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The ultimate summer haus party is back on the festival trail – Jägermeister’s award-winning JägerHaus

The wait is over – the JägerHaus is back with a bang. After picking up ‘Best Activation at a Festival’ at last year’s prestigious Event Awards, the immersive music venue is the ultimate festival destination and will be touring four of the UK’s most popular events this season – LoveBox, Citadel, Kendal Calling & Bestival.

The life and soul of the fields, this year the JägerHaus will be as eclectic as ever, hosting the freshest bands and DJs. Whether you’re into indie sounds or ride the dance beat wave, the JägerHaus is the place to be.

Jägermeister has deep roots in the music world, so it’s no surprise that the 2017 JägerHaus line-up features some of the biggest names. Jägermeister has hosted chart-topping Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Mercury Music Prize nominee Jungle, and Jägermeister stage favourite MURKAGE, who performed with UK’s most influential artists of the millennium, Mike Skinner. Not only does the venue book the freshest acts of the season, the Jägerhaus welcomes music industry stalwarts – Jamal Edwards (founder of SBTV), Rudimental and Blossoms to name a few.

The fun doesn’t stop at the music, the JägerHaus is also the hottest drinking hub at the festivals, with Jägermeister on tap and innovative cocktails being served up, the Ice Cold Shot is just the start of the drinks menu. From the berry-inspired Purple Stag to the signature ginger beer paired, Root56, revellers can enjoy a range of world-class summer serves to get the party started.

So pack up your tents, get your wellies on and head to one of the festivals on the JägerHaus tour:

Lovebox – Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July

Citadel – Sunday 16 July

Kendal Calling – Thursday 27-Sunday 30 July

Bestival – Friday 8-Sunday 10 September

The JägerHaus journey

The seven unique spaces in the JägerHaus have been revamped, ready for the troops of music enthusiasts to enjoy the Jägermeister vibes. As you enter, the sweet Jägermeister-inspired botanical aromas will hit you and tempt you to grab a drink at The Lodge Bar. Showcasing the unique qualities and versatility of Jägermeister, the menu includes the classic Ice Cold Shot, the signature Root56 (Jägermeister, ginger beer, cucumber and lime) and Black Spice (Jägermeister Spice and cola), and the best Jäger cocktails, Hunter’s Punch, Purple Stag and, Deer and Beer. Created by the Hubertus Circle, an exclusive range of elite UK bartenders, alongside Jägermeister brand ambassador Florian Beuren, the selection of summer serves highlights the superiority of the herbal spirit, and will surprise the drinks aficionados amongst us.

After choosing a drink, you can take two paths, choosing to wander through the wardrobe into the Backyard to chill out and soak up the sun, or to venture through to The Warehouse and revel in the energy as you watch your favourite live acts and DJs. 

Whatever the British weather may hold, there is something for everyone at the JägerHaus; if you need a little sprucing up, then head to the ‘Pimp my Wellies’ station to get your footwear adorned.

For VIPs and Special Guests of Jägermeister, there is an escape in The Loft which hosts the best view of The Warehouse stage, a fully stocked bar, comfy seating, and some good old-fashioned games – Jägermeister pool and foosball.

For those that can’t make the festival fun, London’s independent station, Soho Radio has teamed up with Jägermeister to broadcast from the JägerHaus at LoveBox, Citadel and Bestival. So tune in to be part of the best summer ‘Haus party’ out there!

Join in the conversation on Twitter @JagerUK, Instagram @JagermeisterUK and Facebook.com/JagermeisterUK

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WIN LIMITED EDITION DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL ZIPPO WINDPROOF LIGHTERS

No festival experience is complete without the classic ‘lighter in the air’ moment. Be in with the chance of winning a limited edition Download Zippo windproof lighter (worth £27), usually only available to buy exclusively at Download Festival.

A&R Factory has teamed up with Zippo to offer you the chance to win one of these much sought-after lighters.

The limited edition Download Festival Zippo windproof lighter features festival artwork and is the perfect Download Festival memorabilia. Since the iconic sea of flames was created as Zippo lighters were first waved in the air calling for an “encore”, the windproof lighters have become the ultimate accessory for making a bold statement in music.

To be in with a chance to win a limited edition Zippo windproof lighter, just answer this simple question:

*Competition closes 10th June 2017

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Top 5 Tips for Music Licensing

So today A&R Factory had the chance to ask Scott Dudley his Top 5 Tips for Music Licensing.

