After years of making music together in the studio, Chuck E. Costa, Eric Dawson Tate, and Colin Meyer were compelled to give their collaboration a name. The resulting Mon Monarch is a collective of folk, roots, rock, Americana, and indie with the diverse influences of its members.
The band is currently touring and supporting the re-mastered release of its winningly understated debut Waterproof Matches, recorded in a cabin in upstate New York.
In the vein of Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, the album is a collection of songs of well-penned subtlety. Because the band has a history there is depth, strength and maturity. It is a demonstration of exemplary musical intelligence, clarity of expression, fun and satisfying nuance and a real knack for simple but beautifully elegant touches.
Mon Monarch has shared the stage with such diverse touring artists as Rosanne Cash, Andrew Bird, the Low Anthem, Richard Shindell, The Weepies, Pete Seeger, The Samples, and Josh Ritter to name a few. Listen to and license Mon Monarch now on the Audiosocket storefront.
kontent partners’ “The Art of: Series” celebrates the craft, passion and people who make desired and sought after objects of design.
Directed and produced by Craig Brooks and kontent partners, this first installment features Seattle’s 12th Avenue Iron and acclaimed international architect Tom Kundig. Featureing music from Audiosocket’s own Voyager One and Kerry Muzzey’s Candlepark Stars.
CueSongs makes music catalogue of well known artists
available to Audiosocket video & filmmakers
CueSongs, the one-stop music licensing hub for online and digital media, today announced a partnership with music licensing and technology company Audiosocket. Audiosocket’s music catalog now includes CueSongs’ roster of established artists, and will be available in early June to customers which include Vimeo, The Associated Press, Monster Energy, StyleHaul, Tongal and WPP.
Licensing famous music for web media and user-generated content has been next to impossible. These challenges have caused disruption to copyrights on a global level. This partnership will begin to change that by opening up the licensing process around famous content, where more than 90% of all license requests have historically gone unanswered. With more than 80 hours worth of video posted online every minute, this presents a huge growth opportunity for artists and publishers.
CueSongs will now enable Audiosocket’s clients, including independent film and video creators, to find and easily license music from established artists for their digital and mobile productions. Audiosocket customers can elect to offer CueSongs music via the Audiosocket licensing system, ensuring that these artists are compensated for use of their work.
CueSongs signed agreements last year with all the major publishers, as well as working directly with a number of artists such as Groove Armada, Embrace, French Horn Rebellion, Dido, Ziggy Marley and Peter Gabriel.
Peter Gabriel, music pioneer and co-founder of CueSongs, says: “Making video is no longer exclusive to a small professional elite, it is now open to all of us. Many of us want to add music to our videos, but have no idea how we might get the right permissions. Whether we be amateurs, semiprofessionals, small businesses or schools etc. there are millions of potential users, who currently have nowhere to go to license their music. CueSongs painlessly connects music licensing to the new world of social media, Youtube, and the web. In the same way that low cost airlines encouraged millions of people to make trips that they would never have considered in the old traditional model, we believe CueSongs can create a whole new flexible and responsive market for music licenses.”
Jenn Miller, COO of Audiosocket, comments: “Audiosocket provides highly curated, culturally-relevant music for client projects, and is focused on making the customer experience of sourcing, licensing, and using music as seamless as possible.
Delivering great music to our customers while making sure our artists have a platform for distribution that ensures they are properly compensated for their work has always been top priority. We are thrilled to add well known artists to our collection via CueSongs, and are very excited to introduce our current and future customers to this new partnership.”
The integration of CueSongs with the Audiosocket catalog will first be made available to existing Audiosocket partners and will be made available to all clients later this year.
An old Chinese proverb says, “When the winds of change blow, some build walls while other build windmills.” If this does not apply to the recent upheavals in the music and technology industries, we don’t know what does!
One of Audiosocket’s purposes is to address the rapid growth and changes in the digital world of music (particularly with mainstream media migrating into that realm). Music has evolved from a “record industry” to becoming deeply entangled in the worlds of technology and branding.
Bands still want to sell albums. But it’s no longer as simple as tracking how many were sold in a record store, and revenue isn’t as heavily dependent on those sales as they were ten-to-fifteen years ago. Ah, the simple days…
Music is becoming the nucleus of how brands position themselves within the culture of their target audience. Find the indie band that has tens of thousands of social media followers and hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, and chances are you’re going to hit your target.
An online music documentary about indie bands Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! will premier this summer. And produced by Taco Bell. No, you didn’t misread that. The documentary was produced by “run for the border,” “gordita-crunching,” fast food giant Taco Bell. The company recognized the changes occurring in online media and rather than “building walls” they “built a windmill.”
In order to succeed in the new digital age, brands need to interact with their consumers by maintaining a digital presence in multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MyLife). One of the most effective ways to do this is to communicate with their targets on their own territory – the online communities where bands they listen to, follow and share digitally exist.
Herein lies the question – how is this affecting indie bands and how they monetize their work?
It used to be that bands would avoid having their music placed in mainstream films or television ads like the plague so as not to be seen as “selling out.” Today, music placement is part of their day-to-day business. Brands and filmmakers are essentially using the indie bands to further their own services and products. Some use the music legally, but others take advantage of the fact that FCC and Copyright regulations have not kept up with new technology and use it illegally.
Going back to the original statement in this post – this is why Audiosocket exists. Sure, there are a number of licensing companies out there, but Audiosocket stands out because it recognizes that the music industry is entangled with technology.
There’s no getting around this. It is forcing bands to become more protective of their work (even more so than the days of Napster!), and to treat digital content as one of their primary sources of revenue – a far cry from “selling out.” It’s not an easy change for some, but despite the hassles of moving to a new revenue platform, there are numerous new ways for artists to financially benefit.
As music and digital technology further intersect, brands and online content creators need to realize that the days of not compensating bands, musicians and writers (indie ones) properly are quickly fading. On the flip side, bands also need to recognize this environment is only going to get increasingly competitive.
Just in the last few weeks, AOL and YouTube made significant changes to their online content, continuing to reduce the gap between traditional and digital media. AOL tapped celebrity A-listers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Hank Azaria to create original content for the company’s effort to substantially dip into online programming. And just days ago, YouTube announced its first set of subscription channels including Sesame Street and Ultimate Fighting Championship (talk about polar opposites!). The idea is to create a new revenue stream for YouTube and its thousands of content partners. Channel creators will keep more than 50% of the revenue while YouTube keeps the rest, similar to the arrangements that exist for sharing the site’s ad revenue.
Now that just these two key players have moved further into the world of programming, bands will have more opportunities to monetize their work. Nevertheless, it also strengthens the argument that licensing and copyright standards and regulations need to be brought up to speed sooner than later.
In the meantime, Audiosocket will continue to give brands and content creators access to music that is up to par with the progressive sophistication of online media, and ensure that musicians are getting paid fairly when their music is used. We’re not building walls. We’re embracing the change and building windmills. Allbeit virtual ones.
With hip-hop being a culture predicated on keeping it “real,” few artists have a reality as compelling and unique as Soul Khan’s. This Brooklyn resident’s meteoric rise over the past four years has transcended being a viral sensation into one of the most buzzed about indie-rap superstars today. 25,000 Facebook fans and 19,000 Twitter followers have helped Khan rack up over one-million views on his YouTube channel.
With five critically acclaimed EPs and an album, 2010’s Soul Like Khan which has been downloaded over 100,000 times, Khan has received his fair share of press. MTV, BET, Complex, URB, and Forbes have all prominently featured his project, often citing his unparalleled work ethic and strong consistency, thanks in part to being a member of New York underground sensation Brown Bag All-Stars. With projects that stay true to his pedigree and always deliver on his promises, Khan has made believers out of such hip-hop icons as DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Scarface. Add a little hip-hop flavor to your project with Soul Khan from the Audiosocket storefront!
Louisiana brothers Joe and Dave Stark are the guitar/drum duo Baby Bee, and whatever they lack in numbers is more than made up for with feral, wild-eyed rock energy. The righteous ruckus introduces the brother as promising newcomers in the legacy of two-strong garage revivalists like The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Check out the iTunes single of the week, “Drop It Like a Bomb” then get your project rocking with music from Baby Bee in the Audiosocket storefront »
Coming soon, special offer to Pro Photographers & Videographers! Beginning Monday, May 13 Audiosocket will have an exclusive offer for our members who produce wedding, event, or festival slideshows and videos. Don’t have an Audiosocket account yet? Sign-up for free by 11:59pm Sunday, May 12 to get this offer* provided only to Audiosocket’s members. And to get a taste of music that’s perfect for your project, here is our Picks for Pics Playlist »
Remember, sign up before midnight this Sunday to get this special offer!
*Separate offer provided to users not yet signed up.
Ryan Villopoto made it into the books this year being the 4th rider in Supercross history to win 3 back-to-back championship titles. This year he locked up the title before the championship race in Vegas.
AP at AP Designs made an exclusively-designed Monster Energy helmet for Villopoto’s final race of the season commemorating his back-to-back titles. Check out the making of the one-fo-a-kind helmet with “Construtor” by Audiosocket’s Jonathon Still.
Audiosocket’s MaaS™ Analytics provides artists, labels deep insight into fan engagement, interests.
New Orleans (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) – Audiosocket announced today that it is launching its latest Music as a Service (MaaS) technology with Eleven Seven Music to address a growing need to establish a direct relationship between artists and their fans. MaaS Analytics, which is in early stages of beta testing, is a service that integrates with artists’ and labels’ direct marketing strategies and social media to deepen the level of fan engagement and provide actionable intelligence to inform their marketing, media and sales strategies.
“Bridging the gap between artist and fan is currently a hot topic issue within the music industry. Artists need access to their fans to grow their careers, understand what their fans want, offer exclusives and relevant news, and reward loyalty,” says Jenn Miller, President, Audiosocket. “A number of analytics services aggregate valuable data across hundreds of sites on the web. This data speaks to trends, sales, streams, likes, and fan engagement on a macro level. While this information is important, it does not establish a direct connection between the fan and the artist or help the artist understand how effective specific strategies are at engaging, retaining, and creating new fans.”
Audiosocket refers to this as ‘micro-analytics’. Knowing how fans respond to specific posts, songs, or news is critical. It enables an artist to effectively interact with their fans, delivering more of what they want.
Currently, the data on individual fans is owned and/or controlled by third party platforms. This data is used to better service their users, but that often means the artist is left with little understanding of the specific engagements between fans and their content. Moreover, many services are using the data to customize delivery of other ‘similar’ artists.
MaaS Analytics provides a broad scope of users’ activity and information to speak to the effectiveness of media an artist or label is posting with or without collecting users’ information. Clients monitor real-time actions and analytics via a dashboard that clearly displays users’ activity, such as how many fans are listening now, what they are listening to, for how long, number of visits, shares, new users, top searches, and sales activity. Aggregated, this data demonstrates which pieces of content were most effective for engagement, what was shared the most, and what led to the greatest sales. Individually, where fans sign-up and want to be informed, artists and labels may use this data for customized outreach.
The first label to utilize this service is Eleven Seven Music Group (elevensevenmusic.audiosocket.com). Eleven Seven is home to Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Escape The Fate, and Sixx:AM. Five Seven (fivesevenmusic.audiosocket.com) is a separate label brand and is home to The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns, Nico Vega, and Blondie. “The future of the music business is all about independent label brands controlling their digital data and rights all while building community,” says Allen Kovac, CEO, Eleven Seven Music. “Audiosocket is providing a solution for this strategy.”
Relationships and data have always been at the core of Eleven Seven’s strategy. Fans now expect relevant information will be automatically provided based on their preferences. MaaS Analytics facilitates the “data connection” between artists and fans to give them what they want in a very targeted, concise format. MaaS Analytics is a smart way to better inform clients and artists, and reward loyal fans in innovative ways.
Advertisers now have the foresight and financial incentive to produce original digital video advertising and make digital video a central focus of creativity, breakthrough interactivity and brand storytelling. But it’s up to marketers, agencies and publishers to take that leap and jump in.
Audiosocket already gives brands access to license music that bolsters their digital storytelling.
Canopy Climbers, an independent alt outfit comprised of three friends hailing from three different cities, crafts its music in the cloud. Each track is sent back and forth via the internet, each member adding their respective creative input until it is perfected.
Their sound has been described as “heavenly alt-electronic pop”. Their newest single, “Stuck”, described as “a controlled explosion of electronic rock” (liisten.com), recently dropped on iTunes and is leading the way of anticipation for their upcoming record, Miles (available on Audisocket May 2013). Canopy Climbers is definitely a band to keep your eyes on - or beat everyone to the punch and include in your project now. Check out more from Canopy Climbers on the storefront!
This weekend kicks off the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival! Now in its 44th year, the two-weekend festival brings acts of all genres to its stages, with this year’s headliners Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, the Black Keys, Phoenix, and more.
This year’s festival also features a number of New Orleans Audiosocket artists. Check out the schedule below for their set times and locations, and click on the artist’s name to find them in the storefront!
Irvin Mayfield Sun May 5 // WWOZ Jazz Tent // 5:50 - 7:00
Jason Marsalis Sat Apr 27 // WWOZ Jazz Tent // 1:20 - 2:10
Kermit Ruffins Sun Apr 28 // Blues Tent // 4:20 - 5:20
Los Hombres Calientes Fri May 3 // Congo Square Stage // 12:45 - 1:50
Dr. Michael White Sat May 4 // People’s Health Tent // 3:10 - 4:20
Theresa Andersson Thu May 2 // Gentilly Stage // 4:00 - 5:00
Kristin Diable Sun Apr 28 // Lagniappe Stage // 3:55 - 5:00
John Michael Rouchell Sat Apr 27 // Acura Stage // 12:15 - 1:15
While in New Orleans, you can also check out Audiosocket artist Baby Bee, who will be playing a Jazz Fest after show on Sunday, April 28 at Siberia on St. Claude. If you’re a fan of the Black Keys, the White Stripes, and the Strokes then you’ll love Baby Bee! Check out all the New Orleans artists in the Audiosocket storefront »
The sixth annual Sync Up conference is New Orleans’ top forum for entertainment industry leaders. It covers music, film and digital media - including touring, publishing, marketing and distribution - all from the perspective of independent artists.
Timed to take place during the 44th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sync Up is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest.
Sync Up 2013 boasts another stellar cast of entertainment industry leaders, including a panel discussion featuring Audiosocket’s CEO Brent McCrossen - Music Licensing in the Spotify Era. Other panels include Direct-to-Fan Online Distribution Services, How to Convert Social Media Followers into Customers, Local Artists with Successful Touring Careers, and a website “Demolition Derby.”
Sync Up takes place April 26-27 and May 3-4. Click here to register and get all the details on this great event!
Olay Fresh Effects partnered with up and coming filmmaker, Anna Christopher to bring the everyday adventures of a girls’ night out, to life. Watch this exclusive video, that features one of our own artists “Love in October” and their track ‘Symbiosis’!
Anna’s other recent projects include directing digital content for Dannon, Trojan, and Lactaid. She also has two TV projects in development, both about rockin’ chicks who have no problem discovering adventure on a regular basis.
Check out the full video here! Also, be sure to check out the Audiosocket storefront to find the perfect track for your next video project!
Like Zooey Deschanel, Ingrid Michelson or Sara Bareilles? You’ll dig Gina Cimmelli!
Gina’s first EP Don’t Be Mad won the Vox Pop Award in the Folk/Singer Songwriter category in The 10thAnnual Independent Music Awards, and also won the Searchlight: In Search of a Song Competition in April 2011. Gina is happy to announce the release of her first full album titled Gina’s Picture Show.
