Tuesday, December 10, 2002

MUSIC BUSINESS 101: What EVERY "Artist" Should Know

What is ASCAP, BMI, SEASAC and/or Other?
ASCAP stands for The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) which is a not-for-profit performance rights organization that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly.

What is BDS?
Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, better known as BDS, is a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections. The service, which is a subsidiary of ACNielsen provides the basis for Nielsen Media publication Billboard in the United States, while in Canada, BDS helps determine the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart and the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which is published by Jam! and in the website for Canadian Music Network, in determining their radio airplay music charts and determines the chart movement in Billboard's Hot 100 chart when combined with single sales from Nielsen SoundScan. From August 2006 to its final June 2009 publication, BDS also provided chart data for R&R after Nielsen acquired the trade. On September 10, 2009, the website Radio-Info struck a partnership with Nielsen BDS to provide radio airplay charts and related data for over 20 formats.

What is Copyright?
Copyrights are huge in the music industry.  Everywhere you turn when dealing with music you will come across different copyright laws and requirements.  That said, it is extremely important for you to know and understand what is all involved in copyrights.  You will also need to know how to obtain one to protect the music that you and your band create.  This is relatively simply and most of the forms can be found at the US Copyright Office website, www.copyright.gov

What is an EPK?
An electronic press kit (or "EPK") is a press kit equivalent in electronic form. In business, electronic press kits are more commonly referred to as online or electronic media kits. They are used to promote artists and businesses via mass media. (Must be .DOC, .PDF or similar Format)

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Buy Love Rage Comedy's "Destruction Of Scully" album!


Many of you online may not be familiar with Love Rage Comedy-- we were a band based out of Steubenville, OH and we had originally over a million listens on Mp3.com before they shut it down. Then as they reopened all the hard work of uploading our material on there (over 20 albums.) We are forced to start all over! We are currently debating playing out here in Los Angeles. We would like to try to build a fan base so we can prove to the clubs we will be trying to play we can draw a crowd! 

The tracklist remains the same although a few samples had to be excluded but it does not infringe upon the songs quality! Its just anyone who knows this album knows it opened up with "The Pumpkin King" from "A Nightmare Before Christmas."  But I'm sure we'd of been sued, so I had to cut it. So here's the tracklist: 

01. Kevin's Gate: Leo
02. Kevin's Gate: Pisces
03. The Sky Opened Up
04. Phantom Ears
05. Beloved II
06. Ringside
07. Techno Kitty
08. Life Fixed On A Thursday
09. Funkmassa
10. Baby's Ambition
11. Breech Of Contract
12. Twisted Demon Of The South
13. Never Ending Funeral






Follow us @LoveRageComedy

Thanks goes out to everyone,
from Landon & Rob.

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Artists: Tips on Networking

One of the best skills for an artist to posses is that of networking. Networking can lead to an array of good things to come your way. Here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind while on your next networking adventure.

Tip 1) Go see live music events. This is a great way to interact with people involved in the music industry. Big concerts, small club nights, thousand-seat venues, and small coffee shops. Anywhere with live music shows is good. You'll meet the bands, the production crews, band management and marketing teams, etc. Trust me, go to the music.

Tip 2) Always remember to follow up. Within a week of receiving a business card or contact info for a new industry contact, send them an email just as a reminder of meeting you. Be sure to mention anything specific said in your debut conversation with them to refresh their memory a bit. Keep it short and simple, just a quick hello. Don't try to sell them on anything right away. Establish the relationship.

Tip 3) Identify what you want to accomplish and determine who you really need to network with to help you achieve the wanted success. If you are wanting to tour, then try to network with local booking agents and show promoters. If you are wanting to create a buzz around your upcoming album, then network with publicists and radio promoters.

Tip 4) Never turn down an opportunity. And by opportunity, I mean the chance to increase your clout, if even by a small amount. If possible try to attend all events you are asked to attend if only as a favor to a new industry contact. This means personal appearances, live performances, or maybe even guest judging a contest. Any chance you get to increase your clout in the music world, take it. Until you can afford not to...

Tip 5) Try not to piss anyone off, at least nothing too serious that could last a long time. You never know what opportunities you could miss just because you were a hard a** to people on nights that weren't going your way.

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Love Rage Comedy Collabs with The Woody Wood Sound "Childrens Dub"

Hails from Youngstown, OH. This the second time we collabed (was while I was in Love Rage Comedy.) The first track was titled "Evil All Over" (vocals under Sirius Thots) then the second was "Children's Dub" (The song below) which was an instrumental he produced (under The Woody Wood Sound) with AbandonLandon on guitars and then with myself laying down a heavy bassline. As well as James Suggs on trumpet.

Children’s Dub