Scott is the Creative Director at PUSH.audio. PUSH.audio is an emerging agency/web interface that focuses on landing placements for mainstream & burgeoning artists; placing multiple genres of music for TV / Film / Advertisements / Games etc. at the fingertips of those looking for precisely that.

His credits include BRITAwards, MTV, VH1, FOX Sports, NBA on TNT, SBNation, ESPN, FOX, NBC and many more!

A&R Factory had the chance to ask Scott his Top 5 Tips for Music Licensing.

  1. Presentation / Metadata

Music Supervisors want the story to the song… the mood. For example, if a pitch is searching for something similar to “A Tribe Called Quest,” submit your song with a personal email. Something like “Hope all is well, I’ve attached a similar song with the ‘Golden Era’ feel,” etc. Build the relationship. Don’t just send a song and exit.

Your metadata should be very descriptive. Include lyrics, similar artists, moods. When a pitch comes in and someone looks for something specific and/or lyrics mentioning “Sunshine”, it’ll boost your chances having done this ahead.

If you are adding your songs to 3rd party libraries or allowing agents to place your music they will greatly appreciate this! It saves them time and money and allows them to hit the ground running with your current and new music.

  1. Mastering Quality

Songs being crystal clear and 0db mastered are ESSENTIAL for any major TV/Film license. If the song is not properly mastered, most won’t listen past 10 seconds. Even an online mastering service like LANDR noticeably improves quality and levels the composition to 0dbs.

  1. Sessions Files Available

Most agencies or supervisors will need or request changes. Sometimes it’s as simple as turning the piano down. Sometimes they need a 4 minute song crammed into a 3 minute song. To do all of this, you will need your session files available. Immediately, when you master your song you should have the Instrumental and Clean Version made as well. Some may request to have it remastered via their in-house engineer so also save the unmastered version. This is vital, keep them both saved and on hand!

  1. Networking

The fact of the matter is, this is legwork. The most powerful relationships we have at PUSH are long-term built over multiple projects. When you work together on something great, companies tend to stick with you and keep coming back. Where to find them, some major networks will give TV Slates to the public if requested. This lists upcoming works on the network and the Music Supervisor involved.

The public pitch sheets or music pitching services I wouldn’t necessarily recommend. They are impersonal. When you release something like that to the public you are going to get a lot of junk. That’s why most connections we have come from a 1-1 relationship and a history of the music we provided to them, which leads me to my #1 tip…

  1. Professionalism

THIS, in my opinion, is the MOST important. Your music is a commodity. Whether or not you gain monetary value from it is completely up to your business ethic. Have your BMI Song Splits ready with your IPI #, The Work #, ISRC # on-hand! Return contracts in a timely manner. These major companies may have 48 hours to place a song. If you happen to get a bite and they ask for Song Splits / Performing Rights Organization, etc. and you respond with “What’s that?” odds are they won’t respond, they’ll look for the next song selection.

Read your contracts. Never sign an exclusive contract without an advance. You are eating 100% of the risk. An agency can make all the promises in the world, but in the end do not let them bury you in the risk. Ask questions, be careful of giving up your publishing. If anyone is requesting to own the publishing they need to compensate you. Your music has value, if someone is requesting to lock down your music for 2+ years add a clause to terminate if no placements are made within a certain timeframe.

Email is good, but speak to your clients on the phone. Go out to them, fly out and network. Bottom line, get in that legwork!

Get in touch: Scott teaches a class over at Pyramind (http://pyramind.com).  If you are a musician that may be interested in getting your music licensed in TV/Film send a demo to submissions@push.audio or contact Scott directly at sdudley@push.audio with any questions you may have.

 

 

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Five Things Successful Bands Do Differently

Five Things Successful Bands Do Differently

The enrapturing aspect of music that is prodigiously appealing to its listeners is the individuality and unique talents that follow with the artist. The variation in the music industry is so enigmatic, and this is what presents the music world with such a golden appeal, leaving us with a thrilling thirst for more. Despite this, talent is not the sole factor to what attributes an artist’s success. Each factor is as valuable as each other to maintain a well-respected name within the industry.

GO SOLO

Regardless of their success, branding yourself as a solo artist can open up many doors as an established artist within the music industry. Jamie xx reached his potential and managed to mark himself as a reputable artist within the underground dance genre as well as performing regularly as a longstanding band member of The xx. Lauryn Hill, an internationally renowned soul artist reached her fame when she left The Fugees, and now she is compared amongst the A-listers such as the notorious Erykah Badu. Although Chance the Rapper has always worked as a solo artist, he rejected the opportunity to sign with record labels to make it in the music world on his own, this led to Chance being the first unsigned artist to winning three Grammy awards.

ORIGINALITY – COMBINING GENRES

The importance of originality is predominant to a musicians’ success. Fans and potential listeners easily seek out the variety between various music genres and what simply sounds bland and dreary. Examples of this are shown in The Mouse Outfit, a hip hop, funk and jazz band of 9, alongside Childish Gambino who explores the sound between hip hop and funk. Additionally, Maribou State composes a futuristic sound by merging elements of electronic down temp, hip hop, soul and funk, essentially producing trip-hop music.

PERFORM IN DIFFERENT BANDS

A way to exhibit your talents is by performing in other bands. Putting all your heart and soul into one band is certainly a route to success, but by experimenting in different areas of music proves your true gift. Two of the MC’s from The Mouse Outfit ‘Sparkz’ and ‘Truthos Mufasa’ perform in likeminded hip-hop and grime band Levelz, David Grohl was the drummer in Foo Fighters then later founded alternative rock band Nirvana, and indie rock Johnny Mar quickly reached his celebrity status through playing in The Smiths and Modest Mouse.

CREATE MUSIC THAT LISTENERS CAN RELATE TO

A vital factor which gives musicians the stamp of approval within the industry is the personal depth behind each composition. It is essential that listeners can relate to the music through ground-breaking topics which occur in our everyday lives. The likes of Sampha, A Tribe Called Quest and Glass Animals convey this idiosyncratic ideal in their new albums where they explore the topics of mental health, political corruption and the realism of humanity.

SOCIALISING WITH FANS

Finally, the concluding feature to the success of bands and artists is the interaction between themselves and their fans. This is a method of connecting with their fans and obtaining positive feedback, proving the genuine nature behind their music. Various artists have shown their interest in reaching out to their fans like top grime artist Stormzy who used twitter to meet up with a fan to watch a football game at their home, JME who played a short football kick about with a fan, and Darius Syrossian who held regular villa parties in Ibiza over the summer.

Granting there are many different aspects as to what makes a successful band, these are of the upmost examples of what countless successful bands and musicians do differently. The current time and trend may vary on the speed of success, but the creativity and originality of music is what is most crucial. Down to these five steps, it is apparent as to how music becomes an alluring success.

Words: Aly McHugh

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Win Tickets To The Afro Beat Show Of The Decade

We have TWO tickets for the  up for grab for The Afrobeat Event of the Decade for our readers, submit your details below for a chance to enter!!!

On the 24th March 17 at The O2 Forum, Kentish Town, Soundcrash is proud to present a very special night celebrating one of the greatest sounds in the entire musical landscape… Afrobeat. With a very rare line-up of the greatest artists in the genre featuring the original band and family of Fela Kuti himself.

Expect a night of high energy, infectious beats and african rhythms. Expect a night where history is made. This REALLY is a night not to miss.

SEUN KUTI

Son of Fela and one of the greatest ambassadors of afrobeat and West African music in general. SEUN himself is one of most incredible high octane performers in the world today. Relentlessly leading the Egypt 80 in continuation of both his father’s musical and political legacy, whilst providing one of the most engaging shows you’ll ever see. “You could take the fact that Seun Kuti, not his older brother Femi, heads Egypt 80 as conclusive evidence that he is the baton-bearer for Fela Kuti’s legacy” – The Quietus

TONY ALLEN

Drummer, composer, and songwriter of Nigerian origin, Tony Allen, learned how to play drums on his own by listening to legendary drummers such as Art Blakey and Max Roach. In the midst of the 1960s, Together with the human rights activist and political musician Fela Kuti, he created the “afrobeat” movement – a blend of traditional African music, jazz and funk – “Without Tony Allen, there would not be an Afrobeat” are the words of Kuti on Allen. Tony Allen continues to be an active musician at the age of 75, having played on over 70 albums so far. Quoted by Brian Eno as “Probably the best living drummer”, Tony Allen will play for the legend “Art Blakey” who has been an inspiration to him.

THE HELIOCENTRICS

The Heliocentrics are undoubtedly one of the most incredible things to happen in music of the past decade. The band’s unique blend of raw funk, dark cinematic psychedelia and sci-fi jazz has earned them a cult following around the globe. Among their dedicated supporters, you may find Gilles Peterson, Egon, Madlib and The Gaslamp Killer.

