Music Connection November 2016

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Artists Get the DL on the DIY in Chicago CD Baby hosted its second DIY Musician Conference at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL. The conference featured dozens of workshops and panels, networking opportunities and (shown at right) one-on-one mentoring sessions. Topics discussed were how to go from amateur to pro as a gigging artist, how to make the most of an expanding artist marketing platform, how to self-promote and more. The DIY Musician Conference 2017 is slated for Nashville, TN.

DHDI, Burl and Mojave Team Up for ZR Live!


DHDI, Burl Audio and Mojave Audio hosted a live Ruminations concert and recording experience at a ZR Acoustics pop-up studio in Marina Del Rey, CA. They will hold their next event Dec. 15. Pictured (l-r): Ruminations: Hamid Saedi, Lili Haydn, Itai Disraeli and MB Gordy. For more product information, visit, and

Remembering Grimmie in Hollywood Pictured on the red carpet for The Matchbreaker, cinematographer Cory Vetter, co-producer/lead actor Wesley Elder and producer/director Caleb Vetter paid tribute to late singer, Christina Grimmie, who stars in the film with Elder, by making the singer’s signature \|/ gesture. Grimmie, a YouTube artist who appeared on TV’s The Voice, was shot and killed earlier this year while signing autographs. The Matchbreaker—Elder’s character hired by parents to break up their children’s relationships—premiered at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA. For more info, visit

AmericanaFest Wraps Up Another Successful Year The Americana Music Association’s Festival and Conference attracted 35,000 attendees to Nashville, TN for music business panels, Q&A’s, networking events, intimate showcases and a sold-out, nationally broadcast awards show—NPR’s No. 1 streamed event in 2016. Highlights included: T Bone Burnett’s Keynote plus conversations with Bob Weir, Dwight Yoakam and much more. The program will be digitally re-mastered for broadcast in an edited form later as part of PBS’s ACL Presents series on Nov. 19 and in Australia on CMC later this year. Pictured performing is Jason Isbell. For more information, visit 34 November 2016

Kaleo Go Way Up on the Charts Elektra/Atlantic Records band Kaleo was presented with a plaque at their first of two sold-out New York City shows for their song, “Way Down We Go,” reaching No. 1 on Alternative Mediabase chart and No. 1 on BDS/Billboard Rock Airplay chart. Pictured (l-r): Gregg Nadel, President, Elektra Records; Daniel Kristjansson; Bruce Kalmick, Co-President, Triple 8 Management; JJ Julius Son; David Antonsson; and Rubin Pollock.

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