Artist You Should Know: TRACE

Synth-pop singer/songwriter TRACE has been on everyone’s radar for her warm vocals, electronic sounds, and effortless mix of pop and R&B. The likes of Stereogum, Pigeons and Planes, and Indie Shuffle can’t get enough of her and she just premiered her debut EP ‘Low’ on Spotify. Read on to get to the lowdown on Trace.

Hey TRACE what’s good? Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
It’s my pleasure. And yes. Let’s see. I’m from Southern California, born and raised. Currently call Los Angeles home and want to kind of live everywhere one day. I enjoy personality tests, really good wine and when the weather is somewhere between gray and really gray. That’s probably a good start.

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Artist Session: Thaddeus Anna Greene

We’re no stranger to Cleveland powerhouse Thaddeus Anna Greene. After being a part of ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List and premiering their single “Heart Out” on The FADER earlier this year, the band has been busy in the studio working on new material and playing as many festivals as possible. Read on to catch up with the band to learn about their new track “In Vein,” upcoming album, and more.

Welcome to our series! Before we get into it, can you guys introduce yourselves? 
Thanks for having us. We in this thang. We’re Thaddeus Anna Greene; TJ on lead guitar and lead vocals, Anthony on drums and vocals, Ryan on guitar and vocals, and Matt on bass.

You recently unleashed your soul-drenched groove “In Vein” on The 405. Tell us about the inspiration behind the track. 
LOL @ “soul-drenched”. Drenched is such a visual adjective. I like it! First off, thanks to The 405 for liking us enough to premier our music. “In Vein” is a triple entendres of sorts. (TJ) I actually knew a girl who was a junkie, ya know? She was addicted to heroin. Without getting too descriptive, I would see her change when she was high, ya know; but she was so damn pretty! I had never seen drug addiction with a face like that. So the song is kinda from the point-of-views of God and/or higher consciousness and the drugs themselves. Both of those things sort of disgrace this girl and promise her love like no other… Like a tug-of-war, and I’m just sort of watching… in awe.

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Gear Talk: Dave Raymond of Hidden Hospitals

In our latest Gear Talk we caught up with Dave Raymond, front man of alt rock band Hidden Hospitals and who was recently endorsed by Jericho Guitars, to find out how he uses digital gear to bring consistency and quality control to live shows, how technology has influenced his production style, and more.

What was your first piece of equipment and how old were you?
Fender, Squier Stratocaster + Bullet amplifier. I think I was sixteen. Distortion makes any teenager feel like a god.

What do you take on the road?
We use 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 small pedal boards, a trigger module and drums that are all connected to one small rack. Inside that is our MIDI I/O, interfaces, my KEMPER PROFILING AMP, a bass guitar chain and our in-ears boxes. A Macbook Pro runs our digital mixer and ABLETON LIVE. LIVE is our clock and source for all programming: MIDI control changes / program changes, samplers and all of our audio effects (vocal, bass, guitar, drums).

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Artist You Should Know: AYER

With a luscious new single with Christofi that’s already hit over 200k listens on Hype Machine and ethereal vocals that we can’t get enough of, we chatted with electro-pop artist AYER about his musical upbringing, current projects, and more.

Hey AYER! Thanks for chatting us. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? We can’t help but fall in love with your ethereal vocals. Did you have a professional musical upbringing?
Thank you very much, and yea, I did have a very musical upbringing. Lots of voice lessons, voice-over recording gigs, and throughout my school years and into college, training in classical, choral, music theatre and studio recording. What allowed me to learn the most, though, was dissecting and trying to understand pop songs. For the longest time I couldn’t make sense of how a pop song got from point A to point B, let alone to a bridge or ending – and harmonies, forget about it. The voice has always just kind of been there, but at this point in my life I am so proud of just you know, training myself in how to write pop music, and not losing patience with my curiosity.

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ReverbNation Announces Finalists in Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands Contest

After weeks of fan voting, we’re excited to announce the three finalists of the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card Battle of the Bands who will be competing for the chance to open for Tyler Farr later this week. Read on to meet the finalists.

We’re so excited to announce the three finalists of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands: Savannah Lynne, Zach Linley & The Rebel Daredevils, and Courtney Dickinson! We received over 3,000 submissions for this exclusive opportunity to open for country music star Tyler Farr, and these three artists made it to the semi-finals where fans voted for their favorite act out of 10. The three finalists will travel to Austin, TX to perform on September 2 where the audience will pick the winner to open for Tyler Farr at an Exclusive Marriott Rewards® live music event the following night.

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Music Publishing 101: How to Get Started With A Performance Rights Organization (PRO)

Now that you know what a Performance Rights Organization (PRO) is and that they’re an integral part of the music industry and in getting public performances licensed, tracked and then royalties paid to songwriters, SESAC Creative Services Manager, Diana Akin Scarfo shares her top tips for how to get started with a PRO.

1. Do your homework/research.

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ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Present Discover NYC on September 13

The next edition of ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover NYC,” is on September 13 at Rockwood Music Hall. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.

After an amazing debut, Discover NYC is back on Tuesday, September 13 at Rockwood Music Hall featuring Leif Vollebekk, BETS, and B.R. Mackie. The series, which aims to put the spotlight on the best up-and-coming artists from NYC and beyond, is FREE with RSVP on DoNYC.

Listen to the artists here.

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Artist Session: Empathy Test

With a stunning new single dropping on September 9th, we caught up with London electronic pop duo Empathy Test about their sci-fi influences, European tour, and more.

Hey guys thanks for chatting! Who is Empathy Test?
Empathy Test is Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). We’ve known each other since we were six and eight respectively and have been friends ever since. We grew up in the South East of England and we both now live in London.

We heard that your name was inspired by the film Blade Runner. Tell us about that and has that movie influenced your style?
We made our first EP (Losing Touch) before thinking of a name. So it was a case of finding something that worked with the music. We’ve had a lot of people compliment on it, so we’re glad we spent some time thinking about it. Isaac decided to re-watch one of our favourite sci-fi movies, Blade Runner, for inspiration. In the movie, they use an ‘empathy test’ to work out if someone is a human or a highly advanced android called a ‘replicant’. The theory is that it’s empathy that distinguishes us from machines. Empathy Test makes music with machines but that music speaks to people on a very human level. The fact that the Blade Runner soundtrack was also an influence on our music, created a neat circle of reference.

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