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April 23, 2014

Looking for: Nu-Disco A&R

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Right now, Wavo has a team of incredible chart moderators around the globe, most of which are music industry players in one way or another. Our A&R team is made up of DJs, producers, bloggers, promoters, and other music industry professionals, all pulling towards the same goal, of having the best music content on the web.

We currently have over 10 thousand followers on our Nu Disco chart, so this is your chance to moderate the biggest Nu-Disco chart on the web!

As a part of our A&R team, you’ll be working directly with our marketing team, and also in a community of music lovers and music professionals. You will have two main responsibilities:

1) Updating the curated charts of your expertise

-Posting at least four times a week in our genre-based curated music charts, with a blog-style post

2) Listening through our ‘trending charts’ and promoting worthy tracks into our curated charts

-Artists hashtag #chillwave on wavo to try to make it into our curated Chill Wave chart. It’s up to the A&R team to listen through the hashtag charts, and republish the quality tracks into the official charts.

Requirements for the position:

-The ability to find new music, fast, and loving to share what you find

-The ability to write a solid blog-style post for every track

Please email zack@wavo.me if you’re interested!

April 23, 2014

Will Ferrell To Make EDM Romantic Comedy

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The guys who brought you legendary films like Step Brothers and Anchorman are back at it. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, the improv-influenced comedians, will play their hand in the EDM game, via a romantic comedy.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony Pictures bought the rights to a screenplay by Lauren Kahn entitled I’m In Love With The DJ. The R-rated film is based in Spain, and the storyline will follow a group of friends who end up chasing around a huge DJ through the Spanish music scene. Any guesses as to who?

If you like Will Ferrell, then check out our viral videos chart, full of the funniest content on the web:


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April 22, 2014

Looking for: Chill Wave A&R + Chart Moderators

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Right now, Wavo has a team of incredible chart moderators around the globe, most of which are music industry players in one way or another. Our A&R team is made up of DJs, producers, bloggers, promoters, and other music industry professionals, all pulling towards the same goal, of having the best music content on the web.

We currently have over 12 thousand followers on our Chill Wave chart, so this is your chance to moderate the biggest Chill Wave chart on the web!

As a part of our A&R team, you’ll be working directly with our marketing team, and also in a community of music lovers and music professionals. You will have two main responsibilities:

1) Updating the curated charts of your expertise

-Posting at least four times a week in our genre-based curated music charts, with a blog-style post

2) Listening through our ‘trending charts’ and promoting worthy tracks into our curated charts

-Artists hashtag #chillwave on wavo to try to make it into our curated Chill Wave chart. It’s up to the A&R team to listen through the hashtag charts, and republish the quality tracks into the official charts.

Requirements for the position:

-The ability to find new music, fast, and loving to share what you find

-The ability to write a solid blog-style post for every track

Please email zack@wavo.me if you’re interested!

April 22, 2014

Looking For: Trance Charts A&R

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Right now, Wavo has a team of incredible chart moderators around the globe, most of which are music industry players in one way or another. Our A&R team is made up of DJs, producers, bloggers, promoters, and other music industry professionals, all pulling towards the same goal, of having the best music content on the web.

We currently have over 18 thousand followers on our Deep House chart, so this is your chance to moderate the biggest Trance chart on the web!

As a part of our A&R team, you’ll be working directly with our marketing team, and also in a community of music lovers and music professionals. You will have two main responsibilities:

1) Updating the curated charts of your expertise

-Posting at least four times a week in our genre-based curated music charts, with a blog-style post

2) Listening through our ‘trending charts’ and promoting worthy tracks into our curated charts

-Artists hashtag #deephouse on wavo to try to make it into our curated Deep Chart chart. It’s up to the A&R team to listen through the hashtag charts, and republish the quality tracks into the official charts.

Requirements for the position:

-The ability to find new music, fast, and loving to share what you find

-The ability to write a solid blog-style post for every track

Please email zack@wavo.me if you’re interested!

April 22, 2014

Looking for: Deep House A&R

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Right now, Wavo has a team of incredible chart moderators around the globe, most of which are music industry players in one way or another. Our A&R team is made up of DJs, producers, bloggers, promoters, and other music industry professionals, all pulling towards the same goal, of having the best music content on the web.

We currently have over 30 thousand followers on our Deep House chart, so this is your chance to moderate the biggest Deep House chart on the web!

