Shambhala Full Lineup Announced
What do Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, Justin Martin, Destructo, Snails, Malaa, Gramatik, REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Mr. Carmack, Boombox Cartel, Brasstracks and more have in common?
Shambhala Music Festival!!!
Shambhala Music Festival Announces 2018 Headliner Lineup With Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, Destructo, Mr. Carmack, REZZ, Justin Martin, Malaa, Gramatik, Snails And More
The festival previously announced Canadian DJ and record producer REZZ and the pioneering electronic trio The Glitch Mob as the first two headliners, and now Shambhala has returned to announce their full headliner lineup for 2018 which includes Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dance music aficionado Feed Me, renowned DJ and event promoter Destructo, San Francisco based DJ and Dirtybird favourite Justin Martin, and hip-hop meets electronic producer Mr. Carmack.
Other highlights include mysterious bass music producer Malaa, Slovenian electronic musician Gramatik, UK drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, ubiquitous UK hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, Montreal dubstep duo Adventure Club, the electrifying 2¢ project from Craze and Four Color Zack, Mad Decent duo Boombox Cartel, turntablist legend DJ Qbert, masked Canadian trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, Montreal bass music phenom Snails, Grammy winning live duo Brasstracks, glitched out Australian act Opiuo, and a collaborative set between Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob under the name 29 Palms.
Following the headliner lineup, Shambhala will soon be launching the lineups for each individual stage: Pagoda, Village, Fractal Forest, Living Room, Amphitheater, and The Grove. Keep an eye on the social media channels of Shambhala Music Festival throughout the next week for more info.
Don’t miss out, tickets are almost sold out and won’t last long. Purchase your #Shambhala2018 tickets here. High-end camping packages are offered in addition to some other accommodation packages for those travelling from afar. Carpool options and additional travel information is available on the Shambhala website.
The Freio Music Podcast
Episode 00 - Introduction
This episode is an overview about the Freio Music Podcast
This short episode of the Freio Music Podcast provides you with an overview of the podcast itself. This episode lays out my hopes and dreams for the podcast. I discuss the layout and format of future episodes and reveal who has 'the cutest voice in the world'. If you want to hear artist interviews you can skip to the next episode as this episode only features me, the host of the podcast, aka Michael Morahan. Welcome to the Freio Music Podcast!
Welcome to the Freio Music Podcast. I am your host Michael Morahan. This is episode number zero. THis episode is going to be about the podcast itself. So we are going to get super meta and talk about what we are going to talk about. So, who am I? I am a music student. A Musician. A music Lover. I go to different shows all over the place. I love, love music for sure. I also love to produce. What that [producing music] means to me is using the computer to harness bits and bytes and make some bad ass beats. Beyond that I also love sound engineering. The back end of how everything works. Thinking about the signal flow… Basically, what interests me is how I am reaching your ears right now. That is interesting. I would say that I am a mad-scientist and a musician at the same time. But beyond that the podcast is not about me. The podcast is about artists, other artists. I am going to be interviewing artists from around the world. I am not going to limit myself to genre. It’s going to be far and wide so I hope you enjoy. Hopefully you will find some new music that you have never heard of. Some new artists that you appreciate, that you have never heard of and maybe you will see some that you are familiar with. They are going to be sharing nuggets of wisdom. Young artists, listen up because these individuals and bands they know what they are doing. They have been through it so you can learn something from them. Let them help you along your way to becoming a musician because I know it is not an easy path. It is not; pick up the guitar, plug it into Garageband and you are going to have a new hit single. That is not going to work. You need some guidance.
But if you are not a musician, the podcast will hopefully still be interesting. It is not merely talking about types of instruments and cables and stuff like that. We are going to be talking about stories. How they got to be where the are. You are going to get a behind the scenes… like you are opening up the curtain and shedding some light on who these artists are. It is going to be an interesting podcast
Moving forward, this podcast is likely to evolve. And I want it to evolve because music changes. Life changes, everything on this earth changes. So if you think the podcast would be better with X or Y, I would love to hear it. That could be an artist [that you would like to be featured] or music news, or anything that I cannot even think of, that would be awesome. So please give your input and let me know what you would like to hear on the podcast moving forward. I will do my best to cater to it. Of course can't make a promise that I will incorporate everything that everyone wants, that seems unreasonable. But your input will be listened to and will likely have an impact on the podcast moving forward.
