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Rock Shop: Book My Band!

Indie Ambassador TV Rock Shop Book My BandNovember’s Rock Shop  panel was awesome from front to back and we’re psyched to have it for you. Panelists Kevin Hoskins (CQ Presents), Mike Bishop (Brighton Music Hall), Jenny Applebaum (Pitchfork, formerly ofStubbs/C3 Presents), and Josh Bhatti (Bowery Presents) dissect the topic of landing shows, as musicians in the audience fired away some great questions.

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Hosted by: Steve Theo and Kevin Hoskins
Published: November 29th, 2011

Profile & Session: Tha Jist w/ Dark Blue

Indie Ambassador TV Tha Jist Dark Blue SessionTha Jist (born Muyinza Kasirye) and Dark Blue (Gabe Sarango) have been collaborating since their high school days, and enlightened us on a few of the tactics they’ve used to grow a fan base while getting their degrees. From time management and professionalism to the college music market and the rapper / producer relationship, both had a lot of advice to share.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: November 23rd, 2011

Session: Erin Barra

As the picture to the left should hint, Erin Barra is one creative woman. After meeting her at CMJ’s Music Marathon in October, we invited her to come into the studio to play a few songs and talk with us about the importance of CMJ to budding artists, the DIY Religion panel she was on at the festival, and being an Ableton artist.

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Hosted by: Taylor Pile and Erin Barra
Published: November 17th, 2011

Profile: Videos, CMJ & Favors w/ Army Navy

We tracked down the band Army Navy at CMJ’s Music Marathon last month to talk about their DIY ethos, and picked their brains on some topics very important to independent musicians everywhere, including touring to CMJ, asking favors, creating your own label and more.

 

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Hosted by: Marty Nee
Published: November 15th, 2011

Session: Kellen & Me

What’s a musician to do when other musicians / potential bandmates are in short supply? Learn how to use a looping pedal, of course! Such was the course taken by Chicago’s Kellen & Me. He and some more friends from AudioTree stopped by the studio on his first east coast tour to play a few tunes and walk us through the looping process. Check it out below!

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: November 10th, 2011

Tech: AES Conference ’11 Wrap-Up

This year’s AES conference put tons of great companies and products on display, as usual. IAtv talked with five such companies — check out all the interviews here!

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Hosted by: Mark Leombruni & Marty Nee
Published: November 8th, 2011

Tech: Izotope Introduces Ozone 5

Indie Ambassador Tech Resources Izotope OzoneiZotope will soon be unveiling Ozone 5, their newest mastering suite! We met up with the iZotope team at this year’s AES conference in NYC and got to sneak a peek at the newly designed user interface and 3D graphing technology. Check out our interview with Jack Cote below to see some of the exciting new features of Ozone 5 for yourself!

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Hosted by: Mark Leombruni
Published: November 1st, 2011

Profile: On The Brink with Old Man Markley

Indie Ambassador TV Profile with Old Man MarkleyThere’s a palpable excitement in the voice of Old Man Markley vocalist and autoharpist Annie Detemple, and for good reason. In three short years, this eight piece bluegrass-punk family has gone from the unknown to being signed to Fat Wreck Chords and touring with legendary bands like NOFX and Anti-Flag, and are now on the brink of whatever fame & fortune equates to in the bluegrass-punk world.

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

Profile: Matt Halpern of Periphery and Bandhappy


Indie Ambassador interview with Matt Halpern of Periphery and BandhappyIt seems like nearly every week a new service pops up that’s designed to benefit musicians’ livelihood, but it’s usually the same old story: “Pay us and we’ll give you some cool social media tools or music player widget.” Today, we’d like to introduce you to Bandhappy, an idea that’s a little more unique than the usual musician-oriented tools.

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Hosted by: Chris Thomas
Published: October 18th, 2011

Profile: Rubblebucket

Indie Ambassador IAtv RubblebucketIt isn’t often that you come across a touring, eight-piece afrobeat orchestra of sorts, let alone one that is winning praise from legions of young fans and the mainstream press alike. But that’s exactly what Rubblebucket is doing. Thanks to their uncanny ability to write musically complex, layered songs while still infusing them with catchy riffs and a blissful, pop-esque aura, the band is currently enjoying immense buzz and growth. 

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: October 11th, 2011

Session: Abadabad

Abadabad Indie Ambassador TV Interview When you first heard the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a city named Abbottabad, how did you think that city’s name was spelled? If you’re one for sounding things out, chances are you would have gone with “Abadabad.” That’s the spelling Jeremy Lee Given assumed, and named his band after it. Shortly thereafter, he was receiving tons of hits online when everyone in the world was searching for news stories on the city in Pakistan. Brilliant? We think so. It’s this kind of creativity that’s helped Abadabad generate some loud buzz, especially in the blogosphere that has been very kind to him.

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Hosted by: Taylor Pile
Published: September 29th, 2011

Session: The Organic Sound Project

The Organic Sound Project IAtv Session Indie Ambassador When put on the spot to define The Organic Sound Project‘s genre, IAtvhost Ben Maitland-Lewis responded with “eclectic folk awesomeness.” While many a genre label and much affirmative sentiment has been applied to OSP’s music over the years, eclectic is one adjective that especially rings true with this Boston based quintet. From seamlessly blending pop, jam, blues and jazz sensibilities in song to bringing in visual media to enhance their fan interaction at shows, The Organic Sound Project does a great job of displaying what a band is capable of when they let their imaginations run wild.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 22nd, 2011

Rock Shop: A Musician’s Guide to College Radio

Indie Ambassador TV Rock Shop PanelWith its repetitive rotation and narrow palate, it’s easy to get disillusioned by commercial radio. However, the world of college radio is a different story, and holds more influence than you might think. Last week’s Rock Shop panel discussed the subject in depth with panelists Phil Flemming of 91.5 WMFO, Ali Donohue of 89.3 WTBULiz Pelly of 90.3 WZBCEric Roberts of 91.7 WMWM, and Rob Duguay of 990 WBOB.com, all of whom are in some way, shape, or form connected to college radio.

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Hosted by: Steve Theo and Kevin Hoskins
Published: September 19th, 2011

Session: Visions of Kody

Visions of Kody Indie Ambassador TV Session“Every no you get, you’re one no closer to a yes” says Visions of Kody frontman T.J. Petracca. From using that persevering mentality to book their own showcase at SXSW and a complimenting national tour, to treating their street teamers like family, the band has proven that they know making it in music requires much in the way of optimism and relationships. 

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: September 13th, 2011

Profile: Building a Side Project with Mathieu Santos

Building a Side Project with Mathieu Santos IAtv It’s not uncommon for musicians to let the itch for further artistic exploration get the best of them. Some try out a different role in their current band, others go a step further and form their own side/solo project. The latter was the case with Ra Ra Riot’s Mathieu Santos

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

Buzz: Creative Merchandising 101

Indie Ambassador TV Warped Tour Creative Merchandising for MusiciansMore goes into impressive merchandise sales numbers than meets the eye. For one, there’s the marketing research that needs to be done beforehand so that you have product fans actually want to buy. After that comes the effectiveness of the person selling the merchandise; getting your band’s gear into fans’ hands is harder than sitting behind the table and letting them come to you.

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

Session: 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

Eval: Woe, Is Me & The Word Alive talk BandWagon

BandWagon IndieAmbassadorWe recently had the opportunity to catch up with Zack from The Word Alive and Cory from Woe, Is Me at the Massachusetts date of Vans Warped Tour to get first hand feedback on touring in a BandWagon. From the sound of it, BandWagon delivers.

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Hosted by: Ben Maitland-Lewis
Published: August 10th, 2011

Session: 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

Session: 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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