Thursday, June 30

Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 25 2016)


We here at Radio Airplay absolutely love music and moreover, we love sharing new music with you! Being exposed to so many awesome independent artists in our Airplay community is an amazing experience. Getting to listen and share up & coming artist's music is even better!

Fellow rockstar members of the Radio Airplay staff want to give our artists even more opportunities to be heard. Erin, Kelly, Tara, and Adam are on board so far, and will be hand picking their favorite tunes each week. We'll be featuring them here on the blog, the Radio Airplay Facebook, and our weekly Airplay newsletter.

Check out our Staff Picks of Week 25 Below!
View all past staff picks here!

Erin's Picks: 

Everlit - Break Away




Tara's Picks:

Wednesday, June 29

Why You Should Treat Your Music Career Like a Startup

"Music promotion and growing your career as an artist is the most difficult thing you can do on this earth. Growing a startup is the second hardest. They each require constant GROWTH - That six letter word that that can’t be ignored in any career - be it creative or business. Or creative business."

Check out this excellent and fun new article from our friends at TuneCore, with 7 important guidelines and advice any artist can use, to keep the right mindset and have a real plan for taking your music career's success to the next level!

Tuesday, June 28

Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick (Week 25 2016)


Top PopScore band Teomon Universoul Messenjah was chosen for Week 25 as the Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick for their song, Good Loving Listen here!

They received a full year's membership to Musician's Atlas, the music industry's most reliable contact database service.

But you don't have to wait until you reach the top of the PopScore charts to get VIP access to the best performance, promotion & distribution.



Monday, June 27

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Friday, June 24

2016 Summer Song Contest Winners Announced!


Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2016 Summer Song Contest. It was not an easy task to pick the winners, as we received a record number of amazing submissions this year!  

Over 200 songs were chosen by our panel of judges to appear in Jango's Independent Summer '16 station and all overall winners received 100 free play credits in their Radio Airplay accounts! 
Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER received the following: 

  • 10,000 Play Credits added to the winning Radio Airplay account ($200+ Value)
  • Exclusive Grand Prize feature in our weekly newsletter and social media outlets
  • Exclusive placement in Jango Radio's Independent Summer '16 station
  • One month rotation in Jango Radio's Ear Poppin New Music station 
  • Summer rotation in even more of Jango Radio's summer stations!
  • Guaranteed Music Review package courtesy of ArtistPr.com (up to $800 value)
  • A BEST SHOT deal courtesy of MusicSubmit.com (up to $150 Value)

The 9 runners up winners received the following: 
Congratulations to all of our winners and thanks again to all of you awesome musicians who participated! 



Grand Prize Winner

Cadence Kid - Hold On Me 




Runners Up

Anthony Francisco - Sunshine
SMITH (R&B) - Tapestry
Kelsey Lewis - Ruby Red Shoes
Spaceship - I Blame the Lines
Jake Vance - The Poet
Mike Liegel - Stick Around
Mike Stocksdale - All Right
Honawolf - Suitcase In Hand



