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Hotter than July 2017 World Music Festival in videos

This year, the festival has been organised by Improvised Music Company, Big Bang Festival and Dublin City Council.

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Unfortunately, on the day, it was pretty rainy, so I missed part of it for this reason! ☔ However, I listened and filmed the last 3 bands who performed at the event! 😃😉 If any of you have filmed other bands, feel free to share the links in the comment box! 👍 In the meantime, enjoy the diaporama below!

 

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Although I had filmed live the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers, the video didn’t save on my phone. 😞 So, let me share with you a video of them taken at a different event. They gave a very similar performance at Hotter than July festival.

You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kakatsitsi/

Do you start feeling the 🔥? Well, this continued throughout the afternoon. All bands were really energetic and good!

Now comes the live performance from Manden Express that I uploaded just for you on YouTube! 🎁💗

You can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/mandenexpress/

Finally, the last band La Chiva Gantiva spent literally their stage time jumping around! 💪 I’m sharing you video snippets and then the almost entire song as audio track!

You can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/lachivagantiva/

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‘The idea of happiness’ German film soundtrack by Fewjar music band

YouTube is, as usual, an incredible source of talented musicians and actors! 🔍😍

I was looking for interesting films to watch and discovering new music to listen to, and I came across this amazing ‘The idea of happiness’ German film soundtrack by Fewjar music band.

Zachary NelsonGerman film soundtrack 'The ideas of happiness' by Fewja band

First, let me tell you a little bit about the film soundtrack.

The selected soundtrack playlist comes from a Berlin-based band calledFewjar‘ playing in multiple genres such as Electro, the 80s, Rock, Progressive, Psychedelic, Crossover, Triphop.

You can follow them on their various social accounts by checking the links in their Youtube description below their videos. Now, sit back, relax, be patient and wait a minute for the first song to kick off fully!

Fewjar band regularly organises on Youtube live room sessions, where they play for you their songs live in their studio as well as occasionally bring guests to their recording sessions.

They can also play songs upon request if you notify them sufficiently in advance by commenting under their Youtube live videos.

Here are few samples of their live studio sessions, in which they connect with their audience.

What do you think about their music? If you liked it, download their songs from Itunes, Amazon or Bandcamp! 👍😉

Now, as you may have guessed, the film is also in German. But don’t worry because it is subtitled in English. Feeling relieved?😌 It’s a very well done psychological thriller. Although it’s not my film genre, I truly enjoyed it and hope you will, too!

If you liked it, support the film project!

Zeo, the filmmaker, has set up a crowdfunding page for all his film projects and is raising funds for them on a monthly basis: https://www.patreon.com/Zeo

You can give as little as $1 per month so you won’t be too much out of pocket!💰

You can also follow Zeo on different social media accounts that are displayed on his Patreon project page.

 

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How to podcast for musicians

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What is podcasting?

Podcasts are episodic series of digital audio files which users can subscribe to much like you subscribe to blogs. In fact often podcasts are distributed through a blog. You can either instruct your reader to download new podcasts whenever they become available or manually choose which podcasts you want to download by clicking a link to the audio file. These files can then be listened to on your computer or you can transfer them to your portable player (Ipod, smartphone or Iphone) to listen to later.

Why musicians should podcast? 

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The music industry is getting tougher and music CDs don’t sell as much as they used to or won’t sell without some prior promotion. Musicians may struggle not only to promote their music but also to make profits from it. Of course, one of the ways to generate revenue is to organise concert tours. But how can musicians spread the word about their music?

You’ll all heard that online promoting is a great way to reach your audience but how can you make them want to listen to you more or buy from you? Where can you start?

In our digital area, it’s not only important to share your music on your social media accounts, naming Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube but how can you get people to pay a fee to access to your music?

Don’t overdo with putting all your videos or soundtracks on Youtube or Soundcloud! Indeed, short teasers should be enough to attract your audience! Instead, what about investing time into podcasting? But how can you generate both interest and revenue from it?

Here are few ways you can do so as an independent artist:

http://www.feedforall.com/musicians-should-podcast.htm

But why podcasting can be a better format than other online promotional formats? 

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Podcasting allows you to have a more intimate relationship with your audience and can easily mimic or replace radio broadcasting. Podcasts are Portable On Demand media, that is to say, that they are portable and accessible on-demand for your listeners or watchers. Your podcasts can be subscribed to, paid for to access them and downloaded through various programs and devices.

However, do bear in mind that there are limitations you need to be aware of when podcasting!

Indeed, you will need to remember not to copyright any other artists’ work. For that, you may learn a bit the basic copyrights legal requirements to follow:

https://create.blubrry.com/manual/about-podcasting/legal-issues/

Now want to get started with podcasting?

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Remember to be correctly equipped!

Here are few must-haves to get you started:

This guide will help you get started with basics if you are new to podcasting and are on a low budget!

