Unsigned Only Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion

Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion
Video Entries Accepted March 20-29, 2019

Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches Special “Video Only” Promotion


The Unsigned Only Music Competition is launching a special “Video Only” promotion and will be accepting both professional and homemade music video entries from March 20-29, 2019. Original music and cover songs are eligible. Artists can enter by going to: www.unsignedonly.com.

This is an opportunity for artists to show their creative side by putting their video making skills to the test, whether it be a professionally produced video or a homemade video that can be shot on just an iPhone or video camera. Two videos will become winners: one that is a fully produced video and one that is a homemade video. The two winners will be awarded some cool prizes, including a one-year license to Filmora9 and a GoPro camera. All “Video Only” entrants will receive a free a 30-day free trial of Filmora9, a leading video editing software program that makes future music video editing as easy as ever.

“Music videos are just as important as they have ever been,” said Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, Co-Founders of Unsigned Only. “Sites such as YouTube and Vimeo make it easy to post a video, but many of these indie videos don’t get many viewers. We want to help indie artists gain viewers and real recognition, and we are looking forward to receiving some really creative, interesting videos.”

It’s very simple to participate. Artists just need to make a music video (or choose one that has already been created) and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or any other website or platform where Unsigned Only can go and view it. Then, upon entering online, artists will provide a streaming link to the video.

All “Video Only” entries will also be entered into the overall 2019 Unsigned Only Music Competition and be eligible for all the regular competition prizes. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 38 winners, including a $20,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winner is also awarded one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. This is a unique opportunity for an artist to directly network with the highest level of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, and feedback. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category and awarded prizes. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record label deals.

2019 Judges include: Aimee Mann; Garth Hudson (Founding Member, The Band); Grouplove; Taj Mahal; Sanctus Real; Bow Wow; Robert Smith (The Cure); The Secret Sisters; Boney James; Gareth Emery; O.A.R.; Jack Ingram; Lionel Loueke; Simón Mejía (Bomba Estéreo); Oumou Sangaré; Janiva Magness; Fred Hersch; Francesca Battistelli; Frank Foster; Cedric Gervais; Aaron Shust; Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Metals); Ruthie Foster; Lucero; Mariza; Tinariwen; Craig Campbell; JD McPhereson; Carter Burwell; Zbigniew Preisner; Russ Landau; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony Decurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Mac Randall (Editor, JazzTimes); Marcos Juarez (Head of Latin Music, Pandora); David Sikorski (Senior Editor, EARMILK Media INC.); Jeff Zuchowski (Vice President, Artist Marketing & Industry Relations, Pandora); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer, Boston Herald); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); Art Tipaldi (Editor, Blues Music Magazine); Nigel J. Farmer (Editor-In-Chief, Jazz In Europe); John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Miriam Di Nunzio (Arts Editor/Entertainment, Chicago Sun-Times); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Angel Romero (Founder / Sr. Editor, World Music Central); Brandon Chitwood (Assistant Director, EDM Joy); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Management); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Deborah Klein (JV Partner and Artist Manager, Primary Wave Entertainment); Chris Sampson (EVP, Programming Superfly Presents (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival); Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Shaky Knees); Connie Farr (Music Supervisor / Creative Director, ThinkSync Music); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music Group); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); Jennifer Taunton (Music Supervisor, Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Founder / President, Lyric House); Rachel Levy (SVP, Film Music at Universal Pictures); Sheryl Louis (Artist Manager, CSM Management); and more to be announced.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Christian, Country, EDM, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Screen Shot (songs suitable for placement in film/TV/advertising/gaming), Teen (artists 18 years old or younger), Vocal Performance, and World Music.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Berklee College of Music; Eventric; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musicians Institute; Musician Wellness; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shubb Capos; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.

To learn more about Unsigned Only Music Competition, visit www.UnsignedOnly.com.

Twitter: @UnsignedOnly
IG: UnsignedOnly

Week37 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Maiah Manser See Thru It Artist: Maiah Manser
Track: “See Thru It”
LA-based noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser delivers an inspired pop paradox of soulful voice and lyric, juxtaposed by robo-cool beat and synth, with new single, “See Thru It”.

Willfully stunted synth stab and stop/start rhythm break ‘n’ bolt the 2-minute fifty-six-second track in dysfunctionally funky grid-snapped stanzas. Phat monophonic deconstructed electro-tones swagger awesome and obnoxious, while lo-fi sonics oscillate and fizz left/right. Manser’s vocals work the percussive with great success. Her stand out voice intentionally and rudely warped by sudden heavy pitch shift and shunt.

An intelligent slice of smartly crafted post-modern pop, as abrasive as it is audacious, “See Thru It” is out now on all major platforms.

