ReverbNation CONNECT 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 landed a month-long residency at Bootleg Theater and whose video premiered on Fuse TV.

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New York City four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band Midnight Mob premiere their new single “Swing On” off their upcoming EP on Baeble Music.

Leading up to their much anticipated EP, ‘JX-3Please,’ Atlanta-based synth pop band CultureCulture surprised everyone by premiering a new single “RGB” on Immersive Atlanta.

Earmilk shares INSTRUM’s playful remix of Monogem’s intoxicating single “Gone.”

Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo The Bergamot premiere “Tones,” the first single off their upcoming album, on Baeble Music. On top of the release of their new album, Tones, dropping February 11th, the husband and wife duo also launched off on a 48 state Unity Tour.


Magic Giant, video premiere on Fuse TV

Following the release of their hit single “Set On Fire,” which made its way to Spotify’s U.S Viral Charts, Los Angeles-based folk-rock trio Magic Giant premiered the accompanying video to their feel-good single on Fuse TV.

ReverbNation CONNECT presents 19-year-old Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Lena Fayre for a month-long residency at LA’s acclaimed Bootleg Theater beginning every Monday in February. Joining her for one night will be CONNECT artist TRACE who’s been making waves with her hit single “Heavy Shoulders.”

Run The Trap premieres Sound Remedy’s shimmery rendition of ReverbNation CONNECT artist EVVY’s summer anthem “Tidal Wave.”

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ReverbNation CONNECT 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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5 YouTube Tips For Musicians from GLEE’s Noah Guthrie

Looking to use YouTube as more than just a way to share your latest video? Here are some tips from GLEE star Noah Guthrie on how to advance your career using one of the world’s biggest music discovery sites.

1) Have a Continuous Stream of Content

“Have that set day where you want to post, every week or every other week. For whatever reason 1-4 or 2-5 PM seems to be the golden time to post videos on YouTube.”

2) Choose the Right Songs

“You want to choose something that’s super popular so you get views, but at the same time, if you do that all the time you get super bored and burnt out. There are only so many pop artists on the scene, so you get bored if you don’t do what you love. But you know, I think it’s more of the actual content — people don’t really care too much about the song. “

3) Have Good Content

“Honestly, it may sound silly, but just make sure you have good content. You know, if you’re doing a cover of a song don’t half-do the cover — do the best you can do and make it your own because no one wants to hear the same song over and over and over again. That’s not why they’re going to your YouTube page.”

4) Get Creative

“For me, when I have to translate something to just me and an acoustic, I might have to re-work the song’s bridge. Not because I think it was bad or anything like that, but just because it just won’t work for what I’m doing. I can’t just go to the bridge of the song and hit one note and do a bass drop with my mouth. I have to put new chords there…but that’s actually fun.”

5) Use It As a Tool

“I’ve met a lot people where that’s their job, YouTube. You can buy a house off of YouTube, or a car. But for me, it’s always been just another tool, just like GLEE was a tool. For me it’s always about the song and my original stuff, that’s my goal.”

About Noah Guthrie

Noah Guthrie first started using YouTube as a way to share his music with family and friends. But after his acoustic cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” led to an endorsement from Ellen DeGeneres, Noah knew YouTube was a chance to create real success.

The [U2] video got me a ton of exposure, so we thought, ‘The video got seen by Ellen, who else can it get seen by?’ 

Noah Guthrie_edited-7378So Noah put together as much of his own original material as he could and hit the road, eventually getting spotted by Selena Gomez (who helped him land a manager). He began posting more and more videos, but his biggest break came from the unlikely pairing of his soulful voice with LMFAO’s hit single, “Sexy and I Know It.” The video received millions of views in just its first week, and it currently boasts more than 23 million views.

The video’s success, along with his avid touring, lead to him performing on shows like NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and securing a role on the final season of GLEE. 

Noah is currently hard at work on a new album, and he isn’t worried about navigating the crossover from YouTube star to bonafide musician:

I’ve been really lucky that people will come to my shows because of YouTube or Glee, but they always stay for my stuff and leave with an album…I’m just very lucky.



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ReverbNation Discover: Find Great New Music On Any Device

ReverbNation Discover brings you exciting new music from emerging artists. The app makes the music easy to access whether you are at work, on your computer, or listening on the go.

The Problem with Music Discovery

There is more music in the world today than there has ever been before, but music discovery can be daunting. The Internet is a great resource, but it amplifies what is already popular, making it challenging for fans to find new music. And for artists—especially emerging artists— it’s harder than ever to get heard.  

The launch of ReverbNation Discover will bring emerging artists and music fans together. Combining the songs fans discover themselves on ReverbNation with hours of new music curated by our team of industry tastemakers, ReverbNation Discover is an entirely new way to uncover great music.

Mobile & Web, Unified

The ReverbNation Discover mobile app (iOS or Android) lets you take any song you find on ReverbNation with you. When you save music to “My Library” in your Dashboard, those songs will also be available in the Songs menu of your ReverbNation Discover app. The same thing applies to any Playlists you’ve created or saved.



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Music lovers are always on the hunt for find great undiscovered music. ReverbNation has assembled an acclaimed team of curators to help fans with that search. ReverbNation’s Curation Team are a group of passionate music industry tastemakers with expertise in their respective genres. The Curation Team has listened to millions of songs to find the best new ReverbNation artists to share with fans.

The Curation team has assembled Collections that highlight buzz artists, trending tracks, and videos. We’re also working with a few artists and music publications to help them curate their own Collections. Next,  we’ll begin spotlighting fan-curated Collections. Here are a few examples of Collections in action:

The Watch List: Thaddeus Anna Greene

Artist Collection: Ogden Payne

Opportunity Promoter Collection: Relix Magazine

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ReverbNation CONNECT 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.


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.


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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Starting a New Band? Don’t Miss These Essential Tips

It’s a new year, which means the perfect chance to break out of your musical mold and try something completely different. Starting a new project is equal parts exciting and exhausting, so we’ve come up with a list of helpful do’s and don’ts to get off on the right foot.

19696837921_d4f17cd216_o (1)Ask Yourself, “What kind of music do I want to make?”
This might seem like an obvious starting point, but if you’re thinking about doing something new, it’s essential that you have some sort of framework. Are you looking to ditch your guitars for turntables and see what EDM is all about? Or are you burnt out on oscillators and want to dust off your 6-string? The clearer you are about what kind of music you want to make, the easier it will be to get started.

But Don’t Be Afraid to Evolve

It’s important to not let your initial ideas about a new project get completely cast in stone. Because the project is new, your sound is going to inevitably evolve, and that’s a good thing! While it’s important to have a well-defined vision for a project, don’t get upset or frustrated if you end up somewhere different after a few rehearsals or shows.

Choose a (Somewhat) Practical Name
Google is a fantastic tool for any music fan, but naming your band something like “Chair” or “Fantaztik Adv3nturz” is not going to make it any easier for them to find you with it. Sure, you don’t want to limit your artistic vision, but with millions of new bands on ReverbNation alone, the more accessible your band becomes even in just a simple search, the better.

Register Email and Social Media Accounts
Even if you are still kicking around a few names, go ahead and register an email account, Facebook page, Twitter account, and ReverbNation account for those potential names. Doing that is free and only takes a few minutes, so you might as well cover your bases.

22324309081_11d6a4f8c1_oRecord Some Demos
Once you’ve got some finished material, record some demos as soon as you can. Today’s home recording equipment is not only better than it ever has been, but it’s more affordable, too. There are lots of great (and free) recording programs like Auadacity available to use. Or, if you’d rather have a polished sound from the start, pool your resources for a studio session to knock out a song or two — just make sure you and your bandmates are well-rehearsed and ready to record before the session.

Take A Decent Photo
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and the cameras on even the basic models are capable of taking a decent photo. Fans like to see the artist they’re listening to, even if it’s not the most imaginative or elaborate photo.

Establish a Band “Mission Statement”
It’s important to establish early on a few things like how serious you want the project to be or who has creative control of the project. Is this going to be a band that just plays a few local shows a year and rehearses mainly as an excuse to hang out with friends? Totally fine! Just make sure everyone in the band is on the same page. Similarly, if this project is going to get “serious” and require lots of time and financial investment, your bandmates should be aware.

19637351966_045946d851_oSpread the Word to Previous Fans
Chances are you’ve probably had some previous band experience, or at least you have enough friends on Facebook who know you play music. The best way to get some early buzz going about your new project is to let those fans know that you’re working on something new. Just make sure your old bandmates are OK with you promoting your new project on older social media accounts before you use that existing fanbase.


Set a Deadline
The most effective way to make sure that any new project gets off the ground is to set a deadline for yourself. Whether it’s booking a show, scheduling a studio session, or announcing a release date, having a set due date for something is the best way to keep yourself on track.

Have any other advice? Let us know in the comments!

Tips compiled by Ryan Trauley (lead singer, Hotline), Mike Robinson (bassist, Annuals; lead singer, First Persons), Nathan Price (guitar player, Lilac Shadows; bassist, The Lollipops) and Sam Logan (singer & guitarist, Lilac Shadows).

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Summerfest—The World’s Largest Music Festival—Returns to ReverbNation with Free Submissions

For the second year in a row, ReverbNation is proud to open submissions to Summerfest 2016. This free opportunity will give artists the chance to perform at "The World's Largest Music Festival" in Milwaukee, WI. Check out the details below, and then submit your best tracks today!

MILWAUKEE (January 4, 2016) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation launch year two of a three-year agreement that provides interested Artists the opportunity to take the stage at Summerfest, one of the largest and most successful music festivals in the world.

Since 1968, Summerfest has brought some of the biggest names in music, along with local favorites and emerging talent, to play for more than 850,000 music fans annually along the shores of Lake Michigan. This 11-day festival features more than 800 Artists spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, hip-hop, Top 40, classic rock, indie and everything in between. Artists interested in the chance to perform at Summerfest can submit at now through March 31, 2016 for free.

“As we continue our efforts to provide the best and most diverse music to Summerfest fans, we are thrilled to be partnering with ReverbNation for a second year,” said Bob Babisch, Vice President of Entertainment, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “Last year, ReverbNation connected us with up and coming Artists that helped us build one of the strongest and most unique lineups we’ve seen in years and we’re excited to keep the momentum going.”

ReverbNation provides approximately 4 million Artists with exciting opportunities and promotional tools to achieve their career goals. ReverbNation’s curation-at-scale capability enables the company to identify bands among its members who are ready for high profile opportunities to build their careers, and empowers partners like Summerfest to discover emerging talent to continue to build a diverse lineup year after year. Last year, 40 ReverbNation Artists in total were offered slots to play at Summerfest.

“We are so pleased to be working with Summerfest for the second year in a row,” said Mike Doernberg, CEO of ReverbNation. “It’s a huge validation of our curation capabilities and of the quality of music on our roster. Additionally, we are pleased that Summerfest has worked with us to make the application process free of charge, something that was crucial for us and for our Artists. We’re all looking forward to having ReverbNation Artists performing on Summerfest’s world class stages again this year.”


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ReverbNation CONNECT 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 touring with Brian Setzer.


Low Volts, on tour w/ Brian Setzer

One-man act Low Volts, chats with NBC’s SoundDiego about touring with Brian Setzer, and how ReverbNation CONNECT along with Surfdog Records helped him land a career-changing opportunity.

San Diego-based new wave rockers, Barbarian make it to Impose’s “Year In Pop:2015”, a round-up of select artists that made an impact this year.

Award-winning music blog, Gorilla vs. Bear premiere Ellie Herring’s latest release “Take Me Back,” a collaboration with up-and-coming Los Angeles producer DUCKY.

The Bay Bridged include Annie Girl and The Flight in “The 2015 Playlist,” a collection of 175 songs released by San Francisco Bay area local bands in 2015.


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