Thursday, July 20

Rising Artist - Gus Moon

Each month one deserving Staff Pick artist or band is chosen as a Rising Artist and receives the following: 

- Full year's membership from Musician's Atlas (the music industry's most reliable contact database service)
- Playlist spot in the Top 100 and other popular stations on Jango Radio App /
- 1000 play credits awarded to artist account
- Artist feature promoted on Radio Airplay blog, weekly newsletter, and social media outlets

We're happy to introduce you to the newest Radio Airplay Rising Artist, Gus Moon - A talented artist and storyteller giving John Prine, Jason Isbell and other key players in the Americana scene a run for their money. 

"As true to himself as Gus Moon can seem, when pick hits string and he pulls that first lyric up from his gut, he transforms. A GusMoon show is as much a séance as it is a musical experience, as he melds personal experience, troubled characters, and often more-troubling narratives into many of his songs. He becomes the persona of the songs, like an actor might embody a role. It’s powerful. His mouth is a channel where several voices erupt, recalling the brokenness of their bad loves and the triumphs of their picking up the shards. Other songs are much more topically bright, but there’s always some sort of balance in his songs between the darkness and the light. A balance reflected in his voice. Just enough polish to know it’s been taken care of; just enough scratch to know it’s seen its share of heartache." -Patrick Barcus, National Road Magazine

Do you yourself write all your songs, or is this a collaboration with other members in your band?
I write the lyrics and structure.  When we set out to record the songs, band members add their ideas and talent to the material and it becomes what you hear on the recordings.   

What instruments do you play in the band or in your recordings? 
I play acoustic guitar and sing.  I'll add harmonica or electric guitar.  

What are some of your fondest musical memories?
I grew up on a farm in central Indiana.  Around the age of 15 I got into writing songs and recording them.  There were a number of barns on the property.  The main barn had a John Deere combine that lived within.  I'd take my Tascam 4-track out there and setup a pretty handy little studio.  I had a drum kit, bass guitar, and guitar amps all ready to go.  I used the cab of the combine to record vocals.  
I'd play late out in that barn.  It was a huge metal pole barn with concrete floors.  It's been 20 years since those barn recording days and neighbors still tell stories of how I kept them up many nights "banging those drums" and such.  They never complained.  Neither did my Dad.  Looking back on this memory it always makes me smile.  

Who is an artist that has changed the way you feel about music? 
Late teens through most of my twenties I played in a hard rock band called Bind that later morphed into Burn The Red Sky. That band began fizzling when I was about 25.  I began playing more acoustic guitar and started singing.  I wasn't the vocalist in the hard rock bands.  I had a wide mix of music that I listened to and was influenced by but Iron and Wine and Ryan Adams stand out as game changers for me.  I certainly credit them for leading me to delve into other artists in which I've gained mountains of inspiration. 

Faultline is a beautiful song. Timeless, heartfelt and tastefully produced. Can you tell me a little bit about what inspired you to write the song, and the recording process?
In 2011 a major earthquake hit Japan.  It was all over the news.  My fellow bandmate, Dennis Furr, owned a coffee shop and I was working there at the time.  The earthquake definitely shook me.  I just thought of how insignificant even the most major personal or political issues are when Mama Earth decides to shiver or sneeze.  The song Faultline was born on a slow business day at the coffee shop.  
In the studio that song just fell together, as did the entire Splendid Noise E.P..  We recorded it live at Primary Sound Studio in Bloomington, In.  We did add some backing vox and piano after the intial tracking.  We discussed a few key melody lines beforehand but other than that it was everyone feeling it out and doing their thing.  

What has been the highlight of 2017 so far, either for you personally or for you music career?
So far the highlight of 2017 has been deciding to take the rest of the year off from touring and slow down! A lot of focus on getting "homebase" together. We'll record a new album this year.

Where are you currently based out of? Is there a good music scene in your 
community? Do you play gigs regularly? 
I live in Greencastle, Indiana.  It's about 45 minutes west of Indianapolis.  Greencastle is home quite a few of my favorite songwriters and musicians.  Small town, big music. We do play in Greencastle, Bloomington, and Indianapolis often.  We have a handful of venues we're fond of performing.  

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
Performing live or recording...which do I prefer?  At this moment I'll say recording.  I'm in that mindset right now.  All in all I choose creating.  

