Joseph Kiernan

Vertigo / Little Astronaut, released on November 20th

People in a small Boat on the sea

 

Emerging onto the music scene earlier this year is Irish singer-songwriter Joseph Kiernan delivers his brand new offering, releasing his new single Vertigo / Little Astronaut on November 20th.

Building on his sonic style, that draws upon a melting-pot of pop, indie, folk and electronic genres; “Vertigo/ Little Astronaut” immediately hooks you in with a bold, stripped-back acoustic piano melody. With a gentle and melancholic instrumental, the indie melody is infused with rich, emotive elements of jazz and soul.

Alongside the glimmering soundscape are Joseph’s delicate and poignant vocals, that add a pure and honest sentiment to the song. As the song progresses, it moves towards a more distinctive indie-led sound; introducing a rhythmic percussive beat, and synth elements. And this gently transitions into an acoustic guitar-led instrumental, infused with vibrant electronic elements.

Quote from Joseph

“I was making music to self-soothe. My closest friend was very ill and I was struggling with the inevitability of his passing. I was hibernating from the world out of necessity, and channelled all my sorrow and hopes into the record. The music really helped me to find meaning in all the uncertainty. I found listening back to the demos at the time very comforting. My hope is that others will experience the same.”

Alongside the single release, Joseph is simultaneously accompanying the record with a brand new music video. Capturing the energy and mood of the song, the music video begins with a peaceful landscape, as it shows an aerial shot of the calming ocean. Maintaining this visual aesthetic, the video brings together a stunning montage of nature-based cinematography; with fleeting and distant appearances from Joseph himself.

Beginning his musical career early this year, with the release of his debut single “The Bees Do Not Sleep”; Joseph Kiernan has already been garnering a mass of success, and establishing himself within the music scene - with his sophomore single “Strip The Vines” already reaching over 22K streams on Spotify alone. Honing his craft and artistry, Joseph is developing his unique style, sound and song writing talent; as he draws upon life experiences to create music that is personal, contemplative and introspective.

 

Joseph Kiernan · Vertigo / Little Astronaut

 

With the prospect of more music to come, with Joseph's debut EP set for release early next year, he is undoubtedly showcasing himself as an artist on the rise.

“Vertigo / Little Astronaut”  released on November 20th.

Joseph Kiernan is available for press opportunities, please email: [email protected]

 

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Qn9nety

 

Growing up Qn9nety listened to a wide variety of music, in 2000 after just 1 listen to the Marshall Mathers LP his love for Hip-Hop began. Introduced by friends to the world of hip-hop legends including 2pac, Biggie and big L and the genre was engraved in his mind.

At the young age of 15 set up with a Deck mixer with a sing star mic, running to a cd player playing beats, while a second tape player was used for recording, he began to make his own music, his first group ILL MINDS was formed in a friends garage. Here the group recorded 50+ songs including their highly anticipated EP, Authentic Insanity. ILL MINDS first gig was McJazzyFest 2k11, a local festival with over 400 people, which gave them onstage confidence and gigs all over the North West soon followed

In 2011 he enrolled in NWRC Derry to study music production and performance, the skills he learned here helped secure various jobs within the industry such as in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

 

Although music has always been his passion over the last few years other elements of life had meant he couldn’t spend the time needed on making music, but this changed last year when a house moved gave him the opportunity for his own studio at home, from here Qn9nety was born.

This new studio was the spark that reignited the fire and allowed him to find the space in his mind to bring his new music to life.  Each song is written, recorded, mixed and produced by Qn9nety, with 8 songs released and an album on the way, he is motivated more than ever. Alongside his own music he has mixed and produced songs for other local artists, an avenue which he sees as a significant part of his music future.

Qn9nety is one for the future, an artist from Derry, Ireland. Hip-Hop influenced, he brings energy to his tracks with a venomous deliverance of conscious rap. Independent but by no means new to the music scene, Qn9nety has been around for the last 15 years, writing and performing on various platforms in Ireland with ILL MINDS before taking and break, but he is back with his new sound, pumped and ready to take the Hip-Hop scene to a new level.

 

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10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career

10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career Is A Step By Step Guide On How To Build a Marketing Strategy From The Ground Up And Right Up To Launching An Album.

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There are countless marketing strategies out there for bands and many of them are very good I have to say. I have devised my own Top Ten Music Marketing Strategies from my 30 years working experience in Business, Marketing and Music. I have placed each specifically for artists who are starting off and are looking for steps to build a solid platform right up to launching their first album. I will be releasing a small course this year on these very Strategies. This course will help you implement each one of these Marketing strategies with me guiding you through the process. Feel Free to comment on anything. Feedback and suggestions are always good. We are all here to help one another.

1.  The Why, What & How Description Of The Artist.

This is the First Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career

This may sound like an unusual place, to begin with, but most business when presenting their business plan must be able to clearly answer these questions before the journey begins. The artist needs to be able to have their own unique story where people can connect too. Many artists do not know what that story is and get lost very quickly. The story is not only the music but the artist or artists behind the entire venture. The reality is people need to relate to both and many artists miss out on this from the beginning of their music campaign. Why are you doing this? What's your Story? How are you going to achieve your goals?

The second part of this is expressing this to the potential Fan. Why should they get involved with you and your Music? What is it that will make them connect with and you and come back for more? How and where can they get involved and what benefits can you offer them. All this has to be very clear from the very beginning before any campaign is planned. In the Coaching world, this is called setting your intentions from the beginning. When you do that, you are making a statement and it's coming from the heart. The heart and not the head is where the true intentions are and asking yourself these three critical questions from there will be closer to what you truly want moving Forward.

If you are a Band then each individual should be asked to ask themselves these questions also so you are all on the same page. You will realize their intentions very quickly and will save yourself much wasted time if a member or members are not on the same page as you. These questions are also a very good way to iron out any misconceptions of the path ahead and align everyone towards the same goal. If you can get an agreement with everyone involved then you are off to a great start.

2.  Genre Of Music And What Is It?

This is the Second Strategy and an important one of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

Over the years I have seen so many artists not knowing what their Genre is. Most will say they are a bit of this and that and get caught up in the influences that have inspired them. This is all very interesting but in my experience, you need to focus on a particular Genre. Now I know many will argue with this but this is for the fan to identify with you and what music they label you in. Leave it to the fan to add in the extra bits. So determine what genre you are on a single term. Folk, Ballad, Rock, Punk, Country, Heavy Metal etc. Again this relates back to the Why, What and the How Description. Know what genre you are, Why you are that genre and how you have come to that conclusion.

There is another group of artists that don't seem to know what genre they are. They get stuck in between Genres or many Genres and can't quite put their finger on what suits them best. Again listen to the Fan or family with this. They will have taken an interest in what best suits you if you are confused. Another thing, If you are confused then your Fan will be confused also and not be able to determine who you are in relation to your music. If you are changing all the time, many fans will abandon you because the direction is all over the place. Find your genre and stick to it.

3.  Connect With Artists From The Same Genre.

This is the third Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

Connecting with artists from the same genre is a critical part of the Music Marketing process. They will have similar fans who like this Genre of Music and you will have your own fanbase that will like them also to help them also. Too many artists are suspicious of other acts and this is a major mistake. Artists need to understand that this is not a competition but a collaboration. There are plenty of fans to go around and a Knowledgeable Musician will know this and will engage with other acts to work together for the same cause. That cause is all about the fan.

The fan is simply a customer who likes your music, likes you and wants to buy what you have to offer. It is no different than any other business. As a business, you have publicly announced that you are open for business and are looking for customers to buy from you.

Another point to connecting up to other acts with the same genre is you have just opened up lots of touring opportunities. You will be invited to perform at the other artist locations and they will have the same opportunity to travel to you. This is the quickest way to set up a touring circuit and have your music heard in many different areas and new fans.

4.  Connect Up With A Local Venue.

This is the fourth Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

This is probably the most important strategy as most of your success will be revolved around this. I remember asking a music friend of mine in the US to answer a very important question. He had been a music manager for 50 years and was one of the very first Music Managers to manage the Eagles. My question was " What's the best tip you could give to any artists or bands starting out on their Music Career. Without delay, he answered, " If you can't make it in your own back yard, you ain't going to make it anywhere ". When I asked him to elaborate he simply told me that artists need to set up in their local community first and not be focusing on the outside at the beginning. "Master that first and the touring comes later", he said.

As a venue manager for many years, I understood John's advice very well. Many artists didn't seem to understand the power of the venue, their place of Operations. John had used this resource to his advantage all throughout his career. Its where he grew his acts from the ground up. The local venue is where everything began. From there he could reach out to other acts of the same genre to his bands. He would invite them to perform and they would invite his band to perform at their Venue. The rest is history as he went on to manage over 100 bands. Even in this new digital age, this process Of venue and artist working together is the backbone of any success, to begin with.

I have a great Blog about myself and John and how we managed to connect with one another. Why not have a read. There is a free book you can download on there along with a whole nest of information about John. I think you will find all this very interesting and helpful as you progress in this business. Music In The Digital Age and John Hartmann 

To finish up on this point, I wrote a blog a few years ago about approaching a Venue and what to do while you are there. It all about collaboration with the venue and they will work with you to get the best results. Venue and artist is a joint venture so make sure you tell them about the Clear intention you have and you can both work together. Together you can make it a success.

REALITY CHECK FOR THE IRISH ARTIST / BOOKING A MUSIC GIG IN IRELAND. This blog was written over 3 years ago and is still very popular with readers today.

5.  Have A Super Website.

This is the Fifth Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

As you are not a stationary business( not including your local Venue ) the website will be your main base of operations. Its where all your information will be located. Over the years, I have seen some terrible websites which are unnecessary in this day and age. There are so many options out there now so there is no excuse for a poor website.

With the likes of Wix and Squarespace, So anyone can afford a decent website. If you are not that good at designing it, then find someone that knows what they are doing and get it done just right. I can't stress this enough and especially the front page. Don't clutter the front page. Try and keep it minimal with a cool picture of the Band and all the tabs at the top and social links. You should have a shop set up too. Again all these platforms have this option. Any Physical CDs, Albums, t-shirts etc should be available for purchase. All you need is a Paypal account and you are set.

One of the most important features you should have is an email subscription so fans can sign up to you. Be inventive and not have "sign up for our newsletter". Have sign up and get a free ticket to our next show Or sign up and get all our freebies throughout the year. Give your new fan something and keep giving them till they trust you and you have built a relationship where they will follow you to the ends. There is a magic in giving that few know about. Give to receive and receive to give without expectation. This is a natural law of nature. I don't want to get into any laws of attraction here but this works so be generous with any fan and you will be paid back in full and much more. The secret behind all this is give without the expectation of getting something out of it. It's going to happen anyway so don't worry about it.

Again I can't stress this enough. Email marketing is the single most important ingredient to the overall success of your entire operation. Any marketeer will tell you that its the most effective as many emails will be opened if you give a little something. More times I have opened emails from artists and it all about Me Me Me and not the fan. You brought them over to your email list and now you want them to listen to you? Sorry but you haven't even built a relationship yet. I've had artists tell me it doesn't work and they are getting very few opened emails. These same artists haven't bothered or don't know that they must build trust and keep in touch.

I have subscribed to dozens of email lists from artists all over Ireland and can safely say that in all those years I have received less than 20 emails from my entire list I signed up too. No relationship built, no communication, no Consistency and me me me all through the email? Artists need to get this right or else you are wasting your time completely. If you don't get this right then no point reading any further.  How are you going to sell your music with no trust built up? How are you going to sell a ticket to one of your shows? How are you going to do anything if you can't get the fan to open your email of see your post on Facebook?  It's just not going to happen unless you start communicating personally with the fan.

One more final thing that baffles me every day. People like myself doing what we do ( and they're quite a few of us around ) are regularly dismissed as a fan? People like us should be the first on your fan list and be in regular contact with. If you can't communicate with the people that are trying to help you then what chance have you got with the general public. I can answer that! ZERO. I can't tell you the number of times I have been contacted by a passionate artist who has asked for advice and have a feature on my website. As soon as the advice is absorbed and the feature page is published, this same artist is gone, never to heard off again? Sometimes I may get the odd Generic email newsletter from one of these artists a year later with the expectation that I would open it. What would you do? anyone who shows a spec of interest in you, you should keep and cherish. To finish, go to the trouble of putting their name to the email sent and not Hi there or Howya.  Email platforms have the ability to have every individual name at the top of each email newsletter. All you have to do is write the name in once on that platform and every email will be sent to your email address along with your first name.. When someone addresses me by my first name I will open and read. The sender went to the trouble to apply my name as this a personal touch and I like that and so will everyone else.

6.  Social Media And Targeting The Right Audience.

This is the Sixth Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

So now we come to social and all its misconceptions. Don't get me wrong Social Media is very powerful and has lots of advantages. Trouble is many artists cant see them. We all know from experience that most artists have a pain in their face putting up posts and very few responding. A few likes and loves, The odd comment from the very few die-hard fans and that about it. So what's happening here?

I hate to tell you but its boring and people are being bombarded with this type of post every day. Listen to my new song, my ep or my album etc. The answer is why should we listen? Have you personally Contacted each fan with the news, Have you built that relationship I spoke about in the above tip ? are they on your email list?  Have you reached out to them recently about how things are going? Have you told them how much you appreciate them personally? Have you given them any gifts to stay interested?

If you haven't done all of these things then that's your answer there. Social media is a public platform where people are being bombarded will all types of information and you are no different ( Unless you build a relationship separate to social media Via email ). By doing that you separate the real fan from the ones that give you a like to be nice.

Use social media as a source of capturing Real fans and get them on your email list. Social media has become a display advertising platform. It was created for business and not for your personal posts. Everyone's information and behavioural habits are widely available and marketed too So you as a business need to get on board and do what's best for your business. Every post should have email signup with a brilliant offer so they want to join you. when you have them on board you look after them from your own platform which is your own website and the communication from your email announcements. That's how all businesses do their business. For artists, you can either do this with live steaming with an offer and a subscription page or a targeted ad with the same.

Did you know that you can target any specific audience in every niche possible? let's say you are a Rock band living in a certain area. You find the best rock acts all around you and you can target all the people who like their band page? How powerful is that? Imagine you have the right song, with the right offer and targeted the right audience? What do you think would happen? Would you attract some of those people? What would you do with those people once you have them on your fan list? Would you look after them? Would you build a relationship with those people? My guess is you would say yes to all of this? So why not do this?

7.   Never Launch An EP Or Album Without Enough Fans.

This is the Seventh Strategy and a little warning of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career

This tip goes back to all the previous tips. The Cart before the Horse plan that seldom works. How could it work? The preparation wasn't done. One big night with family, friends and a few loyal fans and its all over. Years of practice, Studio time and money and then the disappointment kicks in. What was that all about? The music was brilliant, the album was classic and no one bought it only people on the night of the launch.

For many, they do this all over again and get the same results and then resign themselves that the music industry is against them and only people with contacts and money have the power to make this happen. This is not true and is an illusion that was created around disappointment. Now I know there are also many other factors that would prevent success but I have seen this type of Music Launch over and over again. Money is not the problem. Preparation, knowledge and communication is the key to all of this.

Launch when you are ready. When you have that list of people who love your music, love you and know what you are all about. Allow then to follow you on your journey by communicating your goal and being generous and consistent with them. You must stay in touch personally and not just a public display poster or post on Facebook and all the others. Facebook tried to capture the email market by introducing groups to their platform. It didn't work as its still public posting and not personal. I personally set up many groups myself over the years and had 1000s of followers and very few reading any post or listening to any music. Why?

Artists have the same habit there also. Display posting and not getting involved with anyone else's post or track. It's too impersonal and leads to nothing. On top of that the constant notifications when someone posts on a group. If you are a member of a few groups this you are going to be bombarded and that's just too much for anyone to take.

I hope you are getting the picture here? It's a communication problem and it needs to be separated into just your own segment of People. This cannot be done on social media unless you have a massive following but it's still it's public and has its limits. Social Media is Public announcement and public conversation and email is private communication and relationship building. Big difference.

So if you are lacking in any of the above then please reconsider or pause your Music launch till this is sorted. You should have at least 500 to 1000 fans on your list to have a realistic chance of a successful campaign that you can be proud of and remembered as a positive experience.

