Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 South Street Spring Festival Meet the Artists at the 2nd St. Stage

2016 South Street Spring Festival
Saturday May 7th, 2016

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/558040267692381/
Meet the Artists at the 2nd St. Stage
Sweet Eureka

11:00am 2nd St. Stage

Though Sweet Eureka will be a fresh name to most, the band members will be familiar to many. Frontman/guitarist Jamie Victor... (founding member of Victor Victor Band), drummer Ari Miller (formerly of Surgeon), and bass player Patrick Polli (TMT, Disciples, Cowgirls From Hell, Mandobot) are no strangers to the Philly/NYC music scene.
Separately they have played many of the notable/notorious rock rooms of the east coast (Arlene's, the Troc, TLA, North Star, El Bar, KFN and CBGB) and have recorded with celebrated producers/engineers (Steve Albini, Brian McTear, Andrew Lipke, Phil Nicolo). Together now, the band lives for live performance and song craftsmanship. Currently, Sweet Eeureka is playing limited engagements while recording their debut album at their ranch/garage in Pennsylvania.

Nomad Clientele
12:00pm 2nd St. Stage
Nomad Clientele is a cohort of seasoned musicians from the greater Philadelphia area that came together to travel new ground.... They have taken all their varying styles to create something very interesting. The shows are passionate and energetic. The music is sincere and unapologetic. These guys are bringing something fresh. They call it "skank rock". Others call it ska. No matter how you want to categorize, take a listen. Check it.

Zymotic Flow

Alternative rock 5 piece from Philly/South Jersey
“Music is about conveying emotion or a specific feeling whether it be the best feeling in the world or the absolute worst. I think connecting with people on an emotional level via lyrics and chord patterns and sound is what it’s all about.”
Having songs people can get down to is instrumental in creating that crazy electric atmosphere that drives lives performances. ZFlow says preforming live is the best part about being a musician. “The energy and adrenaline. It’s hot and heavy and loud and if you do it right, you can start a party. It’s my favorite thing about being a musician. The energy from your band mates and the crowd all culminate to this amazing experience you share with everyone there.”
2:00pm 2nd St. Stage

West Chester PA based rock trio, WaveRadio recently delivered their network television debut on CBS.  They performed their award winning song of the year, Wire Walker at CBS 3, Philadelphia. 

The band holds three 2016 Homey Awards via 93.7 FM WSTW.  Those include: Song of The Year Wire Walker by Colin McGetrick, Best Drummer - Chris Cotter,  and Best Keyboardist - James McLaughlin.   
WaveRadio also won first place in Philadelphia's Beta Hi Fi competition in 2015.  
The band has showcased at SXSW, Launch Music Conference, DBMC, Wilmington Flower Show, Wilmo Rock Circus, Liberty Music Fest,  and Frozen Harbor Fest, among other notable festivals.
WaveRadio songs are on rotation at FM, AM, and web radio stations. 
The band recently created and released their soundtrack for feature length documentary, "Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus" in cooperation with the band, The National, and hip hop artist Richard Raw
Currently, WaveRadio is mixing their third studio work, planned for release late in the Spring 2016.  They now have shows scheduled in and around the Philadelphia area including Launch Music Festival and Conference in Lancaster and South Street Spring Fest in Philly. .
“…The indie rock trio (WaveRadio) took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition
at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style…”
“WaveRadio took the stage first, and immediately established themselves as the act to beat. The West Chester band has an impressively full sound for only being a three-piece – James McGlaughlin plays a pair of keyboards in the Ray Manzarek style, where the left hand carries the high lead melodies and the right hand runs the baseline…Considerably better were their originals, which incorporated some of that Doors-y sense of wandering psychedelia but was probably more in line with the buoyant pop of Jukebox the Ghost and the cinematic anthems of fun. Colin McGetrick has a dynamic voice; Chris Cotter’s drumming is uptempo and on point.” –John Vettese, WXPN the Key 8/25/2014,
“Undoubtedly the next big thing out of Philly… Sweeping atmospheric melodies, deep soul searing lyrics and without a doubt the tightest, most epic sound from a three piece band since U2.”
– Kevin McQuiston, WCHE Radio
Modern Colour
3:00pm 2nd St. Stage

