Tuesday, November 29

Writing The Best Band Bio

Having an interesting bio is important when you're trying to catch the attention of your fans and industry people. But writing about yourself can be a challenging task Our partners at cdbaby wrote a great blog post about how to write a good bio - check it out here!

Stay tuned for more recommended reads as we scan the blogosphere so that you can make the most of your spins. And as always - thanks for being a part of Jango Airplay.

/The Jango Airplay Team

Tuesday, November 22

Jango Airplay Top 10

Top Band on Jango This Week
Zombie Western
Top Band on Jango This Week
Sydnee B.
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Top Band on Jango This Week
Isaku Kageyama
Top Band on Jango This Week
Jake Dreyer
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The Hush Now
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Followed By Ghosts
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Jahmings Macccow
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Chris Godber

Band Of The Month - The Slide

"The Slide deliver the raw rock 'n' roll thrills of classic AC/DC with the groove of vintage Black Crowes. The best new rockband in the world? - Believe it." That's how Paul Elliott of Classic Rock Magazine describes The Slide - a band originally from Sweden but now based in London with a new EP called "A Matter Of Mind" coming out in January, here's their interview!

Describe The Slide's sound in one sentence?
Gritty rock n roll with great melodies over great riffs - The key to it all.

When and where was The Slide formed?
It goes way back. The Slide were founded in 2006, in a small room in Sweden. Through the years we've had members in and out of the band. It was me and the singer at the time, followed by another guitarist, Freddie, who together shared a vision of creating something that's been lacking for years - the best new rock band in the world. We constantly hung out, making new songs for our new band. At the time we were called Royalties, but since somebody else already had taken that name we changed it. In the midst of finding a new name we met Roger, who has been our manager for quite some time now. Meanwhile, setting up future plans, our singer suddenly quit. So I took his place in front and I'm greatful that it happened, because we wouldn't have made it this far without these changes. We've had this constellation for about four years now, so watch out!

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why. Living or dead.
There are too many... The three touchstones in rock n' roll are Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. They had a huge influence on us with their charismatic & energetic music. When I was younger I was obsessed with Jimi, and  completely amazed by his guitar playing and stage presence. Frantically, I was watching all the documentaries, clips and CDs I could find, and just grabbed my guitar trying to master his songs. I knew I had the skills, but to play like him would take forever to learn. It's the same with Robert Johnson. He had a remarkable way of playing, a way no one could master. Even Clapton says he couldn't! I guess that's what makes it so appealing, the dirty, not perfecty-timed picking & sliding. I think that is what makes rock n' roll so attractive for us as a band as well. The small mistakes & errors that doesn't necessarily sound wrong, but still aren't perfect, are the key to our sound.

How do you connect with fans and get them involved in your music?
We try to involve our fans in everything we do. Updates through Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social media are perfect ways for us to share things with them. It's not like we spam our fans with everyday updates. They are in it for the music and that is where we put our energy and focus.

What do you like the most about Jango Airplay?
As a new band like us, you get the exposure you need. If we want to be assimilated with classic bands like The Stones, Aerosmith, Zeppelin and so on, people can easily find us only by listening to them.

Is there any recent project you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
There are great things ahead which I can't really speak of right now, but we made an acoustic EP recently and we're planning on releasing it soon. Stick around and have a listen!!

Are you guys playing live and do you have any show coming up soon?
We are playing live all the time and at our latest gig we were supporting Nazareth, which was extremely cool. We are probably having a few more gigs before the end of the year, but we're aiming for a tour in England next year, since we're releasing our debut EP in January. It will be available here on Jango, Spotify, Itunes, Amazon etc. And of course on regular CDs!!

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Monday, November 21

Happy Thanksgiving & A Few Reminders

Thanksgiving weekend is coming up and we here at Jango wanted to wish you all a great holiday. The Airplay team will be away from Thursday to Monday - so anything uploaded after 11am Wednesday will go live on Monday 6pm (EST).

If you're planning to upload Thanksgiving songs to Jango we strongly recommend you do it before Wednesday 11am. Phone/email/chat are open on Wednesday until 5pm, feel free to contact us if you have any questions before the holiday. If you need support while our office is closed you can visit the "How To" section on your dashboard - our "How To" guides are also available here.

Happy Thanksgiving & thanks for being part of Jango Airplay!

/The Jango Airplay Team

Wednesday, November 16

Brief Airplay Suspension Yesterday

You may have noticed this but due to technical issues, we had to temporarily suspend all airplays as yesterday around 2PM EST yesterday (Novemer 15). Plays have resumed as of noon today (November 16).

In other words - no band was getting Paid Plays for about 20 hours. This was a system-wide decision - not related to anything about your account or your music. If you had a campaign under way yesterday - it resumed between 11AM and noon today (EST). You can always check the real time feed for the most recent update on your Paid Plays.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience - your business is important to us so thank you very much for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions - please email us at airplay@jango.com. We will have a hard time answering the phone today since a lot of you are calling in to get an update so email or chat is likely the fastest way to get an answer from us today.

Thanks again for letting us promote your music

/The Jango Airplay Team

Tuesday, November 15

The Winners Of The Holiday Contest

First of all, what an incredible response from you guys! We were thrilled to see so many submissions and hear so many great holiday songs.

As you know, last week we increased the number winners to 10, with 200 artists included in our holiday station. However there were so many brilliant holiday songs in the top field we had to raise the number of winners again. The exclusive promotion package will now be awarded to 15 winners!

The 15 winning submissions were able to capture us with their lyrical & musical skills, which they all managed to blend into the Holiday season. Here are your 15 winners, all awarded 1,000 Play Credits each:

Ann Chaplin - Underneath the Christmas Tree

Anne Trenning - Silent Night II

Bruce Bergh Christmas - Christmas Time of the Year

Doug Ferony - It's Christmas

James Stewart - Boogie Woogie Christmas

Jeanette Harris - My Favorite Things

Jeff Rogers - Rockin Santa Claus

Jonny Blu - Holiday For Two

Kennedy Nöel - This Holiday

Lee Cameron - Santa's Song

LeNora Jaye - My Favorite Things

Lola Spriggs - One Wish

Michael Shoup - Angels We Have Heard On High

The Delivery Boys - You're All I Want For Christmas

The Hollyberries - (I Wanna Go) Surfin' with Santa!

The Top 200 bands will be featured in our special holiday station, tune in here!

Click here to see if you're one of the 200 winners

Not on the list? There is still ample opportunity to promote your seasonal music - hundreds and thousands of listeners tune into our holiday stations in December and they're filled with artists you can target. Here are some of the most popular artists featured in our holiday stations:

Frank Sinatra
Nat King Cole
Aretha Franklin
Bing Crosby
Mariah Carey
Christina Aguilera
Tony Bennett
Burl Ives
Henry Manchini
Stevie Wonder
Ringo Starr
Elvis Presley
Johnny Cash
Kenny Rogers
Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson
Martina McBride
Louis Armstrong
Eddie Higgins
Gene Autry
Ella Fitzgerald
Johnny Mathis
Michael Buble
Justin Bieber
Dean Martin
Brian McKnight
Celine Dion

Thank you all for taking part in the contest and for being Airplayers - happy holidays to you all!

/The Jango Airplay Team

Tuesday, November 8

Send Us Your Holiday Music And Win!

>>>UPDATE (11/10/2011)<<<
WOW! We're excited to see the great response from you guys and we love it! Therefore we have decided to extend the promotion package to now include 10 winners, and on top of that we will put the top 200 songs in your own special holiday station. 

If you haven't joined the contest yet there is still time, post your comment before Sunday November 13th to enroll, and thank you all for being part of Jango Airplay.

'Tis almost the season and not only are we eager to hear your holiday music - so are our listeners! We've gotten loads of requests from fans already. If you have a good Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Eid/Festivus song in any genre, you've got a chance to win an exclusive promotion package.

Five winners will receive:
  • 1,000 free play credits each
  • a feature in our weekly newsletter and on our Facebook page
  • placement in our popular holiday stations
And the top 100 songs will get their own special holiday station!
To join the contest, please follow these steps:

#1 You must have a holiday song uploaded, click here to learn how to upload a song

#2 If you have your song uploaded to your profile, please open the "comment section" at the bottom of this blog post. Scroll to the bottom of the page and add your comment. In the comment section please write in the format below

Artist Name
Song Title
Link (URL) to Jango profile (click "view profile" to see your URL)

Songs must be submitted before Sunday November 13th.

Only one song per band / artist will be considered so pick your best one. And keep in mind - we'll only consider songs that are available on Jango!

We look forward hearing your music and thanks for being part of Jango Airplay

/The Jango Airplay Team

Tuesday, November 1

Winners Of The Halloween Song Contest

We've listened to a lot(!) of great Halloween songs and it's been amazing to see you all getting involved in the competition. Our five winners stood out from the crowd by mixing great music & creative lyrics, and connecting them to the Halloween holiday - all in a way that made the pumpkins at Jango jump and dance with excitement!

The five winners are:

Boxtop Jenkins - Gettin' Down On Halloween

Todd McHatton - Perfect Pumpkins

Alpha-11 - Vampire

The Laughing Dogs - Zombies

Balloon Ride Fantasy - Rituals

We congratulate the winners and award them with 1,000 play credits each, a feature in our weekly newsletter and on our Facebook page as well as general rotation on our Halloween Radio station

Thank you all for taking part in the contest and sending us your songs, we love your support!

/The Jango Airplay Team