Artist Session: Jon Lindsay

Raleigh-based singer Jon Lindsay's highly anticipated album, Cities and Schools, is due for release on June 10th and his most recent single "When They Broke The World" debuted on Paste Magazine. Read on to find out Jon’s influences, what the North Carolina music scene is like, and more.

Hey Jon, thanks for making us a mini mix! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Jon Lindsay?
Hey! Thanks for being sweethearts! About me? Sheesh, where to begin. Perhaps not the beginning. I started with my own solo records and tours in 2009. I’ve got 3 LPs out (the newest, third one Cities & Schools is out everywhere June 10th on File 13 Records!), 3 EPs, and a bunch of singles under my own name. I also produce my own records and records for other folks when I can find the time. Before the whole JL thing got rolling, I played keys in Benji Hughes for 3 years, and had some bands I sang and wrote songs in; The Young Sons, The Catch Fire, etc.

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Grab the Attention of Fans and Music Industry Pros with the New Artist Profile

As you grow your music career, we want your Artist Profile to evolve with you.The new Artist Profile design and features will provide you with endless opportunities to showcase yourself to fans and music industry professionals alike. Read on for a breakdown of the new design and how you can best utilize the new features.

The revamped modern Artist Profile emphasizes your individuality and unique brand. With a sleek layout, more visuals, easier navigation, and more flexibility, we’re giving you the tools you need to stand out and make a lasting first impression.

Here are the new features:

Responsive Design
Not only is the new design cleaner and more stylish, but it’s also mobile and desktop-friendly so everyone who visits will have an optimal experience no matter what device they’re using.

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Life on the Road: Low Volts Shares His Top 10 Touring Tips and What It’s Like to Tour With Brian Setzer Orchestra

Tim Lowman aka Low Volts, the electrifying one-man, dirty-blues-rock n’ roller, recently finished a 28-stop nationwide tour with Brian Setzer Orchestra. Read on to learn about his experience on the road and to check out his top 10 touring tips!

Thanks for being a part of our Life on the Road series! Introduce yourself.
Thanks for reaching out! My name is Tim Lowman and I have a one-man act called Low Volts. It’s a dark and heavy, dirty-blues rock project I started about five years ago for fun and It’s been a wild ride ever since! I play down tuned slide guitar through a few amps in stereo, stomp on a vintage kick drum that’s loaded with shakers and tambourines, all while howling through a microphone. It’s heavy enough to be able to perform at larger theaters and arenas when everything is mic’d up through the mains, but can also be tame enough to play more intimate venues. Being a one-man act keeps things more streamlined for touring and the crowd seems to really dig the uniqueness of it all.

Last November you were selected to support the Brian Setzer Orchestra on a 28-stop nationwide tour! Tell us about your experience.
It was really a dream come true and a huge thanks goes out to the ReverbNation CONNECT program for helping bring us together! I learned so much about the in’s and out’s of professional show production and how to keep the crowd engaged. We played some of the finest theaters in the country where you can hear a pin drop in between songs so it really kept me on my toes about keeping my gear in proper working order and tailoring a setlist that works for the specific crowd and venue. When you’re on a tour of this caliber you only get about thirty to forty minutes to make a mark so you better knock ‘em dead!

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#RNOpps: Meet the Latest Opportunity Selections

Every month we launch amazing opportunities for our musicians to connect with the industry. Hundreds of artists submit for the chance to be featured in top publications, headline festivals, sign to labels, and more. Get to know some of the artists who have been selected for recent opportunities in the round-up below!

Free Music Video Promotion Campaign from HIP Video Promo – Campaign #2

  • M. Maggie (Watch M. Maggie’s gorgeous video for her song “Vaporize” here.)

Play CIMMfest 2016

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Attract More Fans with These FanReach Updates

We’ve made exciting changes to FanReach, our email and social marketing solution, to provide you with even more flexibility and customization options that reflect your individuality. Read on to learn about the new updates and how you can use them to connect with and grow your fanbase.

Email and social marketing are essential ways to connect with your fans and we’re making it as easy as possible for you take advantage of these tools. The recent changes to FanReach allow you to express your individuality and creativity so you can create impactful emails and social messages that attract more fans. More fans = more gigs. Simple as that.

