Look out for Frankie Maurie and the debut track Downfall. You’ll like if you’re a fan of 90’s indie acoustic pop. Think Taylor Swift’s Willow meets Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over The Country Club. The song would fit perfectly on Spotify’s Indie Pop Playlist. The 21 year old Texas based songwriter cites Borns, Hayley Williams, and Jack White as artist influences.
“Downfall is about being head over heels for someone, but not being able to enjoy the happiness because of an overwhelming feeling of fear that this person you love so much might just be your downfall” shares Frankie.
Check out hating myself in the summer by Rachel Bochner. The track would fit perfectly on Spotify’s Bedroom pop or Today’s Chill on Apple. Fans of Lana Del Rey, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels will enjoy. Her previous tracks landed on Spotify’s Indie Pop, Fresh Finds, & soda playlist.
NYC based Rachel Bochner says: “I wrote this song as a way to vent about the constant (and annoying) battle going on in my head about my body image. I know I should love myself as I am, but it’s so hard to shut out the voices and pressures and norms telling you that the way you are isn’t good enough. hating myself in the summer is about being, quite frankly, tired of the bullshit. I’m giving up on saying no to plans because I hate how my clothing looks on me that day, I’m giving up on picking myself apart, and I’m giving up on equating my jeans size to my self worth.”
Artists need to smarten up. The platforms make it easy to dumb yourself down. This isn’t a criticism against Tiktok. It can be beneficial. Fire is useful. It’s used to cook food but it can also burn down the house. TikTok is all about the daily trend. If you run out of ideas, they give you ideas. But conformists follows trends and individuality is lost in trends, whereas artist is all about individuality, freedom, self examination and self expression.
TikTok tells you what songs to use in your video. Tiktok will give you memes, monologues and challenges, If you don’t know what to feel or say in your video.
TikTok is playing the role of the artist setting trends, and the artist is behaving like a consumer following trends.
Think about it. The labels have a deal with TikTok and not the consumer, unless you are influencer.
Listen, if you want to jump on the algorithmic bandwagon and repost the meme “ You want me, I want you, baby My sugarboo, I’m levitating”…that’s fine. But make a statement, make it stick, and then jump off the wagon.
Olivia Rodrigo, is getting called by the ruling class to deliver a public service announcement. This needs to revert to the time when artists were above the ruling class. But she’ll follow the command like a faithful dog given by the master.
It’s easy to chase a trend and respond to the call. Don’t forget to say NO. Remember, NO is better than YES, and NO can pay dividends.
Stop being used. Use the platform to grow your base, not to embolden THEIR platform.
Members of the UK Parliament are calling for a complete streaming reset to assure artists are paid fairly.
Royalties should be split 50/50, instead of the current rate, where artists receive about 16% according to the report.
“While streaming has brought significant profits to the recorded music industry, the talent behind it – performers, songwriters and composers – are losing out,” said Julian Knight, MP.
“Only a complete reset of streaming that enshrines in law their rights to a fair share of the earnings will do.”
Streaming companies really don’t care who gets paid as long as they get their 30%. They pay out 70% to labels, publishers and artists.
The MP’s are calling for an equal split between labels and artists.
The committee also noted that streaming inequity bolsters the already successful artist and creates barriers to entry for a new artist……33% of the music streamed in the US this year were new songs.
Just when pop punk is near extinction, a new one pops up. Although it will not take the genre off the endangered species list Summer Years are worth checking out especially if you long for the days Blink 182 and Rise Against.
The San Diego, CA pop-punk 4 piece dropped “This Light“, the first single off their upcoming EP ‘You Can’t Live There Forever‘. The track landed on Spotify’s ‘New Noise‘ and ‘The Scene’ and Apple Music’s ‘Shazam’s Best New Music’ Playlists.
The album was helmed by a variety of producers and mixed by the infamous Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, The All-American Rejects) and Steve Rizun (NOFX, The Flatliners).
“Summer Years is rock music. Pop & punk rock-infused music, but at its core, it’s for anyone who likes to rock and enjoys lots of melody. We definitely operate with the energy and big rhythms of a punk band, but I think we will always be accessible to anyone. Kids who are just getting into guitar music or who have never listened to pop punk! I think our music is for everyone. Even soccer moms. Haha.” says the band.
They signed with ENCI Records (Beach Goons, The Joy Formidable, Fences).