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Echosmith MC finds out how this unique band of siblings ramped up to their “Cool Kids� mega-hit breakthrough––and what they intend to do now to expand upon it.

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In this roundtable of interviews, MC explores the myriad ways that an experienced media relations pro can take an indie act’s career to the next level.

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From Major Labels To Indie and International Artists: Universal Mastering Studios is a full-service professional mastering facility, serving a diverse corporate and individual clientele that includes all UMG labels affiliated with Capitol Music Group and EMI, as well as subsidiary labels

Concord, Disney and Hollywood Records. Mastering for contemporary artists, TV and Film (The Hurt Locker, Star Trek—Into Darkness), the state of the art studio consists of five production rooms and three mastering suites, with Zero Reflection Acoustic designed by Hanson Hsu of DHDI. The facility is also open (at very competitive rates) to third party clientele, including independent artists from all over the world. Mastering Engineer Warren Sokol: Warren started his career as a freelance recording/mixing engineer in Phoenix, AZ; one of his regular clients was the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra featuring soloists like Yo-Yo Ma. When he started at Universal Mastering, he started as production engineer for The Phoenix Project, archiving tapes to digital files; he was hired on full-time in 2011. In addition to working on recordings by artists on The Voice, Warren has mastered for the Band Perry, the Moody Blues, Imagine Dragons and Bastille. Mastering Engineer Peter Doell: Peter gigged as a professional musician for a decade before launching his career in 1981 as a recording engineer and mixer at Capitol Records Studios. Before joining Universal Mastering, he also worked as a staff engineer at Sunset Sound and Sony Pictures Studios. He’s worked on recordings by everyone from Miles Davis and Brian McKnight to Dwight Yoakam, Harry Connick, Jr. and Marilyn Manson, and recently mastered the latest album by Toto, Toto XIV. Mastering Engineer Erick Labson: A Grammy winning engineer and multiple nominee for his work on legacy recordings by Duke Ellington, Buddy Holly and Little Walter, Erick started his career with Sonic Solutions before joining Universal Mastering. Over the last two decades, he’s mastered recordings by Sublime, Aerosmith, Boyz II Men, the Who, recent EDM mixes for Sam Smith and Katy Perry and artists from The Voice in addition to his extensive work in film/TV (House of Cards). Contact Universal Mastering Studios, Louise Glover, 818-286-6271 8

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Brian Ball

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Ernie Ball Inc. has appointed Brian Ball as its new President. As the grandson of the company’s founder Ernie Ball, Brian Ball brings a background and history with the company that will allow him to serve the business while adding innovations and updates to the product line, as well as company culture and branding. In his new position, Brian will be leading the company at a time of rapid growth, strengthening the company’s market position within the guitar industry. He has been with Ernie Ball Inc. since 2000, working as a part of the tour staff before transitioning into marketing. He has also been and will continue to be an integral, hands-on part of Ernie Ball’s R&D team and artist relations. For more information, contact

Musicians Institute has named DJ and independent artist Charles Chemery as Program Chair of the school’s Independent Artist Program (IAP). Chemery will work alongside the school’s experienced instructors to guide students through the complete creative process—from songwriting, arranging, recording and production to marketing and promotion—over the course of two academic quarters. He brings a wealth of independent artist experience to the table, especially as the former music producer of the AFI Film Festival and his DJing experience with duo, Bleek & Sputnik. His involvement as a music supervisor, talent manager and artist will translate to the IAP Chair role. Contact

Jeremy Lumsden

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Focusrite Novation Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based manufacturer Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd., has appointed Jeremy Lumsden into the position of Director of U.S. Marketing for both Focusrite and Novation brands, underscoreing ongoing growth and expansion of the brands and their U.S. sales channels. A veteran of the Focusrite Novation organization, Lumsden has helped advance the company with respect to sales and advertising policy, and his new role will build upon his prior experience. He will be working with the organizations, their sales reps, dealers and end users to strengthen these brands and take them to the next level. For more information, contact

John Fleckenstein has been named Executive Vice President for RCA Records. Fleckenstein will be responsible for overseeing the Marketing, Digital Marketing and Video Production departments. He will also be the label’s Senior Executive responsible for partnering with the centralized functions of Creative, Sales and International staff assigned to RCA projects. Prior to RCA, he was Executive Vice President, Intl. Marketing for Sony Music. Working across Columbia, Epic and RCA, he oversaw recorded music careers of Sony Music’s US-signed artists abroad. He orchestrated international campaigns by Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, P!nk, Miley Cyrus and Daft Punk, among others. Contact

Steve Young

Alissa Crevier

Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed Steve Young as Director, North American Sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Community. He joins Community from the Music-Group where he was Manager of Business Development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound). Steve’s experience and capabilities will be assets in Community’s sales and marketing efforts and he will continue growing the community’s North American Business. For additional information on this assignment, contact Grace at

PledgeMusic has appointed Alissa Crevier as Global Head of Brand. Crevier will report directly to CEO Dave Hackett. In her new role, Crevier will establish brand partnerships with external partners and build a global brand team at the company. She will work to expand the presence of the direct-to-fan platform by connecting relevant brands to PledgeMusic’s diverse community of talent. Crevier comes to PledgeMusic from Spotify where she was the Global Manager of Artist Marketing & Original Content and responsible for strategy, production, and global marketing and distribution of Spotifyowned artist programs with legacy artists such as Led Zeppelin, Nas, and Tears for Fears. Contact

Buffy Hubelbank

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Red Bull Records has appointed Buffy Hubelbank to Creative Director of Publishing. She will work with Red Bull Records’ artist roster, which includes AWOLNATION and Twin Atlantic as well as Beartooth, Blitz Kids, Five Knives, Heaven’s Basement, Itch and New Beat Fund. She will also oversee writers John Feldmann and Mark Maxwell and continue to build the publishing roster there. Prior to joining Red Bull, Hubelbank served as Creative Director, Urban & Pop A&R at Pulse Recording, working with writers including Bonnie McKee, Raja Kumari and JR Rotem. She also helped establish the urban department at Pulse. For additional information, contact kate.

ole has appointed Chris Giansante to General Manager of Administration, from his previous position in Acquisitions. In his new role, Giansante will work with ole’s global admin team to improve client service and data analytics, refine ole’s online portal and manage digital collections and services. He will also ensure maximizing royalty collections from its catalog and those the company administers, with a focus on leveraging ole’s proprietary technology for improved royalty data analysis to uncover every opportunity for royalty income. Prior to ole, Giansante served in an analyst capacity at RBC Capital Markets and with firms in automotive and environmental technologies sectors. Contact

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Director of Sales, North America Community Professional Loudspeakers

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PRESONUS STUDIOLIVE 48AI MIX SYSTEM The Presonus StudioLive™ 48AI Mix is a fully fledged 48x8x2 digital mixing/recording system. It consists of two cascaded StudioLive™ 24.4.2AI 24-channel consoles combined into a single 48-channel large-format mixer featuring Dual Fat Channel signal processing with 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter on all 48 input channels and buses. There is an analog patch bay plus onboard 64x50 FireWire s800 interface capable of 24-bit and up to 96 kHz sample rates. It has Active Integration™ technology that provides direct network connection using either a dedicated Ethernet port or a USB 2.0 port with Wi-Fi adapter for connection to a wireless router. It comes with a software suite for Macs, Win and iOS and includes Capture™ 2.1 recording software with Virtual Soundcheck, Studio One® Artist 2.6 DAW, Virtual StudioLive™-AI mixer-control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™, StudioLive Remote-AI iPad® app and QMix™-AI iPhone monitor mix control. Linking adapter, PRM-1 Precision Reference Microphone and custom dust cover are included with upcoming options (cards) for Dante (Audio over IP), and AVB connectivity to live stage boxes over a single Cat-5e cable. This is a deeply featured and intuitive system capable of up to 48 channels for under $5,500 MAP.

AURALEX DEEP6 LOW FREQUENCY ABSORBER Auralex's new Deep6™ Low-Frequency Absorber measures 2’ x 4’ x 6" and has a powder-coated, black steel frame. Being enclosed in a rigid frame, this low frequency absorption device is specifically designed for installation flat on walls and ceilings or it can straddle any available vertical corner. The goal with all acoustic absorption panels is to improve the frequency response throughout the room and especially at the mix/ listening position. In small rooms, most of the problems are in the low frequencies heard as huge peaks and dips in the bass at different locations. Installing a few Deep6 panels with their six-inch depth will greatly flatten out— reduce those peaks and dips in your room. Deep6's solidly constructed acoustical treatment is the perfect choice for rooms where conventional corner-fitted bass traps are not possible due to doors or windows. The Deep6 is Class-A fire rated for commercial and residential applications and provides usable broadband control down to 40 Hz. Available in Sandstone and Obsidian fabric colors, each Deep6 comes fully assembled and ready to install with included wall mounting brackets. Additional corner mounting brackets are available. The Auralex Deep6 Low Frequency Absorber sells for $549 MAP.

SONNOX OXFORD SUPRESSER DS The Sonnox SuprEsser DS is a specialized version of the Sonnox SuprEsser Dynamic EQ plug-in that focuses on frequencies above 1kHz. It achieves highly effective de-essing with less than 2MS of latency at 48kHz sample rates making it the perfect de-esser plug-in for Avid's S3L live console and/or live recording into any Pro Tools 11 HDX rig. I like the SuprEsser DS's “simple mode” for quick fixes, but you can go to advanced mode for increased functionality and fine-tuning if required. There are three listen modes to easily see and hear exactly what and where the problem frequencies are. This allows you to then go about suppressing or removing them. The GUI is the familiar and intuitive FFT display and you have complete control using Automatic Level Tracking, Linear Phase Filtering and a Wet/Dry blend control.

CASIO’S FOUR NEW CELVIANO AND PRIVIA DIGITAL PIANOS Casio's Celviano AP-260 and AP-460, as well as the Privia PX-760 and PX-860, are equipped with new modes and features such as a Hall Simulator with presets including the Dutch Reformed Church, Berlin Hall Philharmonic and the French Cathedral that put you right there in any of those places. Concert Play allows musicians to play along to 10 different classical pieces—appropriate for beginning to advanced players—a kind of “Music Minus One” where you can select to hear them with or without the piano part. The lesson feature allows you to practice a piece at a slower tempo until you are ready to play it at normal tempo. New stereo string ensemble tones were developed for the Celviano and Privia digital pianos and can be played individually or layered with Concert Grand Piano sounds. There are also new electric piano sounds derived from the Privia PX-5S Stage piano. Casio’s new Celviano and Privia models are available in black or brown with the AP-260 selling for $1,499.99, the AP-460 at $1,899.99, PX-760 for $1,099.99 and the PX-860 at $1,499.99. 10 March 2015


DIAMOND GUITARS HALCYON ZB Diamond Guitars' Halcyon ZB models come in two colors and two configurations. The Halcyon ZB-FR Black Moonrise model is a flamed maple over a maple body with a maple set neck and ebony fingerboard. The Halcyon ZB-FR Kona Brown model features a flame maple over a mahogany body and a mahogany set neck also with an ebony fingerboard. Both models have 24 frets, a 25.5-inch scale, a Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan Pegasus/Sentient pickups and striking custom inlays. Spanning the first to third frets is a Tibetan Flame encompassing a Double Dorje that matches the tattoo on Zoltan Barthory’s forearms.

SOUNDCRAFT SIGNATURE SERIES CONSOLES The Soundcraft Signature and Signature Series Multi-Track analog mixing consoles are available in four frame sizes: 10-channels, 12-channels, 16-channels and 22-channels while the Signature Series Multi-Track consoles come in 12-channel and 22-channel versions (pictured). You get Soundcraft's Ghost mic preamps from their pro consoles, the Sapphyre Assymetric Equalizer and also GB® Series audio routing technology as deployed in thousands of live venues worldwide. Both models include a wide variety of built-in Lexicon studio-grade reverbs and effects such as chorus and modulation plus there are dbx limiters on each input channel. The consoles have XLR and switchable Hi-Z inputs, so you're good to go for direct recording (DI) of guitars, basses and synths. Signature Series consoles have smooth, premium-quality 100-mm faders with flexible pre/post switching on each Aux and subgroups with powerful routing and switching options and dedicated outputs. All consoles are built using metal construction, top-quality components and have built-in universal power supplies. The Signature Series consoles come with a 2-in/2-out USB interface while the Multi-Track versions come with either a 14-in/12-out on the 12-channel version or a 24-in/22-out USB audio interface on the 22-channel console. Prices range from $399 to $799.

BLUE HUMMINGBIRD CONDENSER MICROPHONE ISOACOUSTICS APERTA SPEAKER STANDS IsoAcoustics has the Aperta line of sculpted aluminum acoustic isolation stands designed for medium-sized professional studio monitors and home stereo speakers. Looking more like a modern sculpture piece, the elegant Aperta stands use IsoAcoustics' patented floating design to enhance the sound clarity and transparency of mediumsized monitor speakers by decoupling their vibrating cabinets from external surfaces or the floor. The new IsoAcoustics Aperta stands feature a unique integrated tilt adjustment with fine gradation markings that enables users to “dial-in” the optimum tilt angle when aiming monitor speakers at the listening position. The Apertas measure 6.1 (W) x 7.5 (D)-inches and support medium size studio monitors and speakers weighing up to 35 pounds (15.8 kilos). The stylish Aperta stands come in both black or aluminum finishes and sell for $240 MSRP.

Blue’s Hummingbird small-diaphragm condenser microphone uses a capsule based of Blue's B1 enclosed in a head assembly that rotates 180-degrees. The precisely tuned diaphragm with its extended frequency response and adjustable pivoting head allows for super precise positioning for drum overheads, acoustic guitars or for orchestral instruments. A pressure gradient cardioid capsule is paired with a proprietary, Class-A discrete circuit head amp (no chips) to enable Hummingbird to have a low noise floor and the ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Using two Hummingbirds as stereo drum overheads, the unique 180-degree pivoting head and free range of motion make for fast and precise positioning. “Dialing in” a phase coherent stereo field takes just seconds. The Blue Hummingbird comes with a rugged, road-ready protective carrying case along with a mic clip and foam windscreen. Hummingbird sells for $299 MSRP.

BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.

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IN TONE For the bulk of his 2014 tour with the Winery Dogs and his recent solo tour, Richie Kotzen was spotted using a mysterious red pedal by Tech 21. Countless photos and questions were posted on the internet by fans craving to know more. A gifted player known for his unique style, Richie is also highly respected for his tone, so who could blame them? .OT JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF THE &LY 2IG SIMPLY BEARING HIS NAME







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Understanding what an acoustic guitar is, including all of its essential parts and how they work, will be critical to choosing the one that is right for you. Same goes for guitar strings and electric guitar basses. In this series, each book allows you to discover everything you need to know, not only to help guide you in choosing the right acoustic guitar, strings or bass guitar, but also how to understand the gear so you can get off to a fast start.

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session By Jesse Frohman (hardcover) $45.00 Frohman’s book combines over 100 of his photos with revealing commentary and insights from notable authors Jon Savage and Glenn O’Brien. Shot just months before the singer’s tragic death, these images and the corresponding text capture the Nirvana frontman as the band, riding a wave of unexpected fame and pubic scrutiny, was on tour to promote its new album In Utero.

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The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music By Paul Edwards (paperback) $14.99 Comprehensive and accessible, this guide breaks down the difference between old school and new school, recaps the biggest influencers of the genre, and sets straight the myths and misconceptions of the artists and their music. Fans will learn something new about the history and development of hip-hop, from its inception up through the current day.

1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music By Andrew Grant Jackson (hardcover) $27.99 It was the year rock & roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Lyndon Johnson, Buck Owen, Ken Kesey and many more figure heavily as author Jackson explores this pivotal year, combining fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative. Concise and keenly observed, this is a must-read for the classic rock fanatic.

Electronics Concepts, Labs, and Projects: For Media Enthusiasts, Students, and Professionals

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The abiding pulse of rock & roll—the drummer— finally gets its due. Interviews include Chad Smith, Ginger Baker, Clem Burke, Sheila E, Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Patty Schemel, Butch Vig and Omar Hakim. Author Barrell analyzes many of the greatest drum tracks ever recorded and introduces us to the world’s fastest drummer, the world’s loudest drummer and the first musician to pilot a “flying drum kit” on stage. Fascinating and filled with little known details, Born to Drum elevates drummers and their achievements to their rightful place.

Using a bare minimum of math, seasoned instructor Hackmann introduces concepts, techniques and tools needed for productive growth in the fields of audio, video and multimedia recording. It includes essential theory relating to electronics principles specific to the audio world, as well as practical lessons on soldering, how to use a digital multimeter for testing audio gear and cables and how to use an oscilloscope and function generator to diagnose circuits. A DVD-ROM supports the text.

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Pioneering and Cutting-Edge Since 1987: Now part of the Gibson Brands family, Cakewalk has been at the forefront of music and technology since 1987. As the leading developer of powerful and thoughtfully designed products for modern musicians, Cakewalk’s products include award-winning digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments. Millions of musicians worldwide—including producers, composers, sound designers and engineers—use Cakewalk products to produce audio for the music, film, broadcast and video game industries.

The SONAR Software Family: SONAR, Cakewalk’s flagship software, continues to innovate with features that lead the market. Cakewalk introduced SONAR’s 64-bit technology when most other companies were not even thinking beyond 32 bits. The SONAR Software family offers three versions: Artist ($99), Professional ($199) and Platinum ($499). Each offers the same high-tech core features—touch control, unlimited tracks/FX/Sends/Busses, 64-bit end-to-end audio engine, VST3/VST2/ DirectX compatibility, Mix Recall for switching quickly among different mix options and much more. All offer groundbreaking technology that provides serious tools to create, edit, mix and publish music. SONAR Features and Membership Program: SONAR Platinum’s extensive array of tools, plug-in effects, instruments and technology (like DSD import/export and vocal alignment) offers extreme flexibility for handling any kind of recording, mixing or remixing project. SONAR Professional complements a wealth of advanced technical features with a full set of professional-level effects plug-ins and virtual instruments, including the acclaimed ProChannel customizable channel strip, Melodyne Essential with ARA integration and Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition. SONAR Artist, the most featureladen recording software in its price range, offers unlimited track counts, superior audio quality, video support and many of the same high-tech specs as the flagship Platinum version. All versions include 12 months of SONAR’s new membership program (not a subscription “rental” model), which lets customers take advantage of continuous product development by downloading regular updates, new features and presets, fixes, videos and other custom content through the new Cakewalk Command Center application. Unlike traditional software subscription programs, the SONAR Membership program gives you the choice of paying up front or monthly with the option to renew the plan after 12 months––regardless of renewal, you keep everything you own up to that point. Contact Cakewalk, 1-617-423-9004

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Jones Brings Broadway to Brooklyn Grammy-winning engineer Butch Jones of 825 Records brought home an ardent project to complete. Industry veteran Dodie Pettit sought Jones’ help to produce, engineer and mix a tribute album that will honor the late Broadway actor Kevin Gray’s memory and commemorate his 8,200 plus performance career with over 30 tracks and over 200 Broadway performers. For more information about the album, contact

Tyler Goes Barefoot Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler chose Barefoot Sound’s MicroMain27 Gen2 monitors for his home studio in Los Angeles, CA, which he claims are time machines that will take you where you want to go. The new Gen2 version of the MM27s offers the distinctive Barefoot quality, but also with instantaneous speaker emulations, such as the NS10 sound.

Ringing in Their GRAMMY Nomination MC April 2014 cover band Cage The Elephant performed at an intimate evening presented by Sonos and Pandora Media at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, CA.

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“Every opinion is a valid one, whether you use it or not. Some of the best things happen by having an open relationship.” – Ryan Hadlock, producer (Lumineers), April 2013

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Brotherhood Roll Into Legendary Studio Royal Southern Brotherhood rolled into the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL for their third album release Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions slated for a late May 2015 release. Pictured (l-r): Cyril Neville and FAME Studios’ Rick Hall. For additional information, contact Jill Kettles at


INNOVA Marks 15 Years


Grammy-nominated band Fireflight will be releasing their upcoming album, INNOVA, on May 5 independently through the Fuel Music. Fireflight worked in Rusty Varenkamp’s studio Conservatory Park in Franklin, TN; Josh Silverberg and Kipp Williams’ Red Red Studio in Nashville, TN; and in Geoff Duncan’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Not only will the band celebrate their fifth album, they will also be celebrating 15 years together. Pictured playing bass is Wendy Drennen. For more music and videos, visit the band’s website

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Gaslamp Studios Installs SSL AWS Gaslamp Studios based its new mix room around the SSL AWS 948 Console while enlisting the talents of a Grammy®-nominated mix engineer and a world-class acoustics expert. Located in the heart of the San Diego district bearing the same name, Gaslamp offers remote mixing services for artists and producers. Gaslamp chief engineer Kellogg Boynton (Eric Clapton, Taylor Swift and Warren Haynes) says that the AWS allows him to have a hybrid workflow. For additional information, contact


Brent Walsh, vocalist of progressive-alternative band I The Mighty, gets up close and personal with the mic in studio. The band is currently working on their sophomore full-length album slated for summer 2015 with producers Mike Green (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds Of Summer, the Madden Brothers, the Used) at Green’s studio in Hollywood, CA. Drums and bass were recorded at Madden Brothers Studio in West Hollywood. For more info, visit

Cannon and Castle Utilize iZotope RX Nashville producer Buddy Cannon and his longtime audio engineer Tony Castle have worked with artists like Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss and many more. One essential tool in their workflow is RX 4, which allows them to neutralize a range of audio issues so they can utilize the artist’s best take. They discovered that iZotope RX allows them to save a lot of performances that would otherwise have been unusable for technical reasons. For additional information, contact

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Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri, Keith Urban, One Direction

By Rob Putnam


-based writer and producer Jake Gosling came to the game like many in the business: playing in bands and writing songs. But he found that he meshed better with writing than performing. He experimented with mic placement and unconventional instrumentation, such as a bucket of water for percussion. He found that such explorations were his calling. Over the years he’s worked with artists including Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri and One Direction. “I’ll ask for all tracks first,� Gosling says of how he approaches projects. “Then I sit with the artist, find out what they want to communicate and then build the relationship. You have to get under The three most important their skin and make songs come to things he’s learned as a life. I tend to work on a whole album producer are: as opposed to a single song. Brought up on records, I love songs that s 7RITE ABOUT THINGS YOU KNOW weren’t singles because albums had shape, journey and story.� s +EEP EXPERIMENTING Gosling writes with artists but also contributes in different ways. “It’s also s -AKE SURE THAT YOU nice to have not written a song...I can COMMUNICATE BECAUSE AT THE [then] come up with counter-melodies END OF THE DAY THAT S WHAT IT S because I tend to play on records I ALL ABOUT produce. I arrange strings and the like—things that aren’t classed as ‘songwriting.’ But they add dimensions to the existing melodies.� Opinions on what makes a good song vary. For Gosling, it comes down to a few key elements. “The songs I consider classics have space and humanity to them,� he explains. “When a song is too processed and the humanity has been taken out, you lose something. It might be a hit for a short time. But the classics that get played over and over? There’s an energy and simplicity—something that people connect and relate to.� Even the best songwriters and producers get stuck on lyrics. Gosling found that non-sequitur prompts can help navigate safe passage out of the block. “I was writing with Keith Urban,� he recalls. “He had Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies,’ which are cards with prompts on them, ‘Go and boil an egg’ or ‘Try a different reverb.’ Random stuff. Sometimes it helps to fiddle with something on the production to change the way you write the song. It gets you away from being bogged down with the lyrics.� To fledgling producers he suggests they find a niche. “It’s good to be influenced but it’s important to make your own mark. That comes from experimenting and making mistakes. It’s important to make them and learn from them. And you have to work really, really hard.� Gosling came to work with Ed Sheeran by way of Sarah Liversedge at his publisher BDi Music. As of early February, Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud� was No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. When Music Connection spoke with Gosling, he was preparing for the Grammys for Sheeran’s album X nomination for Album Of The Year. Gosling runs his own recording studio: Sticky Studios in Surrey, which is within shouting distance of London. There he loves working with new talent. His current and upcoming projects include rising artists James Bay, Rhodes and Aquilo. Lastly, he’s working with American artist Taylor Berrett, whose album is slated for March on Warner Bros. Along with manager John Woolf, Gosling also runs a showcase called “Nobu Unplugged� at London fusion restaurant Nobu London. Contact Matt Gooderham, Sticky Studios,

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Carianne Marshall

The Write Fit Sometimes we have to pass on [writers] whom we’re not sure we can add value to. That’s something we think about, not just whether or not we love them. When something comes across my plate, we evaluate it from a synchronization perspective. We never know what somebody’s going to use, but we know what we get asked for on a regular basis. There might be a point in time where we love a songwriter but our plates are full.

Partner, Songs Music Publishing Years with Company: 8 Address: 7656 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90044 Phone: 323-939-3511 FAX: 310-872-5027 Web: E-mail: Clients: Lorde, DJ Mustard, Fergie, Ariana Grande, Jeremih, Diplo, Q-Tip, Sleigh Bells, Marsha Ambrosius, Jose Gonzales. BACKGROUND As Head of Creative Licensing at Songs Music Publishing, Carianne Marshall works with artists and songwriters to place songs in film, television, video games and more. Founded by Matt Pincus in 2004, Songs is employee-owned. One of Marshall’s most recent achievements is negotiating a deal for Lorde to write a song and curate music for the latest Hunger Games soundtrack.

“What we’re trying to do with our monthly songwriting workshops is facilitate a community.”

Merging Into Publishing In 1999, the business was changing. That was the year MCA and PolyGram merged to form Universal Publishing. I ran into a friend at a concert and she asked if I had ever thought about publishing. I knew it was time to make a move. I didn’t know much about publishing. I kind of thought it was like a bank and it didn’t seem sexy. But she gave publishing a great sell and I was interested. Birth of the Cool I was an assistant at Universal Music Publishing after the merger. I moved quickly to DreamWorks Music Publishing doing A&R coordinating as well as film and television placement before anybody paid attention to it. [I worked with a band that] had a hit and the music supervisor for ER wanted to use their song. She wanted to use the melody for a ringtone. [The band] didn’t want to do it, because they thought any use in visual media wasn’t cool. How things have changed! Focusing on Relationships At DreamWorks, it was all about the songwriters. There were only eight of us, and I got to know them really well. That’s where I fell in love with publishing and the film/TV business. Then DreamWorks Publishing was put up for sale, so I took a job at Universal Publishing as a film/TV exec. I had a great experience there, but I had forgotten what a big company it was. When I met Matt Pincus, he was the first person outside of the synchronization community who understood my vision for— relationships and matchmaking, not sales. This is about marrying music to picture and listening well, telling a story. At the end of the day, the integrity is to the picture, not the song. Nimbly Seeking New Opportunities We have the ability to be hands-on and service-based because of our size—about 30 employees. We’re nimble and able to navigate changes in the industry. The synchronization market changed incredibly in the last five years. We did a deal with Conde Nast Entertainment where they used our music in their online content. That couldn’t have even been an opportunity a handful of years ago. 22 March 2015

Finding Value We’re able to make the decisions that are best for our writers. A big part of our philosophy is to listen to our writers and help realize their goals. We talk a lot about what value means. We’re able to know what might be valuable right now, what might not be and how that might change. There might be a writer who has a new single, and that’s what they want us to focus on. In six months, maybe they have a different focus. What makes sense for you right now? Does it make sense to work on a student film? Does it make sense to think about a strategy in television? Do we want to just put your music everywhere? Discretionary Pitches I worked with a writer who said, “I will approve anything but a motocross video.” It’s my responsibility to make sure none of his material ends up in motocross. He was sensitive about his material being used in any programming that had a skew in alcohol. It’s my responsibility to continue the dialogue and know when things change for [my writers]. Another writer had something happen where he became sensitive to a certain subject matter. We’re able to accommodate that and not even pitch songs that our writers wouldn’t want pitched. Flexible Goals Sometimes, we know the budget ahead of time when we’re asked for a pitch. Many times, we’ll get a music supervisor who’ll come to us with a brief, “Here’s what we’re looking for, here’s what we can pay.” It’s up to us to know which songs will clear in that price range. The moving parts are the terms. How long will that song be used? What type of media is it? Is it online only? Are they going to use instrumental or the lyrics? We take all those things into consideration. In some cases, we might charge more because that’s what makes sense for that writer and song. In other cases, if we’re trying to showcase a particular song and help an artist with a campaign at radio, it might be perfect. If we can get a long use that people can hear in a big TV show, we’re more flexible.

Be Thoughtful I talked to a songwriter who once said, “I sent 30 of my songs to every music supervisor in this directory.” It’s more effective to do research: think about what television shows or video games are right. Pick your three best songs and send those. Be thoughtful about how you’re presenting music. I don’t want 17 attachments; I want a link to a couple of the best songs, and if it’s something we think might be a fit, we might ask for more.

Workshops What we’re trying to do with our monthly songwriting workshops is facilitate a community. The idea came from one of our songwriters. The workshops have grown and grown. My favorite part is hearing our writers and artists give each other notes and share their music. It’s a comfortable, safe place for them. Exposure’s Great, Payment’s Better “I got a song on a TV show for free.” That’s not necessarily great. “Well, I can tell supervisors I had my song on this show.” That’s not actually a calling card. Many times, supervisors want music that hasn’t been used before. Perhaps that’s the appeal: something new that nobody’s discovered. When I hear songwriters say, “My song was in the background of this show,” I don’t know if that’s necessarily exposure unless it was a featured use. There’s value when you know about a use ahead of time—when you can capitalize on it by Tweeting to your fans, when you can make the most of a placement. A placement in itself can be fantastic, but I wouldn’t say it’s the end. You’ve got to do it because that value add makes sense. The Long Game We look at writers as partners. We look at the short and long term, because we know we’re going to work with them for an extended period. If I’m going to work with a writer over the course of their career, I think strategically about what’s going to make sense instead of the dollars I’ll make in the next quarter. The Right Placement For You There are a lot of people pitching songs for synchronization and companies not as reputable as others. Questions to ask when you’re interviewing somebody to place your music would be, “Do you take publishing or do you take a fee for a placement?” Nobody should take publishing unless they’re a publisher. And not just where you had your clients’ songs placed but how much money you get for them. Because if they’re telling everyone they can have songs for free, that’s not helpful. Ultimately, the songwriter’s going to make the decision that feels right for them. Be smart and thoughtful and think about your goals.



Reverbnation has a growing list of opportunities on its “Before You Can Be Discovered You Need To Be Heardâ€? page. Everything from radio airplay to contests and festivals are featured. If interested, you can check it out at Hard Rock Rising 2015—The Global Battle of the Bands returns to ReverbNation. Last year, over 9,000 artists from 70 countries competed to perform in front of 40,000 fans in Rome, Italy. Seattle’s Joyfield ended up taking home the grand prize after being hand-selected from the final round of twenty-five global acts. Hard Rock Rising 2014 was a huge event for artists across the world, and it’s coming back for another round. For information and details, go to blog. Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded and owned by Jay Z, is seeking new talent for management consideration. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, it is a full-service entertainment company for artists, songwriters, producers, engineers and more. It’s also home to a diverse roster comprised of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers (Rihanna, Shakira, Timbaland, et al). Go to rocnation. com to contact them. Bandzoogle, a platform for bands and musicians, and PledgeMusic, an online directto-fan music community, have

announced a mutually beneficial partnership to help artists succeed. Using Bandzoogle’s platform, artists and bands can now easily integrate their PledgeMusic direct-to-fan campaign onto any page of their Bandzoogle-powered websites. This opportunity allows artists to deepen their engagement with their fans when they pledge support, making them a part of the music-making journey. Artists interested in learning more and signing up for a free 30-day trial of Bandzoogle can sign up at Artists, singers and musicians are invited to apply for the 2015 edition of Unsigned Only, a worldwide music contest produced by the same team that brings you the International Songwriting Competition. Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. It’s a music competition with the goal of finding an outstanding, talented performer that needs to be discovered. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash. The deadline for submissions is March 18. You can register at For timely Opportunities and news, be sure to check out MC’s home page each day at!