Gina’s first single “Don’t Be Mad” is featured on Sirius XM radio (The Coffee House Channel) and charted on the Roots Music Report, Deli Magazine (NYC) and the Independent Music Network and in a national Scotties Tissue commercial.
Be sure to check out Gina’s album in the Audiosocket storefront!
Lay down, relax, and take a sip (or two) of your favorite cocktail. We have just the music you need to make all of your summer projects a breeze. Check out Audiosocket’s Summer Playlist now!
New dog at home or just a dog lover? Then this is the video for you!
Petco saw new dog training app created by Purina Mills in use this year at SXSW and recorded all of the action. The video, produced by Emota, features one of our very own artists Julin and his track “Falling”.
Purina’s app for dogs, P5, has been recently released and brings some of the top dog trainers right to your home with the click of a button. From basic commands to agility, the app helps dogs truly become your best friend through step-by-step instructions, video demonstrations, and much more!
Check out Petco’s video then create your own success video with a little help from us atstore.audiosocket.com
New Orleans (Tuesday, April 9, 2013) – Music licensing and technology company, Audiosocket, has forged a strategic partnership with SyleHaul, the largest original video destination for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content.
The partnership couples Audiosocket’s MaaSÔ music licensing technology with StyleHaul’s distinctive channel for women to create, consume, share and inspire through original and aggregated content by the industry’s top designers, fashion, beauty influencers and celebrities. With this collaboration, StyleHaul producers will gain access to music from an eclectic roster of curated, artists and award-winning composers – music that mirrors the culture and standard of excellence found in StyleHaul’s programming.
By uniquely managing a community of fashion-forward influencers on a single platform, StyleHaul has quickly amassed a valuable audience of engaged socially active brand advocates generating over 47M monthly unique views.
SyleHaul produces flagship programming such as LEAF TV, FM with Kimberly Cole, and StyleCore that reach the sophisticated and progressive women of today. From DIY to beauty tutorials, and interviews with fashion tastemakers such as Tori Burch and Nicola Formichetti, StyleHaul consistently creates customized content for premium publishing and brand partners including Teen Vogue, AOL, Yahoo!, Shine, Maybelline, Sephora, OlsenBoye, and AIX.
A forward-thinking music licensing and technology company, Audiosocket focuses on working with artists whose music influences today’s culture and lifestyles with lasting effects. Renowned for its highly curated roster, Audiosocket has already taken online licensing out of the realm of “stock” music. Its MaaS technology gives Audiosocket the advantage of creating a system that allows personal users, professional creatives, and national brands to license quality music, legally, without the red tape.
“We’ve seen a major shift in production towards online content in recent years at an unparalleled rate,” says Cary LoGrande of Audiosocket. “The lack of efficiency and understanding around music licensing has really exacerbated this bottleneck, and prevented many online producers from going through the proper steps to ensure that their videos have the proper clearance. StyleHaul has always been at the front of the runway in shaping new media, and I can’t think of a better partner with whom to set the new standard.”
StyleHaul and Audiosocket seek to give ad-supported content creators a certain freedom in providing a direct resource to quality music that will enhance their work, while allowing them to make money on their videos. This partnership directly addresses and combats the licensing and copyright issues many content creators are facing more and more due to changing legalities and practices. In addition, this collaboration increases the ability for bands to connect with new producers and gain new opportunity to monetize their music.
“We chose Audiosocket as a music licensing solution based on their vast music selection and user-friendly platform” says Alvin Fong, COO of StyleHaul. “One of the biggest challenges our content creators face is finding appropriate, easily-accessible and affordable music to use in their videos. Audiosocket’s cool roster of music talent is a great fit for StyleHaul’s fashion-forward content-creators.”
Both companies harness innovative technology and creativity. By adding Audiosocket’s MaaS platform to StyleHaul’s resources, producers now have more tools of inspiration. Explore the roster of original, high-quality music by visiting stylehaul.audiosocket.com.