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.

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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.

Facebook.com/maiahmansermusic
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.

Facebook.com/ELEPHANZ
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’.

Facebook.com/zdanz
Twitter: @zdanz
IG: danz_cm


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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!

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

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Go Your Own Way | “Do You” by Julia Zahra

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia Zahra Releases Empowering New Single, “Do You”

“Do You” is Julia Zahra’s latest single. An empowering song about no longer trusting the other, but following your own gut feeling. With a soulful emotionally loaded vocal melody and the acoustic guitar that glues the electronic sounds together, “Do You” will find everyone’s inner warrior.

Do You by Julia Zahra

Stream “Do You” Today on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia ZahraAbout Julia Zahra
Julia Zahra was born in 1995 in Indianapolis, US as Julia van der Toorn, and was raised in The Netherlands.

In 2013 she auditioned in the fourth season of The Voice of Holland with an accoustic guitar version of Britney Spears’ ‘Oops I Did It Again’ (over 6 million streams on Spotify). From that first moment on she was one of the favourites and gained popularity, and won the competition at only 18 years old – the youngest winner thus far. After that she released her debut album.

A year later Julia participated in ‘The Best Singers of The Netherlands’, a Dutch TV competition in which artists perform cover versions of each other’s songs, and won this show as well. In one episode she sang ‘Just an Illusion’ which ended up high in the Dutch iTunes charts in 2015. More than a year later the song was picked up in Fiji, where it still is a top ten song, and eventually all around The Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. You can hear the song also on the radio in L.A., San Francisco and even Canada, and by now it has over 4 million streams on Spotify. Zahra toured around the Pacific for 2 months, amongst other venues playing the Vodafone Arena in Fiji and a sold out Club Royals in Auckland, NZ.

In January 2018 Julia released her EP Something New, which is a raw and acoustic interpretation of her songs. Currently she is performing live in The Netherlands with her almost sold out The Remedy Tour, and is ready to overwhelm everybody with a new sound and a lot of new tunes.

www.juliazahra.com
Facebook.com/juliazahramusic
Twitter: @juliazahramusic
IG: juliazahramusic

Get Real | “Real Something” by Rayana Jay ft. ESTA

Sultry Neo-Soul Singer Rayana Jay Reveals New Record “Real Something” ft. ESTA

Real Something by Rayana Jay ft. ESTA - BRASH! Magazine BlogFollowing her 2017 EP Morning After, Bay-area R&B/Soul Songstress Rayana Jay returns with a slew of new releases in 2019, including her latest offering “Real Something,”an openhearted record in collaboration with Soulection Producer ESTA.

Rayana flexes her signature songwriting and advanced vocals on the new track. Staying true to her form, Rayana writes from her experiences with relationship both through love and loss, of which she explains have found form as notes to her younger self. “Real Something” highlights that very first moment when you realize you’ve found your hearts other half. The singer-songwriter eloquently captures in song what it feels like to find that “real something” you’ve been searching for.

“Real Something” is Available Now on Digital Music Streaming Outlets!

Rayana Jay’s acclaimed debut EP, Sorry About Last Night—helmed by The Fader as one of the most relatable albums of the year—dropped in the Fall of 2016 and serves as a proper introduction to her penmanship, relationship with love itself, and her changing world. Her follow-up EP, Morning After—pinned as one of the top EP’s of 2017 by BBC1—expands on her distinct sound and place as one of future R&B’s most important voices.

Rayana’s After music features on popular shows like Grown-ish, Atlanta FX, Netflix’s On My Block 2018, as well her original song-video “Undefeated” collab with ESPN (also featured on Lebron James’hand-picked “The Strongest” Playlist), Rayana Jay is preparing to drop her final EP in Spring of 2019 before her full length project arrives.

www.RayanaJay.com
Facebook.com/rayanajay
Twitter: @Rayanajay
IG: Rayanajay
YouTube.com/rayanajay

Week35 |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

"Plan B" by Hollie Carmen - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Hollie Carmen
Track: “Plan B”
UK-Based pop/soul singer-songwriter Hollie Carmen drops a tightly produced slice of stripped-down groove and sweet vocal hook with new single, “Plan B”. The London born and breed Independent Artist released her debut single, lo-fi beats and anthemic on the low-down chorus, ‘Warrior Love’ just last year. Her second single, the easy swagger ‘n’ dub, ‘Butterflies’ was co-written with Marlon Roudette and earned a premiere with tastemaker publication, ‘Line of Best Fit’. Hollie finished off 2018 with an acoustic version of ‘Butterflies’.

Lastest single, “Plan B” represents Hollie’s first release of 2019. Having quickly found her sound in a short number of releases, “Plan B” carries itself with Hollie’s now signature laid back flow and intuitive use of sonic space. Guitars drop easy and lush with room to breathe, thanks to the well-crafted stereo field. Smart use of voicing and placement makes for a shifting, contrasting left/right balance. A drum-machine feel beat lands minimal ‘n’ right with a nice touch of dirt.

Hollie’s vocals hold the center both of the mix and the listener’s attention. Working the timings well, her words flow percussive. Verses move in long conversational lines, while choruses are framed tighter in short vocal-hook stanzas. The track is gently singalong throughout, without ever forcing the issue or intruding upon the listener. Additional backing vocals, adlibs, and melodic riffs add width and depth to the vocal canvas.

“Plan B” marks three impressive original releases in a row for Hollie Carmen. With further material in the works, this talented young artist looks set for a breakout 2019. One to watch.

Hollie Carmen will be playing The Waiting Room, London March 19th.

Twitter: @holliecarmen
IG: holliecarmen

 

"You Don’t Know Anything"  by tomato tomato - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tomato / Tomato
Track: “You Don’t Know Anything” (Canary in a Coal Mine LP)
Folk/County duo Tomato / Tomato deliver 12 tracks of soul, song, and sing along with their new album, Canary in a Coal Mine . The self-described, ‘genre-bending power duo’ has been crafting their unique take on folk ‘n’ country, since their debut album, ‘I Go Where You Go’ was released in 2016. Along with two further albums, Tomato / Tomato spent the subsequent years building a reputation as a stand-out live act.

Their fourth album, Canary in a Coal Mine  moves seamlessly through a wide-ranging array of musical flavors and moods. From the nostalgia on a gentle rush, ‘Kite Song’ to the stomp and shout of “You Don’t Know Anything” to the classic open road soundtrack and the title track, Canary in a Coal Mine .

Though impressively varied, the album is held together by quality musicianship and arrangement throughout. Each song carefully worked in terms of structure and dynamic. The 12 tracks turn over in an easy time, one compelling the listener after the next. And while produced to a high standard, the record retains the authenticity of a live performance from start to finish.

Above all else, it is the humor of wife and husband Lisa and John McLaggen, that catches and holds the ear across the 12 tracks of Canary in a Coal Mine . Alive and evident, not just in their lyrics and vocal performance, but also in use of instrumentation and rhythm. Uninhibited by pretention, the album ebbs and flows to match emotion and mood. A beautiful work, quietly graceful, and so very human.

Facebook.com/TomatoTomato.SJ
Twitter: @TomatoTomato_SJ
IG: TomatoTomato.SJ

 

Blue by Rose Gray - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Rose Gray
Track: “Blue”
East London-based singer-songwriter Rose Gray brings a melancholic musical moment with grace and swing, with her new single, “Blue”. Having only released her debut single, ‘Good Life’ at the beginning of this year, Independent Artist Rose Gray has quickly established herself as an accomplished music maker of talent and integrity. Her debut earing nearly 10k monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

Lastest single, “Blue” further demonstrates Rose Gray’s growing artistic confidence. The song is impressively framed by a depth of well-thought-out production and arrangement. A tightly placed electro beat skips and snaps, in crisp snare smacks and deaden dry kick thuds. Gorgeous soulful keys trickle in tastefully judged riffs that fizz and tease or resonate in lush expanses of delicious chords. The quietly driving bassline lands in spaciously placed droplets.

Rose Gray’s vocals rise and fall in rich soulful surges of tone and emotion. Her vocal performance strikingly restrained and intelligently crafted for one so young. Creative use of vox FX to create backing vocal, harmony, double and echo add extra emotional depth; while, at the same time, providing depth and width to the mix. Additional sonic elements further enhance the stereo field with synth oscillation, delay, and modulation.

A compelling emotional and musical experience for the listener, “Blue” is a stand-out track of well-worked instrumentation built upon a bedrock of first-rate songwriting. In just two releases, Rose Gray has put down an impressive marker. A marker that the tastemakers and curators would be wise to heed. 2019 may well belong to Rose Gray.

Catch Rose Gray live at Mirth, Marvel, and Maud March 28th.
Facebook.com/rosegrayyy
Twitter: @rosegray_
IG: rosegray_

 


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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!

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

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Dark Side of Companionship | “ugly” by benny mayne

Toronto Artist, benny mayne Reveals “ugly” Side of Relationships in Somber New Single & Music Video

Ugly by Benny Mayne

Single Cover Art by Thomas Pasotti

Toronto artist, benny mayne, made a name for himself in 2018 with a slew of standout releases, including his hit track “bounce”. Following his collab with Atlanta lyricist, 24hrs on their track “strangers,” benny is back with a vulnerable, new record “ugly” that showcases his dark pop-infused-R&B style, sensual vocals and honest lyrics. benny divulges on all the “ugly” parts of relationships that we often try to ignore, while referencing his own, real-life relationship that he describes as being both meaningful yet toxic and deteriorating.

I feel like I’m still introducing the different sides of me through my music, so ‘ugly’ is really an important song to me because it’s one of the first times I really open up to fans. – benny mayne

“ugly” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Outlets!

The accompanying visual for “ugly” finds benny and his ex-girlfriend caught a seemingly drug-induced dreamscape where they’re confronted by the truths of their toxic and deteriorating relationship. benny is unable to decipher reality from the voices in his head as he is haunted by his ex.

Watch Official Music Video for “ugly”

“This song starts off with me realizing how much this toxic relationship affected me more than I understood, and how for so many years I internalized my previous mistakes allowing them to affect my ability to love anyone else, including myself,” benny continues. “The second verse seems like I’m talking to my ex but, in reality, I’m fighting with my ego. It’s me dealing with my insecurities of her not loving me anymore and realizing my bullsh*t.”

Toronto artist, benny mayne

Photo Credit: Sonia Kiejliches

www.bennymayne.com
Facebook.com/bennymaynemusic
Twitter: @bennymayne
IG: bennymayne

The Dance | “Dancing With Him Tonight” by Kären McCormick

Brazzaville, Congo native Kären McCormick is swaying into the country scene with her new single “Dancing With Him Tonight”

Dancing With Him Tonight by Karen McCormick

NASHVILLE, TN — Daring with an air of mystery, the 23-year-old’s third release, “Dancing With Him Tonight” is self-penned and produced by Caleb Lovely and Lucas Hathaway.

Taste of Country revealed “Dancing With Him Tonight” in an exclusive first listen, calling it a “hypnotic, sultry pop-country song.”

“Dancing With Him Tonight” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

With a vocal blend of Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, the newcomer is already making a name for herself. McCormick snagged a win at Got Talent, Spokane? in 2012 and played two dates on Kelsea Ballerini’s “The Unapologetically Tour” with Walker Hayes. She has opened for Terry McDermott of NBC’s “The Voice” and has racked up over 850,000 views on YouTube.

Inspired by artists like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, McCormick released her first autobiographical single, “Just a Song,” in March 2018. With more than 20,000 streams, it has been recognized by The Daily Country as “a universal pop-country track which recalls a certain superstar.” Her sophomore single, “We Were on Fire,” was released in August.

Kären McCormick is slated to release her debut EP this summer.

www.KarenMcCormickMusic.com
Facebook.com/karenmccormickmusic
Twitter: @karenlmccormick
IG: karenlmccormick
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