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/How-to-Podcast-The-Podcast-Host.pdf

 

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But keep in mind that you will need to work on few marketing techniques in order to increase the visibility of your podcasts! Daniel J. Lewis, podcasting industry expert can help you launch and improve your own podcasts (note he isn’t affiliated with Audacity). Have a read at his podcasting tips:

https://theaudacitytopodcast.com/does-seo-really-matter-in-podcasting-tap179/

Finally, do you want to follow musicians’ DIY podcast?

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Look no further! CD Baby has compiled for you a list of different pod-casters giving you tips on how to use podcasts to promote your music and generate revenue from it!

http://cdbabypodcast.com/

Let me know if you have further questions? I’ll be happy to look for the answers for you!

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Prince: Sign o’the Times live concert and DJ set

I hope you have celebrated well new year’s eve 🍾🎉! I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2017 😘🍀🌟🎊!

new-year-2017For my part, I decided to celebrate new year’s eve a little bit in advance 😂! I went to this tribute to Prince with DJ Al Murphy playing lots of Prince’s tunes and then watched the live recording of his 1987 Sign o’ the Times tour on Friday 30th December 2016 at The Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland).

You can find more information about it in this  event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/228456610900746/

Here are recordings in picture and audio of the DJ’s act.

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Now, I’d like to share with you some videos taken at the event. I would like to apologise if the last video’s soundtrack isn’t from Prince! I experienced few technical issues trying to publish a live YouTube video and it ended up recording the visuals without the sound 🤔😤!  So I picked a nice song in a similar style to add to the video 🙂😉. Anyway, I hope you will enjoy them!

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How to become a technically good singer

As I usually like discovering new music, dance styles and techniques in video formats, I came across some really interesting videos about vocal techniques and how to use your voice effectively to sing better, while sparing your voice.

So, for those who aren’t familiar with vocal techniques and notes, I’d recommend you to start reading this article in wikipedia. This will give you a better understanding of what will be talked about later on in this blog post.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range

As you may know, some singers are able to sing higher notes or even have a whistle register, yet they may use improper vocal techniques resulting in voice damages over time. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t good singers any longer, but that they can’t hit the same notes they used to. With better practice they may recover part of their register, though. Here are few examples of singers who damaged their voice :

Now let’s move to what are considered good or bad techniques. A bad technique can be summarised by a lack of singing warming-up and over-pushing some of the notes. Good singers using good techniques usually follow healthy lifestyles and have a dedicated vocal coach to train their voices for performances or studio recordings. Here, in this video, Céline Dion talks about vocal warming-up and compare it to the way dancers warm-up their bodies before performances:

Now, here is a video that shows you what is bad or good technique. If you aren’t willing to listen to their sales pitch (lol), fast-forward to 1.09 minute:

A little bit more of technicalities of voice placement and tone/timber:

Now let’s move to the actual lessons! Ready? These are obviously basics to start with but you’ll find more videos like this from this gentleman if you subscribe to his YouTube channel:

Finally, for a bit of fun, you may want to check what kind of vocal range and abilities famous singers have on this website:

http://www.divadevotee.com/2011/04/jessie-j-vocal-profile-range-by-request.html

Do you have other tips to share with us?

 

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Black party meets MS KOI biggest hip hop and dancehall boat party (Germany)

As I guess some of you may never have been to Hamburg (Germany), I would like to tell you briefly few facts about this beautiful town. Hamburg is a city located at the river Elbe and has a very dynamic harbour. Its harbour is named Germany’s “Gateway to the World” and is the largest port in Germany. The port of Hamburg is the second-busiest port in Europe (after the port of Rotterdam) and 15th-largest worldwide. In 2014, 9.73 million TEUs (20-foot standard container equivalents) were handled in Hamburg.

Hamburg port isn’t only a shipping trading center but also offers many boat trips, museums tracing the history of the harbour in the ‘Speicherstadt’ (recognised as a World Heritage by UNESCO), old boats can be visited and lots of party are organised on these boats. I have been to one boat party, that lasted 4 hours between the boat leaving the harbour and coming back to it.

I would like to share with you pictures, audio and videos taken at the event on 18th July 2015. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did! If you have issues playing some of the videos due to potential country restrictions, use this link https://www.proxfree.com/ and type next to the lock picture the direct link to the youtube video, change country (to Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the ‘server location’ field and hit ‘prox free’ button!

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You can find more pictures on the following facebook fan page (21st July’s post): https://www.facebook.com/blackboatgermany

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Want to catch up with 2pac shakur’s group ‘The Outlawz’ 2015 live concert?

Do you like old-school hip hop? Do you miss listening to 2Pac sounds? Well, even though Shakur died a while ago, his band ‘The Outlawz’ is still pretty much alive and touring!

They gave us a great concert on Saturday 11th April 2015 at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin 8 (Ireland) and were preceded by equally good live opening acts with DJ Spaqz and ‘Trigger’ Irish hip hop band amongst others.

Check out pictures (diaporama) from the event and listen to audio and video tracks below! Enjoy!

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Opening acts:

The Outlaws live concert videos and soundtrack: