The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections. |
1. Publications that will REVIEW your music
2. Radio Stations/Shows that will PLAY your songs
3. Labels, Vendors and Promotional Services that will help you to SELL your CD
4. Sites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful Resources for recording artists
2. SITES/PUBLICATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED|
A Rock, Metal, Alternative and Gothic music magazine that features interviews, opportunites, contests and more!
Blank Stares and Cricketclaps
Gary Ingham firstname.lastname@example.org
We're a print based 'zine, that is also online. Features and interviews on national and international Alt/Indie artists. We also do unsigned demo reviews.
CatsAsk Music & Entertainment
PO Box 31029, Barrie, ON L4N 0B3
Monthly indie music eZine and community hub.
Indie Music Stop
C.W. Ross email@example.com
Indie music website with reviews and featured bands.
Here and There Ezine
19237 Silver Springs Dr. #101, Northville, MI 48167
Those kits without the following will NOT be reviewed, sorry. Bio, 2 CDs, one sheet of reviews and one sheet listing where your music is currently being played. Also, please let me know where your music can be bought at, be it CDBaby, your own site, label site etc... Check our website to see what the contact address is for your style of music.
4001 Inglewood Ave. #101-252, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
PH: 310-366-7526 FX: 310-366-7432
Features interviews with artists, CD reviews, columns,
music resources, live reviews, video reviews and links
to all the cool places to go.
Independent Music Reviewer Eric Saeger
3 Derry Way #14, Derry, NH 03038
I am an Arts writer/CD reviewer for several local (to Boston) and national publications. Currently my work appears in Skope Magazine (Boston), Dayton City Paper (Ohio), Virus Magazine (Germany), Glide Magazine (NY/PA), Axis Magazine (Orlando, FL), 168 Magazine (Nashua, NH) and the online magazines Mouvement Nouveau (Germany), Northeast In-Tune (NY/NJ/MA), Subculture Magazine (London) and hippy.com. I mainly specialize in Techno and Industrial, but all styles are welcome. The only exception is that in general I prefer not to review Rap or Hip Hop. I am now writing as well for Miami New Times and Hippo Press, both of which are print publications.
3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC
The MastanMusic Hour
1028 SE Water St. #230, Portland, OR 97214
A podcast that features Americana, Rock, Psychedelic, Alternative, Alt-Country and Punk music.
Pro Flow Radio & M3 Records
PO Box 8287, Akron, OH 44320
Mike V. Mosley firstname.lastname@example.org
International radio broadcasting & pro audio production hosted by MaD MaXxx and featuring the best indie music.
FatCat Radio Network
Swede or Jennifer email@example.com
Your source for today's best independent music. FatCat Radio has one goal - to help get indie artists more exposure.
PO Box 2171, Coppell, TX 75019
Jeff Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing the best Goth, EBM, Industrial, Synthpop and Cybergoth the world has to offer!
The Gospel Vault WGVR
PO Box 50114, Baltimore, MD 21211
We have some great new shows coming to WGVR, along with some special events. Be sure to read the news and special events at our website.
SirenFM - University of Lincoln
I produce 3 radio shows on the Uni's radio station. I'm looking for anyone to help us to promote new music. If you are an artist you could send us CDs, t-shirts and posters ...that sort of thing - as we can use them for give-aways to promote you and your music. If you work for a record label, perhaps you could send us some stuff which we could use to promote your artists.
Rock Solid Pressure
J-Rock and Patty
Now in national syndication, the hit unsigned/signed rock music broadcast 'Rock Solid Pressure' is gearing up for its annual industry showcase on October 7th 2006. The event is shaping up to be their biggest and best ever. All interested labels should contact us ASAP for a seat on the growing panels. The high profile Florida DJ team of 'J-Rock and Patty The Radio Girl' will once again assemble the best unsigned bands in America for an all day concert event for the recording industry.
FHR Radio Entertainment
PO Box 139091, Hialeah, FL 33013-9091
We are licensed online radio station that plays Country music.
PO Box 50322, Nashville, TN 37205-0322
Anthony Bates email@example.com
Our goal is to bring you the best music from today's independent artists. We focus on music in the Americana, Alt. Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, and Alt. Country genres. Thanks again for supporting independent music and in doing so, supporting
Habitat For Humanity through our quarterly donations.