- "The White Stripes brought the blues into mainstream with... their deconstructed stylings, The Black Keys continue this with their exceptional releases. Modern Colour keeps it simple and a little dirty (in a good way)."- Frank Friel- 100 Greatest Guitarist Page

While bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene as the city’s response to the deconstructed blues-rock pioneered by Jack White and The Black Keys, Modern Colour expanded their sound by experimenting with different genres and working with artists representative of each. Though the band is still a straightforward and in-your-face rock n’ roll group, a closer listen reveals layers of hip-hop, neo-soul, R&B, Americana, and funk influences hidden beneath the blues bars and driving drums.
Memphis Crawl
4:00pm 2nd St. Stage

"Bluesy","Ballsy","Soulful" and "Convention Defying"….These are some of Words that Have Been Used to Describe Memphis Crawl. The Crawl was Formed in 2004 by Charismatic Frontman Matty O'Brien on The Blue-Collar Streets of New York City….The Son of a Counter Culture Mother From Brooklyn and A Country-Blues Bred Outlaw Daddy From The South, Matty was Raised on a Strict Diet of Rock n Roll and Delta Blues and even as a Small Child it was Clear that this "Old Soul"... Was a Natural Performer....Soon after putting the Group Together Matty Found some Of the Heaviest Cats Around…..Guitarist Stevens, Bassist Slim Earl and Percussionist Michael Powder... From Their First Jam Session Together it was Obvious That Their collective Energy and Chemistry was Truly Something Special and a Once in a Lifetime gift. This Four Piece PowerHouse has Toured all over the U.S. from NYC to Los Angeles and parts of Europe....Their Fanbase Known as "The CrawlDogs" have Become a Huge Funky Family... Kind of a Cross Between a Counter Culture Commune and a Traveling Circus. If You Get a Chance to see the band Live...you will quickly find out why their motto is "play like its your last night on Earth!!'.
In Presence of Wolves
5:00pm 2nd St. Stage
"Progressive and groovy and plenty heavy."
- Vince Neilstein (MetalSucks.Net)
"Incredibly humble yet technically adventurous ...and virtuosic"
- Jordan Blum (AXS Contributor)
"The band’s technical ability and tasteful songwriting is miles ahead of most nationally touring acts." - Graham Noel (Kill All Music)
"The crowd actually cheered after their sound check; that is how incredible this band is live."
- Dustin Dellinger (Gashouse Radio)
"Vivacious and thoughtful, both technical and melodic."

- Justin Carlton (The Phantom Tollbooth)

In The Presence Of Wolves is a progressive rock/metal band from the South Jersey/Philly area. Established in 2009 and fully ...realized in 2012, the 4-piece quickly became a staple in the local prog scene and has performed at such esteemed venues as the TLA, Trocadero, Kung Fu Necktie, and The Legendary Dobbs. Musically, the band combines the composition of classic prog rock with the intensity of modern metal and the finesse of jazz, resulting in a sound that is both music fans of many genres and unique amongst the progressive scene. ITPOW have opened for international prog rock bands Haken and Riverside in 2015.

6:00pm 2nd St. Stage

Many millennia ago, the earth and sky gave birth to the mighty Tytans Kronos, Okeanos, Hyperion and Prometheus - who ruled benevolently during a period known as “The Golden Age.” Unnerved by an ancient prophecy, Kronos grew fearful of his own children and devoured each of them whole. After escaping their father’s belly, Zeus and his siblings waged a great war, eventually overthrowing and entombing the Tytans deep in Tartarus;

the dark abyss where ancient souls are cast away to rot in perpetual punishment.

