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FISHINABOX: Taiji Cove an Environmental Documentary performed in DUBSTEP

TAIJI COVE coverThis month has seen a massive amount of political music hitting the subculture scene across the pond. The most attention grabbing being TAIJI COVE due for release in February by Fishinabox Records.

This album blows the lid off the Japanese Dolphin and Whale-hunting scams and has become a hot ticket in a number of London protests against Japan. We got hold of a spokesman at FISHINABOX who admitted the Album had been leaked early to demonstrators and organisations working to bring an end to the Japanese Dolphin and Whale business.

The Album was heard in the very heart of London Oxford Street, China Town, Trafalgar Square being played by protesters on portable speakers by our MusicBiz reporter.

A large number of supporters on the Jan 17th Demonstration were seen wearing the Album logo’s, Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark in the hit TV series Game of Thrones was spotted holding a FISHINABOX T Shirt in Trafalgar Square among other up and coming environmentalists and protesters.

TAIJI COVE VALANTINES DISC black CMYKWe caught up with Andie Handei Kumafaro, Horn and Keyboard player for the underground label in Trafalgar Square. He declined a full interview with the Music Biz over the Album Project but commented “The most part of what we do is really just about spreading the message. As a music collective we try to stay anonymous and in the shadows where we belong when compared to the issues at hand. let the album speak for itself, if you are looking for speakers then real credit on this should lie with those representing the organizing Charities and Ric O’Barry’s work, Will Travers for the Born Free Foundation and Dominic Dyer for Care for the Wild who have really clarified the issues here today”.

FISHINABOX had held up release of the Album commercially for over a month to allow it for unlimited download, sharing and use in Demonstration actions by protesters. The protests, from the FISHINABOX Website schedule, should complete within the next couple of weeks.

Look out for this mind blowing release from FISHINABOX Mid February, raw but definitely worth a look, The Music Biz rate’s this Album rating 8/10
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Drum&BassArena 2017: 60 tracks, 5 exclusives, 3 CDs, countless vibes…

By Maja C

We’re kickstarting the sunny season with our first major album release of 2017, featuring essential cuts from Goldie, Noisia, Sub Focus, Digital, The Prototypes, Alix Perez, SpectraSoul, Dawn Wall and loads more…

Arranged across three on-point mixes, Drum&BassArena 2017 comes complete with 5 exclusive tracks that won’t be available anywhere else from The Prototypes & Prolix, Digital, The Vanguard Project, Dub Motion and Coda.

Each exclusive is consummately blended amid some of the most exciting, innovative and scene-uniting tracks released in recent times. Ranging from the incendiary festival fireworks of acts such as Friction and Original Sin to sweet golden summer-bound soul from the likes of Technimatic and Dub Phizix with a maze of industrial strength techy details in between from The Upbeats, Black Sun Empire and Emperor, Drum&BassArena 2017 is the essential bass document for any true Junglist. Get it in your ears!

Drum&BassArena 2017 is out now. Buy/ stream it here

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How To Make A Stunning Music Blog Using WordPress

By Sumit Kumar

Music, undoubtedly, soothes everyone’s mood & is a therapy to mind & soul! You will find hardly anyone who is not interested in listening to a melodious track after a long day. So, if you are a music lover or musician/artist or alike, then blogging could help you to find similar persons who share the same interest as of you & which can lead to a community of music-lovers. In the following easy steps, you can start your own blog & will be able to communicate with your fans, promoters & other significant people.

  • Hosting & Domain name
  • You will firstly need a name for your blog! It should be catchy & have a nice ring to ears, although it should not be extra-flashy. You can even go for a shared hosting if the price is bothering you. However, once your blog starts getting more traffic you always have an option of moving to a dedicated hosting.

  • Select a platform
  • Although you will find many platforms, but undoubtedly WordPress is the best among all. Simply because WordPress does not ask you to be a technical genius, it is precisely developed for all bloggers & understand that you are a music lover, not a tech pro! Moreover, you will find many products including WordPress Themes & plugins which are easy to use & customize. And the best part they are less time consuming & painless in setting up. You can check out few of the following themes for your music blog:

    1. Musical

    Musical is a complete package for any show business which comes from a reliable marketplace of themes & offers premium support. Apart from that, the theme is developed to be a super fast theme with a clean & minimalistic design. Also, there is a custom music section in masonry display which allows you to post your music, playlists & much more. And the best part you will get all these features for free as this theme is one of the best 2017’s Free WordPress Themes.

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    2. Music

    A responsive layout with retina ready features to ensure the performance of the site, this theme is a brilliant choice for your music blog or site. This theme uses a full-width music background to capture the attention of the visitor & is supported by all posts, layouts & featured section. Also, it features an Ajax navigation to play music throughout your site & does not get interrupted while users go back & forth the with the options.

