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Stageit - Your Tool For Online Gigs

Middle of September Ophelia Syndrome thrilled their fans with an online gig via Stageit (promoted by 50K MUSIC MAG). Deanna, singer of the band, shares the experience of this gig with all musicians who've already thought about performing online straight to their fans. Published October 31 2013.

  by Deanna

I heard about Stageit from my best friend about a year ago. What is Stageit you ask? It is an online venue where you can broadcast from anywhere, to anyone, at anytime, directly from your laptop. Also, it is never archived, so it is a one time concert experience. The charm of Stageit is that most artists broadcast directly from their homes, which makes the concerts very intimate. Also, during the concert anyone who has purchased tickets can ask questions of the artist, or share their thoughts which are made available to the right of the screen in a column. It’s an interesting concept.

Our band, Ophelia Syndrome, have been working on a new album for the past year. We have completed the songs that we will be recording on the new album. We are currently fan funding by way of an album pre-order online, and wanted to showcase this new material to our supporters and potential supporters. In September we recently returned from our second (very small) European tour, and we thought this was a good time to perform these new songs. We were faced with a dilemma: how do we showcase these songs to both our small audience here, and also our audience overseas?

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not very tech savvy, and so the prospect of an online show overwhelmed me at first. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t get e-mail until I was in College, and Facebook for the most part creeps me out. But a trusted ally Shane encouraged me to seriously look into using it, as it is a very good way to be able to perform to audiences when touring costs are very expensive, and it is not an option.

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gigmit - Your New Booking Agent

There's a new player on the market for internet booking services. Gigmit will start soon and wants to improve the communication and collaboration of musicians and concert promoters. I talked to CEO Marcus Rüssel about their service, the benefits for musicians using gigmit and their further plans...

50K MUSIC: You're about to start gigmit.com, a service to bring musicians and concert promoters together. Could you please explain how it works.
Marcus: In a nutshell, it concentrates business specific contacts, simplifies search and booking processes, secures contract design and implementation so that in the end, creative people may concentrate on what they are best at and reduce the tedious, time-consuming management part to a minimum.

For both sides, gigmit is equally easy to use and offers many functions. Musicians and promoters logging in at gigmit.com are provided with a digital assistant that brings them together - like an intelligent mixture of Basecamp, eBay and Match.com for musicians and promoters. With its integrated matching, gigmit offers a broad network of contacts and a very condensed approach to promoters and their events on the one hand and musicians on the other. Gigmit optimises and automates communication as well as the whole booking process: Once musicians and promoters start talking online, based on already listed information a contract, info sheets and the bill are being generated in the background. The whole process is comprehensible, transparent, simple and fast.

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Inicat - Eine bessere Welt für Musiker

Danke an Martin Haberland für die Zeit zur Beantwortung meiner Fragen. Veröffentlicht Juni 07 2015.

  by Mario

Vor mehr als einem Jahr bin ich mit Martin Haberland ins Gespräch gekommen, der vor einigen Tagen in Berlin eine Plattform zunächst für deutschsprachige DIY-Musiker und ihre Fans gelauncht hat. Ich habe mit ihm darüber gesprochen, was er mit Inicat im Musikmarkt bewegen will, was die Plattform für Musiker bringt und welche weiteren Pläne er damit hat ...

50K MUSIC: Nach einer langen und intensiven Vorbereitungsphase hast Du soeben den Startknopf für INICAT gedrückt. Was war das für ein Gefühl? 
Martin: Ein sehr befreiendes Gefühl! Da gehen einem viele Dinge durch den Kopf- wie alles begann, die vielen erfolgreichen aber auch arbeitsintensiven Momente mit allen Gewerken, Zulieferern, Kollegen, Freunden, der Familie... Den Startknopf habe zwar ich gedrückt,  jedoch nur stellvertretend für alle Beteiligten und Freunde, die uns durch ihr unverbrüchliches Vertrauen in die Idee von INICAT, haben durchhalten lassen.

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Justin Wayne Talks To Rob Fraboni

Published June 06 2013.

  by Mario

In latest edition of The Justin Wayne Show Rob Fraboni talked not only about his work with Bob Dylan and The Band but also about technical aspects of digital music, e.g. the difference between .WAV and .MP3. The most interesting part for musicians in my opinion was when he introduced a product he's developing - RealFeel.

Listen to the full interview with Rob


And, you can be a part of his RealFeel journey - Rob gave out his email address and invites people to email if they’re interested in having their music mastered in RealFeel – rfraboni (at) firstsound (dot) org.

Must Read - Andrew Dubber: "20 Things You Must Know About Music Online"

Altough it's been published back in 2007 the hints and insights of Andrew Dubber are still relevant - a must read for DIY musicians...

Andrew Apanov (Dotted Music/WeSpin): "Don’t Hide Behind Music – You Are an Essential Part of Your Music."

Published January 23 2015.

  by Mario

A while ago when I browsed the interweb for DIY musician tools I ran into Andrew Apanov, founder of Dotted Music and WeSpin, the former an agency offering a package of services like social media marketing, fan monetization and community building for artists, the latter a music marketing training website and community. Immediately I had the sense that we're brothers in spirit. So I asked him to answer a few questions about how DIY musicians can benefit from his services ...

50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Andrew Apanov, where do you come from?
Andrew: I’m someone who loves music, and loves helping musicians even more. I run Dotted Music – a music industry blog which has been around since 2009, and which is now also a full-service digital marketing agency for music brands. In 2012 I also launched an educational marketing training and community platform called WeSpin. I’ve been consulting artists, doing a podcast and a video interview series with industry representatives, speaking, organising workshops, and constantly learning how to advance others’ careers and brands. Importantly, since two years back I’ve also been enjoying living in Poland with my wife and cat. The boom of the local craft beer scene, which started just around the time we moved here, makes me particularly happy.

Back to the topic! Even earlier, for around seven years, I was an Editor, and then an Editor-in-chief at Ultimate-Guitar.com, one of the biggest guitar websites on the planet. Simultaneously, I was DJing and co-organising big night events in my hometown. I don’t DJ much these days, but plan to do it more, especially when I bring my vinyl collection over here.

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