Regrettably, the reign of the new gods became tainted by Zeus’ power-hungry greed and monstrous infidelities. As the Golden Agedecayed into turmoil, the Tytans, with the aid of Zeus’ daughter Athena, were released from their prison and seek refuge in the modern age. Now living in secret and concealing their powers, the Tytans have formed a rock band in the hopes to convert new followers into an army of Demigods to help battle Zeus and return the
Tytans to their rightful place among the heavens. And thus STEREOTYTANS was born!.

The Tea Club
7:00pm 2nd St. Stage

"... A challenging, modern and frequently scintillating album... With a little luck, exposure and continued self-belief, this Philadelphia band could have an incredible future..."
-Prog Magazine

 "...The music on Grappling is clearly an amazing step up for The Tea Club. Once again I find myself almost at a loss for words other than to say if you’ve never listened to The Tea Club you MUST check them out. They get my highest recommendation..."
-Jerry Lucky, author of "The Progressive Rock Files"

"One of the best progressive rock records this side of 1975... Truly a must listen for pretty much everyone that likes anything even remotely progressive related..."
-Kevin Zecchel, The Monolith

“...If you resurrected Poe and Lovecraft, gave them guitars and synthesizers and called them a band, then set them loose on the world, you probably still wouldn’t get a cast of characters as unique, twisted, and fantastical as Dr. Abraham, Simon Magus, The Eternal German Infant, and Big Al. New Jersey gem The Tea Club, on the other hand, continue to do just that...”
-Justin Carlton, The PROG Mind

 "This is not about skill or sound... this is about vision..."
-Robert Walton, ProgArchives.com

Monday, March 21, 2016

2016 South Street Spring Festival Meet the Artists at the 5th St. Stage

2016 South Street Spring Festival
Saturday May 7th, 2016
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/558040267692381/

For the 2nd St Stage Click Here
Meet the Artists at the 5th St. Stage
Liv Devine

11:20am 5th Street Stage
Liv Devine, a 25-year-old country singer/songwriter/recording artist on Sunny Road Records. In an effort to meet the Herculean task of breaking into the competitive “Nashville Country Market”, Liv has aligned herself with track record entertainment industry veterans. She recorded her EP in Nashville at Blackbird Studios. Liv’s EP was produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Obie O’Brien (music producer and engineer of the Bon Jovi camp) along with Grammy Award winning songwriters.  You can hear Liv's Music on THUNDER 106, XTU-HD, and RENEGADE RADIO NASHVILLE!  You can also check out Liv's Music Video "Boots" which is featured on GAC's THE NASHVILLE NETWORK. She has performed with and opened for Country music artists including:
Wynonna Judd, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner,
Uncle Kracker, Joe Nichols, Love & Theft, David Nail to name a few.

Song Dogs
12:20pm 5th Street Stage
Featured in both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer with a sound often compared to Neil Young and the Allman B...rothers, Song Dogs is a 6-piece americana rock band bringing prairie-heavy rock and railroad tone to the city of Brotherly Love. Formed in 2009, Song Dogs released their first EP in 2011 and their debut full-length album Wild Country was officially released in January, 2013.   
Wild Country was produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Sheep Dogs, Toy Soldiers, Grandchildren, Man Man, Lotus) at Waking Studios in Philadelphia. Song Dogs debut EP, Song Dogs and the Nightjar, was produced by Aurum Studios. Song Dogs is currently gigging in support of their 2015 self-produced LP Heartlands. 
Song Dogs was named 2013 WXPN Beta HiFi Wilmington champions and they have received glowing reviews from national and international publications including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WXPN's The Key, ourvinyl.com, The Watchtower, Here Comes The Flood, and The Music Court.

Swift Technique
2:20pm 5th Street Stage
Philadelphia's Premiere Funk & Soul Extravaganza
In the tradition of James Brown, with the balls of Led Zeppelin
Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, enters 2016 after completing their most successful year to date. Mo...st recently, the band has held several high profile support slots, including sharing the stage with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Fishbone, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JoJo Mayer, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. While introducing the powerhouse lead vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava & Nik Greeley, the band released two new singles, “Dress Shoes” & “Jay’s the Name” to critical acclaim. 2015 saw the debut of Swift Technique’s “Ultimate Funk Throwdown: Prince Vs. Morris Day”, which will continue to be performed on select dates throughout the country. With a new EP release slated for Summer 2016, Swift Technique plans to debut a large portion of new material on March 5th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.