Feedback is very much appreciated. Leave your reviews on iTunes and comments on FreioMusic.com/Podcast. You can get all the episodes and show-notes there. Parents, forewarning, there might be some explicit content. It is unforeseen when it will come up. So just know that if it is something that is unacceptable, maybe this isn't the podcast for you. If you are open to it, we will see where it goes. Basically, I just don't want to filter these artists. I don't want to mute their worlds. Let them come out and say what they need to say and how they need to say it. So that is my stance on explicit content. Not every episode will have any swear words but just know my stance on it. So that is your warning.
In case you were wondering who that cute, partially coherent, voice was at the beginning of the podcast, that is my nephew Declan who is obviously one of a kind. And, in my opinion, has the cutest voice in the entire world. You have got to agree, he has the cutest voice in the world. And if you don’t, whatever. I think it is awesome. He went off script, delivering the priceless line “Pottycast”. Which, I could never have foreseen. He looked at me, out of the corner of his eye, started smiling even before he said the word because he knew what he was going to say. And he knew it was naughty but he delivered it excellently. So thank you Declan for being to voice of the podcast and being the intro. I couldn't have done it without you.
Moving forward, I hope you enjoy the podcast. And please share it with your friends, leave some comments, give some feedback and enjoy the next episode.
Shambhala Music Festival’s Headliners are Released!
Shambhala Music Festival announces The Glitch Mob And REZZ as headliners for the 21st annual festival. If you are at all considering making the trek to BC (British Columbia, Canada) for this fest, this video will certainly sell you on the adventure.
Watch and Enjoy!
What you need to know:
More info about the festival
After celebrating the historic two decade mark last year, Shambhala Music Festival is excited to return to the immaculate Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on August 10-13, 2018 for the 21st annual edition. Taking place on a breathtaking family-run farm, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the best of what nature has to offer throughout four blissful days while witnessing hundreds of artists across six unique stages that are individually curated and run by their own stage directors.
To kick things off on the music front, the Shambhala family is pleased to announce their first confirmed headliners for the 2018 edition: Canadian DJ and record producer REZZ and pioneering bass music trio The Glitch Mob. This is just a small taste of what’s to come with the full lineup to be announced soon, which will bring performers from around the world in genres like dubstep, drum and bass, glitch-hop, house, hip-hop, trap, future bass and much more to Salmo River Ranch.
REZZ, affectionately known by her fans as “Space Mom,” started DJing at 16 and soon after developed the confidence to begin producing her own originals. It wasn’t long until she caught the attention of Skrillex and soon after released a project on his OWSLA imprint. From there, her rise in the EDM industry was meteoric as she released several projects on deadmau5’s label mau5trap, including her debut album. The Shambhala veteran recently announced that her second album is also in the works.
The Glitch Mob—comprised of ediT, Ooah, and Boreta—have been pushing the limits of electronic music since their inception in 2006. Meeting at an underground Burning Man party in Los Angeles, the three instantly kindled a creative chemistry that has led to an illustrious career with multiple albums and one of the most beloved live shows in dance music. The trio has announced their third album will be dropping on May 4th, and also recently released the first single entitled “How Could This Be Wrong.”
Shambhala began in 1998 as a grassroots gathering of 500 people on founder Jimmy Bundschuh’s family farm in an evergreen forest beneath breathtaking mountains, and has since grown overtime primarily by word-of-mouth thanks to past patrons and artists. Shambhala’s home has continued to evolve over the past two decades with a focus on infrastructure that ensures a healthy and sustainable environment.
The Shambhala team is currently working hard to prepare for the upcoming festival, carefully curating every aspect of the festival to maximize the attendee experience. Paired with their double-headliner announcement, Shambhala has also released is a stunning festival trailer to get attendees hyped. The video can be viewed here and will give viewers a taste of the unique Shambhala experience.
That’s not the only thing to get excited about though, as the festival has also launched “The Ultimate Shambhala Music Festival Experience Contest.” This will include flights, accommodations, tickets, merch, food vouchers, a stay at the Savoy Hotel in Nelson and much more. The contest is now live on their Facebook, and two lucky winners will be chosen to win this exciting contest.