Old School House Radio
201 Ross Ave. Ste. B, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Reviews, interviews and you can also post your MP3s. Several shows covering the Harrisburg entertainment scene.
WNCW - Isothermal College
PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160
PH: 828-287-8000 x349 FX: 828-287-8012
We're always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World music to play.
WOJB - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College
13386 W. Trepania Rd. Hayward, WI 54843
PH: 715-634-2100 FX: 715-634-4070
We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.
4. SERVICES/VENDORS/LABELS THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC
PO Box 451594, Los Angeles, CA 90045
PH: 310-613-3535 FX: 909-877-9199
Vernon Neilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in the recording and distribution of major acts as well as up and coming artists. We will promote and sell your products worldwide via the Internet. We can get any artist's material into the major digital download stores as well.
New West Music & Publishing, Inc.
580 Flatbush Ave. #7G, Brooklyn, NY 11225
PH: 718-469-6432 FX: 718-469-6432
Johnnie Newkirk Jr. email@example.com
A R&B, Rap, Hip Hop and Pop record label and publishing company established in 2004.
1289 Nice. Dr. Lexington, KY 40504
Timothy Gerst firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Christian publicity company that is currently looking for artists to promote.
Dr. Music Direct Distribution
Int?ckenweg 13, 44289 Dortmund, Germany
We'll bring your CD to the German division of Amazon & into our own online music shop, Dr. Music Mailorder and Wholesale. Get the best distribution in Germany, Austria & Switzerland for only 40$ (Paypal). We guarantee you an 80/20 split with whatever price you choose to offer your CD for.
Indian Rock Records and Publishing
519 E. Scenic Rd. Springfield, PA 19064
Mike Driscoll Mdriscoll_IRR@comcast.net
We provide music consulting services that includes but is not limited to CD /demo reviews, copyright services, studio and performance coaching and music contract preparation.
Celebrity Public Relations
49 E. 41 St. #449, New York, NY 10165
PH: 212-812-4427 x705 FX: 212-812-4427
Ruben Malaret email@example.com
We are a boutique public relations agency providing artists and labels publicity services for their music launches. Some of Our clients are Sony/BMG, Warner Music Group, A&M Records, Interscope, Motown and Capitol Records.
Audible Spectrum Records
40 Eisenhower Dr. Paramus, NJ 07652
PH: 800-557-0485 FX: 540-526-9460
Third party booking agency working and organizing the communication and arrangements between venues and musicians for live performances. The company also provides resources to musicians growing in the music industry, by making multiple products and services available to musicians and venues all in one place.
1100 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212
PH: 615-364-5145 FX: 615-321-2244
A professional radio promoter who has invested the time and energy required to develop a personal relationship with the 1300+ stations that collectively comprise the secondary Country radio marketplace.
1227 Perry St., Denver, CO 80204
We specialize in setting up solid relationships with a wide variety of wholesale distribution outlets. Regardless of the genre, we can find the right fit for your music!
1227 Perry St., Denver, CO 80204
We have started a new promotions company for Ambient, New Age, Space Music, Drone and the like.
We have over 10 years in the business and specialize in radio, print/media, retail and distribution solicitation campaigns.
PO Box 46188, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Tip Wyman firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent record label that focuses on career development as well as record sales.
Mark Jones Management
22 Oakfield Rd. Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 9DL UK
Recognised music industry expert, consultant and adviser.
1620 16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212
PH: 615-269-7071 FX: 615-269-0131
Jon Walker email@example.com
We profide a full range of new media services including web marketing, design and promotion.
B Boy Records World
630 Woodsmill Rd. Gainesville, GA 30501
PH: 770-654-9191 FX: 678-450-3329
We work with the music from the streets. Rap, Hip Hop, Dance, Reggaetron and Latin.
241-35 148th Rd. Rosedale, NY 11422
PH: 347-548-4545 FX: 347-548-4545
Indie label looking for artists in all genres (Rock band please apply quickly!).
Hood Bound Entertainment After Dark
Young C firstname.lastname@example.org
Hip Hop record label. We deal with all types of crunk Rap.
Darwin Music Canada
10-15 Junot Ave. N., Thunder Bay, ON P7A 6G9
Scott Hobbs email@example.com
Small independent label dedicated to promoting music from Ontario and beyond.