Nik Greeley and the Operators
2:20pm 5th Street Stage
"Greeley – the ultimate showman – growls, pumps his fist and slides to his knees, where he arches his back and pleadingly wails before the girls sitting on the tapestry table. He frantically emotes for one more song, seemingly burning through all of his energy and passion, and then retreats to the back of the courtyard and his beer." - George Miller, Jump Magazine

The band's energetic live performances include a diverse spectrum of rhythm, blues, jazz, and extreme levels of funk, and i...s one of the most infectious live music experiences you'll have. Greeley's voice can be felt from around the block, and his full brass section will fill any room with contagiously electrifying vibes." -Kendall Deflin, Live For Live Music

Johnny Popcorn
3:20pm 5th Street Stage
Johnny Popcorn is a Philadelphia based rock band with a lot of soul. Philadelphia’s Johnny Popcorn is a three piece rock band which features vocals from Hezekiah and Jani Coral.
Initially, Johnny Popcorn was founded by producer/bassist Tone Whitfield (Me’shell Ndegeocello and Zap Mama) and songwriter/emcee/producer Hezekiah (Rawkus Records) after several late night s working on R&B artist Bilal’s album. Their early works were pet studio projects released causally to music fans at live shows and digital downloads.
Hezekiah feeling stagnant in hip hop started to devote more time to Johnny Popcorn. Hezekiah started to recruit musicians to form a touring band which included guitarist Lloyd Alexander. The band solidified when Virginia native Jani Coral added her raspy like vocals to the band.
Now with an innovated sound and direction, Johnny Popcorn continues to ignite live shows and record emotional driven songs. Johnny Popcorn has opened for Bilal, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, RJD2, Robert Glasper Experiment, Oddisee, Ladi6, and Kindred & the Family Soul.
The Captain The Pilot The Driver
4:20pm 5th Street Stage

he Captain ~ The Pilot ~ The Driver is a concept project by Philadelphia native Paul Hocynec. The group represents a mission for one to challenge, achieve and ultimately accept the elements in which we deem the most important in life. Whether it be to understand the essence of who you are internally, without fear, hate, or judgement; or to embrace, hold, and carry the paralyzing, and yet captivating weight of being in love; or to bury the mind in retracing the course, to grasp and obtain the truth behind our own existence.
Encompassing folk,rock, blues, funk and a little bit of southern grit The Captain~The Pilot~The Driver bring a wave of energy and emotion to every live performance. At the base of the band are carefully written songs that act as the roots that hold together the overall story. Every song, lyric, and melody intertwines and guides the development of each character.

Kuf Knotz
5:20pm 5th Street Stage

Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists. No musical territory goes unexplored when it comes to Kuf, ...and it is this attitude that has led him to open for top acts - Ms Lauryn Hill, Robert Glasper, THE ROOTS, The Wailers, Common, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, RED BARAAT, Inspectah Deck, Amos Lee, Steel Pulse, ZAC DEPUTY, Josh Ritter, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Soulive & RISING APPALCHIA to name a few.
The new album by Philadelphia- and Brooklyn-based artist Kuf Knotz — pushes the boundaries of hip-hop.“My music’s always had a pretty broad spectrum as far as influences go,” he says. “It feels really natural to blend genres. I’ve always just felt that music is music.”
Inspired to take his own indie-progressive style to the next level, Kuf began work on a collection of upbeat, feel-good music. “I felt like it was important and it was needed in hip-hop,” Kuf says. Armed with his songs, he headed for Amsterdam. The change of scenery allowed him to focus on A Positive Light — his first album in more than three years — Kuf teamed with artists like Hanyo van Oosterom, who added live production (NL), Omar Ka, Ntjam Rosie & Tess Garthe' who added vocals & and Mark Gademan(NL) , who mixed the entire album.
Kuf volunteers his time for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program, bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at six area hospitals.

