Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top 10 Needs for Every Touring Artist

If You Plan On Hitting The Road Soon, Scan Through The TuneCore's Blog - Top 10 Needs for Every Touring Artist!

1. Invest in Your Case

If you read no farther (though I don’t suggest stopping here), read this tip. The most important item to have for your tour is a solid instrument case. Guitar, bass, drums, keytar, whatever, you want to keep your instruments safe while you and your band cram into the car and hit the road. Try for hard cases for your equipment, but make sure everything is light enough to carry. Most musicians are also their own roadies, so you’ll want to make sure your gear is safe but also easy to take in and out of venues.

2. Don’t Leave Home Without a Reliable Ride (+ Map or GPS)

You can’t play the show if you don’t make it there in the first place! This is why transportation is up there in importance with your gear. Depending on the size of your band, transportation can range from a small car to a mini-van, to a full on 15-passenger van (i.e. Chevy Express 3500). Make sure you keep the car stocked with a portable air pump, tire iron, and a spare tire, in case trouble strikes, and get the most reliable ride you can afford. Also consider signing up for AAA travel services—they’ll meet you anywhere and can usually get you back on the road in minutes. Having that reliable ride will pay off big time when you’re hustling from Asheville, North Carolina to your show the next day in Hartford, Connecticut.

3. Pack Some Snacks

Fact: traveling makes you hungry. If you’re trying to get from point A to point B without time to spare between shows, it always helps to have some snacks in the car to tide you over. Also, not being hungry means less grumpiness and therefore a more pleasant ride for you and your band. Granola bars or PB&J sandwiches work best in my experience, but the choice is yours to make. As far as drinks, I always say go with bottled water or Gatorade to help you stay hydrated. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the liquids or you’ll be stopping every five minutes for a bathroom break.

4. Dress for the Season

Some of the worst times I’ve had on tour were when I had to carry gear in the rain, without a raincoat. If it’s fall or winter, pack a coat, hat, gloves, and even a blanket for the car to help ease the chill. In the spring and summer, bring a raincoat, baseball cap, and maybe even a t-shirt to change into if you get sweaty and hot. The more prepared you are with extra clothes, the better you’ll feel.

5. Stay Entertained

You’re a musician and you’re on the road to play music, so naturally you should have a soundtrack for your tour. Bring CDs or an iPod to keep you entertained and inspired during long stretches on the road. It never hurts to listen to a band you love on the way to a gig—it helps get you pumped up to put on your best show.

6. Make Some Merch ( Pack a Sharpie)

Merch is so important to have at your live show. If you put on a killer show, your fans are going to want to take something home. Memories are great, but wouldn’t it be better if your fans had a t-shirt they could wear and show their friends? Couple that with the story about how great your show was and you are now slowly growing your fan base. CDs, t-shirts, and stickers are great go-to options for merch, but you can also look into making special posters/prints, vinyl, or really anything! Just make sure you have something you can give to your fans after your show, either for free or for sale.

7. Don’t Forget Your Camera

We all know that social media drives marketing, so having a camera to document everything your band does on the road will help keep fans interested in your tour. Take pictures of everything. The band eats lunch? Take a picture. The band’s hanging in the car? Take a picture. People want to feel as if they’re part of your band, so keeping track of little things makes your band feel inclusive. Also, be sure to take pictures of you actually playing music to show what happened when you rocked the stage. That will help people who were at the show remember how great it was, and get other fans excited for upcoming concerts. Keep up with social media and your fans will keep up with you.

8. Find Places to Crash

Sleep. We all need it and we all love it. Make sure you find places to crash. Hotels, friends’ (or strangers’) couches, or even your van—take time to sleep and everyone will be happier. If you need to get somewhere quickly but still need sleep, take turns driving so everyone can get a little shut eye. If you’re a solo artist, make sure to plan out at least a few hours to grab a quick nap so you can keep on rocking!

9. Start Printing Flyers And Promo Posters

As I said above, you need to promote your tour and let people know what’s happening. Though social media is a big deal in promotion, nothing beats physical interaction with fans. Handing out flyers at an open mic allows people to meet you and see what you’re like when you aren’t playing music. Also, hanging posters in venue windows does wonders for promotion as people see them whether or not they enter the venue. The more effort you put into the flyer, the more people will be interested in seeing what it says. A small effort here can help bring in a few extra ‘on the fence’ or curious fans just looking for something to do on a weekend night.

10. Get Ready to Connect

Every band should be comfortable with networking, because the importance of this skill goes beyond touring. I’ve made countless friends and fans through networking at shows while touring. I’ve met musicians I still know and work with and I’ve had the time of my life getting to know fans over a beer after the show. Knowing your audience helps you make better music, and the only way to truly meet someone is to go and speak with them in person. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but giving fans something like a card or sticker after the show can help break the ice. And think about it this way, if people stayed to the end of your set, it’s a safe bet they liked your music and would like to meet you too. So spread those wings, and get out there and start networking! What’s on your own list of touring needs? Let us know in the comments.

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are for informational purposes only. Be sure to prepare for what ever is best for you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Monday, April 14, 2014

A Collection of Cozy And Uplifting Music Performed By Phil Marks Sr.

A Collection of Cozy And Uplifting Music Performed By Phil Marks Sr.

This Collection of Cozy And Uplifting Music Performed By Phil Marks Sr. Set The Perfect Mood For A Evening With The Stars! It’s the inspirational music that one might want to hear at a Dinner Party or Small Meet And Greet Gathering! His style and presentation is also great for this modern time and age. As a Christian Marketing Promoter, I believe Phil can market his music with more than one option for delivery due to the diverse approach! Without a doubt, Devine Jamz Gospel Network is very pleased to lead Phil’s marketing project with an open invitation for record labels and promoters to review the array of songs!

Brenda Solomon
Operations General Manager
Devine Jamz Gospel Network

P.O. Box 321281
Houston, TX, 77221

About Phil Marks Sr:

Indie Singer/Songwriter Phil Marks Sr. believes that Christian music should help to interpret God's message to us, as applied in this modern age. In spite of all its faults, modern society has improved a lot along the lines of tolerance and understanding. Coinciding with that, Earthly churches have had to fine-tune their message to facilitate healthy interactions between all kinds of people. In a nutshell, we still believe in the same love of God, but share that love in different ways.

Phil grew up in Greenville Pa., went to college in Atlanta Ga. and currently works his day job as a software engineer in Fl. Phil met his wife, now Annie Marie Marks, in Atlanta in 1984 while she was also attending college there. Annie currently works her day job as a nurse. Their daughter Rose Ann Marks is a full time grad-student in international relations in Washington DC, and works part time. Their son, Phil Marks Jr. is an art-student grad-student in New York City.

Phil, Annie, and Rose have recently teamed up with arranger and instrumentalist Manfred Dreilich to compose and produce the original songs "Grace from heaven", "Come Away With Me", "Moment To Moment" and "Come Follow Me".

Music Inspirations:

Title Song of Album - "One Way Or Another" (We Answer The Call Of Love)

The title song of the album "One Way Or Another", featured here, advocates religious tolerance and personal choice. God's plans for others, regardless of gender, age, creed, or ethnic heritage, though not clear to us, can lead them to heavenly rewards greater than any we could imagine for ourselves.
The inspiration comes directly from the bible, where Jesus says to Peter: "You are rock. Upon this rock I will build my church". Today, God calls us all to be "Rocks", to spread the news of this great church on Earth. But we must be careful as we do this. Since we cannot claim to know God's complete plan for others, we should not sit in judgement over those who do not know what we know or believe what we believe, or who do not follow whom we follow. But when we feel in our hearts that God is showing us what is best for ourselves, we can be open to sharing those beliefs with others, as long as we are open to learning about their beliefs as well -- beliefs which they choose are best for them.
This is about getting back to Jesus' simple message of love and inclusion for everyone. Earthly churches have done a lot of good for the world. But this is not to say that all influences have been good. Over thousands of years organized religions have developed traditions and rules which don't always have their originally intended effects. As we move into the modern age, from time to time it becomes clear that certain long held practices are no longer sufficient to sustain healthy interactions between certain groups of people. While God intends for everyone to benefit from religious practices, there are some aspects of earthly religions which tend to inspire some groups to exclude others from participating fully. God wants each individual to be able to choose their own role, from the full variety of roles which exist within their chosen faith.

This is a simple song about how belief in God helps us through trying times, and especially when we help each other out.

This is about how Jesus invites all of us to follow Him: To help us through danger; to help us to overcome temptations; and to bring us together in order to help each other receive all the benefits of Jesus' love.

Music Review:

DJ Holyghost - Rhema Gospel Radio

The songs on this album are more than beautiful, they worship Jesus for His love, peace, joy and the power that's in His name. These worship ballads are very smooth with a nice melody and easy to sing along heartfelt lyrics.

The Lord uses Phil's voice to in a way that will capture the listener though his equally moving flows, resulting in songs which will feed the soul and rejuvenate the spirit from personal worries or trouble.

Phil Marks and Artistic Christian Artist with a solid album that should reach audiences worldwide!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jermaine Morgan's "LIFE" album is a breath of fresh air!

Gospel/Jazz bassist Jermaine Morgan’s new album “Life” is one of the best projects available now. Though most reviews open with similar lines, this statement holds true for this musical masterpiece! From start to finish, the journey this album takes you on is one you never want to end; and thanks to most auto repeat options, it doesn’t have to! “Life” by Jermaine Morgan is your new favorite album.
Throughout his musical career Jermaine has had the honor of sharing the stage with many names such as Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Darwin Hobbs, Juanita Bynum, Byron Cage, Richard Smallwood, Dottie Peoples, William Murphy, Myron Williams, Trent Cory, Saxiphonist Angella Christie and many others. He Currently serves as bassist for New Birth M.B. Church in Atlanta GA, where he regularly plays to over 25,000 members weekly. 
The opening track featuring “Yana” (his daughter) and fellow bassist Nate Holloman team up to set the tone for the whole album…a real jam album! Morgan, an accomplished bassist doesn’t shy away from camaraderie either, Holloman is just one of the many other bassist giving ‘life’ to this project!
Where He Gets it From
Jermaine Morgan is originally from the small town of Houston, Mississippi. He is a very versatile musician and producer from a very musical family. He and his older brother Ken grew up watching their mother play bass and piano for the local home church. Naturally, the interest in music was passed down to the both of them. In his earlier years of learning, Jermaine says that he was taught most of what he learned by his older brother who was also a multi instrumentalist.
Another musical gem on this album is “No Words” which transports listeners to a place of euphoria, entranced by the ethereal synth sounds and smooth bass melodies. Towards the middle of the album, Morgan introduces possibly the smoothest groove on the album entitled: “Prayer Melody” which features Ron James, Darius Fant and Anthony Dixon.
There truly are ‘no words’ to describe how amazing this psalm of worship is. Add it to your devotion or meditation time playlist. Upon hearing it, the song was immediately added to the SoulProsper Radio “Healing Stream” playlist which airs nightly from 10pm-8am CST.
A real highlight of the album is “Funky Time” which features some more familiar names Carlton “C-Dub” Whitfield (organ, who recently released his own album), Jeremy Haynes (drums) and Alan “Snoop” Evans, one of the most in demand bassists in gospel music.
Much like “Yana’s Groove”, Morgan draws on his hometown (Houston, Mississippi) roots in another down home jam! The closer employs bass, synth bass and the funkiest trio and rhythm section on wax.

You can purchase Morgan's previous projects here and for all things Jermaine Morgan, visit his website!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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