118 Estes Dr. Carrboro, NC 27510
A record label that will change your life!
5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s
PH: 310-228-1503 FX: 866-294-7843
A FREE independant artist community. Online now since 2005
with over 1000 musicians, more than 775 songs, and averaging 2000 visitors
a day. This site is driven by participation. You want your songs heard?
Then add them to the site and you and your fans can add them to the que...
it is that easy to be heard online! Visitors and fans can find out where you will be performing, download your
music, provide feedback and more!!!
We at MySongStore want all artists who sell their music through our website to make the maximum amount they can. Fair Trade products and practices ensure that the maker of the goods gets a living wage from the production of their output. Fair Trade Distributors throughout the world are willing to accept lower profits with the understanding that the producers of their products earn a decent living wage.
#5 7218 Progress Way, Delta, BC V4G 1H2
PH: 604-952-0400 FX: 604-952-0400
Taylor Van Zant firstname.lastname@example.org
A new interactive and viral artist promotion tool for indie musicians and fans. Lets artists spread their music around online in a new format.
4 Buckingham Rd. Doncaster DN2 5DE UK
Kevin Donoghue email@example.com
Indie label/distributor. Free membership for artists. Ringtones and downloads.
Soundtaxi - Royalty Free music
Nikolasustrasse 6a, 70190 Stuttgart, Germany
PH: +49 (0)711-4107147
Tim Rheinwald firstname.lastname@example.org
Offer a continous growing archive of excellent royalty free music.
MySpace and Cingular have teamed up to help unsigned artists on MySpace get their music closer to their fans by selling their ringtones on MySpace and earning money from the ringtones they sell!
6. HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUR BAND
Concerts in Your Home
The most comprehensive and up-to-date house concert site on the web.
522 N. State Rd. #102, Briar Cliff Manor, NY 10510
Rick Kennell rick@indiefiNANCIALnetwork.com
A full-service business management company providing financial and networking services for the independent music community.
New Music Label
Where singers, musicians and artists meet record labels, music managers and scouts.
108 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61801
A website full of articles focusing on how bands and musicians can best use technology to help with their lives. There are many good resources out there to help promote your music and make your life as a musician easier. This site tells you how to take advantage of them.
The Jazz/Rock Fusion Page
PO Box 10305, Burbank, CA 91510-0305
Al Garcia email@example.com
Send in your Jazz fusion CD and press kit for a review.
Intellectual Property Law Firms
Enter your zip code or select your state, city and county to receive a Free Consultation from an attorney in your area.
Great American Song Contest
This highly recommended annual event invites songwriters, lyricists and composers. Features $10,000 in prizes and 45 winners in 9 songwriting categories. Sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted news and education resource for songwriters everywhere.
Everything about the business side of the songwriter's profession - information, education, and the accumulated experience of music business professionals.
Music Research Consultants
8344 Kirkwood Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90046
PH: 323-650-7616 FX: 323-650-3805
Recognized as the first full-service marketing research organization devoted exclusively to the study of popular music and consumers. From 1974 through 2004, Music Research has continuously conducted consumer-based Record Test surveys. Over the past three decades, our clientele has included virtually all of the major and independent labels distributed by the big 4 (Sony/BMG, EMI, Warner, and Universal), as well as major entertainment companies.
Festival Network Online
There's nothing like a live performance! FNO lists more than 7,000 events throughout the U.S. and Canada seeking performers, from local & regional to national & international. @_festivalnet Search by 22 different music genres, event attendance, zip code radius & more. Plug in festival dates with club dates.
Westone Music Products
2235 Executive Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
PH: 719-540-9333 FX: 719-540-9183
Paul Carhart firstname.lastname@example.org
In-ear musicians monitoring and hearing protection products.
Rock-n-Roll Web Design and Hosting
PO Box 1922, Salisbury, MD 21802
We offer powerful hosting tools that give you complete control over all content on your site.
30 Compton Way, Hamilton Sq. NJ 08690
We manufacture our own line of CD boxes for artists to sell their music at shows or in stores.
7. "The Musician's Digital Revolution"
by Colin Meeks, IndieLaunchpad Podcast
? 2007 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
The CD was first introduced in 1982, but took several years to take a
foothold in the music world. For the first time you could hear your
music with unbelievable clarity, thanks to digital reproduction. Some
would say this new clarity removed the soul from the music, but the
new medium was easy to operate, didn't need rewinding, or turning over
half way through and allowed you to make a perfect copy onto tape.
