Define Your Unique Brand: Insights From Sunset Music Festival’s Organizer

There’s no doubt that electronic music has become of the fastest growing genres out there, and over the years we’ve seen the rise of EDM in festival circuits. Now in its sixth consecutive year, Sunset Music Festival has witnessed explosive growth to firmly position itself as one of the largest electronic music festivals in the United States. The 2016 edition housed 60,000 dance fans for a raucous Memorial Day weekend celebration, and this year they’re opening up a 45-minute time slot to one lucky ReverbNation artist. We spoke to festival organizer and Vice President of Donnie Disco Presents, Evan Bailey, to get an inside look at Sunset Festival. Keep on reading to find out what sets Sunset Festival apart, their booking process, and what you can do to become part of the festival movement.  

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Sync Licensing, Songwriting, & Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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What’s it like to be involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry? Just ask Nate Richert. Nate – who is widely known for playing Sabrina’s (Melissa Joan Hart) charming love interest Harvey Kinkle in the hit series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – is not only an actor in Hollywood, he’s a producer, occasional director, and Bluegrass musician. We caught up with Nate to learn about his songwriting process, the type of creative satisfaction from both acting and music, and his take on how music licensing is shaping the current music industry.

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ReverbNation As A BandPage Alternative: 5 Reasons To Make The Switch Today

If you’re a BandPage user that is wondering how to replace some of the recently discontinued features, you’re in luck. Here are five ReverbNation tools and services that will help you grow your music career twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. Test them out for free today.

Discontinued BandPage Feature: Public-facing profiles

ReverbNation Alternative: Artist Profiles

  • Free artist page where you can showcase your songs, videos, photos, show schedule, social media updates, and more (here is an example). When a visitor chooses to “become a fan” on your profile, we collect their email on your behalf.
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What does Virtual Reality Mean for the Music Industry?

When the top players in music and media can’t stop talking about it, and it’s nearly impossible to go online without seeing a new story, we can safely assume that the next big thing is here.

The Weeknd and FOALS are doing it, Facebook is creating a team dedicated to it, and Universal Music Group and iHeartMedia are making groundbreaking partnerships around it. So what’s all this fuss about? Two words: virtual reality.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including reviews and premieres from Under The Radar, Redbull, My Old Kentucky Blog, and more.

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LadyGunn premiered Monogem’s dreamy video to her empowering single, “Gone.”

Last night Silverbird and Ron Gallo had a show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Check out CONNECT’s photo gallery.

Under The Radar premiered Philly rocker, Ron Gallo’s explosive and gritty tune “Put the Kids to Bed,” a new track from his upcoming compilation due for release in April. Additionally, Ron shared some of his thoughts on the song, his own label,  American Diamond Recordings, relocating to Nashville, and his upcoming sophomore LP Heavy Meta.

Grammy-nominee CFCF made an album, On Vacation, for Balearic label International Feel’s mini-album series, which is out February 19. Redbull says On Vacation is “a smooth, dreamy trip that’s equal parts Balearic sunrise music, Phillip Gass neo-classical and 80’s quiet-storm jazz.”

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Sammy Brue

Following the release of their well-received album Pureland, indie rockers Silverbird shared their new video to their nostalgic track “Smile” on My Old Kentucky Blog.

Just announced, ReverbNation CONNECT The Watch List artist, Sammy Brue returns to the 2nd annual Music on the Mesa Festival, June 3-5th in Taos, New Mexico. Headlining the festival will be folk legend Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including song and video premieres on Brooklyn Vegan, Yahoo! Music, and more.

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Cleveland, OH’s Thaddeus Anna Greene

Brite Winter Festival — a winter artist showcase and community celebration of fire, arts, music, games, and snow in Cleveland, OH — featured ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List band, Thaddeus Anna Greene in their “Artist Spotlight” feature.

TMRW Magazine premiered “Move On,” an infectious indie pop anthem by Birmingham five-piece band Cinema.

After Dark — an arts and music series presented by The Art Institute of Chicago and curated by ReverbNation — announced that ReverbNation CONNECT artists Ron Gallo and EchoDroides will perform on February 26.

The Deli’s Nashville Readers’ Poll Results are in, and Smooth Hound Smith snagged the number one spot for Artist of The Year. The rising Nashville

Nashville's Smooth Hound Smith

Nashville’s Smooth Hound Smith

Americana roots duo have been making a name for themselves with the release of their second album, Sweet Tennessee Honey, which landed them a feature on The Bluegrass Station for their single, “Forever Cold.”

Following the release of his beautifully haunting single, “You Can Now Let Go,” which received praise from The Joy of Violent Movement, The 405, and Under The Radar, Mark Roberts of We Are Temporary shared his latest single, “Who’s Going To Love Me Now?” on Yahoo Music.

Last week, Ron Gallo debuted the music video to his first single, “Young Lady, You’re Killing Me,” on Brooklyn Vegan. The song is a bluesy tale that received praise from the likes of The Deli Magazine, who described it as “a wooly-as-a-mammoth, jittery-as-a-jumping-bean little number.”

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including a video premiere by Thaddeus Anna Greene and an exclusive interview with Empathy Test.

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Thaddeus Anna Greene, video premiere on My Old Kentucky Blog

Shortly after debuting their single “Heart Out” on The FADER as a part of ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List singles series, soulful rockers Thaddeus Anna Greene are bringing social awareness with the accompanying video, which debuted on My Old Kentucky Blog.

The FADER premiered CFCF’s funky new track “Sate Padang,” giving us the first feel of his upcoming mini-LP On Vacation, due to drop on February 19th as the second On Vacation album in International Feels’ series.

Shortly after being featured in Nylon Magazine and Bullet Media, and guest curating a ReverbNation Collection, Chicago’s dark synth-pop trio My Gold Mask dropped the video for their single “Dissipate” on Paste Magazine. Earlier this week, the band announced they will head to SXSW 2016 for an official showcase.

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Sammy Brue, performing at Sundance Film Festival

ReverbNation CONNECT act and The Watch List artist Sammy Brue will perform at the Studio Lounge Utah for one of the world’s largest arts and film festivals, Sundance Film Festival.

Music bloggers Indietronica and Tradiio have joined forces for an exclusive interview with rising London-based electronic pop act Empathy Test.

The Irish Times listed soul-pop singer/songwriter Sample Answer in “People to Know in 2016.”

 

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including who is featured in Nylon Magazine and what single made iTune’s Hot Tracks.

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Lena Fayre

Nylon Magazine feature Lena Fayre in this week’s “Band Crush.” Lena is currently working on a follow-up to her last EP, Is There Only One?, but took some time to chat with Nylon Magazine about her next project, her inspirations, and where she would like to see herself in five years.

ReverbNation CONNECT and The Watch List band, Thaddeus Anna Greene’s latest single “Heart Out” was featured in iTunes and Apple Music’s Hot Tracks.

Following a performance at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Nashville-based rising roots duo Smooth Hound Smith premiere their latest single “Forever Cold” on The Bluegrass Station. The single is off their soon-to-be released full-length album, Sweet Home Tennessee.

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Matt Kivel

Singer/Songwriter, Matt Kivel is gearing up to release his third full-length album Janus, but not before sharing his latest single, “Violets.” The track exclusively premiered on Interview Magazine and was later featured by Stereogum. According to Kivel, “Violets” was inspired by his ongoing thoughts after watching the dark and graphic documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.”

Consequence of Sound shares Nashville-based blues rocker Jack Berry’s first single, “The Bull,” off his forthcoming LP, Mean Machine.

 

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