Wednesday, February 27

How to Tour Without Losing Money



Going on tour with your music can one of the best and most memorable experiences a band or artist can have, but when you're living on the road, it's easy to slip into pitfalls which can cause you to burn through all your money too quickly, or even get yourself into debts.

 A recently posted article on Reverbnation talks about how to make the most out of touring, saving money and MAKING money while on tour. Even if you're not ready to tour yet, there's some great money-saving info for working musicians. In this guest post, full-time DIY musician Ari Herstand gives tips on how make a profit while touring. Click Here to read more!

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Tuesday, February 26

Airplay Band Of The Month - Skellytone


Skellytone creates a melodic style of hip-hop focusing on lyricism, vocal performance and content. "Complex and brooding, Skellytone is one man's vision of the inside of his brain." Take a look at our very talented and original Band of The Month!



Describe your sound in one sentence
Thinking man's hip-hop for lost souls and the depressed.

What inspires you to make music?

Acoustically I am inspired by everything I hear -- in fact, I believe you can't help but be.  Through the broad spectrum of sounds you hear during the day, from the pleasant to the downright terrible, everything clashes around inside your head until you let it back out in a cascade of release.  In a more concrete sense, I love the idea of classical sounds meeting modern day electronic.  In a more lyrical sense, I create music simply to release all the emotions caught up inside me.  Mostly these are depression, malaise and inner contemplation. If I didn't write music, I wouldn't make it through many days...

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
 
Aesop Rock for his stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, Kno for his sound and feel and Vinnie Paz for knowing how to drive a track.  Really though, I wrote and played metal for many years before I ever got into hip-hop so while I may be influenced by current hip-hop artists, I have a solid background in songwriting and singing that I think adds a lot of depth to my current musical undertakings.


How do you connect with fans and get them involved in your music?

Of the many ways to interface with fans, I would say that Facebook is the center pin.  Facebook is ubiquitous, it is easily accessible for almost anyone, and from there I can direct people to my website or anywhere else of consequence.  We are squarely in a new age of music.  No longer do you have to run all around town and play shows in order to reach people and have an impact.  Given the multifaceted interconnected internet world we live in, it is completely possible to live entirely on the "digital stage", where you can perform, advertise and get closer than ever to the people who enjoy your art.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?

Radio Airplay is a unique outlet which allows me to reach people who may be, because of their other interests, more likely to enjoy what I have to offer.  The targeting is definitely the best feature.  To be able to cherry pick plays to music lovers who share similar acoustic interests is invaluable.  

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.

I am currently in the middle of writing and recording my second full length album entitled, "Taciturn Verses".  Much like my first self-titled album there is a lot of personal release and emotion in these songs.  Musically I feel like I am expanding into more electronic territory, while still keeping an underground, yet high production value sound.  I am planning a few videos to go along with this album, so stay tuned.  The album will be released late this spring. 

Jango:  www.jango.com/music/Skellytone
Website: www.skellyto.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SkellytoneAlone
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/skellytone
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/self-titled/id497566832?uo=4
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00730D6QU

Airplay Top 10 (Week 9 2013)

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ClosedHandPromise
 
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The Strive
 
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Driven
 
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Fight The Bear
 
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L.A.Deuce
 
 
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Sandon
 
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Fantomen
 
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Wednesday, February 20

25 Social Media Resources For Musicians

Social media sites are everywhere these days, and while many people use these sites for the basics like finding old friends and connecting with new ones, some of the most successful bands and artists out there are able to use social media sites as one of their most important tools for finding new fans and pushing their announcements, music, and musical careers to new heights and more people than ever before..

Our friends over at Music Think Tank recently posted a great list of 25 of the top social media sites musicians can use to put themselves as out there as possible, maximizing their promotion, exposure, and online fan base. Click Here to read more!

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Tuesday, February 12

Songwriting 101: Why Originality Matters



Believe it or not, Songwriring matters! No matter how good a musician's technical skills, no matter how much experience, and no matter how many effects, auto-tuning and other enhancements a producer can add to a record, it's the writing behind a song which defines you as an artist, and is a huge determining factor in finding fans and success with your music.

Our friends over at Music Think Tank recently posted a great little article from a record label principal/creative director, on the importance of songwriting. Click Here to read more

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Airplay Top 10 (Week 8 2013)

Top Band on Jango This Week
 
Explorers
 
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Anthony Chaput
 
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Torch
 
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Gethsemane
 
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The Light
 
 
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Jack Fossett
 
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The Motorleague
 
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Superjam
 
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State of Mind
 
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Rob "Cleva" Lightbourne

Wednesday, February 6

Music Industry Predictions: Labels, concerts, licensing and more


These days with all the new technologies and opportunities for artists, as well as the big changes happening in the music industry in general, it can be both easier as well as more complicated than ever to push your music to record labels and make it in the music business. Knowing the current trends and what to expect in the future can be invaluable for your musical endeavors and can mean the difference between success and failure when planning out your musical career.

ReverbNation recently posted a great blog article with tips and predictions from a renowned artist manager/consultant and music-industry executive, covering the future of music labels, promotion, radio, licensing and more. Click Here to read the article.

Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Radio Airplay!

Airplay Top 10 (Week 7 2013)

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Son of Ian
 
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I Love Lighnting Bugs
 
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Lino Muoio
 
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peakXperience
 
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The Green Children
 
 
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Sparzanza
 
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Jungle Doctors
 
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Fran├žois Staal
 
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Lil Chuco
 
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Doug Hamer