Contact Info To Get Your Music on the Radio

A few weeks ago, we discussed different tips for getting your music on college radio. Below is a list of contact information for various college and commercial radio stations that specifically play independent music. Can’t wait to hear your music on the airwaves music fam!

KTRL Radio attn: Drew Slattery (Music Director), 90.5 KTRL, Box T-0095, Tarleton State U. Stephenville TX 76402 A new station looking for all styles of Folk, Roots/Americana, Country and World Music.

KURT Radio attn: Drew Slattery (Music Director), 100.7 KURT, Box T-0095, Tarleton State U. Stephenville TX 76402 Send us your Rock music.

KYHY PO Box 3422, Burbank, CA 91508 Jerry We have rocked Burbank, Los Angeles County and the World since May 1, 2008 and we continue to do so for one reason – independent music.

KRIM 500 E. Tyler Pkwy. Ste. A, Payson, AZ 85541 PH: 928-978-3795 Kit McGuire I am well known for presenting unsigned/Indie artists to the masses. Since we are about to stream (target date is April 1st) this will give artists a major boost and worldwide exposure. I personally screen all the artist’s demos, media kits, promo packs, track-by-track myself. I screen for great music from artists hard at work touring and fullfilling their dream. I venture to say that I turn down at least 87% of what I hear. My show is only 2 hours long weekdays here so I am searching for the best artists there are!

High Plains Morning – HPPR 101 W. 5th St. #100, Amarillo, TX 79101 PH: 806-367-9088 Johnny Black Singer/Songwriters, Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, World, Jazz and much more. Includes a performance studio.

WFUV (90.7 FM and Feature established and emerging New York City-based indie rock and other styles. Samm Brown’s “For The Record”, a weekly radio program on

KPFK 90.7 FM, is seeking artists/bands for airplay and critique. Each Sunday, Brown hosts a program that focuses on the entertainment industry in general and the music business in particular. Send a package to Samm Brown’s For The Record, KPFK Radio, 90.7 FM, 11054 Ventura Blvd. No. 237, Studio City, CA. 91604. Radio Rietveld Frederik Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam, The Netherlands PH: 003120-5711600 FX: 003120-5711654

Hans Kuiper/ Gijs Muller We feature independent music, originally produced programs, soundscapes, radio plays, interviews and art specials. We are connected to the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam.

WBMB Baruch College Radio, 87.9 FM The Biz 55 Lexington Ave. Ste. 3-280, New York, NY 10010 PH: 646-312-4720 Gina Alioto Featuring all styles of music.

WNCW – Isothermal College PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160 PH: 828-287-8000 x349 FX: 828-287-8012 Martin Anderson We’re always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World music to play.

WOJB – Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College 13386 W. Trepania Rd. Hayward, WI 54843 PH: 715-634-2100 FX: 715-634-4070 Nicky Kellar We’re one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.

KRCK-FM 97.7 73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260 PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455 The Big KC KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative format.


Independent Labels Jumping Ship From Spotify

Since the launch of Spotify in the States, the twitterverse and blogospheres have been abuzz with the new platform. However, every week there is more Independent labels leaving the platform because they are unsatisfied with the sites payout structure. For a model like Spotify, the company must keep their labels happy with the payout structure if the idea is going to be a success for the music industry as well as the company. Yet, this has led some question whether the payout structure of a ‘freemium’ model may diminish the financial of the music. So far, Prosthetic Records, Metal Blade, and Mode have removed their music from the site and Century Media will now limit its presence on Spotify to music samplers.

In a recent Billboard article entitled “Century Media Scales Back Spotify Presence”, the label released a statement further explaining their decision to jump ship from the Spotify model for their independent artists. The statement explained that the ‘freemium’ model “in its present shape and form isn’t the way forward” and added their acts, “are depending on their income from selling music and it is our job to support them to do so.”

The fact is that the Spotify model may make sense for Major artists, yet has been unable to satisfy the independent labels and artists. In response to Labels jumping ship the company put out a statement saying they are “providing an alternative to piracy”. The company should have taken the opportunity to improve the benefits of the model, instead of essentially ignoring the leaving labels. In the digital age, multiple revenue streams are the secret to profitably. In the Billboard article, “Strength in Diversity”, Glenn Peoples explains that, “Diversification is paramount in the digital music era- labels simply can’t survive on digital music sales alone.” Until the company adjusts their payment structure or diversifies their revenue streams the site will not satisfy the needs of the independent industry and labels will continue to leave.

Four Tips for Selecting Covers For Your Band

                In the catalogues of great artists, from Johnny Cash covering Hank Williams to John Mayer covering Tom Petty, everyone does cover songs. The question is what a band should consider to pick the right song to cover. These are four considerations that I have found to be most helpful in determining the song fit for your band.

Song Needs to be Tasty

The first thing you got to look for is songs that fit your bands taste either musically or lyrically. Your band obviously needs to enjoy the cover song if it is going to emulate the original. I think a great way to get into the music is think what the artist was thinking when they wrote those cords or lyrics and if you can relate to that artist’s expression it should rank high on your tasty music scale.

 Consider the Styles

You should fit your bands style correctly to your style and the events style. Depending on your bands style, it may be difficult to do a total 360 in their genre in a cover song. Also, a cover song should also consider the style of the event that the cover will be performed. On December 3rd, I am performing originals and classic rock covers at the Rock N Brews and Food Truck Fest in Hollywood. Now if I were to come out singing Britney SpearsHit Me Baby One More Time” it may not exactly fit in with the whole Rock style and might be an issue. The point is, consider the style for the specific concert where it will be performed.

Consider Your Ability

As much as I would love to be able to do a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” I would never do it because I have a have a long long long long progression vocally before I can attempt to try to imitate Jimmy Page. So, keep your own current vocal range and music ability in mind when selecting your cover. I am a big believer in the idea that a more simple song sung remarkably is always better than a extremely difficult song sung decently.

To Thine Own Music Be True

Yes your band is covering a different artists music, but its important to make it your own. Making the covering song your own can entail anything from adding your own personal singing style to changing the tempo to completely altering the songs original genre (see Papa Roach’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s song “Smooth Criminal”). Whatever you do to make the song your own, it is important to reflect your bands creativity. Although this is not your original music, you need to bring it to life in for a new audience and it can be as much a representation of your creativity as original music.

Enjoy your jams music fam!