music and album art of world-renowned electronica duo Infected Mushroom, as well as an exclusive ReverbNation bonus level!

Digital Tribe, XYLA Entertainment and Rush Bros will check out RPKs and pick their top 10 ReverbNation acts to post on their official website. Fans will then vote for their favorite artists and the top 5 acts will earn a spot in the game and on the official game soundtrack!

Is your music L337 enough to be in a video game? Submit to find out! >

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Share the Stage with Umphrey’s McGee at sUMmer School

Genre(s): Metal, Rock, Experimental, Funk and Instrumental
Location: Big Indian, NY

Class is back in session this summer, but you won’t need any textbooks at this version of sUMmer School! Umphrey’s McGee will be returning to the beautiful and serene Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains for the 2nd annual installment of sUMmer School, a five-day retreat revolving around all things UM! This year, guests will be have their fill of even more unique experiences, from workshops and jam room opportunities to outdoor excursions and intimate nightly performances by the band.

sUMmer School is looking for the most talented ReverbNation solo artist to jam onstage with UM during a special 2-3 song performance! In addition to this once and a lifetime opportunity, the chosen artist will also receive shout outs on the UM social media pages and a scholarship to attend the 5-day camp. The scholarship will cover the costs of registration, lodging, food and all camp events.

Are you ready to make this schoolhouse rock? Submit your RPK today! >

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Jam at Roots Rock Revival Featuring Members of the Allman Brothers Band

Genre(s): Blues, Folk, Rock, Americana, Bluegrass, Jam, Singer Songwriter, Instrumental and Rockabilly
Location: Big Indian, NY

Music Masters Camps, located at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains, will be home to a very special event this summer. The Roots Rock Revival is bringing you the experience of a lifetime–a chance to interact with and learn from two generations of rock ‘n roll masters. This year’s event features the legendary Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band and Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

This five-day retreat will feature master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and so much more. Whether you’re a fan, musician or both, you’ll get an intimate look at the Southern Blues Rock movement and the music that transformed your idea of Rock ‘n Roll. One talented ReverbNation artist will receive accommodations for one night and access to one day of workshops, as well as a 45 minute performance. Your band will be listed on the calendar of events alongside these phenomenal Blues Rock superstars!

Have what it takes to become a music master? Submit today! >

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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! Stalk us, we don’t mind. >

  • Follow our updates on Twitter (@ReverbNation or @Gigs) 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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ReverbNation band wins the 2013 Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands! Drum roll, please…

Over 12,000 bands entered for a chance
to win an opportunity of a lifetime.

Only one was left standing: The Carnabys survived three rounds of voting, battling it out on the live stage and securing thousands of votes online to make the Top 25 in Hard Rock Rising 2013 – THE global battle of the bands contest held by Hard Rock Cafe in exclusive partnership with ReverbNation.

Chosen as the grand-prize winner by a panel of music industry experts, The Carnabys secured a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London as part of a WORLD TOUR. “This year we saw some really high-level competitors and with such an amazing prize on the line, the scoring process for all of us on the judging panel was more difficult than ever before,” said John Kirkpatrick, Hard Rock International’s Head of Music & Artist Relations.

“Ultimately it was The Carnabys who stood out because of their songwriting, musicianship and performance level. We look forward to welcoming them to our Hard Rock stages!”

In addition to sharing the stage with Bruce Springsteen, The Black Crowes, Zac Brown Band and Alabama Shakes, The Carnabys won tons of new band gear, earned the opportunity to make an album and video with Hard Rock Records, and are lined up to go on a World Tour with stops in amazing cities such as Sydney, Chicago, Tokyo, and Honolulu. Now that’s rock star treatment.

Let’s not forget about this year’s two runner ups: Bop Skizzum and Sunwill! With $10,000 worth of new band gear and their music exposed to new fans around the world, they’re certainly not going home empty-handed. Check ‘em out here:

Bop Skizzum (Denver, Colorado)

 

Sunwill (Moscow, Russia)

 

A huge congratulations to these talented and well-deserving bands!

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Opportunities on Tap: Open the Rock4Revival Tour and Play during the 2013 CMA Music Festival!

See what’s on tap this week at ReverbNation!

Open for Saving Abel on the Rock4Revival Tour

Genre(s): Alternative, Metal, Rock and Punk
Location: 
Online

Are you in a metal band that wants a spot on a national U.S. tour? Submit for a chance to perform an opening set for Saving Abel, Art of Dying and Blacklite District on the Rock4Revival Tour! In addition to playing, you’ll be featured on all applicable online, in print and radio advertisements, as well as any social media promotion. Proceeds from the Rock4Revival tour will be donated to the Mercury One Foundation, a charity organization that provides funding for disaster relief efforts in the United States.

Bang your head for a great cause! Submit now >

Rock the Hard Rock Entertainment Stage during CMA Music Fest 2013

Genre(s): Country
Location: 
Nashville, TN

Country artists and fans flock to the streets of Downtown Nashville during the annual CMA Music Festival. Now in its 42nd year, the four-day country music extravaganza has attracted patrons from all 50 states and 24 countries. RenegadeRadioNashville.com will be selecting one ReverbNation artist to rock the Hard Rock Entertainment stage during this year’s festival. The winner will also snag a 30-minute meet and greet with fans at the Renegade Radio Nashville tent. All submissions will be considered for airplay on RRN’s New Faces segment, beginning in June 2013. Superstars like Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will all be heading to Music City, USA this year to perform at country’s biggest party!

Don’t miss your chance to join the fun in Nashville this summer, submit today! >

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! Stalk us, we don’t mind. >

  • Follow our updates on Twitter (@ReverbNation or @Gigs) 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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