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    3. Musik

    This theme is a brilliant combination of a stunning design & fully functional layout. The theme enables you to sell your music as it offers the support to sell single audio or bundle album. Additionally, the theme has a highly customizable framework which lets you customize your site as per your choice.

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  • Start Blogging
  • First two steps are mechanical, but here in this step, you will need all the creativity you can muster! Since music is the genre of your blog, your content should match the tone of your genre. Moreover, your content should be interesting enough to keep readers on your blog for a longer time. Also, you should try to interact with your visitors as much as you can using different social media platforms & RSS support. The interaction with the visitors encourages them to promote you everywhere! Also, once your blog starts to get momentum, you can monetize your blog with advertising & affiliate marketing.

    The possibilities with a blog are many & if you are running a music blog, the opportunities increase. It is your chance to get recognition along with pursuing your hobby & interest in music. Best of luck!

    Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/how-to-make-a-stunning-music-blog-using-wordpress.html

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    Mystic State – Viewpoint (ft. Lucy Kitchen)

    By Maja C

    Mystic State return with the stunning Viewpoint EP on their Chikara Project imprint, featuring Lucy Kitchen’s dulcet tones on the title track. Pre-order here.

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    Headphone Shopping? 5 Key Qualities To Look For

    By Dixie Somers

    So your old pair of headphones has bitten the dust and it’s time to find a new pair. If you have tried out more than a couple pairs of headphones, you know by now that finding a pair you like is a tricky business. Some produce only treble sounds, canceling out your well-loved bass. Others allow you to hear noise around you or let people around you hear your music. When you are buying your next set of headphones, consider these five qualities that are integral in purchasing the right set for you.

    Noise-Cancelation

    Noise-cancelation ensures that you will be completely ensconced in your music and unable to hear anything else going on around you. These types of headphones are often on the pricey end of the cost spectrum because of the added technology. Noise-cancelation devices make recordings of background noises before using an inverse sound wave to remove the ambient noise. These work best in situations where you experience mild background noise, such as engine noise, rather than in situations with sudden bursts of noise.

    Comfort

    There are numerous styles of headphones, and which ones are the most comfortable depends on your preferences and on the shape of your ears. Earbuds and in-ear headphones are very small and sit directly in the ear. On-ear headphones rest on the outermost part of the ear and are larger than in-ear headphones while being generally more comfortable as well. Over-ear headphones are very large and completely circle the ears, allowing little to no noise to be leaked. However, they can be hot and uncomfortable for some.

    Wireless Compatibility

    If you like to be wire-free, consider headphones that communicate with your music-playing device via Bluetooth. Many of these options allow you to control your music from the headphones. Be aware that you will have to recharge these often and that you may not get the best sound quality from them.

    Sensitivity

    Sensitivity refers to the amount of sound you can get out of your headphones. This number is often measured in decibels of SPL per milliwatt. Most headphones have ranges from 85-120, and ranges higher than 120 could cause ear pain.

    Impedance

    Impedance refers to how much power is needed to make sound come out of your headphones. This number is important to note based on what you plan on connecting to your headphones. For example, if you are connecting them to a mobile device, headphones with low impedance will be just fine. However, if you are connecting them to a more powerful amplifier, you will need high-quality headphones with a higher impedance.

    Just because your friends rave about a certain brand or style of headphones does not mean it is the right set for you. You need to consider how you plan on using your headphones, what feels comfortable to you and what sound qualities are important to you. Once you answer these questions, be sure to try on the headphones in the store and listen to music on them before finalizing your purchase. Visit a site like Tivoli Hi-Fi Pty Ltd for more information and options.

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    EastColors – Drum&BassArena Guest Mix

    By Maja C

    EastColors treats us to a mammoth mix to celebrate his recent signing to Demand Records, as well as the release of the sublime Keys EP. Get it here.

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    Ill Truth – Discover

    By Maja C

    Gritty sounds from Ill Truth on Break’s Symmetry Recordings. Pre-order the EP here.

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    Top 7 Money Tips for Bands Touring Abroad

    By Daniel Matthews

    Whether you like it or not, when you’re touring, selling merch, and making gig money, your band is a business—a limited liability corporation (LLC), if you choose to register that way. As such, it pays to think about how you’re going to manage the business, particularly if you’re touring abroad. Granted, a manager can do this for you—but you have to pay her, don’t you? Why not handle this stuff yourself?
    Foreign tours are a high-stakes game. You stand to make money, but you can also lose your butt on an expensive tour. You’re probably going to want to do at least some tourism, see the sites, taste the local food, enjoy the local, uh, substances (no judgments here). At the end of it all, you’re lucky if you can break even.
    Take the luck out of it. Check out these tips to ensure you return in a better financial place than where you started.

