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Spinnup Showcased Future Stars At Brighton’s The Great Escape

On 14th May, Spinnup in partnership with TMRW Magazine showcased fresh new music from hot up-and-coming artists, live at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival.

Check out the incredible line-up of Spinnup talent who rocked the crowd and pushed their music careers to the next level:

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Flags
Adna
Youth Club
Frett
Model Aeroplanes

Couldn’t make it to The Great Escape? You didn’t miss out on the music: we’ve put together this exclusive Spotify Spinnup UK playlist, featuring all the artists who played live at The Great Escape. Click here for the Spotify Spinnup UK playlist

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Metropolis/Spinnup Partnership Launch Event

Huge congrats go out to our 5 UK Spinnup artists, who have been shortlisted to play our Metropolis/Spinnup partnership launch event on 14th April! The following acts successfully made a release via Spinnup and pushed their music to our specialist Metropolis Studio Scouts, who hand-picked them to perform at this exclusive event! Read more

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Get discovered by Head of A&R Louis Bloom!

Got some tracks you want to be reviewed? Hoping to get your music noticed? Need help with marketing yourself in the industry? We’re thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our Talent Scout Team – Louis Bloom.

As the head of A&R at Island Records, Louis has worked with and propelled some highly prolific names into the spotlight including Mumford & Sons, John Newman & Ben Howard! For a limited time only, Louis will be on the lookout for artists of all genres including alternative, folk and pop. With some great contacts in the industry, Louis is waiting to hear from you! Simply fill out your artist profile & release your music today for the chance to be scouted by Louis. Don’t miss out! Click here to get started.

 

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5 Great Cover Versions

Doing a great cover version can make a career, crossing over fanbase with the covered artist or appealing to a group that otherwise wouldn’t have been predisposed to your sound. Taking something people know and giving to them in a way that lets them know your sound is a great way to get yourself known.

1. Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time

This song was originally recorded by country musician Bonnie Raitt  for her 11th album Luck Of The Draw. Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin the song received massive critical acclaim, was named 8th on MOJO magazine’s 100 greatest songs of all time and has been covered numerous times by various different artists. In 2011 as a b-side to his release single Calgary; Bon Iver released   a stripped back version of the song. A haunting piano reverberates as his beautiful falsetto sings somewhere between pleading and submission. An original twist on the cover is his incorporation of another Bonnie Raitt song, the title track of her 1989 album ‘Nick Of Time’. It serves to create something of a happy ending from a sad song, and completes a wonderful homage to the seminal country artist.

 

2. Jimmy Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower

Originally a Bob Dylan song it was covered in 1968 on the Jimi Hendrix album Electric Ladyland. An explosion of energy, musicianship and forward moment. One of the biggest fans of the Hendrix version of this song was Dylan himself saying, “It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there… Ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way… Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”

 

 

3. Sinead O’connor – Nothing Compares 2 U

It’s little known that this song was written by Prince for his side project The Family in the mid eighties. It was made famous though by Sinead O’Connor in early 1990 who released as a single on her album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. Almost more famous than the song released was the accompanying video in which O’Connor highly emotional and personal performance made the song  a worldwide hit.

 

 

4. Patti Smith / Bruce Springsteen – Because the Night

When recording the long awaited follow up to the classic album Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen recorded over 70 songs including Because The Night, though he was not happy with it and decided it would not make the album Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Meanwhile in the studio next door Patti Smith was working on her album Easter and with Jimmy Iovine working on both albums he gave a tape of the disregarded track to Smith who re-wrote, re-cut it and put it on her album. It is to this day her biggest selling single. Though it also appears on Bruce Springsteen’s live album 1975 – 1985 in which he performs the song with Patti Smith’s lyrics and lists her as a co-writer in the sleeve notes. So I will leave it up to you to decide who has covered who. Maybe it’s not a cover at all. But it’s my list so it’s here.

 

5. James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Originally an album track on the Feist album The Reminder James Blake burst onto the scene with this song his first offering and shocked the music world with his unique emotive yet modern sound. He took this little known track having the musical ear to hear the potential in it, released it and has never looked back. This has everything a great cover should be. An interesting and unique take on the original, sustaining a respect for it and if you can surprise people with the choice of song you cover all the better.

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Spinnup Partner With The Ultimate Studio Booking Network…

At Spinnup, we’ve teamed up with the ultimate studio booking network for unsigned / session musicians.

Meet and Jam is a network of musicians and a new way to book rehearsal and recording studios online. It allows musicians to show their talent, post audio and video, meet up, form and organise their bands, and connect. Be found, find others – and book your studio time all from one easy to use dashboard!

