Kings favorite Kin Cayo has released a new track Shot The Sun Down. They have received praise from Stereo Embers Magazine calling them “one of the most exciting bands around melodically adventurous and musically cunning.” “Both in rhythm and in melody they evoke an idyllic island environment, where one can put on the tunes with nothing to worry about other than keeping the piña coladas coming along.” – Pop Matters. They have performed at venues such as Community and Greek Theater Plaza Stage and Little Joy in the neighborhood of Echo Park where they just wrapped up a two-month residency.
LAUNCH brings together two aspects of the music industry for one exciting weekend in beautiful historic Downtown Lancaster, PA for the seventh straight year. The Festival showcases nearly 200 artists from all over the country, representing a variety musical styles – from rock to folk, from pop to punk, from country to funk all performing in a three block radius for fans during one electric weekend. Today, we discussed the conference with creator & founder Jeremy Weiss.
What sparked the idea for the Launch Music Conference?
I had a co-creator for the first five years and we met at a few small conferences where we were panelists. We were really impressed with some of them and were talking about all the different things that really made it special. The developing artists, their enthusiasm, the opportunities they were given, hooking with some colleagues, meeting new people as a participant in the conference – comparing notes after having been to South by Southwest after a few decades a few times, CMJ, etc. and we started talking about my town of Lancaster. So there was a site visit, checked it out, saw that there were over 80 independent art galleries, tons of restaurants, music venues – everything was five to seven minute walk. Lancaster has a really good geographic advantage. We have gotten nearly every premier act from every genre of music because of our positioning between major markets like Phily, DC, Boston, New York, Baltimre. So it seemed like the right thing to do. Went to mayor’s office and they were really into it. We rented a facility and went for it.
How many artists are expected to attend?
We have hundreds and hundreds that submitted to perform. We can’t place them all obviously but we will have 184 unique performances with over 175 artists performing. What we do that I am pretty sure is the only festival of its size in the country that does so is anyone who submits is granted a badge to attend the full conference portion and most of the festival for free. That is due to a little bit of altruism and knowing that artists need advice – they are typically broke. We want to give them every opportunity to meet and communicate with our panelists and professionals. We want them to network with each other and maybe learn a few things. As long as we can keep the support from the sponsors in the community up we will be able to do that moving forward. We will probably have over three hundred artists attending. CONTINUE READING
1 Wiz Khalifa See You Again 40,722 paid downloads
2 WALK THE MOON Shut Up and Dance 19,024
3 Fetty Wap Trap Queen 14,933
4 Little Big Town Girl Crush 14,247
5 Jason Derulo Want to Want Me 13,695
6 The Weeknd Earned It 13,596
7 David Guetta Hey Mama 12,348
8 Mark Ronson Uptown Funk 11,075
9 Andy Grammer Honey, I’m Good 10,404
10 Twayne Nasty Freestyle 10,195
11 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do 10,146
12 Flo Rida GDFR 9291
13 Natalie La Rose Somebody 8,694
14 Maroon 5 Sugar 8,649
15 Nick Jonas Chains 8,331
16 Sam Hunt Take Your Time 8,306
17 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 8,232
18 Tove Lo Talking Body 7,750
19 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband 7,461
20 Nashville Cast Shotgun 7,173
21 Panic! At the Disco Hallelujah 6,994
22 Rihanna Better Have My Money 6,437
Retro indie artist Boh Doran just premiered her new video Rainbow. The stop-action video was directed by Titantic Sinclair who has also worked with Børns, Mars Argo, among others. She worked with Jon Kaplan (New Politics, Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World) and Ethan Mentzer (The Click 5). Her solo debut EP will be released later this year on Big Stuff Records. She has received praise from Radar Online, Glamour Magazine, Blackbook Magazine, Huffington Post, Knox Road Blog among others.
Indie folk singer/songwriter Austin Plaine has signed to Razor & Tie. Austin headed to Nashville where he teamed up with WeVolve Music and worked on his debut release. After a successful Noisetrade campaign the self-titled album was released last March. He had a placement in a Mastercard commercial followed by an independent radio campaign. His music is influenced by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, and Ryan Adams. Check out the tracks from his latest album here.