Song of the week: Bighead by Rozotadi

Artist Bio…

“Alternative-Rapper, Producer, and Songwriter Rozotadi offers a fresh take on music with his genre-bending, groove oozing bounce. His career as a recording artist kickstarted in a dorm back in 2017 and his career as a producer popped off at his mom’s crib in 2011. He has since gone on to perform in front of sold-out crowds around the Arizona valley.

*Alternative-Rap – fuses traditional Rap with other musical elements such as rock, hip hop, EDM, dream pop, cloud rap, neo soul, soul, jazz, chillwave, electro hop, trap, electropop, funk, trip hop, future garage, etc.”

Mahogany Four: Indie Interviews With Mood Industries.

Get ready for your introduction to the future, these sounds are nothing short of extraterrestrial and they are coming from the one and only Mahogany 4. This dynamic group of talented musicians is currently based in Phoenix Arizona and they are setting fire to the local scene. For example, they just performed there first live debut at the prestigious Grand Art Haus and let’s just say you have never seen a more alive crowd. The group’s formula for fire is simple, they bring the energy everyone else is afraid to bring; as a result, they level expectations.

Single of the Week:

BANNERS comes from Liverpool, UK. Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope and despair, he grew up singing in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop. Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, BANNERS’s music is at once haunting & hopeful. His song “Start A Riot” has generated over 50 Million Spotify streams, while his recent single “Someone To You” has reached the #1 position at Alt Nation as he prepares to release his highly anticipated, Empires On Fire EP.

After signing to Island Records, BANNERS first connected with audiences on his debut single “Ghosts” which rose to #2 at Hype Machine. “Shine A Light”, which has been certified gold for track sales in Canada, is the official trailer for EA’s blockbuster game, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends and appeared in spots on NBC, ESPN, E!, and FOX.

BANNERS recently made his late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, followed by touring select markets in the US with Milky Chance.

What are 360 Deals?

360 deals or all rights agreements are deals that are offered by labels to artists and give labels the right to make money off of every revenue stream the artist generates money through. In the past major record labels (Sony, Warner, and Universal) all used to make all of their money from the sale and use of their signed artist’s music.

After Napster and the release of other streaming platforms, the major labels started losing money. In order to compensate for their loses they decided to sign new artists to 360 deals that gave them the opportunity to make money everywhere the artist makes money.  Today most major labels will sign artists to a 360 deal. However, if the artist has a lot of leverage then he or she may be able to negotiate their way out of a 360 deal.

360 deals or all rights agreements might allow labels to make money in the following areas: Merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, and live performance. Labels often times will 10-25% of what is made in each area, these percentages are negotiated.

Indie labels have been using across the board deals for over 20 years to date, across the board deals are similar to 360 in that they allow the label to make money everywhere the artist makes money. Typically an Indie labels all-around deal will sign an artist to a co-publishing agreement, exclusive recording agreement, and management recording agreement.

Flow Simpson Interview


“Raised by a single mother in Baltimore, Maryland, rapper Flow Simpson was heavily influenced by his mother’s tastes in music which included some of the greats like Biggie and Jay-Z. Always staying busy as a child, something that his mother encouraged when he was young, he was able to stay away from trouble as a lot of his peers were exposed to a world fraught with negative influences. Flow Simpson always aimed to follow in his family’s footsteps and when reflecting back “[he] was very blessed to have the upbringing [he] had.” ” – Groove Alley

Single of The Week: Drama by NomBe

Artist Bio…

“Reminiscent of a diary, NoMBe’s debut album, They Might’ve Even Loved Me, is a brutally honest account of family, romance, sex and heartbreak. His initial singles have already caught the ear of Pharrell, who noted, “He makes music for the subconscious with colorful layers and unexpected water slides. He writes and produces dream sequences.”

Five years ago, Noah McBeth, or NoMBe, went on a class trip from Germany to Las Vegas. Unlike his classmates, NoMBe decided to chase his dreams in music and never returned. This year, he finally unveils his debut album, a tribute to the women in his life, from his godmother Chaka Khan to true loves to summer flings. He is more than his model looks – his music is a vulnerable and introspective diary of his American journey.

His singles broke onto Australian radio and their Shazam charts, and they have caught the ear of Kylie Jenner, Heidi Klum, and Pharrell, who have used his music in their TV and ad campaigns. In addition, the catchy and distinctive songs impressed Bonobo and Alt-J, who both invited him to open for their tours this past year.

