Did you miss South By Southwest in Austin last week? Or were you lucky enough to join thousands of other audiophiles and experience the annual festival and conference? Either way, we’ve got you covered.
Before SXSW began, we asked dozens of great ReverbNation Artists to help us document their time in Austin using #AustinSnapshot on Instagram and Twitter. You can see the whole #AustinSnapshot collage here, but we’ve also picked out some of our favorite shots that showcase everything from Texas BBQ to Game of Thrones pedicabs to all the great shows that happened during the week.
We sat down with Simon Perry — hit producer/writer, ReverbNation’s Chief Creative Officer, Head of A&R, and lifelong music fan — to hear how his music roots spread to embrace technology and point to a new music future.
Q. You’ve been working behind the scenes with ReverbNation for a few years now, but your recent efforts are paying off in a pretty public way. Before we talk more about that, tell us a little about your background.
A. I started out as an Artist in the UK, where I’m from. I got signed, but I didn’t become famous (insert self-deprecating British smile and shrug here), so I gave up my dream and went to law school. Then I went straight back to music, but this time I was writing and producing for other Artists. I was lucky enough to have a lot of success, but eventually I realized that I wanted to develop my own acts instead of writing for other people.
I co-founded a company called Archangel Media, and that’s what I was doing when I first heard about ReverbNation and met Mike (Doernberg, ReverbNation CEO and co-founder).
In celebration of Valentine’s Day (and all things romantic), ReverbNation launched our inaugural video mission, #LoveandHeartbreak. We knew how much time and talent our Artists put into their music, so we also wanted to give them an opportunity to showcase their video skills — we were not disappointed.
Out of hundreds of submissions surrounding the eternal themes of love and heartbreak, we’re proud to announce the winners of this unique contest:
Music may be your main focus, but if we’re talking social media, graphics, photos and videos are grabbing fans’ attention first — whether they’re at their computer watching YouTube or checking Instagram on their phones. So, to get your 2015 social posts off to a solid start, we’re sharing this helpful infographic from SetUpABlogToday.
Check back here for more tips on maximizing fan engagement in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, get cropping!
Congratulations to the 49 ReverbNation Artists recognized by this year’s GRAMMY Awards, with nominations in 29 different categories. From genres as diverse as Best New Age Album, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Recording Package, there are few areas where ReverbNation Artists were not recognized.
One Artist, Miami, Florida’s PALO! was nominated for the Best Latin Tropical Album, in addition to grabbing a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album of the Year. Keyboardist Steve Roitstein says that PALO!’s “Afro-Cuban Funk” was “never created to receive industry accolades, but the recognition from the Grammys is an amazing honor for us.”
DURHAM, North Carolina – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation today announced a three-year agreement commencing with Summerfest 2015. This strategic alliance makes ReverbNation the exclusive online submission platform for musical artists interested in performing at Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”
Started in 1968, Summerfest has joined together the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world. Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, over 800 acts give over 1,000 performances across the 11-day festival performing music spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, R&B, Top 40, classic rock, reggae and everything in between. Artists that would like the chance to perform at Summerfest can submit at ReverbNation.com now through March 31, 2015 for FREE.
The tastemakers at Music Connection recently released the results of their Hot 100 Unsigned Acts list, an annual tradition that compiles their favorite emerging Artists in the indie world. Curated by music journalists, talent buyers, A&R reps, music attorneys, and other industry specialists, the list has to come to represent a who’s-who of unsigned talent. This year, more than 50 ReverbNation Artists were included on the list, and we’ve got music from at least one Artist in every genre that made the cut here for your listening pleasure, as well as direct links to music from the other ReverbNation Artists. To see the full list, click here.
DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 13, 2015 — ReverbNation today announced a strategic spin-off of its online advertising services division into a standalone corporate entity, AdWerx, Inc. The newly separated company, focused on making digital advertising simple for small businesses, will continue its expansion into new industries that had been planned prior to the spin-off. ReverbNation co-founder and President, Jed Carlson, will leave ReverbNation to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of AdWerx. Michael Doernberg will remain the Chief Executive Officer of ReverbNation.