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Profile: For The Love of Music w/ Rose Hill Drive

Rose Hill Drive IndieAmbassadorThe guys in Rose Hill Drive have seen a lot in the 11 years that they’ve been bandmates. Watch the band’s interview with Ben and then check out their awesome stripped down versions of “Birds Against the Glass” and “Pictures of You”!


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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: August 17th, 2011

Profile: Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases IndieAmbassadorCheck out our latest profile as the band reflects on past releases, the pros and cons of non-traditional shows, prioritizing all creative endeavors, recording in a variety of creative locations and more! As a bonus, be sure to watch the band’s session, a stripped down performance of “Pigeon”!

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: July 25th, 2011

Profile: A Grassroots Career in Music w/ Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival IndieAmbassadorWe caught up with Bonnie, Dan, and their manager John at Berklee’s Cafe 939 to talk veggie transportation, organizational tools, treating your career as an investment, the importance of taking a tech on the road, and what it’s like to be signed to a label owned by a musician.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 30th, 2011

Profile: Interview w/ Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man IndieAmbassador BOMB FestIn the band’s nine year history, Portugal. The Man has seen a lot. From their humble beginnings touring in a minivan and eating rice to creating their own independent record label, the band has been steeped in DIY ethics from the start. In our interview below, the guys talk about their history, what it’s like being a major label artist, and why appreciating touring makes all the difference in the world.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 16th, 2011

Profile: Interview w/ Chad Stokes (DISPATCH, State Radio)

Chad Stokes Profile IndieAmbassador BOMB FestBetween DISPATCH and State RadioChad Stokes has made quite a name for himself in music over the past decade or so — and it’s not just thanks to his music alone. Aside from being an incredible songwriter, Chad is an activist, and most importantly, a people person. He’s used his position quite effectively to promote causes dear to his heart like education and the environment, and in the process has developed a massive following composed of like-minded fans.

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Hosted by: Aidan Rush
Published: June 16th, 2011

Profile: Interview w/ David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum IndieAmbassador BOMB FestWe discovered during our chat with David Wax Museum that they’re the textbook definition of a DIY band. They funded their last album entirely themselves by selling merch, touring the country, living on the road, and not to mention playing over 200 shows last year alone! It’s entrepreneurial spirit like this that every musician should draw inspiration from. Not only does the band make incredible music, they understand that the music industry isn’t all fun and games. Running a band isn’t only “like” running a business — it actually is running a business.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 16th, 2011

Profile: Interview w/ Roots of Creation

Roots of Creation IndieAmbassador BOMB FestDecade-old New Hampshire band Roots of Creation has stayed dedicated to their career’s growth. The journey has been a roller coaster, but the whole band agrees that the most important thing is to keep at it and work toward the bigger goal. And although they aren’t touring in a Prevost bus (yet), they stay upbeat and motivated.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 16th, 2011

Profile: Interview w/ Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes Profile IndieAmbassador BOMB FestDirty Dishes are without question one of the biggest buzz bands in Boston right now. This can be partly attributed to their incredibly unique sound, and a incredibly unique way of doing things. Just two years ago they had a few small shows at SXSW, and this past March not only performed as an official SouthBy band — they played 8 shows that week. We got a chance to talk to them about the their rapid development, their nomination for Boston’s best new artist from The Phoenix, and most importantly, our first ever “huddle interview.”

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 16th, 2011

Session: Travis Shettel (Piebald / TS & The Past Haunts)

Musical journeyman Travis Shettel has been doing his thing for nearly twenty years now, and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. At present, he’s captaining a new group called TS & The Past Haunts, playing guitar in fellow Piebald-alum Aaron Stuart‘s band The Hunting Accident, and composing a film score. On top of all this, he recently completed a week long tour in Germany with Piebald that featured a set at Groezrock Festival. In the midst of all that musical madness, Travis was kind enough to stop by the office to chat about his current musical endeavors and grace us with a few acoustic tracks.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: June 1st, 2011


Profile: Bad Rabbits Interview Part 2!

As you may have noticed in Part 1 of our profile w/ Bad Rabbits, these guys have some great advice and a lot to talk about. Part two picks up where we left off, covering the band’s American Dream series, the importance of non-traditional venues, their spot on Warped Tour 2011, working with a super-producer and what excites them about the current industry.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: May 27th, 2011


Profile: Harmonizing Talent and Indie Spirit w/ Bad Rabbits

Bad Rabbits is generating a lot of buzz right now, and for good reason. With their high energy “epic house party soundtrack” catalog, incredible musicianship, refreshing cover songs and contagious fun-loving attitudes, the guys could very well be on the brink of something big, a notion evidenced in their invitation to hop on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: May 25th, 2011

Event Recap: Together Festival 2011

Scenes. Every city has them. But they often remain isolated from one another, missing out on countless opportunities for collaboration and artistic synergy. Enter Boston’s Together Festival, a week-long soiree whose mission is to unite these seemingly autonomous artistic communities for the purpose of strengthening and promoting our city’s creative roots.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis & Aidan Rush
Published: May 17th, 2011

Profile: Design, Marketing & Busking w/ Red Bellows

Boston’s a good place to be right now in terms of local music, a notion reaffirmed by emerging band Red Bellows in our interview with them last week. In the video below, the guys talk about manufacturing their debut EP independently, innovative marketing tactics, and how they pulled off a killer impromptu set in the streets of Austin at SXSW this year. Also included is the band’s acoustic performance in our first installment of IA Sessions!

