The Watch List: Monogem Premieres “Take It Slow” On The Fader

The Watch List follows ReverbNation CONNECT artists as they travel from their hometown to cities like NYC and Nashville to record new music and hone their craft, documenting the journey along the way. This month’s featured Watch List Artist is Monogem, whose single "Take It Slow" premiered on The FADER.

We’re excited to announce the newest addition to The Watch List: Monogem. The L.A. songstress premiered her sultry new single “Take It Slow” on The FADER along with a mini-doc that takes you inside the captivating world of the electro-pop powerhouse. Monogem tells The FADER, “‘Take It Slow’ puts into words and music an impossible, fleeting love, so heightened and electric that you want to consume it whole and yet take it slow, all at once.” Head over to The FADER to fall in love with “Take It Slow” and

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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 features and premieres on Crave Online, Gorilla vs Bear, and more.

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Crave Online premiered New York rockers, Midnight Mob’s video to their soaring single “Ghosts.”

Atlanta duo, The Pheels dropped another hazy production titled, “The Heartbreaker,” and BULLETT Media said, “think Washed Out meets Allan Kingdom–a more organic approach to R&B that sets them apart from the pack.”

Gorilla vs Bear premiered Brooklyn producer, Carslon’s single “Purgatory,” a collaboration with the intensely haunting and captivating sounds of Autre Ne Veut. “Purgatory,” is the first track off Carlson’s EP Going South.

Following the release of their latest album ‘Anxious Utopia,’ My Gold Mask shared their music video to their soaring single, “Connect,” on The Wild Magazine. “‘Connect’ is a song about modern isolation in an era of being able to be connected to everyone all at once, and simultaneously not being connected to anyone,” the band told The Wild Magazine.

No Country For New Nashville premiered blues-rocker, Jack Berry’s single “Coal.” The gritty tune is Berry’s latest single from his upcoming EP Mean Machine, which has already gained the praise of Consequence of Sound, Crave Online, and Spill Machine.

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Jack Berry

The 405 premiered Norwegian artist, Gundelach’s latest single, ‘Fjernsynet,’ off his soon-to-be released debut EP. The 405 said “‘Fjernsynet,’ which is Norwegian for “television set” is “brimming with soft introspective lyrics, mellow falsetto and surging analog-electronic production, co-produced by Joel Ford.”

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ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Present “Discover” Concert Series on May 2

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover,” returns on May 2 in East Nashville. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.

We’re excited to announce the third installment of our emerging concert series with American Songwriter will be on May 2nd at The Family Wash in East Nashville. This show will feature emerging ReverbNation CONNECT act Ron Gallo (who you know from The Watch List), Thelma and the Sleaze, and Lilly Hiatt. Visit American Songwriter to meet the artists and don’t forget to RSVP at Do615.

P.S. If you haven’t experienced Discover yet, check out the photo galleries from the first two shows here and here.

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Artist Session: My Gold Mask

My Gold Mask has been around since 2009, tell us a little about the evolution of your sound?

When we first started we were a two-piece and were really just experimenting with new styles and sounds. Playing around with instruments and structures that were outside of our wheelhouse as musicians, so to speak. It began with wanting to try new things, but we still used all organic instruments and were very minimal live. As time went on we became more and more interested in incorporating electronic elements and really creating a fuller sound, even adding a third member with James Andrew. But the focus has always been on conveying emotion through the songs.

Your latest offering, ‘Anxious Utopia’ was released in March. Bullett Media said, “it’s the band’s best sonic recipe yet,” what was the overarching theme to this album?

My Gold Mask is all about contradiction in a lot of ways and ‘Anxious Utopia’ is really a good example of that. While the themes in the lyrics are us exploring our inner anxieties, it is in a lot of ways a brighter, poppier album than our last record (Leave Me Midnight). Everything has a contrast. Crunchy guitars were balanced out by dreamy synths and dance beats.

You guys were an official artist at SXSW this year! Was this your first time? What was your experience like?