As a part of our A&R team, you’ll be working directly with our marketing team, and also in a community of music lovers and music professionals. You will have two main responsibilities:

1) Updating the curated charts of your expertise

-Posting at least four times a week in our genre-based curated music charts, with a blog-style post

2) Listening through our ‘trending charts’ and promoting worthy tracks into our curated charts

-Artists hashtag #deephouse on wavo to try to make it into our curated Deep Chart chart. It’s up to the A&R team to listen through the hashtag charts, and republish the quality tracks into the official charts.

Requirements for the position:

-The ability to find new music, fast, and loving to share what you find

-The ability to write a solid blog-style post for every track

Please email zack@wavo.me if you’re interested!

April 16, 2014

10 Acts We’d Love to See Reunite At Coachella 2015

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This weekend marked the return of Hip-Hop’s most beloved duo, OutKast. The two hit the stage to close out the first night of Coachella, bringing out guests such as Janelle Monae, Sleepy Brown, Future and Killer Mike (who didn’t get to perform, due to their set being cut short).

All of the buzz around this highly anticipated had us thinking, what could the festival pull off for next year? With that being said, here’s 10 Acts We’d Love to See Reunite At Coachella 2015.

1. The Fugees

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The last time we saw the New Jersey trio grace the stage together was in September 2004 for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. After some seemingly uncomfortableness with touring closer to the start of the decade, Lauryn Hill seems to have found comfort in touring once again. Although this might be a long shot, we really hope to see this happen some day.

2. Nirvana 

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After proving that they’ve still got it during a recent 20th year anniversary show (which featured surprise guest appearances from Lorde, Joan Jett and others), could this mean that (what’s left of) the band will go on tour again sometime in the near future? Probably not. However, we wouldn’t put it past Goldenvoice to be able to come up with a one-time, festival Nirvana date at next year’s Coachella festival.

3. Daft Punk

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The boys bots are no stranger to the Indio festival, having played Coachella back in ’06. The Grammy performance helped reinforce the fact that we need to see this happen! Coachella is a festival that loves to create memories, a reunion like this would definitely be one for the books.

4. Destiny’s Child

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Superbowl 2013 came with some nostalgia when Kelly and Michelle joined Beyonce for an unforgettable halftime show. As happy as we are with their respective solo projects (OK, maybe not Michelle…), we need some Bootylicious back in our lives!

5. Oasis

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It’s always sad when beef gets in the way of making/performing good music. When asked in 2012 in a regards to a potential Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher responded “Not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it.” Ouch. Hopefully, Liam and Noel could work out their differences one day…

6. The White Stripes

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Jack White is about to tear up the festival scene with his upcoming tour but it doesn’t feel quite the same as to when he links up with former wife Meg. Whenever Seven Nation Army gets played at a festival (whether it’s a DJ or during Jack’s solo set), the crowd never ceases to go wild. We can only image how crazy a show during Coachella of next year would be!

7. N.W.A.

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Everybody that went to Coachella 2012 should already know about how Dr. Dre knows how to put on an incredible show. Unfortunately, the good doctor has not done a public show since then (only corporate events, guest appearances etc.). With the help of Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and maybe even an Eazy-E hologram, we’re sure that Coachella would experience yet another unforgettable performance.

8. Led Zeppelin

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Rumours have been swirling about this one for years but Robert Plant seems to want nothing to do with it. Does this one even need more explanation? We’re talking about one of the greatest groups in Rock history!

9. Pink Floyd

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Above is a photo from Roger Water’s The Wall tour, said to be one of the greatest in history. In fact, Waters headlined Coachella 2008, closing the festival with a BANG! This is only one member, imagine the entire band back together? Fortunately, this one seems more probable to actually happen, as drummer Nick Mason has expressed his interest in reuniting once again.

10. The Remaining Beatles

Funny enough, Paul McCartney appeared at Coachella this weekend, dancing onstage during Girl Talk’s set (above is a photo of him and Bandz A Make Her Dance producer Mike Will Made It in the desert. They should make a strip club anthem together). Without a doubt, getting Paul and Ringo together would be just about the biggest thing the festival could ever pull off.

What were your thoughts on Coachella 2014? Anyone we missed on our list?

Watch Full Coachella 2014 sets (along with other performances) in the playlist below:


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April 10, 2014

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA Set to Appear At Coachella 2014

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Through their Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Wu-Tang Clan revealed some exciting news today. It was revealed that member GZA will be making an appearance at the highly anticipated Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which begins tomorrow.

The tweet didn’t specify whether or not The Genius will actually perform or if he will just be in attendance. One can only assume that it implies he’ll make an appearance during someone’s set. However, he wasn’t featured on the schedule released earlier this week and he hasn’t done a song with any of the performers. Could he be debuting something new?

