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.

D.V.S*

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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7 Ways to Build Music Business Contacts

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

We all know that “who you know” and “being in the right place at the right time” play an important role in attaining success as an artist. What we often forget, though, is that we’re the ones responsible for building those connections.

While researching the intricacies of how successful people network for my book last year, my co-writer Rob and I noticed that for two people to meet, they must go through a 3-stage process.

First of all, they must be aligned in the same space at the same time, either geographically (e.g. in the same room) or virtually (e.g. on Twitter). Secondly, they must connect through some form of introduction, and finally they must engage in deeper conversation to create a long-term relationship.

In this post I want to focus on those first two points, and share with you seven tips to help you meet more music business contacts (I’d write a post on how to engage in deeper conversation but I figured you already know how to do that ;)). 

1. Know who you want to meet but remain open to meeting others

The first step to meeting more of the right people is knowing who you’re trying to meet. Are you looking to meet publishers, record label managers, or music venue promoters?

When you know who it is you’re trying to meet, you can start to think about where they spend their time (both geographically and virtually), and what opportunities exist for you to be in the right place and time to meet them. If, for example, your band could really do with a more gigs in New York City, you can begin to identify the places where New York venue promoters hang out online and in the real world.

That said, never be afraid to go off course and meet people who may not seem to bear obvious opportunity right now. They might be of great use to you in the future.

“Build your network before you need it” – Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone 

2. Make an effort to meet other bands & ask for introductions

Let’s say that you did want to meet music venue promoters in New York City. In my experience, one of the best ways to meet venue promoters is to simply turn up to music venues and ask the bands performing to introduce you to the promoter. You may have to prearrange meeting up with the performers before their set, but this approach is incredibly effective as it differs to how most bands approach venue promoters, and the introduction from the performer acts as a recommendation.

If you went to two or three gigs a week you’d be surprised at how quickly you could fill up your gig calendar.

3. Attend music business conferences

When I’ve attended music business conferences in the past, I’ve been surprised by how few bands choose to attend. Sure, the entry fees are generally quite steep, but if you take into account the fact that these events are usually swarming with label managers, publishers, and music promotion companies, it’s almost certainly worth the investment if you’re willing to get out and build those connections.

4. Join local music business Meetups

If you’re not already using Meetup.com to build connections, I thoroughly recommend giving it a shot. In most major cities you’ll find various musician Meetups that offer great networking opportunities. If you can’t find anything nearby, consider creating a music industry Meetup in your area and inviting local music companies to come and share ideas over a coffee or beer.

5. Use Twitter to break the ice

Twitter is one of the most efficient and effective ways to break the ice with music business professionals. Almost every serious record label, booking agent, and music companies will have a presence on Twitter, so it’s a great platform to start building these relationships.

Familiarize yourself with the advanced search operators on search.twitter.com and create separate lists to keep track of which companies you’re trying to meet (click on image for help on how to create Twitter lists)

6. Show your gratitude

This may seem like a slightly strange tip, but bear with me. If you pick a music company, radio station, music blog, or website that you enjoy once a day and send them a quick email to say thanks for doing what they do, you will build contacts very quickly.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” William Arthur Ward

In the music business, selfless gratitude is rare. When I receive an email from an artist thanking me for writing my blog posts, for some reason I’m far more compelled to respond and listen to their music, than if they had just emailed me a link to check out their music.

7. Build 3 new contacts a week

I have to give Derek Sivers full credit for this last tip. Set yourself a goal of building three new music business connections a week, and in twelve months time you’ll know 156 new people in the music business!

Using all of the tips in this post, see if you can go and build three new music business contacts this week. 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 or drop me an email (marcus@themusiciansguide.co.uk). Tell me what you’re working on or what you need help with and I’ll do my best to help out.

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Open for punk rock band The Offspring at House of Blues Cleveland!

The Offspring has sold over 36 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling punk rock acts of all time. Many of us (at least I do) remember listening to their hits “Pretty Fly for a White Guy,” “Self Esteem” and “All I Want” in the 90s (ahhh the 90s…) and wonder what the heck The Offspring guys are up to these days. Well, they actually just released their new album, Days Go By, yesterday and to kick off the U.S. tour, they’ll perform at House of Blues in Cleveland on July 17th.

