Published on October 28 2010

Jamendo artist Roger Subirana Mata knows how to gain exposure. On jamendo, Roger has had well over 600,000 listens of his music and has had hundreds of reviews written about his albums – not to mention the fact that he's had his various tracks licensed over 300 times through jamendo PRO. Roger has agreed to share his top tips for gaining exposure, so read on and learn how increase your success as an artist on jamendo.

 

"I've been on jamendo since February 2008. In the past, I had my first works published by record labels and distributors on a commercial basis. Since I've been on jamendo PRO, my music has crossed borders. Although it may seem a contradiction, having music licensed under Creative Commons has made my music more marketable, commercial and known than when it was within the normal business cycle consisting of record labels, distributors, and controlled by corporations that manage author rights, like the SGAE (in Spain). For example, one of my most popular albums, Point of No Return, has had 374,500 listens and 24,000 downloads since 2008. Thanks to jamendo, the contact between the musician and his audience is direct. In this way, everyone wins."

My 5 Tips:

 

  1. Believe in what you do.
    The most important thing is the music and your own opinion. You really love music and it is paramount to you. You need to compose or play to feel free. So believe in what you do and put your full effort into it so that the end result is high quality. Whether you have commercial success or not, your music will be the same, so the main thing is that you fulfill yourself.
     
  2. Start to move the ball.
    The best promotion is the “mouth-ear,” so use all the tools you have at your fingertips (website, forums, social networks, etc.) to get the ball rolling. If your music is quality and is engaging enough to audiences, you will soon see your increased visibility in the network.
     
  3. Keep the attention of your listeners.
    Normally, making a CD can take an average of one to three years. During this time, you must be sure not disappear from the map of the world. Keep your audience constantly informed of what you're doing, whether it's concerts, albums, projects, collaborations, etc.
     
  4. Try to be different.
    Almost everything is made and invented. Try searching for things that differ from everything else. A consistent graphic design. A unique musical style (a mixture of styles and sounds is always something innovative.) In my case, and although it is not something particularly unique, I use one of my special features which is the use of phonetic letters in my songs. Hence, I like to say that my style is instrumental and phonetic music.
     
  5. Patience.
    Enjoy the process of creation and do not set your goal as the final outcome. Many people, including myself, are too impatient. Doing things faster does not help. We must be convinced of everything we do from the start. It should not make us feel bad to clear, delete or save many of the things that we have started if we are not convinced of them. If you get to enjoy the every day and if you have a good mood during the creation process without thinking about the time you spend, then surely the end result will be perfect.

 

If you have tips you'd like to share with other artists or to find out more about jamendo PRO, email nicole @ jamendo.com

Written by marc

Published on #Tips

Published on October 27 2010

A partir du 28 octobre 2010, le site de musique libre jamendo.fr lance l'opération Carte J'aime la Musique, une manière innovante et originale de promouvoir les artistes présents sur Jamendo et de donner encore plus envie aux internautes de les écouter et de les faire connaître à leurs amis.

 

L'opération Carte J'aime la Musique est très simple, elle est ouverte à tous et gratuite comme les 250.000 chansons disponibles sur jamendo.fr.
Vous aimez un artiste ? Vous voulez l'aider ? Il suffit de le recommander sur Facebook en utilisant le bouton « J'aime » présent sur ses pages Jamendo.
Jamendo reversera 25 euros à chaque artiste qui recevra 1000 « J'aime » sur Facebook durant l'opération.

En effet, de plus en plus d'artistes ont choisi d'utiliser Internet pour explorer de nouveaux modes de promotion et de diffusion. Sur Jamendo ils partagent gratuitement leur musique avec le grand public et perçoivent des revenus en provenance du marché professionnel. Certains ont déjà bénéficié de plusieurs millions d'écoutes et obtiennent régulièrement une rémunération en proposant leur musique dans les programmes commerciaux.

Depuis 6 ans, Jamendo propose un catalogue en constante croissance en s'appuyant sur un modèle économique unique et novateur. Plus de 35.000 artistes sont actuellement inscrits sur Jamendo qui compte plus de 5.000 clients professionnels et 850.000 membres.

Contact : cartejaimelamusique@jamendo.com

Written by marc

Published on #News

Published on October 25 2010

Combine humorous lyrics, limitless creativity and true heavy metal talent, and you've got Nanowar. The Rome-based metal band recently published their newest album, Into the Gay Pride Ride, on jamendo, which is their second album to be offered on the site. Their fans have had nothing but love for their new music so click here to listen for yourself, and read on to learn more about the band and laugh...

