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Issue 3.1 - April 2000
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Jodi Krangle
@-- NEW! - Song Spotlight & Critique -  Help your fellow
    songwriters improve their craft by listening to a song and
    making suggestions to the songwriter directly. Read here for
    more. (Back by popular demand...)
@-- Featured Article - PROMOTING ON THE WEB: THE VALUE OF
    DIRECTORIES - by Jodi Krangle
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- Indie Label In Spotlight - Andrea White, Label Manager with
    the Indie Label, Daemon.
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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ISSN 1480-6975.  Copyright 1998 - Jodi Krangle.  For more contact
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Well folks, I'm going to keep this particular Musing *really* short
because this issue is already quite long and I don't want to stint
on other stuff. ;-)

My only real announcement just now is that Bruce Donaldson in
Mannheim, Germany has won a copy of our reviewed book this issue,
MUSIC PUBLISHING 101 CRASH COURSE by Regina Smith.  I know he'll
find it extremely useful reading and I hope a few more of you will
consider picking up a copy - especially if you read Nancy's
Copyright & Publishing Q&A column avidly every month. 

Otherwise, as usual, please check
http://www.musesmuse.com/whatsnew.html for up-to-date additions to
the web site (there's always something new!).  There are big things
on the horizon here at The Muse's Muse.  Nothing to announce just
yet though.  I promise I'll keep you posted.

All the best,

--Jodi
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================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : with Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I have been approached by a non-profit group to put together an album with some song parodies that I have written and frequently perform for fun. If this album was a not-for-profit production, or any income derived from some sales (to offset costs) was used by charity or by the non-profit group...what permissions, or waivers, or fees would we expect to incur? - Thank you. -- Mark ------------------ A: I think that there is another Q&A on parody in the back files, so take a peek. The best way to be sure that you are doing a parody and not a derivative work is to ask yourself: "What am I poking fun of or calling attention to" .. The parody must be of the SONG. It is not considered a parody if you take the melody and make funny lyrics dealing with another matter. A parody requires proper mechanical licensing. A derivative must have permission from the copyright holder and more than likely the lyric will quickly become their ownership and not yours. ------------------ Q: Nancy, Hi. I am rhythm guitarist for a newly formed rock group in North Wales, UK. There are 4 of us, aged 16 to 18, and we are currently writing our own material, with the aim of playing local gigs, and possibly (hopefully) securing some sort of record contract. We would like to do things properly, and I was wondering if you could provide some sort of guidance, or a sample, of a contract that would be legally binding - basically saying that all profits/copyrights etc. are to belong to the band as a whole, and not to individuals. Any other information you could provide about legal or business matters for a new band would also be greatly appreciated. -- Phil D. ------------------ A: Hey Phil. I'm glad to hear that you are wanting to do the right thing from day one by getting the papers in order. With underage guys in the band, a guardian would also need to sign any agreements for them to be binding. Because you are in the UK and I know precious little on regulations there, I must refer you to an intellectual property counsel where you live for assistance. A group partnership agreement should be easy to draft. I would recommend that it say that the company (the partnership) is owned in equal parts and then set up a division for the publishing. Then the group would own equal shares of the publishing. The writer's shares can then be agreed on per composition and added into the publishing catalogue. We can draft these types of agreements here in my office for a fee but I would still have counsel review them in your territory to be sure they are binding. --Nancy ---------------------------------------------------------- New Questions & Answers for March 2000 can be found at: http://www.musesmuse.com/pub-march00.html ---------------------------------------------------------- ***** Carpe Diem's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine years. She represented the careers of several recording artists and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's Promoter of the Year (1989). **If you would like to ask Nancy a copyright or publishing question for our continuing Q&A section, please send your e-mail to nreece@musesmuse.com. She can't guarantee she'll get to all of the questions, but she'll certainly try.** Back to Menu
================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart -----------------------------------------------------------------
