Indie Music Works would like to wish all our members a joyous and peaceful holiday season. No matter how you celebrate, we hope it's filled with friends, family, and music.
As always, Indie Music Works is looking for new songs to add to our growing list of music celebrating the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, solstice, or perhaps you just enjoy the winter season, we'd love to hear it expressed in music!
As we do every year, if you send an mp3 of your holiday music to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will add it to the IMW Holiday Page, and it will be included in the playlist for DJ Floridamusic's holiday show, on IMW Radio. It can be an original song or music in the public domain. Be sure to secure a license, if you record copyrighted music, so we can include that information when we post the song. Post them on you own page as well. Click on over to the IMW Holiday Page, and check out all the great creations from previous years.
Internet collaboration has become a popular activity for musicians. The ability to collaborate with other artists all over the world has opened creative avenues only dreamed of a few years ago. Here at Indie Music Works, we provide easy to use tools to facilitate collaboration amongst our members. For those who have not yet taken advantage of this function, here’s a quick intro.
On your control panel, click ‘Collaborations’ at the top of the page. The first thing you might want to do is click ‘My Skills’, and list your talents. This allows others who are creating collaborations to find members with the skills they are seeking.
Click ‘Create Collaboration Session’ to start your own collaboration. You can enter a title and a description of the project. You can decide if you want this to be a private or public session, keep track of its status, and indicate what contributions you are looking for. After creating the session you can upload basic tracks that you are starting with, and other relevant files. You’re off and running! You can view the available artists, listed by the skills that they are offering, and invite them to participate. Or wait for members to contact you, after listening to your tracks. If it's a public collaboration, consider posting a blog to announce it.
Looking to join a collaboration? If you click on ‘Collaborations’ from the site home page, you can view existing collaborations that are in progress. If you see something that looks interesting, click on it to review all the activity, and contact the originator or upload contributions.
Once a collaboration is complete, let one of the administrators know, and we'll be happy to post it on the IMW Site Collaborations page. If you’d like to hear some examples of completed collaborations, visit the IMW Site Collaborations artist page, and check it out.
So dive in! Get to know and work with some of your fellow artists on the site. There are endless possibilities to create unique recordings with Indie Music Works collaborations.
IMW Radio is broadcasting 24/7, presenting music from IMW artists. Here's a quick link to IMW Radio, to add to your favorites. And, of course it is easily accessed by clicking the IMW Radio tab on the home page. In order to listen to the radio programs, download the free IMW Radio app. for your smart device. Go to your app store and search for "IMW Radio", download the free app and you're all set! It's as easy as that. Now you can listen when you want to!
The app will work for all Apple and Android devices so hurry and download today and start listening!
DJ Floridamusic brings his live radio show to you every Friday night at 8:00 PM EST; bringing you some of the best Indie music on the planet.
If you haven't had a chance to catch one of the live shows you really should check it out! And come join other IMW artists and listeners in the chat room during the radio shows! A great way to meet some of the other folks on the site.
Five Indie Musical Acts to Keep an Ear On
by Brian McGuire
If the recent concert tours by bands such as Metallica as well as Guns N' Roses get you excited, the time has definitely come for you to discover new artists. The following independent musical acts are stirring up interest among people who know good music when they hear it; if you are looking to expand your sonic horizons, here are five options you can start with:
1. Grave Moss
If you miss the alluring combination of horror film imagery and straight-ahead punk rock of bands such as The Misfits, you will probably like this Denver trio. Grave Moss has only been around for a year, and their most significant release to date was released on hot pink cassette tapes. You can't go wrong with a band that covers Rainbow Demon by Uriah Heap, adding synth plus a death rock sensibility.
2. Mr. Wrong
The 90s are back, thankfully, and so are riot girls. That is the premise of Mr. Wrong, a female trio that play melodic punk you can actually listen to, enjoy and even sing along. These girls are sort of angry and play very loud, but they still manage to pull it off in a feminine way. When soundtracks against a Donald Trump presidency are released, you can expect that Mr. Wrong will contribute at least a track or two.
Although this band from Costa Rica has been around for a while, their sugary synth pop that comes straight from the 1980s has only ventured outside of Central America in the last two years. In March 2016, Patterns played two strong sets at South by Southwest, but their main guitar player left the band shortly afterwards. Though they are from Costa Rica, all syrupy lyrics written by Patterns are in English.
Hip-hop is a musical genre that is naturally inclined towards innovation, which means that you need to leave Kanye behind and start listening to Charles Andrew Bothwell, who performs as Astronautalis and likes to keep hip-hop real by keeping it underground. Although he has been performing and recording since 2003, Astronautalis' flies low under the radar with his cerebral rap lyrics, which are based on battles of American Revolutionary War to modern observations such as political activism being confined to Facebook posts.
5. Lady Lamb
Aly Spaltro is a singer/songwriter from Maine who is based in Brooklyn and enjoys crafting songs during visits to the Swedish countryside. Lady Lamb is a skilled pop musician who knows how to write mesmerizing lyrics backed by fuzzy musical pieces; however, once she takes over the microphone for vocal duties, you have no choice but to listen closely to her masterful performance as she sings semi-abstract lyrics about love, loss and despair.
You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
Got questions? It's likely that someone on the site has answers. Maybe it's "What kind of pickups should I install on my new axe?" Perhaps it's "How do I wire my selector switch to play out of phase?" Maybe you have some useful information to share like, "I doubled my amplifier output with a paper clip and some duct tape!" Whatever question might be, regarding anything musical, you can usually find someone with the answers (or maybe more questions) in the 'Guitar & Bass' forum, in the "Equipment and More" section on the forums page.
In addition to the wealth of talent available on Indie Music Works, we also offer forums for discussion of all aspects of music. Have a question about your new recording software? Try the 'Your Home Studio' forum. Want to share your opinion on that new synth of yours? Post it in the 'Equipment / Manufacturer Reviews' forum. Trying to sell that old strat (since you've decided that you really don't need 9 of them)? Perhaps the "Classified Ads" forum will get some action for you. Have a question about keyboards, songwriting, mixing, guitar effects or electric nose flutes? The IMW Forum page is the place! Or stop by and say hello in the 'Introductions' forum!
You say you're a drummer? Hey, I feel your pain, but there's a forum there for you, too! Questions and suggestions about anything from sticks, to heads, to pedals, to "How can I make a cymbal out of my brother's old trumpet?" are welcome.
Take a seat in 'The Lounge' for a bit, and see what people are talking about today. There are even a couple ongoing games being played there, that you can jump into.
There are forums for everyone, musicians and listeners alike. We don't want to leave anyone out. So, if you haven't explored the forums page, slide on over, and find out how to set those pesky attack and release times on your compressor for that blazing sax solo... or for your nose flute, for that matter.
Just click the 'Forum' tab, at the top of the site home page.
Thanks for the Donations!
We would like to send out a big 'Thank you' to all our members who recently donated to the IMW. We're a non-commercial site, with no annoying advertising, so it donations from our members that keep the music playing!
imaginespark, Frank Northcutt
Welcome to our newest members. It's always great to hear new music. Be sure to explore the site and enjoy!
Artists - Vito, JD Music, Spd2
There are many ways for members to contribute to the continued success of Indie Music Works.
Financial contributions - Membership is always free at IMW, but donations to the site in any amount are always appreciated. We're a non-commercial site. We don't clutter our pages with advertising. Therefore, donations from our members who can afford to do so, are what pays the bills. See the "Donate" buttons throughout the site to use PayPal. You can make a single donation, or to set up a recurring, monthly donation. You can also donate by sending a check to;
P.O. Box 320573
Tampa, Florida 33679-2573
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Article writing - Have a knack for writing? We're always looking for articles about various aspects of music and the music biz, for the newsletter. Check out some of the back issues (posted on the home page) to see what we mean. Contact any of the admins with your ideas.
CD donations - Have you recorded a CD of your original music? Consider donating a few to the site, to be used as prizes on our live radio contests. It's a great way to get a little promotion for you and your music, on IMW radio. Just send them to the same address shown above. Be sure to let us know, so we watch for them, and let you know when they arrive.
Create a radio promo - Record a radio spot for IMW Radio; a simple "Hi, this is... and you're listening to...", or something more creative. It can be a general promo, or specific to one of the DJs. If you are a listener, we can provide background music. Contact one of the administrators for details.
Getting involved - Attending radio shows in the chat room, posting comments on artist pages, and engaging with other members on the site help IMW remain a vibrant and entertaining community for all of us.
Listener Comments - We want our listeners to let us know what they like. Just send a few sentences, telling us why you enjoy a particular artist or song, to email@example.com. We will post them in the next newsletter
Tell your friends - If you're enjoying Indie Music Works, tell your friends. They'll be glad you did. Subscribing to this newsletter is one way to introduce them to IMW. They can sign up to receive it HERE. We don't advertise, so word of mouth is what feeds our success!
Thanks... and enjoy the site!
~ The IMW Team ~