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FILTER WILL RELEASE SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM Filter is reentering the studio to record their seventh studio album. Richard 0ATRICK WILL BE REUNITED WITH PRODUCER MIXER "EN 'ROSS Short Bus, Title of Record, The Amalgamut), and is collaborating on songs with former Filter cowriter Brian Leisgang as well as newcomer guitarist Oumi Kapilia. Additionally, THE BAND WILL OFFER FANS A SPECIAL 6)0 EXPERIENCE DURING THEIR UPCOMING TOUR WITH #OAL #HAMBER )T INVOLVES AN INTIMATE MEET AND GREET AS WELL AS EXCLUSIVE MERCH items only available to those who participate. Formed in 1993, Filter has had significant success over the past two decades and released their last studio album, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, in 2013. For more, go to

EVOLOVE INKS WITH SPECTRA Evolove is defined as the all encompassing, ever changing force that bonds us through love. And, this Los Angeles based pop-rock quintet of the same name is spreading that love. They recently signed a record deal with Spectra -USIC 'ROUP WHICH RELEASED THEIR LABEL DEBUT We Are The Warriors via iTunes and Amazon. Founded in 1997, Spectra consists of several independent record companies, i.e. Spectra Records, Monarchy Records, Spectra Jazz and Spectra Heritage, and is based in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. See and/or R&B/Soul artist Teedra Moses ( has signed a recording agreement with Shanachie Entertainment to release her new album Cognac & Conversations in 2015. Management is Tamia Schannell (; legal is Ben McLane (bcmclane@ Multiplatinum alternative rock heavyweights Incubus have signed an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Island Records. The band’s label debut will be a 4-song EP entitled Trust Fall (Side A), which is scheduled to drop on March 24. After nearly two years off the grid conceptualizing and recording new material, the band, under the management of Wright Entertainment Group, has its sights set on a “non-traditionalâ€? album. Founding member Mike Einziger said, “Although the band didn’t have any plans of making this record, the new music is pretty indicative of where we are now.â€? The new EP marks 20 years since the release of their indie debut album in 1995, Fungus Amongus. For details, go to Universal Music Enterprises has announced Ringo Starr’s 18th studio release, Postcards from Paradise. With 11 original tracks, the solo album is due March 31 and is the first to include a song written and recorded by Starr and his current All Starr Band - Steve

Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. The record was produced by Starr and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as always, features friends and family. As Ringo often says, “If I’m recording and you’re in town and drop by, you’re going to be on the record!â€? For more information re guest appearances, visit Brian Wilson’s 11th solo studio album, titled No Pier Pressure, will be released on April 7 via Capitol Records. One of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history, it is no exaggeration to call Wilson one of the most gifted and influential composers of the past 50 years. For this release he has returned to Capitol Records, his original label home with the Beach Boys. The album will be released in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each available on CD and digitally, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl. Foe more news, visit Songwriter, producer, recording artist and cultural catalyst, the-Dream, has reached a worldwide agreement with Capitol Records and the formation of Contra Paris with his partner Tricky Stewart for the release of his music, the March 2015



signing and development of other recording artists and as a platform for the-Dream to further his broad interests in entertainment, fashion, technology and other creative endeavors. The Contra Paris Boutique ( has also launched online to coincide with the music. For other news, go to Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has signed a global recording contract with Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, guitarist Nile Rodgers and his Multiplatinum band CHIC. In addition, WBR has entered into a deal with Land of The Good Groove, the label formed by Rodgers and veteran music executive Michael Ostin. WBR will handle all distribution and label services for artists signed by Rodgers and Ostin, who will act as the imprint’s creative supervisors. For further developments, visit


Harris alumni and faculty are involved in seven Juno and three Canadian Screen Award nominations including Producer, Engineer, Songwriter, Country Album, Adult Contemporary Album and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, as well as Best Sound in a Dramatic Program, Best Sound in a Documentary and Overall Achievement in Sound. Doug McClement, Chair of the Audio Production Program, is nominated for Best Sound in a Variety Program CSA. Yuri Gorbachow, Director of Audio Post, is nominated for Best Sound in a Dramatic Program CSA and Tom Heron, Director of the

Audio Production Program, is the Dialogue Recorder & Editor for two CSA Best Series nominations. Harris Alumni and Faculty won 27 awards and nominations in 2014. For additional details, visit Donny Osmond is about to make music history. This year he celebrates “50 years in show business.” To mark such an achievement, Decca Records will release Osmond’s 60th album. Soundtrack Of My Life is just that: a summary of his extraordinary life so far. Each track tells a story, tracing the high and low points of both his professional and personal life—from becoming a child star to achieving multiple No.1s, selling over 100 million records, and becoming a worldwide heartthrob. Osmond has also launched his very own (free) app, tempting fans with the stories behind his new record and giving them sneak previews of each track. Together with his sister Marie, they have won their third consecutive “Best of Las Vegas” award for their long-running show at The Flamingo. For the latest, visit Pornhub Records has announced the official winners of its Song Search Contest–– crowning not one, but two winners: Jordan Royale and Mihannah Zhang. The contest was part of a global search to find Pornhub’s next official anthem, with each entry being evaluated by a judging panel consisting of Grammy Award winner, T-Pain, hip-hop producer Scott Storch, and Vice Music Editor, Dan Ozzi. Both winners will

Roth Struck by Qupid MC’s February DIY Spotlight, popsoul artist Molly Roth, secured an endorsement with fashion brand Qupid Shoes. Driven to promote herself as a musician in a hot, new, fresh way, Roth teamed with Qupid and became the marketing face for the brand. Now Roth can further build her seductive image, and she can reach a wider audience with her music being featured on the company’s various media.

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DIY Spotlight Aradia Long before she created her fresh, otherworldly and supremely infectious hybrid “roktronica,” Seattle-based singer/songwriter Aradia was a proud, self-confessed “biggest nerd ever.” She and her former musical partner Wirth Lawson formed Twelfth Planet, a synthrock band that electrified the Atlanta scene for a few years. That group opened for Muse and played for 100,000 attendees at the Chicago Auto Show. But her emergence as a “SciFi Fashionista” was ultimately a better fit in Seattle, where she moved after the breakup of the band. Those who attended Aradia’s shows got to see her donning one of those futuristic fantasy outfits she designed, made herself and wore on all of her album artwork. But no matter what Aradia is wearing, when she hits the stage, she’ll make waves across the universe with a unique sound that blends rock, pop, trip-hop and electronic. Indeed, her sound has been likened to an otherworldly mix of Donna Summer, Trent Reznor, David Bowie and George Harrison. Her new full-length album Citizen of Earth includes compelling tunes (plus a dance remix of the super-poppy ‘80s throwback “Today”) that are the optimistic opposite of the dark and pensive tunes on her 2012 EP Possibilities: Dark. Citizen of Earth emerged from essentially the same period of composing, but has a decidedly more fun-filled spirit about it––a reflection of the life she has now brimming with creativity, a strong social support system and great DIY hope. For more, go to

Have a successful DIY strategy to share? Email receive a grand prize of $5,000 toward the making of a music video for their track, and have their video digitally distributed to the masses on, with 500,000 viewers guaranteed. Both Royale and Zhang will join the likes of Coolio, as brand new artists featured under the recently launched Pornhub Records imprint, which provides fans a chance to share and listen to uncensored music.



AirPlay Direct has set a new global standard for digital delivery to radio. The company’s continued expansion and explosive growth has set the new industry standard. Its artist/ record label membership has now swelled to over 39,000, with radio station membership now exceeding over 9,300 stations around the world. The rapid growth of APD’s artist/record label membership over the past three years has been driven by the incredible music its members are creating and making available to radio. AirPlay Direct is an artist marketing, promotion, and education platform that delivers

premium digital services as well as providing secure digital file transfer system for the music industry. To check out the company, visit Music industry veteran and career A&R executive Kim Buie has been appointed VP of A&R for New West Records. Buie joins New West from artist management and distribution company Thirty Tigers where she was head of A&R. Previous to that she ran Lost Highway’s A&R department under Luke Lewis for nearly eight years. Buie will be based at New West’s newly opened Nashville office where she will work alongside president John Allen. Her resume of artists that she has signed or worked with includes a diverse array of talent ranging from Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Etta James, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Allen Ginsburg, William S. Burroughs, and Mazzy Star to name a few. BERNARD BAUR was voted one of the “Top Music Business Journalists” in the country. Bernard is the connection between the streets and the suites. Credited with over 1,200 features in a variety of publications, he’s a Contributing Editor at Music Connection.

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the song a trusted source sent, or one from the pile of unsolicited stuff from people you don’t know? I used to spend countless hours trying to make connections, let alone the right connections! With TAXI, when my music is on-target and great, it’s placed in the hands of people who need exactly what I have to offer. The results have been nothing short of amazing. My music has been sent to more than 15 major record labels by TAXI, and my single, Former Stranger was released on a Universal Records compilation with Amy Winehouse and Duffy in Europe and Asia. It’s also been placed in a prominent publishing

catalog that features music on the CW network. All because I joined TAXI.

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My biggest success yet came from TAXI’s annual free, membersonly convention, the Road Rally. I met the decision-maker from a prominent publishing company that provides music for the #1 highest rated, day-time talk show on the air. I performed for him at TAXI’s openmic and he signed me on the spot. The Road Rally is loaded with insightful seminars and the nicest executives you could ever meet. It’s the only convention I’ve ever been to with a true “family feel.”

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DOWNTOWN BOYS Date Signed: October 2014 Label: Don Giovanni Records Band Members: Adrienne Berry, alto sax; Emmett Fitzgerald, tenor sax; Joey L. DeFrancesco, guitar, vocals; Norlan Olivo, drums; Victoria Ruiz, lead vocals; Daniel Schleifer, bass. Type of Music: Punk Management: N/A Booking: N/A Legal: N/A Publicity: Sarah Avrin, Web: A&R: N/A


or self-described “bilingual political dance-punk partiers” Downtown Boys, corporate conformity was never an issue when signing with Don Giovanni Records. The band’s creative mission remains solid–– now it’s just a matter of expanding and nurturing that message through knowledgeable industry resources––i.e., other “struggling” musicians. For Downtown Boys, the task of building successful connections with such little business experience forced them to rely heavily on cooperation among aspiring artists battling similar obstacles. Things run smoother with a mutual sense of understanding and acceptance. “We all need to work together––find ways to understand what we need before what we want,” explains lead vocalist Victoria Ruiz. For example: “What royalties should we get? How much do things really cost? What are the guarantees when performing with a bigger act?” “We all need to know this stuff,” guitarist Joey L. DeFrancesco agrees, “and work together as a collective labor pool to be able to inform ourselves. Put in the hard work, and respect the other people putting in the hard work.” So during their initial partnership with Sister Polygon Records,

“Some materialistic resources are required for success.” Downtown strung a web of reliable friendships with other up-and-coming rockers, including Pinkwash and Priest. That push and motivation inspired their debut 7” that caught the attention of Don Giovanni co-founder, Joseph Steinhardt. Recently, Downtown Boys performed alongside those very same bands at the label’s annual three-night showcase in Brooklyn. As an independent record label powered by New Brunswick, NJ’s underground punk scene, Don Giovanni “supports an array of artistic outlets and speaks on culture [in a way] that opens and touches people’s minds,” Ruiz says. So it’s not all about the money and popularity, but some materialistic resources are required in order for growth and success. Denying that sometimes sobering mentality “is not sustainable––it’s not punk, it’s not anti-corporate. It’s just not feasible.” “There’s always this nefarious undercurrent pressuring you to perform, look, and sound a certain way,” DeFrancesco continues. But working with Don Giovanni now allows the band to “continue what we want to be doing, just at a bigger level.” Expect Downtown Boys’ debut album to be released this spring. –Danica Bellini 26 March 2015


Date Signed: 2014 Label: Island/Universal Band Members: OWS Type of Music: R&B/Pop Management: Black Gold Management Booking: Mike Malak - Coda,; Jay Moss Windish, Legal: N/A Publicity: Shae DeWaal, Web: A&R: N/A


boy band that blew up, then went kaput. An incurable, crippling illness. A renowned, deceased chanteuse. Macabre as it may sound, multifaceted artist OWS––also known as Oritse Williams––has those elements to thank for his U.K. recording contract with Island/Universal. Rewind to Dec. 22, 2013: Pop sensations JLS played their last show at

“They didn’t want me to leave the room without signing.” London’s O2 Arena. Williams and the three other lads had sold more than 10 million records and notched five No. 1 singles in their short, five-year career. But he was worried: breaking out from a boy band is hard to do. Fortunately, Williams had an angel in his corner: the late, beloved superstar Amy Winehouse. The singer’s mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, had befriended Williams’ mother, who is stricken with the same illness. Following an invitation from Winehouse’s mother, Williams attended a charity dinner for the Amy Winehouse Foundation and met her former A&R rep, Darcus Beese. Beese, who had become president of Island, invited Williams to come by his office in the new year––on Jan. 7, 2014, to be exact. OWS recalls someone telling him, before he headed into Beese’s office, that he would never sign someone from JLS. But then he busted out his new solo song, “Waterline,” for the exec. “I was expecting further conversations, but they didn’t want me to leave the room without signing me right there,” Williams says. “They were like, ‘We’re signing Oritse, bring in the lawyers.’ It showed me that a piece of art that’s strong can exceed every other barrier or preconception.” Now, after nabbing Clipse member Pusha T for a guest spot, Williams is close to wrapping his solo debut. The artist admits it has taken him a while to assemble the album, but with the lofty goal of trying to make every song even better than the one he played for Beese, a long wait seems understandable. “People only remember what you did,” OWS says, “not the time you took to do it.” – Kurt Orzeck


GREG HOLDEN LEROY SANCHEZ Date Signed: April 2014 Label: Warner Bros. Type of Music: Singer/Songwriter Management: David Margolis Booking: Matt Galle & Steve Ferguson - Paradigm Talent Agency Legal: Jeff Worob Publicity: Luke Burland & Derek Hurd/Warner Bros. Web: A&R: Dan McCarroll


cottish-born singer/songwriter Greg Holden has had a fair share of success as a composer of hits for artists like American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and having his song “The Lost Boy” featured on the TV series Sons of Anarchy. But, while he was increasingly becoming recognized for his songwriting skills, status as a performing artist seemed to elude him. Relocating to New York City a few years earlier, Holden had released his independent debut, A Word in Edgeways, in 2009. The following year found him returning with a sophomore release. Although artistically sound, both made nary a ripple with the general public. Simultaneously, he was playing live shows in Europe but barely breaking even at the end of a tour. “I was really starting to lose myself as an artist. How could I afford to keep doing this? I couldn’t have been more lost,” says Holden.

“I made this new album and paid for it myself knowing that I wanted to license it to a label.” In 2013 a much needed vacation to Nepal and India gave Holden the life and career perspective he desperately sought. After seven weeks he returned refreshed and revitalized as he dove into what would become his major label debut. “I made this new album and paid for it myself knowing that I wanted to license it to a label,” says Holden. “But I was always independent by choice. I never wanted to work with a label, because I never found one I thought believed in me for the right reasons.” That viewpoint, however, changed when his producer, Greg Wells, suggested new Warner Bros. label head Dan McCarroll give it a listen. “I had a long conversation with Dan and told him I wanted to have a career well beyond 2015,” explains the passionate songsmith. “They seemed to be more interested in the meaning behind the songs and the album as a whole, which was very inspiring to me.” Greg Holden’s Warner Bros. debut, Chase the Sun, drops globally in April 2015. – Eric A. Harabadian

Date Signed: June 2013 Label: Rebel Rock Entertainment/Interscope Records Type of Music: Pop/R&B Management: N/A Booking: N/A Legal: N/A Publicity: Interscope Records, Web: A&R: Jim Jonsin


t the age of 15, from his home in Vitoria, Spain, guitarist and singer Leroy Sanchez began uploading videos to his YouTube channel in 2007. Since then, his cover of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top” has earned more than seven million views. Such figures are hard to ignore. Certainly they attracted the interest of Jim Jonsin, a Miami-based Grammy-winning producer and head of label Rebel Rock. “In February 2010 I got an email from Jim [Jonsin] asking if I wanted to come to his studio in Miami for a week,” Sanchez recalls. “At first I didn’t think it was real. I was from a small town in Spain and couldn’t imagine that this guy in Miami would want to work with me. But then we talked on Skype, and I got to see the real Jim. Then I knew he was legit. “My dad came with me––it was my first time in America––and it went well,” the singer continues. “I spent the following summer there and I

“I was from a small town in Spain and couldn’t imagine this guy in Miami wanted to work with me.” ended up signing with him around the beginning of 2011.” The teenager’s entré to America was a baptism by pop and hip-hop fire. “Coming to Miami was wild,” he explains. “I got picked up in a limo, went straight to the studio and the first person I met was Shakira. Then I was introduced to Pitbull and Kelly Rowland. It was crazy. There wasn’t even time for culture shock because there was too much going on.” Sanchez’s single “By My Side” dropped on Jan. 27. Currently he’s on the American “Wild Card” tour with Kate Voegele through the end of February. He’s now based in Los Angeles, and his five-song EP is slated for a spring release. Additional singles and touring will follow as the young artist builds momentum towards a full album release. He also plans to work with other producers, including Danja (Britney Spears, Diddy) and Julio Reyes (Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez). Jonsin founded Rebel Rock in 2006. He has been instrumental in the careers of Lil Wayne, T.I. and Usher, among others. Hip-hop artist and producer B.o.B is also signed to the label. – Rob Putnam March 2015 27

Scholarship for Songwriting Students

Clark and McAnally Raise Some Corn Two hit Nashville songwriters, Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark and hit writer and ACM Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally, are co-conspirators on Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical premiering this fall in Dallas, TX, before a planned moved to Broadway. In homage to the long-running television show featuring Buck Owens and Roy Clark, expect plenty of camp, kitsch and cornpone.

Cimino to UMPG Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced the appointment of Marc Cimino to the newly created global position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cimino will report to Jody Gerson, UMPG’s Chairman and CEO, and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.

Lennon Bus Rolls into NAMM John Lennon Songwriting Contest “Song of the Year” winners Helen Austin and Paul Otten (far right) receive their $20,000 check from (l-r): Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus; Werner Bachmann, CEO of Neutrik and Judge George Clinton at the 2015 NAMM Show after a performance of “Colour It,” featuring John Marshall Elementary School students. 28 March 2015

For the last 12 years, the Kauai Music Festival has hosted an annual songwriter’s conference on the island of Kauai. Heading into year 13, the event announces some changes: KMF Presents: The Hawaii Songwriting Festival, to take place June 11-13 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. Through workshops, seminars, small groups and more, attendees are invited to connect, learn and be inspired by a staff of professional songwriters, producers, musicians, film and TV music supervisors, production library owners, music publishers, A&R executives and music business consultants. This year, the organization will offer the 2015 Student Scholarship to provide current students, including those enrolled in full-time college or graduate level classes, with compensated attendance for the KMF’s 2015 Hawaii Songwriting Festival. To apply, please follow the instructions on the event’s website link ( student-scholarship.html). Applications will not be accepted later than April 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (HST). For more information, email

New AIMP Board Named The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the national board as well as regional ones in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City.

The national board of directors and officers includes Michael Eames (president) of PEN Music Group; Teri Nelson Carpenter (vicepresident) of Reel Muzik Werks; Barbie Quinn (executive director) of BMI; David Weitzman (secretary) of ole; and Cedar Boschan (treasurer) of Green Hasson Janks. For a complete listing of new directors and officers (including Los Angeles, New York and Nashville) visit

Winkler at UCLA Extension Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriting Workshop is a UCLA Extension course taught by platinum award-winning singer/lyricist Mark Winkler who has had over 150 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga. Geared to beginning as well as experienced songwriters, this course offers a writing workshop environment. Instruction focuses on three important and interrelated aspects: form, theme and content. Each week, students perform practical exercises and write lyrics to strengthen their songwriting skills. Exercises are designed to broaden rhyming patterns and add specificity and color to songs. Ultimately, each participant’s lyrics are evaluated by the hit song formula: to entertain, tell the truth and connect with your audience. The course meets March 28—June 13 with enrollment offered until April 11. See

Songwriter Pod Series Debuts Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters launched the second week of January as the only U.S.-based

SESAC Signs Sixx Nikki Sixx, co-founder, bassist and primary songwriter for the legendary rock band Mötley Crüe, has signed with SESAC for songwriter representation. Sixx’s songwriting catalog includes “Home Sweet Home,” which, in addition to being a top hit for Mötley Crüe, has been covered by numerous artists, including Carrie Underwood. Pictured (l-r): Glen Phillips and Sam Kling, SESAC; Sixx; and Dennis Lord, SESAC.


Copyright Office Proposes Changes The U.S. Copyright Office has released a report calling for changes to existing legislation. Organizations representing songwriters and publishers see this as a step in the right direction for regulation. Among other points, the Copyright Office recommended: The creation of a performance royalty that would pay artists and record labels when their songs are played on traditional radio. The elimination of the copyright loophole that cuts artists and labels out of digital royalty payments for songs recorded before 1972. Putting the copyright attached to a song’s composition —the one owned by a publisher and songwriter—on equal footing with the copyright attached to the sound recording—the one owned by a record label and artist. The last point stated is the primary concern of stakeholders, as current legislation dictates the royal-

ties paid for compositions, while sound recording royalties are not regulated by government oversight. Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would review the federal consent decrees that govern how performance rights organizations like BMI and ASCAP operate. Under current regulation, publishers and songwriters are required to have all rights monitored under the PROs. BMI and ASCAP are seeking changes that would allow publishers to withdraw their digital rights to negotiate better rates with Internet radio services such as Pandora.

Songwriters Grace “First and Worst” Event On April 1, Nashville songwriters will come together for the inaugural First And The Worst charity, benefitting Music Health Alliance. The event will showcase hit songwriters performing the first and worst songs they wrote, as well as their songs that have become top-selling records recorded by superstar artists, all for a worthy cause. Hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer and music critic Peter Cooper, the evening will feature Richard Leigh (“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle), Liz Rose (“Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “You Belong To Me” by Taylor Swift), Phil Barton (“Yeah Yeah Yeah” by Dustin Lynch), Roxie Dean ("When I Think About Angels" by Jamie O’Neal) and others to be announced. All event proceeds from sponsorship tables, ticket sales and silent auction will benefit Music Health Alliance. The non-profit’s work assists songwriters, artists and industry professionals in finding affordable health solutions and financial resources at every stage of their career. Visit

J. Cole Celebrates No. 1 Debut Universal Music Publishing Group artist and writer/producer J. Cole stopped by the company’s Santa Monica, CA, headquarters to celebrate the charttopping success of his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Roc Nation/ Columbia). Written and produced by J. Cole, the album scored No.1 debuts on multiple charts. Pictured (l-r): Evan Lamberg, President of North America; Jill Tschogl, Vice President, Urban; Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO; J. Cole; Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Urban Music/Co-Head of Creative.


podcast presenting in-depth conversations with successful songwriters. Initially a monthly podcast, the most recent episode, featuring Spooner Oldham, marks the beginning of a new schedule to release a new show every three weeks. The podcast is designed as a forum for notable songwriters to discuss their influences, the writing process, the stories behind their songs, their love of the music, the development of their career, and how they’ve honed their craft. “Songcraft” is hosted by the Los Angeles-based team of Paul Duncan and Scott B. Bomar. The self-described music geeks met in high school, where they formed their first band together. Today, Duncan is a producer, multiinstrumentalist and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. Bomar is a Grammy-nominated writer, researcher and music historian. Streaming can be heard at, and listeners can subscribe to the free podcast via the iTunes store.

BMI Presents Hit Panel in WeHo Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its annual pre-GRAMMY event, “How I Wrote That Song,” recently at 1Oak in West Hollywood. Pictured (l-r): panelists and hit songwriters David Hodges and Natalie Hemby; Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta; panelists and hit songwriters Mannie Fresh and Rick Ross.

DAN KIMPEL, author of six music industry books, is an instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He lectures at colleges and conferences worldwide.

Mozella Meets Madonna Congratulations to recent Song Biz Profile Mozella on “Living for Love” co-written with Madonna, Alicia Keys, Toby Gad, Nice Rowe, Ariel Rechtshaid and Thomas “Diplo” Pentz. The track appears on the artist’s 13th album, Rebel Heart, out on March 10 via Live Nation and Interscope Records.

ASCAP Rolls Out Stone at Sundance The 17th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café presented a dynamic mix of emerging and established songwriters and artists, including Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jamestown Revival, Linsey Stirling, Andrew Dost of the band fun. and many more, including Allen Stone and his band. Pictured (l-r): Steve Watkins, Nayanna Holley, Allen Stone, Jessica Childress and Jason Holt. March 2015


Julia Michaels Pop’s Mystery Girl

By Dan Kimpel


rom her featured role as the vocalist on a song she co-wrote– –“Surrender” by the New Jersey-based EDM trio Cash Cash––it is clear that 21-year-old Julia Michaels is a stunningly expressive interpreter. But as she explains, she much prefers the relative anonymity of being the songwriter, “Because I can show up to the studio in slippers.” Seated in her management company’s industrial chic offices for what she reveals is her first interview, Michaels is animated, authentic and unfiltered. She also seems somewhat surprised that MC readers would be interested in her story. “I’m not that cool folks,” she laughs. Michaels’ rapidly expanding resume proves otherwise. In addition to “Surrender,” her co-writing credits include “Slow Down” by Selena Gomez, “Run” by Nicole Scherzinger and “Invincible” by Borgeous. Michaels has recently formalized a deal with music publishing powerhouse Warner-Chappell and is anticipating the release of “War Paint” from Kelly Clarkson’s newest collection, Piece by Piece. Born in Davenport, IA, Michaels relocated with her family to Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles. “My sister was the singer,” Michaels remembers. “My mom would take her everywhere and I would follow along to watch her dance classes and vocal lessons. I started writing poetry. When I was 11 my mom saw a baby grand piano for sale on the street. She didn’t have any money with her, so she handed her diamond ring to the guy who was selling it and said, ‘I’ll be back for this.’” From writing what she characterizes as “super depressing emo songs,” (and expressing her individuality adorned in a Mohawk and a tutu) she recorded promising indie projects. “I thought that being an artist was the way to get into the rooms and write with everybody. I didn’t know that you could just be a songwriter,” says Michaels. The possibilities became clearer through Joleen Belle, a songwriter for whom her sister had been hired to sing a demo. “Joleen and I started doing library sync and promo stuff. When I was 16, I would hear my songs on The Hills and promos for The View––it was awesome.” Michaels and Belle also wrote a song with Mike McGarity, titled “Can’t Do It Without You.” While sitting in math class in a charter high school, she received the news that this song had been selected as the theme for the television show Austin & Ally. “I don’t know how people write songs solely by themselves,” muses Michaels. “I love working with people and I love to learn.” Among her prolific partners is hit songwriter Lindy Robbins (One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, David Guetta). “I met Lindy when I was 18. The first song we ever did together was called ‘Love Back.’ From there we did the song ‘Fire Starter’ for Demi Lovato and a dance record for Fifth Harmony, ‘Miss Movin’ On.’ It happened so fast.” From Robbins, Michaels learned that sometimes inspiration, not preparation, is key to a hit song. “She taught me to not be so calculated, to be free and write from the heart. From this stream of consciousness the song could birth itself.” Among her collaborators are songwriter/producer Felix Snow and Jason Tranter, of Semi-Precious Weapons. Michaels displays a photo on from a session that shows Snow adorned in a mask and Tranter in a big black dress. “I have so much fun writing with them,” Michaels enthuses. “I surround myself with beautiful people who do it for the love of music.” To chronicle her ideas, thoughts, drawings and dreams, Michaels uses handmade fabric-covered note pads with tea-soaked pages. “I bought a computer for writing, but it is distracting. I would end up on Facebook or shopping! I always go back to the notepad and the pencil. This is just the way I was supposed to be.” Julia Michaels ponders what advice she would share with someone who aspires to be a professional songwriter. “Don’t write for what you think other people might want. Once it turns into work, it’s not fun. Write what you want to write and the song will come into itself.” Contact Advanced Alternative Media,

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Filmmaker Gorman Bechard, who has chronicled three of the most influential bands in the history of rock with documentaries about the Replacements, Archers of Loaf and Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart is now turning his camera to the future with a KickStarter-funded feature film, Who is Lydia Loveless? The film will capture Loveless and her band as they record their new record, live performances shot specifically for the film and extensive interviews. The public has until March 18 to throw some money at the KickStarter campaign, which can be found at Filming is intended to start in spring and summer 2015, with a premiere planned for 2016. Visit WhatWereWeThink Get more info or email requests to Dumb and Dumber To, a sequel to the beloved 1994 film Dumb and Dumber starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, dropped on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally on Feb. 17. Featuring songs by the Jane Carrey Band, led by Carrey’s daughter Jane, the film’s soundtrack also contains two new tracks recorded for the movie by Empire of the Sun, an Australian electronic group. For more details, visit



Oscar nominee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell documented his final tour while struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease in the Critics’ Choice nominated film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me. Music from the documentary’s soundtrack was released on Feb. 17 on Big Machine Records, featuring Oscar and Grammy-nominated song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” co-written by Campbell and producer Julian Raymond. The song was done with the Wrecking Crew and was the last Campbell ever recorded. Watch the trailer for the film at and contact Jake Basden at Jake. for further details.

HBO has teamed up with some of the music industry’s top artists for the second installment of Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, produced by Launch Point Records, for the award-winning series Game of Thrones. Building on the success of Volume 1––with over 2.5MM streams to date ––that attracted hip-hop and reggaeton fans alike, Volume 2 will feature Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Yandel and will transcend genres by adding Grammy-nominated metal bands Anthrax and Killswitch Engage to the lineup. The mixtape will be released, free of charge, in anticipation of the Season 5 debut of Game of Thrones airing April 12 on HBO. GLEN CAMPBELL Contact 32 March 2015

Miracles Out Of Nowhere, a documentary celebrating 40 years of rock band Kansas, saw its worldwide premiere Feb. 2 at the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival with an official release date set for March 24. The film was produced by former manager Budd Carr, one of the film industry’s top talents in film music supervision who started as a music agent for James Taylor,

Eric Clapton and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Kansas’ eponymous debut, which brought the band back together in their native Topeka, KS, for the first time in over 30 years. Watch the trailer for Miracles Out of Nowhere at watch?v=1bJuKsxGZJc&fe and contact Natalie Schaffer at Natalie@BigPictureMedia for more information.


Santa Monica-based boutique audio and video production company Studio Center is looking for an experience TV mixer with at least five years experience with ProTools, a familiarity with radio and TV production, and the ability to work collaboratively on a tight deadline. For more info, call the studio at 310-230-9838 and visit for more information. A Hollywood-based entertainment news company is looking for a field camera operator versed in pop culture celebrity news across the entertainment genres of film, music and television. Applicants must be able to hold and operate a handheld camera and comfortable with approaching and speaking with celebrities. Equipment and hands-on training is provided. This is a full-time, salaried position. Email for details. A knowledge of dance isn’t necessary to join StarQuest International Performing Arts Competition’s crew for its four 2015 season

– JESSICA PACE tours. StarQuest has been a leader in the Dance Competition circuit for 22 years and is now seeking people to fill a variety of crew positions. Applicants need experience working in fast-paced environments like TV, concert promotion, event management or live theater. If interested, send an email to with “Password – [Last Name]” in the subject line.


enjoying a night out with a friend home from the military rather than lamenting an ex. The song is the title track and third consecutive hit off Swindell’s debut record. He is the only performer representing country music for the “Best New Artist” category at the March 29 iHeart Radio Awards and is one of eight semifinalists for the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award. Contact Mary Catherine Rebrovick at for more information.

Congratulations to lifelong musician and Global pop star Katy Perry didn’t take either Grammy-nominated director and producer Marof the two Grammys she received nominations tin Shore who recently partnered with nonprofit for this year, but her Super Bowl XLIX halftime organization Berklee City Music to develop a show made history as the most watched and music education initiative based on Shore’s film highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainTake Me To The River. The film explores the ment with 118.5 million viewers and a 48.2/72 interracial musihousehold cal influence of rating. The Memphis amid show generated discrimination three million and segregatweets as it tion during the was happening, Civil Rights approximatMovement with ing 300,000 Award-winning tweets per Memphis and minute. What Mississippi you may not Delta musicians. have heard is Released that Perry is the in February to most followed commemorate person in the Black Hisworld on Twittory Month, the ter with more initiative draws than 64 million from the film followers. and its music TAKE ME TO THE RIVER “Firework,” a for standardstop selling cut based instrucoff Perry’s 2010 tion materials offered release Teenage Dream, free nationwide. It was was the top Shazamed prepared with help from moment of the game, nonprofit education and the performer’s program Berklee City name was No. 1 on Music and will be piloted Google Trends on game in NYC public schools day. For more details on to help kids make crossPerry, contact Ambrosia curricular connections Healy at Capitol Music in music, arts, history, Group at Ambrosia. social studies, civics and more. The initiative also aims to help kids develop Razor & Tie Music skills in music analysis, Publishing and Sh-Kperformance, critical Boom/Ghostlight Rethinking and political cords recently partnered analysis. to sign award-winning For more informalyricist and composer tion and for instruction Michael Friedman. The materials, visit TMTtwo agencies partnered, or in 2014 to nurture contact Pauline France the talents of a new MICHAEL FRIEDMAN at Pauline@Mad-Sun. generation of theatrical com. composers and writers, first signing NYC-based songwriter Shaina Nashville fans of Warner Bros. Records counTub who dabbles in both pop performance and try artist Cole Swindell recently were invited theater music. The newest signee has written out for a night on the town to help Swindell film music and lyrics for The Fortress of Solitude, the video for his latest single, “Ain’t Worth Love’s Labour’s Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew the Whiskey.” Filming was done at Nashville Jackson, Here’s Hoover, Saved, a 2012 TED honkytonk Silver Dollar Saloon near Lower talk and more. He has also written for the New Broadway. The video was directed by Michael Yorker and Paris Review. For more informaMonaco of Fly Hi Films and captures Swindell tion, contact Kerri Brusca at 212-598-2255 or For exclusive video interviews with the likes of Art LaBoe, Simon Napier-Bell and JESSICA PACE lives in the Nashville area and writes about music, local government and education. Contact her at j.marie. John Carpenter, check out MC’s Blogs area at!

Out Take

Yoav Goren Composer/Musician

Contact: Greg O'Connor-Read, Greg@ Web: Most recent: Football is Epic MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER Yoav Goren has been in Los Angeles for 25 years now, and on any given day he has multiple filmtrailer projects in the works at Immediate Music, a motion picture music composition company he co-founded. But Goren got his start making background noise. More than 25 years ago, he realized he didn’t want to use the film degree he got from NYU, at least not to make films. “I had done a bunch of film scores and started liking it,” he says. “I came to L.A. primarily because of the weather and just met a few choice people I started collaborating with and got me into composing.” Those first compositions were for music libraries, or genre-based production music premade to play in the background on television. A day job at a music store in Santa Monica led to Goren’s first encounter with his Immediate partner Jeffrey Fayman, who hired Goren for music lessons. From there, the two managed to score a gig writing muic for the trailer for the Academy Awards in the early ‘90s. A lot of it was luck back then, but advances in technology have made it easier for aspiring composers today, in some respects. “When I started out,” Goren says, “you really had to have a big credit line on your card in order to afford the gear––computers, samplers, synthesizers, a mixing board. Today it’s a lot easier to get into composing. Most of all, the tools are software-based and not expensive. The problem with that is everybody has access. Now there are a lot of people in the mix who can compete with you.” But if you’re good, “the cream rises to the top,” and music libraries are always looking, he adds. “The old adage is if you submit to record labels or film, it’s nearly impossible to even get considered. The opposite is true of libraries. It’s a great way to start, because you can land a commercial, TV show, or get discovered for a film. It’s a combination of writing a lot and getting it out there into the social media world.”

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Rodgers Honored at GRAMMY Event


Pictured (l-r): Nile Rodgers and Kathy Sledge performed during the 8th Annual GRAMMY week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Rodgers. The special event was hosted by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing and held at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.

Minutes Before The GRAMMYS…


Some of the 2015 GRAMMY Awards audio team. Pictured top row (l-r): Andrew Fletcher, Mikael Stewart, Maureen Droney, Ron Reaves. Bottom row: Mark Linnet, Eric Schilling, Glenn Lorbecki.

GRAMMYS! Nelson at The Ebell

Pierce Brosnan showed support for Rock Against Human Trafficking at Exchange LA in Downtown Los Angeles on GRAMMY night.



Former James Bond Makes Appearance

Honoring Rodgers Pictured (l-r): Maureen Droney, Peter Asher, Jeff Greenberg, Cheryl Pawelski, Mindi Abair and Daryl Freidman attend the 8th Annual GRAMMY week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers. 34 March 2015



The theme for the annual GRAMMY Foundation legacy concert at the Ebell was “Philanthropy.” Pictured performing: Willie Nelson.

Partying Behind-the-Scenes The Ebell afterparty was jammed with producers, engineers and the folks that make it happen behind the scenes. Pictured (l-r): Shari Hoffman, Ed Cherney, Paula Salvatore, Frank Filipetti and Roxanne Ricks.




