Mikal – Episode

By Maja C

Mikal returns to Dispatch with another lethal EP, featuring the growling, syncopated riddim that is Episode. Get it here.

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Taylor Swift Prepping for Summer Sexual Assault Trial Against Former KYGO Host David Mueller

Taylor Swift is prepping for her summer sexal assault trial against former KYGO host David Mueller, who sued her back in 2015. Mueller claims that Swift falsely accused him of groping her during a meet and greet photo in 2013, leading to the loss of his job. At the trial, the “Blank Space” singer plans to bring in an expert who will analyze his behavior at the event, and whether it is in step with a likely perpetrator of sexual assault.

Read more from the source: http://www.musictimes.com/articles/75226/20170517/taylor-swift-prepping-summer-sexual-assault-trial-against-former-kygo.htm

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EastColors – Keys

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EastColors marks his exclusive signing to Demand Records with the Keys EP, featuring a heart-wrenching title track. Get it here.

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Katy Perry Announces New Album Title ‘Witness’ and Reveals Fall Tour Dates

Katy Perry has announced her new album title, ‘Witness,’ as well as revealing fall tour dates. The record is slated for release on Capitol Records on June 9. Singles “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley and the follow-up “Bon Appetit” with Migos have already been released. Perry has also revealed her fall tour dates for the album.

Read more from the source: http://www.musictimes.com/articles/75225/20170515/katy-perry-announces-new-album-title-witness-reveals-fall-tour.htm

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Hit The Road: 3 Tips For The Ultimate Summer Following Your Favorite Bands

By Emma Sturgis

Summer is a time for adventure. When you aren’t busy dealing with school assignments, this is a perfect time to make some memories. Going to concerts is right at the top of the list for many music lovers. However, you can really take this to the next level by deciding to follow your favorite band on tour. This can be a fun way to be a part of your favorite band’s tour while seeing many different cities along the way. While this is a grand adventure, it is always important to stay safe when you are on the road for long periods of time. Here are three tips for the ultimate summer while following your favorite band.

Make A Budget And Stick To It

One of the easiest mistakes to make while on the road is overspending and running out of money. This is something that you absolutely do not want to have happen when you are thousands of miles away from home. Make sure that you plan your budget out carefully before you leave on your trip. No matter what, you need to stick to this budget. You should also have an emergency supply of money in the event of an unforeseen auto repair or other problem.

Drive Carefully

When you are spending hours a day driving, it is important that you are alert behind the wheel. If you are traveling with other friends, find out how to add them to your insurance for the summer so that they can help with the driving. You will need to make sure that you are especially careful when traveling near semi-trucks. Trucker accidents are events that can greatly impact your life and many times cause death. Be very attentive when you are sharing the road with these large vehicles. If you do get in an accident, speak with a tractor trailer accident lawyer to help you move forward.

Less Is More

During your summer road trip, you will not have very much space in your vehicle or hotel rooms. This is especially true if you are traveling with your friends. While you might want to pack different outfits for every concert of the summer, this could be an unrealistic goal. Make sure that you are only packing your essentials. This will help you keep track of all of your belongings much more easily. Refrain from buying too much band merchandise when you are on this summer tour as well. The less clutter you have in your car and hotel room, the better your summer adventure is going to be.

Summer is such a fun time in and of itself, but traveling to see some of your favorite bands can make it even more fun as well. Above are some tips to consider if you are following your favorite bands this summer. If you make a budget, drive carefully, and pack wisely you should be set to have an enjoyable summer with many memories to last.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/hit-the-road-3-tips-for-the-ultimate-summer-following-your-f.html

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Commix – White Trash

By Maja C

Serious dubplate pressure from Commix on the Dispatch Dubplate series, rolling out the quintessential stepper that is White Trash. Get it here.

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3 Easy Fixes To Make Your Music Website Even Better

By Bandzoogle

This post by Dave Kusek originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before… as a musician, you need to have a website.

Sure, it’s easy enough to put together a website for your music, but making a REALLY EFFECTIVE website? One that will help you actually engage with your fans and sell more music? That’s a little more difficult.

So I’ve got some easy and quick fixes you can do to take your website from good to GREAT.

To help you make sure your website is a powerful tool that will help you grow your fanbase, connect with your fans, and sell more music, merch, and tickets, Dave Cool from Bandzoogle and I are hosting a free website webinar on Thursday, May 18 at 1PM EST. See the agenda below…

Sign up for free to join us live, or sign up to get the free recorded replay.

But in the meantime, here are some musician website basics and best practices you can start using right now.

Give Each Page a Purpose

I want you to start thinking of your website like a tool – something that will help you promote your music, connect with your fans, unlock opportunities, or sell music and merch.

[The Complete Guide to Selling Your Music Online]

And that means each and every page needs to have a specific purpose – something that you want to accomplish through the content on the page or some action you want your fans to take after viewing the page.

So if you have a gig page, the purpose should be to sell tickets to your upcoming gigs. You should have a gig calendar with buttons to purchase tickets, and possibly an email signup form where you offer some kind of gig-related incentive in exchange for an email address (like early access to tickets, or notifications of secret meetups or events).

In the same way, if you have a press page or EPK, all the information on that page should be 100% focused on getting press coverage or a review. You don’t need an email signup form, a gig calendar, or social media feeds.

[How to easily build an EPK using Bandzoogle’s Preset Page Templates]

As a little exercise, take a look at your own website. For each and every page, ask yourself, “What is the purpose of this page? What am I trying to get my fans to do? What am I trying to accomplish?” If you cannot think of a specific purpose for a page, change it, consolidate it into another page, or just remove it entirely.

