Introduction: A lot of people make awesome albums, but only a small percent of those awesome songs gain any momentum, and that can be very discouraging for new bands and musicians. With these tips, hopefully you can get the first push needed to turn your hobby into a career!
Jake McKelvie & the Countertops- what can I say about this band that hasn’t already been said about the Ford Pinto. They are on fire. We wanted to know more about the band that is releasing an EP in the next month, so we went to our local kitchen supply factory, bought 12 spatula’s and got another spatula for a penny. We also saw Jake, looking at... you guessed it… sinks. We grabbed him, smashed his head on the underside of a counter and asked him some questions.
Jen Whitmore is a solo acoustic musician from Manchester NH. We have been seeing her name all around town so we listened to her latest EP ‘Rattled’. Her voice is miraculous, being vociferously marvelous and meticulous voiced. Sometimes Aretha can hear her coming covered in Diana while Ani punching you in the throat. Her musical islands of vocal prowess are surrounded by guitar infested waters that make you not wanting to leave the comfort of her songs. Strictly guitar and vocals here while you may hear a few additions to the background. An exceptional album by a fantastic artist. Check out Jen Whitmore; do it now.
Jasmine Mann is an amazingly talented musician. She hails from the place in NH that is south of Bow, north of Manchester and is how a person catches a fish- Hooks it. (I stole this joke from my buddy Matt R). We wanted to get to know Jasmine a little better so we tracked her down and followed her for a few weeks, watched her sleep and paid bail. We then asked her our famous 5 questions. Here is what she had to say.
I get asked about mastering all the time by artists who want to record their own album. People with DIY studios want to do it all and they know mastering is one of those steps. There are basically four step to finishing a song; Writing, performing, Recording, mixing and mastering. All of these phases are a different mix of Creative vs Technical and they go from more Creative to more Technical as you move along.
Pleasure Gap has a new album, Scatter, available for purchase and streaming on their Bandcamp page. The songs are like drifting down the river in a pair of awkwardly modified cut offs. Stutterly falling down the waterway as a chorus of angry men berate your mind with lyrics, lines, knives and melodies from the dark places that devils hide. Seemingly disjointed without a road-map to get you home but somehow you arrive with a great story to share.
Badfellows is releasing a new album in August 2016 titled ‘Personal Beehive’. You can preorder the album on their Bandbcamp page for 2 bucks. You can also hear a preview of one of the songs below. It is fantastic.
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Eric Ober is a man of numerous musical talents and sex appeal. He plays in about a billion local bands give or take. We wanted to know what makes him tick so we sat him down and asked him our famous 5 questions. He was a little resistant to answer, so we did have to hold him at knife point and threaten him physically. He laughed at us. He is kinda rude but he smells fantastic. If you want to catch him live, look for him in the Grebes, Pythons in The Mist, Them In The Hive and a new project with Derek Astles.
1. The best time to take a bathroom or smoke break is right before the band is about to start their set. You want the band to spend time searching the premises for you for at least 15 minutes. This sends the message that their set is not important and gives them a taste of the harsh realities of being in the music business.
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First off, let’s mourn the loss of a wonderful band- The Hornitz. For whatever the reasons (and we will get into those reasons) The Hornitz have called it quits. This band was amazing and I loved seeing them perform live. They will be greatly missed on the local music scene and beyond. Moving on, let’s get into the reason this was communicated in a childish manner so you can learn how to act professionally if you ever need to quit a band.
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