 

nanowar into the gay pride ride

 

10 Questions with Nanowar

 

  1. Describe Nanowar using five words or less.
    Baffo: Tutorial
    Gatto: Jinglebells
    Abdul: Permafrost

    Potowotominimak: Mild Aphrodisiac
    UinonaRaider: Spazioblast

     
  2. You are currently based in Rome – are all five members of Nanowar Italian? How did you meet?
    Gatto: I am actually based in Madrid, the capital of Indonesia. My mother comes from Minnesota (Uzbekistan) and my father from Bogota, near Milan, from forefathers of south Swedish descent - the definition of my ethnicity is still quite problematic. We met tomorrow, at the funeral of Notorious B.I.G.
    Potowotominimak: I'm from Azerbaijan, country of a thousand broken dreams, flowing away in an endless sea at the edge of self-confidence. We met in the backyard of Westminster Abbey.

     
  3. The words to your music is humorous and very original – who in the group pens your lyrics and where do they draw their inspiration?
    Baffo: My personal inspiration comes from my pulmonary respiration. This help me to stay alive - if I don't do that, I'm gonna die!
    Gatto: My inspiration comes from within, from the depths of my bowels. I get inspired every time I have lunch - after a few hours, the product of my inspiration comes to reality, sitting on a ceramic throne. That's what I call "second hand food production."

     
  4. Are any members of the group involved in musical projects outside of the metal genre?
    Abdul: Yes, I play in a band called "Steel of Iron of the Dragon Power Flame," whose most known song is "Dragon of Iron of the Flame Power Steel." Apart from this I write, sing and play my own songs recorded in my home studio, but it is not a metal project - just rock.
    Potowotominimak: You can hear it in our album: I playstation.

     
  5. You have been lucky enough to tour around Europe several times. Which is your favorite European city to perform in and which fans have the best energy at your shows?
    Baffo: Switzerland, for the king, for the land, for the mountain.

     
  6. Tell us about your new album! How is “Into Gay Pride Ride” different from or similar to your previous albums?
    Abdul: It is different from the previous album, in the fact that it is not the same.
    Baffo: About your new album! How is "Into Gay Pride Ride" different from or similar...sorry my mistake.
    Gatto: It has mainly two different things: the cover and the title.

    Potowotominimak: I'm proud of the new generations, which against all odds keep listening to our albums, despite the reactionary heavy metal lobbies, which are trying to boycott our art.
    UinonaRaider: This new stuff is different, really. More snare reverb and guitar mid-pitch. Also new haircut!

     
  7. Who comes up with the concepts for your album cover art and who actually draws them?
    Abdul: Giorgio Armani.
    Baffo: Leonardo Da Vinci.
    Potowotominimak: Potowotominimak...this is a serious answer!!! :(

     
  8. Do you have any upcoming tours planned or new videos in the works to support your new release?
    Abdul: We planned a new video in the works to support the new release of any upcoming tour which will start tomorrow at 10 o'clock and will finish yesterday at 26 pm.
    Potowotominimak: No, we haven't.

     
  9. How has the band evolved in the seven years you've been together?
    Abdul: At the beginning we were all dinosaurs...you know how it ended...
    Gatto: Yes, for example, when we started we all had long hair, now we cut them. Evolution = less hair (see e.g. monkeys and human beings).
    Baffo: we evolved like "Pokemon evolution".

     
  10. What is one thing you'd like your Jamendo fans to know about the band?
    Abdul: The secret is in the mozzarella.
    Gatto: That there's a secret button in Jamendo called "donate to the band". Yes, you can actually do it!
    Baffo: I don't have pants.

Written by marc

Published on #Interviews

Published on October 18 2010

My Bubba & Mi is a folk-based trio whose simple, yet beautiful, songs will captivate you.  Hailing from Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, the three girls write and perform what they like to fittingly call "lullabies from the countryside."  Read the interview, listen to the songs and fall in love with My Bubba & Mi.

 

My Bubba & Mi

 

Ten Questions with My Bubba & Mi

 

  1. Tell us how three girls from three different countries – Iceland, Denmark and Sweden – found each other and realized that together, you formed something special.

My: I was living in Copenhagen, going to circus school, and Bubba answered my add for a room for rent in my apartment. I liked her in a mysterious way, and she moved in. While she was unpacking her boxes I was doing the dishes in the kitchen, singing, and she came out to me and asked me to sing with her on a song she was writing. I had never written a song before but Bubba got me started that way, after we spent some afternoons and evenings singing together (mostly humming harmonies over her guitar). Mia moved in too and we thought her organ could be a nice lively addition to our sleepy couch melodies. It was. We played some shows just to see if people liked it, and they did. We had a hunch they would. In a mysterious way.

 

 

  1. You've spent quite a bit of time in Italy performing and recording your music.  Did your time in Italy influence your music or outlook in any way?  What are your biggest influences?