Overall Winners 

GTM - Chasing the Summer
SC - Summer Lover feat. Tessa Norman
The Evening Shades - Game Show
Solomon Jaye - Ordinary Man
Sophia Daniz - Day Dreaming
Gabe Lopez - California Blues (feat. Belinda Carlisle)
Paul Bohak - You'll See
The Alpaca Gnomes - Honey
Peyton Davis - Nowhere America
Crane - Endless Summer
Matt VanFossen - Where You Gonna Run To Now
Howard Benjamin Bailey - Backroom
Climbing Trees - Tracks
MCEpicDose - Good Love
His Name is Dana - It's My Day
Meshukatzot - Stoners
King Dreams - Vibes
Kate Diaz - Want To
André Orlando - Lemonade
Ships Have Sailed - Summertime
Sean McMahon and the MoonMen - House Of Mirrors
Todd Herfindal - Right Here Now
Boo Riley - To: Alexis, From: Leander
Robert Kelly Music - All Summer Long
False North - Confetti
The Owl-Eyes - Broken Strings
Fireside Prophets - Goosebumps
Maggie Baugh - Heck of a Story
The New Investors - This is the Season
Carly Lind - I Don't Belong
Lights in August - Alone
The Valery Trails - OK
Mike de la Cruz - Pa'elante
Amity and 12th (formerly Alex Leicht) - Twisted Summer
T.J. Kingston - From Far Away
U-Sity Feat SeanK - Party Ova Here
XOVA (Pop) - 9 Lives
Bones (Blues) - 10 Days
Cinema Star - ATTRACTIVE
Daniela Flores - Heaven
Lukay - Baby Ya Right
Multii Millionz - Where U At
Alice Sonia-Michael - Seconds of silence
Birch Book - Stray Summer Song
Moore & Moore (with Billy Yates) - Sand In Our Shoes
Darkside_iam - Summertime
Active Sun - I Gotta Get It
droptheeye - House on a beach
Bebo Grove - Vacant Places
Steve Rivers - Where There's Smoke There's Whiskey
Auralyn Waves - Alive
Stellar - RTF
Katy Mckenzie - Freedom
HWY-99 - Let The Sunrise Say Goodbye
Eclano - Summer of Us (feat. Dom Gonnella)
Patrick Von - Sunny Afternoon
JLuv Official - If It Ain't This
Hamish R Marr - A good day.
Smoke Hustle - 8 Fifty Thang
Dani Diasio - Walk The Talk
keece - She's So Irreplaceable
Bruce Blackman / Starbuck - Doing Nothing
Mitch Katz - Rosalita
Sapphyre Bardot - Come Get This Love
Mike Breen - Just Poor
EVIE - IN LOVE BY NOON
NOTHINGYET - Today
Chris Taylor - New Day
Billy Gilman - Summertime
Velleta - Remedy
Brian Purist - Wish You Were Here
Amen - Acoustic Earth
Mind Set Muzik - Closed Mouths
Adele Morgan - Get Away
Steinrøys - Miss Fortune
JAEK - Love We Found
Cry The Blues Away - Johnny Allen Slack
1st Time - DeMetrius Rodriguez
The Innov8tors - Love Like This
Robert James - Wide Open
John Cotton - Life of Ease
Patten and Goff - Proud of Who I Am
Emma Dykes - Footprints
The Empire Associates - The Old Gods
Tony Halchak - Ragweed Summer
Kobie - Catching Feelings
King Con - The Blender's Gonna' Fire!
John Hines - Cabo Morning
Dennis Filaofsoul Crocker - Barbeque
State Line Syndicate - Loves Me So
Abby Feferman - More Than Words Can Say
KamaleoniCa - Te extraño
Kennedy York - Misdemeanor
Dave Russell - Summer Girls
The Vibrant Sound - Gravity
Lois Gillespie - Sweet Snake Poison
Jessamyn Rains - Won't They Be Surprised
Amy Kress - Numb
kathy keogh - Wife of the Party
KM$NEY - JIGGLE
D-Elite - Smash Mouf
That Being SO - It's the Girl
Hawk - A Lil Sumpn Sumpn
Mutt Ley - Mean Summer
chazz/mac - love crazy
Barry Johnson - Brand New
Trevor Dahlen - Hey Hey Baby
Bill Hartmann - Sorry
Sunblind Lion - Love Into Battle
David Castro - A Quien Ire
Ronnie I - My First Love
Cold Beer & Broads - Summer Girl
Jay Janszen - An Instance Of Love
DORMEE - In The Summer
Joyce Vetter - Roll On The Lazy River
Valery Stronsky - You are my Love
Mindset Music - We're Not Here At All - Jodee Bishop
Lionel Lodge - You And I
The DeadBeats - Karma
Jerry Kennedy - When You Came By
Dorian M - Sing With Me
Michael Tanenbaum - A Hui Hou (Duet w/Joe Freedman)
Jimmy C. Williams - Freight Train Blues
Same Old Tale - Precious
The New Granadas - Ghost
Maria Ayo - Hazel Eyes
Aberrition - Closest To Perfect
Jae Jin - Running
Cody Joe Hodges - One More Drink
Phaze II - My Favorite Guy
R.X. Bertoldi - When The Bullets Fly
Erin Gannon Simms - Live n' Let Loose
Orchestra Fuego - Sabor Latino
Z-Ha - IKYL
Mark Lerman - Find You
Disgruntled Bastards - One Hell Of A Day
Southern Mischief - Secret Place
Rilee O'Neill - Butterflies
Gary Owen - Summer Dream
Raffaella Piccirillo - Ragazzi
Les Bateliers - Les Bateliers
Da' Groove Machine - (Morning Man) Night Time Lover
Brennans' Bounty - This Prairie Town
Leah Finkelstein - One Hell of a Summer Fling
EVAN BEKIARIS - Bad Bad Bad Girl
The Casanova Playboys - Angela
Ermitt Mr Blues Williams - Summertime
Silent Ocean - Summer Breeze
Alex Dart Band - Crazy for Your Love
Turgut - Chemicals (feat. Christine Ekeberg)
Chaser Eight - Lift Me Up
HAIVYN - ANYMORE
Sour Mash String Band - Down the Highway
Chad Wilson - Let Her Know
Whiskey Reverb - Eternal Summer
Judy Barnett - Bummer Summer
Prymal - Private Paradise
Riff Reign - Last Night
EHRIE - Part Time Lover Ft Danny B
Final Void - Dianthus
Ladrones de Guevara - 7 Minutos
Rillo - SummerTime
T-Richh - I Know
Manny Cabo - Friday Night
The Kates (Siberia) - Mad Fire
40Amp.fuse - Tumble Dry
Boo Project - Planitana
The Weaklings - Someday
Szilva - I Feel U
Toni Swain - Tattoo
Belinda Wickens - In the Eye of the Beholder
PAR~A~DIGM - FIREWORKS
Rellz Tha Postman and Christobal The Vision - Sun Roof
Folkwood - The World
John and the Time Traveling Bicycle - Summer Days
Patrice Mason - Beautiful Day
Theep k Ft !spazz! - Fell in love
Tina Karras - Lemon Lime Soda
Steve Oakley Band - Whiskey & Angels
Civil Sound - Fun
Yung phaqtz - Don't act
The show broadway group - Trembling Kiss
twelve a.m. flowers - A Luxury Squeeze
Nicole Stella - Queenstown Lane
Devenairedc - How Does It Feel Ft. Tierani La'Chelle
Nate (France) - Little Sad Men
Megan Zurkey - When I Wasn't Looking
Stereolover - Sun
C. Preest - One Moe Feat. Kemet
Iliana - Predictable
Chauncey Maynor - Love Plane

Thursday, June 23

Center Stage - Bebo Grove

www.bebogrove.com
Meet the newest Center Stage band,  Bebo Grove - A four-piece group from Calgary formed in 2015 by longtime friends and collaborating musicians and songwriters, Jason Selby and Jeff Ragan. With the addition of Jordan Clermont, a local singer-songwriter, on vocals, and Anthony Heywood-Smith, a multi-instrumentalist, Australian Singer-Songwriter, on drums, the four created a sound that combines a unique blend of styles to create a melodic, emotive sound. Their music combines poetic lyrics with an energetic fusion of folk, world music, and alternative rock. Bebo Grove released their first EP, Vacant Places, in March 2016.

Their Acoustic/Indie Folk song Vacant Places especially resonates with Jango listeners and among the staff here at Radio Airplay. It's breezy feel good vibe is reminiscent of a modern day Faces. 

Take a listen and get to know the band for yourself in this latest feature and Q&A with Bebo Grove. 

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
Our music is a combination of our various influences—we listen to everything from Flamenco and World Music to Metal; Miles Davis to Blind Melon to Radiohead and Jesse Cook—creating a melodic sound with affectional and poetic lyrics.

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up?
To avoid rambling on about each of our individual memories, we can speak to our earliest memories playing together. Jeff and Jason have been playing together for about 14 years. Jason initially filled in on bass at a party in a tiny backyard for a band Jeff had formed. Neither Jeff nor Jason knew much about what they were doing, but it ended up sounding pretty great. The rest is history.

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
We each learned a riff or two from songs that we liked, but we pretty much started writing our own music the second we figured how to hold our instruments. 

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process
Jason and Jeff write the music. One will have a basic song written and then the two sit down and build the structure and the song together. Neither considers the song complete until the other has put his touch on it. Jason and Jordan both write lyrics, so one will take on writing the lyrics and the melody for a song and bring it to the band. 

If you were to cover another artist's album, which would you pick and why?
This is hard because of our various influences and our different motivations for covering an album. We each have an idea of what we would consider to be the greatest album of all time, but we also would want to cover something that we feel we could make our own and potentially even better! Although we could probably not make the album better, Paul Simon’s Graceland would definitely be fun to work with. The music and lyrics are outstanding and we think there is enough room to make it our own.