We are SXSW veterans at this point. We have had lots of experiences, both good and bad in the past. But this was definitely one of our favorites. Getting to play a showcase with artists we really admire for their sound is the best for us. We are all music fans and when you connect with other artists and the audience on a deeper level it makes everything worthwhile.

Touring is equally as exciting as it is exhausting, what do your days look like? Favorite venue you’ve played at so far or looking forward to playing?

When we are on tour it’s a lot of driving, loading gear, setting up…followed by playing a show and finally getting to hang with some great people while we try to sell some merch to get us to the next city. It’s a lot of work but a lot of play at the same time. But we love every aspect of it. If you don’t appreciate the work side of what you are doing, you’ll never last a week on the road.

What’s next for My Gold Mask?

We have a new video for ‘Connect’ coming out soon. Then we head to the East Coast for some more dates!

What’s currently on your playlist? Any artists or producers we should know about?
We’ve been loving: Mr. Kitty, FEE LION, Pastel Ghost, Negative Gemini and Ari Mason….just to name a few.

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Life on the Road: Top 8 Touring Tips from Smooth Hound Smith

Smooth Hound Smith, the foot stompin' American roots duo who have travelled over 80,000 road miles and played over 500 shows in 30 plus states, shared their Top 8 Touring Tips with us. From learning basic auto repair to eating healthy, these tips will help you plan a successful tour.

Here are some things that have served me well while on the road.  Some of them are useful for folks just starting out; other things are great no matter how much touring you’ve done.  They’re in no particular order:

  • Learn some basic auto repair and get regular oil changes every 3,000 miles.  (no vehicle = no tour)
  • Avoid fast food like the plague.  Local diners are where it’s at, or take a cooler with you and get ice everyday, stock up on veggies and healthy stuff at grocery stores.  You’ll feel better and look better.
  • Keep track of your merch, your sales, your numbers, as much as you can.  If you want to take touring and playing seriously, you gotta develop some business acumen
  • Pronounce the name of the town you’re in like the locals do (i.e. Lafayette = “laugh-e-yet”, Prescott = “press-kit”).  Get it right.
  • Keep a log of good places to eat, good local radio stations, and good, independent music shops all over the country.
  • Have a lot of material.  Sometimes, especially when you’re starting out, you’ll need to cover two or three sets, or an entire night, so learn some covers, write a lot of originals, and just be versatile.
  • Bring extra everything (cables, strings, mics, foldable merch table).
  • Don’t bring instruments you care too much about or that are irreplaceable, and don’t be careless with your stuff.

 

What are your top touring tips? Share them in a comment below.

If you missed part 1 of Life on the Road, check it out here.

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Staff Picks: April Edition

Here at ReverbNation we're constantly discovering new music, sharing our fave songs with each other, and rocking out 24/7. So we figure, why not share some of our current picks with you? Get to know us in our Staff Picks: April Edition playlist.

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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 features and premieres on Noisey, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.

Kyle Forester

Kyle Forester

Shortly after debuting “Won’t Go Crazy,” off his self-titled album, Kyle Forester shared his second single and accompanying video, “Didn’t Try To Run Away,” on Brooklyn Vegan.  Kyle, also has some shows coming up, including ReverbNation CONNECT & SIOLM’s music series, PURSUIT on April 6 along with Silverbird and Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone).

Norwegian artist Gundelach, is getting ready to drop his debut EP ‘Spiders’ in May, but in the meantime, enjoy a spectacular soul-drenched live performance of “Alone In The Night,” presented by NBHAP.

Little Tybee

Little Tybee

Little Tybee unleashed “More Like Jason,” a soaring indie-folk jam premiered by Noisey. Impressed by their unique and engaging sound Noisey said, “the group stands to create some of the most promising and truly original music of our generation.” Head to Noisey to learn more on Little Tybee plus check out their Q&A with each one of the members!

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Artist Session: We Are Temporary

Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed here are those solely of the artist and do not necessarily reflect the views of ReverbNation, its affiliates, or its employees.

