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Check out the photos from our night at the Bedroom Bar

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Local Posse vid ft. iNDEX, Reeps One, John Fairhurst, and More Like Trees.  Filmed this weekend by the More Like Trees crew.

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Submitting Your Music To Pandora

I highly recommend that all independent musicians begin the process of submitting your music to Pandora with the link above. Pandora is easily one of the best way for music lovers to discover new music  and therefore one of the best ways for bands to get new fans. But first:

What Is Pandora?

For those who are not familiar with the service, it is a free streaming internet radio site which uses an algorithm to make custom stations for its users based on the bands/songs they input. (more here)  I’ve been using the service since 2007 (where it made my summer internship at least tolerable) and can’t tell you how many new bands I’ve came across because of it. If you are new on the scene or even a veteran, this is just an easy way to get access to potentially millions of fans. 

Two reasons why there are no excuses for not submitting:

1. It’s free to submit.

2. Acess to millions of fans: They just went over 100 million users, 36 million of whom are monthly active users, effectively making them owners of 3.6 percent of the entire radio market. (Source)

Now, two things to be aware of before submitting:

1. They are selective: They are very tight with what they allow in.  Not sure what their exact rejection rate is but I’m going to bet pretty high. (I’ve submitted music before for successful bands that has been rejected)  So just make sure that before you go through the process, you have your best material ready to be put out. (properly produced, mastered, ect.)  

2.You need to be selling CDs: You need to have your physical CD, not MP3 downloads, available for sale on Amazon. (slight pain in the ass but necessary for them to vet serious musicians from anyone who has an extra 2 minutes and some mp3s on their hands) 

3. An Extra Step For Foreigners: For non-U.S based musicians you will need some help submitting due to the fact that you can not sign up for a Pandora account in your country.  It is still possible you will just need to email them for help - pandora-support@pandora.com  

Conclusion:

There is absolutely no reason in the world you should  not be submitting your music to Pandora. It’s free, relatively easy to do, and gives you access to millions of music lover who may never have been introduced to your music before. 

Worst case scenario: Your pride is slightly hurt and you are out the cost of posting some CD’s to Amazon. (but now you have your CD’s for sale on one of the world’s biggest online retailers)

Quick Tip: They are very responsive on their Twitter so I usually go there first with any quick questions. @pandora_radio

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We caught up with Dizraeli after a great set at Beach Break to shoot some photos and a video of his new project with beat-boxer Wireless and DJ Downlow.  Video coming soon, stay tuned!

We caught up with Dizraeli after a great set at Beach Break to shoot some photos and a video of his new project with beat-boxer Wireless and DJ Downlow.  Video coming soon, stay tuned!

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We got such good feedback from the first Joe Driscoll & More Like Trees video that we decided to go back through the footage from that day and put another one together.

Shot at ‘The Hub’ in London, this one is a song off Joe Driscoll’s newest album ‘Mixtape Champs’ called ‘Just Once’. While he usually performs it alone, we though we’d see what it sounded like with a full band behind him.  

Special thanks to John Hendicott again on the sound clean up.  Would also like to thank Cali in the background on the harmonies in this one and the whole More Like Trees crew.

Video by Alex Munro

Enjoy!

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A taste of, British Reggae act, OnlyJoe’s upcoming (July 15th) EP.

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Check out JFB, an amazing scratch DJ, doing his “Killing In The Name” routine.  Have done a bunch of festivals with him this year and he absolutely kills it every time.

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Deer Tick - Funny Word from Welcome To The West on Vimeo.

Just came across this site (Welcome to the West) today via Deer Tick’s Twitter.  Really cool project, doing a lot of the same things we’re aiming for with our video series.  Check out the rest of their videos here.

We invite a small audience watch each film shoot and try to remain semi-spontaneous about the location which is chosen by the artist and crew.

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George Lenton

Check out the free EP that our friend George Lenton just sent over.  Stream it on SoundCloud here.  Download it here.

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How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?

A very interesting article by NPR about the economics behind creating hit songs.