6:20pm 5th Street Stage

Footwerk. A Washington, D.C.-based 6-piece Pop outfit can only be described as a ‘blind date’ for first timers or a ‘booty c...all’ to an experienced audience member. Vocally led by a ‘friendzone’ power couple (Melisa & Kyle) on the frontline, the back line is an orgy musicians from diverse backgrounds named Teddi (keys) Eric (Percussion) Fern (Bass) Josh (Drums).
Crafting their sound by ‘Sleeping Around’ with Rock rhythms under soulful Rap and R&B vocals over dance beats with a splash of percussion. Footwerk's unique style of ‘No Strings Attached’ fan interaction made their ‘One Night Stand’ live shows popular in their hometwon DMV music scene.
Unbelievably, A chance craigslist ad led to the formation of the independent group. Due to their immediate success they’ve decided to release their debut album this year, aptly titled ‘Casual Encounters’ and go out on a national tour of ‘One Night Stands' in 2015. Here's your chance to see for yourself, if there’s chemistry in person and have your own ‘Casual Encounter’ with Footwerk. (No Strings Attached)

The Once Was
7:20pm 5th Street Stage

Hailing from Moorestown, New Jersey, The Once Was is an eclectic four-piece indie rock band descending from the creative zea...lot that is the home recording studio. Collaborating existential lyrical themes with progressive indie-pop rhythms, the band brings an energetic and surprising live show to audiences and enthusiasts alike. In March of 2009 the band released their debut full length album "Post War Parade." The band independently produced that album at Studio 4 in Philadelphia.
In 2010 the band took a mini-tour to CA, visiting L.A. and San Francisco. In San Francisco they recorded the single "Rusty James" which was later to be featured on the band's Rugged City EP. This collection of songs were based on the S.E. Hinton novel 'Rumblefish.' Shortly after the release of Rugged City, the band took a long 2-year hiatus.
After the hiatus they started off playing a few gigs here and there, playing at World Cafe Live (Phila), Bourbon & Branch, and playing regularly at Village Whiskey (AC) then the band decided that they wanted to go full speed ahead. As a result, they hit the drawing board and tapped into their inner transmissions. In November of 2014, they released their latest studio recordings entitled Without Wings (EP). This 4 song EP conceptualiz

Friday, March 18, 2016

Band 101: Releasing Your Music in 2016

Band 101: Releasing Your Music in 2016
by: Jim Thorpe - DVT Entertainment

This Band 101 topic we are going to explore effective ways to release your music in 2016. We did this topic about 2yrs ago but things have changed the way people access to music from streaming, mp3, youtube, radio, vinyl, pirate, crowd fund, commercials, movies etc.? How do we reach new fans Who would be interested in my music? So we are going attack this topics and hopefully give you insight that will help you along the way.

Today I think a lot of artists do not plan there music releases properly or even effectively.
We live in an a short attention span world, so for a artist trying to gain momentum with their music its extremely tough. The say its a DIY world with the ever dying labels, but my opinion is that now its even harder to achieve success because like you, there are millions of artists doing the same thing you are. Small Fish in a Huge Ocean.

The Music
Depending on your goals, you should always put out the best possible music that represents you the artist. The way people listen to music today, I actual don't recommend releasing demos to the public.
Demos are great for getting gigs, reference recordings, studio experience, etc. Your release should be a strong quality recording. Artists that release demos to the public can create a false interpretation of your music. People are used to hearing national released music, so the first impression is key. When hitting the recording studio you really need to do pre production sessions, iron things out before you hit record.

Should we release a full album, EP or Single? Lets start with releasing a single?
Lets break down each one individually..

