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For indie music fans or everyone who loves independent music! Here you will find music reviews and other music related topics written by guest and our official bloggers. Thanks for taking the time to read these reviews! Artists will appreciate the shares or purchases you can muster!  You will find reviews of music we really love and believe others will too, so dig in.

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

  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 Atlantic noticed that the then unsigned band was outselling many major acts in stores in South Carolina. Although some of the record executives at the label didn’t particularly like the band, Hootie was eventually signed anyway, partially on the basis of this sales data. The resulting album, Cracked Rear View, went on to achieve 7 million sales in the US alone, making it one of the top selling albums of the ‘90s. Golden ears This case was symbolic of a wider cultural shift in the industry. Like any art form, music is intrinsically subjective, so it is hardly surprising than for many years the music [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

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

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 plus photos viewed daily. The site doesn’t allow the proliferation of low quality photos, so don’t think you can just spam it with any old rubbish, but the high quality photos that are on the site earn a little bit of revenue every time they are viewed. It is micropayments, but it is also the same method that Youtube and Spotify use, all these little micropayments add up and you can cash out. As an added advantage, you can connect your social media accounts, and a link to your latest release or video to the image description, and every hour an image from your collection [...]

By |July 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Music Review: Living Your Life Like This by Major Moment @majormomentband

photo by Anna Madsen Photography Darlene here, sharing my first impression of “Major Moment” and their latest song, “Living Your Life Like This.”  My first impression formed when Walt played samples of their music from their latest EP, “Sequel.”  My first reaction is, “Where have they been, under a rock?”  Ah, they are new.  Wow.  This 3 person band from Boston formed in 2017.  Their song, “May Leave Scars,” on their follow up EP, “Sequel” released in 2019, is listed as a Semi-Finalist for the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.  I won’t waste the reader’s time talking about what is readily available from their bio.  The “Major Moment” band offers quality sound and dedicated to promoting good will through music.  And, in turn, saving Rock n Roll.  I’m all in. I have repeatedly written that one of my favorite subjects is about time.  It is certainly time for this band to break out.  The “Major Moment” name is an indicative of time and their logo reminds me of my favorite theory of time being circular and endless, like the snake swallowing its tail.  The inverted “M” in the “Major Moment” logo forms such a circle, but this circle bends.  Time is neither straight line nor perfect circle.  The frame made by the joined “M” forms an hourglass turned on its side.  The sands of time, suspended. That must mean the major moment is NOW! And, it will always be now, but now is [...]

Music Review: Settin’ Myself on Fire by Christina Taylor

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 friendly. My wife and I will never forget that trip. We hope to do it all again someday! Thank you Christina, family and friends for those unforgettable memories. Music Review: Settin' Myself on Fire Darlene, here!  I like Christina Taylor’s music for a lot of reasons. Music was only available to me through radio before I was employed, and the only time I got to hear it was in the car. Scrolling the radio bands back then, it seems to me publicly played music in Florida was 50% country sound. It still is. The rest of the musical genres either share the remaining spectrum or [...]

By |July 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Music Review: Hourglass by YYNOT @YYNOTband

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, act on it before the feeling slips away.  I have a “time” themed playlist that includes songs from various genres and eras. I slid “Hourglass” right next to “Time Stand Still” and it sounds natural there. You will get your monies worth either buying the album or going to their concerts! You'll have an amazing experience from start to finish. YYNOT has so much to offer, you are sure to feel satisfied after every listening session or concert! Pre-orders of their new album “Resonance” are available now! Your exclusive pre-order CD will be personally signed and numbered by the band. (limited to 1000)! Pre-orders also [...]

By |July 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Music Review: Co-Pilot by The Rose Monarch @TheRoseMonarch

And now this Song Review: Co-Pilot by The Rose Monarch Reviewers: Walter and Darlene Hargrave Darlene: The Rose Monarch I’m just a fan, with no expertise in describing a musical composition, but I believe “The Rose Monarch” band meets that “New York” standard of excellence fans expect.  A true artist, April Rose Gabrielli sings like the devil, beautifully in control of her voice, she will pull you in.  I’ve listened to all their soundtracks.  Many of their tunes are darkly lyrical with a hard rhythm.  I could listen to them all day.  Their most recent single release, “Co-Pilot,” sounds different, but fans, don’t be deceived. I interpreted the story as being a devotional love song, combining worshipful submission, sacrifice and inevitable loss. I also believe it’s a self-destructive way to live.  Another listener may interpret “Co-Pilot” with an “if you love something, set it free” philosophical view.  I can see the dark side of a “Rose Monarch” theme: A redeemed soul, grateful for that saving love feels second best and is willing to stay until someone more worthy comes along.  Such thoughts are fatal.  The narrator sings “I’ll be here until you find someone who’s better ... until you find someone like you” and I say, “And then?”  There’s no happy ending because it seems there is no faith and confidence for the lover.  Those reasons are not talked about. Walter: I've read that this song was recorded and mixed in a [...]

By |July 6th, 2019|Tags: , , |
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