    Beware of Hidden Travel Fees

    Going to be using a credit card while on tour? There are hidden travel fees you should know about. One of them is the credit transaction fee. Your credit card company will charge you more just for making a purchase abroad. Typically, the fee is 3 percent of your total purchase, or it’s a flat-fee of $1. Over time, these fees can add up something fierce. If you want to withdraw money from an ATM, there are surcharges on that too. In point of fact: take cash with you or open a band account with a bank that partners with an overseas bank, because you won’t see an added fee for using an ATM.
    Another problem is the Value-Added-Tax (VAT) on top of purchases. In Europe, it’s 15 to 25 percent, depending on what country you’re in. But in some countries you can get a VAT refund. Look for stores that offer one. Then, have the merchant fill out a tax free form and attach your receipt. At the airport or border, have the customs office stamp your refund doc, and take it to a refund service. This may seem tedious, but it can save you a lot of money in long haul.

    Deduct the Miles You Drive and Other Expenses

    This is kind of complicated, but, according to Article 17 of the OECD Tax Convention, “the State in which the activities of a non-resident entertainer or sportsman are performed is allowed to tax the income derived from these activities.” Essentially this means when you’re performing abroad, the countries you play in can tax you on anything you make from the performance. Keep documentation on your expenses, as they figure into your actual income. And register as a business here in the US.
    Say, for example, you’re playing in Australia. Going to be driving from Sydney to play a show in Newcastle? Using the band card to buy some witchetty grubs and Anzac biscuits for lunch on the way? Buying some strings at Allans Billy Hyde in Sydney? You can deduct band business expenses on your US taxes, but you have to track your miles and keep your receipts. Thankfully, there are apps for tracking miles and digitizing receipts, so you don’t have to run around like a turkey trying to hang onto your records. Do your research ahead of time and make sure you’re prepared to take full advantage of small business tax deductions. Australia might be able to tax you for your performance, but, here in America, you can get money back for your travel expenses because you’re technically a small business.

    Take the Least Amount of Gear Possible

    There are limits to how much baggage you can check with airlines, and most types of gear won’t fit in carry-on compartments. Disc Makers offers a pretty good guide on managing your gear during international travel. Basically, it comes down to only taking what you really need. If you can’t stand to transfer those electric piano sounds onto a workstation synth, you’ll have to ship the piano separately. If you’re shipping instruments or checking them with the airline, just make sure they’re well-protected in hardshell cases and/or boxes with styrofoam peanuts. And check with the airline ahead of time on their instrument transport accommodations. Finally, for instruments like drums, find out if there’s house gear available, or ask bands you’ll be playing with if you can use theirs.

    Minimize Your Group Size and Rent a Reliable Van

    The more people you take with you, the more you have to pay out. Tour managers are great, and it may be tough to part with yours, but are they doing anything you can’t do yourself? The same goes for sound techs and roadies. In terms of a tour van, go with a basic, reliable model. The fancier you get, the more it’ll cost you.

    Save on Accommodations

    Couchsurfing.com, AirBnB, and hostels are a band’s best friends. If the venue or promoter doesn’t take care of your accommodations, consider looking into an inexpensive space instead. And, it doesn’t hurt to make friends at the show who may offer you a place to stay.

    Save on Snacks

    Don’t fall for highway convenience store gnosh in a country like Germany, where you can hit the Autohof, a gas station near the highway that has cheaper eats. In general, highway gas stations are going to be expensive wherever you are, so try spending a little extra time off the highway at the local eateries. The food’s better too.

    Save on Calls

    Mary from Punk Planet makes a good point: “On tour it’s important that the promoters and/or your booker can reach you.” With the majority of US cellphone carriers (besides T-Mobile), you’ll pay extra for phone calls abroad. Try getting a cheap phone with a SIM card in the country or region where you’re touring. You’ll also be able to use GPS, which is ever-so-important in finding your way to venues, but you won’t be able to make calls at the same time (in Europe). The nice thing is, you can make Wi-Fi calls for free using Facebook, Skype, Viber, and Google. Don’t pay your US carrier a boatload just to make calls and texts overseas. Take advantage of Wi-Fi calling and texting, and consider a pre-paid band phone with local SIM card.

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    10 Things to Know About BTS, the Kpop Sensation Who Won Billboard Top Social Artist

    Who is BTS? The Kpop boy group won the Top Social Artist during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards show beating out Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendez by a huge margin. With many curious about this seven member group, we’ve compiled quite a list of information about BTS for you!what you need to know about BTS!

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    Sustance – Rugged

    By Maja C

    Sustance makes his Dispatch LTD debut with the superbly produced Allow (It) EP. Get it here.

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    Satl & Malaky – Still the Same

    By Maja C

    Satl joins the Integral Records family with a lush new EP, linking with Malaky on the smooth number that is Still the Same. Pre-order direct from the Integral shop. All vinyl purchases come with a free wav & mp3 copy.

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