Tidbits From Our Tattered Past

2015 1 Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale lit up the Game of Thrones-inspired guitar throne at the Gibson Guitars booth. 2 Pictured (l-r): Mastering engineer Pete Doell, producer CJ Vanston, audio designer Paul Wolf and Universal Mastering Studios general manager Nick Dofflemyer. 3 Pictured (l-r): East West Sounds general manager Rhys Moody, AFM SAD & AFTRA IRPD fund manager Eric Cowden, East West Studios staff Lexi Galante and Burl Director of Sale and Marketing Will Kahan at the Burl Audio Booth.

2 1995–Goo Goo Dolls–#24

4 Pictured (l-r): JBL’s Nathan Baglyos, JBL Marketing Coordinator Becki Barabas and MC Publisher Eric Bettelli checking out the new SRX812p-powered monitors. 5 Pictured (l-r): Smile Music Group CEO Tony Valenzanio, East West Studios manager Candace Stewart, producer engineer Ross Hogarth, producer engineer Clark Germain and studio designer Hanson Hsu.



After a slew of overlooked albums, the Goo Goo Dolls were riding high with their latest, A Boy Named Goo. Said singer John Rzeznik, “A big record company, they have no reason to rip you off. The most important thing is to seek sound legal advice. Don’t be too eager to jump at anything, because if one person is making you an offer, another one certainly will.”

5 1984–Clive Davis–#23


Said Arista’s Clive Davis in this vintage issue: “When you’re dealing with a Patti Smith, a poet or a real original, you really have no right to hold up what the artist has to say, and you’re really not looking for the hit single or those ingredients to break it…” The issue also profiles Romeo Void, whose Debora Iyall said, "I'm aware of my limitations, but I don't want people to tell me to be satisfied with them."

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Photo By Nicole Nodland


ny musician will tell you that chemistry between players is the most important component in creating a band. When the right musicians find each other, there’s lightning in a bottle. And, when they happen to be siblings, the connection is even more powerful. So maybe it’s not surprising that Echosmith would receive so much attention after the release of their first album. Drummer Graham Sierota (15), guitarist Jamie Sierota (21), bassist Noah Sierota (19) and lead singer Sydney Sierota (17) have watched their song, “Cool Kids,” plucked off their debut, Talking Dreams, go platinum with over 1.2 million sales in the U.S. alone. The photogenic youths have made a splash appearing on TV’s Conan, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Steering the ship is their father, Jeffery David, who manages Echosmith along with management consultant Kimberly Knoller. Like most overnight successes, this one took years to accomplish. And to learn all about it, MC spoke with the articulate, ebullient teen who fronts this indie pop group. She reveals the secrets to working with her brothers, writing songs that connect with listeners and the burdens of sudden fame. Music Connection: Tell us how the band came into existence. How did Echosmith find its style? Sydney Sierota: We were individually playing music. We didn’t really think of doing this whole family band thing. I started singing at two, and my brothers picked up instruments super-early as well. We each started to master our own craft without any intent of becoming a band, but we happened to pick the perfect instruments to become one. Seven years ago, we played together for a benefit concert. We played a bunch of covers––“Love Song” by the Cure, Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In the Name Of” and “Umbrella” by Rihanna. So it was very eclectic and

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random, but it was enough to think, “Wow, this is fun. We could maybe do this.” We started to write our own songs and figure out who we were. I was 10 then and now it’s very different, obviously. There were a lot of life changes that happened and that led to musical changes as well. We went through so many phases. We were in our electronic phase, our super pop phase, then the rock, and then the experimental and then the folk phase. We tried a bunch of things out. As time went on, some songs started to feel better for some reason. They started to feel like they connected more or that we had more fun writing them or they felt more natural and more easy. The first song that led to the sound we have now is “Let’s Love.” It was just so natural. It was like, wow, this is easy to play. This feels right. That was kind of the point we started writing more songs in that direction. We wrote close to 80 songs. Most of the songs on the record came after “Let’s Love,” which was only in the last part of our writing. That’s kind of how we discovered our sound. MC: What are the dynamics of playing with your siblings? Does it make your job easier or more difficult? Sierota: It depends. Obviously, depending on our mood and how long we’ve been with each other, it’s going to change. But generally it is a lot better being siblings. I’ve never been in a band with anybody other than my siblings. It works to our advantage and our disadvantage, but mostly it works for good because we know how to deal with each other. We’ve had years and years of practice in getting along. We know how to settle fights really fast and get over things really fast. And start fights really fast. (laughs) But because we’re related, we have so much that we’ve already covered as we were growing up. A lot of bands don’t

“We’ve been doing this for seven years and it’s finally happening. That’s quite a while, and if you’re patient and you’re actually doing work then I think you’re okay, especially if you love it.”

Echosmith By Andy Kaufmann

understand each other and don’t know how to deal with each other. And we definitely do.

MC: You signed with Warner Brothers in 2012. How did that deal come about and why did you choose them? Sierota: There were many opportunities that came up, a lot of close calls of, “Oh, so-and-so might sign you,” or, “This other label might sign you.” We had so many celebratory dinners, thinking, “We’re getting signed by fill-in-the-blank.” But it didn’t happen. So we were just kind of like, “Whatever, I guess we’ll keep doing our thing, street performing and playing any place we can.” Then (Warner exec) Mike Elizondo heard our music, instantly fell in love with it and showed it to (label head) Rob Cavallo. They all listened to it in a meeting and I got a text that day––it was our dad saying, “Hey, you’re leaving school. You’re going to meet with Warner Brothers.” So I left my geometry class and I was happy to. We went over there and it happened to be five minutes from our house. We met with everyone, played a few songs acoustically and Rob Cavallo asked us to sign with Warner Brothers right there. It was crazy, because Mike had heard our music on a Friday and we met with him and Rob on Monday or Tuesday. Either way, it was four years of work and [success] happened in four days. It was so unexpected and wasn’t even something we knew to hope for. Going with Warner was a pretty easy decision, because they have some great artists and people who work there.

But everything is democratic with us. We literally vote on everything. Unless it’s something that’s huge, then we’re going to find a compromise. But it’s not one person making every decision or one person making something happen or not happen, which is nice because I feel that imbalance ruins a lot of bands.

MC: Tell us about your hit, “Cool Kids.” How did the song come about and were you surprised by its success? Sierota: We wrote that song toward the end of the writing process. That song took us the longest to write. It was annoying, because for some reason we couldn’t get it right. We couldn’t get the phrasing right, we couldn’t get the story right. After a few months, we found something that was natural for us. It’s about how everybody, at some point, feels that desire to fit in or be like somebody else. And that includes us. That’s why we wrote this song. That song may have taken the longest, but it’s one of the ones that means the most. It’s an interesting song, because it’s talking about that desire to fit in but at the same time accepting yourself. When we put it on the Summer Sampler for Warped Tour, we had no idea that song would take off. But that’s the song people started to sing along to and it was really fan chosen. We had no clue and neither did the label. We all had our guesses of which song would be the single. It was a big surprise to us, for sure. MC: How do you handle legal issues? Do you just hand those issues over to your parents? March 2015 37

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Sierota: It depends on what it is. I’m almost 18, so that won’t even matter for me soon. Even though Graham’s younger (he’s 15), we look over everything and, of course, our parents look over it, too, but we have a great lawyer who knows what’s good and what’s not and we’re able to collectively decide on things. It’s not like, “Here’s my contract, Mom and Dad––deal with it.� We’re all very involved with the business side, too, because we want to understand it. MC: What is the key to creating songs that connect in such a powerful way? Sierota: I think the key to writing is to be honest and write about what you think, feel and believe and stand for. I think the reason “Cool Kids� took off is because that song means something to people. As much as people like the partying songs, the drinking songs or the having-a-good-

time-with-my-friends songs, people can’t deny they love a song that means something to them, whether it’s the same meaning I had when I was writing the song or something they interpret. And it’s important, also, to leave your songs to interpretation and let fans decide what it means to them, because that’s what music is about. It’s about connecting with the listener. It’s important to write for yourself, but it’s important to write for those listening, too, and to be mindful of who’s going to hear the song. It’s important to keep that in mind as you’re writing and make sure the message you want to come across is coming across. It’s your job to share your story with others in the best way possible. MC: What’s been the highlight of your career so far? What’s the most surprising thing about becoming successful?

Sierota: I think the highlight would be playing on Jimmy Fallon. All of us are fans and love the show. That’s the only show that’s on when we’re done with our shows, anyway. He loved us, so that was one of my best moments ever. The most surprising thing is that it’s not exactly what you expect. There’s more than just performing. There’s a lot of promotion and the more success you have the more people want to hear from you, the more people want you to do. And with success comes a lot of responsibility. I didn’t really know what that meant when I was getting into it. It’s interesting to see people look up to us or to me as a girl in music or whatever. It’s surprising how much people pay attention. And it’s important to acknowledge that and live a life that I would want people to pay attention to, but also at the same time not base my life off that. MC: What’s the most important thing you guys have done as a band to achieve success? Is there a key ingredient to making it? Sierota: The key to success in anything is to be patient. There are people for whom [success] does happen overnight; there are people that it doesn’t. We’ve been doing this for seven years and it’s finally happening. That’s quite a while, and if you’re patient and you’re actually doing work then I think you’re okay, especially if you love it. We just kept going, no matter how many no’s we got, no matter how many record deals didn’t go through. We just kept playing shows and stuck with it. Of course, there were times where it was like, “Man, this is so hard, why isn’t this working?� But I’m grateful it didn’t happen then, because we were different people back then and I think it required that time of development to be who we are now.


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MC: How did you develop your chops for playing live? Do you have a ritual before the show? What about vocal warm-ups? What are your tips for artists navigating SXSW? Sierota: Before the show, we tend to do vocal warm-ups, but also we stretch so we can run around. Working out is definitely helpful, because as you perform you’re moving around a lot, you’re singing or playing an instrument or doing all that at once. We have bad shows still, but it feels like we get tighter every time. I think doing it consistently is the key, whether it’s rehearsing or playing actual shows. SXSW was an interesting festival, because you’re doing so much. You might be doing three shows in one day, every day for a week. You’ve got to be mentally prepared to work and be constantly moving. And definitely make time to eat and drink water. Drink more water than you do anything else, especially if you’re going to sing. If you don’t like being busy, don’t do SXSW.

MC: Do you have fans overseas? What’s your strategy for tackling other countries? Sierota: We’re going to Italy tomorrow and all of Europe for three weeks. It’s cool to see it growing in other countries. Our song is Platinum and Gold in Canada and Australia and tons of other random places. I can’t necessarily remember them all, because there are a lot of countries out there. But our strategy is to go every few months. We already went twice last year and we’re going to be going again in April. I’m excited to just see how it goes, because it’s already growing a lot faster than it did in the U.S. Our plan is just to go out there as much as possible and invest in those fans as much as we do with our fans here. MC: What’s the next challenge and what are the band’s big goals? Sierota: The next challenge is to just tour as

much as possible and do our best at it for as long as possible. Our goal, generally, is to grow and that’s already happening. We just want to grow in some capacity and of course stadiums are awesome and arenas and all those things are great, but we are very happy with where we are right now and where this has taken us. It’s amazing to see that’s the case. That’s all we’ve wanted our entire career––to grow and have somebody care. And there are a lot of people caring right now. As long as that continues, I’m a happy camper. Contact Jaime Rosenberg - Warner Bros. Records, For “A Word with Echosmith Managers Jeffery David and Kimberly Knoller,� check out

MC: How would you like the band to develop artistically? Do you anticipate your sound evolving? How do you hope to bring your audience along for that ride? Sierota: We want to stay true to who we are and our sound we have now, because that’s why our fans like us. There are a lot of bands who go wrong by completely changing on the second record. There’s a reason you have fans and there’s a reason they want you to make another record. It doesn’t have to be the exact same and it’s a band’s job to evolve with their fans and themselves, because with time we all change a bit. I don’t want to be a completely different person in a year when we write a new record, just like I don’t want our music to be completely different. So it’s a balance of moving on and evolving from what you have and what you are, but it’s also staying true to what you’re doing. As long as we’re playing what comes naturally and it feels authentic, I think it’ll go over well. Yeah, I don’t know what the next record’s going to sound like, but I’m not worried about it. I’m not worried whether people are going to like it or not, because as long as I like it and my brothers like it, I think we’ll be okay. That’s definitely a balance that needs to be kept while making a new record. MC: Do you have any endorsements with either musical gear or apparel? Sierota: We’re with Gibson and Epiphone. They’ve been great to us for years. It’s cool to see supporters who have loved us for so long. There are a few other things on the side. Of course, there are other people who will randomly give you free clothes or something to tweet, but Gibson’s definitely our main sponsor. MC: Are you considering new forms of revenue opportunities? Sierota: There are always people on our team or with the label who are going for something that has to do with music or clothes or makeup or whatever. When we feel like there’s a good opportunity, we’ll do it. If we feel like it can help us and we can help them, I think it’s great. There hasn’t been much settling yet for that kind of stuff, because we’ve been focusing on touring and haven’t necessarily had time, but I think this year we’ll be exploring that area more. MC: I’m looking forward to the Echosmith perfume. Sierota: That’d be cool. It’ll probably smell like cookies, because that’s my favorite scent in the world.

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How 4 Publicists Work Their Indie Acts In this exclusive feature we asked four prominent PR firms how they approach and execute indie campaigns. We not only wanted to know what services they perform in general, we also asked them to choose “one indie act� from their roster as a case study. Their candid and informative comments illustrate what is needed for an effective PR campaign. Indeed, their insights and tips could very well be used as a template for any indie artist looking for publicity that achieves real results.

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MITCH SCHNEIDER ORGANIZATION Mitch Schneider (Founder/President) Indie Act: Red Fang ( Superstars, legendary musicians, festivals, concerts, award shows, music events and new artists are all represented by MSO, whose roster encompasses a variety of musical genres. That diversity enables the firm’s publicists to work with a wide range of media outlets, from television shows, publications and websites to underground fanzines, thereby increasing opportunities for coverage in multiple mediums and platforms. Do you approach indie projects differently? With indie projects it’s more of an informative and educational process, especially with the media. Initially, we’ll see if an act has any supporters like bloggers, reviewers, Twitter followers, etcetera––that could reveal a target market. Then we build on top of that, like building a house from the ground up. Fortunately, there are lots of different avenues in the indie world today, including indie radio stations and festivals, such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, that present great opportunities for indie acts.

online strip tease that reveals a little bit more each time. Those activities give us a reason to send out press releases. Then, when the time is right, we would contact music sites like Pitchfork (considered an online tastemaker), as well as publications. Are an act’s social media numbers important for coverage? Social media activity is very important. In the modern PR business we use social media for many things. In fact, often as we’re pitching a media outlet they’re checking out our client’s online presence while we’re talking. And, depending on what they see, it could make or break our coverage request. What sort of accounting do you provide? We send detailed reports on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, and ask our clients to review them carefully to make sure we’re targeting the proper media outlets. How did your “case-study” client come to you? Red Fang came to us through their manager. MSO’s Vice President, Libby Coffey, talked with the manager and created a media plan. Did they want anything in particular? Specifically, they wanted us to set up the release of their latest album, Whales and

increasingly harder to do. Today, TV shows book acts three months in advance and even publications like Music Connection require at least a 30-day lead-time. What were some of the highlights of the campaign? Initially, we secured key features with indie, underground, rock and some metal outlets. Then, a placement that fused with a Pitchfork booking generated a buzz above and beyond general rock sites. Features and cover stories, in both semi-national publications and major weeklies, were locked in. We set up several song and video premieres in various outlets, like and, which received rave reviews. That produced enough interest to get the band booked on The Late Show with David Letterman, which led to a video premiere for their song “Blood Like Cream.” How long did their campaign last? We worked with Red Fang for over a year. In fact, we’re still working with them. Are acts without managers tougher to deal with? Yes…especially with bands. If there’s no leader, it can create problems. When you’re dealing with several people who all have different ideas, it can cause delays if they all don’t agree. But, sometimes management rattles the cage too. In this business a big part of our job is managing expectations.


Chloë Walsh (Co-Founder/Managing Partner) Indie Act: Drenge (; drengeboys) Founded by Chloë Walsh and Linda Carbone, Press Here is a New York City-based full-service public relations, marketing communications and consulting company that offers the personal attention and commitment of a boutique agency with the scope, power, results and services of a larger firm. Often unconventional, Press Here has been recognized for creating clever and tailor-made campaigns for recording artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, and many others. Music clients include Arctic Monkeys, Alison Krauss, Chris Cornell, Conor Oberst, Jack White, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, P!nk and more.

Red Fang Are there any unique challenges with indie campaigns? There are challenges in every campaign; they’re just more pronounced with indie acts. Indie campaigns are a lot more work because the acts may not be well known. But, if you create a strong media plan and use strategies that raise their profile and get them attention, you will get results. How do you design indie campaigns? We ask all our new clients to create a “wish list”––10 to 15 things they want to achieve. Then we map out a personalized media plan. What types of activities make a difference? We might suggest scheduling exclusive online premieres for songs and videos, sort of like an

Leeches, and elevate their profile with mainstream media. They had some underground attention already. So, Libby outlined a higher profile campaign with national and key regional exposure, while still building on their underground supporters. Our ultimate goal was to attract more mainstream media and build enough buzz to generate a groundswell for a national late night TV booking. What sort of contract arrangement did they agree to? We don’t necessarily ask for a minimum commitment. But, we explain how important lead-time is. At least three months is necessary to generate enough publicity for a release––four months is ideal. But long-lead campaigns are

Do you approach indie projects differently? No two artists are the same. The campaign setup is a process of figuring out strategy and working out which demographic we should reach. The music and the act’s own wishes usually determine that. How do you deal with indie acts that may not be very well known? In 20 years of publicity I’d say about 70% of my clients come to me as unknowns, but I really enjoy the “A&R” aspect of hearing something new and figuring out if it’ll resonate. There’s something really rewarding about introducing a brand new artist to the media and watching that artist grow. Artists like Laura Marling, Arctic Monkeys, Conor Oberst and Mark Ronson now have established profiles and a nice level of success. But, when I started working with them it was very much, “How do we break through the noise and get these guys noticed?” When you start from scratch it takes a lot of legwork. You’re March 2015 41


Are an act’s social media numbers important for coverage? Some media find it very important, the ones that rely on an artist having a fan base to propel page views or ratings. It doesn’t affect an old-fashioned music critic who wants to write about something they find interesting or unique. But it certainly matters to, say, the booker at Saturday Night Live who needs to know they’re booking someone very popular and relevant. How did the your “case-study” client come to you? Usually we’re sent music by record labels, managers and booking agents we’ve worked with on other projects. For Drenge I had worked with their manager on Arctic Monkeys for several years. Did you make a pitch to the act and/or its manager? Not in the case of Drenge. The manager sent me the music and I had a conversation with the record label to make sure we were a good fit for their team. What sort of contract arrangement did they agree to? Our contracts are generally a three-month minimum as that’s the time needed to set up an album campaign that encompasses longlead press. We extend month to month after that period. What results did the act want? Drenge, like a lot of the U.K. acts were looking to replicate the success in the U.S. that they had in the U.K. They have a very strong following at home and the media consistently cover them with the respect of a high caliber act that gar42 March 2015

ners serious critical acclaim. That’s the sort of career trajectory they’re on at home and that’s what they wanted to see happen in the U.S. How did you publicize and promote the act? First, we wanted to break them out of the “another new British band” pigeonhole. They’ve had great success in the U.K. and the NME awarded them the Radar Award which is fantastic, but the U.S. media get a lot of NME clippings about British bands each week, the majority of which never go on to do anything in the States. So, our focus was to promote them as an exciting, talented, refreshing young band, rather than another “next big thing” from across the pond. By getting them booked on Letterman very early, we launched the entire album campaign off the back of that booking. Does indie tour press present any unique challenges? Tour press gets more and more competitive as regional weekly and daily papers fold and more bands are on the road. The advice we give our artists is to work hard, do as many interviews as they can, take time to meet local press, do extra backstage photos, talk to local bloggers, visit college stations etcetera. It’s those personal relationships that media remember and giving them your time will mean support for the next tour and album. But, this works best with young, enthusiastic bands like Drenge who are excited to be in America and don’t mind the grueling schedule. Older acts that may be more established get worn down by road trips and prefer to rest between shows. What sort of accounting do you provide? We give very detailed reports that show the scope of our outreach and all the feedback received. Are new acts without managers tougher to deal with?


Hunter Scott (Co-Founder/Head of Marketing & Publicity) Indie Act: Smoke Season ( This company’s specialty is working with indie acts. Founded in 2007, LaFamos is an entertainment PR and Branding firm with a commitment to helping creative professionals take advantage of today’s new digital era. Leading the PR effort is Hunter Scott. He recruited professionals who look


looking for champions under every rock. You have to figure out how to make your artist stand out. You have to define the artist and set them apart from the crowd. That’s all part of the precampaign strategy. Do you target specific markets? We target different demographics. We figure out who would be excited about each artist and then go after the outlets that influence that demo. Every campaign is spent trying to reach the right audience, wherever that might be. And many media outlets influence other media outlets––there’s a bit of a domino effect. If you want to get outlet C interested you have to get coverage in outlet A and B.

Yes. We don’t have many of those. It’s very tricky to explain how things work directly to an artist, especially a new artist. However, usually by the time we’re involved there’s a manager and a booking agent, if not a label. That said, we’ve worked with larger artists who do have management and they still have difficulty understanding how things work. They’ll be late for TV rehearsals or question why things are scheduled and won’t see the benefit in doing certain things. If an artist doesn’t trust their team to make the right decisions and give them accurate advice then it’s always going to be bumpy, manager or no manager. What are the best and worst aspects of servicing indie acts? The best is that you’re part of a pretty tightknit group of people dedicated to making a project go well. There’s a great team spirit between the label, booking agent, management, radio team, PR firm, etcetera. Everyone’s pulling for the same things and every success is exciting to everyone involved. The worst? Well, the worst is how many bands, albums, tracks, videos, remixes and tours there are to compete with. Perhaps the worst thing about the digital revolution is not just how easy it is for people to get music for free but also how easy it is for people to make and release music in the first place. If it were just 10 percent harder to make and release an album we might have a bit of a clearer playing field. It’s extremely crowded out there. You have to be really good to break through the clutter, but you also need a very strong team around you to make sure you get heard.

Smoke Season

at the industry as a creative network of individuals benefiting from each other’s contacts, ideas and inspirations. It is that type of creative thinking that makes their PR strategies successful. Do you approach indie projects differently? Every campaign is different. Different genres require different approaches and goals. You have to analyze the project to see its purpose. We like to start from the end––the ultimate goal––and work backwards to strategize and create a tailormade campaign. Who determines the goals? It depends. It’s great when clients have specific goals, but sometimes they may not have any ideas. In that case, we would determine them. How do you determine the right type of indie campaign for each act? We make sure we understand the project and have new clients fill out a questionnaire that asks about their hobbies, interests, lifestyle, music, associations and goals. That way we get an insight into who they are and what they want. We then design a custom media plan and create a compelling story that will get them attention.

focus is to get new fans, you have to realize that press (online and offline) attracts new fans—social media maintains them. Is it easier if an act has management? It can be. Half of our clients have management and/or label support. That can be helpful due to their connections and reach.


Monica Seide (Founder/President) Indie Act: All Them Witches ( Speakeasy PR & Marketing was founded by Monica Seide after nearly a decade spent at Warner Bros. Records and a multi-year stint at Nettwerk Music Group. Prior to kicking off Speakeasy, Seide was responsible for a number of high profile campaigns including launching Coldplay’s U.S. career, working with Static-X on their platinum-selling debut album and representing a number of eclectic musicians includ-

each week (Note: some industry experts say “over 1000” records per week). That’s why you need a solid pre-campaign plan in place—before you do anything. How did your “case-study” client come to you? With All Them Witches, the manager and agent reached out to me. The act had a small following and a good draw, but needed more attention to grow a touring base and get industry attention. My job was to get reviews and build awareness. What sort of contract arrangement did they agree to? I told them I would need three months to set up publicity for their new album. But they were going on tour and we only had six to eight weeks. What was the hardest part of the campaign? The hardest thing was to get people to take the time to listen to their music. But I can be persistent. I set up partnerships with websites using song and video premieres. That led to reviews and interviews on blogs, larger websites and their hometown papers.

How did the your “case-study” client come to you? Smoke Season came to us through word-of-mouth. They had no manager, agent or label. They wanted to attract industry: management, agents and labels. They believed in organic growth with a grass-roots approach.

What was the focus of your campaign? We wanted to make it apparent that Smoke Season had a fan base. So, we initially focused our efforts on local blogs and press and presented them as an up-andcoming, exciting indie act. Then we expanded coverage to tastemaker music sites like Pitchfork. Did anything unusual happen during the campaign? They played Sundance Film Festival and we did advance promotion for it that got great results. In fact, we discovered it was easier to get them coverage outside of major markets, like Los Angeles and New York. What results did you achieve? Smoke Season got a booking agent, played CMJ and signed a label development deal. Additionally, they garnered one million plays on Spotify and average 10,000 plays a week. So, they’re also making money. What sort of accounting do you provide? We limit ourselves to only 20 clients at a time, and report results immediately, sometimes several times a week. And, we always send out a monthly report. How important is social media? It’s a big part of all our campaigns. We even have a specific division (TrendSocial). That’s dedicated exclusively to social media. But if the


Do you have a minimum commitment time? We like to get a six-month commitment, as an initial period. Three months is minimum.

All Them Witches ing Neil Finn, the Barenaked Ladies, Ministry, Old Crow Medicine Show and handling tours for the Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mudhoney.

What was the ultimate result? They established a tour base and were signed to a label deal. They’re working on their label debut now.

Do you approach indie projects differently? By nature they’re different. With established mainstream acts it’s easier and is more about scheduling. With many indie acts it comes down to hours of pitching. Since [an indie project] is much more work, I have to be passionate about the project to take it on.

How long did you work the campaign? Five months and continuing… You know, PR is a marathon not a sprint. If you put in enough time, good things will grow.

What are the most challenging aspects of an indie campaign? First there has to be a reason for a media campaign. Some acts don’t have basic tools or the need for PR, at least at the moment. But, really, the greatest challenge is the amount of competition that exists today. There are just so many people putting music out that it’s difficult to gain attention. There are over 150 records released

What sort of accounting do you provide? I provide a bi-weekly or monthly report with online clipping files. Are acts without managers tougher to deal with? It varies. The Melvins didn’t have a manager and it worked out fine. You just need someone in the band who can make the decisions. See MC’s contact list of indie publicists in the Everything Indie & Promo Directory, beginning on page 57.

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Money Gigs vs. Day Jobs I

nstead of office jobs, waiting on tables, or working at Starbucks did you ever consider going after high-paying wedding or corporate gigs? On an hourly basis they can pay much better than day jobs. Like any other job, however, the lucrative wedding and corporate gig circuit demands professionalism and planning. Here are essential tips to get you prepared to pitch wedding and event planners and to follow through with a smooth performance. Remember you’re a craftsperson, not an artist. Getting wedding or corporate gigs is about finding the place where your musical passions intersect mainstream taste and the demands of the marketplace. If you want to get serious about pursuing these opportunities, check the rockstar attitude or tortured artist persona at the door. You’re going to be playing a supporting role in someone else’s big night. Unlike your club gigs, the audience is not there primarily to see and listen to you. Deal with it. Pick your music wisely. Although you’ll be playing covers instead of originals, this can be surprisingly rewarding. Whether it’s Beatles, Motown or disco, pick the music that inspired and influenced your music and performing style. You’ll need to love it, because you’ll need to get semiobsessed with it. This is not a matter of just learning some chords or reading off of charts, you will need to live and breathe it. Once you’ve picked a basic genre and era, think about what might best fill the dance floor, work as background music in various scenarios, or keep the party going. Do some digging in your local market: Who’s already out there? What are they playing? What gigs are they getting? What could you do better? Get the right name (and look). Think carefully about what you’d like to call yourself, in this alter-ego event-oriented configuration. Don’t go too edgy, but try to be memorable. Give them all the info they need—and no more. As with any other musical endeavor, you need to have the right materials to get a shot at a good event gig. But keep things simple, so that people know exactly what they are booking.

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Have good photos. They shouldn’t be arty or quirky, but show the entire band that events planners or hosts will be hiring. Have good video. Instead of a multicamera shoot, consider getting a tripod for your iPhone—its embedded mics can yield surprisingly good results. A medley of tunes will give potential clients a fast overview of your set list. Try different mic placements and see if a simple, subtle filter app can make the video more visually appealing. Put your contact info in a lower corner of the screen and in the info field.

site’s electrical capacity deal with a PA and light system? Are there people on hand to help load in the gear? Are there any union considerations? Ask about payment arrangements. These can vary, so it’s best to check with the client. When can you expect the deposit? Will the host pay you at the beginning or end of the event? Should you expect cash or check? Show you care. Work with the host in advance to see what dedications or special announcements need to be made over the course of the event. Small but important professional gestures like going to look around a venue in advance demonstrates that you are dedicated to making the event a success. Bring the right gear. Many venues where you will likely play for an event do not have adequate PA systems. Hotels and function rooms often have a very small PA that can handle background music, but it won't handle a performance. Bring the right attitude. You are not a guest; you are part of the team creating an experience for others. Resist the temptation to hit on the bride’s younger sister. Steer clear of the open bar. If you are offered a meal, be gracious and be cool and eat behind the scenes.

Have a straightforward website dedicated to your event-oriented band. A landing page can be enough, so long as potential clients can hear and see what you’re about. Bandzoogle offers an easy all-in-one platform for musicians to build their own websites. A single destination other than a website that houses all the above is ideal. For instance, not only provides space to upload photos and video, but brings gig leads right to your phone. Once you’ve negotiated the deal, you can book the gig online through their platform. Ask about the number and lengths of sets. Events work differently from club dates, so get the facts early in your talks with clients. For example, are there particular songs or tunes the client needs on the set list? Ask about the nature and capacity of the venue. What is the lighting like? Can the

Add value (and ambiance). Look at your band’s collective abilities and find other potential areas where you can add value, beyond the sets you’re hired to play. If you’re a rock, pop, or jazz band, perhaps you have a keyboardist who’s a great improvisor and who can play a solo set during dinner. Or maybe you have a guitarist who’s a classical guitar whiz. These extras can really mean a lot to your hosts, and can work strongly in your favor if you’re in a competitive booking situation. Follow up post-gig. Make sure to get recommendations and reviews (if you’re using GigSalad) from your hosts. The more positive feedback you can gather, the better you’ll be able to convince other clients that you’re worth booking.

MARK STEINER is a music tech entrepreneur and Cofounder and CEO of, the leading platform for booking entertainment and services for events. His career spans more than 30 years in the entertainment business, including a decades-long stint booking headliners for fairs and festivals, performing arts centers, corporate events, venues and more.


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How to Work a Conference Like a Future Rockstar


n expert panelist on this year’s “Power Networking” panel at the SXSW Music Conference, Allison Shaw has had years of hands-on experiences dealing with major music-industry events. Meanwhile, indie rapper Kosha Dillz is a busy performer who knows how artists can get the most mileage out of a festival or conference. Both are generous with their hard-won advice: ALLISON SHAW I have now been to about 500 conferences and usually speak at around 40 a year globally. I used to produce my own conference/ festival for years. I also consider myself like an indie band on tour in that I still need to work the room and meet people that can help my growth in the industry I live and love in. So here’s some advice:

Always be respectful. You never know who you are talking to. While in an elevator at a conference/festival a man in a sweatsuit was trying to get himself and his luggage into a relativity packed elevator. Some of us were trying to make room, but a band in the elevator wouldn’t budge, telling the man to get off and catch the next elevator. They figured he was just some Joe Schmo. They could have made room and the man could have gotten on, but they wouldn’t bother. Turns out the man owns the label the band desperately wanted to sign to. When you are at a conference, treat

Come to the panels. I see so many bands that just show up and play their gig and party and never go to the panels. I am apt to go to the shows of people that come to the panels, plug the band, get mentored, and are there to further themselves. Come to the networking parties. Dewey Beach Music Festival has a great mixer where both the artists and industry go and meeting someone and a handshake can go so far. I have seen many artists get deals this way—you can’t beat that personal connection. Give your music out for free to industry. I have actually seen bands at conferences try to sell their music to industry, saying it was too expensive to print up. That is the fastest way to lose respect. Industry gets so much free music and if you want them to help you, don’t charge them to listen to your music. Go see other bands. Support the other bands who are playing. I’ve seen so many bands become friends at a festival, then one of the bigger bands makes it and takes the other band on tour. Be professional. I’ve seen bands play in front of big wigs at a conference, completely drunk on stage, and then leave right after the show. First off, it’s not cool for any band of any size to be drunk on stage, it’s not fair to the patrons that showed up to see you. Stay after the show, sell merch and talk to people. Have an email list to sign people up. 46 March 2015

everyone with respect, because you never know who you'll run into. KOSHA DILLZ When I think about “working” a room, I always try to not make it as if I want to “get something” out of the next person:

Even the Prime Minister of England needs one. He does not need a Kosha Dillz CD or a hoodie. Trust me. (I tried.) Do not judge your room…ever. Sometimes we walk into a place and we can smell the emptiness. But instead of looking at what “you can get” to further your career, look at how “you can give” to other people. You will be relieved of any expectations and instantly earn 10 more awesome points. I met a guy at a pool table in Park City, UT. He bought some merch, and then later asked me to play his nephew’s bar mitzvah. Who would've thought a friendly convo would lead to my biggest deal at Sundance Film Festival. Just be cool—Less is more. Let’s say you're in a room at SXSW and everyone there does the same thing. They all have fans, tour the world, and it’s sort of like a work mixer. Rule of thumb at work mixers: try not to talk about work and don’t take pics. Talk about coffee flavors, comic books, Swedish pop music, rare holidays. When you see them again, you can say “Oh yeah…we talked about Tu’bshvat, aka Jewish arbor day. How can I hear your music?” The less you say, the better. Give yourself a chance to get your music heard and maybe if it is that good, and they like you as a person, you could get what you’ve been waiting for.

The unexpected approach—Don’t ask! People don't need you as an “opener” for cheap, because their management already has an opener as a “buy on.” The correct way to approach being considered for an “opening act” opportunity is to say, “Hey, I'd love to buy a ticket to one of your shows.” Now this band/ act is intrigued that you are attending their show as a patron, and might be more willing to engage with you.

ALLISON (Allie) SHAW is a utility worker in the music industry, from managing, to brand strategist, to music supervisor, to creating and producing large events, to owning an International Music Magazine and speaking on over 40 panels a year globally. Shaw is currently the Director Of Live Strategy for incroud, a new music technology platform launching in June. Check out manicmonkee.

