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The Indie Bible/
14th Edition 2013
by David Wimble
America's 15 Best Indie Record Stores
CEV Supports Independent Record Stores
by Alex Cosper
Musicians Cooler Podcast:
Trading insights on technology, internet sites, marketing
ideas, and everything else regarding running your band, getting more gigs, and
building a fan base. In a nutshell, it's music, marketing, and mentoring. It's
where musicians trade advice.
by Greg Kot
Perfecting Sound Forever
by Greg Milner
Appetite for Self-Destruction
by Steve Knopper
by Simon Cann
This Business of Music
by M. William Krasilovsky
This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring
by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnet and Jake Berry
This Business of Global Music Marketing
by Ted Lathrop
How to Be Your Own Booking Agent
by Jeri Goldstein
Million Dollar Mistakes
by Moses Avalon
I Don't Need a Record Deal
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
by Eugene Foley
Spotlighting Great Female Oriented Music Wherever It May Be Found
Alternative, Mainstream, Indie and Self-Released
Cutting Edge Voices Artist Interviews
Escape Stage CEV talks to Nikki Layne of Lucid Fly
Lucid Fly founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca joined forces in Florida in 2001. On the hunt for the perfect name, they stumbled over an old newspaper featuring an article on American astronaut Shannon Lucid, who had set a new world record for a woman spending 188 days in space. The headline "Lucid Flies Into The Record Book" stuck, and Lucid Fly was born. The band quickly gained a devoted following in Orlando's music scene. 2005 saw the release of their debut EP, Adapting To Gravity, and the fan community kept growing.
After playing venues throughout the southeast, singer Nikki and guitarist Doug decided it was time to head out to California to win over the West Coast. In L.A., they teamed up with bassist Go Nakabayashi, who quit a successful, signed band in Japan to pursue his dream of making it in the US. Lucid Fly’s songwriting is more powerful than ever ... resulting in the recent release of their second EP, The Escape Stage.
Click here to read the interview with Nikki Layne
Other Artist Interviews on Cutting Edge Voices
Michael Foster, editor
CEV Blog April 2013
Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending a concert given by Mary Fahl who was formerly the powerful lead vocalist of the band October Project who released two major label albums one in 1993 called October Project and one in 1995 called Falling Farther In before disbanding in 1996 after their contract with Epic Records expired. When my wife and I first came to Bucks County Pennsylvania back in 1996 there were two bands that we were introduced to that have held a special place in our hearts ever since and they were Dead Can Dance and October Project.
It was ironic in a way because as my wife and I were at the beginning of our journey together these bands had both released their last official albums before they were to disband and go their separate ways. My wife and I have just completed moving back to Bucks County Pennsylvania so it was a wonderful welcome home for us to be able to hear several of the October Project songs that had touched our hearts all those years ago performed live by Mary Fahl whose voice had originally brought them to life.
Click here for the rest of the blog
CEV's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases
Havoc and Bright Lights
by Alanis Morissette
Push and Shove
by No Doubt
by Beth Orton
by A Fine Frenzy
by Aimee Mann
Can't Go Back
by Tanita Tikaram
Cedar + Gold
by Tristan Prettyman
by Ellie Goulding
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Posted May 12, 2013
Refreshed Paramore off and running (again)
This is a Man's World: Female Artists on the Music Business
Posted March 1, 2013
Music industry fears rise of NBN
Posted February 26, 2013
IFPI Digital Music Report 2013: Global Recorded Music Revenues Climb for First Time Since 1999
Posted February 25, 2013
4 Reasons Why Twitter is Better than Facebook for Music Marketing
First Single from the upcoming Yeah Yeah Yeah's new album
Lucid Fly is on Tour March 2013
Teagan and Sara Get a Pop Makeover
Rdio increases catalog to over 18 million songs; adds partners TuneCore & CD Baby
Heart’s Concert Provides Empowerment to Women of All Ages
Lady Gaga opens up about challenging year
The Truth About Mainstream Success
Bat For Lashes new album due out 10/15/2012. First single/video Laura
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen new video Good Time
Jesca Hoop's video for Born to from her new album The House That Jack Built
Lily Allen set to release new songs under married name
Chrysta Bell Feat. David Lynch 'Bird of Flames' -- Video Premiere
Dianna Krall announces new album Glad Rag Doll available 10/2/2012 Sample it here.
Exposed: 10 Female Guitarists You Should Know - Many of you may be under the impression that there aren’t a lot of female guitarists worthy of a mention on GuitarWorld.com.
Oh no! That is where you are DEAD WRONG! In fact, we have come across
so many kickass players, across every genre and era, that we thought
we’d give you a tasty tidbit of a few that stand out from the pack.
YouTube expands as music destination, adding merchandise store and deals with indie labels - YouTube has been very good to bedroom singers, who have found a quick path to fame, and major labels, which have benefited from some of the largest digital audiences for their top music videos.
Throwing Muses Did It the Hard Way - The 20th anniversary hoopla of Nirvana's Nevermind has only pointed out how weak and boring rock music is nowadays. The kids deserve better, Kings of Leon and Coldplay just ain't cutting it. Thankfully there's Kristin Hersh, the powerhouse behind seminal indie rock band Throwing Muses, who has been releasing her dark, sinewy songs under the mainstream's radar for 25 years now. The Muses' sound is indescribable, with bits of punk, country, surf, folk, even speed metal at times. Though the Rhode Island natives were the first American band to sign to British label 4AD headed by the groundbreaking Ivo Watts-Russell, Miss Hersh is no wispy ethereal girl or Moany Joni, she's more of a Scary Mary.
at work on their previously
announced full length debut album, made available a teaser for the song
"Kevin's Telescope", originally by The Gathering.
The track was recorded and mixed in rough at the band's own studios, and
features some ints that will be present on the album Celestial
Harmonies, like the flute parts by Dora Chiodini of Ashes
& Reflections (http://www.myspace.com/ashes_reflection), the percussions
and some ethnical instruments or acoustic guitars. This cover was made basically to have you to listen to Daphne's
voice, as she joined the band after the release of the EP "Last Day Of The Earth".
We're also glad to announce that the album will feature also spoken dialogues
by the actor Zach Johnson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72AEU1oITJ8
Tori Amos Interview
Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) Becomes Music Canada
Indies make 50% leap in album sales in Adele-powered Q2
AT&T Joins Verizon in Web-Piracy Fight to Preempt U.S. Crackdown
Was It All in Her Head?: An Interview with Sam Phillips
US Singer Christina Perri Releases Debut Album 'Lovestrong' After Success Of 'Jar Of Hearts', And Has Set-Up A Website In Australia To Share Heartbreak Stories
British releases account for nearly 12% of world record sales
Dum Dum Girls are done getting high, now just falling asleep: Only in Dreams out in September, world tour to follow
For Indie Bands, the New Publicity Is No Publicity
Behind the music: Where are the women at the biggest festivals? - full article
Forget the nonsense about 'male' and 'female' instruments: the real reason women are under-represented on stage is that too many men judge them by their cleavage
Cutting Edge Voices Album Spotlight
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
Daylle Deanna Schwartz's Newsletter: News & Resources
Having read her book I Don't Need a Record Deal has made me appreciate the common sense advice that Daylle seemed to radiate throughout its pages and with her permission I thought it might be a nice ongoing feature here on Cutting Edge Voices to reprint her newsletter for those who have not discovered it as of yet. Daylle's advice comes from first hand knowledge of the music business and that is what makes it so valuable. If you are a working musician and would like hints
and tips about how to move your career forward to the next level then pick up a copy of her book and be sure to catch her newsletter right here or sign up via e-mail with Daylle to have it delivered straight to your in box when it comes out.
Issue number 36 August 2010
For past newsletters click here.
Cutting Edge's CD Focus
Divining CEV talks to Chloe March
Chloë grew up deep in the middle of the english countryside, played a lot of piano, read a lot of books and listened to a lot of music - the sound of her mum practising the piano was the soundtrack to her life. From early on she started to improvise and write songs and record them in her brother's caravan at the bottom of the garden. Her inspiration has always been from the landscape, and from history, myths, fairytales, folklore and archetypes.
Chloë has released two albums ~ Snowdrop and Divining and has composed music for theatre productions and choreographers, the most recent being a 40min original score for the dance/theatre piece ‘realPolitik’ choreographed by Julie Hope and performed at the Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University, May 2008
As keyboard player with 'Cousteau' in 2005 Chloë toured the U.K and Italy, appearing at venues such as Bush Halls, King Tuts, The Borderline, the amphitheatre at Recanati, Rome, Puglia, Sardinia, Tarvisio and in the video of 'Sadness' and on live tv, radio etc...
Click here to read the entire interview with Chloe March.
Fanfare for Love
Artist Spotlight on Coby Grant
With influences like Carole King, The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, and a sound compared to Regina Spektor, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson, this Australian native has something different, something extra, something special - an uncanny ability to connect with her audience through her charming and earnest lyrics about life, love and everything in between, breezy acoustic simplicity, beautiful melodies, sweet voice and infectious grin.
"It is a hard slog this independent thing- co ordinating my bookings, flights, tour and show logistics, as well as paying the wonderful musicians who play with me, looking after my website, myspace, facebook, twitter (oh god let them stop creating social networks!!), keep being creative and writing
new songs and then trying to be a normal person with friends and a social life and a day off every now and then.
Let me tell you it's a balancing act that sometimes goes pear shaped. I work hard and will keep working hard to get to the point where I can live solely off my original music, where I can reach a bigger audience."
After promoting her latest EP, Fanfare For Love, to sold out houses in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, Coby is suddenly seeing an influx of international fans. This is in part due to the placement of her single, “A Song About Me,” in a multi-national Scandinavian television commercial for Coca Cola’s water brand, Bon Aqua. Coby’s success as a touring artist can be attributed to not only her undying work ethic, (the independent artist has single-handedly booked the sold-out shows mentioned above), but to her significant studio credits as well. She has worked with Grammy Award-winner Vlado Meller, early Norah Jones producer and blues guitar legend Peter Malick, and Grammy-winner Anthony J. Resta. Both Malick and Resta produced tracks for her first EP release, Coby Grant Is In Full Colour.