General admission tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here. High-end camping packages are offered in addition to some other accommodation packages for those traveling from afar. Carpool options and additional travel information is available on the Shambhala website.
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MVP – Minimum Viable Promotion
Seven steps to launch your music properly!
Ok so you have your music recorded and now you want to get it out to the world… You might be wondering “Where do I start?” or “What do I need to do to launch my new album and not hear crickets?”. If you are a musician and have wondered about the how to get your new music heard this blog post is for you.
To be clear, I will not post any affiliate links in this post, which means I am not financially incentivized to send you in one direction or another. I am merely providing and summarizing my knowledge acquired from years of building websites, promoting, and consuming music. My hope is that this post will save you some time and help get you started on making productive moves now.
So now that you have your musical idea recorded, polished, and bounced (as an MP3) it is time for the big day. The day you release it to the world. Are you launching on a solid foundation? This post will help you answer that for yourself.
This bullet-pointed list is an outline of the topics I will discuss in greater detail throughout the rest of this post.
Let’s start out with the 21st-century basics (#’s 1-4) and then the timeless high impact steps.
You need a website
You need social profiles
Email Sign-Up List
#1 A Website:
A website might be the most daunting and intimidating task to start on. Keep in mind there are many free or low-cost options. NO, a SoundCloud profile does not count as your website! If you are looking for a great free option I suggest you look at WordPress.com.
Best Free Options:
WordPress.com (the .com is important!)
Free – Free Hosting and free SubDomain (YourBand.WordPress.com)
Freedom of design and layout
Some Hands-on effort required.
You will need to set it up, but it has amazing tutorials and resources. You can start here
You do not own the domain. You only get to customize the subdomain (example: YourBand.WordPress.com rather than YourBand.com)
Free – Free Hosting
Musician Friendly – All websites are designed for musicians, so it is extremely easy to set up.
You do not own the domain name – You only get to customize the subdomain
Best Low-Cost Options:
WordPress.org (.org is important)
If you are looking for a low-cost way to manage your own website I suggest you look at WordPress.org or other third-party providers such as BandZoogle.com (Musician Friendly), Wix.com or SquareSpace.com.
Suggested option: WordPress.org
You own everything! – Custom Domain (example: YourBand.com)
Unlimited Flexibility – if you can dream it you can build it!
Don’t split your hard earned revenue.
You can sell your music or merch on your store and never have to split the revenue with anyone (other than the payment processor and uncle sam, or your countries government)
It is free! – But you must pay for hosting (can choose any hosting provider).
Open source – Which means it is always evolving in amazing ways without paying a dime for the updates! (think Android operating system).
Must pay for a custom domain (yearly) and hosting (typically monthly).
These are the minimum costs that everyone must pay if they want to own and manage their own website and domain. These fees are not associated with WordPress. WordPress does not dictate the fees for your domain and is not charging you to host (or store) your files. But you must pay for your domain and hosting in order for WordPress.ORG to work.
You are in charge of everything, and if something goes wrong, it is your fault. You must fix it.
(Pro tip: if you are confused about something, call your host, they can usually help you understand what is going on or fix what is broken).
BandZoogle is designed for musicians.
There is a monthly fee to run your site. They host your site but there are a limited number of things you can do to your site. You still need to buy your domain from a third party. BandZoogle is competitively priced and provides you with a domain upon paying them. There are some limitations regarding the number of songs, photos, and email subscribers and you may need a higher tier depending on your needs. You can check BandZoogle’s pricing here.
Wix & Squarespace
Wix and Squarespace are pretty similar to each other. They are designed to be for everyone who wants a website, so it is not musician-specific. Both are easy to design and manage with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. I believe that both providers will enable you to buy your domain through their service. You will still need to pay them monthly for hosting. There are more design possibilities with these providers than BandZoogle but it is not an ‘out of the box’ solution for musicians and you will need to customize it to suit your needs. Check out Wix Pricing here. Check out Squarespace Pricing here.
#2 Social Profiles
By now you should be familiar with the major social networks and even if you don’t use them, other people do. You want your music, your band, and your brand to be visible and consistent on the major platforms. Do you need a profile on all platforms, ‘no’! You should only commit to having profiles on networks that you will update. I suggest you have at least three profiles/ pages set up so that people can find you online.
