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 [...]

26 07, 2018

The Power of Non-Power Chords by @GhostlyBeard

By |2018-07-26T10:48:57-04:00July 26th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Stories, Tips|Tags: , , , |

My first attempt at learning classical harmony was a failure! I was 16 or so then and was interested in learning more about music and especially how to write. What stopped me from learning classical harmony was one of the rule that you learn early on: it says that you shouldn't use consecutive fifths. It's the biggest no-no that you will be taught: "Consecutives are the no.1 bad guy in figured bass! You must NEVER write consecutives." (see https://www.mymusictheory.com/for-students/grade-6/175-the-rules-of-harmony#con5) At the time, I was mostly interested in rock music, and one of the thing that you will hear all the time in rock, on the guitar at least, is power chords, and power chords are nothing more than root+fifth(+octave). You will hear them all the time, in any kind of rock music... They are easy to play, they are easy [...]

25 07, 2018

Jimmy Davis The Record Crate Glebe Sydney Australia 14th June 2018

By |2018-07-25T12:02:08-04:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jimmy Davis – impressive voice, impressive range, impressive hair. Overall: impressive. Gig date: 14th June 2018 Venue: Record Crate, Glebe, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Member: Jimmy Davis Support or headline: Headline Good crowd/bad crowd: Great! They were in awe of how he used his voice in so many different ways and tones. Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: Whether you’re looking to your left, or your right you’d be sure to see everyone singing and dancing. There was even this one young lady who got up and was trying to get other people to dance with her. Unfortunately the one person she tried to get to dance with her; was way too shy, and scared of the crowd (of other dancers) 10 out of 10 to her for trying though. Genre: Alternative Rating: [...]

23 07, 2018

Lord Dodongo The Record Crate Glebe Sydney Australia 10th June 2018

By |2018-07-23T09:43:33-04:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , , |

Lord Dodongo – welcome to my kingdom Gig date: 10th June 2018 Venue: Record Crate, Glebe, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Brookvale, Sydney, Australia Members: Harry, James, Gab, Josh and Jessamyn Support or headline: Headline Good crowd/bad crowd: Crowd was absolutely mental. I swear I saw a few people that jumped way too high in the mosh pit and hit their head and hand on the roof lights. Sold out. Packed and ready! Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: When James stood up on the amps at the back of the stage everybody started screaming with excitement not only because of how rock ‘n’ Roll it looked and was, but how dangerous it could have been if he fell, which thankfully did NOT happen. Everyone in the crowd was having way too much fun and I could tell [...]