About Walter

I am the owner at Indie Music Bus and Indie Music Monday and you might have guessed that I love independent music!
18 08, 2019

Mini Indie Music Bus (Photos)

By |2019-08-28T11:15:54-04:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Official|Tags: , , , , , |

Here are the before photos of the emergency van we purchased to convert to our first mini Indie Music Bus™. Next the red stripes will be removed and our logos added. We will be using it to attend music conferences and to camp during VIP concerts with camping options like Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival On the inside, we will be removing some things and adding two swivel chairs and computers on the side where the black bench is now. The computer's will be used for signups, promo videos, mobile Indie Music Bus™ Engine promotions, live video news feeds! It's feels so amazing knowing that we will soon be on the road doing live video feed band interviews, venue and concert reviews and meeting many of our favorite independent acts! #IndieMusicBus #Mobile There are [...]

10 08, 2019

Guest Author About Music Related Topics

By |2019-08-10T06:39:02-04:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Guest Author, Official, Opportunities|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest Author Hello again, Walter here! Will you be a guest author at Indie Music Bus? We would like to give folks more exposure and give our readers more diversity in subject matter! That's why we are opening up our blog to guest authors. There is no monetization on our site so we are not going to make any money for your content. If you're interested, read on! Content Types We are looking for content on just about anything that's music related! Authors can be musicians, songwriters, radio people, bloggers, or music fans! 800 words minimum! Music Reviews Interviews Stories From the Road DIY Help Guides Music Release Backstories (Self Promotion) General Music Commentary or History Product Reviews   What's Needed We are looking for unique content that has never been published! You can repost your content on other blogs [...]

6 08, 2019

Independent Bands & Artists Benefit from the Partnering of Bandsintown, HypeBot and Billboard

By |2019-08-07T06:57:33-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Industry Interviews, Music Industry News|Tags: , , , , , |

In this quick email interview with Bruce Houghton we inquired about Billboard partnering with Bands in Town Group and why Hypebot and Music Think Tank are now owned by Bands In Town. Good day and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us! IMB: What is Bands in Town for Artists? Bruce Houghton: Bandsintown For Artists is our free app and toolkit that helps artists grow their fanbase and sell more tickets. That includes uploading tour dates and spreading them across the web, building a fanbase of “trackers,” messaging them about upcoming shows and other offers, and using Bandsintown’s analytics to tour and market more strategically. IMB: How did you land the job of running their Twitter account or is there more to it than that? Bruce: Bandsintown acquired my blogs Hypebot.com [...]

6 08, 2019

New Crowdfunding Platform ROCCR.COM Offers First Projects at No Cost @ROCCRS

By |2019-08-14T10:34:12-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Official, Opportunities, Partnership|Tags: , , , , , , , |

ROCCR.COM – the next chapter in crowdfunding   With our partner, Indie Music Bus, we’re looking for bands and artists who want to get their next project off the ground. It could be a new tour or a recording session to get your album recorded.  It could be for your first demo or anything that helps bring your fans closer to you and keep them more involved in what you're doing. The first batch of projects can go live on our new site at no cost.  The driving force behind our new crowdfunding site - ROCCR.com, is to be as upfront and honest with costs, as possible. Usually, it would cost £99 to list a project,  but we're waiving that fee, entirely,  for the first few projects on the site, so - get in touch! To do that - just [...]

1 08, 2019

The album is dead, long live the single: How Music Streaming is Transforming the Music Industry via @likeutopiamusic

By |2019-08-01T05:22:15-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Guest Author|Tags: , , , |

  This guest article by Utopia Music originally posted on Medium The year was 1992 and grunge was the biggest trend in US rock music as bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains dominated the album charts. It would seem like a particularly unusual time to sign a college rock band consisting of four ordinary-looking guys whose style and demeanor were the antithesis of the grunge aesthetic. Yet this was the year that Atlantic Records signed Hootie and the Blowfish, whose debut album went on to sell millions of copies globally. But this was not a lucky punch made solely on the basis of the gut instinct of an A&R man. In fact, Hootie and the Blowfish was one of the first examples of how data would transform the music industry. An assistant at a recently created research arm of [...]

