Wednesday, October 29

Last Chance To Submit Your Music!

Our friends over at the International Songwriting Competition have extended their submission deadline period.  Submissions are now $35 per entry. 

Their final deadline of November 4th is right around the corner so don't hesitate to submit songs now here

Center Stage Artist - Koenig and the Ghost Notes

"My name is Francis Koenig. I makes music as an emotional outlet and if people can relate to what I'm saying than that is wonderful. 

Music is made from the soul for the soul. If you really want to know what I'm about and what makes me tick than you should listen to my music. You
won't be disappointed."

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence: 
Music that has been created from my life's journey, good and bad.

What inspires you to make music? My emotions

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?How I found Jesus in the darkest hour of my life.

What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged? 

How most
music that makes it on mainstream radio stations don't have much

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?  

Castles made of sand by jimi hendrix.

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why-
Living or dead.

1)John lee hooker, love his voice. 2) my brother
Donald Koenig who is dying from ALS, he's my hero! 3) Jesus, because
he died for our sins.

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

I'm currently finishing the new album Bitter
Sweet, it covers everything from losing yourself to the devil and
finding yourself through Jesus.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay? 

How easy it is to navigate through the stations.

Interesting story about you, or anything extra you'd
like to add... 

 I've been in the depths of hell and wanted to kill myself and found Jesus while I was committed to a mental hospital only to find out that the reason I was having so much trouble is because my general practitioner had me on the wrong type of meds for way too

iTunes/Koenig and the Ghost Notes

Book your Own Gigs 
"Every musician has to start out booking their own gigs, but, this can be a lot easier said than done. After all, there are so many musicians and bands competing for very limited performance spots. For promoters, it’s a game of risk management - they want to book bands they know will fill the room - so getting the spot as a new band can be very tricky. There are, however, some things you could be doing that can help you get those gigs!"

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great basic guide to booking gigs and finding venues, that new and experienced artists can use to play more and bigger shows -- Click Here to read more:

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

Music Industry Networking

We all know that it's crucial to make connections in the music industry and that who you know matters greatly. But just how do you go about making these connections? A recent posting on the DIY Musician blog explains that as an indie artists connections with record labels and publishing companies are very much within reach. 

Click here to come check out these five tips for networking in the music industry:

Wednesday, October 22

Create your own artist mobile app

Build your own Mobile App for free and engage with your fans in a completely new way:

When your fans download your App to their phone, you establish a new kind of relationship with them. Your Custom Branded Mobile App allows you to present exclusive content to your fans and ability to purchase your music on-the-go. You can send them invitations to exclusive events and have them RSVP through the App. It's a more intimate and instant way of engaging with your fans.

Mobile App offers custom experience to your Fans that become part of your Brand identity. Just like a website allows them to find out everything about you and your music, mobile app can do all that plus the following:

  • You can post exclusive content for you fans while app is in the store

  • Push Notifications is a direct message to your Fans they will never miss and can instantly respond to

  • Your fans can post on your mobile wall and share their experiences and excitement with others

  • Your fans buy music through your app

  • App could be your primary gateway to engaging with your most loyal fanbase.  
    Get your Custom Mobile App by clicking here and signing up at APPREDY today!

    Airplay Top 10 (Week 42 2014)

    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Sapphire Nine
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Infinite Waste
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Valerie JanLois
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    Jagged Row
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Dive Room
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Orquesta Ritmo Cache
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Wasted Ear
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    LC The General
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Mario Saquel O.
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Personal Best Orchestra

    Airplay Top 10 (Week 41 2014)

    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Stone Bench
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Valerie JanLois
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Luciano De Maio
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Grinch The Poet
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Alzara & Brother Spellbinder
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Ana Bárbara
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Michael Wark
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    Top Band on Jango This Week
    The Vivid

    Deadline to submit music is approaching....

    The Deadline to Submit Your Music to the Independent Music Awards has been extended to November 7th!