And that’s where you, the artist, come in! The Offspring is looking for a rock band to open up their Cleveland show! Do you want to add “Opened for The Offspring” and “Performed at the House of Blues” to your gigging resume? This is your chance!

Click here for more info on how to get started with NO SUBMISSION FEE >>>

Remember this gem?

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ReverbNation Singer/Songwriter Named New Music Seminar ‘Artists On The Verge!’

At only 22, it might seem unusual that Texas-based ReverbNation artist Maren Morris is already a veteran performer. But when you understand that she’s been onstage since she was 12, it begins to make sense. And just last week those years of writing, performing and recording payed off big time when Maren was named “Artist On The Verge” by the esteemed New Music Seminar (NMS).

The AOV contest first identified 100 talented artists — 63 of which were Reverbers (listen to their tracks here). The field was narrowed to three finalists — Black Cobain, NINJASONIK, and Maren Morris — who then performed at Santos Party House on Monday, June 18 to an enthusiastic crowd of NMS attendees and guests.

Reverb team members where there as well and got to watch all three stellar performances, plus tape a quick interview with Maren, who turned out to be super sweet, smart and talented! We’ll post the full interview in a few days, but meanwhile, watch the NMS AOV winner announcement below.  Wonder why it took her a few seconds to get on stage? She was wrapped up backstage, having a brief hello with Wyclef Jean!

“I really was so moved by all the people involved with NMS. Winning ‘Artist on the Verge’ is truly a remarkable and humbling experience for me and my music career,” said Maren. “I’m still in shock!”

“The best part of NMS is giving away the ‘Artist on the Verge’ award,” said Dave Lory, NMS Executive Director and Producer. “Maren is an incredible songwriter and vocalist and we hope the prize package gives her career a well-deserved boost.”

Just before the announcement, Maren sat down and played one of the beautiful guitars on display in the Gibson Lounge. Have a listen to her impromptu mini-concert from upstairs at NYC’s Webster Hall.

 

 

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On June 19th, party with us at the ReverbNation Showcase at #NMS2012 in New York!

We’re throwing a killer showcase in NYC this Tuesday (June 19th) and would like to invite you to come join us! On stage, we’ll have performances by ReverbNation artists The Dirty Pearls, Click Clack Boom, This Good Robot and Dana Alexandra! RSVP here to receive updates on the event.

So here are the details…
When: This Tuesday, June 19th. Doors open at 7pm
Where: Santos Party House in New York (View map)
How much: There’s no cover charge! Free. Nada. Zero dollars.
Why: The showcase is happening during New Music Seminar’s New York Music Festival, the meeting place for visionaries, upstarts, and disruptors — those who are building a new music industry. So we thought, what better way to spend one of NYC Music Festival nights than with amazing bands and industry people? Go to our Facebook event page for more info on the schedule and to continue to get updates on the event!

See who are the key players at New Music Seminar (hint: Pandora, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, major labels, just to name a few). Oh, and of course, some of us will be there as well, including our co-founders Mike Doernberg, Jed Carlson and Lou Plaiahttp://newmusicseminar.com/

 

SamOn June 19th, party with us at the ReverbNation Showcase at #NMS2012 in New York!
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Up-and-coming Hip Hop Artist Looking for Opener for Show at The Roxy

This is a great opportunity for independent artists to open for the rising hip-hop artist, Logic, AND to perform at the famous Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles!

Logic has been blowing up with his Young Sinatra: Undeniable mixtape featuring tracks like “All I Do” and “Numbers” (click here to watch music video). Usually only touring the East Coast, Logic announced via Twitter that he’ll be touring the whole country this summer, along with Tayyib Ali on the Visionary Music Group Tour. And this is where YOU, the independent artist, come in! Logic is searching for solid artists (Hip hop, Rap, Pop, Rock, Indie genres) to open up for his show at The Roxy Theatre on July 12th. 

Now, ask yourself: Do I want to add “performance at the legendary Roxy” to my portfolio? Do I want to get crazy with Logic and Tayyib Ali? Do I want to have an experience of a lifetime? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you’re ready to go to this page to submit your music with no submission fee.

 

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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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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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