A Single is the best option for introducing your music, for many of reasons. First its the most economical way to record a top quality song. You can get a lot of mileage on one track and have unlimited options for promotion. You can setup a game plan with a one song. I would create a video for the song, it doesn't need to be full blown production but something interesting, Setup a bandcamp/ITunes etc. to purchase the single, research radio both internet, terrestrial and podcasts, bloggers. I would also create a soundcloud page, its another great option. I would not worry about streaming just yet on Spotify and Pandora, the returns on these platforms are minimal until you get some traction. By releasing a single it gives a person time to absorb your music. Your direct marketing your sound to an audience.

Through the release of the single I would plan on releasing an E.P. 3-6 months later. The single will build your fan base than the EP release will be more receptive. This plan goes for new and established bands.

The E.P.
Okay, you have a kickass single is out there and its gaining traction, you see increases in your fan base with facebook likes, youtube views and single sales. No its time to think of a 5 song EP at this point, approx. 3-6 months after the release of the single. These are fan favorites because it not an over abundance of tracks to listen but a snap shot of the bands music and creativity. Also with EP's it gives your fans time to grow with the band and get excited for new music down the line as you continue to develop as artists. The game plan with the EP w/ your single is to make it available on all selling out lets, add it to the streaming services Pandora, IHeart, Spotify, etc. With the EP, you can now go out and try to get reviews from blogs, magazines, etc. Also EPs are great for promoting your band to management companies, booking agents, publishing companies and other media outlets. In today's age the EP is the way to go until you build a strong fanbase that can support a full length release.

The Full Length:
In today's musical climate I reserve full length releases to really established artists who know there fanbase would purchase a full length. The generation's capacity to listen to full length release is minimal to say the least. today music is treated a disposable music. With that being said many artists want to release a complete 10-14 track release, which usually winds up being 3-4 really good songs fans gravitate to and the rest are filler tracks. I have only seen in certain genres that a full length actually still works in todays music such as Progressive Rock; mainly because the songs are longer and usually are based on concepts to take you on a musically journey. So in today's age I strongly would think about releasing a full length and steer towards releasing EP's with your best music at that time.

Lets Address About Formats:
Still the most bang for buck. Easy for new fans to purchase. The most outlets to sell from bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon.

As the years go by CD sales keep going down but still bought at shows. I still seeing artists getting a 1000 CD run for their release, which is crazy today (unless you have the fanbase to support it). You wind up selling 100-200 units and then 800 CD's wind up in your garage collecting dust. This where you really have to do your planning on the amount of CD's to get. I would actually try and do pre-orders if possible to judge the volume. If you need to do a run of CD's I would start with 300 at the max, you can always reorder. The truth is the majority of your CD sales are at your live shows, if you plan on touring again you need to realistically gauge the possible CD sales at each Show. The reality is it could range from an average between 1-20.

Streaming should not be looked at as a revenue stream as everyone hears the horror stories of the streaming services payouts. Streaming should be looked as a promotional tool to build your fanbase. Again its great to have this but the reality of being added to larger bands pools is like hitting the lottery.

My Favorite format!! But for artists it is an expensive option on releasing your music. There has been a resurgence of the past years with vinyl. Is it staying or just a current trend? Who knows?? People who buy vinyl are real music lovers, love to collect their favorite bands and actually look for new music. If you are going to release on vinyl make sure you think it through and have a plan on distribution. The minimum runs are usually 100, you maybe able to get a 50 run at some places. I recommend trying to do a colored vinyl or something a little special. Lets get back to distribution of the vinyl. The real cool thing is there are all these Mom & Pop record stores everywhere that sell vinyl. I would make a list of all the surrounding area stores and contact them to sell your vinyl, the majority of the time they will. Make a deal with them so you get put in the new release section for impulse purchases. Also research all the online Vinyl stores and do the same thing.

I know a lot of the information I presented seems like no brainer but never seems to be put in place by the artists. Releasing a Single and than an EP is the best foot forward for all inspiring artists. The best thing about releasing EP's is that they always will represent your best 5 songs at that time, It gives and artist time to develop over time to weed out the weaker songs. Artists fall into the trap that every song is worth releasing and thinking they need to fill up a full CD's worth of material. Artists just need to focus on putting out great music, performing them live and building new fans!

Hope this was helpful!


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