Friday, December 2, 2011

Acoustic Performer Joe Firstmas

Name of Artist/Band: Joe Firstman
Latest Album/EP: Swear It Was A Dream
Hometown: Charlotte, NC 
Members: Joe Firstman
Bio: Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the big Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the big deal with Atlantic Records and national tours with big rock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it. 

"In the songs of Joe Firstman, sensitive young men prowl the hills of Los Angeles, searching for fame and beauty, only to find self-destructive behavior and egos gone wild…” wrote Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. “While Hollywood's peaks and pitfalls have been prominently charted by songwriters from Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne to Warren Zevon, Firstman aims to reinvent the milieu for his own generation."

When the world stopped spinning, he’d landed a regular gig as the bandleader on the “Last Call with Carson Daly” show. For four years, this was his university – playing and writing songs in whatever style the show’s musical guests played and learning how to engage a studio audience, day in and day out.

Firstman released his 7th studio album, “Swear It Was A Dream,” on September 6, 2011. The album features 10 new songs written and recorded over the last year in studios in Charleston, SC, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Of the album, Firstman shared, “You can really feel the year in the record, you can feel the whole journey in there and it’s my best piece. It’s my best thing thus far.”

The album’s first single, “Who’s Turning Your Light Out?” is Firstman’s exploration of straightforward, unadulterated songwriting. “It was just a very personal lyric, but I tried to make it into a pop song that everybody would get. Its got lyrics about South Carolina and falling asleep with your head in your hands—I thought the imagery was relatable, “ says Firstman. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bands of December!!!

It's that time of year again!!! New band 0f day everyday of December!!! Enjoy

Name of Artist/Band: Make the Years Last
Latest Album/EP: The Cedars
Hometown: O'Fallon, MO
Members: Mikey Mckeever- Vox
John McCarthy- Guitar/ Backup Vox
Curtis Ochsner - Guitar
Matt Kenney- Drums
Andy Tannehill - Bass
Bio: Make The Years Last came to be in late summer 2010 in O'Fallon MO. They are a five-piece pop punk band that just set out to make music and do whatever they want. No limitations, no regrets, no one holding them back.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Expanding Your Horizons

The entertainment business is forever changing. There are specific areas that are expanding in the music industry. One of the areas is through the digital marketing. Many artists and bands are putting their music out there through different digital outlets. One option is for music fans to download songs, albums and video on their phone through an application. This is an easy and portable way for people to share their music tastes with their friends.

What better way to share music than to go to a concert! An interesting idea I had was a concert venue at a bowling alley. People can listen to their favorite bands while they bowl. It can be rock n roll bowling! The bowling alley is an innovative way to share music and laughter with friends.

As a recent graduate, I have acquired the skills to put these options into reality. I have learned how to research, write and present a business plan. Investors will not argue when there hear the advantages of creating a mobile nor a music venue and a bowling alley.

There is nothing better than sharing music with friends. No matter what digital media outlet it may be, people will be expressing their opinion about music.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Money, Money, Money!

Financing is an important part in your life. It can be personal financing or business financing. Either one it is important do this task so that you can obtain financial stability. There are many different websites available online to help you reach your goals. Two websites that give great advice about financing for entrepreneurs are AEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity and CFED, expanding economic opportunity. Each website gives information about financial opportunities the companies offer. They have different programs to qualify people for the right amount of money. AEO has initiative programs that they feature on the page. The catalysts initiative program is designed to help non-profit organizations. The CFED websites has different programs as well. One program is entitled the American Dream Match Funds. The program is for hard-working low-income families wanting to start their own business. These programs all have qualifications and processes to obtain the finances. When going through the AEO website they have tons of information about joining the company. They even breakdown the statistics of each state to give the potential business owner an idea of how they will succeed. Each state has its own website that is there to help you and your business. The CFED also has something similar. They are involved on the state and local. The company is able to help your business grow where you let it. There are other links to information regarding ways to join on both of the sites. You are able to help other if you desire or eligible for a mentor. There are endless opportunities to look for on these sites as well as the Internet. You just have to research and find the best option for you and your business to succeed. Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from CFED. CFED. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from pa-micro. pa-micro. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Talk to the Experts

What I have learned from the experts I researched is that it takes a lot hard work and dedication to get where they are today. Success didn’t happen over night. It takes planning and financial stability to be at the top. Experts across the country have put blood sweat and tears into making their dreams come true.
Experts like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, get their edge in start-up companies. They develop an idea; invest time and money in it for it to succeed. That is what I would like to do for my record company. Invest the time and money for a record company to be successful in the Pittsburgh area. Although, working on my business it has been easier said than done. I am not giving up on my passion.
In other words, passion is something that investors look for when choosing clients. They are not being apart of the management aspect so they want to make sure they are investing their time and money into someone who is passionate about their work. Experts like Frank Goley say that the biggest down in businesses is communication and execution. In my business would not want that to happen. I will strive to communicate with staff members and execute the plans I have in store for the business.
The key is to have a well-written business plan. The business plan must be detailed oriented to the goals that the owner wants to achieve. I myself want to manage at least seven by my third year in operation. In my business plan I will explain all the steps and procedure I want to accomplish within the first five years of business.
In the end, the experts are very helpful when looking for guidance to start your own company and work on your business plan. I will continue to look for experts in my field. I hope to open my own record company and become a successful businesswoman.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Expert Blogging!

Music is always changing. Some people are on top of the trends. The BrooklynVegan is one of the blogs that stays on top of important events in music. The blog is centered around the New York music scene but anyone wanting to learn about knew music can enjoy it. The team posts a variety of different subjects that include music, free shows and tour dates.
BrooklynVegan posts about new artists to listen to in NYC. The posts include bios, opinions and links to music. The blog also tells you about upcoming shows for the artist. It's very informative.
The blog also reviews and informs about free shows and festivals in the area. A recent festival they blogged about got cancelled due to rain. The reason for the cancellation is thoroughly explained to readers of the blog.
Last, the site blogs about all the tour dates of the featured artists. They give their opinion about the show and let other people comment too. In this way, it is a very interactive site. The owners even get involved by talking to the readers through the comments.
This blog is very up-to-date to with all the latest trends. It is a great blog to follow if you want to be on top of the trends as well!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

CDs Following in Cassettes Footsteps

Throughout the years technology has drastically changed the way people listened to music. At one point in time people could only listen music on the radio. Then vinyl came out along with the player. 8-tracks, cassettes and CDs were to follow. But now they are in the digital form of MP3s. This change not only affects consumers but it also affects businesses.
Retailers such as Best Buy, have drastically downsized their selection of music. I went to purchase a CD the day the album was released and they did not have it. They didn’t even have the artist listed on the shelves. Places like Wal-Mart are lowering the prices of all CDs. They not only have a five-dollar movie bin but five-dollar CD bin as well. They will do anything to get the consumers to buy the products.
The switch to online sales can also leave businesses confused. They still have to pay the record companies all the rights and royalties for every album they sell. The business needs to watch and record the sales of the digital media. Complications begin to arise when tracks are sold separately. The company has to make sure that everyone gets their share of the profit.
The process of sales reporting can be complex with all the different packaging models of the digital music. But by automating the system it will make the process go a lot smoother. It will also benefit the retailers and record labels. There is a program that can list the transactions using product, date and price that the item is sold. This system can better ensure that everyone gets the royalties.
The technology is growing to help more people use digital media as their main source of entertainment. This is making the physical CDs become obsolete. Will they ever really go away?