    For the past several years, Radio Airplay members have benefited from a variety of promotional opportunities from our partner The Independent Music Awards. Click HERE To Learn More & Enter. IMAs is now gearing up for its 14th annual ceremony.  Submissions have been extended now through November 7th, and you're invited to participate!
    The Independent Music Awards program is an international event that connects artists to new marketing and revenue opportunities.  What makes it different to other awards is the judging and the rewards.
    Submissions are evaluated by peers with a focus on artistry and originality, not press clippings and record sales.  You can submit your work in more than 80 Album, Song, Design and Music Video categories that cover all genres and specialty categories.  The panel of judges includes a range of music icons, festival programmers, music press, Film & TV music supervisors and buyers from big performance venues throughout North America, Europe and Australia -- so you're getting lots of visibility by influential people just by submitting.  This year's panelists include:  Amanda Palmer, Sharon Jones, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lila Downs, The Wood Brothers, Jane Monheit, Melissa Auf der Maur and many others.

    Winners and nominees enjoy additional support in marketing campaigns; radio, print, online and broadcasting promotions; and new performance and revenue opportunities. These range from a 12-week radio promotion campaign to special retailer promotions and international distribution opportunities. You can find out more about these on the IMA submission page here:

    It's really a no-brainer.  So stop whatever you're doing now and join past winning and nominated IMA artists which include:  Band of Skulls, Vienna Teng, Ben Kweller, Darrell Scott, Lacuna Coil, Joan As Police Woman, Flying Lotus, Girl In A Coma, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jamie Liddell, Pharis & Jason Romero, and many more by submitting your work.

    Nominees are announced in March, and winners are named in the Spring.

    Center Stage Artist - Perico Hernandez

    Jose Caridad Hernandez, better known as “Perico”, is a sonero/percussionist/composer/songwriter who creates “organic  cuban music.” Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Perico is the second to the youngest of twelve siblings and the only one who became a musician. Perico began his musical training as a young boy in Havana.  He watched the street rumberos creating amazing rhythms on the “tumbadoras” (congas), and after watching Patato Valdez play congas on a TV show, Perico decided that’s what he wanted to do. Perico gradually learned from the “rumberos” and at age 14 became the conguero for a neighborhood group, Conjunto Monte Carlo. He was eventually recruited to play with the popular Conjunto Casino. Regarding his nickname Perico, he tells the story that as a kid he walked around the neighborhood with an elderly man called “Perico.” Pretty soon the neighbors started saying “Here come Perico y Periquito.” Perico has said “Maybe the name was meant to be because I’m now a sonero and I like repeating good jokes!”

    In 1970, Perico immigrated to southern California where it became evident that his musical experience with Conjunto Casino had prepared him well for a music career in the United States.  He gradually began to play with various salsa groups in Los Angeles. Perico recorded/performed with salsa, R&B and latin jazz artists, and his music has been used in film/TV soundtracks. A big opportunity arrived when he was invited to participate in the Caravana Cubana recordings, “Late Night Sessions” and “del Alma,” as musical director, composer and sonero. These albums  were a collaboration with visiting Cuban musicians and Los Angeles talent. Perico’s composition “Romanza Guijara” from the Caravana Cubana “Late Night Sessions” was considered for a Grammy in 2000.

    Perico’s career has now evolved into independent CD production and films.  He has produced two CD’s with his original compositions and performance: “Cuento en Clave” (2008) and “Rompiendo la Rutina” (2014). As for acting in films, Perico appeared briefly with Chayanne in “Dance with Me,” and more recently in Jon Favreau’s film “Chef.” Perico continually says that he is very thankful for the blessings God has given him and for all the people who have encouraged and supported his music during this long, incredible journey.

    Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence: 

    My sound is the melodic singing/rhythm of “las tumbadoras” calling out deep heartbeats, ancestral whispers, magical rhythms.

    What inspires you to make music?
    Everything that I see, touch and hear inspires me to make music, but above all, the beautiful colors that God has woven into the heart of the earth.

    What aspect of making music excites you the most right now? 
    What excites me the most is the   creation of a new melody and the playing of new rhythms, as well as the search for words to tell a new story.

    What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
    The thing that discourages me is when I am unable to find the melody and the words. Finding a new melody and the right words is the most difficult part of writing a song.  Why? Because there are so many songs that each one has to have a different system for the melody and lyrics so that they don’t all sound the same. But when that creative “la musa” arrives, the evolution of a new melody and lyrics glows and a new song is born.