So, what’s new?

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Get Industry Insight with our New #AskRN Twitter Takeover Series

If you had the opportunity to sit down with someone in music industry, what would you ask them? Maybe tips for finding a good manager, how to get noticed, or how to book shows? Now's your chance to get industry insight with our new Twitter takeover series called #AskRN.

Starting on Wednesday, May 25th we’re launching a new Twitter takeover series called #AskRN. Each week one of our talented, experienced employees or music industry friends will take over our Twitter account for an open Q&A about all-things music. 

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Artist Session: Tongues.

Glasgow-based band Tongues., are setting themselves apart with massive synths, all-round electronic production, and bold vocals. The Wild Honey Pie premiered their newest single "Heartbeat," a song about the pursuit of finding a deeper connection with someone. Read on to meet the band, find out what we can expect from their forthcoming EP, and more.

Hey Tongues., thanks for chatting with us! Tell us the story about how Tongues. got started.

Tongues. started as Tim’s solo project during a year out traveling the world. In January 2015 ‘Colours in the Dark’ was accidentally left public on SoundCloud and picked up attention from blogs all around the world. We’ve since gathered together a live band and it has become a more collaborative process with each release.

Your sound is quite captivating– massive synths, soaring Hot Chip-like vocals, smooth percussive beats and a lot of soul.  Are there any particular influences behind the creation of Tongues.?

There’s a long list of artists who have inspired our sound. To name a few: The Knife, Son Lux, James Blake, Four Tet, Chvrches, and Battles.

You just released your single “Heartbeat” on The Wild Honey Pie, tell us a little about the new single and what we can expect from your upcoming EP.

“Heartbeat” was our first song to really come together in the studio. It’s an idea Tim had for a long time but it only found it’s life as we jammed it. It’s a pop song with a big chorus, a few curve balls and a lot of feeling to it.

You’ve been playing a lot of live shows this past year.  The National said, “In the live arena Glasgow four-piece Tongues. surpass anything they’ve released on record to date, their sub bass quaking the foundations of the building, their destined-for-greatness electro-pop-like Hot Chip reimagined as a 1970s rock band.” What’s the Tongues. live experience like?

We’re constantly told to make our recordings as good as the live experience. So either our recordings are substandard or they’re paying us a compliment. We’re all passionate about what we do and I think that comes across in our live shows. We want it to be an emotional experience and something that’s unique and special to that moment. Each show is different in it’s instrumentals, solos, light shows and we really just try and give it our everything.

We would love to see you in the states! Any plans to go abroad?

We’re getting there…

What would you say is the most important thing for an artist to remain unique and relevant in today’s ever-changing music sphere?

Perhaps a cliche but I think you have to be honest. It’s easy to try and create what you perceive to be popular or to follow a current trend instead of just creating what you believe in and saying what you want to say.

Last question, what’s on your playlist these days? Anyone we should keep an eye out for?

I’m currently listening to the new James Blake album and also loving an electronic artist called Shallou.

 

Get more Tongues. and listen to their Collection here.

 

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Gear Talk: Carlson

Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Carlson has worked with dozens of popular artists including Cat Stevens, Autre Ne Veut, Tim Hecker, and Ariel Pink, and has been featured on NPR, Gorilla vs. Bear, and FACT. With his new LP Going South dropping on June 10, we chatted with him about about how he approaches producing, the piece of gear he can’t live without, and more.

How do you approach producing music?

For me the primary goal with all production is to take an artist’s vision and fuse it with the song at hand to create a story. Producing can mean so many different things these days. It can be an integral part of the songwriting process (as in making a beat, track or bed). It can involve a more traditional approach, with the producer playing the musical mentor (choosing instrumentation and arrangements, choosing the right takes and giving musical direction.) Sometimes it’s more of an anchor role; With large groups or even smaller groups of people, it’s not uncommon to need a studio time/space manager, making sure everyone is focused on the task at hand and aware of the common goal. Other times it can be the opposite; A very hands off job. Perhaps the artist(s) are too organized and too inside their own heads to let loose and let the emotion of the music take over.

There’s so many different roles to take on it can be hard to peg down till you’re actually in the studio making music, but once i’m in the process of making a record it becomes clear what’s needed.

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