Keep Your Navigation Simple

This builds off the previous point, but you really want to keep your website’s navigation as simple and straightforward as possible. The last thing you want is for people to click off your website because they can’t find what they’re looking for.

As a rule of thumb, don’t have more than 8 buttons in your navigation and limit the amount of sub-navigation pages you have if possible.

So instead of having a “Gig” tab with sub-navigation pages for gig calendar, live recordings, book a house concert, and live photos, consolidate to pre-existing pages. Your live recordings can go to your music page, your live photos can go to your media page, and house concerts could become a separate tab if it’s something you want to really focus on.

Focus on Engagement

Once you’ve simplified and streamlined your website, you need to ask yourself, “What will keep my fans coming back again and again?”

For the most part, musicians will keep their website pretty static and maybe update it every few months. That’s definitely a good start, but first and foremost, your website is the place where you will sell music, sell merch, and get fans on your email list, right? And if fans aren’t going back to your website on a regular basis they won’t be exposed to those offers.

So how can you keep your website’s content fresh, dynamic, and interesting? One options is to create a blog where you publish new content on a certain schedule – maybe it’s once a week, or maybe once a month, the key is to find a schedule that works for you.

I know “blogging” sounds kind of silly to a lot of people, but it’s important to remember that a blog doesn’t have to be you just writing about your day diary-style. You can write posts or release videos on whatever topics interest you.

Use your blog to share more insider-access to you and your music. You could easily create a blog post about how you get a certain tone or how you set up your gear, you could do video tutorials of your songs, you could post monthly Q&A’s with questions that you gather from social media, or you could share the behind-the-scenes process of your current project.

As a bonus tip – try giving each blog post a purpose by linking to relevant items on your store, gig page, or email signup form. So if you’re taking fans behind the scenes at your gigs in a blog post, link to your gig page. If you’re talking about the tone from your newest single, link to a place where they can actually purchase it.

AGENDA:

Here are a few things you’ll learn during the webinar:

  • We’re going to tell you exactly what you need to include on your website and WHY (so you don’t miss out on opportunities and sales)

  • We’ll break down the big website mistakes to avoid (You’d be surprised how many musicians make these mistakes, but we’ll show you EASY ways to fix them!)

  • Learn the 3 DIFFERENT audiences your website needs to be serving (most musicians only focus on 1)

  • Enter for a chance to win a LIVE WEBSITE REVIEW! (Yep – a few of you will get live feedback on your website and actionable tips for how you can make it BETTER :)

  • Plus all your burning website questions answered during the live Q&A

Sign up to join us live or sign up to get the recorded replay.

We hope to see you there!

Dave Kusek is the founder of the New Artist Model, an online music business school for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers, and songwriters. He is also the founder of Berklee Online, co-author of The Future of Music, and a member of the team who brought MIDI to the market.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/3-easy-fixes-to-make-your-music-website-even-better.html

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Gerra & Stone ft. Visionobi – Rogue Elements Promo Mix

By Maja C

Gerra & Stone deliver an exclusive promo mix ahead of the Rogue Elements launch party, showcasing all their own tracks or remixes with Visionobi on hosting duties.

Digging deep, it’s a perfect example of the calibre of selection to expect on the night. With some serious legends in tow, this is going to be one helluva launch. Get amongst it – tickets available here.

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Summer Safety: 4 Tips For Staying Safe At Concerts This Season

By Emma Sturgis

One of the most enjoyable summer activities is going to see your favorite band live. With concert attendance at an all-time high, you need to make sure that you are taking all of the necessary steps to stay safe during your concert experience. Here are four tips that will keep you safe at concerts this season.

Make Sure You Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water is something that you don’t think about when you are in the middle of rocking out to your favorite song. However, it is very important that you are drinking enough water in order to stay hydrated throughout the concert. If you fail to stay hydrated, you could get in some serious health trouble when you are stricken with heat exhaustion during a long music festival. Even before you feel like you are thirsty, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to ensure that you will not fall victim to dehydration.

Only Drink Alcohol In Moderation

While it can be fun to have a beer or two while watching one of your favorite bands, it is important to make sure you are only drinking in moderation. This will help you to avoid making poor decisions during and after the concert. Never drive drunk! Even if you have to leave your car overnight, make sure you hire an Uber, a taxi, or take public transportation. If you do ever find yourself behind the wheel while intoxicated, you may have to face the legal ramifications of this choice. This will result in you having to seek legal professionals, like Thomas A Corletta, pay steep fines, and possibly serve jail time. Do the right thing and restrain from driving if you have had any alcohol to drink the evening of your concert.

Always Protect Your Hearing

When you have been waiting to see your favorite bands for months or maybe even years, it can be very tempting to watch the concert from the very first row. Protecting your hearing is imperative when you are this close to the main speaker system. Invest in some earplugs before you attend your favorite concert to avoid damaging your hearing.

Keep Your Money Hidden

Pick-pocketing is a serious problem for many concert goers. It is important that you have a safe way of storing your money and other personal belongings when at a concert. There are many money concealers for travelers that would be a perfect way to protect your money while you are rocking out at your favorite concert.

Concerts can be some of the most entertaining parts of the summer. It’s a time to rock out to your favorite bands and enjoy time with friends. Make sure that you use the above safety tips to ensure that you are being conscious of your health and safety as well.

Read more from the source: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/summer-safety-4-tips-for-staying-safe-at-concerts-this-seaso.html

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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Securing Brand Sponsorship

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