MBM: Musically probably not so much, but our lovely gorgeous times there have definitely encouraged us to keep making and playing music. Our influences are mainly old country, blues, bluegrass, gospel and soul. There are some living artists that we really appreciate, but most of our heroes are sadly dead and gone.

 

 

  1. You girls handmade every album cover, making each one a unique piece of art – that is truly amazing and a testament to how important your fans are to you.  The three of you obviously have a lot of creativity – do any of you have any other artistic hobbies you are passionate about other than music?

Bubba: My is an actress & artist (visual & literary) and I am a bento box pro and graduating as a graphic designer this spring. Ida (who joined on stand up bass after Mia was kidnapped by a rock n' roll band) is an amazing cook. We like to dance a lot and are collecting old dresses - My is making a museum someday. Among other things. The list is quite long.

 

 

  1. What is your songwriting process?  Do the three of you write all your music together or is there one particular songwriter in the group?

MBM: The majority of the lyrics are My's, and the rest is Bubba's. We usually come to each other with a sketch for a song, or one has a melody, the other has a text, and then we just put them together together and finish it off as a song.

 

 

  1. Where do you currently live?  Are you still roommates?

MBM: Bubba is in Iceland, Ida is in Denmark, and My is in Sweden, or somewhere in between. We are roommates when we are all at the same place, except Ida who lives on her boat.

 

 

  1. What is the best part of being musicians and what is the biggest challenge?

MBM: The best part - ooh - is probably the wonderful way of traveling, being on tour meeting wonderful people every day and seeing funny foreign things through our music. But the core of that is how music and songwriting is a genius way to spend time, alone or with others. There is such simple comfort and joy and outlet and expression in it (compared to TV and the internet, for example), which is how and why we started, and keep going. The biggest challenge is not so big but has to do with coping with the business side of music and making good decisions, being street smart and putting up with boring important things sometimes.

 

 

  1. What one song on your album do you think represents you best as artists and why?

My: uhm.

Bubba: Can't really say.. Would be like choosing your favorite child somehow

 

 

  1. The photographs on your website are fantastic and really capture your style.  Have you made any videos as well or do you plan to in the near future?

MBM: Oh yes, you just wait.

 

 

  1. Did any of you have formal music training while growing up?

MBM: No...well, Bubba took some guitar classes in her early teens but never practiced and gave it up.

 

 

  1. What is one thing about you that you would like your jamendo fans to know?

MBM: That we like them liking us and we hope to see them all some day and sing them to sleep.

 

Follow My Bubba & Mi on Twitter - twitter.com/MybubbaandMi

...and of course, don't forget to follow jamendo too!  - twitter.com/jamendo

Written by marc

Published on #Interviews

Published on October 11 2010

As we mentioned a couple weeks back, the Norwegian electro artist Binärpilot has been working on a new release.  His new album, Nordland, finally came available on Jamendo last week and has already received stellar reviews from Jamendo users!  Since the Jamendo community is loving his new album, we thought you'd like to get to know the man behind Binärpilot.  Read on for ten questions with Alexander Støver.

 

Nordland Album Cover

 

Ten Questions with Binärpilot

  1. Tell us about growing up in Norway and what inspired you to start creating electronic music. Where do you currently live?

I am naturally biased, but Norway is a very beautiful country. I didn't fully comprehend this in my youth, because I had nothing to compare it to. But now that I am older and looking back --- it's simply stunning. I grew up in Bodø, the biggest city in Nordland. My father was very fond of being outdoors and would bring me and my younger sister a lot of scenic places. I especially remember trips to our small cabin at Gjømmervatnet. Beautiful at day and absolutely terrifying at night. We would peek out the window and swear we could see trolls lurking in the shadows of the forest surrounding us.

I enjoyed music, and especially singing, from day one. I would be on the swings in kindergarden singing Michael Jackson songs (poorly). I started performing in the school band when I was 10. When I was around 12, I was in my first "real" band (doing cover songs). After that it went from band to band, covering a wide spectrum of genres from progressive rock to speed metal. I wrote a lot of songs, but never learned how to play an instrument. I wanted to, on more than one occasion, but lacked the discipline and was far more fascinated with computers.

When I got my first computer at age 15 and discovered the scene, everything changed. The next few years I lost all my friends and became completely obsessed with trackers. It was such an amazing feeling to compose that everything else paled in comparison. I was very uncertain about a lot of things in my teenage years, but that I wanted to create music was definite. I had found the meaning of life.

I currently live in Oslo with my beautiful wife.

 

 

  1. Do you experiment with other kinds of music or play any traditional or acoustic instruments?

I hope it's apparent to people who listen to my music that I'm not really concerned with genres. That's not to say Binärpilot doesn't have a distinct sound, but I make songs that I like. As long as it isn't forced in any direction I am cool with it. I have done the Bee Gee's thing, tried to rap (on several occasions), played half a song in reverse and so on. I did a lot more experiments when I was still working out what my music was about, and I am definitely more set in my ways now. I still challenge myself every so often to work within certain limitations. It's liberating to me.

I know a couple songs on guitar, and that's about it. A group of fans bought me a microKORG that I use a lot for sketching and vocoding, but I wouldn't dare call myself a keyboardist. I have no formal training in music whatsoever, and couldn't tell you the key to any of my songs. I create what sounds good to me - there's a lot of trial and error involved.

 

 

  1. Tell us about your upcoming album!  How does Nordland align with your past albums or how is it different?

Nordland is my most accomplished work to date and I am really happy with how it turned out. There are things I would like to change or continue working on, but at one point you just have to say enough. I think it's easy to hear that it builds on, or even continues, a lot of previous work. The biggest difference is the length, it's ten songs and not the usual 4-6. When the donations started rolling in for printing I wanted to take the opportunity and make something special for the fans. I was flabbergasted by how fast the fundraiser hit the target amount, and my only regret is that it took so long to finish. These past few years have been hectic and in the end I had to take three weeks vacation from work to finish it.

I should point out that Nordland is produced by fans. The print, marketing, everything is covered by donations.

 

 

  1. How long does it take for you to produce each track?  Tell us about the different aspects that go into every song you create – from finding inspiration to the actual production.

It depends on the song. Sometimes you hit a vein of inspiration that takes you from beginning to end fairly quick, but for the most part there is a lot of hard work involved. The few times I get to work full-time with a track I'd say it takes a week or two. I start by goofing around, making some beats and probably a bass line. If I hit the wall within first few hours I usually move on to something else. If not I start associating with the patterns, trying to figure out where it's coming from. Usually that gives me a sense of direction, like, what I am trying to say in this song. To me music is basically about sharing emotions.

Take Penguin for instance. At the time of composing it, I am stuck in Norway, and Rachael is stuck in America. The song has several (conflicting) emotions  that somehow come together in a way that fits. The lead is vulnerable and melancholic and the bass-line is frustrated and angry. When it all comes together, it is a song about longing. And love. Penguin is sad and happy at the same time, and one of my favorite tracks on the album.

 

 

  1. Are there any recurrent themes or messages you tried to convey in the songs that make up the new album?

Every song has it's own story. I don't like giving too much away because it's very rewarding to hear how others interpret them. On a whole it's about growing up, the ideas and aspirations you have in your youth and how they evolve. For me it was coming to terms with being human (and not a robot) and accepting the fact that I will fall short of my own ambitions, but there's no resignation in it. It's become important to me to try and appreciate the world and the people in it instead of being in opposition to everything. That's not to say there isn't things that need to change, but you can't take the world on your shoulders. Life is too short to be miserable. So dance! Yeah, dance like nobody is watching. That's the message.

 

 

  1. What is your day to day life like?  What do you like to do when you're not creating music?

I work as a web developer and am fortunate enough have my best friend working with me. When I come home I am greeted by my gorgeous wife. We hang out and talk about our day, then probably watch a show or two before I retire to the computer. Hopefully to make music, but more frequently to play games with friends. I find it difficult to produce during weekdays. My work demands a lot of me so I rarely have the energy. Luckily I don't work weekends, so unless we have something planned, I find time to compose then. I don't get to work with Binärpilot as much as I would like to, but I still consider myself privileged to have such a great life, family and friends. And fans!

 

 

  1. Have you created any music videos to accompany your new album or do you plan to?

I'm happy to say there is at least two groups of people working on videos for Nordland tracks. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Actually, all the music videos you see out there are made by fans. It would be cool to be involved once, but I am completely clueless when it comes to making videos. I'm not shy of ideas, but when creative people do something for Binärpilot I want them to do their own thing.

 

 

  1. What are your five favorite albums of all time to listen to?

Not thinking about it:

  • Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Yes - Close To The Edge
  • Primus - Frizzle Fry
  • System Of A Down - System Of A Down

 

 

  1. How has your sound evolved since you started creating music and where do you see it going in the future?

It's become so mainstream that secretly cry myself to sleep each night. No, while it certainly has become more accessible, I'm confident that it's light years away from turning into what I am fighting. Among other things, Binärpilot has always been an attempt at showing that pop music shouldn't have to be bland, soulless and shallow. The popollution must die.

More than anything I think the sound has gotten better and the compositions more complex, without necessarily sounding that way. If that makes sense. It feels to me like a natural progression. Actually, you can usually tell where my next album is headed by listening to the last track on every release. So if that holds true for Nordland, there will be a lot more singing in the future. Yeah, I want to use my voice more.

 

 

  1. What is one thing you'd like your Jamendo fans to know about you?

I lied earlier in this interview and am in fact a robot.

Written by marc

Published on #Interviews