Larry Murante - Water's Edge Light sounds from a fine crooner who lifts up your soul in songs like 'This Ship', with its interesting piano and acoustic guitar marriage behind the vocals. But it begins with 'katie lights another cigarette / she pulls it to her mouth / she takes in one big breath / she blows it out', from 'Katie's House'. A cross between folk and country. If you don't like it, you can leave. It's Katie's house. 'Streets of Seattle' sounds like the hit single to me. The nude voice in front of the good guitar lick/tune tells the story of a city most of us don't know. I know it rains a lot there, but now I know a lot more. Full color song. 11 songs from a voice that would make a good pirate. The way he holds his note at times, he could out shout the splashing water ahead of him. Indeed, he seems a traveler. lmsings@aol.com --------------- Jonasay 5 song EP from guys I'm sorry I haven't heard of. The name sounds a little familiar but now they will stick in my mind. They have to after songs like 'Ultraman' and 'Waiting For Godot'. Product so clean you could eat off them. And 'Coming Down' is nearly 6 minutes of smooth ballad that robs a little from smooth jazz, add some good vocals, and there's a cry song coming your way. Beautiful stuff. ind@jonasay.com --------------- OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Bobbie Lynn - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-lynn.html Lynette Schultz - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-schultz.html Mann Wolf - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-mannwolf.html Kelly Brock - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-brock.html Amy Syd - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-syd.html Blue Taxi - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-bluetaxi.html John Taglieri - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-taglieri.html Che'Zuro - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-zuro.html Go-rin-no-sho - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-go.html Rude Awakening - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-rude.html Kellie Powell - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-powell.html --------------- ****** Ben Ohmart has had 100s of stories and poems in zines and journals, and had 4 plays produced last year. His lyrics will be on 2 CDs this year, 1 a gothic album, the other a rock album. He's currently writing films, with hopes of having one done in Malaysia soon, and is also trying to break into the prison of television. He's white, 26, single and loves British comedy. He lives in Boalsburg, PA, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his garbage. Contact him at: ohmart@musesmuse.com . **Ben has kindly consented to do music reviews for this publication and also for The Muse's Muse itself. If you have an independently released CD or tape that you'd like to get reviewed, send it off to: Ben Ohmart, P O Box 750, Boalsburg, PA 16827 or drop by his Music Reviews web section at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html for more details.** Back to Menu
================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w s : by Jodi Krangle MUSIC PUBLISHING 101 CRASH COURSE (Made Simple & Easy) by Regina Smith - http://www.101crashcourse.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- Does music publishing confuse you? If it does, MUSIC PUBLISHING 101 CRASH COURSE by Regina Smith is the book for you. While it's always best to seek the services of a certified professional if you're talking about anything near legal advice, this book explains the ins and outs of music publishing in simple, easy-to-understand terms that will, at the very least, give you the right questions to ask the professionals when you talk to them. A lot of this information should definitely be a part of any songwriter's education - especially in light of the fact that most songwriters are handling the business side of their career in as much detail as they handle their creative side. Chapters include the history of copyrights, copyright protection, registration (this is a US publication, remember. Some of the rules may not apply to you if you're living and writing outside of the US - but the general idea is there), sampling, infringement, fair use, advances and recoupment, the songwriter/publisher relationship and a lot more that you'll find incredibly useful. The back of the book also has a great appendix that includes listings of songwriting associations with all their contact info, music conferences and libraries. Are you one of those many songwriters that handles your own business? If so, make sure you know about publishing. Knowledge is power. Arming yourself with the knowledge in Regina's book could mean the difference between being screwed and making the money your song is worth. I'll end this review with the author's own words: "Persistence, perseverance, determination and driving ambition are incredibly important elements in having success in this business. I hope you have plenty of it." Thanks, Regina. ================================================================= NEW!S o n g S p o t l i g h t & C r i t i q u e : ----------------------------------------------------------------- It seems quite a few of you are still interested in this particular section of the newsletter. So by popular demand (which will last only as long as I have other songs to put forth in the newsletter - so if you're considering writing to me - don't consider - DO IT. :-)) here it is again. If you're going to respond to this latest offering, please make sure that your criticism is constructive and that you cc' your messages to me at critique@musesmuse.com if you don't mind those comments being printed in this newsletter or on the web site. Here's the Spotlight for this month: ********************* Mike Smith - Strength Lyrics & Music are in the same location at: http://www.woden.com/~mikey/strength.html The music sample is real audio - but for a free MP3 