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Not everyone needs a Grammy

Did you catch the Grammys? Well you’re not alone. In fact, according to the New York Times 19.7 million viewers tuned in. More interesting, however, is the post-Grammy surge in numbers for all participating artists. The fact of the matter is when you win an award like a Grammy you get much more than just bragging rights you’re also going to see a significant increase in album sales.

Indie artists don’t need to win a Grammy to gain some momentum in this industry. In fact, I’ve got a few stories for you that prove just that. Plushgun, our favorite Electronic Indie band, signed to Tommy Boy Entertainment as a result of their OurStage story. Coconut Records increased their album sales by an incredible amount and Scissors for Lefty has been given the chance to play at Noise Pop this year thanks, in part, to their participation on OurStage.

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No doubt you’ve heard of this forward-thinking, catchy artist. I bet you didn’t know that he was once an unknown OurStager himself. After winning the Grand Prize in October of 2007, his song “West Coast” was featured as one of the top 10 “favorited” songs on OurStage. Then he appeared in a feature interview (part 1 and part 2) for OurStage with our very own Quinn Strassel. The story was picked up by blogger and online personality Perez Hilton. Coconut Records immediately saw an increase in album sales by about 1500% on iTunes. By offering unique Polaroids with each album purchase, Jason Schwartzman added a personal touch for his fans and put his name into the mainstream as a dynamic artist.

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Your favorite electro-indie pop band is no stranger to rising success. This group is the very definition of increased success through OurStage. As a steady contest winner month after month for almost an entire year, Plushgun certainly proved their consistency as a rising talent. The next step was to play some high profile gigs. They were afforded the opportunity to play at CMJ in 2007, and SXSW in 2008 through the festivals’ partnerships with OurStage. Their strong stage presence sealed the deal with Tommy Boy Records (who had been following them for several months online). The rest is history.

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Scissors for Lefty:
This indie rock band was already moderately well-known before becoming a member on OurStage. Last year, they played at SXSW as a part of the Rachel Ray feature stage. This band was no stranger to the spotlight. However, after joining OurStage and ranking high in the Noise Pop Channel, Scissors for Lefty has now been selected to play the 2009 Noise Pop Festival.

Whether you’re a band trying to hit it big, or an artist just trying to add a few fans to your following, keep in mind that you don’t need a Grammy to achieve success. Artists like Coconut Records, Plushgun, and Scissors for Lefty are great examples.

Interview: Jack Savoretti

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If you haven’t heard much about Jack Savoretti, you will.  The British (by way of Italy) singer/songwriter has been featured on TV shows like One Tree Hill and The Cleaner and just completed a tour with Gavin DeGraw.  I ran into him at this past year’s CMJ festival in NYC and interviewed him between shows.

So as the new year starts, here’s a belated nod to one of my favorite interviews from 2008.  Make sure to check out the full music video for “Between the Minds” on OurStage.  And while you’re at it, join his fanclub before the bandwagon leaves town.

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OurStage Goes Behind the Scenes with NeverShoutNever!

Those of you familiar with OurStage have probably already heard a lot about Christofer Drew of NeverShoutNever!. He’s the kid making waves all across the pop circuit (even landing on TRL before it shut down) all without a label.

The kid has worked hard to keep everything independent, including the music video shoot for his hit single, “BigCityDreams.” We were invited to come along for the shoot in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Watch the video above to see how it all went down. And find out more about NeverShoutNever! by clicking here!

Also, make sure to find out more about the video’s director, Isaac Ravishankara (who’s done videos for 3OH!3 among others) by clicking here.

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You Could Record a Song with T-Pain!

If you’re an up-and-coming Hip-Hop or R&B artist looking for a big break, OurStage is bringing you the opportunity of a lifetime:  We’re giving one OurStage artist a recording session with Grammy winning, Platinum artist T-Pain.

That’s right.  T-Pain.

The man who serves up hits with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Ludacris with ease. The man releasing a new album, Thr33 Rings, next week.  The man capable of changing the direction of your career if you’re an aspiring Hip-Hop or R&B star.