The only person we could possibly think of is Nas, who although has yet to collaborate with GZA, is part of the Clan’s extended family. We reached out to GZA’s people for more information but no response as of yet…After a killer set last year with his Wu brothers, we’re excited for whatever it is he’s cooking up this time!

Will you be attending the fest? Take a listen to this playlist featuring many of the performing acts:

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April 10, 2014

10 Tips for Every Musician on Tour

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Last year, I had the opportunity to be the tour & promotions manager for the indie dance-rock band Tofu Stravinsky. The band played over 20 shows while we drove from their home town of Nelson, BC all the way to Montreal, where they relocated. There was definitely some trial and error but we made it and had a blast on the way. Here are my ten tips for other musicians thinking of heading out on tour.

1) Believe Your Music Is Worth It

This is your job and your passion. Do not be afraid to ask for money. Always remember the worst someone can say is “No.” Assess the show for that night – is it a weeknight or weekend, does the bar usually do door or a flat rate? Ask for a rate, maybe higher than you want and then you can barter. Don’t low ball yourselves. There will be slimy bar owners who will take advantage of you and if you lack confidence in your bands ability to turn a profit for the venue, you’ll likely get no gas money from that night. If you don’t believe in your music making money, neither will others.

2) Always Tip Your Bartender

Majority of the shows you play you’ll get a tab; it’s usually a part of the contract to play. Sometimes your pay will acutally be in beer. If they really like you, they may throw in an extra pitcher or 4. No matter what; tip the bartender. It’s respectful and you never know if they are also the owner or have swing in actual bookings at the bar. Plus they will be super grateful and want you back.

3) Do Not Get Drunk BEFORE The Show

This might sound obvious. Yes, the previously mentioned free beer is a sweet perk and after an 8 hour trek in a cramped car a pint is nice. But save the rest for after you play! You may think you’re good to go and have played that song 100 times. You’re not Mick Jagger; you’re sloppy and swaying out of rhythm. Trust me, I’ve watched you play 10 times before this one sober and you did not bob your head in that awkward chicken-like way before.

4) Play Every Show Like It’s Packed

Even if it’s just you, the bartender and the janitor having a whiskey after work. People are still there to see you play. And it’s always a show – what you are on this whole tour thing for anyways: to play. You never know if that janitor’s brother owns a label. Don’t save your energy for the next show as it may be bigger. It’s just a waste. Some of the best shows we had were with a few people who all became huge fans, who “liked” us on Facebook and all bought a CD and t-shirt. If they had played half-assed, those few people would have just walked to the next bar.

5) Social Media and Promotions

The power of social media. Facebook and Instagram are a free form of promotion and documentation for your tour and you should definitely utilize these tools. Our online fan base tripled from the start to the end of tour. You can post the events, share behind-the-scenes photos and keep fans updated on where you are. We also made tour cards with the bands various sites and put them on every table in every bar we played. Especially if you’re doing a multi city tour, this helps build your fan base in tons of cities and the next time you come through you can count on a few familiar faces at a show.

6) Merch, Merch, Merch

Yes, people out there will want to wear stuff with your bands name on it – dreams do come true. They will want CD’s and key chains and stickers. Merch is a good investment and can actually save you. Say you play one of those shows that pay mostly in beer and a place to sleep but you end up selling a couple t-shirts and 5 CD’s- cha-ching. Do something different to catch people eye: we handmade custom tye-dye t-shirts that were gone far sooner than expected.

7) Take Every Extra Opportunity

Play as many shows as possible even if they weren’t a part of the original plan. We had a chance to add a couple shows opening for The Creepshow –a band quite outside our genre but snapped up the chance without hesitation. If you can do interviews, photoshoots, music videos- load up. We even spoke at a high school to students about being in the music industry. Takes any chance to get yourself out there and diversify your bands experience.

8) Record Your Set

Even if it’s just an iPhone propped up or you can actually get good quality footage. One reason is to watch yourselves play and see what’s working and what you can improve on, even by the next time you play. Watching back over these on the drive to the next city can give you something to do. Also, if you get decent footage you’ll need it for your EPK when applying for festivals or trying to book other gigs.

9) Hang Out After You Play

Even if you’re absolutely bagged, chat with the people who watched you play. It’s nice to get compliments and feedback on the show. There’s no need for an awkward distance between performer and viewer. It’s also a chance to meet local bands- whether it’s someone who has a friend with a band or they have a group themselves. These are good friends to make as sometimes you can’t book a gig in a city without having a local opener to play with. The venue may worry new talent won’t fill the bar and aren’t worth the risk.