8.  Launching An Album.

Being ready to strike and the eight Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

Launching an album has to be one of the biggest statement an artist or band can make. Years of practice, promotion, marketing, touring and so much more have brought them to this place in time. It is a sign of growth, accomplishment, musical excellence and a vision to where the artist or band is going with their career. Everything up to now has lead them to this point.

Over the years I have watched the digital age takes its toll on the music community and transitioning through it has being hard slog for everyone. I set out over a decade ago to investigate ways to break into the industries secrets and allow me to show the artist what is wrong with this industry and what can be done to fix it. On my journey, I have found many holes in it and unfair rules to make it successful for anyone. I suspect the major labels share big responsibility in all of this as they scrambled to survive in this ever-changing and now digital business format.

I have to say that the artists themselves also share in this responsibility as they became too reliant on the labels to do their bidding or marketing for them. That came at a very big price for many as they decided to concentrate on their Music and let the labels do the rest. All communication was primarily the responsibility of their creditors who Compensated themselves very handsomely as a result of the Musicians signed contract. When digital arrived, this created a gaping hole in the Artists' understanding of the Communication and marketing process to make a Music career.

Never before was the artist faced with the job of commander and chief of the entire operation. No longer could he or she rely upon the lifting work of any label. The money for that was no longer there. Many labels closed or got swallowed up by the bigger ones who jumped ship and went where the money was in digital. So the artists had two choices. Sink or Swim for independence and do it all yourself from now on. Opportunity for all those who dared to swim and take their place as independent artists. It was a frightening place to but liberating to think that maybe, just maybe this Independence could be achieved. No more being mortgaged out to the eye gorging labels That had capitalised on the backs of music excellent and the human expression through music.

They ran away to the lucrative Digital world to capture a piece of the pie and created their genre of capitalism and invented popular demand for the masses. The same old, same old again and again and again. the beast needed to be fed and they came up with the idea of competitions and a conveyer belt of the best talent and manipulated them into the same popular demand.

They hypnotised us with dazzling lights and showbiz to entertain and buy into this fiasco and support our desperate artist who longs for stardom. We all like a good story, a sad story, a convincing story so we connect with our young and talented stars. You see they had all this experience from the old days. The tricks of the trade in showbusiness at its best and the doors were shut tight from anyone else getting in on the action.

Where were the Independents during this time and how were there going to respond. After all, they were the creators of this great music but no one was getting a look in. They had to learn the trade in painful steps. Steps that would take years to learn and master. That time is indeed fast approaching and the time of the independent is ever near. They have become masters of the game that is the music business. They are beginning to see that it is possible to achieve great heights and be independent in all of this.

It's an even field when your know-how. All that's required is Communication, marketing knowledge and excellence of their god-given Art. It is there for the taking if they see the opportunities right in front of them. Communication through their art was enough in those times but more is needed now.to connect on a personal level like the label so skillfully did for decades before. No more lost in the bottle of oblivion from the disconnect to reality and the human emotion. No more excuses to the self-isolation that was chosen with the signed contract, resulting in the supervision of all emotional communication from the outside world.

Independents have a real chance of stepping forward and Connecting with the fan on so many levels. They can lay it all out and just go for it. Nothing stopping them except themselves and the feeling that all is lost to them. It isn't and is there for the taking.

I remember when I first started on this journey and artists who were not signed and had a habit of referring to themselves as unsigned artists. This term always bugged me as It implied to me of some failure or not yet successful in music yet. I believe that this term no longer applies and Independent artist is the correct term to use.

Anyway sorry for the rant there. Let me get back to the album launch. Assuming that you have all the Steps in place in the above-mentioned list of Strategies, there are lots of ways to increase the success of your album launch.

By now you will have realized that the backbone of your entire operation is the fan and the fan list, period !. You will have already announced to them the dates and given them samples of tracks, freebies and generally a good experience. You may have also set up and some pre-order of the album through your email posts before the event. You will have contacted radio stations ( Most of which will not acknowledge or respond ) and that's fine. Contact them regardless and put them all on a separate email list. Make sure the email is short and sweet. Email them after the launch and again short and sweet and a little of the success you had.

Digital is where we are going. we are all aware of this but you must remember that physical sales are also still relevant. Golden Discs revived itself on the back of the new upsurge of Vinyl sales.

Cds are also still there and quite popular with fans. I am one of those people who love my CDS for example.

The reason I mention this is that these two items are more valuable than you might think. Here's why. A single sale of a Cd or Vinyl has the same value as 1250 streams on Spotify when it comes to a possible Chart entry. CDs or Vinyl need to be sold in a record store registered with the Official Charts Company for consideration for a Chart entry.

Most stores offer Independents a space in their store for album sales. They are especially interested in Artists who have their homework done and have an army of fans waiting to purchase their album. Again this goes back to your fan list and all the work you did to keep your fan happy and ready to buy your anticipated album.

Make sure you ask your fan what format do they like, Cd, Vinyl, Download or Streaming. You will need to know their preference. Ask your Record store to make it available online so your fans can purchase from anywhere and not have to travel many miles to buy the album. If the record store refuses then take your business elsewhere. Remember you are offering them an opportunity and not the other way round.

9.   Lightning Live.

The Hidden Gem and the ninth Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

There is one more thing that many artists are not aware of and its hidden from you. Very little is written about it for some odd reason.? There was a new initiative brought out by the official Charts company called " Lightning live ". It was introduced to assist artists who didn't have a big following and wanted to give the Charts a go. I spotted this back in 2015 when it was introduced into the UK. At the time I was bemused that it wasn't laid out in Ireland as the same company are responsible for both the UK and Irish Charts. So I emailed them and asked about this. They told me that this was being introduced in 2017. True to their word it was introduced but barely a word about it from our music communities here in Ireland.