Making mix tapes from vinyl was a job that could take all night. Not
that it was overly complex, but it was so easy to get distracted
reading the sleeve notes. With CDs however, the end result was much
better. You no longer got the crackle, hiss and bumps during each
song. The musical revolution has begun.
Jump forward 12 years to 1994 and the Fraunhofer Society in Germany.
An invention was made, that was going to change forever, the way we
listen to and discover music, but like the CD before, it would take a
few years for the MP3 to find its niche.
CDs store music in a raw format, meaning that the music is
represented on the disk byte for byte. The average song in its raw
format takes up approximately 50 megabytes of disk space. While quite
feasible to rip the CD to your computers hard disk, it wasn't
practical, as back then the average hard disk capacities were measured
in megabytes, rather than the gigabytes and terabytes of today. This
meant you could only store a few albums on a hard disc, that's if it
was totally empty.
MP3s began to gain acceptance as they compressed
the data ripped from the CD. Instead of a 50mb per track, the average
song was around 3 MB in its MP3 form, when compressed at 128kps.
So how does the compression work and what do you lose?
Yes, lose something you do, as the form of compression used, is commonly
referred to as lossy compression, but it's not as bad as it sounds.
Every song on a CD has lots of sound you hear, but also a lot you
don't. Think of dog whistles. Yes, they make a noise, but only dogs can
hear them. The lossy compression, basically eliminates all the sounds
either inaudible, or deemed non essential, again based on the level of
compression you choose.
So that's the potted history of the MP3, but
where does it fit into the music scene today? Let me give you a clue.
In 1999 Shawn Fanning, an aspiring programmer decided to write an
application that would allow his friends to share music and files
across the Internet. Once the software got out into the wilds of the
Internet, no one could have predicted its almost viral ability to
spread, and spread it did. There was, however, one tiny problem.
99 percent of the files and music transferred from user to user were
copyrighted material, which meant that every person transferring the
files, was in effect breaking the law. While piracy of this kind was
not uncommon, the scale of it was. It was usually tech savvy geeks
and nerds that were guilty of this before, but with the inception of
Napster, anyone online could type in a
keyword or phrase and find nearly anything they wanted from music,
movies and retail software. Obviously the powers that be were not
happy about this turn of events, but the snowball had started, and it
was not going to stop any time soon.
Napster spread like wildfire. It wasn't long until executives
caught wind of this new phenomenon and tried to shut it down. However,
it wasn't as simple as that. It wasn't long before someone created a way around
the new rules and regulations. While Napster was breathing its last few breaths, a new kind of peer
to peer service was launched. This threw open the floodgates further.
The service was called Gnutella and it is this service that many of the
current peer to peer offerings are based upon. Peer to peer basically means
there is no centralized server to shut down. Machines connect directly
with nothing in between. Around the world there are many Gnutella
nodes providing a high level of redundancy, so should one node be shut
down there are many more to take its place. I think upon the
proliferation of Gnutella, many record companies realized they were
facing an uphill battle. Although their forecast was doom and gloom,
it wasn't quite as doom laden for them as they wanted us all to
believe, depending on which study you choose to believe.
With the arrival and eventual demise of Napster, bands and artists
realized there was another way to distribute their music which didn't
require hard to come by record deals. With a website and a PayPal account, bands and artists could press their own CDs and send them
directly to fans who wanted them.
At this point it became apparent that the future in music lay
very firmly in digital distribution. Sure enough, in January of 2001 Apple unveiled iTunes, which was initially a CD cataloging
program and player. In April 28th 2003 their new music
service launched. For the first time the general public had a simple way to
obtain the latest music, simply by clicking on a "buy"
While iTunes has done a lot to promote the digital delivery of
music, it does have its opponents. The only reason that the large and
many smaller record labels agreed to be included in the iTunes service
is Apple's use of "Digital Rights Management" or DRM. This enables
downloaded music to be tied to the computer it was purchased on and an
iPod. Many people find this very restrictive, especially when a
computer dies and you find you've lost all your music.
relaunched in 2004 as a legitimate service, now also employing DRM
technology, but its intended audience was Windows computers instead
of Apple's Mac computer. Apple came out with a PC version of iTunes
in October of 2003 and that's when online music sales really exploded. As of
February 22 2006, over a billion songs have been downloaded.
a few website offering music without DRM. Emusic is one service that
mostly caters to a more mature audience. You won't find the latest
Jessica Simpson or Fall-Out Boy album, but there are many more
established artists, allowing their music to be purchased in MP3
format with no digital rights protection. mp3Tunes is probably the
biggest online music service specializing in independent artists. There
is an abundance of talent and album prices are relatively
inexpensive, with no restrictions.