What are some artists or bands you're currently listening to?
John Coltrane, Townes Van Zandt, and Jason Isbell is what I'm rotating between most at the moment.  

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate your creativity?
I've been building a house for 8 years now.  It's liveable and getting closer to finished every day.  Well at least every week.  In this sense the word finished is somewhat a joke.  The process moves forward and it's noticeable.  My house is a creative project that I gain a great deal from on multiple levels.

Any upcoming releases or gigs you’re excited about? Can you give us a little hint to what you’ve got in store for your musical future? 
Our goal for the remainder of 2017 is to record the new album.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
I like the ability to get independent music played next to it's major release counterparts and inspirations.

Gus Moon - Love Is All Around 

Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 28 2017)

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.
What's more?! 

1 lucky staff pick each week will receive a full year's membership to Musician's Atlas, the music industry's most reliable contact database service. 

All staff picks are added to Jango Radio's Ear Poppin' New Music station which receives over 3000+ hits per week. All staff picks are also added to 

Wednesday, July 19

How Should I Promote My Music? Set Up A Content Marketing Plan!

"Music promotion is something a lot of people struggle with. It can be tough to find something that actually works. After all, your goal is to be able to sell music, merch, and tickets and ultimately make a living from your music, so just getting followers or being “internet famous” isn’t going to cut it."

Take a look at the following article posted by our friends at DIY Musician, with a helpful overview that will make promoting your music more efficient, profitable, and fun.

Musician's Atlas Staff Pick (Week 27 2017)

Staff Pick band The Genders was chosen for Week 27 as the Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick for their song, I'm A Freak - 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.

                                         Become a member of Musician's Atlas today

Indie Bible PopScore Pick (Week 28 2017)

Top PopScore artist Epidemiks was chosen for Week 28, 2017 as Indie Bible's PopScore Pick for their song Lyme Disease - Listen Here!

They received an Ultimate Indie bundle ($280 value) from Indie Bible. The ULTIMATE INDIE BUNDLE can help you to get valuable radio airplay, music reviews, spotlight features, video airplay, physical & digital distribution, signed to a record label and much more!

You don't have to wait until you reach the top of the PopScore charts to get your Indie Bundle. Get Your Ultimate Indie Bundle Today!

Monday, July 17

2017 Summer Song Contest Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2017 Summer Song Contest. We received over 2,000 submissions this year and the staff here at at Radio Airplay had a blast listening to every single song! 

We have added a total of 166 winners to this year’s Independent Summer 2017 station on Jango. 156 Overall winners also got 100 play credits added to their Radio Airplay account. 

You can tune in to listen to this year's winners HERE!

Grand Prize Winner received:


The 9 Runners Up Received: 