So what is all the fuss about? Well, this allows any artist to launch their album at any venue and all music sales can be counted towards the Charts. That a very big deal Guys. Not only could you have your album available online for fans to purchase but also at your launch or two launches if you wanted. This opportunity gives any independent with their homework done as good a chance as any big act out there. I was screaming about this last year and very few took any action?

Finally, I had the opportunity to speak to one of the top men in Golden discs and I asked him a very important question? How many sales would it take to get an artist into the top ten in Ireland? I was told that he had seen artists reach this with just 150 sales in one week. I was shocked by his answer but pleasantly hopeful for independent artists to actually have a crack at this. Now wouldn't that be a very nice launch indeed? I'm sure the radio stations would like to hear about that in your second email, don't you? I wonder if they would reply? You have just proven that you are the real deal and they will want you on their show to talk about it. It's all about the latest music news with them after all. Lightning Live Details found at the bottom of Irish Album Chart Rules.

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10.   Budgeting.

Finally, the Money Conversation & Budgeting Strategy of the 10 Marketing Strategies To Boost your Music Career.

The final tip I have is the importance of Budgeting. Every business needs to have a budget. So many costs like equipment, posters, recording, fuel and Merchandise etc. All of these costs should be taken out before a penny is paid to anyone. Maintaining the business should the basic focus for everyone involved. I've seen many instances where one member seems to be coughing up all the expenses while the rest look on and then expect an equal cut of the band's money at the end of the night.  This is not a good situation and will cause problems down the line. Everyone is responsible for the costs from the very beginning and that includes the manager if you have one. How many times I have seen managers pay for everything and the last to receive a penny for a job well done. Share the cost and everyone is equal and know where they stand.

Set up a band or artist account. Make a plan at the beginning of the year and put in all the costs for everything. Then divide it by 52 and that's the amount that will be the weekly cost. it's as simple as that. Whatever is left will be split evenly. If you don't meet that cost then you all add to it so the business is sustained each week. This is not a joke guy. You do what is necessary to stay afloat and keep the dream alive. Having a budget also will keep you all on your toes and drive you to succeed. Any lacking and there will be a personal and financial cost to you each week. If you are looking for accountability then this is it. Nothing more powerful than making the Ego accountable financially. It will shift anyone into gear and create unbelievable results. Some will fight this but if you are serious, you will be doing yourself a favour in the long run.  You must make yourself accountable and do exactly what you say on the Tin.

Ok, guys that it. I hope you enjoyed and got something from this. Please comment if you want to hear more or you have found something here that has you asking any question.  Thank you all for taking the time to read.

Musibiz is Changing

Musibiz is changing after being around for a decade so it's time for some major upgrades. We have being a free resource for artists for over a decade. Everything we have discovered has being written about within our Blog pages. We have also featured some of the best Artists that Irish has and will continue to do this.

 

As the owner and creator of the musibiz platform, I have learned quite a lot about the music Industry, Marketing and the many Marketing requirements necessary for a music career. Many of my previous work was in the business & service sector. In fact I spent 30 years in various business and had the opportunity to manage and own a few. That, along with my decade running this website, My recent Marketing & SEO Certifications and My Coaching Certifications enables me to move on further with Musibiz.

The few things I have learned

There are lots of things i still need to learn about the music industry as it is quite complex. What i do know is, Marketing is the number one thing to know if considering a career in this business. I know from experience that many Artists dread the word " Marketing " as it seems to imply doing something out of their comfort zone. This is true if you don't know what you are doing but if you learn some basic rules, the process is quite simple. Musibiz is Changing to a marketing platform with hands on help for the artists in 2020.

Web & Marketing Consulting

I work as a Web & Marketing Consultant Today and my job is to help Businesses market themselves Correctly so they can survive in business. All businesses know that without the right marketing Plan, business will struggle. It ok having a great product or service but if you can't get that word out to a customer then you are at a major disadvantage. This is no different for many artists out there. I am also well aware that many artists simple do not have the money to market themselves the way they would like. It's not cheap so i have decided to help out more and this is why Musibiz is changing the way it is .

Web Development

I want to stress that I am not a web developer but I work with a few Developers through my Consulting Business and can help any artist to get a decent website built and not get robbed. Typical Prices range from 500 to 1000 euros, depending on size and requirements. I don't allow any bad websites go through my Consulting business. My clients rely on me to make sure that everything is built correctly and working the way it should.

SEO ( Search Engine Optimisation)

SEO is grossly ignored by most businesses and they do it at their peril. Search Engine Optimisation is optimising your website and your entire online presence so people can actually find your business. This is the majority of my Consulting work and you would be surprised at how many big businesses do not have this carried out. This is another major reason why Musibiz is Changing as artists need to connect the dots to all your online activity and have it pointing to your website. I can show you how to do this or if you want me to do it for you, my fees are 200 to 400 euros , depending on requirements.

Email Marketing

Every Business has an aggressive email marketing Campaign going . Why ? Because it's proven to be the best marketing tool you have. You have direct access to your customers through their email. If you want to be successful then this has to be on top of the list. It is very difficult to get this across to the music community as some tell me its not working ? It's probably not working because many artists i have signed up for barely or never actually send me any emails ?