10) Shit Will Happen But Have Fun

Keys will break in the lock. Someone will get sick, then likely get everyone else sick. You’ll disagree on set lists. You will sleep on the floor of a hotel that looks like an episode of CSI. Bar owners will try to rip you off. The sound guy probably never nails it. LET IT SLIDE. You’re in tight spaces with your fellow band mates in your stinky van, away from friends and family, you’re tired or hung-over – but just breathe. There is always another show and there is always a solution.

Enjoy the journey and good luck on your tour!

April 9, 2014

Avicii Lays Down the Law – The Party Must Stop, For Now

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Everyone by now knows that Avicii had to pull out of his Ultra Music Festival headlining gig – deadmau5 took care of that with the biggest troll of all time. Anyways, it seems like the superstar Swede has to lay down and rest for a while, as he cancelled a string of US gigs this past weekend.

On Friday, he informed fans that he was “feeling a lot better” after having his appendix and gallbladder removed following his mysterious Miami disappearance. He was supposed to play shows in Boston and Washington, D.C.  Although he is recovering, his doctors have told him to take it down a notch for now.

Check out his tweets below. Get well soon Avicii!

 

April 8, 2014

Twitter for Musicians 101

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Twitter can be a great way to have your music heard. It can also be an overwhelming mess of weird blue icons. Here are 5 tips to make sure you’re getting it right:

1. Make your homepage a goldmine

Mine this information space for every nugget it’s worth. The profile picture should be an image of you. No one wants to follow a tin of beans. And yes, we’ve seen profiles that have actually used that. Don’t ignore the background. If you’ve got a album art, this is the place to promote it. Make sure all of your social media links are hyperlinked and easily clickable. A quirky description of yourself can be cool, but don’t sweat it trying to be the wittiest networker on earth. It’s more important to tell people that you’re a band called x, making y kind of music.

2. Tweet Well

If you’ve got a new track out, tweet links leading somewhere fans can listen, or buy it. But don’t be the twitter equivalent of “that guy” who’s always going on about his band, and mysteriously finds himself alone at parties. Mix promotion with chit-chat. Tweet to the people and places that you mention in your posts by putting @theirtwitterhandle in the tweet. Take your everyday stories and make them entertaining. Put up pictures. Write the kind of things you would want to read. If you read a tweet you like, retweet it. Don’t be afraid to ask for retweets youself. It’s as simple as saying, “really proud of this one, retweet it for us, guys?” when you link that new track.

3. Tweet Often

This is simple mathematics: the more you tweet, the more likely people will see your tweets. You can’t really tweet too much. For a beginner though, 3 times a day is a good target. If you’ve got big news, say a gig on the weekend, tweet about it more than once by finding different excuses to mention it. Think of your friend who just got a new car/life partner/cat and how they keep awkwardly segwaying it into the conversation. You want to be like that. E.g. Tweet 1) Playing at Madhouse Saturday, music starts at 9, see you all there! Tweet 2) They have that crazy Redbull cocktail I love at Madhouse. Will it go better or worse if I down one before playing there Saturday? Tweet 3) Black jeans, logo t-shirt, blazer. Outfit for Madhouse this weekend is sorted. Be creative!

4. Follow the Right People

Think of artists you sound like, or want to sound like, and want to connect with. Follow them. Next, search these artist’s handles so you can see whose talking about them. Follow the tastemakers. You’re looking for people who have a lot of followers, journalists, people who retweet a lot. You get the idea. When you follow them, these people they are going to see that, click on your name and go back to your dynamite homepage, where they can find a link to your music. Since they like similar sounding bands they should enjoy yours. If they like it, they’ll share it. Then bam! Just like that, you’ve got yourself a fanbase.

5. Connect with the Right People

When someone follows you on twitter, you are one of many. Easily forgotten. It’s like hitting on the hottest person at a party. They key is to build a connection. Sending direct messages to any trendsetting followers is a good start. Be warned though, most twitter users have trained diligently in the art of spam warfare. They will recoil from the copy and pasted “hey check out my music *link*”. It’s better to say “thank you for following, you can listen to my music here *link* tell me what you think?” to show your looking for a conversation. Alternatively, ask something about them. Try holding off on pushing your music until the second message. Build the relationship, and then work in your promotional angle. After all, you wouldn’t ask that hottie upstairs straight after saying hi.

Now go forth and network!

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