SIAS - Stand Tall
Ma Rainy - Two Sheets to the Wind
Barley Station - Younger Summer Memories
Sonny Boy Mick - My Favourite Song
Hanogi Stone - Summer Break
Omer B - The Pool is Empty
Mary McAvoy - Summer Breeze
Say Sue Me - Summer Night
Revel in Romance - Summer Nights
Carito Plaza - Wake Up
Doeray - Deep Blue
Tom MacLear - Sweet Summer Days
SmithNThompson - Summer
Peter Donegan - I’m Yours 
Lance Wing - In The Summer (the song writes itself)
David Van Walker - Heart Of Miami
Flakestate - UM
Damian Rybicki - Watchin' You
Marthe Halvorsen - Potential
Martell Lacey - Spell On Me
Ross Seddon - Only You
Chloe Adelaide - Memories on the Wall
Kevin Stokley - Eighteen
The Movies - Broke
Phaedra Vie - I’m Hooked
Anthony Lonell - Crew
Celine Schmink - Compulsive ways
Jason Link - Summer Heat
Finnli - If
Heavy Lies The Crown - Into The Darkness
Twiggy Branches - Miss Available
Jim Allchin - Healing Ground
Crazee baldhead - Turn On Tune IN DROP OUT
Sarah Katherine - Runnin'
Will Winslett - Now or Never
Sheep's Power - Man on Mars
The Colour Fire - Gravity
Ted Borodofsky and Southern Jazz - The Preacher
Mike Lusk - Standin' In Line
Paolo Meola - Stellar Wind
Night Trap - Summer Days
Death & the Reverend - Chaos Girl
Brown Kid - La farra
The Como Brothers - Magic
Sanet Lambrechts - Nice to you
The Youngins - Strawberry Ice Cream
Zero Zuni - Death of Me
Of NIght And Light - Broken
halie and the moon - Sunshine in Disguise
The Telescreens - Crazy
After The Flood - Mama
Justin Evans - A Little Case of Lovin' You
XRay - Gimme your love
Biggie Babylon - Summer Boo
Michael Jameson - Summer Love ft Andrea Marr
Bjorn Veum Seljevold - Dance
Stefano Bertozzi - Paris at Night
Kane Liostro - Feel again
Halie Loren - Bare Feet
David Stone - The Wasp
Roddan - Rock My Reggae Bone
Damien Ridge - Needin' You
Barbie Dolls - Michelle Marie
Swingin Hammers - Roots
Hadara Levin Areddy - Falling
Monroe Strongback - Cooler Heads
Reise - August Moon
Jack Foltyn - Be What You Gotta
Die Wohngemeinschaft - Störgeräusche
T.Wong - Cloud#9
Christin Lee Chambers - Honey
The Tahoes - Breakout
QjP - L.M.H.T.
AJ Fortune - Good In Summer
Ben Storm - Gypsy Trail
Shades of August - Walls
Apollo RSVP - The Night Is Young (Love Is in the Air)
Preston Disney - Closer to Me
David Castro - Estás Conmigo
Nicole Abeth - Little Birdie
Dallo - Summer People
Olivia Fleming - With You
Alone Together - Show Me
The Oral Buffet - It's A Good Day
David Sinclair Four - Down By The Canal
Peter Fransson - I Don't Mind
Yung Sheikh - Last Summer
Danbert Nobacon & The Axis of Dissent - So Hot it Hurts
The Alpaca Gnomes - Honey
Jerrett Zoch & the OSR Band - Sippin' On Shine
David Mcginty - Summertime
Lauren Grant - 1908
Idrise - Should Be
Jaspar 3D - Beachwalk
Council - Rust To Gold
John Moukarzel - A World In The Dark
droptheeye - House on a beach
Ugly Melon - Dead Or Alive
Gerry Hyde - Living On A Boat
Co-Opt - Looking For The Sunshine
Honeybadger - The Ballad of El Guapo
Brian Clayton - Bikinis And Tequila
Versus You - You Better
Keeana Kee - Coconut Rum and Coke
Model One - Amy
Kendálin - The Summer Solstice Song
The Baghdaddios - Here It Comes (The Coney Island Cyclone)
Cathedral Pearls - America's Child
P.H.D. - Love Is A Comet
Daphne Dash - To the moon
J.O.B - This Is The Moment
StereoViolet - The Last Stand
Towns-End - Time Machine
The Derby Dolls - Here Comes The Sun
Miistro Freeyo - Flooded
Weston James - Sweet Watermelon Girl
Phaze II Jazz - Me & You
The Sidleys (soul/rock) - You and I
Primetime Paco - Tell Ya Sum
B.O.S.S - Temporary Love
Dean Richard - Summer
patrick von wiegandt - Summertime
Reverend Zen - Magdalena
Arthur Freds - Me Take A Risk
Cyan Dream - Rumblin' Hogs
Lowdown Fixit - Painting Pictures
Three Day Flight - Shining Like The Sun
Pongky Manullang - Loving This Rain
Don Middlebrook - I Can't Spell Caribbean
Alika Arlynn - My Devotion
Tyler & Marlin - Summertime
London Silence - I wanna give it all to you
Oronde - Prime
JPT Scare Band - Not My Fault
Sly X Clusive - Let me be your man
RockaBilly Roach - Beach With Ya Baby
rayded. - Rude Gyal
Todd Herfindal - Hello Summer
Girl From The Moon - F.I.L.A.
Energise - Party Party Party Party
Ryan Zimmerman - Fireproof
Sam Tio - Suburban Friday Night
Sound of SuperBad - All Fall Down
Pietro Daniele - L’uomo che lavora
Violeta Lux - Descanso
The Metronomad - That Girl
Muthe - For Dream
Steven Hajic - Infinite Sea
DGiO the Artist - Sundress Season
Slick Frenzy - Now