XOA

From selling out Jazz cafe to receiving global recognition with the likes of Gilles Peterson, & Boiler Room singing their praises, it’s fair to say that multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson aka Xoa has firmly positioned himself & his full live band as a defining new talent.

Combining analogue synths, guitar riffs & outstanding percussion the XOA live show delivers an acute insight to 1970’s golden era Afrobeat with a modern twist; all performed by some of London’s leading talents.

MELT YOURSELF DOWN

An exciting DJ set mixing next-level tropical riffs, hypnotic horns, glitchy electronics, sweaty funk and everything in between! Expect the feel-good vibes.

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New Music 2017

Check out some of our top new music in 2017!

SAM WOOLF is a 20 year-old folk/pop singer songwriter known for his original arrangements, beautiful pitch perfect tone and emotional original songs. His performances and recordings have obtained millions of views on YouTube and Sam receives tremendous support from his fan club, the “WOOLFPACK” on social media. Sam Woolf has gained national recognition as a finalist on American Idol’s 2014 Season where he placed in the Top 5. Independent Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume produced and recorded an EP “Pretend” containing Sam’s originals for release. It debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Hailing from West Memphis, Arkansas, Yebba Smith is carrying the weight of a town that brought us such musical juggernauts as Grammy Award winner Shirley Brown, Blues legend Junior Wells and of course, The Memphis Horns. Her chillingly soulful, yet soft voice gives you the impression that she has no problem flying that flag, as she commands the stage with a pain in her voice that is enough to encapsulate any audience.

Jose Otero was born in Gran Canaria in 1990, Jose says “I was was a very active kid and lover of soul music because of the influence of my parents who loved jazz and soul. My vocal inspiration are Etta James, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Stevie wonder. ” Jose started singing when he was 16 and moved to London in 2012 to study music, since then he has reached the final of Open Mic U.K. coming 4th out of 12.000 applicants. He then got a production deal and the outcome was this powerful track “I told you”

Hear the words “Amish Country” and you’d be hard-pressed not to think of butter churns, windmills and a conspicuous lack of places to plug in your iPhone. So, it might be hard to believe that Justin Baron, a prodigious singer/songwriter and New York City’s best-kept secret, grew up in Lancaster, PA – the widely reputed home of the horse and buggy.

A self-proclaimed ‘music nerd’ Lauren Carter has completed a Masters Degree in Music, resulting in her knowing Beethoven and Schubert as well as she knows Lana del Rey, Bjork, or say, Leonard Cohen. Featured extensively in her career in magazines such as GQ, Maxim, Esquire, she explores the relationship between audience and performer, the male gaze, and her writing delves into topics like sexual politics, female independence, life in Los Angeles, and the American Dream.

Eloah Jones is a driven, passionate and charismatic singer and songwriter with a truly unique approach and a diverse set of talents under her belt! Now 17, Eloah has been acting and singing ever since she was 11. Eventually, due to her hard work and committed passion, was was finally able to bring her music to the next level and work on something amazing. Eloah recently released a brand new single, “Soldier”, which is inspired by artists as diverse as Selena Gomez or Lana Del Rey, just to mention but a few.

 

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Ditto Music: Record Label in a Box

So its 2017. You’re still in that job you hate. You’ve been talking, for what seems to your friends and relatives, an eternity about setting your own record label. But they don’t get it do they? Do they know how to start a record label? Or how much work goes into just building the foundations of a label? Do they not know that is costs a little thing called money before you can even think of starting these things? And the time! You have to work as well, right? That’s just the way it is, unless you have a pocket load of cash and plenty of time on your hands. But does it have to be that way? Wouldn’t it be amazing if somebody just handed you a starter kit… a Record Label in a Box?

Started by two brothers frustrated by the tedious nature of the music industry, Ditto Music have come up with a way of bypassing the administerial loggerheads. Now anybody from an aspiring artist, to a would-be music mogul can get their hands on the basic requirements for starting a label. What’s that I hear you say? “But how would that even work?”… The answer is pretty straightforward to be honest. Ditto have literally created their record label in a box.

All you’ll need is a personal computer and you’re away. Record Label in a Box supplies you with all the tools you need for a speedy operation. From access to all the legal contracts you’ll need to sign artists, help with distributing albums, to ensuring you have the right codes for legitimate sales. This is a one-stop-shop for a start-up record label.

Don’t take my word for it. Chris Taylor of Liverpool based label Rooftop Records explains why RLIAB was the obvious choice for getting things up-and-running for him.

Find out more about Record Label in a Box here

Words: James Taylor

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