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 [...]

28 07, 2019

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

By |2019-07-28T14:27:52-04:00July 28th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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, [...]

11 07, 2019

Take Part in our Act of the Month Events

By |2019-08-22T05:32:41-04:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Act of the Month Event, Contests, Official|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Act of the Month Events Take part in our Act of the Month Events as an artist, band, record label, radio station, blogger or judge! Artists To qualify for the events as an artist: Be an independent act recording songs with lyrics Have professional looking website, images, photos and album covers A decent social media following Regional tour/shows a plus You can also submit music and your story for other features here at Indie Music Bus via Submit Music Links and Your Story Act of the Month Rewards Lifelong Profile on Indie Music Bus (Rare) Music/Song Reviews Expanded Interview with Candice Marshall @CAMARSHALLSTAR Social Media Shouts/Mentions Facebook Page Cover Doodly Video Indie Music Monday - Top Tracks or Album share from Spotify   Application is below!   Reviewers A&R Who is the A&R person (team) and what is the review process/criteria, [...]

6 07, 2019

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

By |2019-07-17T06:32:32-04:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , |

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, 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 [...]