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Hosted by: Aidan Rush
Published: May 11th, 2011

Profile: Elements of a Modern Musician w/ Pat Hanlin

Making a living from your original music is hard. Everybody and their mother knows that. Fortunately, for resourceful musicians, there are more revenue streams available than just selling your recordings. Take teaching music lessons and session work for instance. As Pat Hanlin (KID:NAPKIN) explains in this installment, teaching and session work gives musicians the opportunity to make money while working flexible hours.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: April 25th, 2011

Tech: Build Your Own Subkick™

For the first installment of Tech we’ll be demonstrating how to create a cool microphone out of any guitar amp or speaker.  Though there are professionally manufactured versions of this speaker microphone (the most well-known is Yamaha’s Subkick™), we are going to show how you can create this unique tool for a fraction of the cost. Before we get started, let us warn you that SubKicks™ are not for every application.  Due to its size, a Subkick™ will work best when picking up low-frequency sound sources like a bass amp, and as we will show in our video, a kick drum.

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Hosted by: Chris Thomas
Published: February 9th, 2011

Panel: Make The Most Of SXSW 2011

Welcome to the first installment of our monthly Panel Series! We kicked off the new year with Episode 10, a round table discussion on the quickly approaching South By Southwest 2011 with Luke Garro (Antler Agency & Piebald), Steve Theo (Pirate! Promotions), and Tim Luckow G-House).

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: January 20th, 2011

Profile: Relocating To A New Market w/ JESP

To help provide some insight we caught up with Brooklyn-based artist JESP at CMJ in New York City this past weekend.  Already well established in Miami, JESP knew that in order to continue evolving as an artist, heading north to Brooklyn had to happen.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: October 27th, 2010

Profile: The DIY Recording Process w/ Herra Terra

Ben sat down with the guys in Herra Terra to discuss the process of recording their debut full length, Quiet Geist. From start to finish the record took them three years to write and record, but their perseverance paid off and they released a really solid album this past September.


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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: October 20th, 2010

Profile: A Crash Course on Licensing w/ Adam Ritchie

For those of you who haven’t watched part 1, we split this episode into two segments because of all the great info Adam was able to share.  In part 2, we cover improving your band’s SEO, best practices for an official website, writing a Wikipedia page that won’t get deleted, approaching sponsorships, and where to start when licensing songs for film, television, and commercials.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Profile: Approaching The Press 101 w/ Adam Ritchie

Ben sat down with PR man Adam Ritchie, of Adam Ritchie Brand Direction and guitarist for Boston-based, The Lights Out. Adam has been at the pulse of the media industry for nearly a decade. His work spans from big name brands to budding bands, and his approach and knowledge lends great content to this week’s episode.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 16th, 2010

Profile: Down Time on the Road w/ Spirtitual Rez

Ben sat down with longtime friend and colleague, Toft Willingham, front man of the Reggae Horn Funk Dance Party, Spiritual Rez. The 6-piece outfit tours heavily each year, racking up close to 300 shows in a calendar year. Toft gave us a look into life on the road with the band and how they maximize their free time between shows.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 9th, 2010

Profile: Make Your Local Show Count w/ Ben & Aidan

Ben sat down with our trusty Northeastern Co-op, Aidan Rush to dissect the process of booking, promoting and executing a big hometown show.  It’s all here; building the lineup, approaching local press, marketing, selling merch and settling fairly at the end of the night. Episode 4 is solid, so press play and take some notes!

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 1st, 2010

Profile: Tour Management 101 w/ Ben Hoffman

In this week’s episode we caught up with former Sidehatch teammate, entrepreneur and road warrior Ben Hoffman to see how he conducts musically and socially productive tours on a budget.



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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: August 24th, 2010

Profile: Saving Money on Tour w/ Luke Garro

In a perfect world, a band’s music would speak for itself and marketing would be triggered organically via word of mouth from adoring fans. In that perfect world, you would show up to packed venues on your first independently funded national tour without having to compromise your rock star persona with humble marketing campaigns spread across expansive social networks.  Sadly, this utopia does not exist and will probably never exist, but if there’s one person qualified to make that declaration, it’s Luke Garro.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: August 17th, 2010

Profile: Music Videos on a Budget w/ Mike Gill

There was once a time when the idea of wedding music and video was so mind-blowing it gave birth to an entire television network. But, humans get bored easily, and soon enough music videos were so painfully mediocre and commonplace that no one cared. Eventually, finding a music video on any TV channel (especially MTV) at all became a serious challenge. Then came this brilliantly simple idea: maybe it’s possible to make an incredibly catchy video with almost no money at all!

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: August 10th, 2010

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