You can't send out one or two or no emails a year and expect people to follow you. This needs to be consistent and with the proper information. Not Please listen to my music ? You have to show people that you have value and the first thing before any pleas for recognition is gain their trust. Ask for their opinion, Give them a free download,  Send them a ticket for a show, Tell them a bit about yourself, have a competition, keep it short and get them involved. I can help artists with this. This one is very important and another reason why Musibiz is changing.

Facebook Ads

There has never being a better time to advertise on facebook but artists need to know how to do this correctly. Who are you advertising too ? The wrong ads is like putting up a banner outside your house and expecting the world to know about it . Did you know that you can target anyone on facebook ? For artists in particular , you can target fans from other Artist pages ? Wouldn't that be a great way to collect up your email addresses and actually have a fan base ? There are so many really good tactics you can use to get the very best from facebook and other social networks. I will be sharing some of those with you this year.

One to One Coaching

I also work as a life coach . Now you may think that having this available on the website is unrelated. Being coached or mentored or whatever you want to call it is a great way to motivate yourself and set goals. It's also a great way to stop you from procrastinating as you are accountable to the Coach. Many Artists lack discipline or just need a helping hand and don't know where to start. This is why i got into Life coaching.

Another reason is I have seen first hand, A large amount of Anxiety and Depression present in the Irish Music community. I would like to offer my help through my website here. I have very reasonable rates especially for artists who may need this personal help.

If you haven't got the funds then don't let that stop you from making contact. I will help in anyway I can. I know of one artist from late last year that is not with us any longer as a result of this terrible depression that took hold of him. If you are struggling then don't be afraid to make contact with me and we can have a good chat . Don't suffer in silence. Help is at hand if you need it. This is another major reason why Musibiz is changing.

I want to be in a position where I can help my clients move forward and become successful and happy the way they were meant. My added Business and marketing background is also quite useful if someone is struggling with their business and doesn't know what to do, I have lots of different packages available so if this is your thing then send me an email and let's talk. I can Coach online or at my home . It's up to you.

Online Marketing Course

This is something i wanted to do for a long time now. A place where i can put everything into one place where artists can learn in their own time. It will be very basic but enough to get any artists set up correctly and moving forward.  I think it would be great to have this available for artists who want to do all this for themselves in the comfort of their own homes  It's also an affordable way for any artists to get this information and implement it in their own time.

I will do my best to have this available this year as there is So much to cover. I would love to see Musibiz moving towards a learning base platform in time.

Summary

Musibiz is Changing for sure and I hope some artists will see the benefit in this website. Its was created in the beginning to help artists and I think I have come quite far in that time. It has not being easy but I have certainly picked up lots of knowledge I want to share with you. If any of this resonates with you then make a comment or maybe suggest a topic that I didn't cover here. I will do my best to answer of I don't know the answer. I will certainly research it.

Thanks for reading Guys . I really appreciate you taking the time .

 

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Doppler

Doppler - A Memory

 

After winning  the coveted IMRO Clancy Brothers songwriting competition  back in 2015, the future looked very bright for Jamie Mulrooney  AKA “Doppler ” and seemed on the cusp of something special. Ever since then things went a little sideways..

This wasn’t the first or the last accolade the Mayo born singer/songwriter amassed over the years either. Receiving a string of glowing press features in Hot Press, The Irish Times, Joe.ie, Chordblossom  things seemed on the up and up for the guy and Doppler was even scouted by Atlantic Records at one time.

Doppler Accolades

Doppler has gained plenty of other accolades including being voted Song of the Week (2XM), Song of the Day (JOE), Listen of the Week (U&I), Featured Single of the Week ( Right Chord Music),  to name just a few.

He has shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey, The Blizzards, The Saw Doctors, Jackie Beverly  and even played with Bonehead  from Oasis  a couple of times.

Ceili Ukulele

Before releasing the award winning track “  The Truth is Not Your Own ”  Jamie fell out of love with songwriting, recording and performing solo and decided to put the whole thing on hold and instead pursued a new career….in “ukulele tutoring”. and is now responsible for the  largest ukulele programme in the country,''Ceili Ukulele ” teaching 800 (YES 800) children a week in national schools for Music Generation.

After an influential recording session with Tommy McGlaughin (Villagers, SOAK)  recently in Attica Studios, Jamie decided to get back in the game and plan this long overdue return to releasing music.

Doppler Collaborations

“Doppler” is now a musical collective  featuring collaborations with many great new Irish artists. “  A Memory  ”  features long standing Doppler member “Noel Gallagher” (not THAT Noel Gallagher), Kevin Holmes ( The Kerbs)  and Kevin Donnellan ( The Third Rehearsal).

“  A Memory ” is like one side of your brain is arguing with the other ” explains Mulrooney. “Essentially it's the struggle to stay positive. How memories can change over time. What you thought was important can turn out to be insignificant when things change. ” The video was filmed by award winning filmmaker Bill Moldt who is currently based in LA. The stunningly worked video grabs the lyrics and takes us for a winding spin in a 1950’s Cadillac through the artistically animated desert and drops us off in the cinema. Many many hours went into the making of this painstakingly crafted video. Hop into the car and watch it  HERE

 

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Dave Williams

 

Dave Williams is a songwriter based in Tipperary Ireland. His lyric rich songs are built on a unique sound that explores the space between pop and rock. 

Every step in your presence. Every berry, unspoilt by touch. 

Every whisper through the boughs. All suggest as much. 

Rhyme in search of reason. Words, borne of thoughts, carried on feelings, shining a light in dark corners. Assembled in the correct order at the opportune moment, for the briefest of fleeting instances, all there is that needs to be known is captured. 

The Dave Williams songbook will remain largely unpublished. There is too much that needs to be interpreted. The sheer volume leaves not enough time to craft each composition to a form deserving musical clarity. 

Every inhale of aroma. Every fly in the face. 

Every glance from my shadow. Your gift my next pace. 

 

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From a young age, fear of failure was both a neck pendant and a driving force. Perfection, as a state, even then caused restriction whilst at the same time lighting a fire, learning the act of balance in a spinning world. Different strategies emerged naturally that sought to mitigate any debilitating behaviour. Sport proved an invaluable outlet for nervous tension and energy. Music came later. 

Education in the teenage years introduced poetry to the mix, nudging open a door inviting the mind down an unexplored path. Lyrics from the songs of popular, mainly rock, artists of the day resonated. Choruses provided refuge or community, whichever was needed. Initial tentative steps into composition enabled the packaging of experience into smaller bundles that were both manageable and comprehensible. An invaluable tool had been discovered. Self- expression, for the self. 

Every whistle and flutter. Every rustle and crack. 

Every leaf swirling earthwards. Your warmth on my back. 

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Dave Williams Decision.

Somewhere in his mid twenties, a conscious decision to use rhyme and poetry to help consolidate and decipher thoughts was made. It marked a significant turning point. Whatever new challenge was to present itself, the prospect of facing either its starkness or open ended possibility, armed simply with vocabulary and an intention to use it, proved reassuringly empowering. 

All along the way the road was paved with a patterned musical soundtrack. Irrespective of genre, drawn to the golden parcels of sound and sentiment reflecting the world he knew and echoing the calling and ambition inside. Consuming in private or marvelling amongst the masses, this was a vehicle. Headphone agitators, stage Gods, a platform, a purpose. To be heard! 

Every ingredient here provided. Every reason, an amount. 

Every thought, however flippant. Each moment must count. 

Six strings. A left hand guided by the right. The body and mind connected. Marrying words and melodies inevitably meant that others beyond the safe zone were invited in. Music needs to be heard. Playing catch up with the new mathematical language required the skills and talents of others to flesh out what was emerging. Collaboration is both a necessity and a major bonus. The opportunity to experiment alongside other creators is a joy. The fluid nature of the process only serves to inspire. 

All around here is mine. Doorstep-sunbathing my heart. 

Life in essence, time in its smallest part. 

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Each song that ends up stood in front of some curious third party stands there vulnerable and asking to be judged. It is a projection of an experienced feeling or collection of emotions, brought about by thoughts, triggered by a particular set of circumstances at a moment in time. A fleeting silhouette, it serves to make the vastness of being more manageable. 

For a long time, what was felt seemed uniquely personal. Suppression was often safer than expression. There is much to be gained from looking in the mirror and not hiding from the reflection. When light fades there are shadows and then dark. Transience is beauty. Beauty is truth. Truth is the quest. 

 

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Sam Hardiman

Sam Hardiman is a 23-year old songwriter/producer based in Dublin, Ireland. Sam’s musical life began at a very young age, taking up the piano at 5 years of age, before being granted an entrance scholarship to study classical piano in the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9.

 

Sam Hardiman then ventured into writing his own compositions at the age of 15, eventually debuting his original work by performing ‘His First Flight’, a piece based on the short story of the same name by Liam O’Flaherty, in Dublin’s National Concert Hall in January 2015. Music was therefore a vital part of Hardiman’s time in school, playing in orchestras and bands for school productions any chance he was given, and later encouraging him to pursue music into third level education.

 

Music Technology

Sam Hardiman began his degree studying music in Trinity College Dublin in September 2015. Upon entering his third year of college, he opted to specialise in music technology and eventually graduated with a first class honours degree in November 2019.Throughout his time in university, Sam worked as a professional composer and sound designer for theatre and film, with major credits including WELL THAT’S WHAT I HEARD (The Breadline Collective), B(L)OOM, (Tasteinyourmouth Productions), VIVA VOCE (Lauren Shannon Jones), and DON’T SING Original Screen Musical (IADT Graduate Showcase).

In the summer of 2019, Sam Hardiman released a collection of pieces he composed for hit Dublin theatre production ELECTRIC, written by and starring his sister Ali Hardiman, which then went on to enjoy a 4-month tour of Ireland and the U.K., culminating in a three week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. Hardiman and his sister continue to collaborate through ILA Productions, the theatre company they founded and run together.

Trinity College Music Society

His musical involvement in Trinity College extended beyond his degree and his work as a sound designer, with Sam becoming heavily involved in Trinity College Music Society. In the 2017/2018 year Sam was in charge of managing all social media accounts in the society, before becoming the Events Officer for the 2018/2019 year. In November 2018, Hardiman and the Music Society held Trinity’s first ever Multicultural Musical Showcase, which earned the award for Best Collaborative Event, and earned Hardiman the award for Individual of the Year in Trinity College’s Society of the Year awards, March 2019.

‘A Strange Kind of Intimate’ marks Hardiman’s official entry into the industry as a singer-songwriter. The 4-track record was written as part of his thesis in his final year of college, entitled ‘The impact of the internet on musical collaboration, and a comparison of its effectiveness compared with traditional face-to-face collaboration.’ The first track, WYA, features the talents of New-York based singer-songwriter Alidade and Texas-based guitarist Giorgio Suarez, both of whom Hardiman collaborated with over the internet. COMPOSING MUSIC, however, was co-written with Dublin poet Anna Dalton, with THE AVA SESSIONS being co-written and co-produced with fellow producer GEF, both of whom are close friends of Hardiman’s.