You do not need to update them daily but some consistency will help you gain some traction. Try to have your username be ‘YourBand’. (example on Twitter: Twitter.com/YourBand @YourBand or facebook.com/yourband). If you have a commonly used phrase or name for your band (ex: @sky) it might be difficult to get that username. Try adding music to the end of it. (ex @skyMusic).
(Pro tip: you can use a service like IFTTT.com to automatically share updates, posts, tweets, etc across your social networks. For example, when you update your WordPress website, you can automatically post it to FaceBook, or Twitter etc. Or when you update your facebook page it will automatically tweet it out to your twitter followers. You can set it up in any way you want, just watch out for creating a loop, which will infinitely repost a repost, of a repost, of a repost… you get the point).
- Suggested Networks:
- SoundCloud, Facebook Group & Page, Twitter, Instagram.
- Beatport, Periscope, MixCloud, iTunes Connect (Artist Page), Google+, Bandcamp, many others
#3 Distribution Plan:
Think about how people will consume your music. Streaming is the new norm for many people. You should take steps to get your music on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora at the minimum. Google Play and Amazon Music are on the rise and many more digital stores are out there. This process can be confusing for some and there are professional distributors out there to help you out. Here is a short video to give you the basics and what to look out for when choosing a distributor. In short, you want to make sure that you retain ownership of your music and that you earn 100% of your music’s revenue. Do your homework! Just reading these few paragraphs is not enough. Make sure your music is distributed properly and that you get the money you deserve when your music sells or is streamed.
Many of these distributors, such as TuneCore will help get your music into many different digital stores. You must pay these distributors for their services. Why use a distributor? They have experience with the process and will guide you along the way. Their job is to get your music out there and into the ears of your fans. They will help you but you must pay them for their services. Some distributors are country specific so be sure to make sure that the distributor you choose operates in your country. They can help you keep track of your data across many different platforms.
How do you get your music on iTunes?
You can reference this list of authorized or ‘trusted’ distribution partners for the iTunes store. Here is a great resource from iTunes. Reference the list provided to ensure you have everything you need to be accepted to the iTunes store, these requirements will likely change over time so use the link to get the official requirements. As of the date of this writing, you will need to have the legal rights to sell that music, a Universal Product Code (UPC) and an International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for your music. You also need an Apple ID and a Tax ID.
Who is your distributor of choice? Let me know in the comments below.
#4 Email List:
Setting up an email list is easier than you may think. You can grab a notebook and a few pens and set it on your merch table as you perform. On the top write something like want to be notified when our next album drops? Or if you are willing to do it, you can write: ” Like free music? Sign up and we will send you a track (or album) for free!” Ok, ok I know the younger generation is thinking “paper is so old fashion!”. Well, who wants to leave an iPad unattended at a show? So you can transfer the paper list to a digital list after you perform. Better yet you can have a mailing list sign up form on your website (digital start to finish). MailChimp is pretty intuitive to set up and is free for 2,000 subscribers or less. You can connect it to your website, social networks and manually add people to your list (such as your paper lists for each show). You can tag your subscribers so you know where they signed up. If you are a touring band this can be especially helpful. Pretend you are touring and you gathered 70 emails during one of your shows. You can then send out a targeted email to those 70 subscribers letting them know that you just released a live recording from the show or that you will be touring through their city again and they can buy tickets now. The possibilities are endless. Yes, emails are useful. You can use your email lists to sell tickets, music, merch and more. Start collecting now and you can reap the rewards for years to come!
You can maximize your revenue when you perform by having merch. It should be noted that good band branding is critical. Read the next section on branding to maximize your impact. You can burn your CDs for minimal cost and sell them at your show. If you are the opening act at a show, crush it and get some of the main acts fans to become your fans as well. At the end of your set mention on the mic that you will be at the merch table at the back and will have CDs and merch for sale. During the main performance go and man /woman the merch table. Give people a bonus whether it is a hug or a free sticker with the purchase of an album it makes a difference. Not having anything to sell is a mistake. So take the time beforehand to burn 10-15 CDs and put them in a backpack with your other gear. Bring it and try to sell it all or even give some of it away! Your products will travel through the cars and stereos of your fans and likely will reach new people. Be a guerrilla marketer!
A great story, shared by Project Aspect, on episode two of the Freio Music Podcast was the fact that he was at a festival, as a fan (not performing), and walked around the campgrounds and gave away his CD to anyone who “liked free music” (everyone). The festival attracted people who like his style of music, so he was targeting people who like Music enough to pay to see artists for 72 hours straight. (Standing outside of a Bank and giving away your album is unlikely to have the same effect unless perhaps you only sing about money). Years later he performed at that same festival and people still have and remember him giving away his art (CD) and thank him for it. He made new and lasting fans form his efforts. Now that is a way to target your audience and sow the seeds for your future success.
This section should not be overlooked. Your music is your brand. You are your brand. Your Facebook page is your brand. Your logo, performance, apparel, attitude, and interactions are all apart of your brand. Create badass art that represents you and your music. Be consistent. Of course, you can change it but only if it is a better representation of your brand. Think of the AC/DC text. The Rolling Stones lips. If you have a logo use it! If you don’t have a logo make one or hire/ convince a friend to help you out. Use your logo for your profile pictures across all of your social networks to give some consistency. If you don’t have a logo and are stubborn than at least have a photo of you or your band and use it as a logo. People want to be confident that they are following the right band so don’t make them think hard. Make your branding consistent across all of your marketing platforms.
#7 Concert Schedule
Your music is intended to be played so, play it! Play it live, with energy and excitement. Keep it fun for you and everyone and switch it up from show to show. One band that I choose not to name I saw play the exact same setlist twice on the same day at a small festival! You can bet that I was discouraged by their lack of creativity and adventurousness, and have not seen them perform since that time. I understand practicing your set with the band several times but when it comes time to perform add a new song or two. Add a cover if you don’t have enough original material. Jam out and make the same song sound different. I can listen to an album on repeat if I want but don’t make people listen to the same thing again and again. If you are touring than maybe your audience will not notice that it was the same setlist but your band members will. Keep everybody guessing and add some flavor to the mix. You will improve faster musically when you are playing new songs, so go grow! A growth mindset will take you from where you are to where you want to be. How do you think your idols improved? Do you think they played the same song endlessly? No, they pushed themselves to learn new songs. They played the same songs in new ways. In short, they challenged themselves to play new music, so you should too!
Did we miss something? If so, leave your comments below and mention what else should be included in this MVP blog post.
Photo (above) by Corey Hamilton
TMRW.TDAY is a unique gathering of mindful reggae lovers. The cultural fest has a touch of house, a toe-pinch of white sand beach, a mouthful of flavorful fruits, a breeze filled with tropic scents, and island lifestyle for the retreat of a lifetime, and plenty of reggae to sooth your soul.
As an American who had never been to Jamaica before, it took a few days to reset my urgent internal clock, from a rapid walk to a soulful stride, more closely matching the graceful rhythm of the waves.
With early morning 8am, (yes this was ‘crack of the dawn early’ or the coffee shop is still closed early), Meditation the day started with a gentle stretch of the body and mind. The venue was a 5-minute walk from where I stayed, so just an easy stroll on the beach and I was on “festival grounds”. The meditation on the beach was enhanced with some live instrumentation for stress elevation.
The Irie Soul Beach Wellness Program has a plentiful schedule of meditation (starting at 8am) and various yoga classes throughout the day. Clear-minded people flow off the mat and into the mingling area. Friendships created from the chance occurrences at Chances on the Beach.
With fruit drinks, a full bar and some local food, everyone is well nourished and in a good mood.
The pace of ‘island time’ is a phenomenon not unique to Jamaica.
The tides map the hours of most businesses and the music fills the void.
The event schedules tended to begin at least 30 minutes late, which made it easy to be early.
The live headlining acts command control of the 11pm-2am time frame.
The newly enacted Jamaican law requires a permit to host events at night and promoters must obey the Noise Abatement Act. “… permission is given to have an event up to 12 midnight during the week and 2:00 a.m. on weekends… These laws are to protect the patrons that are coming to your events. Organizers must take into consideration the safety and security of the patrons. We (JCF) want the patrons to be safe,” – Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay (Jamaican Government).
Naturally, music pushes the limits.
Tmrw.Tday is run on island time and is designed for relaxation. With built in “just chill mon” times from 9am-4pm followed by a drum circle session from 4pm-7pm, one is never rushed. Plenty of time for livin, chillin, and being. A dive into the tropical jungle. A dip into the calm ocean. A soak on the white-sand beach.