In addition to the recording session, you’ll get a recording contract with Nappy Boy Digital to release the song.  And considering it’ll feature you and T-Pain, you know it’ll be a hit.

What do you have to do?  Just record yourself rapping or singing over the instrumental verses of his song Everybody Else (you can download that here).  Upload your version to the T-Pain channel.  Then, get your fans and friends to judge your song to the top.

It’s that easy.  So what are you waiting for.  Go to www.ourstage.com/go/tpain and get started!

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Cheeseburger Performs at CMJ 2008

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If Robert Pollard and Peter Griffin started a band together, it would probably sound something like Cheeseburger.  Intrigued by their band name, I checked these guys out last night and was blown away.  Kudos go to my cameraman, Matt, who took a shot to the face from leadsinger Joe Bradley while shooting.

OurStage fans may be reminded of The Matt Truman Ego Trip, who have been producing over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek songs about cocaine and Rock & Roll for years.  Me?  I’d like to see the two bands tour together.

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Memphis Pencils Interview at CMJ 2008

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To kick things off at the CMJ Music Marathon 2008, I caught up with my favorite Arkansas band, Memphis Pencils.  Ok, so they’re the only band I know from Arkansas, but trust me, they’re really good. Inspired by Renaissance choral music, Brian Wilson, and Grizzly Bear, these guys craft quirky, catchy songs with a homemade feel.  If you haven’t heard their song “Un Dandy Dia,” do yourself a favor and give it a listen.  And while your at it, join their fanclub by visiting their OurStage profile.

Stay tuned for their live performance video from CMJ coming Saturday…

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Grace Potter Wants You to Open Her Show!

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Last month, I told you how OurStage band Merrill opened for Maroon 5. A couple days ago, OurStage band Teamwork opened for Matt Nathanson. How did these relatively unknown bands land such cool gigs? The OurStage Marketplace of course!

Click here to find out how you could open for soulful rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. In the meantime, enjoy our interview backstage at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. We had a lot of fun, particularly Andy (our video director) who was blown away by Grace’s on-camera charisma.

Stay tuned to Grace’s profile for blog posts featuring out-takes from this interview.

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In the Spotlight: Lazertag

Mitch and Ryan of Lazertag

Mitch and Ryan of Lazertag

Name: Lazertag
From: San Francisco/Bay Area
Formed: 2005
Sounds Like: Pavement meets Elliott Smith with an MT 500 Casio
Albums: Modern Cuts for The Modern Man (5/08)

If California-based duo Lazertag makes it big, they may want to thank Brad Ungar, whose music video for “Silver State” introduced the band to thousands of fans on OurStage by winning the video grand prize for September. Ungar, who befriended the band at San Francisco State University and now works as a PA in hollywood, says the guys are too humble and laid back to promote themselves as much as they should. Sounds fitting for a couple of college grads from the Bay Area who make lo-fi pop gems on forty-dollar Casios and acoustic guitar.

I caught up with Mitch Buttress (guitar, lead vocals) and Ryan Spratt (keyboards) via phone to talk about South By Southwest, Casios, and why they hate/love jamming…

Continue reading ‘In the Spotlight: Lazertag’

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The Daily Dose: October 8th, 2008



  • Orlando band The Fling describes their song “Lighthouse” as a combination of bluegrass and reggaeton. The description alone makes it worth a listen.
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September Grand Prize Winners: Mike Moran and Lazertag

Congratulations to Mike Moran and Lazertag for taking home the OurStage grand prize awards for September.

I enjoyed talking to Brad Ungar who directed the winning video for Lazertag’s “Silver State.” He told me the video was shot on the road from California to Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest music festival. Technically, Lazertag hadn’t booked a show there, but they rigged their car so they could play shows in parking lots around Austin. Turns out, it’s not that simple. Even bands playing parking lots need permits in Austin during SXSW. He says most shows were shut down after the first or second song.

Still, he got lots of great footage of the band on the road, including footage from some of those brief outdoor performances. The product? An award winning video as voted by the fans on OurStage. Congrats Brad.

If you dig the winning work of Mike Moran, Lazertag, or Brad Ungar, give ‘em a shout in the comment section. Tell them what you love about their work!

 


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