28 03, 2020

Finding Love “In the Reading” with Kierstin Sieser

By |2020-03-28T08:07:38-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Album Review, Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , |

Sailors carry a shark’s tooth as a talisman against drowning. In a time when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, singer-songwriter Kierstin Sieser’s solo album, Shark Tooth Moon, is a seven-song talisman for a journey through deep waters and dark forests. "They are love songs, really," she explains--though not always in a traditional sense. “I think songs are like spells or a subconscious humming—they have a power when you sing them,” Sieser explains. While songs she wrote with band Tiny Ocean were about alienation, these songs emphasize “being seen… being found.” It’s a view achieved through glimpses in mirrors and still reflecting ponds. The lead single, “In the Reading,” starts with a wish to connect. With the feel of a folk song as old as mountains, it spirals into a refrain of “we’re going down and we don’t know how to [...]

20 03, 2020

Finding meaning with Austin James’ “On Life & Love”

By |2020-03-20T06:19:00-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are days... days spent wondering what makes life worth living.” Connecticut soul/folk/R&B fusion artist Austin James’ new song, “On Life & Love,” begins with guitar and soulful vocals resolving out of discord to ask this question. The song’s journey to release is a story of honesty and love finding a way. In times of trouble, it has special resonance. Its release includes being featured in an Abbott Global commercial--a placement that started with James’ efforts to manage his Type 1 diabetes. In January, James spoke and performed at an Abbott Global event where influencers shared their experiences with the FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor, designed for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. The device has “completely altered the way I manage my health on the road,” he explains. His story and song so moved Abbott's team that they made [...]

2 03, 2020

Jackie Lipson Opens Up on “Someday” and Loving Your Mistakes

By |2020-03-04T13:36:34-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Guest Author, Song Review|Tags: , , , |

“I wrote it when I was at a precipice in my career and my desire to pursue music seriously,” says pop singer-songwriter Jackie Lipson of her dark-and-danceable new single, “Someday.” Intended as an “honest love letter to herself,” the song tackles self-blame. While it was inspired by a break-up, Lipson notes that it also speaks to the ups and downs of an indie music career. Written with Vanessa Wheeler, the song veers from the traditional empowerment anthem by accepting change isn't one easy leap. “We both were familiar with the feeling of being stuck, of making the ‘wrong’ choices,” Lipson explains. “The love letter also speaks to my career and giving myself the freedom to make mistakes along the way.” Finding Her Way About three years before writing the song, Lipson had made her bold move from the East Coast [...]

29 10, 2019

Can You Be Creative As A Songwriter If You Are Sober? by @ROCassataMusic

By |2019-10-29T08:03:12-04:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When people find out that I’m a singer-songwriter who is sober, they usually have one main question for me. “How has being sober affected your songwriting? Can you still write?” Photo by David Yerby One of the major concerns I had about committing to a sober life was my songwriting. I wondered how it would affect my writing. Would I still be as creative? Would I have enough juicy stories to tell? Would I feel inspired as much? Would I ever write another song again? When the drama of constant partying, dangerous situations, and the highs weren’t there anymore, would I still feel compelled to write music and lyrics? This was a major concern for me. Being a songwriter is something that has always defined me, not only that, it’s my true passion. During my first month of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 07, 2019

Clickasnap is Perfect for Bands, Record Labels and Concert Photographers, here’s why

By |2019-07-29T10:42:42-04:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: DIY Music Business, Guest Author, Sponsor|Tags: , , , |

One good reason is that photo views earn money on Clickasnap! Should Indie Bands and Record Labels Add Photo Sharing Services from Clickasnap to their Online Arsenal? Images and Photos Everywhere As we all know, photos are a major part of getting your band recognised. Every blog post, Youtube video, Instagram account and band website are covered in photos taken of the band and their interests. But isn’t it time that bands started earning revenue for these photos in the same way they do with their music on Spotify, and their videos on Youtube. But, I hear you ask, how do you do this?    Earn on Clickasnap Clickasnap is a monetisation site for photos and has been in existence now for 3 years, with hundreds of thousands of extremely high quality imagery, 10’s of thousands of photographers and 50,000 [...]

14 11, 2018

Chris Bennett: “Something Wonderful”

By |2018-11-14T05:47:18-05:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Artist Interview, Guest Author, Musician Interviews, Singer/Songwriter Interview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The vibrant and vivacious Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and so much more, Chris Bennett, has released her 12th album entitled "Something Wonderful". Accompanied on the piano by Bill Marx, (son of Hollywood royalty, Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers), "Something Wonderful", is a kaleidoscope of timeless songs from the “Great American Songbook”, executed in a compelling and sophisticated explosion of brilliance. Beginning her career as a vocalist and dancer in Las Vegas and on TV with Dean Martin and Jim Nabors, Chris Bennett found her way to Munich Germany where she met four time Grammy winner Giorgio Moroder, producer of Donna Summer, and was asked to join Munich Machine, an up and coming disco group as lead vocalist for “Munich Machine, Introducing Chris Bennett”, which contained the dance version of Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale". The glamorous [...]

12 11, 2018

Interview: Faith and Harry Rowen: “Just Be There” by Eileen Shapiro

By |2018-11-12T15:53:17-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Artist Interview, Guest Author, Musician Interviews, Singer/Songwriter Interview|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford One of the most refreshing, and talented duos to suddenly appear on the international pop scene and conquer the music industry are British/American brother and sister Faith and Harry Rowan. At the tender ages of only 12 and 13 they are already accomplished multi-instrumentalists, composers/songwriters /vocalists producing mature, sophisticated and professionally sonic tracks. Faith & Harry just launched their fourth track of this year entitled "Just Be There", an emotionally charged and heartfelt story about love, (of a friend) that is lost and missed. The song has a spirited flavor and a unique authenticity. Faith sings that song with an audaciously vibrant flair and a believable innocence. The two started playing music at age 3 with the violin, and then learned piano and guitar as well. In Harry's case the drums [...]

8 09, 2018

TOUR HACKS: A Nervous & Prepared Musicians Guide

By |2019-07-08T16:39:31-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , |

What to bring on the road to survive Written by Ryan Cassata with help from Mae Krell & April Rose of the Rose Monarch Photo Credit: Mae Krell Touring is probably the most freeing thing I’ve ever participated in so far. I live for it and I want to be on the road as much as possible. While touring is fun, there’s also a lot of stress and a lot of thought needs to put into it and what to bring! A lot of unexpected things can happen on tour! You may not be able to find a place to eat for hours. You may get lost someplace where there’s no cell reception. These things have happened to me and I’m glad that I had some necessary items to ease my mind and get me moving forward on [...]