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Steven Suen’s Biscuits & Blues Booking Agent with a Heart of Gold


ocated in the San Francisco theater district, Biscuits & Blues is a music venue that has been serving up live blues and Southern cuisine since March 1995. At the helm is Steven Suen, proprietor extraordinaire. Suen is also a booking agent with a heart of gold, as we found out in this interview. Music Connection: When did you get involved in the music business? Steven Suen: I didn’t get involved until 2006. Before that I wasn’t dreaming of any kind of music career. MC: What is your background and why, then, a music club? Suen: It was a business venture. My wife and I were the ones who got the club going, but she has no particular interest in music. However, we were introduced to this place because it was going under. We were friends with the landlord, and he told me they were looking for somebody to keep Biscuits & Blues going. I was in real estate, and when my wife and I walked into the club she said, “I like it.” And there was a real “wow” factor for me. I didn’t really want to run a restaurant, let alone a music club. And being a blues club, I didn’t even know what blues was at that time.

process I picked up the passion because I realized I had to learn a lot more about the blues. I realized this was not a commodity I was trading. This is a very special place that is meant for the musicians. It is more like a playground for them. During the course of that this whole thing was not about money. It’s about building relationships and nurturing these people.

But I make sure everyone else gets paid. I also cover all positions when necessary: marketing, promotions, website, serving, bussing tables, washing dishes. It’s not something that I want to do, but as I said, I am hands-on and sometimes you have to fill in. MC: How do you find the artists you want to book at Biscuits & Blues? Suen: There are a lot of up-and-coming artists who are very good but are not known yet. I try to go around the country as best I can and bring them into the club for a feature. Once a year in January I go to Memphis and attend the International Blues Challenge (IBC). There are bands from all over the world that come to this thing. I spend six nights there running up and down Beale Street checking out all the bars featuring bands engaged in this competition. I’ve been doing that for the last four years. About six years ago I also would attend the Blues Music Awards in Memphis in May. They award the top artists in business and touring. I try to build relationships with artists I think have talent and will fly them in to play my club. I will pay for a band’s hotel and give them some money to take home. And they are very appreciative. I don’t think there is anyone out there doing that.

“There are a lot of up-and-coming artists that are very good but are not known yet. I try to go around the country as best I can and bring them into the club for a feature.”

MC: So how did you learn about blues music and develop this passion for it? Suen: The passion came after I saw that my wife liked the music there. So I said maybe we’ll dive into this thing and take over. There was already a booking agent, general manager and all those people in place. I said to everyone there, “We’re going to bring the best jazz there is to this club.” That’s what I said to them. They realized the day I took over I didn’t know what blues was. One thing I did know was, when I became the new owner, I told the staff the one thing we need here is music quality. I started spending time in the club every night and I realized the quality was not there. They’d be playing some middle of the road band and I knew I had to develop criteria for booking bands. I was at the club 24-7 and became very hands-on. But during this 48 March 2015

MC: You already mentioned quality music acts but, specifically, what kind of artists are you looking for? Suen: We play a lot of artists who are very, very good and famous. Many are Grammy winners like Charlie Musslewhite, Elvin Bishop, John Lee Hooker, Jr. and Joe Bonamassa. And one thing we never did in over 20 years this has been a music club is deviated from the blues. And during hard financial times I’m sticking to my guns and not changing the format. We’re doing something special here. We’re not for profit.

MC: I would agree! Do you have this expense worked into your budget and then hedge your bets that a band will bring the crowds in for you? Suen: I’ve been successful in bringing talent into the club. If a band is unknown, that’s okay because we have a really good website, with video and information on our upcoming artists. The people in San Francisco are particularly responsive to new talent. Also, our club is very intimate and affordable. There are only 120 seats, and anyone is no farther than nine yards from the stage. Every angle in the room is great.

MC: It’s interesting that you say “not for profit.” Can you explain that? Suen: I don’t draw a salary from this place.

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Simon Field Ft. Easton Davis Gravity EP


Neurot Recordings Producers: Ufomammut and Lorenzo Stecconi

Disco Wax (Sony) Producer: Simon Field

Like their sludgy psych brethren in Neurosis, whose members founded Neurot Recordings, Ufomammut delve deep into metal’s mossy underbelly, making bands like Tool look like camp counselors. That said, the Italian trio’s seventh album could be their catchiest yet—to the extent that 10-minute tracks wholly devoid of verse-chorus-verse structure could qualify as catchy. The experimental album salutes a goddess who can straddle the worlds of humans, ghosts and gods; as proven here, Ufomammut clearly fit into the latter category. – Kurt Orzeck

Norwegian producer Simon Field teamed up with Easton Davis to create a sublime tune that is now shooting through the radio waves of U.K. EDM stations and beyond. What do George Michael and Bowie have in common? They’ve both worked with Easton, and I can see why––his voice is sublime. Both Davis and Field are talented and their passion for pop shines through. The EP includes a Tech House remix by Lars Van Dalen and Mike Moorish, and an Electro House remix by Classi. If you like a nice groove and catchy melody, this is worth a try. – Scott Binder

Above & Beyond


We Are All We Need


Anjunabeats Producer: Above & Beyond

Vulnicara One Little Indian Producers: Arca, Björk

The term pioneer is thrown about far too loosely, but sometimes that statement is backed up by fact. And that’s exactly the case when it comes to Above & Beyond. After listening to their latest album, my thirst for pop styled electronic music is refreshed. Above & Beyond is a prime example that you can create commercial electronic music that also has a depth to it. The album features an array of luscious vocals from a nice combination of male and female vocalists. If you like trance music even a little bit, I highly recommend this album. – Scott Binder

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Soul Food

Vanguard Records Producers: The Word

Robert Randolph and John Medeski once again team up with the Mississippi All Stars for a New York meets Memphis throwdown. Imagine if Booker T. were jamming with the Allmans and then attended church with the Staple Singers; that would be a party, right? Tracks like “Glory, Glory” are appropriately reverent and transformative, while more secular tunes (“Play All Day,” “You Brought the Sunshine”) move the spirit as well as the feet. Randolph’s gritty riffs and Medeski’s funky keyboard atop a killer rhythm section make for a welcome and inspiring combination. – Eric A. Harabadian

The Dennis Dreith Band Reunion



Björk dropped the digital version of Vulnicara two months early, allowing us to get a headstart wallowing in what she refers to as an album of “complete heartbreak.” The heavy emphasis on orchestral strings accomplishes most of the emotional work, streaking songs into a resting visage between sob and resolve. Nine previous albums have done nothing to dull the otherworldly luster of Björk’s vocals, which meander athletically among volleys of agitated, sparse beats. The effect is beautiful, though unnerving. Be prepared to sit and think with this one. – Ted Jamison

Stephanie Spruill It’s a Jazz Day


Spruill House Music Producer: Stephanie Spruill This multi-faceted force of nature brings to her first veritable jazz album a long, lush history as a touring and sessions singer and a powerful rep as a voice and artist development coach. Spruill engages many different influences––including R&B, contemporary urban jazz, trad jazz and Brazilian––that tap into her full vocal range. Though she’s a knockout on high notes, Spruill’s lower register is the sweet soul-spot on most of these classics and originals. Most notably, the moody title track cleverly weaves decades of jazz legends into a celebration of the art form. – Jonathan Widran


Leave No Bridge Unburned


Perseverance Records Producer: Dennis Dreith

Six Shooter Records Producer: Gus Van Go

Renowned as a motion picture composer, arranger and conductor, and an influential advocate for musicians’ rights, Dreith––true to the title of this high energy, bold and brassy jazz ensemble set––masterminds a spirited reunion with a group of musicians who played in his band during his formative years. Conducting the powerful 14-piece unit through an alternately booming and sensual batch of seven originals, Dreith allows numerous soloists to shine, including powerhouse alto saxman Andy MacIntosh, who passed away shortly after completing his work here. – Jonathan Widran

The Canadian husband and wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland avoid the sophomore slump by advancing their story. The group’s ethereal harmonies, dreamy guitars and ambient textures create a cinematic quality on many of the songs. McClelland’s urgent refrain on “Baby What’s Wrong” and the dark beauty of the single “Sweet Disaster” depict palpable tension and reflection. Wild cards, like “Downtown,” utilize distorted effects to make statements on urban unrest and decay. Any way you slice it, Whitehorse tells tales that can’t be denied. – Eric A. Harabadian

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Distant Cousins

James Carothers

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Well-recorded and loaded up with buckets of superbusker spirit, this trio’s “Are You Ready” and “On My Way” deliver that organic gust of “Ho Hey” optimism and inspiration that fans of the Mumfords and Lumineers will always value, without the former’s ponderosity. We could easily imagine either tune on a kidflick soundtrack or movie trailer. The band shows a different shade on “Raise It Up,” injecting a subtly harder, garage/blues force on the lead vocal that’s reminiscent of the Black Keys. It, too, is a catchy tune and demonstrates the band’s knack for sonic dynamics in their arrangements. Yes, you’ve heard this booming, banjo-laced sound before, but never better. The performances and the production are top-notch.

Whoa, it’s been while since we’ve heard a voice that resonates so deeply and confidently with a country music vibe. And Carothers not only has classic twang and impressive range, but in “New Country Singers” his vintage vision casts a jaundiced eye upon Nashville’s current high-pitched hat posse, name-checking his heroes Haggard, Cash and Jones. If there’s a truck commercial in need of a tune, the danceable “I Must Be Alive” could be it. As in all of his recordings, it mixes the singer’s voice up front and direct, making every word count. “Trouble In Paradise,” about selling one’s soul to make a living, is equally danceable. It is hard to overstate this artist’s natural command at the mic. And the tunes are solid.

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Great Spirit

Nick Weaver

Contact: Web: Seeking: Booking Style: Folk Rock

Contact: Web: Seeking: Music Style: Hip-Hop

Organic and uber-laidback, this threepiece (“hillbillies on acid”) have a hi-touch setup featuring amplified acoustic axes, including banjo, giving these recordings, such as “Pow-Wow,” a lazy, back porch vibe. Shifting to an uptempo, the band delivers “Pretend With Me,” a slacker relationship song. Catchiest of the batch is “O. G. Nature Kid,” which has very sweet pickin’ on the break and some adroit pace changes. What’s the song about, you might say? Don’t ask us, as, lyrically, all of Great Spirit’s tunes fall somewhere between intriguing and vague. Vocals are appropriately casual, careworn and almost entirely solo, sans backups, giving these songs the air of a promising singer/songwriter project.

A Seattle rapper, Weaver deploys surprising sounds we don’t often hear in the genre. “Yardwork,” off his latest EP, is an acoustic-guitar-based track that is highly organic, avoiding typical hip-hop sounds but delivering a hefty dose of defiant flow, a gusher of words a la Eminem, whom he name-checks on his next tune, the autobio “Story.” That song features a sliced-up sample of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘60s classic, “America.” It is on the next track, however, that Weaver hooked us. “Triple Six,” powered by a cool synthesizer, dishes an ominous, cinematic recounting of the artist’s evening with the Evil One—depicted in soul-sucking female form. Weaver’s not your same ol’, same ol’ hip-hop.

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Morgan Mecaskey


Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Mgmt, Booking, Film/TV Style: Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter

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Cleveland native Mecaskey has a deep, entrancing voice, one with an ability to haunt the listener. And it proves to be a good match for her heavy-handed material and ambitious arrangements, like the anguished, intriguing and ultimately emotive “White Horse.” Mecaskey creates an intimacy that is almost uncomfortable at times, as on “Fighting Extinction” where her dreamy, floating tones become almost sepulchural. Though we were taken by certain sections in her songs, none of them gelled entirely for us, and it may take further listens to fully embrace her work. We’d love to someday hear this artful, distinctive singer (who’s got echoes of PJ Harvey) put it all together.

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Nashville rapper 2Four (De’Andre David) comes at you with lots of big-ass low-end and heavy-heavy electro buzz on “Lockdown,” whose percussive/textural fabric, insistent chant, and wall-to-wall menace make it the perfect soundtrack to a Grand Theft Auto sequence. “Intergalactic” gets all sci-fi on us in a goofy, playful, retro-spacey way. It’s a seduction song with a vocal tone that’s gauged to make the ladies giggle— and come along for a ride. “Live It Up” brings back the menace and mayhem, but with a boisterous, party-time vibe. On this song in particular, we admire 2Four’s ability to subtly change up his flow, keeping things fresh to the finish line.

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Chaser Eight

Joe Marson

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Booking, Distrib., Film/TV Style: Rock, Alt-Rock, Pop-Rock

Contact: Web: Seeking: Booking, Film/TV Style: Alt., Rock, Soul, Singer/Songwriter

CT-based, female-fronted quintet features singer AUDRA, whose voice possesses a heart-achey quality that can really put a lyric across. Evidence of that is “Never Enough,” the group’s synth-pop song whose moody elements are a good counterbalance to the hook’s bright, poppy elements. “One Love” is a nice, well crafted ballad complete with synth-strings underneath. Though “Run, Run” is an attempt to show the band’s edgier rock side, it is clear this band has a gift for what is mainstream and commercial. Chaser Eight are not alternative. And the sooner they come to terms with that—and enlist a savvy producer to carry them to paydirt—the closer they’ll be to breaking through.

Well-travelled (now NY-based) troubadour is blessed with a warm, soulful tenor whose lack of a chick-friendly falsetto is made up for by backup singers who give a boost at the right times. That would describe “Here With Me,” whose easygoing vibe seems a hallmark of Marson’s work. We hear John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw in the endearing, female-friendly “Love You Safely,” which is similarly low-key and laidback. Marson adds organ and bluesy electric guitar to his formula with “Someday Soon,” but by this time we were ready for either a nap or a Red Bull. As skilled as Marson is, to bust out of the crowded singer/songwriter realm he will have to pick up the pace and come up with an undeniably special song.

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Hearty Har

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Here’s an example of a band whose technopop sound and cutesy-colorful image are in total synch—the musical equivalent of a suger-rush of cotton candy and LSD lollipops. Revelling not in earthy authenticity but in sparkling artificiality (and perhaps some mischief), Candyboy frontperson Mari Y. delivers a breathy, effervescent presence on each track. Are these recordings fit for pop radio? We think not. But, with their irrepressible ADD energy and altogether Asian-pop sheen, songs like “I’m Poseidon” and “Midnight Hour Magic” are ideally suited for DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) video games. The band would do well to explore that market for their distinctive recordings.

A daring, ambitious psych-garage/Americana amalgam (they actually cover “Goo Goo Muck”) that’s recorded with a live-instudio edge, Hearty Har open their setlist with the 7+ minute “Apoco’s Tongue.” It’s an expansive composition with soaring guitar parts that, nevertheless, remains faithful to its bedrock, Bo Diddley beat. “Ocean Blue” features roiling synths and a martial drumbeat over which the Beatles-meetsConor Oberst vocals take the spotlight. Best song we heard is the band’s “Volcanic Interruption.” Graced with snarling guitar tones, it’s a catchy enough song that’s not content to lag in its comfort zone. All in all, it sounds like Hearty Har is a band having fun figuring out its distinctive vision.

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Rachel Lynn Sebastian

Veronika Jokel

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Contact: Web: Seeking: Label Style: Pop, Blues, R&B

A self-described “gypsy soul-rocker,” this artist is a promising presence at the mic but will need to boost her passion and pitch even more to really wow the listener. “Happy” radiates a skipalong vitality with a vocal hiccup recalling Shania Twain. The mood gets overcast and heavy with “Never Enough,” a song that explores love’s anguish. (Its ominous guitar fx are indeed a fresh touch.) Sebastian piqued our interest with her hooky “My Life”; complete with a stomping, handclapping breakdown, it’s an uptempo statement of resolve and defiance, at least lyrically. However, we still hear room for this vocalist to really go for the gusto instead of singing in the pocket. Go for those higher notes, girl!

Jokel exudes a strong sensuality (a la Joss Stone) on her originals, such as “Black Magic,” “The One For Me” and “Work It Out.” We responded especially to the latter, whose compelling chord changes and piano & voice arrangement reminds us of artist Christina Grimmie. The well structured song is altogether relateable for heartbroken girls in need of solace. Somehow, though, this performance, like the others, could use even more guts from the singer, who seems reluctant to attack key moments in her material. Most importantly, though, Jokel could really benefit by collaborating with a deft lyricist who can steer this gifted singer away from what’s familiar and cliche.

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Contact: Web: The Players: Dylan Minnette, vocals, guitar; Zack Mendenhall, bass; Cole Preston, drums; Braeden Lemasters, vocals, guitar.

Musicianship: In pop music, keeping it simple can often be a foolproof formula—particularly if there are strong melodies involved. But because the Narwhals are in short supply of both melodies and choruses, their rudimentary musicianship is unfortunately thrust into the spotlight. Thanks to an over-reliance on basic chord structures and one-or two-note guitar solos, the band members’ performances often land with a whimper despite their clearly ambitious attitude. Performance: Drawing shrieks reminiscent of Cheap Trick at Budokan, the Narwhals are a slam-dunk with the female set, largely due to dueling singer/guitarists Minnette (who looks like a long-lost Jonas brother) and Lemasters (a bit scruffier, but almost

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THE NARWHALS equally handsome). Dressed unpretentiously in jeans and flannel, the down-to-earth foursome work the crowd with ease, coming across like a cleaner, younger, less druggy version of the aforementioned Strokes. Their experience playing at iconic L.A. venues like the Troubadour and the Whisky a Go Go has obviously paid off. Summary: The Narwhals have a lot of growing up to do in the songwriting department. To the


Material: Hear ye, hear ye—Los Angeles’ answer to the Strokes may have finally arrived. The Narwhals were founded about five years ago, right around the time they became teenagers, and shortly after their inception, they met with major record labels after winning a radio contest. Now they’re all grown up (not really) and playing with more charisma than most musicians twice their age (yes really). Their songs are simple, but this shiny squad is a far cry from punk-rock. Think garage-pop, at its most optimistic.

extent that they have strong musical abilities buried underneath their uneven material, they need to show it off with the same confidence they have when strutting around the stage. The band members excel when their songs reach explosive climaxes, but unfortunately those moments are few and far between. They can get a crowd in the palm of their hand with seemingly no effort; if they could only craft a few tunes with radio potential, they might start going places. – Kurt Orzeck

Los Angeles, CA

Material: Michael ONeill marries a perfect blend of rock and country with folk to create a sound that can best be described as “get together” music. The set, which showcasted his latest album I Like It Like That from start to finish, followed up with a few older songs, was certainly more lively than the recorded versions. Onstage, ONeill’s songs were brought to life in a way that wasn’t captured on record, which is a shame given the live versions really speak to the singer’s energy and performance. Musicianship: Now with five records under his belt, songs written with the likes of Bob Weir (the Grateful Dead) and Jason Scheff (Chicago), and his own indie record label, the music vet certainly has a solid grasp on his sound. While the polished end-product of his recorded versions don’t showcase the full vitality of the tunes, the live versions bring so much to them that they almost sound like entirely new songs. Performance: Only artists with the same amount of experience as ONeill can have the same air of ease in their performances. Being 54 March 2015

MICHAEL ONEILL on stage seems so natural to the singer/ songwriter that even on the barely-there stage of the Cinema Bar, he was able to come off as if he were commanding a much larger venue. Given that his set was mostly his album from beginning to end, it isn’t clear if his sets are the right mix of highs and lows, or if he’s just very good at planning an album. But on this night, there was a wonderful give and take between his faster paced songs and ballads. It kept the energy in the venue high and even


Contact: Web: Players: Michael ONeill, vocal, guitar; Eric Holden, bass; Matt Starr, drums; John Schreffler Jr., steel guitar, guitar; Storm Rhode IV, electric guitar; Audrey Turner, backing vocals.

moved audience members to take the floor and dance. Summary: Michael ONeill is an artist in full command of his music, something his live performance exemplifies. While it would be nice to see this performer and his band take on a larger venue to see if they can fill it in the same manner, there is no arguing that ONeill has an energy and ease that many strive for. – Victoria Patneaude

knows how to make the instrument punch and rock when necessary. Goodfellow is a true musician on the drums, complementing each song perfectly with simplicity and a pocket that puts the world at ease. The vocal harmonies take the quality of We Are the West to a level of superiority. The arrangements and timing of background vocals are well-constructed and provide a surprisingly full sound with limited instruments or technical “toys.”

Musicianship: This trio does not disapppoint in any aspect of musicianship. Hool’s voice is distinct, rich, authentic and full of emotion, completely drawing in the listener’s attention from the initial word in the band’s first song, “A New Haven.” At times Hool's voice reminds of Lou Reed, and at other times Bob Dylan, but at all times it is still completely his own. With an upright acoustic bass, Kibler creates the texture of warmth and a special tone, but

Summary: We Are The West creates good music. Raw, rootsy, feel-it-in-your-bones kind of music that can even remind someone why a song can be the best way to express a feeling. With a clear focus on creating art with simplicity and organic elements, this group achieves its goal with quality musicianship and a mature perspective on the world around them. If you are a lover of a good “song,” this is a band to check out in the L.A. area. – Tim Reid, Jr.

WE ARE THE WEST The Prospector Long Beach, CA Contact: Web: The Players: Brett Hool, vocals, guitar; John Kibler, bass, vocals; Elizabeth Goodfellow, drums, vocals. Material: We Are The West is a band for lovers of melodies, story-telling and organic music that benefits from electricity but does not depend upon it. Sometimes sounding like folk, other times mountain music and even at times a little trippy with spoken word à la the Doors or the Velvet Underground,

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the consensus seems to be about creating musical and poetic art without ego or pretense. Simply put, it’s good music.

Performance: Being the first set in a long night of rock & roll ahead of them, We Are The West were a welcome surprise from the initial guitar strum and sung-spoken word. Clearly veterans of making music with each other, the band’s chemistry caused the evergrowing crowd at The Prospector to take notice. In the tiny club, it was notable that most all of the other musicians waiting for their turn seemingly became full supporters quickly (if they weren’t already) of the visitors from Los Angeles. Hood’s frontman persona was engaging but sincere. Nothing seemed forced or out of sync within the set that, if anything, was too short.

Detroit, MI

Contact: Web: The Players: Eliza Neals, lead vocals, keyboards; Howard Glazer, guitar; Michael Ryan, guitar; John Abraham, bass; Gabe Gonzalez, drums; Special Guests: Kymberli Wright, backup vocals; Dale Robertson, harmonica.

Musicianship: It is easy to see that a major sense of pride for Neals is surrounding herself with some of the best players around. And she makes that clear by sharing the stage with solos, vocal spotlights and special guests. Decked out in a dazzling gold dress and a monumental voice to match, there is no question who’s the star. But, perhaps, the blonde chanteuse’s greatest gift is her ability

ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS to engage her players and get their best performances; feeding soulful keyboard lines to her lead guitarist, harmonizing seamlessly with backing vocalist Kymberli Wright or mixing it up with drummer Gabe Gonzalez. Performance: Despite minor technical difficulties, Neals delivered two solid sets of high energy soul-drenched rocking blues. A consummate show person, she kept an unencumbered natural dialogue rolling with the capacity crowd, communicated seemingly “on the fly” changes with the band and effortlessly kept the dead spots to a minimum. From her wardrobe to her vocal dexterity and range,


Material: The “Detroit Diva” performs a number of originally penned tunes off her new album Breaking and Entering. Many of the songs have strong hooks and pop-flavored phrasing, but also relatable timeless qualities. “Detroit Drive” is a classic tale of hitting the open road and freedom. It is all slide guitar, tambourine and foot stomps from sideman Howard Glazer and Neals respectively. “Jekyll and a Hound” features mid-tempo and brooding rock and blues elements. Neals comes by the Motor City moniker honestly as one of her prime collaborators is none other than one of Motown Records’ first hit makers Barrett Strong.

Neals knocked it out of the park. Conversely, her visual dynamism could have been a little more evenly matched by the band overall, with the exception of Glazer’s Hendrix-like theatrics. Summary: Eliza Neals brings a positive spirit and vitality to her performance that breaks down barriers between the band and the audience. She really works a room and takes one on a journey. There is an ebb and flow that is pervasive throughout her material. Ballads, blues, scorching rock, soul-funk grooves; Neals delivers at every turn and gives the crowd their money’s worth. – Eric A. Harabadian March 2015


The Whisky a Go Go

West Hollywood, CA

Material: It’s an unusual night at The Whisky, with the average age of the performers being between 12 and 15. Topping the bill is the more seasoned and decidedly more risqué Kicking Harold. Lead vocalist and songwriter Tim David Kelly is a great storyteller. “Dance To The Radio” offers a hopeful glimmer of character transformation and “Fred's New Dress” is a highly descriptive tale of a Catholic crossdresser. Kelly is also strong with hooks, internal rhyming within a single phrase and generally connecting to the zeitgeist on songs like “American Nitro” with catchy lyrics like: “I'm crazy, like DeNiro, Scorcese.” Musicianship: The band describes themselves as grunge, and that tone is most apparent in material like “Kill You” and “Down On You.” Those songs definitely share an Alice In Chains vibe straight down to the guitar effects and excellent harmonizing by Kelly and Domrose. The band is mostly tight, with solid stops on “Drinkin’ To Forget You” and “Smash & Burn.” Kelly generates in driving, funky-chunky tone for rhythm and really works his vibrato technique on punchy instrumentals. Odabashian and Domrose nail a doubletimed transition on “Dance To The Radio” and are mostly in sync throughout the set.

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KICKING HAROLD Performance: Domrose helps mix up the set by taking over on vocals for an edgier cover of the Delaney & Bonnie and Friends' classic “Superstar.” Kelly engages the audience throughout the performance and gets the audience to sing along for the show finale. Despite only being a fill-in for the night, Odabashian is the literal show stopper, schooling everyone who came before with arguably the strongest drum finale of the night. Summary: Kicking Harold has a high octane formula; tight little packages of rock with similar melody lines and rhythm patterns. The


Contact: Web: The Players: Tim David Kelly, vocals, guitar; Bret Domrose, bass, vocals; Mike Odabashian, drums.

band categorizes itself rightly as alternative pop for this very reason: short and sweet songs with a little dash of alternative flavor. Adding to the pop confirmation are AllAmerican car songs like “I Wanna Go Faster” and “Gasoline.” Just for this reason the set started to sound a little repetitive. At least for a live performance the drums could have been given a few extra bars between verses if not more room during the bridge sections. “Fred's New Dress” in particular gives a glimpse as to where the band may be able to expand upon their style with a hint of a jazz breakdown. – Brooke Trout

New York, NY

Material: After forming alternative rock band Better Than Ezra in the late ’80s, founder Kevin Griffin and band had several hits in the ’90s and 2000s. Performing a solo show in support of his new release, All Together Now, Griffin not only debuted songs from his new offering but delved into his past repertoire. Sophisticated, intelligent and sometimes quirky, Griffin’s material is mainstream enough to have a broader appeal. “Dollar Sign” is a clever anecdote about hollow love and materialism summed up in the tag line: “Dollar sign, dollar sign—right where your heart should be.” In “Crazy Lucky,” Griffin describes stumbling on the “perfect love,” chalking it up to mere serendipity. The song’s musically memorable chorus hangs on the use of jumping a sixth up and repeating that pattern before the tag line pays off. “Juicy” highlights his signature falsetto while relying on a funky baseline rhythmically similar to the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna,” the song’s motif. Musicianship: Griffin’s tenor voice has a nasal resonance, which is focused and effective. His well-honed falsetto, a sort of vocal insignia, lends real moxie to many of the songs and further pushes the envelope. His energetic guitar work stands up well to the vocals while 56 March 2015

KEVIN GRIFFIN Jenn Lowe’s percussion (on a wooden drum box) lends a warm and fuller sound to the arrangements. Performance: To say Griffin took command is an understatement. Seamlessly weaving the music and song setups, he had the crowd eating out of his hands early on. From offhanded remarks to Matthew McConaughey impressions, he was effortlessly engaging. Interacting with the crowd the way a comedian does, he played off certain audience members using them as fodder for his good-natured humor. A comprehensive set that ran a bit


Contact: Web: The Players: Kevin Griffin, vocals, guitar; Jenn Lowe, percussion.

long but on balance it was a consummate performance. Summary: Kevin Griffin is an impressive example of a musician and songwriter whose career has had its moments in the sun and continues to thrive without the benefit of superstardom. He churns out solid material while showcasing outstanding performing skills. Shortening the set slightly would make for an even more cohesive show. That aside, Griffin is an artist who could serve as a role model for many fellow and aspiring musicians. – Ellen Woloshin

Directory of Everything Indie & Promo Labels, Merch, Promotion, Publicity, Duplication, Social Media Music-makers tap into this directory to connect with indie labels, marketing & promo experts and indie publicists. Plus loads of contact information to aid in promoting your music career, DIY style: T-shirt and CD development, blog sites and social media tools. INDIE LABELS 1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS 420 40th St., Ste. 5 Oakland, CA 94609 510-985-0325 E-mail: Web: 4AD RECORDS 17-19 Alma Rd. London, SW 18, 1AA, U.K. +44 20 8870 9724 E-mail: Web: Roster: Camera Obscura, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Atlas Sound, Zomby Additional locations: 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013 2035 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 825 RECORDS, INC. 825 48th St. Brooklyn, NY 347-240-5417 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Artist development, solo artists, singer-songwriters, pop, rock, R&B 10TH PLANET RECORDS P.O. Box 10114 Fairbanks, AK 99710 E-mail: Web: 21ST CENTURY RECORDS Silver Lake, CA 323-661-3130 E-mail: Web: Contact: Burt Levine A389 RECORDINGS P.O. Box 12058 Baltimore, MD 21281 E-mail: Web: AARON AVE RECORDS 602 Jefferson St. Arlington, TX 76012 817-274-5010 E-mail: Web: AARON RECORDS P.O. Box 428 Portland, TN 37148 615-325-3340 E-mail: Web: ABET MUSIC 411 E. Huntington Dr. Ste. 107-372 Arcadia, CA 91006 866-574-0275 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: electronica, acoustic, ambient, chill, rock, alternative, world music and classical ACCIDENTAL MUZIK, INC 323-316-4932 E-mail: Contact: Adam Moseley Styles: alternative, indie, Latin, rock, acoustic, film and TV music, music supervision Roster: Claudio Valenzuela, Pink Noise, Jeremy Swan and the Black Waltz. Representing for music placement: Mimes Of Wine, Scarlletta, Cano Aragon, Aircrafting, El Dorado, Laura Loriga ACE FU RECORDS P.O. Box 552 New York, NY 10009 201-401-8482 E-mail: Web: A-F RECORDS P.O. Box 71266 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 E-mail: Web:

ALIAS RECORDS 838 E. High St. #290 Lexington, KY 40502 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: indie-rock, singersongwriters, electronica Distribution: ADA *No unsolicited material ALLIGATOR RECORDS P.O. Box 60234 Chicago, IL 60660 773-973-7736 E-mail: Web: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES P.O. Box 419092 San Francisco, CA 94141 510-596-8981 Fax 510-596-8982 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk rock, spoken-word, underground *Unsolicited material accepted AMATHUS MUSIC P.O. Box 95 Hewlett, NY 11557 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Chris Panaghi Styles/Specialties: dance music, electronic, pop AMERICAN EAGLE RECORDINGS 13001 Dieterle Ln. St. Louis, MO 63127 888-521-8146 Fax 314-965-5648 E-mail: Web: AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS P.O. Box 85 Mystic, CT 06355 860-460-8903 E-mail: Web: *Not accepting demos *Business inquires only AMHERST RECORDS 1762 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14208 716-883-9520 Fax 716-884-1432 E-mail: Web: ANTI2798 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-413-7353 E-mail: Web:, antirecords API RECORDS P.O. Box 7041 Watchung, NJ 07069 E-mail: Web: APPLESEED RECORDINGS P.O. Box 2593 West Chester, PA 19380 610-701-5755 E-mail: Web: ARCTIC SIREN PRODUCTIONS 4105 Turnagain Blvd., Ste. L Anchorage, AK 99517 907-245-7311 E-mail: Web: Contact: Peggy Monaghan ARENA ROCK RECORDING COMPANY 17 S.E. 3rd Ave., Ste. 405 Portland, OR 97214 E-mail: Web: ARKADIA LABEL GROUP/ VIEW INC. P.O. Box 77 Saugerties, NY 12477 845-246-9955 E-mail: Web: ASINNI RECORDS Asinni Entertainment Group 14601 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. 308 Houston, TX 77083

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AV8 RECORDS 630 9th Ave. 9th Fl. New York, NY 10036 E-mail: Web: AWARE RECORDS 800 18th Ave., Ste. C Nashville, TN 37203 615-864-8043 E-mail: Web: BA DA BING! RECORDS 181 Clermont Ave., Ste. 403 Brooklyn, NY 11205 E-mail: Web: BAR-NONE RECORDS P.O. Box 1704 Hoboken, NJ 07030 201-770-9090 E-mail: Web: Distribution: ADA *Unsolicited material accepted BARSUK RECORDS P.O. Box 22546 Seattle, WA 98122 Web: Roster: Death Cab For Cutie, the Long Winters, Mates of State, Menomena, Nada Surf, Ra Ra Riot, Phantogram, Ramona Falls, the Wooden Birds, David Bazan, Maps & Atlases, Say Hi, Big Scary, Laura Gibson, Pacific Air, Chris Walla Distribution: Redeye *No unsolicited material BASEMENT BOYS INC. 500 St. Mary St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-383-9103 E-mail: Web: BEC RECORDINGS P.O. Box 12698 Seattle, WA 98111 206-691-9782 E-mail: Web: BEGGARS GROUP (Also XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD) 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013 212-995-5882 E-mail: Web: Contact: Matt Harmon, president Styles/Specialties: indie-rock, pop, electronic and many more Roster: Vampire Weekend, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, Warpaint, the xx, Yo La Tengo and the New Pornographers. Distribution: ADA Additional location: 2035 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 213-341-4823 BIELER BROS. RECORDS 4100 N. Powerline Rd., Ste. U-5 Pompano Beach, FL 954-979-4781 E-mail: Web: *Accepts unsolicited material, by EPK with links only BIG DEAL RECORDS 14260 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 201 Sherman Oaks, CA 818-922-0807 Web:

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo Diamond Heavies, Bloody Hollies Distribution: Lumberjack Mordam Music Group *Unsolicited material accepted. We are a small team, but we listen to it all. Do not contact us, we will contact you if we dig what we hear. Thank you! BOOSWEET RECORDS P.O. Box 45256 Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-613-3535 Fax 909-877-9199 E-mail: Web: Contact: Pierre Neilly Styles/Specialties: jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, R&B, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rap, rock, metal, guitar instrumental, alternative Roster: Miguel Mega, Kiko Loureiro, Vernon Neilly, Marcelo Roacio, Edu Ardanuy BRIDGE NINE RECORDS 119 Foster St., Bldg. 4 Ste. 3 Peabody, MA 01960 978-532-0666 E-mail: Web: BLACK ROSE PRODUCTIONS 409 Rte. 112 Port Jefferson Sta., NY 11776 631-367-8544 E-mail: Web: Contact: Roger Evans Additional location: 15 Gloria Ln. Fairfield, NJ 07004 631-367-8544 BURNSIDE RECORDS 20048 N.E. San Rafael St. Portland, OR 97203 1-800-288-2007 E-mail: Web: CANADIAN RECORDING SERVICES LTD. Vancouver, Canada 604-985-0679, 866-888-6464 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: all genres, offers free studio referral and project coordination services CANYON RECORDS 3131 W. Clarendon Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85017 800-268-1141 E-mail: Web: CASTLE RECORDS P.O. Box 2435 Hendersonville, TN 37077 615-559-5226 E-mail: Web: CELESTIAL HARMONIES Division of Mayflower Music Corp. 1951 N. Wilmot Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712 520-326-4400 Fax 520-326-3333 E-mail: Web: CENTURY MEDIA 2323 W. El Segundo Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 323-418-1400 Fax 323-418-0118 E-mail: Web: *Unsolicited material accepted, see web for details. CEXTON RECORDS P.O. Box 80187 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 917-570-6664 Offices in CA and NYC E-mail: Web:, Contact: John Anello, Jr. Roster: Johnny Mandolin, Larry Luger, Chiz Harris w/ Conte Candoli, Doc Anello Trio, Tom Kubis Big Band, Jack Wood, Beach Front Property, Doc Anello & the Swing Machine Big Band, James L Dean Big Band, Reissues of Sinatra, Martin, Andante Duo Italian Music, Marie Anello Opera CD, Otaku in Crime Japanese Anime music Styles/Specialties: jazz, big band, swing and Italian-American artists Distribution: Indie, point of purchase, Internet, specialty stores CHICKEN COUP RECORDS P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 480-491-6430 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz--B3 organ, blues

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DANGERBIRD RECORDS 3801 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 E-mail: Web: Roster: Silversun Pickups, T. Hardy Morris, Sea Wolf, Broadheds DEAD TRUTH RECORDINGS 9238 N.W. 13th Pl. Coral Springs, FL 33071 954-247-4584 E-mail: Web: DECAYDANCE MUSIC E-mail: see website for demo submission Web: DEEP ELM RECORDS P.O. Box 792197 Paia, HI 96779 E-mail: Web: Styles: indie, emo, post-rock, post-hardcore DEF RO INC 33 Prospect St., Ste. 1R Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-200-8247 E-mail:

EARWIG MUSIC COMPANY, INC. 2054 W. Farwell Ave., Garden Unit Chicago, IL 60645-4963 773-262-0278 Fax 773-262-0285 E-mail: Web: ELEVATOR MUSIC 1601 Penn Ave., Apt. 409e Pittsburgh, PA 15221 914-509-5870, 914-573-9452 E-mail: Web: EMPEROR JONES RECORDS P.O. Box 4730 Austin, TX 78765 E-mail: Web: EPITAPH RECORDS 2798 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-413-7353 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: alt-rock, punk Distribution: Indies *No unsolicited material ESTRUS LLC P.O. Box 2125

Bellingham, WA 98227 E-mail: Web: EQUAL VISION RECORDS P.O. Box 38202 Albany, NY 12203-8202 518-458-8250 Fax 518-458-1312 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk, hardcore, indie, emo, rock, pop, metal *No physical demos. E-mail links to stream your music (no downloads), with a biography EVIDENCE MUSIC, INC. 1100 E. Hector St., Ste. 392 Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-832-0844 E-mail: FAT POSSUM RECORDS P.O. Box 1923 Oxford, MS 38655 662-234-2828 Fax 662-234-2899 E-mail: Web: FAT WRECK CHORDS 2196 Palou Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mark Tamo Styles/Specialties: punk *Unsolicited materials accepted FAVORED NATIONS ENTERTAINMENT 17328 Ventura Blvd. #165 Encino, CA 91316 818-385-1989 Web: Roster: See web Styles/Specialties: all styles are welcome (Label is co-owned by Steve Vai) FEARLESS RECORDS 13772 Goldenwest St. #545 Westminster, CA 92683 310-730-6655 Fax 310-730-6659 E-mail: Web: Distribution: RED FERRET MUSIC 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 24th Fl. New York, NY 10104 E-mail: Web: Distribution: Roadrunner Records, RED *See web for submission guidelines FERVOR RECORDS 1810 W. Northern Ave., Ste. A-9, Box 186 Phoenix, AZ 85021 602-870-1788 E-mail: Web: FEVER RECORDS P.O. Box 219 Yonkers, NY 10710 212-586-6900 Fax 914-725-3485 Attn: Sal Abbatiello E-mail: Web: FOLK ERA RECORDS 705 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-800-232-7328 E-mail: Web: FONOVISA RECORDS Miami, FL 33166 Web: FOODCHAIN RECORDS 6464 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 920 Hollywood, CA 90028 323-957-7900 Fax 323-957-7911 Web: Note: Please submit demos by mail FREDDIE RECORDS 5979 S. Staples Corpus Christi, TX 78413 361-992-8411 Fax 361-992-8428 E-mail: Web: FRONTIER RECORDS P.O. Box 22 Sun Valley, CA 91353 818-759-8279 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: hardcore punk, OC punk, punk-pop, alternative rock Roster: Adolescents, Middle Class, Eddie & the Subtitles *Only reissuing vintage, punk material, no new artists.

Download at G2 RECORDS 14110 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 365 Dallas, TX 75254 972-726-9203 Fax 972-726-7749 E-mail: Web: GEARHEAD RECORDS P. Box 2375 Elk Grove, CA 95759 916-897-2451 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michelle Haunold Styles/Specialties: rock & roll, outlaw country, punk, garage, rockabilly and sleaze metal. *We accept unsolicited material, but please don’t call or write bugging us, we’ll get in touch when we listen to it! GEORGE TOBIN MUSIC 102 N.E. 2nd St. Boca Raton, FL 33432 E-mail: Web: GET HIP, INC. 1800 Columbus Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-231-4766 Fax 412-231-4777 E-mail: Web: GLASSNOTE RECORDS 770 Lexington Ave., 16th Fl. New York, NY 10065 646-214-6000 Fax 646-237-2711 Web: Roster: Phoenix, the Temper Trap, Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Givers, Oberhofer, Childish Gambino, Daughter, Little Green Cars, Robert DeLong, Flight Facilities, Half Moon Run, CHVRCHES, Foy Vance, Jeremy Messersmith, Panama Wedding. Additional locations: Los Angeles 1750 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA London 7 Old Park Ln. Mayfair W1K 1QR 020-7183-6887 Toronto 2450 Victoria Park, Ste. 1 Toronto, Ontario M2J 4A1 416-718-4424 GO-KUSTOM REKORDS & FILM P.O. Box 77750 Seattle, WA 98177 E-mail: Web: GREEN LINNET 916 19th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-320-7672, 800-757-2277 E-mail: Web: HACIENDA RECORDS 1236 S. Staple Corpus Christi, TX 78404 361-882-7066 E-mail: Web: HEADS UP INTERNATIONAL Concord Music Group 100 N. Crescent Dr., Garden Level Beverly Hills, CA 90210 E-mail: Web: Heads-Up HOLOGRAPHIC RECORDS Longworth Hall 700 West Pete Rose Way, Ste. 390 P.O. Box 18 Cincinnati, OH 45203 E-mail: Web: HOMESKILLET RECORDS Sitka, AK, Portland, OR E-mail: Web: HOMESLICE MUSIC 5060 S.W. Philomath Blvd., #301 Corvallis, OR 97333 541-760-3009 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tony Styles/Specialties: pop, R&B, AC Roster: Debra Arlyn

HOPELESS RECORDS Van Nuys, CA 818-997-0444 Web: HORROR HIGH 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd., 766 Burbank, CA 91505 E-mail: Web: HOT TOMATO RECORDS DEEP SOUTH ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 17737 Raleigh, NC 27619 919-844-1515 E-mail: Web: IAMSOUND RECORDS 850 S. Broadway, #801 Los Angeles, CA 90014 E-mail: Web: Roster: Bleeding Knees Club, Banks, the Black Ghosts, Charli XCX, Florence and the Machine, Fools Gold, IO Echo, Kate Boy, Little Boots, Lord Huron, Men, MS MR, Newvillager, Nikki Lane, Salem ICEHOUSE MUSIC 952 Echo Lane, Ste. 380 Houston, TX 77024 713-463-6931, Fax 713-463-6929 E-mail: Web: Distribution: Brick and Morter, iTunes IDOL RECORDS P.O. Box 140344 Dallas, TX 75214 E-mail: Web: INDIANOLA RECORDS 3014 Shelton Rd. Valdosta, GA 31606 Web: Styles: hardcore, metal, rock Distribution: E1 Entertainment INTEGRITY LABEL GROUP 4050 Lee Vance View Colorado Springs, CO 1-888-888-4726 E-mail: Web: Contact: David C. Cook INVISIBLE RECORDS P.O. Box 16008 Chicago IL 60616 773-523-8316 E-mail: Web: IPECAC RECORDINGS E-mail: Web: Contact: Greg Werckman Distribution: Fontana Roster: Fantomas, Melvins, Northern State, Dalek, Skeleton Key, Peeping Tom, Dub Trio IRONWORKS MUSIC Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Web: Contact: Jenn Johnson Styles/Specialties: a full facility entertainment company JAGGO RECORDS 323-850-1819 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: pop, rock, jazz, R&B, hiphop, soul, World music *Unsolicited material accepted

E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: adult contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, R&B Distribution: Online

212-624-1469 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: pop, world *No unsolicited materials

KEMADO RECORDS 87 Guernsey St. Brooklyn, NY 11222 E-mail: Web: Roster: the Sword

MAGGIE’S MUSIC P.O. Box 490 Shady Side, MD 20764 410-867-0642 Fax 410-867-0265 E-mail: Web:

KILL ROCK STARS 107 S.E. Washington St., Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97211 E-mail: Web:

MAGNA CARTA RECORDS A-1 Country Club Rd. East Rochester, NY 14445 585-381-5224 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: progressive metal *submit physical promo materials to above address Demo Submissions see website for details

KOCH RECORDS See E1 Music Group K RECORDS P.O. Box 7154 Olympia, WA 98507 360-786-1594 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mariella Luz Roster: Kimya Dawson, the Curious Mystery, Joey Casio LAMON RECORDS CORPORATION 2550 Meridian Blvd., Ste. 200 Franklin, TN 37067 615-379-2121 Ext. 101 Fax 615-379-2122 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: Hollywood, CA 310-494-0101 Charlotte, NC 704-282-9910 LAZY BONES RECORDINGS 9594 1st Ave. N.E., Ste. 449 Seattle, WA 98115 206-447-0712, Fax 425-821-5720 E-mail: Web: *At this time we are not accepting demos Additional locations: Los Angeles 310-281-6232 LAZY S.O.B. RECORDINGS P.O. Box 4084 Austin, TX 78765 512-480-0765 Fax 512-499-0207 E-mail: Web: LEG (Loggins Entertainment Group) 5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 310-325-9997 E-mail: Web: LEVIATHAN RECORDS P.O. Box 745 Tyrone, GA 30290 770-257-8697 E-mail: Web: LITTLE FISH RECORDS P.O. Box 19164 Cleveland, OH 44119 216-481-1634 E-mail: Web:

JAZZ LINK ENTERPRISES 3721 Columbia Dr. Longmont, CO 80503 303-776-1764 E-mail: Web:

LIZARD SUN ENTERTAINMENT 310-505-3958 Contact: Floyd Bocox, CEO & President E-mail: Web: Styles: country, pop, rock

JONKEY ENTERPRISES 663 W. California Ave. Glendale, CA 91203 818-247-6219, 1-800-259-6004 888-828-4889 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chuck Jonkey Styles/Specialties: environmental, world, traditional, ethnic Distribution: Indies Roster: Chuck Jonkey, Carl Malone *No unsolicited material

LOVECAT MUSIC P.O. Box 548, Ansonia Sta. New York, NY 10023 646-304-7391 E-mail: Web:

KALIMBA MUSIC, INC. 15260 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 1750 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 818-528-7443

LOVEPUMP UNITED RECORDS 61 Greenpoint Ave., #508 Brooklyn, NY 11222 347-469-0627 E-mail: Web: Distribution: Secretly Canadian Distro LUAKA BOP 195 Chrystie, Ste. 901F New York, NY 10002

MALACO MUSIC GROUP, THE P.O. Box 9287 Jackson, MS 39286 601-982-4522 Fax 601-982-4528 E-mail:, demo@malaco. com Web: MAMA RECORDS P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 1-800-543-5156 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz--big band, contemporary Distribution: hard goods: Allegro Media Group (North America); digital: IODA MANIFESTO RECORDS 1180 S. Beverly Dr., Ste. 510 Los Angeles, CA 90035 310-556-9800 Fax 310-556-9801 E-mail: Web: Contact: Evan Cohen, Business Affairs Styles/Specialties: rock, indie, Brit-pop, punk Roster: Dead Kennedys, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, the Turtles Distribution: MVD *No unsolicited material MARSALIS MUSIC 323 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02139 617-354-2736 Web: MATADOR RECORDS 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013 212-995-5882 Fax 212-995-5883 Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles *Unsolicited material accepted MAXJAZZ 115 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63119 800-875-8331 E-mail: Web: MEGA TRUTH RECORDS P.O. Box 4988 Culver City, CA 90231 Contact: Jon Bare E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: blues and rock MENLO PARK RECORDINGS 16 W. 16th St., #6RN New York, NY 10011 E-mail: Web: Roster: Deerhoof, Japanther MERGE RECORDS Chapel Hill, NC E-mail: Web: Roster: Arcade Fire, Barren Girls, Caribou, Divine Fits, Ex Hex, She & Him, Teenage Fanclub, M. Ward and more. MERRIMACK RECORDS P.O.Box 1921 Edmonds, WA 98020 425-232-8336 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joe Melnikas, A&R Dept. Styles/Specialties: Jazz, Blues, Americana, Country, World Music *Unsolicited material accepted METAL BLADE RECORDS 5737 Kanan Rd. #143 Agoura Hills, CA 91301 E-mail:

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo Web: Styles/Specialties: heavy metal, progressive, rock *Unsolicited material accepted

Ellis and Phyllis Shaw. *Unsolicited material through management or lawyer only. Please call or e-mail before submitting.

Additional location:

NEW WEST RECORDS 3723 W. Olive Ave. Burbank, CA 91505 818-433-3500 E-mail: Web: Roster: see web

Metal Blade Records GMGH Marstallstrasse 14 73033 Goppingen, Germany METER RECORDS 106, 7620 Elbow Dr. S.W. Calgary, Canada AB T2V 1K2 E-mail:, domos@ Web: METROPOLIS RECORDS P.O. Box 974 Media, PA 19063 610-595-9940 E-mail: Web: *accept CD or CD-R formats or Soundcloud links MILAN ENTERTAINMENT Burbank, CA 91505 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: soundtracks, electronic, world MINT RECORDS P.O. Box 3613, M.P.O. Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 3Y6 604-669-MINT E-mail: Web: Roster: Hot Panda, Immaculate Machine, Carolyn Mark, Fanshaw, Kellarissa, Maow, John Guliak MORPHIUS RECORDS 100 E. 23rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-662-0112 E-mail: Web: MOTION CITY RECORDS 1424 4th St. #604 Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-434-1272 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: alternative rock Roster: Velvet, Voodoo, Brent Fraser, 10 Pound Troy, UFO Bro, Drag, Wendy Bucklew MOTORIZED MUSIC GROUP P.O. Box 3154 Glendale, CA 91221 818-548-7989 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy Nicklaus, Laure Dunham MOUNTAIN APPLE COMPANY, THE 1330 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 001 Honolulu, HI 96814 808-597-1888, 800-882-7088 Web: Styles/Specialties: traditional and contemporary Hawaiian MOUNTAIN HOME RECORDS P.O. Box 829 Arden, NC 28704 800-966-7664 Fax 828-684-4495 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: bluegrass *No unsolicited material MRG RECORDINGS E-mail: Web:, www.facebook. com/mrgrecordings Contact: A&R Styles/Specialties: rock, electronic, ambient, folk N. E. H. RECORDS 7915 Oxford Rd. Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-0199 E-mail: Web: NEW PANTS PUBLISHING INC. & OLD PANTS PUBLISHING INC. 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Ste. 200 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-632-0227 Fax 719-634-2274 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Robert A. Case Styles/Specialties: pop, rock, rap, R&B, country Roster: Stephanie Aramburo, Chad Steele, C. Lee Clarke, Tech T, James Becker, Kathy Watson, Lisa Bigwood, George Montalbano, Silence, Sherwin Greenwood, Joel Diehl, John

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NITRO RECORDS 7071 Warner Ave., Ste. F736 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 E-mail: Web:, www.nitrorecords. com/contact.php Styles/Specialties: punk/pop Roster: see web NO ALTERNATIVE RECORDS 729 S. 2nd St. Mankato, MN 56001 507-344-8985 E-mail: Web: Additional location: Minneapolis Office 3148 Bryant Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-375-1113 NOISEY BY VICE E-mail: Web: NONESUCH RECORDS 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 23rd Fl. New York, NY 10104 212-707-2900 Fax 212-707-3207 E-mail: Web: Roster: Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Gipsy Kings, kd lang, Randy Newman, Wilco, Brian Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Kronos Quartet, Youssou N’Dour, Buena Vista Social Club, Laurie Anderson and more. OGLIO RECORDS 3540 W. Sahara Ave. #308 Las Vegas, NV 89102 702-800-4400 Web: Contact: Carl Caprioglio, Mark Copeland Roster: George Lopez, the Sparks, Jackie the Jokeman Martling, reissues, novelty, soundtracks, Beatallica

POSI-TONE P.O. Box 2848 Los Angeles, CA 90294 310-871-2652 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz Roster: Orrin Evans, Jim Rotondi, Ralph Bowen, Sam Yahel, Jared Gold, David Gibson, Ehud Asherie, Doug Webb PPL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC. 468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-860-7499, 818-506-8533 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maxx Diamond *No unsolicited material accepted. Must first e-mail or write with SASE for permission. PRA RECORDS 1255 5th Ave., Ste. 7K New York, NY 10029 212-860-3233 E-mail: Web: Contact: Patrick Rains Styles/Specialties: jazz Distribution: Ryko PRAVDA RECORDS P.O. Box 268043 Chicago, IL 60626 773-763-7509 Fax 773-763-3252 E-mail: Web: PRIMARILY A CAPPELLA P.O. Box D San Anselmo, CA 94979 415-455-8602 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: a cappella *Unsolicited material accepted RAMP RECORDS Santa Barbara, CA E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Eclectic Roster: Michael McDonald, Jeff Bridges *No unsolicited material RAP-A-LOT RECORDS P.O. Box 924190 Houston, TX 77292 800-861-7272 E-mail: Web:

OH BOY RECORDS 33 Music Sq. W., Ste. 102B Nashville, TN 37203 800-521-2112 E-mail: Web: *no unsolicited material accepted

RADAR MUSIC VIDEOS 42-48 Charlbert St. St. Johns Wood, NW8 7BU London, U.K. Contact: Caroline Bottomley E-mail: Web: Clients: Red Light Management, Partisan Records, Phantasy, Tiesto, Jessie J, Kacey Musgraves, Public Service Broadcasting, Alt-J

PAPER GARDEN RECORDS 170 Tillary St., Apt. 608 Brooklyn, NY 11201 E-mail: Contact: Bryan Vaughn Web: Roster: Alcoholic Faith Mission, Darla Framer, Mighty Tiger, Pree

RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT 214 Sullivan St., Ste. 5 New York, NY 10012 212-598-2229 E-mail: Web: Roster: see website

PARMA RECORDINGS 223 Lafayette Rd. North Hampton, NH 03842 603-758-1718 E-mail: Web: PAUL WINTER P.O. Box 72 Litchfield, CT 06759 860-567 8796, 800-437-2281 E-mail: Web: PHIRE MUSIC 1912 Point Breeze Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19145 267-519-3710 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jamie Burrell (media), Brian McDaniel (other) Styles/Specialties: artist development/ marketing and promotion, hip-hop, R&B, production Roster: Blackanese, StrictBizz Distribution: Independent PINCH HIT ENTERTAINMENT 2400 W. Carson St., Ste. 223 Torrance, CA 90501 Web: Contact: Mike Naylor Styles/Specialties: all styles

REBEL WALTZ / TIME BOMB RECORDINGS 31652 2nd Ave. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-499-4497 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk, alt. rock *No unsolicited material RED EYE MUSIC GROUP 449-A Trollingwood Rd. Haw River, NC 27258 877-733-3931 Web: Note: no unsolicited material RED HOUSE RECORDS P.O. Box 4044 St. Paul, MN 55104 651-644-4161 E-mail: customerservice@redhouserecords. com Web: RELAPSE RECORDS P.O. Box 2060 Upper Darby, PA 19082 USA 610-734-1000 Fax 610-734-3717 E-mail: Web: Roster: High on Fire, Jucifer, Origin, Brutal Truth REMBA RECORDS P.O. Box 611 Montrose, CA 91021

818-244-5661 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jennifer Russell, Michael Gayle Styles/Specialties: all styles REVELATION RECORDS P.O. Box 5232 Huntington Beach, CA 92615 714-842-7584 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: hardcore, punk, emo and metal Roster: See website *Unsolicited material accepted RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT Minneapolis, MN 55405 E-mail: Web: ROADRUNNER RECORDS 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 28th Fl. New York, NY 10104 212-274-7500 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock *Unsolicited materials accepted, see web for details. ROCKZION RECORDS 673 Valley Dr. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310-379-6477 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Christian and crossover rock and film music ROIR (say ROAR!) (Reachout International Records) P.O. Box 150-460 Van Brunt Station Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-852-7647 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk, reggae, rock *Unsolicited material accepted, but look at our website so you know who we are. ROTTEN RECORDS P.O. Box 56 Upland, CA 91785 909-920-4567 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, punk, heavy metal *Unsolicited material accepted. No phone calls please. ROUNDER RECORDS One Rounder Way Burlington, MA 01803 617-354-0700 E-mail: Web: RRO ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 4263 Parker, CO 80134 E-mail: Web: SHANGRI-LA PROJECTS P.O. Box 40106 Memphis, TN 38174 901-359-3102 E-mail: Web: SIX DEGREES RECORDS P.O. Box 411347 San Francisco, CA 94141 415-626-6334 Fax 415-626-6167 E-mail: Web: Roster: See web Distribution: Fontana SMILE RECORDS Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Web: html Contact: Tony Valenziano, President SONG PLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL 615-274-5553 E-mail: Kate@SongPlacementInternational. com, Howie@SongPlacement Web: Contact: Kate Taylor Styles/Specialties: Film, TV, Commercials, Video Games and Other media outlets. SONIC IMAGES ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #268 Studio City, CA 91604 323-650-4000 Fax 323-650-4028 E-mail: Web:

Download at SONIC PAST MUSIC, LLC 3157 Oakcrest Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90068 E-mail: Web: Specialties: Label specializes in unreleased material by famous artists as well as cult-based musicians of the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Huey Lewis, Rick Springfield, Delaney Bramlett, Richie Sambora, Randy Meisner. We also feature many of the best soft pop/ sunshine pop artists of the ‘60s, artists like the Millennium, Curt Boettcher, Gary Usher, Sandy Salisbury, Les Emerson, Jackdawg SOUND KITCHEN STUDIOS, LLC 112 Seaboard Ln. Franklin, TN 37067 615-579-4655 E-mail: Contact: Ira Blonder Web: Specialities: All Genres *Unsolicited material accepted SPARROW RECORDS (Capitol CMG Label Group) 101 Winners Cir. Brentwood, TN 37027 615-371-4300 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Christian *No unsolicited materials SST 406 Talbot St. Taylor, TX 76574 206-309-3417 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, jazz, punk, progressive rock *Unsolicited material accepted STANLEY RECORDINGS 2126 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-483-0778 E-mail: Web: STARI RECORDS c/o Lake TransferProductions 12400 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 346 Studio City, CA 91604 818-508-7158 Fax 818-505-1811 E-mail: Web: Contact: Terita Jackson, VP A&R Roster: Candyboy feat. Mari Y *Demos accepted with self-addressed envelopes or e-mail links only - do not send MP3s STREETBEAT RECORDS/PANDISC MUSIC CORP. 305-557-1914 *Unsolicited material accepted SUB POP 2013 4th Ave., 3rd. Fl. Seattle, WA 98121 206-441-8441 Fax 206-441-8245 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, alt. rock *No unsolicited material SUMMIT RECORDS, INC. P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 480-491-6430, 800-543-5156 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz, classical, brass, winds, educational, kids SUPREME ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL CORP. P.O. Box 1373 Agoura Hills, CA 91376 818-707-3481 E-mail: Web: Contact: J. Sarmiento Styles/Specialties: trance, Latin, reggae *No phone calls, please SURFDOG RECORDS 1126 S. Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-8000 Fax 760-944-7808 E-mail: Web: Contact: Anita Strine Roster: Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Richard Cheese, Gary Hoey, Rusty Anderson, Slightly Stoopid, Dan Hicks, Butthole Surfers, Gibby Haynes, Dylan Donkin, the Wylde Bunch *Unsolicited material accepted SYMBIOTIC RECORDS P.O. Box 88456 Los Angeles, CA 90009

424-245-0416 E-mail: Web: Contact: Eric Knight Syles/Specialties: All Roster: Ignacio Val, Eric Knight Services: Record Label *Accepts unsolicited material email links only— no phone calls SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY 120 State Ave., N.E. 134 Olympia, WA 98501 E-mail: Web: TANGENT RECORDS P.O. Box 383 Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 614-751-1962 Fax 614-751-6414 E-mail: Web: Contact: Andrew J. Batchelor, President Styles/Specialties: contemporary instrumental, rock instrumental, electronic, jazz-rock, world beat Distribution: self-distributed *Unsolicited material accepted THIN MAN ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 322 Torrance, CA 90507 310-320-8822 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeremy Meza Styles/Specialties: alternative rock, darkwave, deathrock, gothic, industrial, jazz, junk, punk and psychobilly THIRD MAN RECORDS 623 7th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 615-891-4393 Web: THUMP RECORDS P.O.Box 9605 Brea, CA 92822 909-595-2144 E-mail: info@thumprecords.c om Web: Contact: Bill Walker, CEO Styles/Specialties: Latin rap, old skool, rap, R&B, Latin, oldies, disco Distribution: UNI TREASURE ISLE RECORDERS, INC. 2808 Azalea Pl. Nashville, TN 37204 615-297-0700 E-mail:

347-229-2960 E-mail: Web: XL RECORDINGS 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, 10013 E-mail: Web: Roster: MIA, Friendly Fires, Ratatat, Vampire Weekend, Peaches, the White Stripes YEP ROC RECORDS 449-A Trollingwood Rd. Haw River, NC 27258 877-733-3931 E-mail: Web:

MARKETERS/PROMOTERS 1 SEO EXPERTS Los Angeles, CA 888-736-1489 Web: Contact: Kelly Guy Services: Providing cutting edge media and marketing TWO SHEPS THAT PASS 401 Broadway, Ste. 804 New York, NY 10013 646-613-1101 E-mail:, vera@ Web: 360 MEDIA P.O. Box 725188 Atlanta, GA 31139 404-577-8686 Fax 404-577-8644 E-mail: Web: 919 MARKETING COMPANY 102 Avent Ferry Rd. Holly Springs, NC 27540 919-557-7890 Fax 919-557-0041 E-mail: Web: A1 INDIEPOWER 11054 Ventura Blvd., #333 Studio City, CA 91604

818-505-1836 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jay Warsinske CEO (40+ year veteran) Styles/Specialties: All styles, worldwide, maximum PR, promotion, marketing and major distribution services by top pros ABC PROMOTIONAL MARKETING 20531 Rhode St. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 818-999-2226 Fax 818-999-2236 E-mail: Web: AIM MARKETING SOLUTIONS 530 Means St., N.W., Ste. G10 Atlanta, GA 30318 404-581-7131 Fax 404-588-9244 Contact: Kristi Atkins, CEO Web: Styles/Specialties: sports and entertainment marketing A.D.D. MARKETING & ADVERTISING 6600 Lexington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-790-0500 Fax 323-790-0240 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, hip-hop, electronic *No unsolicited material **No phone calls please AFFORDABLE IMAGE 2515 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 866-824-3390, 602-621-4229 E-mail: Web: AIRPLAY ACCESS 310-325-9997 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: all styles ANDERSON MARKETING 3260 Ramos Cir. Sacramento, CA 95827 916-361-3682

TRIPLE X RECORDS P.O. Box 862529 Los Angeles, CA 90086-2529 323-221-2204 Fax 323-221-2778 Contact: Peter Huer Styles/Specialties: alt. rock, reissues, goth, rap Distribution: Navarre *Call before sending material URBAND & LAZAR Los Angeles, CA Miami, FL 323-230-6592 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialities: indie rock, alternative, s-s *We do no accept unsolicited material VAGRANT RECORDS 5566 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 323-302-0100 E-mail: Web: *We do not accept unsolicited demos VAN RICHTER RECORDS 2145 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way 4-219 Palm Springs, CA 92262 858-412-4329 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: industrial, gothic, metal *Accepts unsolicited material VAPOR RECORDS 1460 4th St., #300 Santa Monica, CA 90401 E-mail: Web: VICTORY RECORDS 346 N. Justine St., Ste. 504 Chicago, IL 60607 312-666-8661 Fax 312-666-8665 E-mail: Web: *Accepts unsolicited demos

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo E-mail: Web: ARIEL PUBLICITY, CYBER PROMOTIONS, ROCKGIRL MARKETING 389 12th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 212-239-8384 E-mail: Web: ARISTOMEDIA 1620 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-269-7071 Fax 888-894-4934 E-mail: Web: ARTISTS HOUSE MUSIC Web: AUTHENTIK ARTISTS 4310 W. Kling St. Burbank, CA 91505 714-321-1371 E-mail: Web: AWARD WINNERS 8939 Reseda Blvd. Northridge, CA 91324 818-349-3932, 1-888-95award E-mail: Web: Contact: Jacque Styles/Specialties: gold records, specialties, t-shirts and tour jackets BIG 10 INDUSTRIES, INC. ROCK CITY MERCH 149 S. Barrington Ave., Ste. 812 Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-280-1610, 877-GoBig10 E-mail: Web: BLACK DOG PROMOTIONS 15815 S 46th St., #116 Phoenix, AZ 85048 480-206-3435 E-mail: Web: BRYAN FARRISH PROMOTION 1828 Broadway, 2nd Fl. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-998-8305 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: In-house and field staff to handle regular rotation on every commercial station in the U.S. and Canada, generating up to 3,000,000 listens per week on a single station in a single city. Also, college radio, specialty/ mixshow radio, and for gigs in CA. CORNERSTONE 830 Traction Ave., #3F Los Angeles, CA 90013 213-217-4500 E-mail:, pr@ Web: Contact: Rob Stone and Jon Cohen Additional locations: New York 71 W. 23rd St., 13th Fl. New York, NY 10010 212-741-7100 London +44-0-207-729-2637 CREATIVE BRAND CONSULTING 1429 N. 1st St., Ste. 100 Phoenix, AZ 85004 888-567-0522, 916-662-5179 E-mail: Web: DAN DEL CAMPOS/CONSULTANT P.O. Box 873 Venice, CA 90294 E-mail: Web: DISTINCTIVE PROMO P.O. Box 95 Hewlett, NY 11557 516-727-9645 E-mail: Web: EVOLUTION PROMOTION 7 Arlene Ave. Wilmington, MA 01887 978-658-3357 E-mail: Web: Contact: Karen Lee

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FANSCAPE 4721 Alla Rd. Marina de Rey, CA 90292 323-851-3267 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: 1999 Bryan St., Ste. 1800 Dallas, TX 75201 711 3rd Ave., 11th Fl. New York, NY 10017 FILTER CREATIVE GROUP 350 E. 30th, #6A New York, NY 10016 646-202-1683 Fax 646-290-7082 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: 5908 Barton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-464-4170 Fax 323-464-4294 2649 N. Troy St., Unit 2 Chicago, IL 60647 773-294-0052 FLANAGAN’S RADIO PROMOTIONS 323-876-7027 E-mail: submissions@FlanaganPromotions. com Web: Contact: Jon Flanagan, Taylor W., Tom S. Styles/Specialties: AAA, rock, AC, consult before pressing CD, building a band’s buzz! FUTURE STAR MUSIC GROUP Los Angeles, CA Miami, FL E-mail: Web: Services: We are a full service music company: Management, record label, music publishing, marketing and promotions, DJ coalition, consulting and marketing. G5 MUSIC MEDIA Miami, FL 954-258-6889 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joe Wiggins GAIL ROBERTS P.R. & INTERNET MARKETING 10061 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1400 Burbank, CA 91602 310-734-8193 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gail Roberts Styles/Specialties: longstanding music PR firm with marketing and online promotion, internet publicity, social networking. Firm also handles marketing and media for painters, authors, corporations and ecological projects. GARY GROUP, THE 2040 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-449-7626 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles *No unsolicited material GIANT STEP 109 S. 5th St., #507 New York, NY 1249 212-219-3567 E-mail: Web: GIRLIE ACTION MEDIA & MARKETING, INC. 243 W. 30th St., 12th Fl. New York, NY 10001 212-989-2222 E-mail: Web: GONZALEZ MARKETING 4450 Cordova St., Ste. 110 Anchorage, AK 99503 907-562-8640 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Gonzalez GREG STEFFEN National Music Marketing Services 78 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970 978-594-0328 E-mail: Web: HANDS ON PR & MARKETING 310-341-3201 E-mail:

Web: pr_marketing/index.html Contact: Craig Melone Styles/Specialties: all styles/indie labels are our forte HOWARD ROSEN PROMOTION 1129 Maricopa Hwy, #238 Ojai, CA 93023 805-382-2200 E-mail: Web: Contact: Howard Rosen Styles/Specialties: CHR/Top 40, AC, Hot AC, AAA, Alternative Specialty, Mainstream Rock, Modern AC, College for artists of all label sizes including Independent. Social Media, Video, Production, Song Placement.

