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October 4th, 2013 by Giovanni
This month we are excited to announce the release of Caomhe’s latest EP entitled, “Beautiful Mess,” recorded at Nashville Recording Studios, Sony Tree and The Record Shop I had the privilege of meeting Caomhe a couple years ago while producing Balcony TV. One of the many rewarding aspects of producing the show, is the friendships we make with so many great artists here in Nashville and around the world. In this case, that friendship led to the opportunity to make an amazing record that I am honored to have been a part of. Hailing from the UK, Caomhe has spent the last few years making regular trips to Nashville for writing sessions and performances. We first had the opportunity to work together on a BBC special for The Beatles, where we were privileged to create a cover of “Twist and Shout.” You can check out the live studio performance here…. The song received outstanding reviews when it was aired, and I hoped that we would have the opportunity to work together again.
Well, this year the stars aligned and we had a chance to jump in the studio and get to work on a set of songs that would become her latest release “Beautiful Mess.” The record is rooted in a pop country/americana vibe, but has great depth and variety in the songwriting and artistic approach. One of the things that I adore about Caomhe’s music is her raw authenticity in both her writing and performance. When recording the heart-warming number, “Except You’re Gone,” I suggested Caomhe to put herself in the moment of the song’s inspiration, to get lost in the story and the experiences that led to writing the piece. She politely requested a chair to sit and a scarf to cover her eyes, sat down, tied the scarf around her head, and began to sing. The goosebumps were contagious. She naturally radiates honesty in her music, one of the many characteristics that anyone can connect with upon hearing her perform.
“Beautiful Mess” consists of four amazing cuts narrowed down from over 40 songs written during her time here in Nashville. We cut the record at Nashville recording studios, Sony Tree and our home base, The Record Shop. The title track, ‘Beautiful Mess’ was written in the love nest of the late legendary siren and songstress, Patsy Cline. The song tells a story of passionate love likened to the relationships of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The first track “We Are Young. We Are Free” is an uptempo, holding hands while cruising a dirt road anthem, with a touch of a Coldplay-esque groove It is accompanied by a great story of living and loving with an optimistic passion, and (pardon the cliche) will make you want to roll your windows down and cruise (sorry i had to do it). “Except Your Gone,” as we discussed early is a song that gets me every time. For now we will keep the story line a secret (maybe Caomhe will share her inspiration for it one day). The beauty of this song is that the lesson can be applied to anyone who has experienced a difficult loss in their lives. While heart-wrenching, the song reminds us that even though someone may be gone from our lives, that we are not alone. The final cut, “Kissed Me Beautiful is a great mid-tempo track that embodies the beauty of finding that special someone who makes you feel like a better person just by being around. Now that you have a taste of what this record is all about, drop by Coamhe’s I-Tunes page to hear what you’ve missing!
GET BEAUTIFUL MESS ON ITUNES
Here’s some of what the press has said about the new record….
‘Singer/songwriter Caomhe is not only a lyrical genius but emulates that country sound found in the deepest parts of Nashville… and blends it with English folk sounds similar to Newton Faulkner, Ben Howard and Mumford and Son’s. (www.musiccrowns.org)
Graeme Mac, BBC Suffolk: “Wow.… These are GREAT!”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 (on Except You’re Gone): “It’s sounds sad but lovely…”
Dr Phil Hammond, BBC Bristol: “I love the new EP from Caomhe ‘Beautiful Mess’ performed on my BBC Radio Bristol Show.”
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August 25th, 2013 by Giovanni
In this day and age, access to recording studios is easier than one could have ever imagined. Aspiring musicians have an abundance of options when it comes to choosing a place to record the album of their dreams. However, The Record Shop is not just another Nashville recording studio. There are a number of reasons why it stands out as among the best options for both upcoming and established musicians.
We have a team of skilled vocalists and players
If you have recently written a great song and you want to take it to the next level, The Record Shop is the best Nashville recording studio to visit. Not only do we have a team of skilled vocalists and all the necessary recording equipment to make your hit a success, we also realize the importance of stepping back and letting the songwriter make the big decisions. While the trained professions at The Record Shop are always ready to help in anyway it can, you can decide the session players, vocalists and production style that goes into making your song a reality.
Our help goes beyond producing records
We do not stop talking to our clients once the record production process is completed. As a matter of fact, we offer a range of post-production services that ensure that we are not just another Nashville recording studio. The Record Shop can help aspiring musicians with its various artist development and marketing programs.
We offer competitive pricing
Unlike almost any other Nashville recording studio, The Record Shop does not charge per hour. This means that people who come in to record their music do not have to keep one eye on the clock during their stay. The Record Shop charges a sum of money on the completion of the project. Various packages are available for different kinds of records.
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August 21st, 2013 by Giovanni
If you want to make a name for yourself in the competitive world of music production without having to hire an expensive agent, it is absolutely essential that you learn how to master social media as a musician. Young musicians these days have to face an unlimited level of competition since almost anybody can claim to be a musician on the internet. However, what many do not realize is that social media actually provides people a platform through which they can promote their music and make a name for themselves.
