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Spotlight On: St. Nothing, Boston Calling Winner

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconSep 19, 2014 11:30:00 AM

tag icon boston-calling, artist, Spotlight

Photo by Emily Akin/The Gavel

Boston-based songwriter and producer Marco Lawrence began writing music at 14 years old after his classical flute instructor began teaching him music theory and formal methods of improvisation. Five years and countless piano ballads behind him, Lawrence turned his attention to electro-pop, and, after recruiting guitarist Sophia Carreras and violinist Meredith Nero, St. Nothing was born. The trio briefly stopped the music to tell us about their recent experience playing Boston Calling, their new demo, "Deals," and their favorite features on Sonicbids.

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SXSW Veterans Gentlemen Hall Give Advice for 2015 Hopefuls

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconSep 19, 2014 10:30:00 AM

tag icon Interviews, Features, sxsw

Photo by Matt Christine Photography

This article originally appeared on SXSW.

 

Wondering what the SXSW experience is really like for artists? Sonicbids band Gentlemen Hall  who has played the festival twice, in between landing a deal with Island Records and winning accolades from MTV and Billboard  opens up on the most unforgettable experiences, the biggest lessons learned, and gives solid advice for SXSW 2015 hopefuls.

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The History of Music Listening – and the Future [Infographic]

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconSep 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon News, industry, infographic

Can you believe that people used to pay $1,000 for CD players?

This infographic from YTD details the entire history of music listening, starting with the invention of the phonograph in 1877 and ending with a sneak peek at what the next big thing will be (i.e. headphones with superpowers that are expected to ship in early 2015).

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Spotlight On: Satori Ananda, Chief of Staff at W.A.R. Media

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconSep 18, 2014 11:30:00 AM

tag icon Spotlight, Promoter

Photo courtesy of Satori Ananda

Between her roles as chief of staff at W.A.R Media, personal assistant to CEOs Guy Routte and Pharoahe Monch (for whom she booked an opener through Sonicbids), and artist operations lead under the W.A.R. Media roster, Satori Ananda is one busy woman. Still, in spite of all of her daily obligations, she found a spare moment to give us social media advice for rising artists, why she thinks every artist should have a Sonicbids EPK, and how she nurtured a career in artist development.

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Think Outside the CD: 3 Simple Steps to Releasing Your Album on USB

pencil icon Neil Simmons

date iconSep 18, 2014 10:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking, Tech

Image via customusb.com

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.

 

Let’s face it: the game done changed. Nobody expects to pay for music anymore, and if you want people to buy your stuff, you better offer them something great. So, unless you’re content with just your mom and Uncle Jimmy buying your new album, step it up. Offering the same old CD as every other band on the planet has become stale, but if you’re still interested in putting out a physical product in this digital world, there is an interesting hybrid: the USB thumb drive. By creating a unique packaging experience (while still providing music in a format that everyone can access), you’ll be one step ahead of the game.

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