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Artist Development: Foolproof Your EPK In Five Steps

posted May 27th, 2015 by Guest Writer | Filed under: Artist Development, Editorial, General Interest | 0

written by Cassie Lane

Foolproof Your EPK With These Five Steps Plan To Get Your Music Featured in Major Websites

Don’t waste your time. No matter how good your music is, if your EPK sucks it’s no use. You’ve wasted your time on the EPK that will not get you more press.

While EPKS are considerably excellent for landing more gigs or gaining sponsors, it’s sole purpose is to gain you more press. Just with it’s content your EPK file should grab a journalist’s attention and give them a clear idea of what they can write about. After all, what’s the point of writing about you if it doesn’t tell them how awesome you are?
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So to ease your mind and ensure you that your EPK is effective here is a five step plan for getting that EPK to work for you, not against you.

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    Editorial: Acoustic Sounds and the Technology of Music

    posted May 26th, 2015 by madelainej | Filed under: Editorial | 0

    I’ve had many discussions with friends (and strangers) about acoustic versus techno/dubstep/house music. Which is better? Which is “real” music? The main problem seems to arise from misapprehensions on both sides. headphones-mixer-decks-100453People claim to only like acoustic music because they think the only thing people like Skrillex do is press “play” and “pause.”  They also seem to believe acoustic simply means the ability to play an instrument as opposed to the actual meaning – without electronic amplification. With this definition in mind, I’m left to assume they enjoy such things as orchestral music, jazz, and folk (assuming no electronic amplification is used). While I don’t think many can deny the talent and complexity of Mozart, Beethoven and Handel, I think we can all agree these are not the artists monopolizing the airwaves or breaking the top ten iTunes most frequent audio download of the past ten or twenty years. Likewise, most jazz, big band jazz and contemporary jazz has its own niche market. While I can’t deny there is still a demand for acoustic folk, I’m not sure we could call it popular when compared with the fandom of Deadmau5 and Skrillex. I think the complaints between acoustic versus the plethora of electronic music which is currently bombarding the market is symptomatic of a fear of change.

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    Press Release Round Up: May 25

    posted May 26th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup | 0

    Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

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    Contest: UNSW11 Hunt (closed)

    posted May 21st, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Contest | 0

    MElogoUNSW11As most of you know, we have recently completed the 11th volume of Unsigned and Wound Up. After our staff selected their favorite 10 artists, we left it up to the fans to select the final five. Until this hunt has been solved by a reader, we have decided to publish the complete feature of UNSW 11 with a password.

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    -UNSW 11 has been secretly published, please click this web address to find it.

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    UNSW: Volume 11

    posted May 20th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | 0

    As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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    Press Release Roundup: May 18

    posted May 19th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Music News, Press Release Roundup | 0

    Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

    Taking Back Sunday

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    Influential rock band Taking Back Sunday has debuted a fiery new video for their fan favorite track “Better Homes And Gardens” today. The track is featured on the band’s latest album, Happiness Is, which is on sale this week at iTunes for $4.99 and available from Hopeless Records. The song can also be found on the recent reissue, Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, that includes additional tracks from the studio session.

    Known for their striking and imaginative videos, Taking Back Sunday’s latest is no disappointment. Directed by DJay Brawner (Panic! At The Disco, Refused) of Anthem Films, Inc and shot in Greensboro, NC, “Better Homes And Gardens” is staged around a burning house set to the band’s memorable song. For the ambitious shoot they enlisted the help of Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze.

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    Interview: Rangleklods

    posted May 18th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | 0

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    In a day and age when the importance of the visual elements of art and the almighty video seem to go by the wayside more often and not, it’s refreshing there are still artists willing to buck the trend. Taking full of advantage of SXSW’s ability to gather artists from around the world for a week of musical cyclone activity, I took the opportunity to connect with the Danish duo Esben Nørskov Andersen and Pernille Smith-Sivertsen, Rangelklods. Coming across the addicting single “lost u” off their new sophomore album ‘Straitjacket’ which is out TODAY, I loved the electro house/new wave track immediately.

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    Review: Canadian Music Week 2015

    posted May 12th, 2015 by Carlita | Filed under: Festivals, Live Show Reviews, Music News | 0

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    Setting out an early 2015 goal to get some international travel stamps on my passport in the name of music, I accepted the invite to head north of the border for 2015′s Canadian Music Week. As a writer who feels it’s crucial to see artist performances frequently and get out of my comfort zone to explore new music scenes in different cities, CMW in T-Dot was a must. Armed with the successes and failures of my two SXSW chaotic experiences, I knew jamming 1000+ bands and events into a packed schedule newly expanded five more days, required a mix of planning and flexibility when shows fill to capacity. When this happens, frustration builds as media wristbands and fest badges alike prove futile.

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    Press Release Roundup: May 11

    posted May 11th, 2015 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Press Release Roundup | 0

    Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

    Sony Music

    Every month Sony sends us music from their most promising efforts. Here’s this month’s.

    Hiatus Kaiyote- album Choose Your Weapon out THIS WEEK “Shaolin Monk Motherfunk” audio video

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