Friday, October 10, 2008 New Website Promoting Unsigned Artists

In recent years the need for exposure by unsigned bands has spawned a massive commercial industry of websites offering promotion to new artists, but just how effective is this promotion? Paying for "Premium" memberships on "free" sites is no laughing matter before the gigs start coming in and, although admittedly sites like MySpace do a great job for free, how are people actually going to find you until they know your name?

So now, a service that really is completely free - and promises to remain that way - is, a website that appears to have solved some of the biggest problems faced by its giant competitors. Website creator Andy Lingfield had a very successful career in the music industry before moving his talents to other projects, and knows all about the importance of being spotted by the right people. "When I started singing, the main problem was how to get noticed. I was very lucky to be discovered after appearing on ITV’s My Kind of Music, which led to me playing Pharaoh in the UK Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph".

"As a song writer and ex professional singer myself, I got so fed up with the poor-sounding upload quality on similar sites," says Andy "and the fact you can never easily find what you are looking for. So I thought I’d try to do something new, and spent a long time researching music genres to make sure got it right."

"BANDiZMO was set up after 2 conversations with friends who work in the music industry, one was stating their frustrations at not being able to find what they were looking for on the internet, they work in A&R and the other was my frustration at the poor sounding quality when I uploaded on other sites."

With songs remaining at the quality at which you upload them and detailed genre lists, the site works by allowing people to search by song and not artist - so you can actually find exactly the music you are looking for easily. The site automatically creates slideshows of your uploaded photos which play along with your song.

"I coined the word iZMO to be more than just the type of music you are interested in, but also your style, thing, passion or interest. Whenever you play a song the site then suggests other music from different artists or "iZMOs" that you might like."

Although very new, BANDiZMO has already been praised by musicians and talent spotters within the music industry for its simplicity and ease of use.

So whether you need to get heard or just want to listen, why not check out and find out, exactly what is your iZMO??

For more information about this topic, please contact Andy Smith. e-mail Andy at

5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Deadline Approaches

The 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) deadline is approaching. IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,,, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and XM Satellite Radio.

Unlike American Idol, IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels, there is no age limit and people from all countries can enter and best off all entrants do not have to stand in line for hours or days in order to audition. Entrants need to mail in an entry form along with a CD recording or enter online on IAMA's website.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Therefore, winning songs will be heard on radio. Winners and runner-ups will also be featured on IAMA's compilation CD.

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Past year's winners include: Charlie Dore, Fertitta and McClintock, Jen Foster, Mistin' (Australia), David Francey (Juno award winner from Canada), April Verch (Canada) and Millish.

Charlie Dore, 4th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Overall Grand Prize winner has her song "Looking For My Own Lone Ranger" aired this week on Acoustic Cafe Radio show (9/29/08 10/5/08). Charlie is known for her Top 10 Billboard hit "Pilot of the Airwaves" in 1979/1980. She has since reinvented herself as a Folk Singer-Songwriter.

Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured in the IAMA website and e-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted on CD, the artist may perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by November 10 '08 or earlier. Check out:

Call For Entries: RiffRumble "Monster" Song Contest With Up To $5600 In Prizes For Songs Made With RiffWorks

-- Win a Schecter guitar, Seymour Duncan humbuckers, IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2, T-RackS, Classic Studio Reverb and RiffWorks InstantDrummer Sessions by Sonic Reality --

Sonoma Wire Works announces RiffRumble™ 13, a "Monster themed" song contest for RiffWorks™ recording software users. Entries will be accepted October 8 - 21, 2008. Contestants worldwide will record songs on their own, or team up into virtual bands of two to four musicians, and compete for $5600 in prizes. The celebrity guest judge is Todd Rundgren, who used RiffWorks to record his latest CD, Arena. RiffRumble 13 takes place on, the online music collaboration and song posting community for RiffWorks users. No purchase necessary (RiffWorks T4 free recording software may be used). No entry fee. Details:

First Prize (Todd Rundgren’s Choice Category): First prize goes to the musician who creates Todd Rundgren's favorite song that he will choose from a list of the top 5 songs nominated by contestants. If the song is a collaboration, the winner will be the person who began the collaboration. Prizes include a Schecter C-1 electric guitar upgraded with a pair of Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackouts humbuckers.

Second Prize (Contestants Choice Category): Up to 4 musicians will receive an IK Multimedia prize pack that includes AmpliTube® 2, T-RackS®, and Classik Studio Reverb downloads. The song that receives the most votes from contestants wins this category. If the winning song is a solo work, then one person will win. If the winning song is a collaboration, then each collaborator wins.

Third Prize (Public Vote Category): Up to 4 musicians who use RiffWorks to create the song that wins the public vote category will win 3 RiffWorks InstantDrummer Sessions by Sonic Reality plus Recording Magazines.

About RiffWorks
RiffWorks easy-to-use guitar recording software includes automatic track creation, loop recording, guitar-oriented effects, InstantDrummer, professionally recorded drum tracks, online music collaboration, and song posting. rolls it all into a friendly online community with song contests and more. RiffWorks T4 free download:

About RiffRumble 13 Judge & Sponsors
Todd Rundgren:
Schecter Guitars:
Seymour Duncan:
IK Multimedia:
Sonic Reality:
Recording Magazine:

About RiffRumble
RiffRumble song contests are hosted by Sonoma Wire Works and sponsored by the hottest music industry companies. The first nine RiffRumbles were for solo songwriters, and now online collaboration song contests occur as well. Sponsors for past RiffRumbles have included Line 6, IK Multimedia, Taylor Guitars, Recording Magazine, and more. Recent RiffRumble prizes included a Taylor SolidBody Electric Guitar, an IK Multimedia StompIO, and a Line 6 Variax Guitar.

About Sonoma Wire Works
Headquartered in Los Altos, CA and incorporated in 2003, Sonoma Wire Works develops high-quality, innovative products and services that help musicians enjoy playing, recording and sharing music. Sonoma Wire Works products have received multiple editorial awards for performance and innovation, including a NAMM 08 Best in Show Trendsetter Award.

More Than 6.000.000 Visitors For Robert Lauri's Videos

Robert Lauri’s Liberty album is now available in France from one of the main French music download websites. The album is also available from other major download websites worldwide and contains eleven varied titles, including two instrumentals. Each track has its own musical ambience, as have the tracks Je Ne Peux Plus, J'ai Si Peur, Toi, Mon Destin and C'est Lui.

The Liberty album was recorded in Paris and New York City and reflects the riches of those different cultures by mixtures of several musical styles. The Liberty project is the fruit of the joint efforts of Alain Pype, French sound engineer, and Robert Lauri. Three tracks, "Liberty" ("Liberté") and "So Much Love, So Much Hate" ("Tant s’aimer, tant se haïr") and "C'est Lui" ("it's Him" ) are released as singles.

With the single "Liberty", title and extract of the album composed and performed by Robert Lauri, the public sets off on the discovery of the new album of the same name - "Liberty". This song is at the same time a mixture and an example of synergy between the Pop and Rap musical genres.

The lyrics of the French version are by Claudine Marousek-Dornhakl. The English adaptation is by Vivien Goldman. The English voice is that of Laura Carbonell Smith. The Rap part is written and performed by Robert Lauri’s son (Jessy), JNB.

The single "So Much Love, So Much Hate", is one of the album’s varied moods where intense choruses rise in a hum, while a Scandinavian-style walk provides the backdrop rhythm.

More than 6.000.000 internet users have already discovered the videos of these titles, as well as an instrumental, Energy, Toi mon destin (You, my destiny) and It's Him (C'est Lui) on different websites.

For information:

Two albums with some hits and some till today, unreleased timeless songs are now also available: " "If I Die By Chance" And "Still Believe In It" ("Si je meurs par hasard" and "j'y crois encore")

Robert Lauri has been an author, a composer and a performer since his tenderest years. His musical career has been punctuated, for more than thirty years, by some records and a successful international career - both in the United States and in Europe - with the Alef Band.

For further information on the artist’s career:

Free MP3 from Polarity/1's Yankin' The Food Chain CD

Polarity/1 - "News Goo (The More You Watch, The less You Know)"
[Yankin' The Food Chain]

Yankin' The Food Chain is a genre-bending organism with a head full of singer/songwriter and a butt full of groove science from funk/hip hop to pan African World Beat. One song - News Goo (The More You Watch, The less You Know) has found its way on the soundtracks of two films about media. It's been played regularly for the past seven years by Amy Goodman on her Democracy Now syndicated broadcasts and has been downloaded by numerous college professors as a teaching aid for their classes on journalism and media.

"News Goo" includes an interesting battle between what we know versus what is really happening, and also the conflict between what we need versus what the government tells us we need. "So where's the news of a people left out?/ Put a camera in my face to hear me shout/But they don't want to hear what I shout about."

The music of Polarity/1 is exactly what the name suggests: conjoined opposites -- a mash up of new: cutting edge electronica/hip hop/nu-jazz and old; roots music of America (blues, funk, country, early jazz), Brazil (samba, pagoda, etc.) and West African groove science. Polarity also describes the dual streams of Polarity/1's musical output: songs and instrumentals.