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Archive for July, 2012

New Emma Stevens single due for release 1st October


Emma Stevens – Endorsed by Luna Guitars

Emma is proudly endorsed by Luna Guitars.

Photo taken of her playing a Luna Ukelele at The Boileroom Guildford whilst main support for Kate Nash.

Photo lara heitsch

Bill Lewington Ltd


Higgs Boson from RSJ – Coming Soon!


RSJ to Play MACMILLAN FEST 2012 on 1st September

IKE Productions will be hosting another festival for the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support and the local and national music scene this year on Saturday the 1st of September. A 850 capacity event,  taking place at The Rescue Rooms, Stealth and Red Rooms, Nottingham.

There will be food stalls, group head shaves and a raffle going on to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Since 2009, IKE Productions has been raising money for Macmillan in the form of Macmillan Fest. Each year, the festival has grown in attendance and support.

Nearly £2,500 has been raised so far and we intend to raise more this year!

ADV £7 OTD £10
Tickets available from Rock City Box Office
Alt Tickets: http://www.alttickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_macmillan_fest_2012.html
Doors 2pm



Artist Development

“Artist development in the music industry has evolved over time, leaving most of the early progress to the artist themselves. For the most part, the days are gone when a record label developed up and coming talent. The question continuously arises for those young artists, “where do I start”?

Many artists put in their mission statement, simply that they want a record deal, thinking that is all they need to succeed for career in music. Most don’t have a clue what it takes to get that deal, let alone maintain that career.

Artist development is a huge area overlooked by far too many artists and bands. Let’s explore the question, “What is artist development”?

A record label A&R rep once “discovered” fresh new faces in clubs, bars or word of mouth and would then support them, cultivate their creativeness, build up their fan base, and guide their direction with the intent of turning them into superstars. All of this of course, was with the intent of selling those 45’s, LPs, cassette’s and CDs. Gradually, many labels moved more into product development, which meant they are focused more on the immediacy of sales of the latest CD (product) released, and not bringing the artist up to that point. And more often than not, naive artists were at the labels mercy.

In this Internet age, it is more the artist or band themselves that must build the quality sound that is ready as a commercially viable product. On top of that, they need to have an already established fan base, basic music business skills, perhaps even the early music sales of a well produced CD. Labels are looking for pre-packaged, very talented musicians that are already showing their value.

A music career is a charted path to follow. Artist development involves all the issues surrounding and arising from that charted path, and crosses into knowledge of product development – the ultimate sale of the music.

Checklist on what artist and product development necessitate:

*Exceptional vocals, musicianship and/or songwriting skills

*Continued education and enhancement of musical skills

*Quality equipment

*Performance ability

*Image creation and maintenance

*Plan of action, goal setting

*Exceptional promotion materials, including photographs, press releases and artwork

*Business management skills

*Marketing, publicity, and promotion knowledge, online and offline

*Professional management

*Basic knowledge of recording, producing, engineering, and mastering

*Basic knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, and sales online, brick and mortar and air-play

*Good choices in members, staff and advisors

*Physical and mental preparedness

*Basic knowledge of finances, accounting

*Law and legal issues: publishing, copyrighting, trademarks, and a lawyer

*Alternative career options – even athletes need to have other options!

Tending to all areas of your music career may make the difference between a one hit wonder and longevity in this business. It’s been said, “If you think this is a piece of cake, you better go bake one.” The music business, again, is a business. Businesses need to make money. That’s worth repeating – the music business is a BUSINESS.

That being said, an up and coming artist must begin somewhere…and if a career in the music business is the goal, then any naiveté must be addressed immediately! Knowledge is power. Power gives you leverage.”

By: Artistopia