Before one learns how to master social media as a musician, they must at least have a website where they can direct people to your page from their social media following. A good musician’s website should have easily accessible pictures, videos, gigs and email sign-ups. If you want to continually attract people to your website, you can add contests and your albums onto the site so that people feel the need to visit over and over again.
In order to learn how to master social media as a musician, you should have a Facebook and Twitter account. Later you can move onto other social media websites such as YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. Once you have an account on these social media sites, you have to find your audience. Remember that a large number of followers or likes does not mean much. Sure, it might look great to have a million uninterested fans on your social media account, but wouldn’t it be better just having a small number of fans who actually care about your music?
A great way to find people to listen to your music is to find people who are following bands that are similar to yours. Reach out to them personally and ask them to listen to your music. If they do, and they like it, you’ll have yourself a genuine fan! Once you have a small number of fans, you should also focus on regularly posting sharable content onto your page. Try to post new, relevant things daily so that people continue to share them and your following grows automatically.
Before you know it, you will know how to master social media as a musician and you will start receiving gig requests on your website. Just make sure you don’t give up, and do not allow the quality of your music to suffer in the process.
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August 12th, 2013 by Giovanni
With the continual growth of the internet, the number of tools available to musicians on the internet to help boost the quality and understanding of their music has increased dramatically. In an increasingly competitive industry, what often separates one aspiring musician from the other is his or her knowledge of music recording websites that every musician should be familiar with. This blog post hopes to familiarize you with 4 music recording websites that you must use frequently if you want to expedite your success in the world of music.
audiotuts+ has some of the most comprehensive music tutorials anywhere on the internet. If you don’t want to spend your money on expensive music classes, you can simply visit audiotuts+. Some tutorials are available free, but for others, you will need to buy access to the Tuts+ Premium section of the site. Here you can learn the best techniques on how to mix, produce and master the art of creating music.
This powerful online tool allows musicians to generate scales and tablatures. All you have to do is enter in the scale you wish to learn and click on generate and you’ll get all the charts you could possibly need. This is a really effective way to learn different notes and scales that every musician should be familiar with.
YouTube may not be solely a music recording website, but make no mistake. It probably has the most training resources anywhere on the web. The downside to using YouTube is that it is not as easy to find useful resources as it might be no dedicated music recording websites. However, if you master the search feature, you will definitely stumble onto some real gold.
As its URL suggests, this is among a handful of music recording websites that teaches visitors the ins and outs of music theory. If you feel you don’t have the kind of knowledge people around you do about the ins and outs of music, musictheory.net has just the resources for you. It features trainers, lessons and a number of utilities.
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August 1st, 2013 by Giovanni
The music industry is not nearly as straightforward as it used to be not too long ago. The number of factors that can help determine whether you succeed or fail continues to grow. In order to regain control over their destiny, many upcoming musicians are tempted to hire professional managers. However, the answer to whether you actually need a music manager depends on a number of factors and so it should not be rushed into.
Before you go on to determine whether you need a music manager, you should first understand what exactly a music manager does. They are responsible for handling all professional aspects of the music industry and handling all the business duties of a band or a musician. Managers generally serve the function of advisers for musicians, and help them make important professional and personal decisions that may affect their position in the industry.
The main question that arises is whether you need a music manager. You should take into account in order to determine whether you need a music manager is whether you just don’t have enough time to juggle making music, booking gigs, dealing with clients and pleasing fans. If you find yourself busy for most of the day, you probably need the able assistance of a music manager. Since managers take care of the business aspect of your career, you can focus on creating high-quality music and making a good impression with each performance.
Another thing that should be considered before you decide whether you need a music manager is the cost factor. Are you earning an income to support yourself as well as pay for an expensive employee? If so, you should definitely get a music manager. If you are able to find a competent person to do the job for you, you’ll make up on the extra costs in no time. However, if your music has not started producing an income just yet, you’re probably best off keeping your expenses to a bare minimum and handling your music business on your own.
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July 26th, 2013 by Giovanni
A high quality demo recording is the first step to becoming a music sensation, and most musicians know it. Just like salespeople have calling cards that they hand out to prospective clients, musicians hand out their demos so that they can land themselves gigs and earn money. If you want to become a successful musician, it is imperative that you take time out for picking the perfect songs for your demo.
Picking the perfect songs for your demo is not rocket science. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is rely on your common sense. In case you don’t have any, there is no need to worry! Just go through this guide to picking the perfect songs for your demo and implement away.
Make sure your demos are the highest quality you can afford
Sometimes, it is worth paying an extra buck to get something of superior quality. Some people think they can record their demos at home, but the fact of the matter is that with the level of competition out there, inferior quality demos are often not even heard fully. Musicians are not hired to play at events unless they are able to make quality products, regardless of how great the songs they have written are.