Visit Coby Grant's website by clicking here or on
MySpace by clicking here.
By Allen Johnston
Cutting Edge Voices Articles
A True Story Of Industry Abuse
This story was written after receiving a phone call from a distressed parent, attempting to make their child's entertainment dreams a reality. They had gone to an industry related association meeting and heard how wonderful members of this group treated new artists and their projects. This parent believed the stories of success and made sure to get the contact information from the people they thought could assist them.
For the full article click here.
By Anne Freeman
Is Your Songwriting Artist-Centric or Writer-Centric?
Put another way, for whom are you writing your songs? There are several answers to this question, and no answer is right or wrong. But, if your heart is set on hearing one of your creations sung by a voice other than the one in you head, then you owe it to yourself to answer the question posed in the title of this article, because knowing the answer may help you to move closer towards achieving your goal.
When we first embarked on the journey that is songwriting, the creative process was new, exciting and, appropriately, self-absorbing. Creating takes energy and concentration, especially when we are first learning the craft. The professional songwriters I studied with rightly encouraged me to go wherever the Muse took me, and not to worry about song structure, audience, commercial viability, and the music business in general. Those concerns would only distract me from nurturing my budding creativity. Read any book on learning the craft of songwriting and you will find similar advice. When you are learning, your time should be spent enjoying the wonder of creating for its own sake.
For the full article click here.
Rejection is Just An Invitation to Resubmit. Always RSVP
I started writing songs when I was seventeen. This was in the 60s when life seemed like one opportunity after another, waiting to be fulfilled. I played in a band, and we did original songs, inspired by Dylan, The Beatles, etc. I wanted to record, found a studio through an ad at the back of the Village Voice. I had $600 saved from caddying that bought me twelve hours of studio time. I was off to the races.
Demo complete, I read the credits on album jackets of the bands I liked, then went to the telephone directory and got the names and addresses of their publishers. At first, I sent them tapes but the responses, when there were any, were generally highly impersonal and non-specific. So I decided I'd be better off taking them into the city, which I did, and started knocking on doors. Showing up in person got me in. Then the hard part began.
For the full article click here.
By Moses Avalon
What Are The Vegas Odds Of Success On Today’s Major Label Record Deal?
In Las Vegas, the odds to each game are readily available: roulette, 33:1; blackjack, 1.5:1 (if played optimally); craps, anywhere from 2:1 to 9:1. But what about the chances of getting signed and having a successful career recording albums? Sure, there a lot of factors, like if you’ve got talent—but what about the raw odds? The “Vegas odds”?
I did some research and was intrigued to find that there are no published stats on this. Here, perhaps for the first time, are the “Vegas odds” of record deals and going major verses staying indie. (UPDATE: While tweaking this piece which was originally published in my new book, released in March of 2011 a new article came out on Music Think Tank with more data on this subject. See the bottom of this page for the link.)
For the full article click here.
Q & A
started IndieMusicCoach.com in an effort to provide
one-on-one consulting and coaching to indie musicians. She founded
GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie
women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering
musicians from around the country. Ten years later it has become a
welcome destination for women in music through networking and events.
Madalyn produces the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls, Battle of the GoGirls
here to read Madalyn's interview with Cutting Edge Voices.
Cutting Edge Advice
Welcome to a brand new feature here on Cutting Edge Voices and also welcome a new contributing writer to these pages as well. Kenny Love will be joining us on a regular basis to share his wisdom about the music industry with anyone who is looking to give their own music careers a shot in the arm. Practical advice from years of experience in the music business is what this new column will offer you and we here at Cutting Edge Voices hope that it will benefit you and
that you will stop back on a regular basis to catch the latest edition of Kenny's column. This week we present....
Ace in the Hole/Fallback Day Jobs
for the full article click here.
The Truth Is
by Melissa Ferrick
Water In A Whale
by Jillette Johnson
by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
If You Leave
Heaven In This Hell
The Truth About Love
The Haunted Man
by Bat For Lashes
Glad Rag Doll
by Dianna Krall
by This Girl
Nobody is OK
by This Is She
by Marina and
The House That
by Jesca Hoop
The Lion, The Beast, The Beat by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
In The Time of Gods
by Dar Williams
Little Broken Hearts
by Norah Jones
The World Will Follow
by Andi Starr
All Things Will Unwind
by My Brightest Diamond
Counting To Zero
I'm Leaving EP
Dirty Blonde EP
Let It Break
by Gemma Hayes
by Allie Moss
by Shannon Hurley
Volume 1 EP
by Amy Gerhartz
Little Red Boots
by Lindi Ortega
by Lelia Broussard
A Journey Into the
by The Travellers
My Kamikaze Heart
by Kat McGivern
by Ellie Goulding
by Lykke Li
by Halie Loren
by Ms. Maura
Sung From the Heart
by Adison Skye
The Memory Machine
by Julia Stone
by Adrienne Pierce