In July of 2003 a new website launched which would further empower
musicians to promote their own music. MySpace launched as a social
networking site. People would post their profiles and would search for
and be sought out by people with similar interests. Musicians were
soon posting their profiles and a few sample tracks to listen to or
download directly from their profile page. The MySpace service has
given independent musicians another shot in the arm and has again allowed
musicians to reach out across the world to connect with new and existing fans.
It's arguably the main cause of the next
revolution in music - podcasts. In their simplest form, podcasts are
audio files created on a computer or portable media device that are
subscribed to by people interested in the content of the Podcast.
These audio files are then transported across the Internet to the
user's computer. This can be done automatically using one of a myriad
of podcast aggregators like Juice, Doppler or WinPodder.
from the amalgamation of two words, iPod and broadcast. This has led
to the common misconception that an iPod is required to listen to
them. This is not the case. You can listen to a podcast on any
computer, MP3 player or CD player (if the podcast has been written to
an audio CD).
The early genesis of podcasting is commonly attributed to
Adam Curry and Dave Winer. Adam had the drive to make it happen and
Dave's RSS (Really Simple Syndication) acted as the kind transport
layer to get the podcast out to all subscribers. Talking of
subscribers, another common misconception is that you need to pay for
the podcasts you download. While there
are a few paid-for podcasts, the vast majority are totally free.
Podcasts have grown at a phenomenal rate and their popularity was
launched into the stratosphere when Apple decided to jump on the
podcast wagon and allow people to subscribe to podcasts through
iTunes. Like music before it, suddenly podcasts were available to the
regular person, without requiring complex knowledge of RSS feeds and
With podcasts coming into their own in the latter half of 2004,
suddenly there was a medium that was inexpensive and could reach the
world over. Creating a podcast can be relatively cheap, but once the
bug catches hold, it's not long before podcasters outgrow their modest
hardware and strive for perfection with a new microphone and mixer.
Another big issue for podcasters is bandwidth. Having a few dozen
people download your podcast is fine, even though the average music
podcast is around 20-30 megabytes. But just imagine what happens when
you have thousands of people downloading your podcast. There are new many
services that alleviate this problem for a small fee. It's these
hidden costs that most people, especially listeners, are not aware of.
Adam Curry had his own podcast called the Daily Source Code. At the
beginning of each show he would play music
often referred to as mashups. This was the fusion of two or more
different songs into one. This sometimes resulted in some great songs,
but it was also in direct violation of copyright. While many didn't
think it to be a real problem, it wasn't long before the executives
came knocking on Mr. Curry's door and he was forced to stop.
However, in the latter half of 2005, an artist from New York stepped into the
breech and gave Adam full permission to play his song "Summertime" on
the Daily Source Code. This artist was Brother Love and it was the
beginning of something quite special. It wasn't long after this that
bands began to see the potential of podcasts and either gave
podcasters permission to play their music, and in some cases, created
So, fast forward to September 2006. There are now literally thousands of
podcasts, featuring a multitude of new bands and artists. Because of this, bands are
now finding new audiences from around the world.
Hollow Horse, a band
from Glasgow, Scotland are one of the many bands with positive things
to say about podcasts. Kenny Little from the band says "If it wasn't
for the medium of podcasting we would probably have split up. As it
is, we are now in the middle of recording our third album and, the
strange sideline to all of this, is we now have friends and fans from
all over the world.". After being featured in a couple of
podcasts, Kenny said "We have sold more copies of the album in America
than we have in Scotland. How
amazing is that?"
Many bands now have no intention of seeking a record
label, preferring to handle everything themselves. With Podcasts,
MySpace and a myriad of other services available in your arsenal, it's
now quite a feasible thing to do.
Colin Meeks is the host and producer of the Indie Launchpad Podcast
which showcases some of the best in independent music from around the world. email@example.com
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