    What’s one of your all-time favorite recordings? 
    Most of the music by Johann Sebastian Bach. He is the great father of harmony. When I was a kid in Havana, I would hear his music on CMQ radio. I remember the harmonies would take me flying to other dimensions.  A specific favorite recording is Ernesto Lecuona’s “La Comparsa,” in which his piano playing with the left hand is similar to the beautiful rhythms of las tumbadoras.

    Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- living or dead.
    Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Roberto Espi, “Juanito”

    Carlos “Patato” Valdez,  was the percussionist with Conjunto Casino. I saw him on TV one night with Conjunto Cubavana de Alberto Ruiz. He was incredibly creative, and the sounds he could get from his tuning of the tumbadoras/congas was amazing.  Roberto Espi, the great musical director of the new Conjunto Casino. He was a talented singer and very responsible with making sure the Conjunto always had work.  “Juanito” (I forgot his last name) he was the delivery  guy  for his uncle’s cleaners in Havana. Why Juanito? Because we were young guys trying to copy the popular Conjunto Casino. When Juanito got off work, he would come to my house and say “Let’s go Perico to practice.”  Our new group was called Conjunto Monte Carlo. I was 14 yrs. old! I have a story about this time in my life when I was starting my music journey. I can never forget this incident when Conjunto Monte Carlo played at a local dance. When we finished the gig, they told us “Yerba” this phrase meaning “there is no money!” I was young, 14yrs old and had no money on me. The dance ended about 11pm.  I had no money for “la Guagua”/the bus, nor for a taxi. So I walked to my house carrying my two congas. I think it was about 8 miles.  I arrived about 3am, sweaty and tired.  When I walked in the door, my father was standing there and he said: “I told you that you are going to die of hunger. I told you!” I went in and put my congas down and that’s when I heard my mother’s voice coming from the bedroom saying: “Pancho, don’t tell the boy that! He likes it and he chose it.” At that moment I felt and thought “Sweet Mother, there is only one of you.” I turned and went to bed.These musicians taught me to be creative and take risks, to be responsible in the role of band leader, and to work hard, practice, and BELIEVE in what you have chosen to be: a musician.

    Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it
    There are three projects that I would like to mention. One is a small role I played in the Jon Favreau film “Chef.” I played “abuelo”, father of Sofia Vergarra and Jon Favreau’s father-in-law! Favreau was very encouraging and supportive in his directing. It was a great opportunity and honor to have worked  with all the cast and crew. I also performed my original composition “La Quimbumba.” Check it out!!

    Make Your Music Career Profitable

    "Many great artists have lost it all on bad business decisions. The most successful artists have their most successful ventures after they have worked out the business of their art, and put everything in place before their next opportunity. Unfortunately, most starting or “indie” artists try to make a push with only their art, and the business part can be a crushing blow, causing them to feel burned out."

    Our friends over at CD BABY recently posted a great informative article and list of music business must-knows, from Sean Kinney of 1 Stooge Entertainment.

    Click Here to read more:

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

    What is a DIY musician

    In today's industry the term DIY Musician is extremely common in describing independent artists, but we really can't and shouldn't  do everything on our own. In an article posted on the MTT blog, Author Kyle Williams discusses the importance of asking for help and learning from other musicians. 

    Come find out more!

    Wednesday, October 15

    What Music Supervisors are Looking For

    "There has been a great deal of buzz about music licensing in recent years, and with good reason! Compared to other revenue streams, licensing can have potentially big payouts for indie musicians. The conductors behind those licenses are music supervisors."

    Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted an informative article explaining the role of the Music Supervisor, and how to contact and present your music to and best utilize them to hopefully score licensing for your music.

    Click Here to read more:

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

    Successful Musician Advice 
    In a recent DIY Musician blog post, Pop singer Grimes talks about what it takes to be a successful artist and entrepreneur in today’s music industry and shares tips for musicians who strive to make music their careers. Interested? 