When did you start making music?

I started getting into music in a serious way when I was 12. My mom was an opera singer and my father, too, was a musician and worked in the industry, so I started taking piano lessons as a little boy, but it didn’t stick at first. I tried organ, oboe, choir, and drums, but it wasn’t until I got a guitar in my hand around 12 that my passion for music took hold in earnest. By 15 years of age, I was playing in punk bands, studying classical guitar, taking theory lessons, returned to the piano, and got really involved with computers, midi, and early synths. From then on, music continued to be my life’s obsession: writing; recording; touring; studying composition, audio production, and classical guitar at university, etc.

Where does your moniker come from?

I named my project We Are Temporary, because the fact that we are temporary is, short of existence itself, the central fact of life. If I had to sum up my life’s philosophy in one catch phrase, I’d say I’m an existentialist, atheist, humanist, who believes that this life is all any of us get. This conviction that we are temporary is the axiomatic starting point for everything else I do in life, including music.

How would you define your style in 10 words or less?

Contemporary electronic music, inspired by goth, urban, techno and classical.

I’m sure you get this a lot, but what’s up with the mask?

The mask is kind of like a crown that incorporates my logo: four crosses in four orientations. Solo performances are very tricky to make work on stage, so I wanted to do something dramatic and theatrical. Once I settled on blacklight strobes and UV-reactive gear (including even the cables I use), I thought I should take it one step further and wear a UV-reactive mask. The anonymity, I feel, also highlights the universal concept of all of us being temporary.

After her court ruling against Dr.Luke and Sony, you re-created Kesha’s mega-hit “Die Young,” removing all of Dr. Luke’s production. The final creation was picked up by the likes of Paper Mag and Refinery29. Give us a quick background on creating the song.

I’ve written a lot about this already, but basically the story is this: my wife’s a huge Kesha fan and is always pushing me to explore more top-40’s music. One day—part joke, part husband/wife surprise—I started a remix of Kesha’s “Die Young”. However, life got kind of busy and so I didn’t finish it at the time.

When Kesha’s tribulations with Sony and her producer started hitting the media, her rape allegations became a frequent subject at home. Mary and her family have had first hand run-ins with sexual abuse, and so I felt very deeply invested in this topic as a feminist ally and also as a husband.

As a statement of solidarity, I returned to my unfinished Kesha remix, stripped all of the original production elements I had used, and started afresh with only Kesha’s voice. The goal was to transform the original song into a much darker and more disturbing remix that in some way captured the gravity of sexual abuse, not just for Kesha, but also for my wife, her family, and all people who have suffered the indignity and violence of sexual abuse.

Kesha fans have gathered over 411,00 signatures demanding that Sony release Kesha from her contract and drop Dr. Luke from the label. What are your thoughts? Any final thoughts on your mind you’d like to share?

In general, I think every artist and label, no matter the nature of their obligations, should have some sort of realistic buy-out clause for when the working relationship between the relevant parties breaks down past the point of repair. And if Kesha’s rape allegations were to hold up in a court of law, then I think Dr. Luke should be sentenced accordingly, and SONY should release Kesha from her contract (if Kesha still wants to be released at that point, that is).

I also think that regardless of what happens on a legal front, that 411,000 signatures is an impressive gesture of solidarity from her fans and the wider public. I really hope Kesha transforms her personal tribulations and the support she’s received into public advocacy. If all she does is heal and return to life-as-normal, I think she’ll have turned her back one of her life’s potentially most impactful callings. To have been sexually abused is nothing to be ashamed of. It can happen to everyone—even celebrities. And although Kesha didn’t ask for any of this, and isn’t obligated to become a spokesperson, not everyone has a platform like Kesha. I hope she embraces this platform, speaks openly about sexual abuse, and becomes a transformative voice for young women everywhere.

 

Check out We Are Temporary’s curated Collection here, and if you have any questions for him feel free to leave it in a comment below!

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