To properly convey the theme of the album, NoMBe performs with an all female band on stage, jamming to his infectious West Coast beach vibes. Sirius XM’s ALT Nation chose his song ‘Freak Like Me’ as the inaugural Critical Cut, which promotes their favorite single of the month, and VEVO also hand-picked him for their DSCVR program, one dedicated to breaking the next big star in music.”

Jam Now Interview.

JAM is a young acoustic singer-songwriter recording out of Jack Johnson’s Plastic Plant Studio in Hollywood, CA. His debut EP Universal Love, produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Robert Carranza was released in February of 2018. KWSS 93.9FM featured JAM NOW as a local spotlight and added his music into the daily rotation for the entire month of May in 2019. This young artist has shared the bill with Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, X Ambassadors and many more; and he will be releasing a new record in the fall of 2019. Added to these accomplishments, JAM has opened for The original Wailers, toured the west coast and has worked with Alice Cooper recording a demo for the Hollywood Vampires. He has won Alice Cooper’s annual Proof is in the Pudding music competition twice in a band and came in second place as a solo artist. “I’m not sure if ‘JAM’ is more impressive musically or lyrically, but maybe I shouldn’t fret, because it all comes together beautifully as an anthem of hope, positivity and celebrating all that is possible.” – Mitchel Hillman (Phoenix New Times).

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Streaming Services

While the popularity of streaming services has been growing dramatically of over the years, the royalties paid our to artist and record labels are small and come a the fraction of a penny for each stream, this makes it challenging to turn a profit through streaming.  In the world, there are two types of streaming. Interactive streaming and noninteractive streaming.

Interactive streaming services allow users to pick what they want to listen to and when they want to listen to it. An example of a service like this would be Spotify or apple music. Interactive streaming services will likely pay artist 3/10 of a penny per stream.

Noninteractive streaming services do not allow the listener to directly pick a song or album they want to listen too; rather they allow the listener to create a station from a song, album, or artist they like. Because noninteractive streaming services like Pandora don’t allow listeners to listen to a track multiple time on demand they may only pay artist 1/10th of a penny per stream.

While streaming can be difficult to enter into for indie artists it has been made easier through aggregate services like TuneCore and CD Baby that take a small fee for the distribution of their music to streaming services. When it comes to making money through streaming it is very important that artists register with RIAA’s Sound Exchanges which is responsible for the payout of royalties collected through streaming services to the record label who make 50%, the artist who make 45%, and the featured artist who makes 5%.


JB Ryans: Where Spoken Word Art Meet Music!


“Confessions of the Brokenhearted” a message for the world.

JB Ryans is a 23-Year-old Singer-Songwriter and producer whose raw lyrics focus back on his life and the challenges he has overcome to inspire others who may be fighting the same battles as he. JB says “there isn’t one singular artist who has inspired my sound… I come from listening to anything that moves me emotionally.” With that said, JB’s sound features an assemblage of airy and harmonic electronic tones, a R&B produced beat to allow the listener to think and feel, combined with elements of pop.

“Confessions of the Brokenhearted” is the debut single and lead track of Singer/Songwriter/Producer JB Ryans eventual album “Confessions of the Brokenhearted”. Ryans created this track as a way to take the last 5 years of his life, going through breakups, heartbreak, and depression and wrap it up into one heartfelt message. To tell everyone that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone and that these things that you are going through, you will make it through them. You will survive.


Baker Boy: Hip-Hop With a Fresh Aussie Twist!

Artist Bio…

“In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the “fresh new prince”. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy.

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities Milingimbi and Maningrida, Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land family. He knows his value, his worth and he raps so others get it.

What seems to be a whirlwind of success since Baker Boy’s debut single, ‘Cloud 9’, has manifested into a full-blown Cyclone Baker. Baker Boy is known as a multi-talented, multi-lingual artist, working across rap, dance, acting and graffiti, and he hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.

New single ‘In Control’ was co-written with award-winning writer/producer and multi-instrumentalist Pip Norman (Troye Sivan, Tuka, CXLOE). Featured on the freshly baked track is the T.I.M.E (Thornbury Instrumental Music Experience) Crew of Thornbury Primary who contribute their raw and energetic vocals to the track.

Baker Boy has everyone talking, and is destined to be one of this country’s greatest hip hop stars.

2019 Young Australian of The Year.” – Soundcloud

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