    Click here to learn more:

    Center Stage Artist - Hayley Coupon

    Hayley Coupon, a self-taught New York-based singer and pianist inspired by American folk and classic rock, writes songs that bridge the seemingly impassable divide between vocals-driven pop and acoustic, lyrically lush folk rock. After writing her first few songs in the spring of 2012, Coupon spent the next year collaborating closely with friends to record her debut EP, Remembrance. 

    Richly yet sparingly orchestrated, nostalgic, and poignantly performed, Remembrance is grounded in Coupon’s rhythmic piano and expressive vocals. With influences as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Radiohead, or Leonard Cohen and Jon Brion, Coupon reclaims and updates the spirit and tradition of the singer/song-writer art form in its confessional compositions and personal imagery. Her voice has a unique tone that "sets Coupon apart from her singer-songwriter contemporaries and places her in a category all her own" (Pigeons and Planes), and her songwriting has been commended for it's "reserved strength and fierce delicateness" (Kick Kick Snare).

    Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
    Percussive hammers against skins and strings find the throat and are caught in the sounds that a mind seems to churn out on its own when youre not quite paying attention.

    What inspires you to make music?
    Conversations with myself and with others.

    What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
    Collaborating with brilliant musicians who are teaching me a whole new vocabulary.

    What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
    The aimless future of the industry, the sounds that are trending, the sad fact I can't make as much as I'd like to.

    What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
    God Bless the Child, Billie Holiday.

    Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
    Joni Mitchell, for her innovation and her fearlessness.
    Ginger Baker, for his arrangements and his gift of time.
    McCartney & Lennon (as a duo, so I am cheating the question), for showing us the power of a simple melodic line.

    Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
    I'm about to release my second EP and I'm working towards going back in the studio to track a full length in early 2015.

    What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
    There is a real sense of connection with fans from all over the world -- they are no longer just numbers on a list of stats.

    Friday, October 10

    Submit music now for Coast 2 Coast mixtape


    We are now accepting song submissions for Coast 2 Coast Mixtape 287 Hosted by Yung Joc! With his 2006 debut, "It's Going Down", Yung Joc charted #1 on the Billboard. Now with the release of "Features" with T-Pain he looks to do it over again! To build buzz for the new single Yung Joc has teamed up with Coast 2 Coast to give indie artists a MAJOR opportunity on this project!

    Top Songs 5 Songs will be Selected! Submit Now!


    Tristan Thompson - Rising Star

    It’s true that Tristan Thompson is quite a unique individual.  Not many 16 year olds can say they spent their summer vacation filming a music video, recording a Holiday Single, performing multiple shows including Fairs, Festivals & Charity events in addition to appearing on Breakfast Television in Toronto:

    and YTV’s “The Zone” 
    His hectic summer schedule may now be over, but things won’t be slowing down for him anytime soon.  So far this fall, Tristan has already filmed his 5th music video and he has plans to film yet another one in the not-too-distant future.  This isn’t bad considering the fact that Tristan is a relative newcomer to the music industry!

    Regardless of his age, he is definitely an ol’ pro when it comes to starring in music videos!  Tristan is currently on tour with TeenFest and he's also recently released a brand new radio Single for his song “Burn Again”.  While the finishing touches are made to the video for this latest Single, Tristan’s fans can take a listen to the song here: 

    It’s a smooth, mid-tempo ballad with haunting lyrics that tell a tale of "the one that got away" and the hope for reconnection that can often smolder in one’s heart for an entire lifetime.  If you enjoy this track, you can obtain a copy here:  We’re hoping this Single will add a bit of heat to everyone’s fall!

    Why A Public Relations Campaign Can Help 
    A good public relations campaign can have a huge effect on the promotion, exposure and overall success of an artist, but most artists just don't have the time for it, and consider utilizing a publicist/public relations company for that important task.

    Our friends over at TUNECORE recently posted an informative article explaining why a PR company might be worth considering, with some PR basics and great tips, from Angela Mastrogiacomo, Owner of Muddy Paw PR .

    Click Here to read more:

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

    Artists: Get Money Now 
    Although budgeting may not be as exiting as the creative aspects of making a record, it is extremely important and should not be overlooked. Preparing for expenses will help you get organized and prevent you from overspending. Luckily, our friends at CD Baby have posted an article on their DIY musician blog with great tips to budgeting and managing your expenses; check it out!