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Back in May, SideCho Media opened an EPK dropbox in the OurStage Marketplace in hopes of finding new independent talent to work with. SideCho found what they were looking for in OurStage artists August Rising and Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls, signing both bands to digital distribution deals. In addition to making their records available worldwide at over 250 digital retailers and promoting their new releases, SideCho will be helping the bands out on the management side to make sure they make the most of this opportunity.
This week, we have a Q&A with August Rising. Although they have only been together for two years, August Rising’s hook-laden rock has made a big impression on fans and industry professionals alike. In addition to earning an OurStage #1 Channel Prize in the March 2009 Indie Rock Channel and having 20,167 friends on Myspace, the band’s song “Lay Your Hands On Me” was declared “a hit” by DJ Valentine of Los Angeles’ STAR 98.7FM. Their album August Rising was released digitally on August 18th by SideCho Media and is available for download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody and many more digital retailers. OurStage was able to ask the band some questions about their album and musical influences.
OurStage: Tell us about your record.
August Rising: Well, its something we’ve been working on for two years and are really excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish. We’ve tried to write songs that grab the listener initially with a catchy hook or chorus, but also makes them want to press repeat because there’s something deeper as well. We’ve also tried to keep it uncluttered and simple in certain regards, so we’re able to play everything that’s recorded in a live setting. We also don’t want to hide a song behind layers of sound, because our favorite songs usually have the distinction of simplicity. Hopefully our listeners will feel we’ve accomplished that.
OS: What do you think are the benefits of digital distribution?
AR: We really don’t think bands who are starting out can be very successful without embracing digital networking in at least some fashion. Even the established bands utilize it to promote and sell a huge portion of their music. It is the quickest and easiest way to get heard and start building a fanbase. Before digital distribution existed, up-and-coming music artists would have go play everywhere to build a fanbase and do things like sell music from the trunk of their car. Now we can reach more people in less time by using a computer.
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