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Collection Societies – Decoded

Collection societies are friend to all published artists. Whether you have self published or you have a publishing deal it is the collection societies job to gather all royalties accrued from the use of your music in a film, TV program, advert or even just being played in a commercial premises.

There are different systems in different countries, in the USA there are three separate collection societies, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. This creates competition to collect royalties, where as Spain, Germany and Argentina all have one main body collecting all royalties.

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Introducing: Mayleen

One of our first, new artists of 2014 is Mayleen:


Who is Mayleen?

I’m a really down to earth person. I’m unprejudiced and feel strongly about human rights. Everyone has the right to enjoy life and feel happiness, no matter where on earth. I don’t want to be derivative, I want to find my own space for my own music. Besides music I love fashion, training and most of all my family.

How old are you and where are you originally from?
I recently turned 24… Please stop time! I’m a small-town girl, born and raised in Uddevalla, Sweden. I still live here but since the music started for real I’ve been traveling a lot to Stockholm. I do want to move there, I’m just waiting for all the pieces to fall into place.

What is your musical background and when did you start with music?
I starting singing as soon as I could speak and I’ve never stopped. Sometimes I forget that I’m among people and start singing, in shops, while cooking or just walking down the street. Since I was maybe 3 years old I’ve been in showbiz, starting out in our living room in front of Mom and Dad, I continued in music school and now with my own music.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I really want everyone to be able to relate to my lyrics but of course in their own way depending on experience and happenings in life. Therefore I find most of my inspiration from the everyday life, close relationships, happenings in life. I also believe that we unconsciously find our inspiration from music we normally listen to. For me that’s artists like Beyonce, Rihanna and Agnes.

Where does the song come from and what is it really about?
Alexander Ferrer, also known as Newkid, is one of my best friends. He wrote this song for me and the first time I heard it I fell in love. The lyric is very personal and he told me that he based it on stories I’ve told him about my Daughter and her Father. We started to work with the songwriter/producer Oscar Mårtensson and created the final master together. I’m so happy with the result and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

How does the response you’ve gotten from your release feel for you?
For me it’s sick just to find myself on Spotify and other stores where all big artists have there music. The song has only been up for a few days but already we’re getting the most amazing comments, people seem to be spreading the word and we have almost 3000 plays on Spotify. I’m so grateful and happy, this is crazy!

Ending words…
When 2014 starts we have a lot planned. We’re gonna promote this single but also work on new material, the plan is to release a new one just in time for spring. We’ve only been working on this project for 1 year, it has gone really fast and it’s a lot to take in. I’m looking forward to the rest of our journey and it’s exciting to think, it has only just begun.

Listen to Mayleen’s release Mayleen – Mitt Hjärta

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See you next year!

Spinnup will be on Holiday leave until January 7th:

What does this mean for our lovely Spinnup artists? Well, you can still create releases and work on your profiles! However, releases will not go through as usual. Our partners will send through the final releases of this month at the end of the year, and everything will be up and running again on 7th January.

This means that the support team will not be able to respond your emails within 24 hours as usual – so keep that in mind! But don’t worry, we’ll be back to give you all the help you need after the holidays.

On a final note, iTunes will be closed between 21st-27th December, for those of you who wonder why your releases have not appeared in the iTunes store during this time.

Thank you all for a fantastic year and we will see you in 2014!

 

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Soundtrap – your music studio on the web!

Record your music online! Collaborate and share!

Music making and recording is now easier than ever! You don’t have to be a studio technician in order to make recordings with high audio quality. Soundtrap wants to make advanced recording technology more available for everyone, that will promote creativity – and make the world a better place!

Soundtrap is a new, web-based music studio, a recording tool for creative and impatient musicians – singers, song writers and artists. You shouldn’t be stopped by time consuming and complicated technology when you’re inspired and want to make music in that very moment!

Spinnup is now collaborating with Soundtrap to make your releases to Spinnup easier and more fun! When you’ve finished recording a song on Soundrap, you can simply “Share” it to Spinnup.com, using a free single release voucher (first year free of charge). The code  will be given to you as you click the Spinnup-button to share your music. You can make songs together with different users! Pretty neat, huh?

Enter Soundtrap and start creating music today!

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Spinnup in collaboration with Studio

Have you heard of Studio? The number one Scandinavian magazine and website that covers news and information about studio music and live sound.

We’re happy to announce that we are now in a collaboration with Studio, the largest media outlet in Scandinavia for song writers, musicians and producers. Studio forum is where you can find all sorts of discussions when it comes to music news, products, production or just choose from any of the 40 different subjects. Don’t hesitate to join, get your membership today to find out more about what they can offer!

Begin your membership today and get a free single release* on Spinnup – click here!

 

(*first year free of charge)
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Introducing: Jaquline Ronneklew

“I breathe and love music so much that it truly makes me want to cry happy tears.” This week we present an artist with one very unique voice – Jaquline Ronneklew:

How old are you and where are you originally from?
I’m 26 and originally from a beautiful village named Vindeln in the north of Sweden and I’ve been living in Stockholm for the past five years. I loved growing up close to nature and it has shaped me a lot as a person. I also find the pulse of Stockholm very stimulating right now in my life. My mother is half Indonesian so that explains my exotic features.

What’s your musical background? When did you start with music?
I began singing as a child and as I grew older I fell in love with the art of writing. I learned to play the guitar at the age of 22 and since all these three elements are my passions it felt natural to combine them into writing and composing my own songs. I love everything from the making of them, which works as a way of making order in the chaos inside my heart, haha, to recording in the studio but mostly to perform them live.

Parallel with my music I have been a sailor, season worker, waitress and a cleaning lady at a cruise ship called “Hurtigruten” in Norway for four years which is known for being ‘The world’s most beautiful voyage’. Being in the ocean between the fjords and the incredible nature for three weeks at a time, I’m sure brought a lot of creativity out of me. You hardly ever have so much time reflecting over things as there, and I have written almost all of my songs onboard. (Haha, whatever works).

Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everything from the relationships I have had and have now, to everyday life, to thinking clear on the ocean, to friends, lovers, beautiful music (Joni Mitchell, Massive Attack, Beyonce, This Mortal Coil, MuMford and Sons, etc), poetry and good films.

What was the process for your release “Wild at Heart” – what inspired this EP?
The tracks on the Ep are the three songs that I think represent me and my musical spectrum the most. They are different but still feel like a trinity and the thing they have in common is that they are all very close to my heart and from my heart. My producers, Fredrik Joelson and Per Nordmark and the musicians contributing all inspired me very much with their ideas, lust and love for music during the process and recording.

You had a collaboration with Titiyo on one of the tracks – what was it like working with her?
Titiyo and I met through a couple of friends over a dinner last year. After some bonding and listening we found out that we wanted to do something together. Since she is my one of my absolute favorite singers it made me feel very honored and excited when she instantly said that she liked my voice and songs. We met again a couple of weeks later and I played her the demo of ‘Falling’, she loved it and some time later she came to the studio and added her fantastic vocals to the track, and I’m so proud of the result.

What has the response to your release been like?
I’m so overwhelmed and thankful that the response has been this great. We released it by ourselves without any big record label. We got some beautiful blog reviews and last week, just four days after the release, I was on the cover of the newspaper ‘Metro’ next to the headline ‘The futures voice belongs to Jaquline’.

Inside the paper was a big picture of the EP cover and a fantastic review written by one of Sweden’s biggest music journalists and radio host Ametist, where it got five out of five globes. The number of plays it has gotten on Spotify and iTunes is amazing since I am coming from the underground scene.

I hope all of this is because maybe people can hear that I mean what I sing and that it speaks to them.

What’s next: any upcoming releases or shows?
The next thing is to release the video for “Wild At Heart” on the Swedish channel Svtplay through PSL on Monday.  I have had a lot of gigs lately. On Story Hotel, The Fotografiska museum and at a great venue in Uppsala for the charity show “Musikhjälpen” on P3 and SVT. After that we have a gig in Marie Levau in January.

I breathe and love music so much that it truly makes me want to cry happy tears. This is all down to the people that are listening and supporting.

Listen to Jaquline’s EP Wild At Heart.

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5 reasons why every ambitious artist should have a manager

Here at Spinnup we often make references to managers, kind of assuming that they’re an essential part of the music business. But are they really?

 

Well yes, yes they are. That doesn’t mean as an unsigned artist without a manager you should stop everything until you do, not at all, but you should absolutely have in your mind that one day you’ll be wanting and needing a manager to help your music career progress. Why? Well things like… Read more

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