Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hollywood Music In Media Awards 2015

Sista Jeans Blues Machine was awarded the "Best Blues Band" by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for 2015."I couldn’t believe it was our name announced as I was adjusting my camera for who would be coming up to the podium" says Sista Jean."I was so happy that it ended up being our band. "The Band works so hard To deliver everytime we step on the stage". I’m really proud to be working with all of them.

Coming off a 3 year world wind tour with Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie, Sista Jean was one of the featured singers in his band "The Copper Bottom Band.As an Indie Artist, "you really have to work hard in getting you and your band noticed on your own terms".

Sista Jean and The Blues Machine will take a most needed break during the holidays, and will return in 2016 promoting their newly released 2nd cd "Requiem For A Heavyweight(Tribute To Odetta)

The album pays homage to Odetta, who Sista Jean grew up listening to, and who influenced her musical direction with The Blues Machine. Our First single off of the album is "House Of The Rising Sun". "I Feel our arrangement of the song will really get folks paying attention to what the story is all about" says Sista Jean.

I became a huge Leadbelly fan while performing with Mr. Laurie. he exposed me to the greatness of the "American Songbook". "We as Singer/Songwriters and Musicians really do have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the music.



Branding in the Streaming Era

Since the dawn of the record business, understanding how audiences react to a song has been crucial to A&R and artist development. Streaming's move to mainstream, and the unparalleled richness of its feedback through data, is giving artists, producers, managers and others nearly realtime understanding of what's working -- and what's not -- when developing an artist’s career.

This panel discussion offers an insider's view of how partnerships between streaming platforms and creators are changing how a song connects with audiences on a global level, how understanding that data is changing the creative process, and what artists need to know about data to be successful.

Zack Gershen
VP of Digital Mktg & Strategy
VP of Digital Marketing & Strategy at mtheory.

Mtheory is an artist development, marketing, strategy and operations infrastructure designed for artist managers. In a rapidly evolving industry landscape, managers have become increasingly important to supporting artists in managing successful artist careers. In particular, managers have been required to play a much more active role in the artist development process. To address this challenge, Mtheory was formed to provide managers with the additional manpower and specialized knowledge required to be successful. Mtheory currently works with approximately 15 artist managers, representing over 100 artists across a diverse range of genres. Our clients represent leading artists such as Skrillex, Mumford & Sons, Major Lazer, Zedd, Future Islands, Florence + the Machine, Kaskade, The xx, FKA Twigs, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Father John Misty, Jack Ü, Flume, Nate Reuss, Jamie xx, and many others.

Jeff Daniels aka scoutshonor45 on twitter
independent Digital Mktg & branding strategist

Jeff has worked with Fetty Wap, Big Sean, and Lady Gaga. countless others have gained so much from the former warner musci A&R he is definitely a force in the urban market. everyone from Rick Ruben to Jay-z is paying attention when he speaks. He joins the panel in good faith and hopes to find the next global superstar, from the comforts of his Hoboken home. Jeff Daniels started his career as an analyst, but his forward thinking strategies opened doors for artists and other a&rs like Lenny S and Jamal Meek. SXSW 2016 has a specialist on their panel of experts this year. check him out on twitter @scoutshonor45 or on read about his latest effort on bill board http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/6707814/fetty-wap-debut-album-trap-queen-tough-past-success where he is mentioned as "scouts from 300" we love Jeff, and you should too.

He has been quoted by Denzel Washington and Beyonce' Jeff is a staple in our industry and although he shy's away from the spotlight, he deserves to be celebrated. SXSW 2016 is in very good hands thus far.



Artist Brandon James Is Looking To Take The World By Storm

Chicago Illinois native artist Brandon James is looking to make waves over the digital world with the release of his single Surreal on November 9th 2015. It will be available for listen and download on ITunes and all major streaming sources.

Brandon will be celebrating the release of his new single with a performance at Reggie's Rock Club (Chicago IL) on Dec 18th at 8pm.

In addition Brandon will follow up the success of his single with a EP release on February 1st 2016. The album has been described by test listeners as "one of the most soulful and eclectic albums I've heard in years."

Itunes link- (click here)

Brandon James was born "Brandon Foster." He states that he "started doing music as an outlet for his depression early on in life." Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago's most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago. Forever seeking to share his story and testimony, Brandon seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought with his music.

Please get in contact with Chris Keplinger @entire.lypr@gmail.com for more information


Monday, November 30, 2015

Tuned Global Recruits Top International Talent to Drive its Ambitious Growth and Global Expansion

Tuned Global, an Australian white label digital music provider has announced today that it has appointed three executives with extensive experience for leading brands in both the music industry and digital marketing sector, to help drive its transformation to a global player. The new talent has been sought to drive the firm to achieve its ambitious growth targets in existing markets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and U.S.A.

Tuned Global's successful recruitment drive has attracted some highly respected talent from Australia, France and the Philippines for key roles in client management, business development and marketing, all based at its Sydney offices.

Tuned Global develops highly disruptive music apps that provide extraordinary value to brands and consumers alike. The company uses the #PowerOfMusic to deliver engaging content delivering immediacy and personality to consumers, while providing valuable data analytics and business insights to brands. The firm successfully secured a $5.1 million investment from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners in July.