Short and simple demos speak the loudest
Regardless of how good you think your music is, keep in mind that people who are looking to hire musicians are generally very busy. The last thing you should do is bore them with a three-hour tape of you performing every song you possibly know. By doing so, not only do you stand the risk of putting them to sleep or seriously annoying them, but also of perhaps revealing a potential flaw in your music. It is best to pick out a song or two that you KNOW will captivate them. Seeking the opinion of an impartial person may suit you best.
Choose songs that showcase you as an artist, and your full potential
The main purpose of a demo tape is so that you can prove to people who have never heard you play that you have what it takes to perform for them. You should make sure each song you put in shows a different side of your musical ability. Since it is likely that the different people who listen to your demo are looking for something different, it is essential to showcase as much of your talent and ability as possible in the shortest possible tape.
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July 18th, 2013 by Giovanni
As a musician starting out, getting noticed is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. The internet has meant that the number of budding musicians has increased drastically. While much of what works for marketing your melodies you will learn through trial-and-error, this guide to promoting your own music will hopefully help speed up the process.
Promote only your best material
The first tip in this guide to promoting your own music is never to promote a track that is not your best work. This is particularly important when you are starting out, since you still do not have a reputation to protect. Make sure your first track is perfected before you make it public as people are going to form an opinion on your musical talents based on it. Before going around promoting your music, you should get feedback, either on Soundout or from experts you already know from the world of music.
Market your tracks to people who will like it
Bringing your best music out is one thing, targeting the right audience is another. No guide to promoting your own music is complete without advising budding musicians to figure out the exact group of people the music is meant for. Age, gender, community or even beliefs could be important distinguishing factors. It is always easiest to try promoting your music to your target audience first. Once it becomes famous enough, others will surely rush to hear it as well.
Network along the way
While it is possible to become famous through the internet with virtually no contacts in the music industry, knowing people will certainly improve the likelihood of people listening to your tunes. You should try networking as much as you can so that you can get to know some of the top music producers in your area. These are the only people who can help you make it. Buying their tracks and interacting with them on Twitter might be a great way to start. It might take a while, but the benefits make it worth it.
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February 13th, 2013 by Giovanni
We had the great pleasure of working with Taylor Guitars to produce a series of videos covering their new product line and all of the amazing performances that took place on the Taylor Stage at NAMM 2013. Check it out!!!!
Taylor Guitars NAMM 2013
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November 7th, 2011 by Giovanni
We recently came across this alarming article regarding the future of digital performance royalties. Producers and artists in all levels of the industry should take notice of this developing situation. Let’s do our part to put a stop to the diminishing value of our intellectual property.
The Recording Academy- “It has come to our attention that satellite broadcaster Sirius/XM is seeking to bypass the standard system of paying royalties. If they are allowed to do so, it will likely result in substantially reduced payments to artists and producers, a lowering of the value of performance royalties, and unnecessary conflict between artists and their labels.
What’s the issue:
Currently, satellite radio pays sound recording performance royalties to the nonprofit collective SoundExchange, which in turn pays 50% to the artists on the recording and 50% to the copyright owner (usually a record label). SoundExchange pays the artists the full 50%, even if the artist has unrecouped royalty balances, and also pays producers their share as directed by the artist. The system has resulted in an important new income stream for creators.
Sirius is now seeking to use the option of direct licensing with certain independent labels instead of using the system created by Congress that ensures fair payment to all parties. Artists should be concerned about direct licensing; 100% of the royalties would be paid to the record label which in turn may pay artists at a lower rate, subject to recoupment. And labels should be concerned as well; the lower rate being offered could have the effect of lowering the value of performance royalties to all parties.
What you can do:
If you are an artist signed to the independent label…
You can call your label today and request that it not direct license your recordings. In the interest of fairness and transparency, your label should continue to license through SoundExchange.
If you own or manage an independent label…
It is in your interest to refrain from direct licensing. While Sirius may be offering positive terms, the long-term effect of accepting a rate lower than the compulsory rate could be to reduce rates overall in the future. Creating downward pressure on the value of music may be good for Sirius/XM, but it’s bad for artists and labels. Please see the following statement from the American Association of Independent Music: http://a2im.org/2011/08/09/statutory-rates-versus-direct-licenses-for-digital-music-streaming/
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October 25th, 2011 by Giovanni
The Record Shop is starting a new music industry interview series next month called “For The Record”, with our friends at The Funky Umbrella. The show will feature interviews with many of Nashville’s leaders in the industry. Each episode will feature a viewer question from our friends on Facebook. If your question is chosen you will receive a free day of studio time at The Record Shop. Tell us what you would like to know from:
Orville Almon: Entertainment Lawyer
Pat McMakin: Director of Operations at Ocean Way
Bob Bullock: Mixing Engineer
Anastasia Brown: Music Supervisor
Charlie Pennachio: Artist Development
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