The pace of the island is ⅔’s time, a slow wandering stroll’s beat.
The energy of the island comes from the sun during the day and from the people at night.
Looking back on the festival…
Tmrw.Tday was simple yet diverse. Easy to navigate yet spread out. The variety of venues and attendees made the whole thing a pleasant experience. We are excited for what the future of this Culture Festival has in the works. First-year festivals are by definition an experiment, a new test and there are many unknowns to be worked out along the way. With the first year
Don’t worry, we covered the music from Tmrw.Tday as well! Music from Jamaica and Tmrw.Tday Festival
Impressions from the Jamaican Culture:
[quote] A morning went a little something like this:
I stroll to the beachside restaurant. Get out my pen, notebook, & order:
“A Jamrock omelet, coffee & water, please”
The rain yields for the time being to a cloudy haze that blends the ocean’s horizon into the sky.
The temperature is ripe.
The humidity is lively.
The pulse of the island is coming into light.
From the crickets of the night to the dancing paintings and carvings on the wall, music runs through them all.
The soulful melodies spill forth, almost involuntarily, from the locals.
Is everyone a natural vocalist?
The small businesses thrive in Jamaica and the markets are vibrant with people and goods. One person employment can be seen from the seven-mile beach.
One beach hustler’s day
A man carries coconuts, straws, and a hatchet. “Coconuts…” he says, as he walks along the beach trying to make eye contact with any and all tourists. He takes 5-7 steps. “Coconuts…” he repeats, as he is now 1o-15 feet further down the beach. He knows the limitation of his voice’s range and he is competing, after all, with other people and the ocean. Again 5-7 steps. Finally, “Coconut Mon….” for the last 1/3 of his vocal cadence. The three-part vocal loop seems to serve as advertising, a pace setter, a marching beat, and reassurance that he is actually getting somewhere on the 7-mile beach. If you are sitting on the beach you will probably hear the loop twice as he passes. What is that rule 7 for advertising again? Oh ya, that people buy after they hear about your product several times. When business is good, a quick walk inland and a new harvest can be acquired. When the sun gets low the day is done.
Each step is one closer to a new sale. “Co-conut”… “Coco-nut”… “Coconut Mon”…
“There are around 500 beach hustlers” – Paul (beach hustler)
There is an ever-changing flow of people, tourists, and travelers who soak up the island tropical sun.
Friendly entrepreneurs selling a story with their product or service. Friendly people so jolly that a word is worth it.
The smooth trotting pink-hatted horse riding salesman, slowly making his moves. Everyone is hustling their products and services
Later that day, the pink-hatted beach horse salesman scored a lady tourist for the ride of a life. He washes the young rider with vocal melodies and song. With gentle guidance and a quick step, the man leads the lady and horse along the water’s edge. (The legend himself can be seen in background of the picture – see left)
Creativity in approach, service, products & storytelling is on full display. Rude guests foil high hopes.
Clearly, the Jamaican culture benefits from tourism, festivals, the cross-cultural exchange of ideas. Jamaica continues to attract creative minded people to the lush jungles and white sand beaches, to enjoy a brief visit to paradise.
We covered the music from Tmrw.Tday as well! Read and take a listen here: Music from Jamaica and Tmrw.Tday Festival
Epic Remix Contest
Prize: All kinds of tools valued at $16,000
Calling all Aspiring Producers and Electronic Musicians
Love Making Remixes? If so, this is for you!
“Amateur DJs and producers from all genres and styles are encouraged to flex their remix skills and submit their version of ‘Flying’ “
Do you know someone who could win this contest? Share it | Crush it | Win it!
All of the details below….
ILL.GATES X STEPHAN JACOBS ANNOUNCE OPEN CALL FOR EPIC ‘FLYING’ REMIX CONTEST
April 17, 2017 – Following the widely-successful release of his full-length studio album Terminally iLL earlier this spring, San Francisco-based producer ill.Gates has partnered with fellow pioneer of the West Coast Bass Movement Stephan Jacobs, and production services website ProducerDJ to invite rising producers to enter the most epic contest of 2017 offering up more than $16,000 in prizes! From now until June 12, 2017, aspiring remix maestros from across the globe can submit their take on ill.Gates’ and Stephan Jacobs’ massive track ‘Flying’ featuring Jackie Rain with winners announced June 23.