Specialties: Need radio airplay? Multi-format radio promotion LOGGINS PROMOTION 2530 Atlantic Ave., Ste. C Long Beach, CA 90806 310-325-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: all styles LOTOS NILE MARKETING P.O. Box 90245 Nashville, TN 37209 615-298-1144 E-mail: Web:

IFANZ.COM (McCartney Multimedia, Inc.) 322 Culver Blvd., Ste. 124 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 E-mail: Web:

LUCKIE & COMPANY 600 Luckie Dr., Ste. 150 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-879-2121 E-mail: Web:

IMAGINE PR Washington, DC 202-713-0735 Web:

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J&H PROMOTIONS P.O. Box 295 Indian Rocks, FL 33785 727-648-4274 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mary Christopher, President Styles/Specialties: Award-winning promotions, brand management, ad agency, radio promotions, press/PR, representing all genres, from indie to major label. Clients: ABC Radio Networks, Dreamworks Records, Harrah’s Casino, MCA Records, Jones and Thomas Advertising Agency, Naxos Music, Stringtown Records, Town of Los Altos Hills, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Polk County Utilities, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines, Main Street Bank and Trust and Virgin Records. JJ ENTERTAINMENT 323-653-5438 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jodi Jackson Styles: All JEROME PROMOTIONS AND MARKETING, INC. 5300 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30341-2434 770-982-7055 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bill Jerome, President; Laura Hollister, Sr. Talent Coordinator Services: Independent radio promotion JON KONJOYAN PROMOTION 4464 Moorpark Way, Ste. 104 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 818-980-9217 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jon Konjoyan Styles/Specialties: AC and Hot AC *Unsolicited material accepted KAREN MORSTAD & ASSOCIATES 79 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 203-661-1090 Fax 203-661-1091 E-mail: Web: KBH ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Van Nuys, CA 91405 818-786-5994 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brent Harvey Styles/Specialties: consulting, artist management, event production, music licensing and placement, publicity, talent buying & booking LANE TERRALEVER 999 18th St., Ste. 3210S Denver, CO 80202 602-258-5263 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 725 W. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85007 LARRY WEIR National Record Promotion 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., S-#500 Los Angeles, CA 90004 323-658-7449 E-mail: Web:

3100 Breckinridge Blvd., Ste. 135 Duluth, GA 30095 205-879-2121 8 Percy St., Ste. 7 London, W1T 1DJ LUCK MEDIA & MARKETING, INC. 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #426 W. Hollywood, CA 90069 818-232-4175 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Levesque THE MB AGENCY 817-239-7407 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: All styles, advertising and management MELODY MAKER PRODUCTIONS 453 S. Spring St., Ste. 937 Los Angeles, CA 90013-2089 213-283-7485 E-mail: Web: Services: Logo creation, press kit design, album cover art, promo materials (stickers, flyers, etc.) audio post production, composition for TV/films/games, songwriting arrangement, record production, engineering, mixing, mastering, prepping, albums for duplication/ replication, vocal coaching, vocal production, career consultation MERRIMACK RECORDS P.O.Box 1921 Edmonds, WA 98020 425-232-8336 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joe Melnikas, A&R Dept. Styles/Specialties: Jazz, Blues, Americana, Country, World Music *Unsolicited material accepted MIA MIND MUSIC 254 6th St., Ste. #2 Hoboken, NJ 07030 800-843-8575 Fax 201-216-1186 E-mail: Web: MILES HIGH PRODUCTIONS P.O. Box 93157 Hollywood, CA 90093 323-806-0400 Fax 818-845-4805 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Social Marketing and digital press company catering to both indie and established artists. We specialize in rock, pop, dance, jazz, blues, country/roots, soul/urban and new age. Established in 2002. MIXED MEDIA Cranston, RI E-mail: Web: MOTION CITY RECORDS 1424 4th St., #604 Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-434-1272 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: alternative rock Roster: Velvet, Voodoo, Brent Fraser, 10 Pound Troy, UFO Bro, Drag, Wendy Bucklew MRY 11 W. 19th St. New York, NY 212-274-0470, 888-847-5321

Download at E-mail: Web: Additional location: 30 Hotaling Pl., #200 San Francisco, CA 94111 415-839-6400 23 Howland St. London, W1T 4AY, U.K. +44-207-063-5465 NEW MUSIC WEEKLY 137 N. Larchmont Ave., Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90004 310-325-9997 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins, Larry Weir, Chuck Dauphin, John Loggins, Jon Hudson, Masika Swain, Debi Fee Styles/Specialties: all styles *National music magazine specializing in radio airplay charts, artist spotlights/interviews and entertainment based editorials

PPL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. 468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310 860-7499, 818-506-8533 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maxx Diamond PRTHATROCKS.COM 17 Greenwood Cove Dr. Tiburon, CA 94920 USA 415-233-7350 E-mail: Web: Contact: Christopher Buttner, President Styles: hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, indie, new age, electronic, jazz, instrumental (as well as events, concert tours, stage productions and technology) Clients: Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, Greg Kihn, Steven Halpern, Point Break LIVE!, SF MusicTech Summit,, Frank Serafine,, Berklee Press, TJ Martell Foundation

5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 615-323-2200

PROPELLER PUBLICITY 214 N. 11th St., #4M Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-387-1301 E-mail: Web: Contact: Angie Carlson

NO PROBLEM! MARKETING 24303 Woolsey Canyon Rd., Space 126 West Hills, CA 91304 818-436-6486 E-mail: Web:

PYRAMID COMMUNICATIONS 239 N.W. 13th Ave., Ste. 215 Portland, OR 97209 503-241-2341 Fax 503-238-5788 E-mail: Web:

NOCTURNAL MOVEMENTS P.O. Box 5583 Vancouver, WA 98668 613-596-4996, 613-266-2488 Vancouver, WA 98668 E-mail: Web:

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PACIFIC MARKETING LLC 2745 19th St., S.E. Salem, OR 97302 888-677-7658, 503-362-4020 Fax 503-362-8227 E-mail: Web: PEARCE CREATIVE SERVICES P.O. Box 892 Stinson Beach, CA 94970 415-706-3800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Drew Pearce PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION, INC. 62 Grand Street, 3rd Fl New York, NY 10013 212-274-0400 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Fashion and lifestyle pr, marketing and events. This includes fashion show planning and production PERMANENT PRESS RADIO PROMOTION P.O. Box 26622 Rochester, NY 14626 585-764-0150 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ray Paul Styles/Specialties: AAA Radio (commercial & non-commercial), college/alternative and specialty shows. Industry consulting services in label set-up and distribution. PFA MEDIA 285 Broadway, Ste. 630 New York, NY 10013 212-334-6116 Web: PINCH HIT ENTERTAINMENT 2400 W. Carson St., Ste. 223 Torrance, CA 90501 Web: Contact: David Lebenthal Styles/Specialties: guitar-oriented rock, pop. Specializing in national radio promotion, distribution and press campaigns PLA MEDIA, INC. 1303 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-327-0100 E-mail: Web: POP CULTURE IMAGE P.O. Box 873 Venice, CA 90294 310-314-2790, 310-650-7161 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dan Del Campos

1932 1st Ave., Ste. 507 Seattle, WA 98101 206-374-7788 Fax 206-374-7798 RANDOLPHE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 429, Lenox Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 877-202-1940 E-mail:, serge@ Web: RELAX MUSIC GROUP New York, NY 11377 646-755-5627 E-mail:, chris@ Web:, www. Contact: Patrick Rule, Chris Lewis

615-746-3994 Fax 615-746-2073 E-mail: Web: Contact: Martha Moore Clients: Mike Aiken, APA Nashville, LiveWire, Lisa Matassa, Joanna Mosca, the Roys

310-325-9997 Web: Styles/Specialties: Country, AC, hot AC, top 40, hip-hop, rap, AAA, Christian, college, loud rock, jazz, smooth jazz, RPM, record pools, world, Americana

SONG PLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL 615-274-5553 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kate Taylor Styles/Specialties: Film, TV, Commercials, Video Games and Other media outlets.

SUNSHINE SACHS & ASSOCIATES 136 Madison Ave., 17th Fl. New York, NY 10016 212-691-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeff Okeefe

SONICBIDS CORPORATION 500 Harrison Ave., 4th Fl. Boston, MA 02118 617-502-1300 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: electronic press kits (EPKs) for all styles of music

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SPEAKEASY PR Los Angeles, CA 818-363-1315 Web: E-mail: Contact: Monica Seide SPAWNAK Spawn Ideas, Inc. 510 L St., Ste. 100 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-274-9553 Fax 907-274-9990 E-mail: Web: www. SPINLAB COMMUNICATIONS 12198 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 210 Studio City, CA 91604 818-763-9800 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: branding campaigns, corporate communications, crisis communications, event planning and execution, public relations, publicity SPINS TRACKING SYSTEM 2530 Atlantic Ave., Ste. C Long Beach, CA 90806

8409 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069 323-822-9300 1200 18th St., S.W., Ste. 700 Washington, DC 20036 202-280-2398 THIRSTY EAR 22 Knight St. Norwalk, CT 06851 203-838-0099 E-mail: Web: THOMAS PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC. 734 Walt Whitman Rd., #206 Melville, NY 11747 631-549-7575 E-mail: Web: Contact: Karen Thomas TIM SWEENEY & ASSOCIATES 31805 Temecula Pkwy, #551 Temecula, CA 92592 951-303-9506 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles TIWARY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LTD 1 Irving Pl., Ste. P8C New York, NY 10003 Fax 212-477-5259 E-mail: Web:

RIOT ACT MEDIA Brooklyn, NY Portland, OR 206-890-9906 E-mail: Web: ROCKSTAR PROMOTIONS 1926 Hollywood Blvd., #202 Hollywood, FL 33020 954-767-8385 E-mail: Web: Contact: Aaron Schimmel Styles/Specialties: CD/DVD replication, merchandise production (T-shirts, stickers, posters, postcards, merch items), and graphic design. ROCK STEADY 5042 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 295 Los Angeles, CA 90036 310-927-5416 E-mail: Web: RUDER FINN CREATIVE EDGE 301 E. 57th St. New York, NY 10022 212-593-6400 E-mail: Web: Contact: Rachel Spielman, Global Head of Corporate Communications SKH MUSIC 540 President St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 Web: Contact: Steve Karas, Keith Hagan SOLID PR based out of New York Metropolitan area and Southeast Florida E-mail: Web: Clients: Clutch, Russian Circles, Pepper, O’Death, Foxy Shazam so much MOORE media 1819 Tula Pace Rd. Pleasant View, TN 37146

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo TOTAL ASSAULT 4730 Woodman Ave., Ste. 400 Sherman Oaks,CA 91423 310-280-3777 E-mail: Web: TSC MARKETING 1030 18th Ave. S. P.O. Box 120683 Nashville, TN 37212 800-411-0494, 615-327-3277 Fax 615-329-3481 E-mail: Web: TSUNAMI GROUP INC. 314 York St., Ste. 3 Jersey City, NJ 07302 856-269-9518 E-mail: Web: Styles: Specializing in entertainment, music, producers, fashion, sports and products Clients: Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton, etc. UNLEASHED MUSIC MEDIA MUSIC MARKETING E-mail: Web:, www. Contact: Geordie Gillespie, Managing Director VITRIOL INDEPENDENT PROMOTION 3421 5th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-871-4916 E-mail:, jesse@ Web: WICKED PR 145 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 404-316-7482 E-mail: Web:

PUBLICISTS A1 INDIEPOWER 11054 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 333 Studio City CA 91604 818-505-1836 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jay Warsinske Styles/Specialties: All styles, worldwide, PR, promotion and distribution ABC PUBLIC RELATIONS Los Angeles, CA 818-990-6876 E-mail: Web:, abcpublicrelations Contact: Amanda Cagan ALBRIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, THE 3070 Windward Plaza, Ste. F-770 Alpharetta, GA 30005 661-478-6325 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeff Albright ALEX TEITZ MEDIA 1550 Larimer St., Ste. 511 Denver, CO 80202 720-341-8567 E-mail: Web: ALLURE MEDIA ENT. GROUP, INC. Indie Music Consulting Group, LLC 34 E. Germantown Pike, #112 Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401 215-543-3221, 888-242-9331 Web:

602-476-2382 E-mail: Web: ARTISANS PR 2242 Guthrie Cir. Los Angeles,CA 90034 310-837-6008 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 2530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 300 Santa Monica, CA 90403 ARTISTS HOUSE MUSIC Web: BB GUN PRESS West Hollywood, CA 90069 323-904-9094 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bobbie Gale BEAUTIFUL DAY MEDIA & MANAGEMENT 128 Coffey St., 1R Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-522-5858 Web: E-mail: Contact: Elizabeth Freund BIG HASSLE MEDIA 40 Exchange Pl. Ste. 1900 New York, NY 10005 212-619-1360 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 6351 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-456-3490 BIZ 3 PUBLICITY 1321 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 452 Chicago, IL 60622 773-342-3331 E-mail: Web: BLACK ROSE PRODUCTIONS, INC. 409 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 631-367-8544 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 15 Gloria Ln. Fairfield, NJ 07004 631-367-8544, 973-575-7460 BLACK & WHITE PR The Lot 1041 N. Formosa Ave., Ste. 214 West Hollywood, CA 90046 E-mail: Web: BOBBI COWAN PR P.O. Box 805 N. Hollywood, CA 91603 818-980-2372 E-mail: Web: BOBBI MARCUS PUBLIC RELATIONS & EVENTS, INC. 131 N. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-889-9200 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bobbi Marcus

ANNE LEIGHTON MEDIA MANAGEMENT MOTIVATION P.O. Box 670922 Bronx, NY 10467 718-881-8183 E-mail: Web:

BROKAW COMPANY, THE 9255 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 804 Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-273-2060 E-mail: Web:

ARIEL PUBLICITY 389 12 St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 212-239-8384 E-mail: Web:

BROOKES COMPANY, THE 10 W. 37th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10018 212-768-0860 E-mail: Web:

ARISTOMEDIA 1620 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-269-7071 E-mail: Web:

BSG PR 20501 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 145 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 818-340-4422 Fax 818- 340-0040 E-mail: Web:

ARMSTRONG TROYKY 3620 E. Campbell Ste. A1 Phoenix, AZ 85018

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E-mail: Web: BURSON-MARSTELLER New York, Miami, Hong Kong, Brussels E-mail: Web: CAMPBELL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 416 Benton Franklin, TN 37067 615-210-3602 E-mail: Web: CAPITAL ENTERTAINMENT Washington, DC 20002 202-506-5051 E-mail: Web: THE CATALYST PUBLICITY GROUP 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ste. 1416 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 315-447-0789 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chrissy Borsellino, Publicity Director

E-mail: therearenostupidquestions@ Web: DAVIDSON & CHOY PUBLICITY 4311 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 402 Los Angeles, CA 90010 323-954-7510, 323-954-7520 E-mail:, j.davidson@ Web: Contact: Judi Davidson, Tim Choy D. BARON MEDIA RELATIONS INC. 1411 Cloverfield Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310- 315-5444 Fax 310-315-5474 E-mail: Web: DEEP FOCUS 460 Park Ave. S., 7th Fl New York, NY 10016 212-792-6800 E-mail: Web: Additional locations:

CDROLLOUT 5018 Lante St. Baldwin Park, CA 91706 800-811-7478 Ext. 1, 800-811-7174, 310-3749208 E-mail: Web:

San Francisco, CA 415-906-6271 E-mail:

CHARM SCHOOL PR 917-593-7183 E-mail: Web:, www.linkedin. com/in/amywelch Contact: Amy Welch Clients: Vagrant, Staple Records, Evan Dando, the Hold Steady, California Wive

DEGY PR 1351 Forest Glen Ct. Toms River, NJ 08755 732-818-9600 Fax 732-818-9611 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ari Nisman

CHASEN & COMPANY 310-274-4400 E-mail: CHIPSTER PR 100 Village Sq. Crossing Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561-656-2023 E-mail: Web: CONQUEROO 11271 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 522 Studio City, CA 91604 323-656-1600 E-mail: Web: COSTA COMMUNICATIONS 8265 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 201 Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-650-3588 E-mail: Web: COYNE PR 5 Wood Hollow Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-588-2000 Fax 973-588-2361 E-mail:, sbecker@ Web: Additional locations: 5 Bryant Park, 28th Fl New York, NY 10018 212-938-0166 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 535 Los Angeles, CA 90025 310-395-6110 CPR (CAROLYN PUBLIC RELATIONS) P.O. Box 55 Radio City Station New York, NY 10101-0055 212-721-3341 E-mail: Web: CRASH AVENUE PUBLICITY 1201 Story Ave., Ste. 228 Louisville, KY 40206 502-384-3107 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeffrey Smith, publicist; Michael Powell, publicist Additional location: 540 President St., #2C Brooklyn, NY 11215 502-384-3107 DANGER VILLAGE Chicago, IL 60608 217-721-3792

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DEPT. 56 818-702-6253 E-mail: Contact: Tresa Redburn Client: Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Bettye LaVette DE WAAL & ASSOCIATES 14724 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 507 Sherman Oaks,CA 91403 818-817-4444 E-mail: Web: Contact: Lori De Waal DIGNEY PR 1680 N. Vine St., Ste. 1105 Hollywood, CA 90028 323-993-3000 Ext. 215 E-mail: Web: DILEMMA 9107 Wilshire Blvd., #450 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 888-485-4154 E-mail: Web: DL MEDIA MUSIC 1235 Hunt Club Ln. Media, PA 19063 610-667-0501 E-mail: Web: Contact: Don Lucoff, President Additional locations: New York, NY Philadelphia, PA Portland, OR DMG PUBLIC RELATIONS 200 Wheeler Rd. North Tower Burlington, MA 01803 718-418-2400 Web: Contact: Eric Davies, Andy Murphy DMMC (Greater Des Moines Music Coalition) 1620 Pleasant St., Ste. 248 Des Moines, IA 50314 515-657-7620 E-mail: Web: DOUG DEUTSCH PUBLICITY SERVICES P.O. Box 291444 Phelan, CA 92329 213-924-4901 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Doug Deutsch Styles/Specialties: full-service artist publicity and promotion, tour pr, festivals pr (blues, rock, americana, country, pop) Roster: Ventura County Blues Festival,

Download at California Beer Festival, Horsetown Brew N Que Festival, New Blues Festival, Ventura Wine Walk, Todd Wolfe Band, Anni Piper, Michael Hornbuckle Band, Stephen Anthony Gregory, Le Reverie, Neverwonder, Golden Novak Band, Bo and the Bluesdrivers, Dr. Izzy Band, Stevie J, Papermoon Gypsys, the Boys Of Summer, Solomon King, Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band, Sky King, PEACH, ellee ven, Head Honchos, Howard and the White Boys, Alastair Greene, Jeffrey Halford & the Healers, John Enghauser, F.L. Jewels (poet). DOMINION3 PUBLIC RELATIONS 1420 Camden Ave., Ste. #5 Los Angeles, CA 90025 323-466-3393 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kim Dixon DRPR 707-869-1884 E-mail: Web: DUNN DEAL PR Los Angeles, CA 310-666-5336 E-mail: Web: Contact: Janet E. Dandridge EARSHOT MEDIA 2629 Manhattan Ave., PMB 301 Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2447 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Cubillos EARSPLIT PR P.O. Box 142 Congers, NY 10920 347-244-5055 E-mail: Web: Contact: Liz Ciavarella-Brenner EASTWEST MEDIA 900 Dickson St. Marina del Rey, CA 90292 310-821-5858 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 150 W. 25th St., Ste. 903 New York, NY 10001 212-924-3916 EBONY JEANETTE PR 310-256-6749 E-mail:, info@ Web:, www.facebook. com/EbonyJeanettePR, ebonyjeanettepr Contact: Ebony Jeanette ELIZABETH MEADIA LIZ MEADE 118 16th Ave. S., Ste. 3 Nashville, TN 37203 615-712-9136 E-mail: Web: EVOLUTIONARY MEDIA GROUP 1111 N. Las Palmas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-658-8700 Fax 323-658-8750 Web:

FANATIC PROMOTION & CO. 332 Bleecker St. #G7 New York, NY 10014 917-744-1772 E-mail: Web: FLY ON THE WALL MEDIA 10002 Kent Rd. E. Bloomington, IN 47401 812-345-0342 E-mail: Web: FLY PR 2658 Griffith Park Blvd., Ste. 816 Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-667-1344 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ilka Erren Pardinas FREEMAN PROMOTIONS 328 Long Branch Ave. Long Branch, NJ 07740 336-509-8377 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jon Freeman FRESH AND CLEAN MEDIA 12701 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066 310-313-7200 Fax 310-313-0277 E-mail: Web: FUTURE STAR MUSIC GROUP Los Angeles, CA Miami, FL E-mail: Web: Services: We are a full service music company: management, record label, music publishing, marketing and promotions, DJ coalition, consulting and marketing

E-mail: Web: GRANDSTAND MEDIA & MANAGEMENT 38 W. 32nd St., #603 New York, NY 10001 646-410-0765 Web: Additional location: 453 S. Spring St., Ste. 323 Los Angeles, CA 90013 213-278-0320 GREG JACKSON MEDIA GROUP, LLC 520 W. 103rd St., Ste. #289 Kansas City, MO 64114 E-mail: Web:, www.twitter. com/GregJackson1 Styles: pop, rock R&B, AC, urban, more Roster: 3AM Submission: Follow online submission policies found at GREAT SCOTT P.R.ODUCTIONS 4750 Lincoln Blvd., #229 Marina del Rey, CA 90292 310-306-0375 E-mail: Web: GREEN GALACTIC 213-840-1201 E-mail: Web: HANDS ON PR & MARKETING 310-341-3201 Fax 818-508-2044 E-mail: Web: pr_marketing/index.html Contact: Craig Melone Styles/Specialties: all styles/indie labels are our forte

HIGHRISE PR 59 Kent St., 2B Brooklyn, NY 11222 347-689-2461 E-mail: Web: HODGES & ASSOCIATES The Dr. Pepper Bldg., Ste. 300 2829 Second Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-328-4357 Fax 205-328-4366 E-mail: Web: HOT SCHATZ PR 701 Harpeth Trace Dr. Nashville, TN 37221 615-782-0078 E-mail: Web: Contact: Schatzi Hageman, Owner and Press Agent HOWARD ROSEN PROMOTION 1129 Maricopa Hwy, Ste. #238 Ojai, CA 93023 805-382-2200 E-mail: Web: Contact: Howard Rosen Styles/Specialties: Social Media for all genres of music (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn) HOWLIN’ WUELF MEDIA 215-428-9119, 917-523-8881 E-mail: Web: Contact: Howard Wuefling, Jocelyn Loebl ILENE PROCTOR INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS 9427 Charleville Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310-858-6643, 310-721-2336 E-mail:, ilene@, Web: *accepts online submission

GAIL ROBERTS P.R. & INTERNET MARKETING 10061 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1400 Burbank, CA 91602 310-734-8193 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gail Roberts Styles/Specialties: Longstanding music PR firm with marketing and online promotion, internet publicity, social networking. Firm also handles marketing and media for painters, authors, corporations and ecological projects.

HARD PRESSED PUBLICITY P.O. Box 49001 Austin, TX 78765 512-554-2799 E-mail: Web:

GIRLIE ACTION MEDIA & MARKETING, INC. 243 W. 30th St., 12th Fl. New York, NY 10001 212-989-2222 E-mail: Web:

Additional locations: New York, NY 141 W. 36th St., 12th Fl. New York, NY 10018 917-351-8600

INDEPENDENT MUSIC MEDIA 213-864-2690 E-mail: Web: Services: Covering national and regional print, on-line, blogs and tour press

GOOD COP PR 347-491-4935 E-mail: Web:

Miami, FL 1111 Lincoln Rd., Ste. 801 Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-534-0008

I SEE YOU PUBLICITY 646-285-1902 Web: Contact: Catie Monck (aim: catiewindup)

GOLIGHTLY MEDIA 104 W. 29th St., 11th Fl. New York, NY | 10001 646-560-0062 E-mail: Web:

HELIO PUBLIC RELATIONS 310-645-4246 Fax 310-933-1706 E-mail: Web:

ISL PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC 303 Fifth Ave., Ste. 702 New York, NY 10016 917-338-6199 Fax 917-338-6515 E-mail:, Web:,

GORGEOUS MEDIA GROUP 7551 Melrose Ave., Ste. 5 Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-782-9000

HARRISON & SHRIFTMAN 8523 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-855-1600 E-mail: Web:

HELLO WENDY Los Angeles, CA 818-762-7063 E-mail: Web: Contact: Wendy Brynford-Jones

IMAGINE PR Washington, DC 202-713-0735 Web: IMPRESS MEDIA 917-699-2939 E-mail: Web:

IT’S ALIVE! MEDIA 6381 Hollywood Blvd., #540 Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-464-6314, 323-819-0913

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo E-mail: Web: JACKIE O. & CO. INC. Atlanta, GA New York, NY 718-930-8400 E-mail: Web: JAG ENTERTAINMENT 4265 Hazeltine Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818-905-5511 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jo-Ann Geffen, President JANE AYER PUBLIC RELATIONS 818-582-8481 E-mail: Web: JAZZMYNE PUBLIC RELATIONS Hollywood, CA 90028 323-596-1522 Web: Contact: Makeda Smith JENSEN COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 101 E. Green St., Ste. 12 Pasadena, CA 91105 626-585-9575 E-mail: Web: JIM EIGO JAZZ PROMO SERVICES 272 State Route Rte. 94, S. #1 Warwick, NY 10990 845-986-1677, 917-755-8960 E-mail: Web: Services: Specializing in Media Campaigns for the music community, artists, labels, venues and events J J ENTERTAINMENT 323-653-5438 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jodi Jackson JONES & O’MALLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS 10123 Camarillo St. Toluca Lake, CA 91602 818-762-8353 E-mail: Web: KALEIDOSCOPE MEDIA 3808 Park Ave. Nashville, TN 37209 615-321-3211 E-mail: Web: Clients: Loveless Cafe, TomKats, Barbara Mandrell, Bonnaroo Tomato Art Fest, Nashville Music Garden, LifeWorks KAYOS PRODUCTIONS, INC. 25 E. 21st St., 9th Fl. New York, NY 10010 212-366-9970 Fax 212-366-9978 E-mail: Web: KELLEEMACK PR P.O. Box 6152 North Hollywood, CA 91603 818-430-8926 E-mail: Web: KEN PHILLIPS PUBLICITY GROUP 6767 Forest Lawn Dr., Ste. 211 Los Angeles, CA 90068 323-308-5912 E-mail: Web: KIRVIN DOAK COMMUNICATIONS 5230 W. Patrick Ln. Las Vegas, NV 89118 702-737-3100 Fax 702-737-1222 E-mail: Web: KSA PUBLICITY 234 W. 44 St., Ste. 1004 New York, NY 10036 212-764-7900 E-mail: Web: LaFAMOS PR & BRANDING 4657 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027 323-668-9383 E-mail: Web: Contact: Hunter Scott, Head of Marketing & Publicity Specialty: Entertainment PR firm specializing in music. Building and expanding a fan base, creating demand for a product through album

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reviews, special features and interviews on TV, radio, magazines, blogs and newspapers, both print and online. Free consultations are also available. LATIN INDUSTRY CONNECTION Chicago, IL E-mail: Web: THE LAVIDGE COMPANY 2777 E. Camelback Rd., #300 Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-998-2600 Fax 480-998-5525 Web: LEVENSON & BRINKER PR KPMG Centre 717 Harwood, 20th Fl. Dallas, TX 75201 214-932-6077 Contact: Anita Kasmar, VP E-mail: Web: LIPPIN GROUP, THE 6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400 Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-965-1990 Fax 323-965-1993 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: 369 Lexington Ave., 22nd Fl. New York, NY 10017 212-986-7080, Fax 212-986-2354 E-mail: 31 Southampton Row London, WC1B 5HJ +44 (0) 203-008-5406 E-mail: LIZ ROSENBERG MEDIA New York Contacts: Liz Rosenberg, President E-mail: Web: Contact: Karen Moss, Senior Vice President; Nadia Ali, Manager Clients: Aerosmith, Charice, Cher, David Foster, Due Voci - the Diane Warren Project, Katherine Jenkins, Madonna, Michael Buble, Stevie Nicks LOBELINE COMMUNICATIONS 8995 Elevado Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069 310-271-1551, 877-818-7445 E-mail:, Web: Contact: Christopher Kingry LUCK MEDIA & MARKETING, INC. 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #426 West Hollywood, CA 90069 818-232-4175 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Levesque MAD INK, PR Los Angeles, CA 310-547-1212 E-mail: Web: Contact: Melissa Dragich-Cordero MAELSTROM MUSIC PR P.O. Box 2057 Crestline, CA 92325 909-265-6984 E-mail: Web: Client list: 8Stops7, Johnny Indovina, Kirra MAGNUM PR 7 E. 35th St., Ste. 2G New York, NY 10016 917-328-1593 E-mail: Web:, www. MARK PUCCI MEDIA Atlanta, GA 30350 770-804-9555 E-mail: Web: THE MAVEN AGENCY 123 S. Broad St., Ste. 1645 Philadelphia, PA 19109 215-434-7190 E-mail: Web: Contact: Meg McLean Specialties: Publicity, Marketing and Promotions MAYO COMMUNICATIONS 333 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90017

818-340-5300, 818-618-9229 E-mail: Web: MAZUR PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC. P.O. Box 360 East Windsor, NJ 08520 609-462-9905 E-mail: Web: McGUCKIN ENTERTAINMENT PR 500 Riverside Dr., Ste. 160 Austin, TX 78704 512-478-0578 E-mail: Web: MG LIMITED 2214 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Ste. 389 New York, NY 10026 917-664-5655 E-mail: Web: MICHAEL J. MEDIA GROUP 5 Timber Run Ct. Madison, WI 53719 608-848-9707 E-mail: Web:, www.facebook. com/mjmgroup MICHELLE ROCHE MEDIA RELATIONS 360 University Cir. Athens, GA 30605 706-353-3244 Fax 706-549-6454 E-mail: Web: MISSING PIECE GROUP 45 Academy St., Ste. 307 Newark, NJ 07102 862-234-0801, 774-264-0507 E-mail: Contact: Erik Andersen MITCH SCHNEIDER ORGANIZATION (MSO) Los Angeles, CA 818-380-0400 E-mail: Web: Clients: Allman Brothers Band, Bob Schneider, Chevelle, Cut Chemist, David Bowie, Deadmau5, Jo Dee Messina, Lucha Vavoom, Paul Van Dyk, Slash, Public Image Ltd., Rock On the Range, the Crystal Method, Vans Warped Tour, Voodoo Experience, Ultra Music Festival. See site for complete list. MIXED MEDIA 401-942-8025 E-mail: Web: MOODSWING MANAGEMENT 60-62 E. 11th St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10001 212-582-4285 Web: MOTORMOUTH MEDIA 2525 Hyperion Ave., Ste. 1 Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-662-3865 E-mail: Web:, www.twitter. com/motormouthmedia Contact: Judy Miller Silverman Additional location: 67 W., Ste. 501 Brooklyn, NY 11211 MRY 11 W. 19th St., 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10011 212-274-0470 E-mail:, hellohealth@ Web: Additional locations: 30 Hotaling Pl., #200 San Francisco, CA 94111 415-839-6400 23 Howland St. London, W1T 4AY United Kingdom +44-207-063-6465 MSI COMMUNICATIONS 3501 Denali St., Ste. 202 Anchorage, AK 99503 907-569-7070 E-mail: Web: MT PRESS PUBLIC RELATIONS Los Angeles, CA 917-865-1731

E-mail: Web: MUCH AND HOUSE PUBLIC RELATIONS 8075 W. 3rd St., Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-965-0852 E-mail: Web: Contact: Laura Ackermann, Senior Publicist NASTY LITTLE MAN 110 Greene St., Ste. 605 New York, NY 10012 212-343-0740 Fax 212-343-0630 E-mail:, steve@ Web: NET MUSIC PROMOTIONS Web: NINA GORDON PR 310-466-1531 E-mail: Web: NinaGordonPublicRelations NORTHSTAR ENTERTAINMENT PR Entertainment PR* Consulting 501-I S. Reino Rd., Ste. 380 Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 805-498-5880 E-mail: Contact: Sheryl Northrop O2 IDEAS PUBLIC RELATIONS 600 University Park Pl., Ste. 200 Birmingham, AL 35209 205-949-9494 E-mail: Web: PAI MEDIA INK 609 Greenwich St., 6th Fl. New York, NY 10014 212-206-1598 E-mail: Web: PEARCE CREATIVE SERVICES P.O. Box 892 Stinson Beach, CA 94970 415-706-3800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Drew Pearce PITCH PERFECT PR 1738 W. Summerdale Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 773-271-6844 E-mail: Web:, pitchperfectpr Contact: Jessica Linker PLAN A MEDIA, LLC 56 W. 22nd St., 6th Fl. S. New York, NY 10010 212-337-1406 Ext. 16 E-mail: Web: PLANETARY GROUP 6161 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 202 Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-210-3599, 800-254-2543 E-mail: Web: Additional location: P.O. Box 52116 Boston, MA 02205 PRESS HERE PUBLICITY 138 W. 25th St., 9th Fl. New York, NY 10001 212-246-2640 E-mail: Web: PRESS HOUSE, THE 302 Bedford Ave., Ste. 13 Brooklyn, NY 11211 646-322-4903 E-mail: Web: PRESS OFFICE, THE P.O. Box #100 Saylorsburg, PA 18353 615-419-9989 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jim Della Croce Services: MAXIMUM PR! for the Entertainment Industry PRESTO PUBLIC RELATIONS Bellingham, WA 360-733-2149 Contact: Linda Sherwood

Download at E-mail: Web: PR THAT ROCKS 17 Greenwood Cove Dr. Tiburon, CA 94920 415-233-7350 E-mail: Web: Contact: Christopher Buttner, President Styles: hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, indie, new age, electronic, film scores, (as well as events, concert tours, stage productions and technology) Clients: Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, Steven Halpern, Point Break LIVE!, SF MusicTech Summit, Exotic Erotic Ball, Frank Serafine, Independent Distribution Collection, Rainbow Quartz Records, Pyramind. com, Berklee Press,, Peavey. com,,, Bray, TJ Martell Foundation PUNCH MEDIA 1735 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-621-6024 E-mail: Web: RANDOLPHE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 429 Lenox Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 877-202-1902 E-mail:, Serge@ Web: THE RAINMAKER MEDIA GROUP 398 Columbus Ave., PMB #183 Boston, MA 02116 617-445-4383 E-mail: Web: Contact: Rhonda Brilliant RANDEX COMMUNICATIONS 906 Jonathan Ln. Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-1410 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy Alexander RECKONING PR 8439 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 306 West Hollywood, CA 90069 323-654-1900 Ext. 109 Contact: Todd Brodginski E-mail: Web: RED ROOSTER PUBLICITY 2507 Crestmoore Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90065 323-982-1400 Fax 323-982-1500 E-mail: Web: RIOT ACT MEDIA Portland, OR 97211 206-890-9906 E-mail: Web: ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, INC. 511 W. 4th St. Bloomington, IN 47404 812-339-1195 E-mail: Web: ROSLAN & CAMPION LLC 424 W. 33rd St., Ste. 620 New York, NY 10001 212-966-4600 Fax 212-966-5763 E-mail: Web:

New York, NY 10022 212-593-6400 E-mail: Web: *Offices in San Francisco, worldwide *Hubs in Washington D.C., Boston, Basel Additional location: London 1 Bedford St. London, U.K. 44 (0) 20 7438 3050 E-mail: SACKS & CO. 423 W. 14th St., Ste. 429-3F New York, NY 10014 212-741-1000 Fax 212-741-9777 Web: Additional locations: 1300 Clinton, Ste. 205 Nashville, TN 37203 615-320-7753 E-mail: RHONDA SAENZ-SAENZ OF THE TIMES PR 7254 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 17 Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-823-7870 E-mail: SARAH MCMULLEN-McMULLEN & COMPANY PUBLIC RELATIONS 5715 Grape St. Houston, TX 77096 310-283-7907 E-mail: Web: SCOOP MARKETING 12754 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Fl. Studio City, CA 91604 818-761-6100 E-mail: Web: SCORE 1216 Hill Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323-254-4027 E-mail: Web: SECRET SERVICE PUBLICITY Austin Griswold 323-592-3241 E-mail: Web:, AIM: Secretservicepr Clients: Bowling For Soup, Circle Takes the Square, Evans Blue, Polaris at Noon, Rival Sons, Social Distortion, the Wealthy West SEPTEMBER GURL MUSIC 465 18th St., #2 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-768-3859 E-mail: Web: SERGE ENTERTAINMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS P.O. Box 5147 Canton, GA 301114 770-213-4052 E-mail: Web: SFPR/EASTWEST MEDIA 900 Dickson St. Marina del Rey, CA 90292

310-821-5858 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 150 W. 25th St., Ste. 903 New York, NY 10001 212-924-3916 Fax 212-924-5751 E-mail: Contact: Helene Greece, Partner SHADOW PR 30 W. 21st St.,10th Fl. New York, NY 10010 212-972-0277 Contact: Nick Carcaterra E-mail: Web: Additional location: SHADOWEST 8340 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-777-7572 SHORE FIRE MEDIA 32 Court St., Ste. 1600 Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-522-7171 E-mail: Web: Additional location: Nashville Office 615-280-5330 SKH MUSIC 540 President St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 Web: Contact: Steve Karas, Keith Hagan SLAB MEDIA 535 Albany St., Ste. 2A Boston, MA 02118 617-566-3433 E-mail: Web: SNEAK ATTACK MEDIA 118 E. 28th St., Ste. 301 New York, NY 10018 212-481-3400 E-mail: Web: SOLID PR Pennsylvania E-mail: Web: Clients: Akimbo, An Albatross, Bakerton Group, Big Business, Clues, Clutch, Cub Country

Styles/Specialties: Film, TV, Commercials, Video Games and Other media outlets SPEAKEASY PR Los Angeles, CA 818-363-1315 E-mail: Web:, www. Contact: Monica Seide SPINLAB 12198 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 210 Studio City, CA 91604 818-763-9800 E-mail: Web: Contact: John Vlautin SPINNER PR Los Angeles, CA 323-314-4203 E-mail: Web: Contact: Deborah Brosseau STEVE MOYER PUBLIC RELATIONS P.O. Box 5227 West Hills, CA 91308 818-784-7027 Fax 818-784-7099 E-mail: Contact: Steve Moyer Services: Publicity for Musicians and Concert Artists STREET SMART MARKETING E-mail: Web: Services: Marketing, social networking, new media, product management, event planning, graphic design, advertising, web design and programming, street teams, licensing, touring logistics, videography, partnerships and endorsements. STUNT COMPANY 20 Jay St., Unit 208 Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-222-8963 Fax 718-222-2878 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sue Marcus SUNSHINE SACHS & ASSOCIATES 136 Madison Ave., 17th Fl. New York, NY 10016 212-691-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tiffany Shipp Additional locations: 8409 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069 323-822-9300

so much MOORE media 1819 Tula Pace Rd. Pleasant View, TN 37146 615-746-3994 E-mail: Web: Contact: Martha E. Moore Current Clients: FLYNNVILLE TRAIN, Todd Fritsch, Mark Wayne Glasmire, the Grascals, the Roys, Tommy Steele SONG PLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL 615-274-5553 E-mail:, Web: Contact: Kate Taylor

ROGERS & COWAN 8687 Melrose Ave., 7th Fl. Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-854-8100 Fax 310-854-8106 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: 909 3rd Ave., 9th Floor New York, NY 10022 212-878-5501 1900 N.W. Corporate Blvd. W. Bldg., Ste. 215 Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-430-2626 London 84 Eccleston Square London, SW1V 1PX +44 (0) 20 3048 0490 RUDER FINN ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS COUNSELORS, INC. 301 E. 57th St.

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo 1200 18th St., N.W., Ste. 700 Washington, DC 20036 202-280-2398 SUSAN BLOND, INC. 50 W. 57th St., 14th Fl. New York, NY 10019 212-333-7728 Web:, www. TEAM CLERMONT PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION 585 Barber St. Athens, GA 30601 706-548-6008 E-mail: Web: Services: Radio Promotion and Publicity THE OUTLET MUSIC 325 Broadway, Ste. 303 New York, NY 10013 212-777-6727 E-mail: Web:, www.facebook. com/outletmusic THE SYNDICATE 181 Willow Ave. Weehawken, NJ 07086 917-678-44220, 201-864-0900 Ext. 216 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeff Kilgour THINK PRESS Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Web: THOMPSON & CO. PUBLIC RELATIONS 600 Barrow St., Ste. 400 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-561-4488 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 247 W. 30th St., 8th Fl. New York, NY 10001 212-564-4324 THOMAS PR 734 Walt Whitman, Ste. 206 Melville, NY 11747 631-549-7575 E-mail: Web: Contact: Karen Thomas Client: Great Cat TOOLSHED INCORPORATED 45 Belcher Rd. Warwick, NY 10990 845-988-1799 E-mail: Web: TRUE PUBLIC RELATIONS 6725 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 470 Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-957-0730 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Liotta TRUE TALENT MANAGEMENT/PR 9663 Santa Monica Blvd., #320 Dept. WEB Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-560-1290 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jennifer Yeko Services: Artist Management, Music Licensing, Music PR TSUNAMI GROUP, INC. 856-269-9518 E-mail: Web: Styles: Specializing in Entertainment, Music, Producers, Fashion, Sports and Products Clients: Lil Wayne, Skyz Muzik, Jessica Simpson, ONYX, Justin Timberlake TWO SHEPS THAT PASS 401 Broadway, Ste. 804 New York, NY 10013 646-613-1101 E-mail:, vera@ Web: UNLEASHED MUSIC MEDIA MUSIC MARKETING New York, NY Los Angeles, CA Detroit, MI E-mail: Web:, www. Contact: Geordie Gillespie, Managing Director

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VANDENBERG COMMUNICATIONS 1900 S. Corgiat Dr. Seattle, WA 98108 206-447-1801 Fax 206-447-1848 E-mail: Web: VITRIOL INDEPENDENT PROMOTION 3421 5th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-871-4916 E-mail: Web: W3 PUBLIC RELATIONS 5657 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 260 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-934-2700 Fax 323-934-2709 E-mail: Web: WEBB N RETAIL Sherman Oaks, CA 818-453-8777 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gale Rosenberg Services: Music Marketing, promotion and PR. Both online and traditional WEBSTER PUBLIC RELATIONS 33 Music Square W., #100B Nashville, TN 37203 615-777-6995 x 226 Contact: Kirt Webster E-mail: Web: WORKING BRILLIANTLY P.O. Box 3457 Idyllwild, CA 92549 951-659-2452 E-mail: Web: WOLFSON ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 22201 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 207 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 818-615-0499 Fax 818-615-0498 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jonathan Wolfson XO PUBLICITY LLC Portland, OR 97211 541-207-3872 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kaytea McIntosh

MERCH & SWAG ADOBE GRAPHICS DESIGN, INC. 33 Great Neck Rd., Ste. 1 Great Neck, NY 11021 800-726-9683, 516-487-5696 E-mail: Web: Services: Promotional and premium items for record labels, radio stations and TV stations. AFFORDABLE IMAGE 2515 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 866-990-3790, 602-621-4229 E-mail: Web: ANENBERG 9521 Business Center Dr., #104 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 909-987-0440 Web:, com Services: clothing wholesaler, custom garment screenprinting Styles/Specialties: oversized garment screenprinting, high quality plastisol, waterbased and discharge inks, low minimums, fast turn-around, easy and friendly service ARTS PROMO P.O. Box 685 Shutesbury, MA 01072 413-259-1111 E-mail: Web: ASAP PROMOTIONS 10 N. Lake St., Unit 108 Grayslake IL 60030 800-709-ASAP (2727) E-mail: Web: AUDIOLIFE Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Web: Services: Technology-based e-commerce provider, merchandise manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer for all areas of music merchandising. BAND MERCH 3120 W. Empire Ave.

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BAND SHIRTS C/- Australian Tour Merchandising Pty Ltd. 43 Brady St. South Melbourne Victoria, Australia 3205 +61-3-9645-2133 E-mail: Web:

BULLETPROOF ARTISTS 241 Main St. Easthampton, MA 01027 413-527-9393 E-mail: Web: Contact: Patty Romanoff

BANDWEAR 16500 Westgrove Dr. Addison, TX 75001 214-342-0715 E-mail: Web: Services: Manufacturing of promotional and retail products. Vinyl stickers and custom die cutting custom paper printing. Posters and album flats. Any printed promotional products and ‘swag.’ Enabling your website with e-commerce to sell your merchandise.

BUSY BEAVER BUTTONS 3279 W. Armitage Chicago, IL 60647 773-645-3359 Web:

BIG CARTEL Web: Services: Shopping cart platform for Artists, Bands and Record labels BIOWORLD MERCHANDISING 2111 W. Walnut Ln. Irving, TX 75038 888-831-2138 E-mail: Web: Services: Band and label merchandise management Additional locations: 1411 Broadway, #3109 New York, NY 10018 212-302-1922 220 College Ave., Ste. 404 Athens, GA 30601 706-227-6850 McGladrey Plaza 801 Nicollet Mall, Ste. 615 Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-397-9601 2111 W. Walnut Hill Ln. Irving, TX 75038 888-831-2138, 972-488-0152 Sunset International Molenwerf 23 1911 DB Ultgeest Holland, Netherlands D-155 Hosiery Complex, Ph-11 Extension, Noida Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India 201008 E-mail: Jieyun Mansion 600 Lane, Room-24D #2 Tianshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China-200051 #021-60960462 BLUE COLLAR PRESS 2201 Delaware St. Lawrence, KS 66046 785-842-1414 E-mail: Web: BLUE RAVEN ARTIST MANAGEMENT 82 Valley View Terrace Wayne, NJ 07470 973-519-2600 E-mail: Web: BOOBY TRAP P.O. Box 42304 Los Angeles, CA 90042 E-mail: Web: Contact: Cinthia Rached Services: Children’s Glow in the Dark Apparel BRAVADO 1755 Broadway, 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10019 212-445-3400 Fax 212-445-3499 E-mail: Web: Additional locations: 9255 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 200 Los Angeles, CA 90069 310-865-5025 Fax 310-865-5036 E-mail: International Contact: Bravado International Group Bond House 347-353 Chiswick High Rd. London, W4 4HS

CD ROLLOUT 5018 Lante St. Baldwin Park, CA 91706 800-811-7174, 310-374-9208 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Naylor Styles/Specialties: CD/DVD replication, merchandise production (T-shirts, stickers, posters, postcards, merch items), and graphic design. CHASER 6424 Forest City Rd. Orlando, FL 32810 877-739-1173 Web: Services: All merch - apparel, posters, etc. Online fulfillment CHRIS COOK MANAGEMENT EUROPEAN MUSIC MERCHANDISING G03, The Light Box 111 Power Rd. London, U.K. W4 5PY +44 (0)20 8567 1700 E-mail: Web: CLUBFLYERS.COM 2300 N.W. 7th Ave. Miami, FL 33127 800-433-9298 Web: COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS, INC. 1765 N. Juniper Greenway Business Park Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-258-6502, 800-331-4438 Fax 918-251-8223 E-mail: Web: CRACK THE WHIP PROMOTIONS 1403 W. 6th St., 2nd Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11204 718-368-1425 E-mail: Web: DESIGN 8 STUDIOS 5801 N. 90th St. Omaha, NE 68134 402-571-1837 E-mail: Web: DISC MAKERS 4425 W. Riverside Dr. Ste. 204 Burbank, CA 91505 800-468-9353, 856-663-9030 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, packaging, authoring, mastering, manual & automated CD & DVD printers, blank media. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years Additional locations: Plant and Main Office 7905 N. Route 130 Pennsauken, NJ 08110 150 W. 25th St., Ste. #402 New York, NY 10001 560 W. Washington Blvd., Ste. #410 Chicago, IL 60661 1200 Division St., Ste. #102 Nashville, TN 37203 16300 Christensen Rd., Ste. 310 Tukwila, WA 98188 DYNAMIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT 5221 Central Ave., Ste. 202 Richmond, CA 94804 510-558-4000 Fax 510-558-4002 E-mail: Web: EARTH2EARTH 111 N. Perry St.

Download at Pontiac, MI 48342-2336 248-335-7015 E-mail: Web: FRONTGATE MEDIA 22342 Avenida Empressa, #260 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949-429-1000 Web: Services: Full service, strategic merchandising company designing and producing apparel and accessories for brands and bands, ministries and movements, and companies and conferences. GEARHEAD RECORDS 8704 Milo Ct. Elk Grove, CA 95624 916-897-2451 E-mail: Web:

Web: Services: offset printing, screen printing, sticker printing, embroidery, more. KILL THE 8 Canada 416-531-6647 E-mail: Web:, killthe8 KLUCH CLOTHING CO. 215 S.E. 8th Ave. Boynton Beach, FL 33435 561-734-9665 Web: KUNG FU NATION MUSIC MERCHANDISE 731 W. Hargett St. Raleigh, NC 27603 877-826-0518, 919-834-0230 Fax 919-834-2090 Web:

GIGART San Francisco, CA E-mail: Web:

LITTERBOX MUSIC SERVICES Web: Services: artist management, band merch management and more

GO MERCH E-mail: Web: Services: apparel/product, e-mail blasts, social media, VIP Pre-sales, Pre-order Campaigns

MAPLE MUSIC 2450 Victoria Park Ave., Ste. 300 Toronto, Ontario Canada, M2J 5H3 877-944-5144, 416-961-1040 E-mail: Web:

HOME RUN MEDIA GROUP 15562 Chemical Ln. Huntington Beach, CA 92649 714-901-0109 Fax 714-901-0102, 800-951-5858 E-mail: Web: Services: Promotional Products Styles/Specialties: USB Flash Drives, Custom Logo Apparel IFANZ McCartney Multimedia, Inc. 322 Culver Blvd., Ste. 124 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 E-mail:, Web: INDIE EXTREME 14090 FM 2920, Ste. G117 Tomball, TX 77377 281-890-5034 Fax 281-890-5034 E-mail: Web: Services: Merchandise fulfillment and distribution Additional location: 1507 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-309-1718 Fax 615-309-1718 INDIEMERCHANDISING LLC 3135 Chester Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114-4616 800-497-8816 ext. 8921 E-mail: Web:, www., www.indiemerchstore. com Services: Tech-based e-commerce provider, merchandise manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer for all areas of music merchandising. JAK PRINTS Jakprints, Inc 3133 Chester Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114 877-246-3132, 216-622-6360

BANDMERCH 3120 W. Empire Ave. Burbank, CA 91504 888-640-9765, 818-736-4800 Web: MERCHNOW 888-387-3343, +1-518-458-9563 Web: MERCH MONKEY 259 Chopin Dr. Cambridge, ON N3H 1J6, Canada +1 519-219-9006 E-mail: Web: NIMBIT 47 Mellen St. Framingham, MA 01702 508-820-8738 E-mail: Web: ONE STOP INDIE SHOP 64 Dupont St., Ste. #2L Brooklyn, NY 11222 866-606-1231 Web: PATENT PENDING INDUSTRIES 2315 Western Ave., Ste. 307 Seattle, WA 98121-1636 206-328-3082 E-mail: Web: patentpendingindustries PICKGUY P.O. Box 2724 Riverview, MI 48193 734-626-9756 E-mail: Web: PLATINUM MONARCH DESIGN P.O. Box 922182

Sylmar, CA 91392-2182 1-888-889-2630 Web: Services: websites, logos, flyers, cd covers, postcards, t-shirts and more PORT MERCH 984 Trinity Rd. Raleigh, NC 27607 919-713-0078 E-mail: Web: Services: Port Merch is a full service merchandise company providing solutions for bands, artists and record labels. SECOND MOTION ENTERTAINMENT Raleigh, NC E-mail: customerservice@ Web: artistmgmt SMI PROMO 7247 Hayvenhurst Ave., Ste. A-3 Van Nuys, CA 91406 800-401-4488 Web: STICKER JUNKIE 9932 Prospect Ave., #134 Santee, CA 92071 619-550-2727 E-mail: Web: STRANGLEHOLD MERCH 2569 S. Cobb Dr. Smyrna, GA 30080 770-435-9966 E-mail: Web: SUNSHINE DAYDREAM 708 S. Rand Rd. Lake Zurich, IL 60047 847-550-9999 E-mail: Web: THIS IS TOUGH LOVE 660 York St., Ste. 212 San Francisco, CA 94110 415-323-3640 E-mail: Web: TOUR CITY, INC. 630 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222 716-893-2900 Fax 716-893-0278 E-mail: Web:

CD / VINYL / DVD DUPLICATION ALABAMA CAM VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 412 Main St. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-0829 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD duplication as well as taping and authoring to DVD and CD. CINRAM 4905 Moores Mill Rd. Huntsville, AL 35811 256-859-9042 E-mail: Web:

Services: manufacturing, packaging, distribution DISCOUNT DUPLICATION 240 Oxmoor Cir., Ste. 102 Birmingham, AL 35209 205-942-9460 Web: Services: video duplication, dvd duplication, video conversion, film transfer at discount prices, highest quality and fast service HOLT AV 401 28th St. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 800-322-4658, 205-328-5231 E-mail: Web: Services: duplication and transfer services NHOUSE DIGITAL MEDIA 1530 Heritage Place Dr. Irondale, AL 35210 205-226-2222, 205-706-7163 E-mail: Web:

ALASKA ACTION VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 430 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 100 Anchorage, AK 99501 907-277-8115 Fax 907-274-5287 E-mail: Web: Services: copy/duplicate just about any audio/ video format

ARIZONA DISC2DAY 2113 S. 48th St., Ste. 103 Tempe, AZ 85282 602-438-4848, 800-951-3707 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication PROACTION MEDIA 610 E. Bell Rd., #2 Phoenix, AZ 85022 877-593-4261, 602-277-2011 Fax 602-277-2021 Web:, www. Services: Professionally managed or ondemand DIY CD, DVD and USB low volume duplication and high volume replication services, including professional custom print for single or multiple disc complete packaging. Order online anytime as low as 1 Complete CD in Jewel Case Package on our OnDemand site or call for Higher volumes. Quick turns or complex projects. US DIGITAL MEDIA 1929 W. Lone Cactus Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85027 623-587-4900, 877-992-3766 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

ARKANSAS CANTRELL VIDEO 5919 H St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-664-2215 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD authoring, transfer, duplication

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo CLARK’S VIDEO GROUP, INC. 14794 Woods Lodge Rd. Rogers, AR 72756 479-636-7111, 479-619-9931 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD authoring, media conversions, CD/DVD duplication

CALIFORNIA A1 INDIEPOWER 11054 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 333 Studio City, CA 91604 818-505-1836 E-mail: Web:, www.facebook. com/IndiePowerOnline Services: best deals on manufacturing, promotion, marketing and distribution worldwide ABACAB MULTIMEDIA, INC. 245 Fischer, Ste. A-9 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714-432-1745 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD duplication, packaging and printing. Audio and video recording and post. ABET DISC, INC. 411 E. Huntington Dr. #107-372 Arcadia, CA 91006 626-303-4114 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD, replication, duplication, mastering, authoring, design, printing and packaging ACDC-AUDIO CD & CASSETTE Stella at Universal Mall (Drop off) 12400 Ventura Blvd., #150 Studio City, CA 91604 818-762-ACDC (2232), 805-245-5503 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD, cassette duplication Additional location: Physical and Mailing Address: 606 Alamo Pintado Rd., Unit 3, Ste. 281 Solvang, CA 93463 ADERRA, INC. 800-430-8189 E-mail: Web: Services: Record up to 1,000 USB flash drives within 15 minutes after a live event has ended our patent pending system is the size of a suitcase and can be hand carried. We can pre-load content onto the USB drives including video files, PDF documents, links to websites, slideshows, the possibilities are limitless. We can also custom design a user experience interface. This “DVD Style” navigation is opened when the user inserts the flash drive. It contains links to all of the content on the drive, links to external websites, etc. Please contact us for a demonstration. AIX MEDIA GROUP 2050 Granville Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025 310-479-0501, 800-668-4249 E-mail: Web: Services: complete CD/DVD-audio/video production services BURNSMART.COM 1855 S. Santa Cruz, Ste. B Anaheim, CA 92805 866-448-0958, 714-447-9181 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jackie Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, printing and packaging. We also offer wholesale pricing for blank media, accessories and duplication equipment. CD NETROM 5018 Lante St. Baldwin Park, CA 91706 888-265-7775 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD replication, duplication, print packaging, design, mastering, fulfillment CHARLES LAURENCE PRODUCTION CO. Northridge, CA 818-368-4962 Web: Services: DVD editing, replication, video editing and enhancement, CD duplication, mastering, DAT transfers and real-time cassette duplication. Tape film and vinyl record transfers, 8mm, super-8, 16mm transfer.

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CHEAP CD DUPLICATIONS 1445 E. Los Angeles Ave., Ste. 301D Simi Valley, CA 93065 800-836-7962 E-mail: Web: Services: duplicator/replicators of CD/DVD as well as full video duplication & digital editing services. 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film transfer to VHS or DVD CINRAM 3400 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 300 Burbank, CA 91505 818-531-3800 E-mail: Web: Services: Distribution, Digital Graphics COMPACT DISC SERVICE 1270 So. Amphlett Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94402 800-599-9534, 650-872-7111 Fax 650-872-7133 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD replication, CD-R & DVD-R duplication, DVD authoring, graphic design CREATIVE SOUND CORP. 5515 Medea Valley Dr. Agoura Hills, CA 91301 818-707-8986 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/record/tape/video duplication, DVD replication, graphic design, digalog process, major manufacturing. Lower prices on automatic desktop duplicators - Epson, Primera, Systor. DENOISE.COM 1501 Powell St., Ste. J Emeryville, CA 94608 866-DENOISE, 510-653-3838 E-mail: Web: Services: sound and video production, CD and DVD copies DISC MAKERS 4425 W. Riverside Dr., Ste. 204 Burbank, CA 91505 800-468-9353 Fax 856-661-3450 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, packaging, authoring, mastering, manual & automated CD & DVD printers, blank media. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years

business card replication and duplication; graphic design.

Services: quality CD and DVD Duplication since 1998

ERIKA RECORDS 6300 Caballero Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90620 714-228-5420 Fax 714-228-5421 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, vinyl and cassette duplication (real-time and high-speed), picture discs, business card CDs, DVD replication services.

MEDIA TECHNICS 4 Bluehill Ct. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 800-474-8996 Ext. 801 E-mail: Web:

GROOVE HOUSE RECORDS 5029 Serrania Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91364 888-476-6838 E-mail: Web: GROTTO MUSIC, INC. 580 N. Beachwood Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90004 909-305-2340 970-241-4969 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD replication/packaging/AV post/graphics/web HELLMAN PRODUCTION 3202 Pennsylvania Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404 323-456-0446 E-mail: Web: HOME RUN MEDIA GROUP 15562 Chemical Ln. Huntington Beach, CA 92649 714-901-0109, 800-951-5858 Fax 714-901-0102 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD duplication/replication, digital printing, signs, banners and displays HOOK STUDIO SERVICES, THE Los Angeles, CA 818-759-4665 E-mail: Web: Services: CD & DVD pro quality duplication, same day, overnight, saturdays, superior color print on disc, panel inserts, cd printed sleeves, custom packaging IFANZ McCartney Multimedia, Inc. 322 Culver Blvd., Ste. 124 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 E-mail:, Web:

DISC OUTLET Nationwide 877-916-3472, 916-897-9077 Fax 916-647-9574 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sales Dept. Services: Low cost CD/DVD replication, CD/DVD short run duplication, printing, and packaging. Order Online 24/7. You conceive it, we’ll achieve it.

IMPERIAL MEDIA SERVICES 3202 Pennsylvania Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-396-2008 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD/video duplication/replication/ packaging, CD/DVD mastering and authoring, any quantity--same day service available, we deliver on spec, on time, on budget.

DISC REPLICATORS INTERNATIONAL 1035 Loma Verde, Unit 1 Monterey Park, CA 91754 626-300-8535, 800-867-8689 Fax 626-300-8636 E-mail: Web: Services: Complete replication and duplication solution center for CD, DVD, Blu-ray and packaging. DRI also offers award winning affordable graphic design and fulfillment services

Additional location: 5482 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 240 Los Angeles, CA 90036 JTO ENTERPRISES 9314 Hillery Dr., #6301 San Diego, CA 92126 859-327-5894 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tandy Owen Services: one-stop-shop for all your CD and DVD manufacturing, packaging and fulfillment needs

MEDIA TEK OPTICAL INC. 13450 Brooks Dr., Ste. A Baldwin, CA 91706 800-826-3873, 626-962-1919 Ext. 10 Fax 626-962-1917 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD, cassette and video replication/duplication, Sonic Solutions mastering, design, printing and packaging major label quality. MIXONIC 1265 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94103 888-464-9664 E-mail:, info@ Web: Contact: Puja Arguwal Services: CD, CD-ROM, DVD, USB, Flashdrives CD/DVD duplication and replication, printing, packaging, fulfillment, design services MR. SPEED CASSETTE (drop-off address) 12400 Ventura Blvd., #150 Studio City, CA 91604 818-762-2232 Physical address: 606 Alamo Pintado Rd., #3, Ste. 281 Solvang, CA 93463 805-245-5503 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and cassette duplication (realtime and high-speed) NEW CYBERIAN SYSTEMS, INC. 1919 O’Toole Way San Jose, CA 95131 877-423-4383, 408-922-0682 Fax 408-884-2257 E-mail: Web: NOTEPAD, THE Pasadena, CA 626-794-4322 E-mail: Services: CD and DVD replication, CD-R and DVD-R duplication, graphic design, mastering and printing, small to big orders PPL RECORED MUSIC COMPANY 468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 818-506-8533, 310-860-7499 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maxx Diamond Services: Mastering, CD, DVD, import, export, distribution, manufacturing QBT 1938 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 626-357-1330, 888-525-1125 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, CD-ROM, DVD, vinyl, cassette, video, printing, mastering, packaging, duplicating

M2 COMMUNICATIONS 235 Bellefontaine St. Pasadena, CA 91105 800-423-8273, 626-441-2024 Fax 626-441-2694 E-mail: Web: Services: audio duplication, CD replication, packaging, DVD duplication

QUALITY CLONES CD, DVD, Mastering, Website and Video Services 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 405 Studio City, CA 91604 323-464-5853 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD replication and mastering, graphic design, website design and layout, full color printing booklets, tray cards, posters, postcards, CD sleeves, DVD wraps digipacks, packaging and shrink wrapping.

DVD-REPLICATION 6333 Vicland Pl. North Hollywood, CA 91606 1-800-94MEDIA, 818-985-9570 E-Mail: Web: Services: Blu-ray, DVD and CD replication and DVD duplication, packaging

MASTER GROOVE STUDIOS Los Angeles (Northridge) Nashville (Hendersonville) 818-830-3822, 615-799-9366 E-mail: Web: Services: full mastering/small runs of CD duplication of 50 or less, cassette duplication

RAINBO RECORDS 8960 Eton Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91304 818-280-1100 Fax 818-280-1101 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD replication, vinyl pressing, custom packaging, graphic design

E-MEDIATELY/RJR DIGITAL MEDIA, INC. 866-816-6845 Fax 619-501-1425 E-mail: Web: Services: Replication and duplication, retail ready CD audio, ROM, DVD-5 and 9, and

MASTERTRACK CD & DVD MFG 825 41st Ave., Ste. C Santa Cruz, CA 95062 1-888-464-9664 E-mail: Web:

REAL TIME COPIES 10220 Culver Blvd., #201 Culver City, CA 90232 310-559-9095 E-mail: Web:

DISKFAKTORY 18062 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 303 Tustin, CA 92780 855-273-4263 E-mail: Web: Services: Online 24/7 and On Demand CD & DVD duplication and replication services *No-commission on iTunes and Napster submissions. A&R services, digital download cards. CD and digital store for musicians to sell to their fans. Low cost CD and DVD fulfillment

Download at Services: CD/DVD duplication, authoring, full artwork and video production RECORD TECHNOLOGY, INC. (RTI) 486 Dawson Dr. Camarillo, CA 93012 805-484-2747 Fax 805-987-0508 Web: Services: vinyl, CD manufacturing REEL PICTURE 5330 Eastgate Mall San Diego, CA 92121 858-587-0301, 866-502-3472 Fax 858-587-8838 E-mail: Web: Services: cassette, CD, CD-R and record manufacturing, DVD replication, printing, packaging

UNITED AUDIO/VIDEO GROUP 6855 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91605 800-247-8606, 818-980-6700 Fax 818-508-TAPE Web: Services: Audio/Video duplication V-CORP MULTI MEDIA 733 N. Grandview Ave. Covina, CA 91724 626-966-0412, 800-959-1494 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sandra Service: CD, CD-ROM, DVD, cassettes, video, large or small runs graphics, printing, fulfillment packaging


RHYTHM NET DESIGN GROUP 9860 Irvine Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 949-783-5000 Fax 949-783-5001 E-mail: Web: Services: CD replication, CD duplication, printing, film, graphic design

CROSSPOINT 940 Wadsworth Blvd., Ste. 100 Lakewood, CO 80214 303-233-2700 E-mail: Web: Services: one stop shop for any type film or video production

RUNTECHMEDIA INC 2107-D W. Commonwealth Ave., Ste. 324 Alhambra, CA 91803 866-656-8999, 626-656-8900 Fax 626-656-8999 E-mail: Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging

DENVER DISC 3315 Gilpin St., Ste. B Denver, CO 80205 303-991-3837 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and printing

SIENNA DIGITAL P.O. Box 502 Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 888-504-1620, 650-712-1709 Contact: Naomi Delott E-mail: Web: Services: CDs and DVDS, Digipaks, Eco Wallets, Sleeves, Mailers and Jewel case products Graphic Design and Mastering SONY DADC 4499 Glencoe Ave. Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging SOUND ADVICE RECORDING 10700 Jersey Blvd., Ste. 720 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 800-987-6830, 909-987-6930 E-mail: Web: Services: cassette, CD, CD-R, DVD, and video duplication, authoring, complete in-house mastering, packaging services SPEEDLIGHT DUPLICATION, INC. 21822 Lassen St., Unit G Chatsworth, CA 91311 818-727-0200, 818-727-0264 E-mail: Web: TECHNICOLOR 6040 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 323-817-6600 E-mail: Web: Services: CD manufacturing, mastering and replication, fulfillment services, distribution *Locations throughout the world. See website for various international locations. THRESHOLD SOUND + VISION 2114 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-566-6677 E-mail: Web: Services: mastering, 5.1 surround, transfers, short run promo CD-Rs, lacquer masters, CD, DVD, Vinyl and VHS manufacturing. TSI CD MANUFACTURING 24831 Ave. Tibbitts Valencia, CA 91355 800-310-0800 Fax 661-702-9029 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD, USB Drives, Fulfillment and drop shipping, packaging/graphic services ULTRADISC 1257 Columbia Ave., Unit D-5 Riverside, CA 92507 866-223-7327, 951-940-9800 Fax 951-346-9440 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD and CD replication, silk screen, printing, packaging

DVD TOMORROW 7033 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80220 800-372-8096 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication JOE’S PRODUCTION & GRILLE, INC. 4919 N. Broadway Boulder, CO 80304 303-442-1770, 888-563-7474 E-mail: Web: Services: CD manufacturing, indie distribution, indie radio

KEN-DEL PRODUCTIONS, INC. First State Production Center 1500 First State Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19804-3596 302-999-1111 E-mail: Web: Services: Graphics, CD/DVD Replication, Duplication, Transfers from any format, printing

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) ACE PRESS 910 17th St., N.W., Ste. 100 Washington, DC 20006 202-338-4006 E-mail: Web: Services: Printing, Copying and Mailing CDDVD DUPLICATION WASHINGTON DC Washington, DC 20007 866-874-8725 Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and Video duplication

FLORIDA BISON DISC 803 S. Orlando Ave. Ste. J Winter Park, FL 32789 866-466-4061, 407-770-6900 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 5405 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 347 Los Angeles, CA 90036 866-866-4061 CD DEPOT 5623 N.W. 74th Ave. Miami, FL 33166 800-742-3974, 305-863-8699 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication DIGITAL DOMAIN 478 E. Altamonte Dr., #108-122 Altamonte Springs, FL 32750 800-344-4361, 407-831-0233

E-mail: Web: INE MEDIA 5510 Philips Hwy., Ste. 12 Jacksonville, FL 32207 800-443-9030, 904-443-2681 Fax 904-448-3103 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD Duplication and Replication INTERMEDIA DISC 7359 N.W. 34 St. Miami, FL 33122 877-392-DISC, 305-392-9572 Fax 305-392-9574 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD replication PROGRESSIVE MEDIA & MUSIC 2116 Southview Ave. Tampa, FL 33606 813-251-8093 Fax 813-251-6050 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ken Veenstra Services: CD, CD-ROM, Vinyl, DVD, CD/ DVD-R, thumb drives replication, graphic design, packaging, DVD authoring, inventory management, printing, mastering, video editing S & J CD DUPLICATION, INC. 105 College Dr., Ste. 3 Orange Park, FL 32065 888-269-7088, 904-272-0580 Fax 904-272-9427 E-mail: Web:

GEORGIA ATLANTA MANUFACTURING GROUP 4458 Peachtree Lake Dr., Ste. A Duluth, GA 30096 404-230-9559 Fax 707-417-1016 E-mail: Web: Services: full service CD and DVD manufacturer offering major label quality and affordable pricing with boutique type service

Additional location: P.O. Box 2380 New York, NY 10009 888-563-7474 MAM-A 4250 Buckingham Dr., Ste. 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 888-626-3472, 1-719-262-2430 E-mail: Web: Services: MAM-A is the leading manufacturer of Professional quality recordable CDs and DVDs, with unique manufacturing technology and complete control over production processes. MAM-A provides a complete range of products, including Archival Grade 24K Gold DVD+/-Rs and CD-Rs, High quality Silver DVD-R, 8.5 GB Dual Layer DVD+R, and Recordable Blu-ray discs. Printable surfaces, Custom Logos, and Pre-Recorded CD-ROM/DVD-ROM are also available.

