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The Rock-itt : April 2011
has gained popular notoriety with his collaborations with Nitin Sawhney. The young Faiz Ali Faiz hails from a family that has produced qawwali singers for seven generations and Faiz remains true to the deep, devotional core of traditional qawwali repertoire and is considered the spiritual successor to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan • Féfé who was born in Nigeria and is now based in France was a standout surprise. This guy really got the crowd on his side on the Saturday night, lots of variety and not just standard hip hop fare, Fefe loves Fefe but great all the same. • Luka Bloom from the Irish Republic, Luka Is Luka, if you like this kind of thing OK but didn’t rock my world. • Norman Jay from the United Kingdom is an old school dance/house DJ fusing Paul Simon (amongst others) with the dance music, good but definitely no Nitin Sawhney! • Sidestepper are Richard Blair from the United Kingdom and Colombian songwriter Ivan Benavides who make up the core of this seven piece band who unite electronic trance with salsa, Colom bian rhythms and pulsing beats. They were a highlight of the week end, they were having so much fun on stage you couldn’t help but get involved as well. A friend at WOMAD in NZ said they also rocked that venue as well so worth while keeping an eye out. Music Hardware Facts – How to publish your song or album Gone are the old days of being signed up to the big name record label, although it is definitely an advantage! These days you can publish and distribute your music professionally and take advantage of the digital publishing age. However, it is not straight forward and there are some things an independent music publisher needs to know to get started. First off you will need to have some good product. Start with some good songs that are well produced and digitally mastered. These are your showcase to the world and if poor quality or lacking that edge the punter who spends his money is not only not going to recommend your work to someone else he is most probably not going to purchase anything else from you. Home recording is getting better and you can do some fabulous stuff with the right software a good Apple desktop, simple recording desk and some microphones and this is a first good step to getting your sound sorted and ready for the next step. Invest some time at studio and shop around as rates will vary and producers need to understand you and your music and if you get the right input and working arrangement then you can get a very mature product. Also work on the art work along with the complete track credits. You will need this for digital distribution as you cannot upload without it. The album will also look nice and consistent if you do a CD run to shop it around to brick & mortar distributors. So now you have done the hard work and have the album that is going to launch your career or at least hopefully will pay for the effort so far. So you want to launch your album on iTunes and Amazon and other on-line stores? This is not a matter of registering and uploading the songs and art work. You must be an apple affiliate and have the ability to produce a Universal Product Code (UPC). No mean feat to become a supplier of Apple, it requires a lot of corporate kudos, which I doubt the average band m ember has. But there are ways. First off what you need is to get your Universal Product Code (UPC). There are a few options for approximate $30 per album you can register your CD with an electronic distributor such as “CD Baby” or “TuneCore” (www.tunecore.com) or “SongCast”. “CD Baby”, have partnered with not only iTunes, but many of the other major players in the digital market. They'll set up to sell your CD -- digital only, or, if you have real copies, on their online store, as well. Tunecore offers similar features to CD Baby, although they only deal in digital distribution. Their pricing model is quite different; Tunecore's pricing is based on whether it's a single -- which costs $9.99 to upload -- or a full album. And you can do unlimited songs for all 19 stores for $46.99. Songcast is a young player but has good distribution and a slightly different model to CD Baby and Tunecore. These distributors are the simplest and act as a one stop shop for everything you need. Once you sign up they can offer you free artwork services and publishing services. They will collect and report your song earning and can offer extra services like promotional services and CD burning that will increase your exposure and so are a good route to go down. A second option - If you require a UPC barcode without the need for promotional or distribution services then you can get a UPC barcode from the Indie Artist Alliance (www.indieartistsalliance.com) for approximately $10 You will still need to sign-up to distributor to get your song on-line but if wish to make copies of your CD you can include the bar code on your CD and will be assured the royalties. The number one thing to look out for in a digital distributing partner is a non-exclusive licensing agreem ent. Make sure that you will continue to own all rights to your own music. And remember, promote your digital downloads!