Collaboration

Collaboration is therefore a very important part of this debut EP, with Sam Hardiman himself saying, “I really value the idea of my own style and my own musical tastes being a mere common thread throughout my work. Collaborating with different artists allows each track to exist in its own space, to be distinct from one another, and this really helps me to achieve different forms of expression and explore new territories. Not to mention it allows me to improve as a musician and is a whole heap of fun in general.”


The EP itself covers a wide range of topics, with the introspection of WYA and the anxiety PANIC ATTACK contrasting the serene romance in the penultimate track COMPOSING MUSIC, and the finale THE AVA SESSIONS offering a critique of our society’s reliance on technology, using a metaphor from Alex Garland’s 2014 film EX MACHINA.

Musical Background

Sam Hardiman’s wide musical background and the diverse range of collaborations allow for a synthesis of styles on this record, with elements of classical piano, electronic music and mellow ambience being spread throughout the four tracks.

Sam Hardiman takes the authenticity of his lyrics and his musical approach very seriously, and is quoted in saying “Although there is an argument to be made for music that speaks for itself, I’ve always found I can connect with the world of a song more deeply when I understand the mind of the writer. That’s what I’m trying to achieve with this EP I want people to understand why I wrote these songs so they can get more out of them.”

 

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Wayne Woodman

Tenor

 

Wayne Woodman is a tenor who was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He spent his childhood in Swakopmund, Namibia, where he got his first taste for music. He received violin tuition and sang in the local church. 

In his teen years, he enrolled in South African College School in Cape Town. This is where he first began to realize his vocal potential. With the encouragement from his family, Wayne engaged in vocal coaching for the first time and also studied for Trinity College's singing examinations. He enjoyed performing in starring roles in productions of musicals such as Grease, Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls.

Vocal Training

Wayne Woodman's vocal training gave him the confidence to perform competitively and in 1999 and 2001 he claimed the Gold Diploma at the Cape Town Eisteddfod. He also won the Christopher Brown Award from 1998-2000.

Wayne moved to Ireland in 2003 where he started his studies towards a Bachelor of Music, under the tuition of renowned Irish tenor Emmanuel Lawler. He has previously performed at the National Concert Hall ‘Enchanted Summer Evening’ and appeared in Irish productions of La Boheme, The Magic Flute, Midas, and Cosi fan Tutti.

Recent Tours

Wayne Woodman's most recent tours in Ireland include “A Touch of Classical” with contralto Grace Foley, performing in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and INEC, Killarney and nationwide. He also performs regularly as a soloist and with ensembles throughout Ireland at private and corporate functions as well as for charitable foundations. His platform recitals have included the Dublin Fringe Festival in Ireland; in South Africa for the Cape Town Baptist Association and Plumstead Methodist Church, and in Namibia at the Walvis Bay Benefit.

 

 

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Sheena Marie Kennedy

Sheena Marie

 

Sheena Marie Kennedy is a Singer-Songwriter from Donegal, Ireland. She is involved in music since childhood and was always destined for the Arts. As soon as She was old enough to walk she was dancing. Sheena Maria started performing in local community venues, competitions and opportunity knocks. She completed all her college examinations in music and history of dance at the age of 18 and came to London to join pineapple studios.

She worked for years on choreography and was lucky enough to be spotted by Louie Spence after some very tough auditions. Competition to keep her place at Louie Spence was a constant battle but Louie liked Sheena and they worked well together. She would go on and work with Louie on several projects in over the following years.

 

 

Sheena Marie Kennedy's Love for Music

Sheena Marie Kennedy's love for music began with her father. He was a drummer and backing vocalist for a very popular band called the Shamrocks. They toured Regularly all over Ireland and also in the UK.

Sheena Marie started to follow in her father's footsteps and began learning to play the drums from five years old. She took her first dance lessons at the age of three. Sheena had one dream and one dream only and that was to become a Dance Teacher. Sheena also wanted to be involved in Music and has evolved into Singer-Songwriter. She has achieved all her goals in life and has run several Dance Studios and voice coaching for young students. Sheena is very passionate and loves to inspire her students to follow their career paths.

Sheena Marie Kennedy has worked with some wonderful Producers and Artists from Liverpool to London. Sheena has also enjoyed all of the tests and challenges of pursuing her dreams. She feels blessed with all the opportunities that she has had and is now focusing a little more on her songwriting.

 

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Eimear 

Eimear Crehan

 

Eimear Crehan is a singer-songwriter based in Kildare. She released her first solo album in late 2018 and has really being enjoying touring this work. Before releasing her solo album Eimear fronted Irish award-winning band Fox.E and the Good Hands for 8 years and in that time played everywhere from Oxygen to Electric Picnic and every festival in-between, as well as touring the pub scene and the original music scene.

With Fox.E and the Good Hands, she released two albums and three Eps and they also played in the UK and Scotland. Fox.E were renowned for their high impact high energy shows with powerful vocals and impressive riffs and solos. Eimear honed her performance craft with this band and learned a lot about connecting with her audience.

 

 

Eimear also works extensively with choirs and has collaborated with artists such as The Riptide Movement, Mary Coughlan, Glen Hansard, Wallis Bird and Jack L. As well as being a choral arranger and conductor, She works in community music and on large scale projects with various choirs.

Eimear is a soul & gospel singer who enjoys the story telling aspect of folk. Her music combines these genres and She loves nothing more than connecting with her audience, telling a story, relating to other humans and delivering her beautiful vocals with emotion, charisma and humour.

 

 

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