20 07, 2019

Music Review: Settin’ Myself on Fire by Christina Taylor @ChristinaTMusic

By |2019-07-21T07:32:26-04:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , |

Walter here, and I want to start off with a little story. Me and my wife have been listening to Christina Taylor's music for a few years now. In May of 2018, we had the opportunity to attend the Key West Songwriters Festival and saw Christina perform in an intimate and romantic musical environment. It was on an awesome sailboat at sunset just after a storm. There were about 25+ people aboard. Some of Christina's family were there and an entourage of musicians and songwriters and some very lucky fans. They performed for us while we enjoyed the ride and the amazing scenery! After the performances, there were complementary finger foods and drinks being served from the galley below. Fans and artists, we all hung out and chatted on the ride back. Everyone was so down to earth and [...]

20 07, 2019

Is Your Brand Part of the Music Industry’s Future? Let’s Talk!

By |2019-07-20T08:05:32-04:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: Official|Tags: , , , |

For the next few months, we are going to interview brands inventing new technologies and services that are the future of the music industry. Because we care about artist fairness, we will be looking for that from these brands. Over the years we have seen new tech come and go. The current mainstream music industry is ever evolving into something new. Artists are more in control of their own destiny then ever before. Many artists are also entrepreneurs who really care about their peers. They work to do something about the unfairness still found in the industry. Some of them team up with great people to foster change. They work to invent new processes and technologies towards the goal of artist fairness and industry transparency. Are you someone we can interview about your company and services? We would love to [...]

17 07, 2019

YYNOT @YYNOTBand

By |2019-07-17T07:55:19-04:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Acts On The Bus|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit Frank Rodrick It's rare for me to come across an act that just blows me away. And then for me to love every song from their latest album is even more rare! YYNOT has the wife and I giddy! Their live sessions are equally impressive and will leave you stunned. Road trips seem to be so much shorter and fun. Their music forces you to embrace the journey and forget about the destination for a time. If you are into progressive rock music, there's so much to love about YYNOT. We believe they are going to continue to grow their fan-base at each and every venue during tours, there's just no stopping them now! Watch this space for our review of Resonance as soon as we are able! Are you also a fan?Be sure to [...]

15 07, 2019

How to Get More Free Views on Facebook

By |2019-07-15T17:44:35-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: DIY Music Business, Official, Tips|Tags: , , |

I will try to help you get more free views on Facebook for 2019 in this short article. You are not alone in your struggle to be heard or at least feel noticed. Getting to that is a process of understanding your following. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will certainly help a lot! Thankfully there are tools to help you find out, Facebook (Insights) and Twitter (Analytics). I am going to help you learn how! In Facebook (Insights), you are looking to achieve a high engagement score. That's what drives free traffic! If you find that your highest engagement is when you post an image that's related to the topic and that you asked a question. Do that more often! To find out which are you best performing posts, got to "Insights" and then to "Posts" where you can [...]

13 07, 2019

Music Review: Hourglass by YYNOT @YYNOTband

By |2019-07-13T16:15:09-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , |

Hourglass Reviewers: Walter and Darlene Hargrave The “years go by like a flash.” There’s “only so many grains in the hourglass.”  Time is not limitless.  I won’t waste the reader’s time here comparing and contrasting YYNOT to those early sounds of Rush.  I’d rather savor this flavor.  YYNOT encased their original lyrics for “Hourglass” in a rhythm of such nostalgia, it makes me giddy.  YYNOT put in a timely amount of practice into making this song Peart-fect.  Stream it or go to their concert because this song is radio-rebellious five minutes in length. As you may have guessed, “Hourglass” is about time. If you read between the lines, it’s specifically about wasting time being unhappy by wishing, waiting and grasping.  There’s only so many grains of time and it trickles away unnoticed.  So, when inspiration and realization strike, [...]