What was the highlight of 2015, either for you personally or for the band? What was the low point?
High Point:Finding Anothony
Low Point: Finding Anthony
In all seriousness, definitely forming Bebo Grove. We’re still a new band and the four of us have only been playing together as a band since the summer of 2015. We have had our ups and downs. Auditioning singers and drummers was tedious and at times discouraging, but once we found Jordan and Anthony, things picked up. Our time in the studio and playing quite a few large shows were definitely highlights.

What is 2016 looking like for you? Upcoming projects?  Can you give us a little hint on what we can expect for this year?
We’re making a music video right away and we hope to get back in the studio.  We’re doing a lot of writing and are still keeping busy playing shows. We are really looking forward to see what this year brings!  

We see you recently released your first EP. Are the news songs you are writing going to be part of an upcoming EP or perhaps a full length album?
We have a lot of new material that we would like to release on a full length album. The more we write, the more our sound seems to evolve; so, when we get back into the studio, we will have to see what is best-suited to give the album unity and then save the other songs for another LP. We are excited to get back into the studio and to get more material out there!

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy.
Wearing cloaks on stage, without a doubt. That is all.

Okay, I like it. But please elaborate...
Jeff and I (Jason) played in a metal band years ago that had a pretty elaborate stage show. It was a sort of parody fantasy metal band… anyway, our singer insisted we wear cloaks on stage to add to the whole mock fantasy shtick. I think this experience goes beyond topping the list of our most embarrassing moments on stage to our most embarrassing moments in general. To add to the discomfort, the cloaks were made of acrylic or some other material that doesn’t breathe — so the embarrassment on stage went alongside suffering from heat exhaustion. We were drowning in our own sweat and shame.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate their creativity?
We all like to spend a lot of time outdoors. We live right by the mountains and there is a lot of great stuff to do outdoors. Jeff is a big climber, Jason likes writing poetry and spends most of his time with his daughter and his dogs, Anthony likes being Australian, and Jordan loves busking. I think all of our hobbies fuel or music and our creativity.  Jeff and his guitar are inseparable, Jordan’s busking leads to ideas for his lyrics, Jason’s inspiration for his writing is his daughter, and Anthony is…Australian.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
It is cool to hear yourself on air. It gives us a chance to distance ourselves from our music and listen to it a little more objectively. We can hear how it flows with other music and how it stands out. But most importantly, it is inspiring. It feels like we’re accomplishing something and that people who might not have ever heard us before might be listening. Creating music is absolutely rewarding and is just awesome, but sharing it is even better.


Wednesday, June 22

10 Reasons Musicians Fail On Social Media

"Social media. Whether you hate it or love it, it’s there and it makes the world go round… at least the world of entertainment. And if you want to be on the same level as all those other artists, you have to use it to promote your music."

There's a lot that goes into social media, and it's easy to overlook some crucial aspects and fall short on promoting yourself the best way possible. Check out this helpful article posted by our friends at MTT, with 10 reasons why some musicians are dropping the ball with their social media marketing, and how you can make sure you're not one of them! 

http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/10-reasons-musicians-fail-on-social-media.html



5 Tips to Make Your Local Shows More Successful

"Every band wants to experience the glory of the road—seeing new towns, meeting new people and feeling the thrill of a new stage night after night. In most cases, though, the first steps toward success are only a few miles from the front door. Before building a national or global profile, it’s important to create the buzz that turns you into one of the most talked-about bands in your town."
Whether you're a veteran touring band or ready to book your first shows, check out this great new post from our friends at TuneCore, with 5 excellent tips and guidelines on how to book and get the very best results from your local shows!

Tuesday, June 21

Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick (Week 24 2016)

Top PopScore band Tyler Wilhelm and A Few Dollars More was chosen for Week 24 as the Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick for their song, Long Gone Listen here!

They received a full year's membership to Musician's Atlas, the music industry's most reliable contact database service.


But you don't have to wait until you reach the top of the PopScore charts to get VIP access to the best performance, promotion & distribution.




Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 24 2016)


We here at Radio Airplay absolutely love music and moreover, we love sharing new music with you! Being exposed to so many awesome independent artists in our Airplay community is an amazing experience. Getting to listen and share up & coming artist's music is even better!

Fellow rockstar members of the Radio Airplay staff want to give our artists even more opportunities to be heard. Erin, Kelly, Tara, and Adam are on board so far, and will be hand picking their favorite tunes each week. We'll be featuring them here on the blog, the Radio Airplay Facebook, and our weekly Airplay newsletter.

Check out our Staff Picks of Week 24 Below!
View all past staff picks here!





Tara's Picks: