Monday, September 30

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Wednesday, September 25

Airplay Top 10 (Week 38 2013)

Top Band on Jango This Week
James Hicks (Saint James)
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Mo Beatz
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Anthony Gomes
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Greg Reiter
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Quiet Hollers
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Colin Bradford
Top Band on Jango This Week
Noemi Bolojan
Top Band on Jango This Week
Cracker Conrad

10 Networking Tips for Musicians and Bands

A great Networking campaign can mean everything for your music career.  You never know when you might run into that right contact or opportunity that launches your music and promotion to the next level.

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted an excellent list of tips and advice on getting the most out of your networking.  

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

Click To Tweet Tool

A new feature called Click to Tweet provides a great, easy and simple way to promote and advertise your stuff on Twitter.

Read more about it and how this tool is specifically useful to musicians in this article from our friends at CdBaby on their DIY Musician blog.

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Thursday, September 19

Airplay Top 10 (Week 37 2013)

Top Band on Jango This Week
Natasha Sass
Top Band on Jango This Week
Black Water Rising
Top Band on Jango This Week
Quincy Mumford
Top Band on Jango This Week
Stop Light Observations
Top Band on Jango This Week
Brick Top Blaggers
Top Band on Jango This Week
Top Band on Jango This Week
Mental Wellness Center
Top Band on Jango This Week
Patrick Crowson
Top Band on Jango This Week
Morpheus B
Top Band on Jango This Week
The Stay Lows

What to Keep in Mind When Submitting Music

After you record a single, EP or CD, you'll most likely want to get your product into the right hands. It's important that you follow certain steps and guidelines before sending your music to industry professionals. This article from DIY Musician, outlines a few tips for you as you send your music out to people in the music industry.

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Your Music Career

Having realistic, reachable goals as an artist or musician is a great motivator in moving to the next level in your music career.  Setting goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed is a way you can make sure you're using your efforts in the best possible way to reach those goals..

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a chapter from Shaun Letang's "The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide",  with some great advice and information on moving forward with your music career.

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Wednesday, September 11

Artist Spotlight - Audubon Savant

Meet Audubon Savant - After picking up his guitar after years of storage this self employed mechanic started playing covers in an effort to calm his children down. After sometime original material surfaced and he pursued his passion by recording these songs. "Bird Herd" is his debut CD which is written, produced, arranged, and performed by Audobon Savant himself.

The title track contains field observations of the propagated whooping crane population of Wisconsin's Horicon Marsh program.

Describe your sound in one ramble on sentence
My sound is quirky, folk, punk pop with Celtic whistle, clean custom guitars, over the top vocals, brake-the-rules writing using out-bridges, out-choruses, and what I call appetizers, and semi-intellectual, fun lyrics.

What inspires you to make music?
Personally, it’s a sense of accomplishment. I did it, next one. Socially, it’s a way of sharing my thoughts and may create a sliver of change without becoming a politician or an activist with an arrest record. Knowing I can self release, it gives me satisfaction that someone somewhere may actually enjoy it.

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
I know artists who worked hard, landed label deals, quit their jobs and toured, only to have those labels inflate their costs under those contracts. Some had gold records and only made $40,000. Today, a DIY musician can make just as much selling 7,000 CD’s or mp3 albums, from the comfort of their man-cave studio.

What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
I’m not discouraged at all. Yeah, I could use money, but being out there is crucial, and something I never thought possible. Now I am out there.

Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
My song, The 99% Live Single is an Occupy movement anthem that addresses the attack on the middle class and is a call for action. It’s Sex Pistols on steroids and it’s a message that I believe in.

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
The first time I played guitar and sang was my Bowie impersonation of “Panic in Detroit”. It was a breakthrough, at 17, and my older sister ran upstairs and thought it was a live acoustic recording of the icon. “Panic in Detroit”, déjà vu?

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
The three people are David Byrne, David Bowie, and Tom Margarites. I spent years doing voice imitation covers of The Talking Heads, Bowie, The Cure, Wiretrain, and anyone in the genre. However, the most influential person was my friend Tom Margarites. I got my first guitar at 17 and Tom at 16. He showed me the basics which allowed me to make my own early “songs”. Tom is one of the most accomplished guitarists in the world. He resides in Northbrook, IL and teaches guitar for a living. You can reach him on Reverbnation and Facebook at TM guitar teacher.

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
The “Poochman” is my 2nd album, soon to be released. The untitled 3rd album is forthcoming. Both will be released through Oasis.
I am working on an autobiographical book, age 7-14, tentatively called the “Snowing Tree”. To protect the innocent and guilty, my 2nd book will be fictionalized. It will be about me and my sister’s young adult exploits and adventures.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
Radio Airplay has given me tools to have access to a local and world audience, my choice. I get fans from Latin America and Slavic countries. It’s fascinating when someone from Mauritius, Seychelles, or Peru sends me their email and a message in a foreign language. It’s fun to translate, just to find that it’s slang for “awesome” or “cool”. It’s nice that I can contact and start a conversation with them. Also, I can use your statistics to monitor my tracks, view demographics and adjust my strategy. This is a fantastic experience. I never dreamed this could happen. Radio airplay has opened the door for craft driven hard work and quality to rise to the top, without middlemen, hyperbole, hucksters, filters, and corporate busybodies. I commend them for allowing me to convey the messages of planet stewardship and social equality.

Anything extra you would like to add?
My title track “Bird Herd” is featured on the movie trailer for the upcoming documentary, “The Man Who Saves Cranes”, a collaboration of the International Crane Foundation, Audubon Magazine and AMI Radio from Bradenton Beach, FL. It all started when the photo editor from Audubon, Lila Garnet, got off the phone with Casey Hoffman at AMI about a contest to select a whooping crane song to be in their documentary. As soon as she popped in “Bird Herd”, which is largely about whooping crane migration, I instantly won the contest and rotation on AM, FM, and Internet radio. 


Deadline For Songwriting Competition

Enter your songs now for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including $25,000 cash to the Grand Prize winner. Gain recognition and exposure, and take your music career to the next level. Amateur and professional songwriters are eligible to enter.
ISC accepts entries by mail or online (platforms include ISC, Sonicbids, ReverbNation, Broadjam, and Facebook). ISC will also go to where you have your music streaming, such as Radio Airplay, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Facebook, etc. This makes it even easier because you don't even need to upload us your songs. Click here to enter.
ISC's prestigious panel of judges will select the winners (this could be you!). Don't miss out on this unprecedented opportunity to have these iconic artists and high-profile industry pros hear your music.

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Recording Artists: Michael W. Smith; Bombino; Gerald Casale (Devo); Alejandro Sanz; Boney James; Jeremy Camp; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; McCoy Tyner; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Jimmy Needham; Chayanne; and Matt Thiessen (Relient K)

Industry Executives: Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Bryan Leach (Sr. VP of A&R Urban, RCA); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Lori Tieg (VP of Talent, VEVO); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Kim Buie (Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory)

Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Pop/Top 40, Performance, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music.

Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - different songs in the same category or the same song in multiple categories.

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8 Effective Ways to Better Promote Your Next Release

As artists we spend a lot of time making sure that our songs and recordings sound great, but I see a lot of people that think their work ends there. They get their album done, throw it up on iTunes or Bandcamp, send out a few Facebook or Twitter posts, and that’s it. This is a HUGE missed opportunity for artists. Album releases are a big deal, and with all the hard work you’ve put in to your album, you need to give it the best release possible.

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great guide of 8 helpful tips to remember for your next album or song release strategy.

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

Music Marketing Truths

Marketing is key when it comes to promoting any product, including music. However, music marketing can often seem daunting, and it can be difficult to even know where to begin. This article from Music Think Tank goes through some important information that can lead you in the right path when it comes to how you promote your music. 

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Wednesday, September 4

New Radio Airplay Music Release from Lia

Lia - Her music could be described as “Inspirational Pop”; lyrics inspired by things that happen in her life every day and music inspired by her favorite artists; Carly Rae Jepson, Selena Gomez and Norah Jones.

Her first pop single “Y.A.L.I.”(Young and Living It) released in July, 2013 was written and produced by Meshun Fuller of Nightwriter music. Check the video out here: 

She will be releasing her second single “Changing the World” in December 2013 

CD Baby:

Radio release of Y.A.L.I on following stations September of 2013:

Improve Your Home Recordings

Not every artist can afford to record their music at a fancy studio. The costs of recording at a professional studio and hiring engineers can certainly add up. Good news is that with today's technology, home studio recordings can sound pretty great, and you don't need to be an engineer to achieve quality recordings. 

A recent post from our friends over at CD Baby lists very helpful tips on how you can improve your home recordings.


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Increase Your Exposure and Potential

 "By now it’s apparent that there is a ton of music out there – over-saturation is a term you may hear often these days. For anyone getting involved with the music industry there is always a need for more exposure and promotion. If an artist or a record label has it, they will sell better, simple as that."

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great little list of helpful tips from Jorge Brea - the owner of Symphonic Distribution, explaining seven basic, critical factors which can help you increase and expand your music's exposure. 

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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 35 2013)

Top Band on Jango This Week
the Heavy Empty
Top Band on Jango This Week
Musical Spa
Top Band on Jango This Week
Eeem [eim]
Top Band on Jango This Week
Top Band on Jango This Week
Top Band on Jango This Week
Deven J
Top Band on Jango This Week
Michael Logen
Top Band on Jango This Week
Bumpin Uglies
Top Band on Jango This Week
The Copenhagen Jazzharmonics
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Big Crush