Twitter: @maiahmanser
IG: maiahmanser


Elephanz ImperfectionArtist: Elephanz
Track: “Imperfection”
French electro-pop duo Elephanz drops a super-cool dose of electronic groove and old school soul with new single, “Imperfection”.

Crafted in understated high fidelity and deceptively unassuming quality production, the three-minute twenty-second track arrives in tightly timed beat and accomplished arrangement. Deft use of instrumentation makes for rich and compelling listening experience, with individual element carefully selected for both their musical and sonic characteristic. Lyrics are delivered in a light flourish and phrase; Elephanz working seamlessly from French to English and back again.

A smartly finessed pop gem, “Imperfection” is available now across streaming media platforms.

Twitter: @elephanzmusic
IG: elephanzmusic


computer magic remixes - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Computer Magic + Futurecop!
Track: “Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)
British composer Manzur Iqbal aka ‘Futurecop!’ brings a neo-synth-sonic space adventure to New York-based artist and producer Danz’s Computer Magic release, “Perfect Game”.

Framed in glorious fizzing electronics and lush 80s reverb, the 4-minute twenty-eight-second track unfolds in graceful overlapping melodies of burning electrodes and modulated sustain; contrasted by funky blunt 8-bit sequencer stabs. Gated Linndrum style beats punch/drive and exploded in bubble-pop fills. Danielle Johnson’s (Danz) vocals echo sweetly in tastefully constructed ambiance. Her voice a perfect pop blend of brittle phrasing and uber cool nonchalance.

“Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)’ is available now as one of five ‘Perfect Game’ remixes, presented together in the EP, ‘ Remixes, Vol 1’.

Twitter: @zdanz
IG: danz_cm

Share your music via Thursday’s #Musichouruk 8 pm – 9 pm (UK Time) for considering on our New Music Monster Playlist and review as one of our New Music Picks!

You can now submit / recommend new releases for our New Music Monster, every Friday via our new Reddit!

About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week36 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

caroline by IndianaArtist: Indiana
Track: “Caroline”
UK-based Independent Artist and superstar in waiting, Indiana delivers a sultry cool slice of synthpop sizzle and stand out songcraft with new single, “Caroline”.

Having parted company with Sony in search of artistic freedom, self-confessed narcissist Indiana has thrown herself into the life of an Independent Artist, making music and music video alike with a pronounced single-mindedness and single focus, to work her own way back to the top of the charts on her own terms.

Latest single, ‘“Caroline” represents Indiana’s first new material of 2019. Framed by glorious synth sonics and fizzing ever-shifting ambient drenched in delay, modulation, and sweet saturation, the 3 minutes 34 seconds track hustles to a bit snipped hi-hat and Linndrum dry kick snare/kick snare. Well placed stutter and glitch adds further syncopation and excitement, as Indiana’s soulful pop vocals soar. The talented vocalist working an impressive range from rich soulful tones to breathy and brittle pop laments.

Impressive production enhances the emotional dynamic with smart use of arrangement and FX, opening up and closing down the track in an ever-changing phonic dynamic. Vocals FXs are applied with taste, as imaginative use of pitch, synth, and echo create harmony, double and foreshadow. For all its qualities, it is the elegance and integrity of Indiana's songwriting that stands “Caroline” apart from the weekly slew of dance-pop offerings. Where her contemporaries so often fall short, Indiana excels. Reminiscent of the great pop songs of the 80s, “Caroline” tells a cautionary tale by successfully pairing compelling melody, both mournful and engaging, with lyric rich in image and idea. The result is nothing short of a modern pop classic, quietly operatic and softly spoken poetic.

With a backlog of material to release and a highly active presence on social media, Indiana looks set to take 2019, and take it, very much on her own terms. Without access to mainstream distribution channels afforded to major label artists, Indiana will have to move the mountain to her by sheer force of will and talent. Fortunately for fans of her music, she’s not lacking for either.

Twitter: @indianathegirl
IG: indianathegirl 


Hindsight 20 20 by UPSAHLArtist: UPSAHL
Track: “All My Friends are Rich” (Hindsight 20/20 EP)
Indie pop rising star UPSAHL releases her debut EP, ‘Hindsight 20/20’; rich in soul, swagger, sarcasm, and the sardonic, typified by the opening track, “All My Friends are Rich”.

Having only released her debut single, “Can You Hear Me Know” in 2018, UPSAHL has enjoyed a rapid rise to the impressive heights of placements on both Spotify and Filtr playlists, the attention of tastemaker publications, Consequence of Sound, Indie Shuffle and Ones to Watch, and #1 on the Hype Machine Charts. The young artist’s follow up singles, ‘Kiss Me Now’ and ‘Rough’ were produced by Max Frost and Tim Pagnotta & Brian Phillips respectively.

Drawing upon an eclectic range of genres, ‘Hindsight 20/20’ features a dazzling range of musical influences and delights for the listener. Each one successfully and seamlessly blended together across the five track EP. While Indie Pop remains the constant at the heart of each song, in turn, each one arrives, with its own unique flavor; the second track, ‘Stressed’ explodes into life with a sumptuous and swanky eruption of brass, the following track, ‘Drugs’ trading on Enimen-style loop ‘n’ sample.

Quirky and insightful, odd and ill-tempered, UPSAHL’s inspired use of lyrics catches and engages the ear from the get-go. Her singular use of phrase and expression, both familiar and, paradoxically, alienating at the same time. A refreshingly honest degree of obnoxiousness is present throughout; although UPSAHL has no interest or need to appear anything like ‘perfect’ in our eyes. Her vocal delivery works the beats well, moving from strut to rush with effective ease.

An intoxicating mix of smartly produced, creative instrumentation and arrangement, coupled with UPSAHL’s uniquely compelling songwriting makes for a highly enjoyable and original debut EP. Hindsight 20/20 exceeds the considerable expectations upon its creator’s young shoulders.

Catch the new video for ‘Drugs’.

Twitter: @upsahlmusic
IG: upsahlmusic


beverly hills by madgeArtist: Madge
Track: “Beverly Hills”
DIY pop producer Madge drops glorious electro on the most excellent lo-fi with her stand out rendition of Weezer’s 2005 smash hit, “Beverly Hills”.

Born and raised in Utah, now based in LA, Madge’s 2018 debut was an inspired cover of Sum 41’s ‘In Too Deep’. The MTV-friendly indie rock bop cast anew as a melancholic oddity of drawn-out guitar riff, willfully unrefined saw wave, and deconstructed drum machine fill. Madge managing to find depths in a track few had any idea existed.

2019 and Madge makes a welcome return to the art of the cover song with Weezer’s Grammy-winning MTV rotation all-conquering mega-smash, “Beverly Hills”.

Stripped down beat, bit and stab and chunky, cumbersome monolithic synth bass spit and grind; Madge tackling the opening verse in hushed rushes of double-tracked whispers, opening up to wonderful indie talk vox through the chorus. Sonic strangeness floats in the ambiance; modulating, escalating, auto-saturated, sequence and synth fizz, ripple, and squish. The track building in uneven lunges and bursts.

Stubbornly alternative and bold testament to the underproduced, untidy, wonder of the home brewed and truly independent, Madge’s reimagining of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” will delight and dismay in equal measure. Refreshingly unapologetic in its intentions, the track is by no means for everyone; nor is it meant to be. Clearly indifferent to indifference, Madge is making music for you to love or for you to hate. A compulsion shared by all genuine Artists.

Twitter: @Madge_music
IG: Madge_music

Share your music via Thursday’s #Musichouruk 8 pm – 9 pm (UK Time) for considering on our New Music Monster Playlist and review as one of our New Music Picks!

You can now submit / recommend new releases for our New Music Monster, every Friday via our new Reddit!

About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

Twitter: @MonsterThread

Hometown Dedication | “You Belong To The Sky” by Annie Bosko

California Native Annie Bosko Releases “You Belong To The Sky” Dedicated to Hometown Tragedy Victims

You Belong to the Sky by Annie Bosko

Nashville, TN — Thousand Oaks, CA native and accomplished musician, Annie Bosko, is lending her voice for good to benefit the 12 innocent lives lost at the Borderline shooting in her hometown. Following a performance alongside the likes of Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait & Rick Springfield at the recent Music Strong Benefit at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bosko felt compelled to further pursue helping her hometown with the release of powerful anthem, “You Belong To The Sky”.

“You Belong To The Sky” is Available Now on iTunes, GooglePlay, & Spotify!

Written by Bosko, 100% of the proceeds from downloads, Streams, and YouTube monetization will go to the families of the victims through May 7th, marking the 6 month anniversary.

Watch Official Video for “You Belong To The Sky”

Bosko was left broken hearted after the senseless shooting and fire that attacked Thousand Oaks all within a 24-hour period. The tragedy hit particularly close to her as her childhood home nearly burned down.

Recording Artist, Anni BoskoAbout Annie Bosko
Born and raised a farmer’s daughter and the middle of 5 children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. She’s entertained audiences up to 300,000 people, played the Grand Ole Opry, received a standing ovation at Ryman Auditorium and has toured the country opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wynona Judd, Big & Rich, Josh Turner, Pat Benetar and more. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know, Bosko has shared the stage and performed with Adele, Darius Rucker, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and more.

Annie has penned songs for Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Ty Herndon, Rita Wilson, Jessica Andrews and more. Her single, “Crooked Halo” was featured as a Highway Find on Sirius XM The Highway and the music video topped the charts on CMT. Rolling Stone magazine praised her as the #2 new country artist to watch, describing her as the “California girl next door with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow.”

Twitter: @anniebosko
IG: anniebosko

Mingle in RnB Style | “Call Me Up” Music Video by Stevie B

Pittsburgh vocalist/producer Stevie B presents the music video for his new single “Call Me Up”, produced by Stevie and Dude IG

Call Me Up by Stevie B

Stevie has produced for Wiz Khalifa and the late Jimmy Wopo (watch the “Today’s A Good Day” video) as well as Dave East (watch the “Blood On My Hands” video) and Yo Gotti (watch the “Drug Dealer Dream” video), with more than 200 mixtapes featuring his work. The video was directed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer Jimmy Hoyson and Manic Entertainment.

R&B Artist, Stevie B

“I’m single and ready to mingle,” Stevie says about his new single. “And felt like singing about it! I wanted to show a more diverse side, not just for the streets, something for the ladies.”

“Call Me Up” is Available Now on Deezer & Spotify!

Watch Music Video for “Call Me Up”

Twitter: @Stevieiamrnb
IG: 412stevieb


When He Gets Home… | “Making Love” by Rae Stewart

R&B Artist, Rae Stewart, Releases Music Video for Latest Single, “Making Love”

Making Love by Rae Stewart “Making Love” is the new single by fresh Mancunian R&B artist Rae Stewart, produced by the renowned Birmingham based producer Triple B (2000 & Triple ENT). The slick R&B production, featuring Rae’s cool, sexy vocals, is influenced by the late 90’s R&B & Hip-Hop greats such as Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliot, but has a definite 2019 edge. Rae says, “Making Love was originally a freestyle that I wrote over the beat, sent to me by Triple B. Then, we decided to film me singing it after a show I had in Manchester and put it on socials. It got over thousands of likes across the board and a great response by the public and well-known artists. So, we went to the studio in the same week and turned into a proper song and released it in late November on all digital platforms.” The video for Making Love, directed by Rae and her manager J.Gray, showcases new aspects of her creative talent.

Watch Official Video for “Making Love”

From a playlist on Birmingham’s top radio station, the Newstyle Radio 98.7 FM to the thousands of new Instagram followers, “Making Love” is already taking the world by storm. This builds on the momentum of 2018. Her EP Hear Me was won her new fans, live shows and media support, with the private listening party in Rae’s hometown of Manchester to celebrate its release a sell-out success. “Be Down” hit the top 30 in Music Week’s Pop Chart and “Fake Love” was confirmed as DJ Target’s Unsigned Artist Song of The Week.

“Making Love” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

R&B Artist, Rae Stewart

About Rae Stewart
Rae Stewart started singing at only three years old. By the age of 18, she was a part of the group Venus alongside two other girls from Manchester. In that time, she appeared in TV show Asbo Teens to Beauty Queens. The response was mind blowing, with requests from TV, record labels and managers filling up Rae’s inbox.

In December, Rae performed live at The Drop | Link Up TV show in London receiving rave reviews. More shows are planned for 2019 – stay tuned on her social media for the latest updates.

Twitter: @raestewart88
IG: raestewartofficial

Americana Flavor | Capsize EP by Cliffs + Caves

Indie Folk Duo, Cliffs + Caves, Releases EP Capsize

Capsize EP by Cliffs + Caves - BRASH! Magazine BlogHOUSTON, TXCliffs + Caves recently announced the release of their EP, Capsize. Partnering with producer Chris Jacobie (Penny and Sparrow, Jarrod Dickenson, Duncan Fellows), the duo has created a five song exploration of the musical ingenuity that is created when artistry runs in the family. Americana Highways exclusively premiered Capsize last month stating, “Overall the songs will hit you emotionally and the EP creates a sense of suspense at those things in life that are often unresolved.”

Capsize is an exploration of 5 songs that display the diversity and artistry of the female duo, ranging from the battle cry of their single “Defiance”, to the sentimental vocals and intimate country-esque lyrics of the singles “Goodbye For Good” and “Right Side”. Partnering with producer Chris Jacobie (Penny & Sparrow), Cliffs + Caves deliver their rawly honest lyrics with powerful harmonies that will instantly capture your attention.

Capsize EP is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

About Cliffs + Caves
Cliffs + Caves, the mother-daughter duo of Lindsey and Claire Justice, unabashedly share their deeply personal and relatable stories through songs that resonate with listeners of all generations. Best known in their home state of Texas for their unique blend of indie-folk music, the pair are delivering their best record yet with the release of their highly anticipated EP, Capsize. The original songs are a team effort with Lindsey creating most of the lyrics and melodies while Claire, a multi-instrumentalist, composed the music for the tracks. Undoubtedly their most dynamic release to date, Capsize reveals the depths of their skills as songwriters and instrumentalists with intimate lyrics lilting intrinsically over smooth musical progressions.

IG: cliffs_and_caves