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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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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Top Gear For DJs

By Music Think Tank


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Aerosmith, Keith Urban & The Chainsmokers to Play NCAA March Madness Music Festival for 2017

Aerosmith, Keith Urban and The Chainsmokers are just a few of the artists scheduled to play the NCAA March Madness Music Festival for 2017. Other acts performing that weekend are Blink-182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grouplove, Capital Cities, Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

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Calibre – Enter

By Maja C

Calibre returns with a dub-infused stepper – forthcoming on The Deep, his 14th album on Signature. Get it here.

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Top Gear for DJs

By Joe Pacheco

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Every musician has a certain style and preference, and for DJs, being different is what it’s going to take to make you stand out in the industry. One way an artist does this is by using and discovering new gear. Gear not only increases productivity but also can add new elements to your sound. Here’s some of the most innovative equipment for DJs to look out for.

Roli Blocks

We were all blown away when Roli introduced their RISE line because it completely expanded the functionality of the midi keyboard. Well, we should have expected nothing short of innovation from them because they did it again with their 2017 NAMM release of BLOCKS; a music pad that is perfect for the musician on the go. Some great features about BLOCKS are its portability as well as it being a unit that you can expand as you grow.

Akai MPC Live

Akai is one of the most budget-friendly brands on the market and is well renowned for their quality as well as their innovative products. One product line that Akai has had great success with is their MPC line. The MPC Live is a stand-alone production unit that gives artists traditional capabilities such as drum pads, manual volume with modern capabilities such as flawless touch screen, which keeps it up to date with modern technology. MPC Live gives you the flexibility of producing on the go as well as being something to use for live performance.

Pioneer Toraiz AS-1

Pioneer is a staple and has been around in the music industry since DJ’s started rising up out of the underground. The Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 is a new release that is an analog synth designed by Dave Smith. The Toraiz AS-1 is the perfect analog synth for stage performance, production or on the go production due to its small compact size and price.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol

The Native instruments Traktor Kontrol line has been well-known in the DJ world for quite some time now. Though they have not released a new product to the line in some time, it can be anticipated that they will, and it will be something completely groundbreaking. The Traktor Kontrol is one of the best DJ controllers on the market and is perfect for any artist because of its Stems sampling system.

Denon DJ VL-12

Record scratchers unite! This turntable by Denon is everything a DJ could ever ask for in turntable. Denon is known for their attention to details and they really show that on this piece of gear with its user-friendly features such as acoustic isolating feet and one of the best adjustable talk features in any turntable on the market.

One of the greatest parts of being a musician is trying to stand out, and staying up to date with the latest and best gear is one way of doing that. Next time you’re in the market for new DJ gear, try one of these products by some of the industry’s leading brands.

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Top 5 Things Record Labels Look For

By Joe Pacheco

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So you’re a bit of a bad ass, huh? You’ve got the sound that’s waiting to be discovered and are ready for the big leagues. Just because you’ve got the sound doesn’t mean you’ve got the deal these days. Now you’re thinking to yourself, what do record labels look for when signing an artist?
Here are the top five things record labels look for in an artist before giving them a deal.

Branding/marketing:

Good branding and marketing are key in today’s music world. You have to be established first for a label to even consider looking at you. Branding really validates to a label that you are more than just music, that you are a brand people will want to invest in. Your clothes, the way you act, and even what you stand for all go into this category. It is important to be someone that is modern and someone that people can relate to.

In addition to branding, marketing is a big deal to labels. Have an amazing online presence that can’t be second-guessed is vital. In order to have this, be on every social platform, engage with your followers, and post consistently. Having a viral video or a few viral posts or tweets really impresses labels and prove to them that you’ve got this down.

Online Stats:

With the advancement of digital streaming platforms, labels like to see how many plays, downloads, and followers you have. If your music doesn’t have the plays, they aren’t going to take a risk on you because streaming is what they’ll be relying on most for a profit.

Touring:

How many shows you are playing, where you are playing them, and how many people are coming out to your shows all matter to a label. This is where you prove to a label that you’ve got the work ethic it takes to make this a career and that the shows you are playing are good enough for you to make money. Having a band manager or agent is almost a must to get you into the best venues.

Production Quality:

Having great recordings and production quality is an important thing that a label looks at. It proves that the artist cares about their product and that the artist is just as meticulous as them when it comes to the quality of their music. This means that you have to put a good chunk of money aside to get the best mastering possible and not jeopardize saving money by taking handouts.

Attitude:

You could have all of these things and have the greatest sound in the world, but if you have a bad attitude, you’re better off relying on scratch offs for that big break. For real though, labels want to make sure they have the best candidate that fits their company and mission and if the artist they are looking to sign does not fit in with them, business won’t be smooth.

When you think you have it all and are ready for a label deal, make sure you keep these tips in mind. Hopefully now you have the answer to “What do record labels look for?” If you do, labels will most likely already be looking at you to take you to the next level.

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How To Keep Your Singing Voice Healthy When You’re In A Function Band

By Function Central

Singing several nights a week can take its toll on your voice – especially if you’re belting out rock anthems in a function band. Keeping your voice healthy requires lifestyle adjustments, great technique and proper warm-ups. But even if you’re doing everything right, illness and stress can leave your voice strained and fatigued. Here are a few tips and remedies to get your voice ready for the stage, even when you’re not feeling your best.