To boost its client management capabilities, Spiro Arkoudis has joined the company as a Senior Account Manager from former client, Samsung Electronics Australia. As the Applications Partner and Content Manager, he was responsible for Samsung's Milk Music Services and worked previously with Tuned Global to launch Samsung's Music Hub.

Spiro has also contributed to the success of numerous music and technology start-ups that became acquisition targets for major corporations. He was the ANZ Country Manager for Musiwave, a leading mobile entertainment content provider that Microsoft acquired. Prior to that, he worked for an iconic independent Australian label, Festival Mushroom Records, which Warner Music acquired.

This extensive music industry experience has allowed Spiro to garner a thorough understanding of various businesses, licensing and revenue models required to ensure customers' needs, strategies and expectations are delivered.

Virginie Chelles has been appointed as Head of Marketing. She came to Tuned Global from a top ten digital agency in France, called Tequilarapido, where she was Head of the Social Media and Digital Marketing department. She created that department from scratch and under her leadership; the team generated a one million Euro portfolio in its first year working with prestigious brands including Kia Motors, Orange and Jim Beam. Prior to that role, she was Head of the Consulting and Sales Division in the same agency, where she led campaigns for Total, L'Oreal and BNP Paribas. With her deep understanding of the digital landscape, Virginie is an expert in using creative and strategic digital solutions to achieve business goals and build brand awareness.

Katrina Lopez has joined Tuned Global's marketing team with a strong technology and professional services background, having worked for industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Trend Micro and KPMG in their Manila offices. Coming from a company culture of innovation, she is adept at combining data analytics and innovative thinking to drive high-performance marketing campaigns.

"We've really strengthened our leadership team at Tuned Global with these four key appointments, and we're confident that they will enable us to build deeper relationships, focusing specifically on enhancing our offerings to position both our advertising partners and customers for success. Our growing team is focusing on forming new brand partnerships, developing innovative and creative brand solutions and the optimum licensing models, in order to deliver exceptional outcomes," said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global.

Tuned Global has worked with major blue-chip brands to deliver digital music solutions, including McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, JB Hi-Fi and L'Oreal.



Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action Presents the ELEVATE GENIUS Concert and Charity Event December 12, 2015 at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, CA

Some promises are meant to be kept. When Orange County attorney Pamela Tahim‘s brother, Jesse, asked for her help on his new project, she happily agreed. His dream was to create a movement to make popular mainstream hip-hop music more socially conscious. Sadly, Jesse passed away a few days later at only 24 years old from a pulmonary embolism. In honor of her brother, Pamela, along with psychologist Dr. Sonia Singh, founded Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to creating awareness and activism of critical social issues such as poverty, homelessness, genocides and human rights abuses.

Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action Foundation provides a platform to talented musicians, artists and activists who come from adverse circumstances to be able to share their work. Available services include mentoring, funding, partnering and providing a forum where their music can be shared with the world, through charity events such as their upcoming ELEVATE GENIUS, a charity concert featuring performances and presentations by: Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony), DJ Kiss, legendary music manager Steve Lobel (Bone Thugs -n-Harmony, Common, Missey Elliot, keynote), Fatell, DJ Royelle, ArtofJazz, Until, InLeague Press, Dozey and MC Imprint, Lili Teplan, Trademark and Mary Jane, Trevous Millhouse, and many other artists.

ELEVATE GENIUS Concert & Charity Event, spreading peace and compassion through music, art and activism, is sponsored by Power 106 FM, Garden Grove City of Compassion Mayor Bao Nguyen, Pinot's Pallete, Vlado Footwear, Max Blooms Art Gallery & BaxSpace.org, Tahim and Associates, APC

The evening will include a VIP cocktail/guest reception, art show, and the very special concert featuring socially conscious artists giving awards and grants to emerging artists, activists and musicians. General Admission $25, VIP Package $150 per person, $250 per couple. www.elevategenius.eventbrite.com VIP and Sponsorships 714 853-9919

Jasdeep "Jesse" Singh Tahim was a lyricist and musician, and he believed that one person could change the world. His passion for music and heightened spiritual awareness enabled him to enlighten others and influence them to practice kindness, love and compassion. His music and messages live on through this non-profit.

Song: No Regrets – Jasdeep

For more information, visit www.KindHeartedCompassion.org


Bless Releases Video For "25th Hour" Featuring Fred The Godson

New Album "Spoils Of War" Available This Friday

Bless is set to release brand new album "Spoils of War" this coming Friday on November 27th through URBNET and had posted the video for "25th Hour" featuring Fred The Godson online at https://youtu.be/OZPqR6ruejY. The video was shot in various locations throughout New York City and is the first in a series of visuals of from Bless’ new album. "Spoils of War" features production by Mano Soundmachine, and is slated to feature tracks with collaborations from Statik Selektah, and Vado, and is available online at https://itunes.apple.com/album/spoils-of-war/id1052538469?app=itunes and www.URBNET.com/bless.

Bless has been grinding his way through the ranks of the hip-hop scene and was previously signed to Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit's Flawless Records, as well as legendary hip-hop crew Gang Starr through Gurus ILL Kid Records. After signing the deal Bless immediately wasted no time and hit the road sharing stages with everyone from with Eminem, Gang starr, DMX and G-Unit, to Limp Bizkit and the Anger Management Tour. After dealing with political red tape that delayed the release of his next project, Bless took matters into his own hands and formed his own production Platinumberg Entertainment and recently partnered with URBNET to release his own records.