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How This DIY Band Scored Shows at Major Summer Festivals With Only Two Tracks on SoundCloud

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As musicians, we sometimes feel like we work and work and work, and wonder, when will the success come? Well, it's a long process, and it often works like dominoes. For Glasgow-based electro-pop duo Apache Darling, all it took to set off that chain reaction was posting two tracks on SoundCloud.

Sounds simple, right? Not so fast, though – as it turns out, the duo's strategy was to focus intently on honing their live show, and they've been smart about taking full advantage of the ripple effects of any little successes they've had. After getting selected for a performance at Toronto's NXNE Music Festival this past June through Sonicbids – their first-ever North American show – they knew it was only the beginning.

"Sonicbids and NXNE really kicked off our summer festival run," they told us. They leveraged that win by going on to own the summer festival circuit when they returned back home to Scotland, taking the stage at T in the Park (where bands like Biffy Clyro and Franz Ferdinand played early in their careers), King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival, Party at the Palace, and Pride Glasgow. In the interview below, Apache Darling gives us all the details on how they cultivated their following and manage to keep building upon their success.

Last Chance: Win $25K in the International Songwriting Competition!

Kimbra and Gotye are both previous winners of the International Songwriting Competition. Could you be next? (via the Herald Sun)

The deadline is fast approaching for the International Songwriting Competition – and with over $150,000 in cash and prizes for 68 winners, this isn't a contest you're going to want to sit out of!

The President of Wind-up Records' Top 3 Nuggets of Songwriting Wisdom

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At the center of being a musician is perhaps its most difficult component: songwriting. Beyond writing about what we like, we also want our music to be powerful, to convey a message, to create palpable emotion. And with so many people fighting for recognition, how to come up with something perfectly unique, impactful, and lasting is the $64,000 question.

Ed Vetri, the president and CEO of Wind-up Records (which represents acts such as The Griswolds and Strange Talk), is on the panel of judges for this year's International Songwriting Competition (ISC), a prestigious contest that gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes and is renowned for its high caliber of both winners and judges.

"ISC's panel of judges is the best of the songwriter community and the industry," Vetri says. "The experiences and diversity of the panel, including major songwriters and industry executives from both the recorded music and publishing side, give ISC a very diverse, experienced professional and thoughtful collection of opinions. It's not every day an aspiring songwriter gets their music heard by such a renowned panel of experts."

Below, Vetri lets us in on how he reviews songs for ISC and distills his extensive knowledge of songwriting into three simple nuggets of wisdom.

Why You Should Enter the International Songwriting Competition

Did you know that Kimbra won the ISC grand prize through Sonicbids back in 2011? (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter or an established one, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is known to be one of the most high-caliber competitions the music industry has to offer. Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, the ISC offers the opportunity to have your songs heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.

This Week's Top Music Gigs: Play House of Blues in Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle

Perform at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle

Trying to find gigs for your band? We've got lots of Sonicbids promoters who want you to perform! Check out our top opportunities this week, and then submit your EPK to anything that sounds like a good fit for you.