1. Hydration
• Hydration is important any day of the week, but keeping your vocal cords hydrated on gig days especially keeps them limber and prevents damage. While it won’t offer immediate relief – it can take about 20 minutes for drinking water to actually reach your vocal cords – it’s important to stay topped up when performing.
• Up your intake of water during functions and make sure it’s room temperature. Extremely cold drinks can ‘shock’ your throat.
• Avoid dairy. Dairy thickens mucus which can make vocal cords feel ‘clogged’ – you can help counter this by drinking even more water.
• Steam – buy a small steamer from a chemist and take it with you to every function, it’s the only way to instantly hydrate your vocal cords and can work wonders on a tired voice.
• Room temperature flat lemonade mixed with water can also help a tired throat recover (recommended by Game of Thrones and West End star Hannah Waddingham).

2. Warm-ups and Cool-downs
• Always do a thorough warm-up before every performance. You’ll get more out of your voice, and feel more confident going on stage.
• Work all the way through your range on a ‘bubble’, a hum and a variety of vowels. A vocal warm-up app can help you cover every base.
• Don’t overdo it. A warm-up should be gentle and not too much hard work.
• Wrap up warm in cold weather. Wear a warm scarf to help your throat stay warm and avoid colds and chest infections.
• Many vocal coaches recommend a gentle cool-down after a performance such as slow, gentle sirens that work through your range.

3. Vocal Training
• If you’re not gigging regularly, it’s important to keep singing and doing your vocal training exercises to keep your voice in good working order. This is the time to challenge yourself in your exercises!
• If you’re past the point of weekly singing lessons, it’s a good idea to have a lesson every few months with a trusted teacher to make sure you’re not picking up any bad habits on stage.

4. On-stage Sound
• Poor on-stage sound is the number one way to tire out your voice, as you’re more likely to over-sing when you can’t hear yourself.
• Make sure you can hear yourself properly above the band. In-ear monitors are best, as you can control your own personal monitor mix and prevent hearing damage.
• Do a thorough sound check with the band to make sure you’re happy with your monitoring.
• Hiring a sound engineer is best to avoid fiddling with levels mid-performance.

5. Emergencies
If you have a cold or a throat infection that’s threatening to affect your voice, try the following:
• Vocal rest. It might be tempting to keep ‘testing’ your voice, but just keep quiet for as long as possible.
• Hydrate even more than usual – NO cold food/liquid, only room temperature drinks.
• Hot drinks? Vocal coaches seem divided on whether hot drinks are helpful before a gig – some say they can have a drying effect, others say they can soothe the vocal cords. Go with what works for you, but avoid green and black tea, coffee, and alcohol. Many singers find honey and lemon works for them.
• STEAM – steam as much as you can to get moisture directly to your cords.
• Avoid decongestants as they artificially dry the throat.
• Coughing tires and inflames vocal cords, so try cough remedies that dull the coughing reflex, such as peppermint tea. Drink constantly and take a warm flask on stage with you if you have a cough.
• Plan your set lists carefully. Avoid your hardest songs or plan how to style out the most testing sections. Start with your least challenging numbers to warm up, and leave some for the end, when your voice will be most tired.
• No whispering! This forces extra air through the vocal cords, which can irritate them.
• Vocalzones throat pastilles can help in emergencies, but aren’t recommended for everyday use as they could mask underlying problems.
• Perform. Even if your voice isn’t tip-top, you’ll have a range of tools at your disposal. You’re there to entertain your audience, so try to relax and focus on all the things you can do to put on a great show.

Written by Kat Dadswell and Hajar Woodland for Function Central, an agency for wedding bands, musicians & DJs.

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Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Muse and Arcade Fire Headlining Lollapalooza 2017

Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Muse and Arcade Fire, along with The Killers, will be headlining Lollapalooza 2017 this summer in Chicago. The festival runs from Aug. 3 to 6 and The XX, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Justice, alt-J, Cage The Elephant, The Head and The Heart, Ryan Adams, Liam Gallagher, Phantogram and Spoon will also be performing. Rising stars Rag’n’Bone Man, Maggie Mae, 6lack, Sampha and Jain will also be playing.

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Fearful, Amoss & Arkaik – Collective Conscience

By Maja C

Fearful links with Amoss & Arkaik for a masterclass in production on the aptly-titled Collective Conscience, forthcoming on Flexout. Get it here.

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Promoting Music Without Spending Much Money

By VED PRAKASH

Create Music Website

Considering the popularity of the internet in the present era, the first and the most important thing that you need to do for promoting your music is create a music website. This would be your personal website showcasing your talent. Here, you can upload songs and music that you have created. However, make sure to promote this website by using different means for attracting visitors. One beneficial thing that you can do is allow the visitors to listen to a part of your music completely free of charge. This website can also be used for selling music.

Make Use of the Social Media

Another good thing that you can do for promoting your music is making use of the social media. There are different social media platforms like MySpace, Twitter and Facebook that you can use for promoting your songs and music. The only thing that you need to do is create accounts on these platforms and start uploading the trailers of your music. You can even share the trailers on the social media platforms. This will help you in attracting listeners.

Join Music Websites

Joining reliable music websites is considered one of the easiest methods of music promotion. There are several music websites available throughout the internet. However, it is important for you to make clear inquiries prior to joining these websites. Try joining websites that have the ability of featuring your songs on their blogs and pages.

Conclusion

It is important for you to explore all the opportunities that come your way in order to promote your music in the best way possible.

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Zayn Malik Reveals New Song with PartyNextDoor on His Twitter Account

Zayn Malik has revealed his new song with PartyNextDoor via his Twitter account. The track is entitled “Still Got Time.” The singer did not include a caption nor any hints about a release date fans can expect.

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