sample, you can listen at http://stage.vitaminic.co.uk/pyramid/ Send your critiques to Mike at mikey@woden.com ********************* ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : PROMOTING ON THE WEB: THE VALUE OF DIRECTORIES by Jodi Krangle ----------------------------------------------------------------- Chances are that by now, if you have a web site, you've figured out you need to promote it on the web before anyone but your family and friends will be able to find it. There are lots of good services for this sort of thing. One of them is offered through The Muse's Muse @ http://www.musesmuse.com/promo.html. Not all services are created alike, however. Make sure you ask a lot of questions - firstly about how many places you're being submitted to. Also make sure that you're not paying any more than $50 USD for the service. Anything more is a rip-off. The Muse's Muse, for instance, offers a 3 month package, submissions 2 weeks apart (which means you're submitted 6 different times) plus e-mailed reporting for that $50. Make sure you're getting your money's worth! But there is one thing these services *can't* help you with (and shouldn't, in my opinion): submitting to DIRECTORIES. Web Directories such as Yahoo! and The Open Directory Project (dmoz.org) aren't search engines. They don't "crawl" your site once given the main url. They don't automatically catalogue your site at all. They categorize based upon the whims of a human editor. What does this mean to you, the web site owner? 1) CONTENT IS STILL KING: Your site should have some content before they'll allow it to be placed in their directory. Try having some information on your site such as in depth stuff about your band or your background, a performance date listing, press clippings, maybe even interesting trivia about the band or yourself. Try also to have a good bunch of links that you think might be relevant to those dropping by. One of the BEST ways to spread the word about your site (even better than submitting to search engines!) is to exchange links with other people and having a section set aside for that purpose just makes it easier. 2) CONSIDER GETTING YOUR OWN DOMAIN NAME: I hate to tell you this, but unfortunately, directories are less likely to categorize a site on IUMA or MP3.com or any service like that. Even if they do, you're likely to be low on their totem pole. MP3.com and sites like it certainly do serve a purpose - and a valuable one at that - but they very rarely have any appreciable content and they also are usually only one page. I always advise those serious about promoting themselves on the net to get their own domain name (it's not very expensive at all these days. Try a service like http://www.register.com/), or at the very least, a web page on a free service with some actual information present on more than a few pages. The more the site has to offer, the better disposed the human editors at the directories are likely to be towards it. 3) CHOOSE YOUR CATEGORY CAREFULLY: If you have a sizable amount of content, try submitting yourself to more than one but try to limit it to no more than three at the start. Once you're already accepted and the editors have glanced around your site, it's possible they'll consider categorizing other sections of it if you try again later and you're certain those individual sections have merit all on their own. For instance, I have several sections on The Muse's Muse that are categorized separately. The classified section appears on its own within Yahoo! and so does the Songwriting Lounge Chat page. I also have a listing for the home url of the entire web site. This is all legitimate because each section *does* stand alone. In any case, the bottom line is that you should choose a category that fits the subject matter of your web site as closely as possible and if you have different sections with stand-alone info you feel is valuable, submit those to the appropriate category too. 4) DON'T KID A KIDDER: Don't try to put one over on them. These are human editors, remember. Yes, they display their content alphabetically, but if you try putting an "A" in front of the title of your entry just to get yourself listed higher, it's likely to get your submission tossed in the figurative wastebasket instead. Think about your title carefully. If you can start the title of your web site with a word that has something to do with the content of your web site and is also higher up in the alphabet, that's great. Give it a shot. But don't be obvious about it and try to keep the title down to five words or less. Most of the time, it's just best to go with the actual name of your web site and leave it at that. I'd also advise that you stick to a description that's 25 words or less. On Yahoo! this is VERY strictly enforced. On dmoz.org, much less so - but they're a little more likely to edit your entry if they place you. It's always best to make their job easier. Also DON'T try to get yourself listed twice in the same section by removing the www at the front of the url and submitting both versions. (Ex: http://www.musesmuse.com and http://musesmuse.com) It won't work and it will annoy the editor - something you don't want to do if you're trying to get placed. 5) NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF DMOZ.ORG You probably already know how important it is to be listed on Yahoo!. But how much do you know about dmoz.org or The Open Directory Project? If you don't know a lot, visit dmoz.org, have a look around, then visit Hotbot.com, Lycos.com, AOL's Netfind (http://search.aol.com/) & Netscape.com - to name a few. All of these locations use filtered dmoz.org information for their listings - which means that if you get placed on dmoz.org, you'll eventually find yourself in ALL of these listings at once. There's about a week to two week delay between finding yourself listed on dmoz.org and the filtering down of the information to the other sites that draw their results from that location. This is the best darned directory you never heard of. If you haven't gotten yourself listed there, DO IT NOW. It takes a little bit less time to get listed than Yahoo! at this point (though they're getting slower) and the results will be amazing. 6) IF YOU AREN'T GETTING A LISTING, BE *POLITE*!!: After about three weeks of waiting and not seeing your entry appear, it's pretty safe to say that the editor is either really far behind, or you're not in the running. Write to the editor. At the bottom of each section you've submitted your site to on dmoz.org, you'll find a link to the editor's profile. You can find his or her e-mail address there. On Yahoo, e-mail url-support@yahoo-inc.com and include your pertinent info, including site URL, your e-mail, date you submitted your site, and the desired categories within that communication. But above all, BE POLITE. These are real people you're writing to, not robots. They appreciate a kind word and a polite inquiry just as much as any of us would. They also get thousands of submissions in a day. Give them something to smile about. By the time they read your note, they'll need it! If you're not listed, simply ask them why, if there's something you need to change about your listing in order to make it acceptable, and mention the information suggested above. It might take a little more effort to be nice, especially if you've been waiting a long time, but it's always worth it. Trust me. Another tip for getting listed faster with Yahoo is to try submitting your site to the relevant category within a regional Yahoo. This is really only useful if you're located in the States, unfortunately, but if you are, it can sometimes take as many as weeks quicker to get listed there than elsewhere on Yahoo - and those results get filtered to the regular Yahoo! site after the next database update. Promoting yourself on the web is getting easier all the time but while it's possible to automate a lot of things, submitting to the directories really should be done manually - and by YOU - the person who best knows your web site. Give it a shot. What do you have to lose but anonymity? Good luck! ****** Jodi Krangle resides in Toronto Canada (specifically Thornhill) and is the proprietess of The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource at http://www.musesmuse.com/. In her day job, she's the Marketing Director & Webmaster for a gaming software development company called Zillions Development Corporation (http://www.zillions-of-games.com/). Jodi is also an active musician and voice over professional. In her spare time, she can often be found doing studio vocals, writing songs (though not as often as she'd like), performing with her folk group, Urban Tapestry (http://www.inkspot.com/ut), and working on her web site until the wee hours of the morning. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info. In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- "THE B# NEWSLETTER" IS A MONTHLY MUSIC BUSINESS NEWSLETTER exclusively for independent musicians. Each issue presents POWERFUL articles by such TOP Indie Execs. as; Tim Sweeney, Suzanne Glass, Derek Sivers, Holly Figueroa, & Mark Baxter! VITAL info to enhance every aspect of your career. See subscriber testimonials at http://nba.jumptunes.com/, then click on the "Clients" button. Get a sample issue with a blank Email to bsharp0300@GetResponse.com. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Listen Loud Publishing is looking for some great R&B love songs. Also some great latin/dance music. Send demos to: LISTEN LOUD PUBLISHING 1006 HYDE PARK CT CLEBURNE TX 76031 Email: jbeaupre@flash.net for more details. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTN: SINGER/SONGWRITERS WITH A CD MASTER: If you are a singer/songwriter with a Mastered CD of your song or songs, I will be glad to review them. We are not PUBLISHING, WHAT WE DO AT HIGGINS MUSIC GROUP We work with several styles of music: Country, Southern Gospel, Christian Country, BlueGrass, Contemporary Christian , and R&B. Our radio promotional CD's use one cut from each of 10 carefully selected artists. We print a color picture (about the size of a quarter) of each singer on the face of the disc , and we mail out to 1000 DJ's and we track the activity for each singer/artists airplay and report back to you. We are the best, most effective Radio CD service in the USA..DJ's have worked with us extensively, and ALWAYS give our discs a listen/play. We are very careful to put only the BEST cuts of the BEST sounding songs/singers on each project. The majority of our artists are Independents, but we have also had many Major label artists, as well...such as Randy Travis, Linda Davis, Emmy Lou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Wills, Jeff Carson, Sawyer Brown,etc. We also have the Christian Country Music Assn. and Power Source Magazine under this umbrella, and we have the annual CCMA awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Be sure to mark to MY attention! ATTENTION: RUTHIE STEELE CCMA-HMG PO Box 101336 Nashville, Tn. 37224 Email: DJpromoDJ@aol.com if you have questions. ----------------------------------------------------------------- IN SEARCH OF FRESH NEW TALENT: Abet Music is holding a songwriting contest in search of fresh new talent to showcase to industry professionals nationwide. At Abet Music, our goal is to give indie artists a chance to be discovered. Fifteen winners will have their music included on our annual compilation CD and presented to our A&R friends at major labels throughout the country. Prizes will also be awarded to winners in six categories, including Song of the Year, Production, Lyrics, Music, Vocals and Musicianship. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2000. Check http://www.abetmusic.com/ for more details or e-mail: avo@abetmusic.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- ONLINEROCK IS A WEB-BASED COMMUNITY FOR MUSICIANS, MUSIC PROFESSIONALS & DIE-HARD MUSIC FANS: Visit OnlineRock and build your free Web site, post classifieds on our musician's 'sounding board,' learn about the latest music gear, recording technology and more. OnlineRock's mission is to empower musicians so that they can promote, distribute (and soon sell) their own music to fans anywhere in the world. Drop on by http://www.onlinerock.com/ when you get a chance. (You can sign up for a free web site with OnlineRock directly through The Muse's Muse! Have a look at http://www.musesmuse.com/onlinerock-form.html ) Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On television last week I saw an in depth interview with Billy Joel where he discussed his life, his successes and failures and, most importantly of all, his songwriting! I realize that the subject of songwriting doesn't appeal to the masses the way listening to music does, but wouldn't it be great if you could tune into a show every week that was ALL about just that? Well, you CAN!! The "Lyrical Line" (http://www.lyricalline.com/) is a wonderful songwriting resource that has been mentioned in this newsletter before, and digging around it last week, I came across a page that features a radio show called "I Write The Songs" (http://www.lyricalline.com/show/index.html) . You can listen to the show every week in Real Audio format, plus several weeks of shows are archived so you can listen anytime! Mary Dawson, the creator of the show, also happens to write a column for the Muse's Muse called "Mary's Musings" (http://www.musesmuse.com/marydawson.html). Joining her is Sharon Braxton, who's expertise is in the area of the legal aspects of songwriting and media journalism. At the time of this writing, the most recent show is an interview with Jason Blume discussing his adventures in the business of songwriting. Jason also participated in the Muse's Muse chat in the Songwriter's Lounge on Jan.17. But other shows featured are all to do with songwriting itself, including the "Songwriter Spring Training Series", which discusses the three basic commercial song forms in great depth, including their history! Another show is a critique session of songs that are sent in by listeners, and yet another is titled "A New Year's Test For Serious Songwriters" which is designed to test your strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter. But you have to hurry to catch up on the shows that are archived there before they disappear! ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her latest CD "Motor Scooter" has had attention everywhere from Japan to South America, and a new release is due out sometime in 1999. Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= I N D I E L A B E L I N S P O T L I G H T : -- Andrea White, Executive from Daemon ----------------------------------------------------------------- Ever wonder what it's like to be with an indie label? Or what might be required of you if you sign with one? Andrea very generously took some time from her busy schedule to answer those very questions... ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: How did you get Daemon started? Can you tell me what was involved and why you decided to do it? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: I was working in retail and environmental activism and had recently quit my job. Amy and I had been friends for years and she just called me up and said " You want a job?" She needed someone to oversee the label since she's on the road so much and also wanted to have someone who was like minded in political concerns. I had a small informal interview and we went over everything that would be my responsibility. I was a bit overwhelmed but I love a challenge and this was it! Also, being able to have a mix of music, business, and political activism all in one was a dream for me. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: You speak about Amy needing someone to work with her "who was like minded in political concerns" Can you explain what those political concerns were - and what they've become over time (if they've changed or been refined since you first started there)? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: The environment, politics, and big business are a concern in every decision we make. From our cds being digipaks made of recycled materials and soy inks to printing all our press kits on recycled or hemp paper. We've done several benefit cds over the years. One to help with gun violence concerns and another to help with Native American environmental issues. Now we're currently helping to campaign for Low Power Radio. We just feel that it's important to be a socially responsible business. Support local/small businesses etc. There is a great book by Ben & Jerry that explains this concept and is very inspiring. The book is called "Ben & Jerry's Double Dip - How to Run a Values-Led Business and Make Money Too." Just look what they've done! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: It's really wonderful to hear that while you're helping to develop the talent of musicians and songwriters, you're also looking out for the environment and the social issues of the day. How is it that you choose the talent you represent on your label? What things do you look for in an artist? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: Usually what we look for it great songwriting. Doesn't matter what genre. We have singer/songwriters, pop, rock, trip-hop, hip-hop and even an alternative country artist. Most of the time someone from the label has seen the artist play and then we kind of get to know them first. We were doing these all-ages Saturday afternoon shows in Atlanta for awhile and would ask local bands we wanted to see. It was kind of a showcase for them but they didn't know it. We ended up signing three local bands that way. Also, Amy sees a lot of artists in her travels and often brings the artist to us to see if we like them. If so, we'll sign them. We all have to agree. We've only signed one band from a demo tape believe it not. A pop band called Three Finger Cowboy from Birmingham, AL. They had sent in a tape and Amy didn't get to it until about a year later (we get a ton of tapes) and she called me and said "I love this band - we have to sign them" Of course I couldn't remember the tape and was afraid they would have split up by then. We got lucky though. We had them come up to Atlanta to play, loved them, and asked them to join our family. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: What happens after you decide to sign an artist? What do they have to do and what do you have to do to get the ball rolling? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: First, a contract is in order. They are very basic and pretty much are in favor of the artist. The only unusual thing is that we require the artist(s) to work 20 hours in our office helping to promote themselves. This isn't to do the label's work but so they can learn how a label is run. We want them to know how things operate so if they go on to bigger and better things they'll have a better understanding of how a label is run and can make more informed decision in their future. It's also a lot of fun and gives us a chance to get to know them better. We give them total artistic freedom. We decide on a budget and they decide where they want to record, mix, and master. With this money they hand over a master and artwork for their cd and we do the rest. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Great! What's "the rest" ? ;-) ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: Well, first we manufacture the cds and set a street date. We decide on how to tackle promotion - since our artist could be folk, rock, hip-hop etc - everything is different. We send promos to print and retail stores and follow up with phone calls. Radio is different for each - with some we do it and others we'll hire a radio promotion company. We also have a very high traffic website and add each artist to this. We basically do everything but book the band. Once they give us tour dates, we follow them with promotion also. Print, interviews, instores etc. Our big problem at this point is getting the bands to tour. Artists will get nowhere if they don't tour with their release. No touring equals no sales. To help curb this, we've recently decided that we'll work/spend as hard as they tour. This makes the bands a bit more responsible for their success. Too often a band has this idea that once they've been signed their work is done. We can spend months promoting their cd but if they don't make a name for themselves we're just spinning our wheels. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: This makes a lot of sense. Any tips for artists on how they can get themselves gigs? Have you found anything in particular that's worked well in the past for the artists you represent? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: Well, we can usually tell which of our artists are going to do well in the booking area. It's persistence! Unfortunately it's not as easy to get a booking agent these days and most bands find they have to do it on their own. It can get very discouraging when you don't get a response from a club but just keep pushing. We also try to encourage our artists to hook up with others and tour together. Both bands will have clubs that they do well in and this gets the other in the door. Sometimes if you offer a package deal it works out. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: What do you think the advantages are for an artist going with an indie label? Pros and cons? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: With a small indie you'll probably get more attention from the label and hopefully the artists will have a bit more personal input and freedom. Majors have the money though and are able to give tour support and dump a lot on advertising. Just remember though - the more they spend, the harder it is for you to recoup. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: What's in store for Daemon in the future? Where's the label going and what new releases is the label particularly proud of that you'd like to mention? ----------------------------------------------------------------- A: Daemon just turned ten years old and we are in the process of making a documentary and booking a small tour of the southeast with different artists of present and past. We're also going to put out a solo release by our owner, Amy Ray. 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