Described as a beautifully contrasting dark yet uplifting tune, the original ‘Flying’ blends future bass and glitch hop into a catch, sub-flexing bass-heavy summer anthem offering up an intricate melody for ill.Gates Remix Contest participants to reimagine. Amateur DJs and producers from all genres and styles are encouraged to flex their remix skills and submit their version of ‘Flying’ to SKIO Music where the top three tracks will be selected by ill.Gates alongside special guest judges, and released via brand new label Producer DoJo. Additional prizes include professional audio plugins, hardware controllers, music production tools + courses, and exclusive opportunities to collaborate with ill.Gates and his vast network of musical geniuses, courtesy of sponsors ProducerDJ, Plugin Alliance, SUBPAC, Sesh, Sugar Bytes, Dave Smith Instruments, Ableton, KJ Sawka, Nunich, Mr.Bill, Warp Academy, Tom Cosm, Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), Maschine Tutorials, iZotope, and LANDR. See grand prize details below!
Looking to learn from the best before entering the contest? DJs and producers of all skill levels can learn the iLL Methodology behind remixing from ill.Gates’ free video course available now via ProducerDJ. The course reveals five simple yet extraordinary ways to unblock your creativity and to help producers finish songs as quickly and effectively as possible. Deemed “life-changing” and “incredible” by users, iLL Methodology is an essential learning tool for mastering beats.
ill.Gates’ first, full-length studio album since 2011, Terminally iLL is part of a series of airport-themed albums by ill.Gates. Set to release later this summer, second in the series is album Departures, which will feature left field, experimental, and out of character tracks inspired by festivals like Shambhala and Burning Man. On the horizon for ill.Gates is a whirlwind year, with marquee performances scheduled at Bassnectar’s Atlantic City Event, California’s Lightning in a Bottle festival plus stops throughout many U.S. cities — check out his upcoming tour schedule below.
Remix Contest – Grand Prize
Official Release on Terminally ill Remix Album (Producer DoJo) * Producer DJ – 1 YR Membership ($2,400) * Plugin Alliance 100% AAX DSP V1.5 Bundle ($8,663 MSRP) * Warp Academy’s Pro Producer Bundle ($999) * iZotope Neutron, Ozone 7, Iris 2 and Trash 2 Plugins ($746) * KMI K-Mix ($579) * Subpac M2 ($299) * LANDR – 1 YR Pro Account ($299) * MaschineTutorials.com – 1 YR Membership ($180) * MrBillsTunes.com – 1 YR Membership and T-Shirt ($140) * Producer Social – 1 YR Membership ($100) * Tom Cosm – 1 YR Membership ($99) * ill.Gates Merch Pack & 1 hr call * Call with SKIO Music A&R’s
~Arise Music Festival 2016 Video | Loveland, Colorado~
Now that 2017 is in full swing, we figured it was about time to release our video from Arise Music Festival 2016. We are thrilled to have teamed up with our good friends at Dead Leaf Arts for this one.
This family-friendly festival has grown over the years and we are thankful to have been a part of it every step of the way. Every year, the festival has grown in attendance and maturity. It is hard to believe that this festival was born just a few years ago, and has already become one of Colorado’s most musically diverse festivals. The venue is nestled in the valley on the beautiful Sunrise Ranch. If you still have yet to attend this event, 2017 is your year to shine!
Arise Music Festival 2016 includes a dedicated yoga tent, several musical stages, aerial areas and resides in a little nook of the foothills which makes the whole event seem nice and cozy. We were thrilled to see some young native Coloradan bands share the stage with some big names from around the world. The team here at FreioMusic is extraordinarily grateful that we once again were able to contribute, in our small way, to capture this artistic event as it unfolded.
A huge shout out to all of the artists, friends, and family who made this event happen. Without further ado here is our video featuring music by Ziggy Marley.
Arise Music Festival 2016
RIDE Festival 2017 = Diverse Lineup
RIDE Festival is in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among many others.
Set to take place in downtown Telluride’s Town Park, the event features an unparalleled backdrop of Telluride’s idyllic landscape, world-class musicianship, Colorado’s finest microbrews and daily adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and music aficionados alike. Past RIDE performers include Pearl Jam, David Byrne, The Lumineers, Cage the Elephant, Widespread Panic, Jonny Lang and many others
The undisputed gem of south-west Colorado, Telluride is well-known by Colorado locals to be among the very best mountain destinations and has been called “number one for both scenery and character” by Forbes and Ski Magazine. With world-class hiking, rafting, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, and hot springs all within 40 miles of the festival, as well as a perfectly integrated farmer’s market downtown on Fridays, RIDE Festival is the can’t-miss mountain festival of 2017.
RIDE Festival will feature another star-studded lineup in 2017 including a rare Telluride performance by the Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, BECK. Celebrated for his sonically experimental and lo-fi style, BECK rose to fame in the early 1990’s for creating musical collages encompassing a wide genre of styles. With a highly anticipated release on the horizon for 2017, fans may be treated to an early taste of the producer’s latest tunes during the 6th annual festival.
Known for his high-energy live performances, prominent activist and American singer-songwriter Ben Harper will perform for the first time in Telluride since his 2012 performance at the RIDE Festival. This year, Ben will be appearing with his talented band The Innocent Criminals. A rousing performer, Harper has taken home numerous awards including Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005 and Best Blues Album in 2014.
With additional performances spanning multiple genres of music including rock n’ roll, reggae, gospel and soul, RIDE Festival has something for everyone.
For more information about the RIDE Festival including ticketing and official festival details check out www.ridefestival.com
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
The John Butler Trio
The Temperance Movement
Rose Hill Drive
The Marcus King Band
The Domino Room-February 17th, 2017
Last Friday at the Domino Room in downtown Bend, Oregon, we were able to catch Leftover Salmon’s opener, World’s Finest. Featuring an electric banjo, saxophone, and vintage guitar, they had a rustic and organic vibe. Blending elements of ska, bluegrass and reggae, they were able to touch on several familiar sounds while adding their own character and a bit of a twist.
Juggling genres and different styles, it was obvious the group drew inspiration from assorted backgrounds. There were many moments of feel-good-bluegrass easily associated with Portland and The Pacific Northwest. Both upbeat and rock influenced it reminded me of groups like Fruition. Other times they would tone things down and switch over to reggae and ska. Some highlights included “Rub-a-dub” reggae and well timed breakdowns to group acapellas. With flexible musicianship, they were able to showcase a few covers as well. My favorite was their funky-bluegrass cover of “Pick Up the Pieces” by Average White Band. The nostalgia of the song, accompanied with their provocative saxophone, was a great way to close out the set.
Full of fun energy and a feel good vibe, World’s Finest had very personable crowd interaction and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their time on the stage.
Check out the links below for music and more on the World’s Finest!
The 12th Annual SONIC BLOOM Announces First Wave of Artists
SONIC BLOOM, the nation’s premier boutique electronic music festival returning to Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country, CO, announces the first wave of the 2017 lineup.
This year’s headliners include: Gigantic Cheese Biscuit, a unique lineup never before assembled featuring members of 3 pioneering live electronic bands coming together for a one-time very special set of music: Dominic Lalli, Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), along with The Polish Ambassador, The Floozies, Claude VonStroke, Ott, Haywyre, Minnesota, Random Rab,The Funk Hunters with Chali 2na and many more.
Melding the world’s most talented musicians, performers, visionaries and artists, SONIC BLOOM, is an inspiring showcase of the best of Colorado’s vibrant live and electronic music scene and is at the forefront of the transformative festival movement. SONIC BLOOM is known for booking and discovering fresh, progressive electronic acts with styles that span the musical spectrum; from the highly celebrated to the relatively unknown.
The music isn’t all there is to be excited about. SONIC BLOOM also engages with participants by offering world class artists and a full art gallery, active workshops, visual arts, learning experiences and yoga with much attention paid to the stunning environment that is created to indulge all the senses of the festival attendees. And with the addition of the SONIC BLOOM Academy last year, people now have the chance to enhance their educational experience leading into the 4-day festival with a 3-day deep dive into several intensive full-day workshops making for an incredible full-week experience.
4-Day General Passes include entry into the festival on Thursday, free on-site camping and free drinking water. VIP 4-Day Passes, parking passes, limited car camping passes and RV passes are also now on sale. For more information on SONIC BLOOM, please visit the official website: sonicbloomfestival.com
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