Tuesday, October 26

How Was Your CMJ ?

We are finally back on out feet today after a solid five day music marathon of day parties, late night showcases and music industry panels. We heard some great music, met some great people and generally didn't sleep much.

But the real question is, how was your CMJ?

Did you play? Tell us about the gig. Attend any insightful panels? Who spoke and what did that have to say? Do you have any war stories? Lost equipment? Did you get signed? Sign a publishing deal? License your music? Tips for next year?

We had over 100 Jango Airplay artists play this years CMJ and probably many more than that were just here for the festivities, so tell us all about it in the comments.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

We were not invited to CMJ. We were initially selected, then passed over. The canned response suggested too many bands applied. We feel the industry has become dominated by agents who push bands in large groups at these so called "opportunities". If you take the time and check each selected band out, a very high number have few plays per song on their myspace. That alone, speaks volumes. Yet they somehow get selected and bands with 10-100 fold more plays, get passed over. Does not seem objective, does it?

There is also a blog about SONIC and its so called "opportunities" which suggests the ads stating that there are X number of bands to be selected, are not true. It also suggests, NO bands are selected and dollar figures like 32,000 are pocketed by the promotors. They feed off Band ego and sweat equity.

Ironically, most who do attend do not have very much to say of a positive nature. Could it be due to the method of selection? No one is happy?

Anonymous said...

We were selected to perform at the Trash Bar, which is being called as the "new CBGB".

The thing is, we flew from very far to perform there on a Wednesday at 8PM. I heard that Phoenix was playing that evening.

Almost no one showed up.

Anonymous said...

Nando Azurém is great!!

Penrose said...

We did play CMJ this year, and it was incredible. We were fortunate enough to be involved in two showcases - one with No Pulp Music on Tuesday at Arlene's Grocery and on with Rethink Pop Music on Friday night at Crash Mansion. Both are awesome venues we'd played before. The Tuesday show had a smaller draw because we played early, but it was great to play anyway. Friday we played to a packed room of friends, fans, and new faces, and it proved to be an incredible night.

While we're thrilled to have been involved with two official CMJ showcases after only being together for a little over a year, I'm not sure the folks who run the CMJ Music Marathon Sonicbids account had much to do with our participation.

Our shows came about as the result of a year of hard work, getting out and meeting promoters, begging friends to come to shows, trying to expand our draw, and talking to all kinds of people in two cities. We're a Philadelphia based band, but we play in NYC and Philly consistently equally.

What we came to realize is that it didn't really matter how pretty our EPK was or how many plays and views we had per day on Myspace. The promoters were interested in previous experience and quality of music in their showcases.

Next year we'll do the same we did this year: go out, meet people, promote, beg, trade, work. It's not just about the color scheme of your Sonicbids page, and the Sonicbids CMJ people probably don't just randomly select a band based on Myspace hits.

We didn't get a record deal and we didn't get an opening spot for Kings of Leon. We randomly got interviewed by Fuse TV which was awesome, but basically we're a long way away from being set. We'll scrounge again this year for an SXSW showcase too.

Best advice I can give is make friends with bands that are doing well, and promoters that are enabling them to do well. You, in turn, will do well!

Penrose said...

Oh yeah if you want to check our tunes out, go to http://www.myspace.com/thepenrosemusic -- New album coming out in December!

Asylumcro said...

Hi,
We're just back home (Croatia) after performance at Dunkel Kommt Festival (Berlin)
Happy,meeting new fans...

Watch,oops cover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9fc94BXbCU

Cosmonaut said...

Hello! We (Cosmonaut) played CMJ for the first time this year at Kenny's Castaways on Tuesday Night 10/19 at 1:00AM. We were the last band that night after 6 other bands that were all really good! The people at Kenny's were very nice to deal with and even though our set was late we managed to play for a good mix of friends and random people that decided to stick around. The show was a great success and we look forward to hopefully playing again next year. Thanks to all the bands we played with and everyone that came out and watched us. Cosmonaut www.myspace.com/cosmonautnyc

Mandy Mason said...

Hello Fans and Friends,
2010 has been one amazeing year for me. Many ups and downs but all in all a very successful and rewarding year. The numerous performances with The Nashtones, Percy Sledge, The Wootens and many many others have all been unforgetable experiences. The new friends and people that The Lord has brought into my life this year are people that have made a life time impression on me and will be life time friends. The fans have been very supportive and kind. Seeing the smiling faces on the fans at the venues where my band and I perform as they sing along with the music while dancing has brought so many wonderful and happy memories to me and the band. The hugs, kisses on the cheek, pictures, autograph requests and an occasional tear from a fan have made this Nashville Artist very humble. The many many gifts that have been hand made and sent are so appreciated and I do wear as many as I can. I thank you with all of my heart because if not for you, there would be no Mandy Mason Project. Thank you so much.
Mandy Mason

CrybKeeper said...

[QUOTE]"Anonymous said...
We were not invited to CMJ. We were initially selected, then passed over. The canned response suggested too many bands applied. We feel the industry has become dominated by agents who push bands in large groups at these so called "opportunities". If you take the time and check each selected band out, a very high number have few plays per song on their myspace. That alone, speaks volumes. Yet they somehow get selected and bands with 10-100 fold more plays, get passed over. Does not seem objective, does it?

There is also a blog about SONIC and its so called "opportunities" which suggests the ads stating that there are X number of bands to be selected, are not true. It also suggests, NO bands are selected and dollar figures like 32,000 are pocketed by the promotors. They feed off Band ego and sweat equity.

Ironically, most who do attend do not have very much to say of a positive nature. Could it be due to the method of selection? No one is happy?" [end QUOTE]

Now here is a person, who doesn't understand how booking works and on how many different levels this can take place. I book our artists all the time, year round and never take more than my base salary. Our bands are thoroughly screened, before ever being accepted as a client. If they cannot 'bring it' live, do a pro set up and set, have a professional looking EPK and image, then we decline them as a client. The only exception woud be an artist who has potential and just needs some work(A&R/PR/experience). If we book bands for any events, I can assure you, they got their shyte together before hand ;-)