CONNECTICUT BUZZ MEDIA COMPANY 32 Bruggeman Pl. Mystic, CT 06355 860-536-1830 E-mail: Web: Services: video transfer IFM PRODUCTIONS LLC 67 Valley Rd. Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-661-9326 E-mail: Web: Contact: Iggy Makarevich Services: CD/DVD duplication QUICK DISCS 41 Crossroads Plaza, Ste. 167 West Hartford, CT 06117 800-233-8754 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, packaging, printing

DELAWARE DELAWARE DIGITAL VIDEO FACTORY 1709 Concord Pike, Rt. 202 Wilmington, DE 19803 302-TV-TAPES (888-2737) Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo INFINITY DISCS 5105 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Ste. 103 Atlanta, GA 30341 770-451-7400, 800-749-7489 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, printing and packaging ROVIX The Proscenium Tower 1170 Peachtree St., Ste. 1200 Atlanta, GA 30309 877-ROVIX-77, 404-869-0706, 404-885-6066 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

HAWAII RAINBOW PHOTO VIDEO 661 Keeaumoku St., #101A Honolulu, HI 96814 808-943-0276 E-mail: rainbow@rainbowphotovideo Web: Services: CD/DVD/DVD-R duplication TOM TERRIFICS 2961 E. Manoa Rd., Ste. D Honolulu, HI 96822 808-988-1556 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and cover design

IDAHO JACKSON VIDEO SERVICES 1075 W. Yosemite Dr. Meridian, ID 83646 208-895-6646 E-mail: Web: Services: conversions, duplication, editing,repairs, transferring all media

ILLINOIS ADVANCED AUDIO TECHNOLOGY 200 Easy St. Carol Stream, IL 60188 630-665-3344 E-mail: Web: Services: duplication, replication, design and printing

Indianpolis, IN 46219 800-880-0073 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, CD-ROM, Cassette, DVD replication, printing, packaging, mastering, graphic design, fulfillment, promo items

Web: Services: print, packaging, key art development, art-working, creative and structural design, digital asset management, pre-press and fulfillment.

DIGITAL VIDEO CONCEPTS 5342 Emerson Dr., Ste. D Indianapolis, IN 46203 317-544-2150 E-mail: Web: Services: Full Service Duplicating of Cassettes DVDs, CDs and Floppy Discs

FAST FORWARD MULTIMEDIA, INC 1428 S. Hugh Wallis Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508 337-262-0401, 877-497-7299 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication

INDIANA AUDIO MASTERING & DPLC 906 W. Countryside Ln. Bloomington, IN 47403 812-331-2056 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication or replication TRIDIGITAL SOLUTIONS LLC 5211 Lancelot Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46228 317-293-8000 Fax 317-293-8008 E-mail: Web: Services: your turnkey solution to all CD, DVD, USB and custom packaging needs WORLD MEDIA GROUP 6737 E. 30th St. Indianapolis, IN 46219 800-400-4964 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, CD, cassette graphic design, mastering, duplication, packaging, fulfillment, warehousing Additional locations: Columbus, OH New York, NY Kansas City, MO Philadelphia, PA 800-400-4964 Nashville, TN Service Center 1302-B Division St. Nashville, TN 37203 800-874-4174 E-mail:

CHICAGO PRODUCERS 817 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60612 800-467-1497, 312-226-6900 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

Dallas, TX Crystal Clear Media Group Office 10451 Markison Dr. Dallas, TX 75238 800-880-0073 E-mail:

DISC MAKERS 560 W. Washington Blvd., #410 Chicago, IL 60661 800-468-9353 Fax 856-661-3450 Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, packaging, authoring, mastering, manual and automated CD and DVD printers, blank media. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years.

CD DUPLICATOR, THE CSI, Inc. 975 W. Lincoln Hwy., Ste. A Nevada, IA 50201 515-382-4623 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

IDEA MEDIA SERVICES 600 W. Chicago, Ste. 850 Chicago, IL 60657 866-326-3416, 312-226-2900 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, packaging RBR PRODUCTIONS 117 W. Rockland Rd. Libertyville, IL 60048 847-362-4060 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication SONY DADC 430 Gibraltar Dr. Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-739-8060 Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging VIDEO ONE PRODUCTIONS 1820 W. Webster Ave., Ste. 201 Chicago, IL 60614 773-252-3352 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD duplication and replication


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DUPLICATION MEDIA 8126 Douglas Ave. Urbandale, IA 50322 515-334-3877 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplications, videotape duplications, video to DVD transfers, audio to CD transfers and more

KANSAS WICHITA VIDEO WORKS 1510 W. Douglas Wichita, KS 67203 316-558-5313 E-mail: Web: Services: duplication services from many professional and consumer formats to DVD/ CD/VHS



MAINE KLARITY MULTIMEDIA 36 Maple St. P.O. Box 160 North Vassalboro, ME 04962 888-387-8273, 207-873-3911 E-mail: Web: Services: all related services

MARYLAND BLUE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS 2201 Westview Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-589-1001 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication MORPHIUSDISC MANUFACTURING 100 E. 23rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-662-0112 Fax 410-662-0116 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, shaped CD/CD-Rom/vinyl, cassette, picture vinyl replication, insert printing, sticker printing, packaging, graphic design, digital download and physical distribution, fulfillment, inventory management VIDEO LABS 15237 Display Ct. Rockville, MD 20850 800-800-8240, 301-217-0000 E-mail: Web:

MASSACHUSETTS ASG WORLDWIDE 45 Downing Parkway Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-499-355 Ext. 137 E-mail: Web: Services: print, packaging, key art development, art-working, creative and structural design, digital asset management, pre-press and fulfillment. CD SONIC 273 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02116 888-CD-SONIC, 888-237-6642 Ext. 201 Contact: Jules Seabra, VP/Sales E-mail: Web: Services: CD-Audio and CD ROM replication, DVD replication, VHS duplication, printing and packaging CD WORKS 93 Park St. Beverly, MA 01915 800-239-6757, 978-922-4990 E-mail: Web: Services: state of the art CD and DVD duplication and replication services ECLIPSE VIDEO SERVICES 2400 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140 800-345-6024, 617-491-1714 Fax 617-661-1543 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication


ADVANCED VIDEO SERVICES 1110 N. Broadway Lexington, KY 40505 859-255-1975 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, design and packaging

DUPLICATORS.NET 30450 Ryan Rd. Warren, MI 48092 586-573-4444, 888-795-1531 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, design and printing

ASG WORLDWIDE 1300 W. Park Elizabeth, KY 42701 413-499-355 Ext. 137 E-mail:

NOBUCKS DOT NET 790 Oxford Rd. Oxford, MI 48371 877-NOBUCKS, 877-662-8257 E-mail:

Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, VHS to DVD Kits, short runs are no problem VOLK VIDEO SERVICES Woodward and 16 Mile Area Birmingham, MI 48009 866-752-9422, 248-203-9801 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and transfer

MINNESOTA AEGIS VIDEO 7930 Wyoming Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55438 952-941-1002 Web: Services: VHS/DVD/CD duplication and replication, home video to DVD ALLIED VAUGHN 7600 Parklawn, Ste. 300 Minneapolis, MN 55435 800-323-0281, 952-832-3100 Fax 952-832-3179 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD and CD replication/duplication, authoring, Media on Demand, VHS duplication, packaging solutions, graphic design, printing, inventory mgmt. *Offices throughout the U.S., see Website. Additional locations: Chicago 901 Bilter Rd., Ste. 141 Aurora, IL 60502 630-626-0215, 800-759-4087 E-mail: Detroit 11923 Brookfield Livonia, MI 48150 734-462-5543, 800-462-5543 E-mail: Orlando Orlando, FL 32819 407-491-7737, 800-877-1778 E-mail: COPYCATS MEDIA 2155 Niagara Lane N., Ste. 110 Minneapolis, MN 55447 612-371-8008, 888-698-8008 Web: DUPESHOP.COM/DVB MEDIA 8525 Edinbrook Crossing, Ste. 102C Minneapolis, MN 55443 866-874-8725, 763-315-4939 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD duplication MEDIAXPRESS 1515 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55403 612-872-8284, 800-879-8273 E-mail: Web: SOUND 80 222 S. 9th St., Ste. 3600 Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-339-9313 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and transfers

MISSISSIPPI JASPER EWING & SONS INC 1220 E. Northside Dr., Ste. 370 Jackson, MS 39211 601-981-2178 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD Duplication

MISSOURI ABOVE & BEYOND PRODUCTIONS INC 714 Yale Ave. St. Louis, MO 63119 314-968-3024 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and transfer ARCH CD DVD 1600 S Kingshighway Blvd., Ste. 2N St. Louis, MO 63110 314-865-3341 Web: ArchCD/95890452152 Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication SMITHLEE PRODUCTIONS INC 7420 Manchester Rd. St. Louis, MO 63143 314-647-3900, 877-745-0900

Download at E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD replication and fulfillment T2 MEDIA DUPLICATION 1906 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64108 816-471-6554 Fax 816-471-6500 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, CD, replication, authoring, pressing and packaging

MONTANA AARDVARK AUDIO-VISUAL 304 Moore Ln. Billings, MT 59101 406-252-6474 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication MR. VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, LLC 1480 Spiritwood Victor, MT 59875 888-961-4970 E-mail: Web: Services: duplication and transfer PEAK RECORDING & SOUND INC P.O. BOX 1404 Bozeman, MT 59771 406-586-1650 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and design

NEBRASKA CREATIVE VISUAL PRODUCTIONS, INC. 4131 S. 89th St. Omaha, NE 68127 402-592-4410 E-mail: Website: Services: CD, DVD, Blu-ray, authoring, replication, duplication, packaging OMAHA TRANS-VIDEO LLC 14925 Industrial Rd. Omaha, NE 68144 402-894-0105 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD or VHS duplication TMS Theatrical Media Services, Inc. 7510 Burlington St. Omaha, NE 68127 402-592-5522 Fax 402-592-0094 Web: Services: Touring, Festivals, Corporate, Theatrical, House of Worship

NEVADA JETKOR P.O. Box 33238 Reno, NV 89533 775-846-1185 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sherri Del Soldato Services: full-color printing, promo packet development, cover art design, posters, web design.

NEW HAMPSHIRE NECD New England Compact Disc 68 Stile Rd., Ste. H Salem, NH 03079 800-617-3877 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

NEW JERSEY DISC MAKERS 7905 N. Crescent Blvd. Pennsauken, NJ 08110-1402 800-468-9353 Fax 856-661-3450 Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, download cards, distribution, packaging, authoring, mastering, manual and automated CD and DVD printers, blank media, distribution, marketing services, also 12-in vinyl. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years. OASIS CD MANUFACTURING 7905 N. Route 130 Delair, NJ 08110 888-296-2747 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, eco-packaging, direct glass cutting (Audiophile)

NEW MEXICO CINE VIDEO PRODUCTIONS & DUPLICATION 35 Domingo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87508 505-466-6101 E-mail: Web: Contact: Richard Startzman Services: all video production needs KOKOPELE PRODUCTIONS Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-501-0589 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD duplication

A TO Z MEDIA 650 Broadway, 4th Fl. New York, NY 10012 212-260-0237, 888-670-0260 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, CD, cassette and CD-ROM duplication/replication, design, printing. DIRECT 2 MARKET SOLUTIONS 1387 Fairport Rd., Ste. 800 Fairport, NY 14450 1-800-229-8067 Web: Services: CD/DVD printing and duplication, printing, packaging and fulfillment DISC MAKERS 150 W. 25th St., Ste. 402 New York, NY 10011 800-468-9353 Web: Services: Replication, graphic design, on-disc printing, packaging, authoring, recordable media, mastering, master transfers multimedia authoring, manual and automated CD and DVD printers, blank media. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years. DUPLICATION DEPOT INC. 7 Brookstan Rd. Nesconset, NY 11767 631-752-0608 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD transfers, duplication and replication DVDS 911 1000 N. Division, Ste. 2C Peekskill, NY 10566 888-DVD-9555 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD and CD Replication and Duplication JOE’S PRODUCTION & GRILLE, INC. P.O. Box 2380 New York, NY 10009 888-563-7474 E-mail: Web: Services: CD manufacturing, indie distribution, indie radio LANDSHARK! CD DUPLICATION & DESIGN, INC. 325 W. 38th St., Ste. 710 New York, NY 10018 212-247-8995 Fax 212-247-8997 E-mail: Web: Services: CD duplication and design MF DIGITAL 19 W. Jefryn Blvd., Ste. 2 Deer Park, NY 11729 631-249-9393 Fax 631-249-9273 E-Mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, DVD/CD replication, USB duplication PLAY-IT PRODUCTIONS 259 W. 30th St., 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10001 800-815-3444, 212-695-6530 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tony Tyler Services: complete CD/DVD manufacturing, printing and packaging, along with graphic design, mastering and DVD authoring SONY DADC 550 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10022 212-833-7816 Fax 212-833-5962 Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging

NORTH CAROLINA STUDIO SOUTH 4912 Old Pineville Rd. Charlotte, NC 28217 704-525-0296 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and transfer TRIANGLE DUPLICATION SERVICES 4913 Professional Ct. Raleigh, NC 27675 919-622-0746 Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, printing. Mini DV 8mm and VHS to DVD conversions

NORTH DAKOTA MEDIA PRODUCTIONS 3241 University Dr. S. Fargo, ND 58104 701-237-6863, 800-480-6863 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication

OHIO AM TECH VIDEO, INC. 6585 B Smith Rd. Brook Park, OH 44142 800-262-8723, 216-676-0441 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication A TO Z AUDIO 9449 Brookpart Rd., Unit C Parma, OH 44129 440-333-0040 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, printing INDIE MERC STORE 3135 Chester Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114 855-210-1412, 216-622-6399 E-mail: Web: LITTLE WAREHOUSE, THE 900 Resource Dr., Ste. 8 Brooklyn Heights, OH 44131 800-445-8273, 216-398-0022 Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication

OKLAHOMA TULSA MEDIA GROUP Tulsa, OK 918-743-6614 Fax 918-743-6618 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, design, printing

OREGON A TO Z MEDIA 524 E. Burnside St., Ste. 230 Portland, OR 97214 503-736-3261 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, CD, cassette and CD-ROM duplication/replication, design, printing. CRAVEDOG CD & DVD MANUFACTURING 611 N. Tillamook St., Ste. B22 Portland, OR 97227 503-233-7284, 866-469-9820 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michael Fitzgerald Services: CD, CD-ROM, DVD, CD Biz Card replication, printing, packaging, graphic design, promo items and apparel CRAZY DAISY PRODUCTIONS 8540 S.W. Monticello St. Beaverton, OR 97008 541-517-1458 E-mail: Web: Services: Mixing, Mastering, Duplication MEGALODON MANUFACTURING 888-234-2283 E-mail: Web:

PENNSYLVANIA CINRAM 1400 E. Lackawanna Ave. Olyphant, PA 18448 570-383-3291 Web: Services: CD and DVD replication in all formats and all related services including packaging and design

FREEDOM DISC USA Five Vertical Dr. Canonsburg, PA 15317 724-745-7646, 888-638-2997 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, Blu-ray and CD replication and duplication, creative services, DVD and Blu-ray Authoring, CD Content development, design, printing, assembly, fulfillment, e-commerce solutions and On Demand Disc Publishing.

RHODE ISLAND VISCOUNT STUDIOS 486 Wellington Ave. Cranston, RI 02910 401-467-9362 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, DVD authoring

SOUTH CAROLINA GRAND SOUTH MEDIA W. Georgia Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29680 864-255-9559 Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication, Upload Music CD, Posters

TENNESSEE BEAVERWOOD AUDIO VIDEO 133 Walton Ferry Rd. Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-2820, 800-524-1633 E-mail: Web: CINRAM 437 Sanford Rd. LaVergne, TN 37086 615-287-3800 E-mail: Web: Services: packaging, distribution CRT 7532 Hickory Hills Ct. White Creek, TN 37189 800-453-2533, 615-876-5490 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, CD-ROM, DVD manufacturing, printing, packaging, fulfillment, mailing service, turned edge products. DISC MAKERS 1200 Division St., Ste. 102 Nashville, TN 37203 800-468-9353 Fax 856-661-3450 Web: Services: CD/DVD manufacturing, graphic design, printing, packaging, authoring, mastering, manual and automated CD and DVD printers, blank media. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 60 years. EARMARK DIGITAL 917 8th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 615-782-2030, 888-777-7172 E-mail: Web: NASHVILLE TAPE & MEDIA SUPPLY 1201 Villa Place, Ste. 106 Nashville, TN 37212 615-254-8178, 800-591-4804 Web: NATIONAL MEDIA GROUP A World Media Group Company 1302-B Division St. Nashville, TN 37203 800-874-4174 E-mail: Web: Services: CDR, DVDR duplication, CD, DVD replication, USB Drives, graphic design, packaging, fulfillment and warehousing. NEW LIFE DIGITAL MEDIA 1233 Northgate Business Pkwy. Madison, TN 37115 615-868-1179 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD Replication and Duplication (Nashville’s only in-house replicators), short run services, print, packaging, fulfillment, mastering SWIFT MUSIC GROUP INC. 4117 Edwards Ave. Nashville, TN 37216 615-650-0928 E-mail: Web: WE MAKE TAPES, CD’S & VIDEOS 118 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 615-244-4236, 888-271-3472

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Directory of Everything Indie & Promo E-mail: Web: WTS DUPLICATION 2841 Hickory Valley Rd. Chattanooga,TN 37421 888-987-6334, 423-894-9427 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD replication and duplication Additional location: 1201 Villa Place, Ste. 106 Nashville, TN 37212 615-457-2519

TEXAS ARCUBE 959 E. Collins Blvd., Ste. 123 Richardson, TX 75081 877-677-9582, 972-267-1800 E-mail: Web:

Charleston, WV 25314 877-307-0888, 304-343-5180 E-mail: Web: Services: video duplication, 8mm to DVD, video editing, VHS to DVD and DVD transfer

LARSEN DIGITAL SERVICES 1144 W. 2700 N. Pleasant View, UT 84404 800-776-8357, 801-782-5155 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

TELVIDEO & AUDIO PRODUCTIONS 231 Heritage Dr. Huntington, WV 25704 304-529-4480, 304-417-4480 E-mail: Web: Services: audio/video transfers

MEDIAFAST 767 S. Auto Mall Dr., Ste. 8 American Folk, UT 84003 888-756-8890 E-mail: Web: Services: CD, DVD, Blu-Ray duplication, replication, authoring, testing and complete packaging solutions

VERMONT VERMONT DUPLICATION 802-734-8836 Hinesburg, VT E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication

Additional locations: Houston, TX 832-573-9444 Austin, TX 877-677-9582 BLUEBONNET MEDIA GROUP, INC 2605 Alexa Ct. Plano, TX 75075 972-985-9304, 214-803-9920 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD, Video production CROWN CD DUPLICATION 3636 S. Alameda St., Ste. B-209 Corpus Christi, TX 78411 888-460-0045, 361-882-8881 Web: Contact: Joseph Metz Services: manufacturing audio CDs, also can handle any type of data recording needs, from recording artists to businesses that have to duplicate information on a CD or DVD format. We even convert videocassettes to DVDs HOUSTON CD FACTORY 9135 Katy Fwy., Ste. 204 Houston, TX 77024 713-526-6874 Fax 713-526-2221 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD production, duplication and replication, CD and DVD graphic design and packaging. NATIONWIDE DISC 7370 Dogwood Park Richland Hills, TX 76118 1-866-704-3579, 817-885-8855 E-mail: Web: REPLICOPY 2101 Midway Rd., Ste. 200 Carrollton, TX 75006 972-702-8388 Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

UTAH DIGITAL WORKS INC. 3487 W. 2100 S., Ste. 50 Salt Lake City, UT 84119 888 302-7665, 801-886-2213 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD replication, printing and packaging Additional locations: Charlotte, NC Raleigh, NC Dallas, TX Las Vegas, NV HIT TRACKS STUDIOS / VEGAS DISC Tom Parham 128 W. 400 N. Cedar City, UT 84721 702-481-1663, 800-246-5667 E-mail: Web:, www., Contact: Tom Parham Services: Custom CD/DVD duplication and replication, Blu-ray replication and USB duplication, Full color offset printing and packaging. Multi-track recording, CD Mastering and DVD authoring services. Duplication

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and Pro audio equipment sales. Replication equipment by Singulus, Guann Yinn, Heino and Gima with and 10 million per month capacity. Studio and Mastering equipment include, SSL, NEVE, API, MANLEY, HDCD, Sonic Solutions, Pro-Tools and Final Cut Pro

VIDEOSYNCRACIES INC Green House Building 180 Flynn Ave. Burlington, VT 05401 802-861-6161, 800-559-000 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD and CD duplication, from 1 to 1000 FAST with awesome on-disc label printing. DVD and CD Replication, as few as 500 factory pressed. DVD authoring full service video production and editing video transfer to DVD.

VIRGINIA DATADISC, INC. 1289 Progress Dr. Front Royal, VA 22630 800-328-2347 Ext. 1, 540-622-5580 Fax 540-622-5591 E-mail: Web: Services: CD replication and duplication services, any quantity. CD-Audio packages, screen printing, ExpressDisc. FURNACE MFG MEDIA DUPLICATION SOLUTIONS 2719-B Dorr Ave. Fairfax, VA 22031 888-599-9883, 703-205-0007 E-mail: Web: Services: CD and DVD duplication and replication, print, packaging, design and fulfillment. Audiophile vinyl manufacturing, print and packaging. Premium Optical Disc manufacturing CD, DVD, CD-R, DVD-R, prepress, packaging, DVD and Enhanced, CD authoring. USB drive branding and loading. iPod loading. TRIPLE DISC MEDIA AND CD/DVD DUPLICATION 11827 Main St. Fredericksburg, VA 22408 800-414-7564 E-mail: Web:

WASHINGTON DISC MAKERS 16300 Christensen Rd., Ste. 310 Tukwila, WA 98188 800-468-9353 Web: Services: replication, mastering, DVD authoring, short-run CD duplication, packaging, on-disc Printing, CD/DVD printers, blank CD/DVD. Providing the industry standard of excellence for over 50 years. REALTIME A Duplication Corporation 9594 1st Ave. N.E., Ste. 350 Seattle, WA 98115-2028 206-523-8050 Fax 206-524-0711 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication, design


WISCONSIN A TO Z MEDIA 338 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 406 Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-289-0982 E-mail: Web: Services: DVD, CD, cassette and CD-ROM duplication/replication, design, printing VIP DUBS 4401-B Femrite Dr. Madison WI, 53716 800-952-1416, 608-222-8818 Fax 608-222-3348 E-mail: Web: Services: CD/DVD duplication and replication

WYOMING BALL ADVERTISING GROUP, INC. 355 N. Lincoln St. Casper, WY 82601 307-234-3472 E-Mail: Web: Services: digital editing INTEGRATED IMAGING 1743 E. 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601 800-780-3805, 307-266-3805 E-mail: Web: Services: video and audio duplication

CANADA CINRAM 2255 Markham Rd. Toronto, Ontario M1B 2W3 416-298-8190 Web: Services: CD and DVD replication in all formats and all related services including packaging and design DUPLIUM Canadian Headquarters: 35 Minthorn Blvd. Thornhill, ON Canada L3T 7N5 905-709-9930, 1-800-819-0701 E-mail: Web: MICROFORUM 1 Woodborough Ave. Toronto, ON, Canada M6M5A1 416-654-8008, 1-800-465-2323 Web: Services: CD and DVD replication and digital download cards, prints and USB DUPLIUM 35 Minthorn Blvd. Thornhill, ON L3T 7N5 Canada 905-709-9930, 800-819-0701 E-mail: info@duplium Web: Services: CD and DVD Duplication,Vinyl Records, Templates and Resources, Disc Packaging SONY DADC Norelco Drive/Courtney Park Toronto, Ontario, Canada 416-3917-970 Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging SONY MUSIC ENT. MEXICO Periferico Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho 191 Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11510 Ciudad de Mexico, D.F. Mexico +52 55 5249 3200 Web: Services: all DVD and CD media services, printing and packaging

PROMO SITES BANDCAMP Web: Notes: promote music, all genres BANDS IN TOWN Web: Notes: shows BAND VISTA Web: Notes: band website creation BANDZOOGLE Web: Notes: band website creation BOMBPLATES Web: Notes: band website creation BUTTERFLIES RADIO Web: Notes: indie music internet radio, music submission opps. DATPIFF Web: Notes: music promo, hip-hop mixtapes, R&B DJ BOOTH Web: Notes: hip-hop promo, music reviews EVENTFUL Web: Notes: shows FOUR FOUR Web: Notes: band website creation HIP HOP CONCERTS Web: Notes: Hip-hop concert information. Submit your concert/tour dates nationwide. HOMEGROWN HITS Web: Notes: Billboard-like chart for indie artists, all genres, competition INDIE ARTIST RADIO Web: Notes: music promo INDIE ON THE MOVE Web: Notes: Venue reviews MERCH DIRECT Web: Notes: merch MOSHKING Web: Notes: shows, SoCal metal NIMBIT Web: Notes: show, music, merch promo PUREVOLUME Web: Notes: music promo REVERBNATION Web: Notes: music promo SECTION 101 Web: Notes: website creation SONGKICK Web: Notes: shows STAGEIT Web: Notes: stream shows STORE ENVY Web: Notes: merch TWITMUSIC Web: Notes: Twitter app for selling music

DISTRIBUTION / ONLINE RETAIL CD BABY Web: Notes: distribution/online retail CHIRPIFY Web: Notes: Twitter app for distribution/online retail GUMROAD Web: Notes: Twitter app for distribution/online retail

Download at HELLO MERCH Web: MERCHNOW Web: ORCHARD Web: TUNECORE Web: TUNECUBE Web: UBETOO Web: Notes: make money off YouTube videos

FAN MAIL / CAREER MGMT ARTIST GROWTH Web: Notes: career management COPROMOTE Web: Notes: Twitter/Facebook reaching new fans FANBRIDGE Web: Notes: fan management IFANZ Web: Notes: fan management MUSICMETRIC Web: Notes: Helps calculate act’s buzz ONLYWIRE Web: Notes: Post to 47 social networks

TAXI Web: Notes: licensing

INFORMATION / OPPORTUNITIES DATAMUSICATA Web: Notes: info/articles for artists, blog style DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS Web: Notes: Up-to-date industry news HIP HOP MAKERS Web: Notes: articles for hip-hop producers HYPEBOT Web: Notes: music business news and articles INDABA MUSIC Web: Notes: opps, contests INDIE BIBLE Web: Notes: contacts, info INDIE MUSIC Web: Notes: info on everything indie KINGS OF A&R Web: Notes: opps MUSIC CLOUT Web: Notes: opps, info articles

HIPHOPDX Web: Notes: blog, hip-hop, R&B, soul

SOUL BOUNCE Web: Notes: blog, R&B/Soul

INVISIBLE ORANGES Web: Notes: blog, heavy metal

STEREO GUM Web: Notes: blog

KEVIN NOTTINGHAM Web: Notes: underground hip-hop blog

THE HYPE MACHINE Web: Notes: blog

KINGS OF A&R Web: Notes: blog LA MUSIC BLOG Web: Notes: blog LHYME Web: Notes: up-and-coming indie music and food fusion website out of Nashville. the feature a different indie artist each week or month and create recipes inspired by the artists background, music style, lifestyle and favorite foods.

TUNESAT Web: Notes: collecting royalties

MICHAEL DOLAN’S BLOG Web: Notes: Founder and previous Publisher of Music Connection

UPLAYA Web: Notes: judges song “hit” potential

RADIOLAB Web: Notes: blog

ARTIST DATA Web: Notes: Helps organize social media

MUSIC REGISTRY Web: Notes: music industry directories

SINGERSROOM Web: Notes: blog, R&B/Soul

BANDATING Web: Notes: networking

MUSIC XRAY Web: Notes: submissions for opps, licensing


SONGWRITER 101 Web: Notes: info/articles

FESTIVAL NET Web: Notes: find and book festival gigs MUSIC 180 Web: Notes: artist development platform MUSIC2DEAL Web: Notes: networking MUSICIANS CONTACT Web: Notes: Find musicians, gigs MUSICPAGE Web: Notes: social network for music industry MUSIC UNITED Web: Notes: Social media platform for artists and fans

STAR POLISH Web: Notes: opps, info, articles TAXI Web: Notes: opps/info TRUE TALENT MANAGEMENT Web: Notes: articles/info

BLOGS 2DOPEBOYZ Web: Notes: hip-hop blog ALLHIPHOP Web: Notes: hip-hop blog ARI’S TAKE Web: Notes: Artist blog on the industry





For hundreds more contacts from current directories (managers, producers, engineers, agents, vocal coaches, college radio, recording studios, rehearsal studios, mastering studios, publishers, film/TV and more), visit our website: industry-contacts.

SONICBIDS Web: Notes: opps

SONICBIDS Web: Notes: Social music marketing platform, connects bands, promoters, brands and fans

BROADJAM Web: Notes: licensing


LOSANJEALOUS Web: Notes: blog, show listings

MUSIC NOMAD Web: Notes: music industry resources listing


KICKSTARTER Web: Notes: fund raising website for DIY artists

SOUND EXCHANGE Web: Notes: collecting online royalties

PITCHFORK Web: Notes: blog


GIG INDIE Web: Notes: other

LEFSETZ LETTER Web: Notes: Music industry analysis


TOUT Web: Notes: 15 second video messaging to fans

OTHER ARTIST SHARE Web: Notes: fan funding like Kickstarter

BROOKLYN VEGAN Web: Notes: blog DATAMUSICATA Web: DAT PIFF Web: Notes: blog, hip-hop mixtapes DJ BOOTH Web: Notes: blog, hip-hop, R&B, soul

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6 Strategies To A More Balanced Promotional Campaign


nternet marketing (i.e., social networking, posting videos, getting reviews on blogs) is one of the most convenient and low-cost methods of promotion today, but it’s also a very competitive method, with artists fighting for attention. Therefore, to help increase your chances of getting seen and heard, it is wise to even-out your promotional campaign with a blend of both offline and online strategies. Sure, you’ve probably been told a million times by now to do some of the methods that follow, but are you overlooking these six effective methods of marketing your music?

college radio, National Public Radio (NPR), satellite radio and commercial specialty shows (i.e., “locals only” type shows that air late-night on weekends on commercial stations). Not only will the DJs play your music, they can arrange interviews, invite you to perform live “on-air,” and even announce your local gigs, contests, and news updates. 4. Sales Promotions: Sales promotions are short-term incentives intended to stimulate a quick buying response in your target customer.

1. Personal Selling: Personal selling is the process of getting eye-to-eye with target customers and influencing them to act. It’s used when you have the opportunity to meet face-toface with fans or business contacts to communicate the benefits of your products and ultimately make sales. Setting up “meet and greets” with your fans at local retail stores to promote your album or inviting a music supervisor out to a lunch to discuss possible placements can produce tremendous results, especially if you’re charming, witty, talented and a good salesperson. 2. Direct Marketing: Direct marketing is a system by which organizations bypass intermediaries and communicate directly with end users to generate sales. It’s used when you have a well-targeted database of names and your target audience responds well to one-on-one communications. Snail mail, texting and even telemarketing are all methods of direct marketing. On the latter note, when is the last time you went through your database of fans and personally called people to remind them about an upcoming show? You probably haven’t, and neither have many other bands, and that’s precisely why this method can potentially work well for you. 3. Radio Promotion: Radio promotion is the process of soliciting your music to radio stations to get airplay, build professional relationships and make fans. It is used when you have master quality recordings, when you want to form solid relationships with DJs who are well connected in your geographic area, and when you want to be broadcasted to potentially thousands of people in one spin. While regular rotation commercial radio stations are a tough nut to crack, more viable mediums include:


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Zippo, Levis and Jack Daniels actively participate in sponsoring bands—from hosting battle of the bands, to offering cash prizes and even opportunities for record deals? Even smaller businesses in your hometown can arrange sponsorships—from playing your music in their stores, to hosting live acoustic performances. No matter how you slice it, sponsorships are a great way to promote. 6. Guerrilla Street Marketing: Guerrilla street marketing refers to any unconventional form of promotion that can be employed on a low-tono-budget. It is used essentially when you want to take your marketing message to the streets. Placing stickers in the stalls of cool clubs or comic shops, spray painting (with spray chalk) your logo on city sidewalks, plastering telephone polls and construction zones with large bill posters and handing out postcards in front of clubs are all low-cost guerrilla marketing techniques that can help attract attention. Just remember that when planning your next guerrilla marketing strategy, you must always respect the laws of your city and never do anything that is harmful to other people’s property and that can get you in trouble. .

They are used when you want to create the perception of urgency and get people to act now by using discount coupons, two-for-the-price of-one deals, special event offers, holiday specials, give-away gifts with purchase and more. While sales promotions can be executed in a variety of different ways, they are very effective when executed by an attractive sales person at your merch booth before, during and after your live performance. 5. Sponsorships: Sponsorships are a mutually beneficial relationship wherein two (or more) product-based companies market their products via the support and approval of the other. It’s used when you want to create the perception of legitimacy, and you want to uniquely promote your products via your fans’ lifestyles. Did you know that Red Bull, Monster,

BOBBY BORG is the author of Music Marketing for the DIY Musician: Creating and Executing a Plan of Attack On A Limited Budget (Sept. 2014). The book is available on the Hal Leonard website under “Trade Books”: bit. ly/1po5FyO (ISBN: 9781480369528); AMAZON X4Fwst; or Bobby Borg (

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