What’s more, for every studio booking made via Meet and Jam, you’ll receive a years free single distribution courtesy of Spinnup, cool right!?

Sign up for free HERE.

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5 Things to remember when promoting your gigs

Even in this digital age live performance is still the life blood of any musician worth their salt.

You generate material, become a tighter live unit. develop a fanbase and can make good money. But live performance is only worth it if you have people to perform in front of, otherwise you may as well be playing in in your kitchen.

1. Stage time

When organising your gig make sure you have a stage time that factors in all possible things that might prevent people from coming. It needs to be just right. You need to be offstage before public transport stops so that people can get home, unless of course you are from LA, we don’t know how you ever get anywhere. If people have work the next day they may not want to be up to all hours partying, so perhaps an earlier stage time for week days. When listing you stage time you may want to list your stage time as slightly before it’s actually due. People like cutting things fine and this way you’ll be sure even late comers are accounted for.

2. Social Media

The key word when promoting your gigs on social media is ‘grace’, the dictionary definition of this is an economy of movement. Not too much but enough that people know. On Facebook a few times a week will probably be sufficient. On twitter you can afford to notify more frequently as less people will see it and people for some reason have more patience with frequent posting on twitter.

3. Posters / Flyering

Underused in the the modern age, posters and flyering can still have a very positive effect. Even if people who see you posters of get flyered don’t make it to the show it’s still very helpful to make it into peoples consciousness in this way. More people being aware of your show can only be a good ting, if not for this gig then the next.

4. Guides

Make sure you tell you local event guides, newspapers and music magazines about your gig and ask them to list it. This goes for music blogs as well. It’s there job to list events but they might not know about it unless you tell them with lots of time to spare.

5. Local radio

Local radio stations will be a lot more receptive than you think. Let them know you are performing a show locally and see if you can get on to plug it on one of their shows. They might even let you do a live performance. This is a very under-pursued avenue and if you can make use of it you will surely reap the benefits.

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Get Discovered By Darcus Beese

Like to get your music heard by the man who kick started the careers of Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Amy Winehouse?

The president of Island Records, Darcus Beese, has joined Spinnup as a special guest scout for a limited time only!

All Spinnup users who make a UK release will be eligible to push their music and receive direct feedback with the opportunity to be discovered by Darcus himself. Sign up and make a release today to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

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5 things for gigging solo artists to remember

Whilst gigging as a solo artist might feel quite lonely at times, it’s worth remembering it’s a lot easier to organise and a lot more hassle free than being in a band (let us all spare a thought for The Polyphonic Spree). It can be very easy to fall into bad habits when there is no group to lookout for each other. Here are a few good things to do when gigging as a solo artist.

1. Get a good musician to accompany you and stick with them

As you progress and you feel you are ready to play with other people you might want to start looking for musicians to gig with. This can be a wonderful way to colour your songs and fill in the space. Make sure you choose someone who fits musically and also who you get along with. Once you have found the right person, stick with them, be loyal and foster a strong working relationship, your music will benefit greatly.

 

2. Make sure you look at the other performers on the bill and don’t be shy to ask for your preferred placement in the line up

More and more promoters are booking eclectic bills and abandoning the previous ethos of putting on nights that strictly adhere to genres. It might be a good idea to look at the line-up and research the other acts on the bill. There is nothing wrong with asking a promoter if you could change you position on the bill (as long as you give enough notice), Laura Marling wouldn’t want to go on after Slayer.

 

3. Let people know how to follow your career

Even if you are trying to develop a dark twisted Tom Waits-esque persona and you just want to look weird and be brooding and quiet in between your songs it would be still be in your best interest to mention things like your website, twitter, facebook and Spotify. Do it in a bizarre and interesting way if needs be. There is no use being awesome if people have no way of finding out when and where you are going to be awesome next.

 

4. Don’t be late for soundcheck (and yes it’s important you turn up)

Even if it’s just you and an acoustic guitar do not underestimate the importance of sound checking. Every room has different sound qualities, every sound man is different. Too many artists today rush their sound check or even worse don’t turn up. It’s important to the quality of the gig and to promoters knowing you take yourself and your music seriously.

 

5. Watch the music and hang out

If you arrive five minutes before gig and leave five minutes afterwards it will be almost as if you were never there. Even if you played a set of fantastic songs you will still not last as long in the memory as if you had been there to support and talk to the other bands, the promoter and fans who watched you play. Being there the whole night is a good way to increase your standing in peoples consciousness, which is only a good thing. A very good thing.

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