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Get Your Song Produced by Mike Flynn, Staff Producer and head of A&R at EPIC Records

This month OurStage is giving Rock, Pop and Country artists the chance to work with the head of A&R at EPIC Records, Mike Flynn. Mike has a solid track record in A&R and production, working with acts like The Fray, Howie Day and American Idol winner Kris Allen to name a few. His production work on The Fray’s 2005 album How to Save a Life helped the band sell over 4 million copies worldwide. Enter your best original song before March 23rd in the “Get Your Song Produced By Mike Flynn” Channel for the opportunity to be guided by one of the music industry’s finest. One grand prize winner will be selected from the Top 20 artists and flown out to either New York or LA where Mike will personally produce their next single.

For more information on rules and entering visit www.ourstage.com/go/mikeflynn

Win a Mentoring Session With Train in the “Save Me, San Francisco” Songwriting Challenge

In October the GRAMMY award winning group Train released their fifth studio album Save Me, San Francisco featuring the hit single “Hey, Soul Sister”. Now the band led by Pat Monahan is getting ready to celebrate the kick off of their “Save Me, San Francisco” Tour this spring by giving an incredible opportunity to OurStage artists. Pop and singer-songwriter artists are invited to enter their best original songs into Train’s “Save Me, San Francisco” Songwriting Challenge channel before March 23rd for a chance to win a one-on-one mentoring session with Train. The band will be on a panel of judges to select one artist from the Top 20 rankings in the channel for the Grand Prize. Don’t miss out on your chance to get insight from one of the most successful acts in the business today.

Never one to disappoint their fans – Train wants to reward one fan for judging the contest and helping them pick out the top acts. The best predictor of the final rankings in Train’s “Save Me, San Francisco” Songwriting Challenge will win a pair of tickets to an up coming train concert. Before you hit the judging page, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Save Me, San Francisco, currently available on iTunes.

For more information on rules and entering visit www.ourstage.com/go/train

Check out Train’s upcoming tour dates here.

Marketplace News: Marketplace Tips – Email Followups

The OurStage Marketplace is temporarily closed for a site overhaul. Marketplace will re-open when the new version is ready in early 2010. Watch this space for the latest news concerning the re-opening of the OurStage Marketplace. In the meantime, Marketplace News will be offering artists advice on how to use the tools available on OurStage to secure opportunities and grow their fanbase.

An artist is booked to perform at a local venue. On the night of the gig, they show up on time, bring in some fans, play a great set and go home. But they’re not done yet. Savvy artists know the value of a followup email. After playing at a venue or working with a producer, photographer or any other industry professional, the artist should send an email indicating their gratitude for the opportunity, enjoyment of the experience and desire to work together again. This may seem like an insignificant detail, but an artist who is polite and easy to work with is much more likely to be asked back for a repeat performance than an artist with big talent and even bigger attitude. Remember, courtesy counts.

Be sure to tune in next week for more advice on how to get the most out of your OurStage experience.

Marketplace News: Marketplace Tips – Picture Perfect

OSBlog02_Marketplace_MASTERThe OurStage Marketplace is temporarily closed for a site overhaul. Marketplace will re-open when the new version is ready in early 2010. Watch this space for the latest news concerning the re-opening of the OurStage Marketplace. In the meantime, Marketplace News will be offering artists advice on how to use the tools available on OurStage to secure opportunities and grow their fanbase.

The focus of this week’s Marketplace Tips is how bands represent themselves through the pictures they use on their profiles and EPKs. Continue Reading Marketplace News: Marketplace Tips – Picture Perfect

Help Tomorrow’s Stars Get Discovered: Judge On OurStage Through The Rest Of February

While the submission deadline has passed for entries in OurStage’s February promotional channels, there’s still plenty of time left to judge! Your votes could have a big impact on an up-and-coming artist’s career. Judge in in the “Get Your Music Featured on VIBE.com” Channel to help VIBE find the next urban music star. Or maybe you can be a tastemaker in the “Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge” Channel and help a few deserving acts win new revolutionary beat production gear from Beat Kangz Electronics.

Want to win big for judging? Beyoncé is giving one lucky judge in the “Beyoncé Sweet Dreams at the Wynn Cover Competition”  a Sony laptop preloaded with Beyoncé’s I AM…Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas Live DVD! Judge in either the audio or video channels for your chance to win.

So what are you waiting for? Click on one of the channel banners and start discovering the best new music:

"Get Your Music Featured on VIBE.com"

Judge Now in

"Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge"

"Beyoncé Sweet Dreams at the Wynn Cover Competition"

New Music Seminar “Artists on the Verge” Wrap Up: Loomis & The Lust Win Big

Will Loomis

Will Loomis of Loomis & The Lust

Earlier this month OurStage sent three acts to Los Angeles to compete for a Grand Prize package from New Music Seminar worth over $25,000 in consultation services and gear. The three “Artists on the Verge” finalists were critiqued by a panel of music industry experts including live music producer Tom Jackson and Justin Tranter (Semi Precious Weapons).  Fierce competition between rockers Admiral Twin and Loomis & the Lust and rising pop diva Nikki Lynette made it a tough decision for the panel who, ultimately, were split between Loomis & the Lust and Nikki Lynette. The panelist then invited both acts on stage to perform in order to break the tie. After two powerhouse performances by some of OurStage’s finest, Loomis & the Lust were selected as the “Artists on the Verge” Grand Prize winners. We had the chance to catch up with Will Loomis and Nikki Lynette to see what they got out the seminar:

Continue reading ‘New Music Seminar “Artists on the Verge” Wrap Up: Loomis & The Lust Win Big’

Beat Kangz’s Hit Maker Rockwilder

If you talk to most aspiring MCs they’ll tell you that their biggest musical challenge is getting access to new beats. Beat Kangz‘s revolutionary beat-making machine, the Beat Thang, is the solution that many have been waiting for. But hearing is believing. Hit maker Rockwilder has worked with Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim, Destiny’s Child, Beenie Man along with other legendary artists and is now rocking team Beat Thang. He created a video blog to demo this new production solution and talked about the elements that go into making a hit single. Check it out!

Enter the “Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge” for your chance to win one of these bad boys.

Marketplace News: Live And Direct

OSBlog02_Marketplace_MASTERThe OurStage Marketplace is temporarily closed for a site overhaul. Marketplace will re-open when the new version is ready in early 2010. Watch this space for the latest news concerning the re-opening of the OurStage Marketplace. In the meantime, Marketplace News will be offering artists advice on how to use the tools available on OurStage to secure opportunities and grow their fanbase.

A talent buyer can get a sense of an artist’s sound from the music featured in their profile and EPK and pretty much guess what kind of music they make from their bio. But how does a talent buyer get a sense of how an artist’s performance will actually go? Any artist can sound slick on a recording thanks to studio magic. Performance is another thing all together.  Is the artist entertaining to watch or do they stare at their feet? How do audiences react to the artist? These are things that talent buyers consider before they book an act, and why including a live performance video in profiles and EPKs is so important.

A good live performance video should showcase the bands energy and interaction with the audience as well as each other. Sound quality is essential as well. While it is a given that audio on a live video won’t sound nearly as clean as anything recorded in a studio, the video shouldn’t sound like it was recorded in a wind tunnel, either. The video below of the Adam Ezra Group is a good example of what a live performance video should look like. Be sure to take notes!

Be sure to tune in next week for more advice on how to get the most out of your OurStage experience.

DJ SCOTTOBAHN Returns From Whet Travel’s Groove Cruise

OSBlog02_GrooveCruise_FOLLOWUPAfter beating out over 200 other DJ’s in Whet Travel’s “Groove Cruise DJ Competition,” DJ SCOTTOBAHN is back from his journey through the Bahamas. The Sacramento spinner spent his Grand Prize trip opening for world famous DJ’s like Benny Bennassi and Boris and rubbing elbows with hundreds of partying vacationers. DJ SCOTTOBAHN was kind enough to check in with OurStage after the cruise. Check out his video clip below!

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“Beyoncé Sweet Dreams At The Wynn” Video Cover Competition

OSBlog02_Beyonce_Fans01Attention all Beyoncé fans!

The “Beyoncé  Sweet Dreams at the Wynn” Video Cover Competition is currently accepting submissions! So don’t be camera shyenter your cover of Beyoncé’s hit single “Sweet Dreams” to win a stay at the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas where Beyoncé shot her I Am…Yours DVD!

Upload your video to your OurStage profile and enter the video cover of “Sweet Dreams” in the “Sweet Dreams” Video Channel. If you are currently registered on OurStage as a fan and can’t enter any channels have no fear! You can easily convert to an artist account by following these simple steps:

1. Log into your fan account
2. Locate the ‘Upload’ link which is in the top menu bar next to “Marketplace”
3. Click on ‘Upload a Video’
4. Complete the rest of the steps that follow (i.e. give a description, upload a photo of yourself for the cover art, then choose the ‘Beyoncé Cover Competition – Sweet Dreams Video’ to compete in).
5. Now this is where you will see a message that states: FANS “You cannot enter a competition until you give us a bit more information about yourself. Please upgrade your account to an artist account. It’s free!”
6. That’s it! Simple enough right? Enter your video today for a chance to win!

1. Log into your fan account

2. Locate the “Upload” link which is in the top menu bar next to “Marketplace”

3. Click on “Upload a Video”

4. Complete the rest of the steps that follow (i.e. give a description, upload a photo of yourself for the cover art, then choose the “Beyoncé Cover Competition – Sweet Dreams Video” to compete in)

5. Next, you will see a message that states: FANS “You cannot enter a competition until you give us a bit more information about yourself. Please upgrade your account to an artist account. It’s free!”

6. Upgrade your account and that’s it!

Simple enough right? Enter your video today for a chance to win!

Need music? You can download the instrumental track of “Sweet Dreams” here and record your very own version over it!

Need encouragement? Check out the OurStage staff’s own rendition of “Sweet Dreams”. Now we may not be the next Beyoncé, but you could be!

Also, for those of  you who don’t want to submit a video, don’t forget to judge the contest: one lucky judge will be selected at random to win a Sony Laptop preloaded with Beyoncé’s I Am…Yours DVD!

Good luck everybody, we can’t wait to see what new talent comes our way!

 


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