Why did Sonicbids kill Artistdata? A question I’ve been pondering since receiving the kill letter on Friday.
New internet tools for bands appear on the scene quite often. Some offer great innovative solutions while others merely clone other services. Tunecore, Bandcamp, CD Baby, ReverbNation, Fanbridge, Sonicbids and BandsInTown are among some of the elite survivors. Working as an artist manager leads me down the path of many of these services only to be disappointed and frustrated by limitations. One service I stumbled upon seven years ago, Artistdata, proved to be an incredibly useful tool. Finally, there was a service that offered one place to enter show information that would then magically appear on multiple sites. Artistdata created something pretty special for artists and the best part was that the service was free! While there were some growing pains along the way, Artistdata worked tirelessly to improve their service. As I began to dig in deeper with our artists, I discovered even more great features being offered to artists. One of my favorites is the Daysheet & Tourbook feature. Originally, those two features required a premium monthly subscription which came with a fee, but for a heavy touring band it was well worth the minimal fee. One day, the premium fee disappeared. Could this be real? That should have been a sign that something was cooking up in the back room. Indeed something was cooking as the announcement followed that Sonicbids had purchased Artistdata. Of course Sonicbids promised the purchase would only make Artistdata better.
Last week I received the disappointing letter that Sonicbids is decommissioning Artistdata.com on Oct 14 2016. Of course, the letter states that I should subscribe to Sonicbids and move all data to take advantage of Sonicbids’ great services. The only drawback is there is a substantial monthly fee and I don’t see the daysheet, tourbook and other services listed. I would imagine the founder of Artistdata, Brenden Mulligan, now has a garage full of Ferraris but right now I’m wishing I would never have been exposed to Artistdata as it is so painful to see it disappear.
If anyone has any suggestions on sites that offer the daysheet and tourbook features, please leave a comment!
Working as an artist manager, I’ve discovered something that holds true for most artists. If an artist is comfortable, they most likely aren’t growing. In order to continue growing an audience, the artist must continually push the boundaries of their music, imaging and marketing. The irony is that most artists don’t like to be uncomfortable but they all want to grow their audience.
Are you comfortable?
I have been working on a book for the last couple of years titled Creating Monsters – Finding Fame In Jesus’ Name. The book is targeted at anyone pursuing a career on a platform that could potentially bring fame.(music, film, sports etc) The book released this week and is available at amazon.com, christianbookstore.com, select Christian retail and on my website keithstancil.com I’d be honored if you would check it out.
If you have ever played a festival or multi-artist event where you weren’t the headliner, then you have most likely experienced plug & play. As an artist manager, I prepare our artists for most scenarios they will encounter ahead of time. Even so, its interesting to see the stressed look on their face when they realize they aren’t getting a soundcheck.
Here is a little advise that should go a long ways in any artist career. When you are booked for a festival or multi-artist event, plan for that very scenario. Most of those scenarios only allow for shorter sets. If you can pull off your set without a stage full of musicians, then do so. Without a sound check, do you really think a five piece band will sound great? If you have some unusual piece of gear you normally play with, can you play without it? Don’t throw anything at the production crew that is out of the norm. If you do take the stage with a full band and something is whacked with the sound, are you prepared to instantly transition to an acoustic set? You should be. Making that quick transition could turn a potentially disastrous show into a great set.
Artist Garden Entertainment Signs The Gray Havens
Husband and Wife Folk-Pop Duo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 21, 2015 —Artist Garden Entertainment announces the signing of husband and wife folk-pop duo, The Gray Havens, to an exclusive artist management deal. Dave and Licia Radford blend fantasy story, lyric poetry, theology and song to create a sublime narrative-folk-pop. Earlier this year, The Gray Havens released their debut full-length recording Fire and Stone, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning Mitch Dane (Brandon Heath, JJ Heller).
Based in Chicago, The Gray Havens perform at colleges, churches and clubs throughout the mid-west and northeast. Their unique folk-pop artistry draws from such influences as C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Jonathan Edwards.
“We are thrilled to add The Gray Havens’ unique artistry to the Artist Garden roster. David and Licia have built quite an impressive following while stretching the boundaries of Christian music with their fresh blend of music.” states Artist Garden Entertainment President, Keith Stancil.
Dave originally stepped into performing at age 17 when he reached the Top 20 on American Idol. While continuing to write, perform and record in college, Dave met future wife Licia. The two connected with their love of literature, eventually marrying and forming The Gray Havens.
There is nothing worse than waking up on the morning of an important recording session or gig with a massive allergy driven head cold. With our artist management company being based in super pollen producing Nashville, TN, we are well aware of the difficulties allergies can cause this time of the year. As we roll into ragweed season, Tennesseans with allergies begin the daily Zyrtec or Claritin regiment and reports are saying this year could be one of the worst ragweed seasons on record.
Many of the artists we have worked with over the years are from other parts of the country. The west coast artists aren’t generally exposed to the heavy doses of ragweed pollen that the southern U.S. produces. When they visit Nashville, they are often surprised by the miserable head cold symptoms our pesky ragweed creates.
Here is my recommendation for artists traveling to the south, midwest and especially Nashville this time of year. Ragweed season generally begins in mid-August but to be safe, I assume the last week of July is the beginning. Ragweed season lasts until the first frost so it could be mid to late October before the coast is clear. Over-the-counter allergy medicines like Zyrtec and Claritin generally take a couple of days to kick in, so I recommend that you start popping those daily allergy pills a couple days before arriving in the south or mid-west. If you are like me, allergy pills can make you a bit drowsy. I choose to take a 24 hour tablet at night just before going to bed and it helps me rest well. Then tank up on coffee in the morning to get your engine going and of course drink tons of water to keep those vocal chords lubricated
While I don’t claim to be a doctor, you will be crying your eyes out if you ignore this advice. Those who take the advice will be singing like a bird…or Celine Dion, Pavoratti and Kelly Clarkson!
I never thought I’d write a book but then again I’ve been told “never say never.” Well…I wrote a book. The title of the book is Creating Monsters and it is scheduled to release in both physical and digital retail on October 5. Along with the book, I have also launched a new blog site that I will use to write about and promote ideas and concepts explored in the book. Creating Monsters is a faith-based look, from an artist manager’s perspective, at helping people build platforms that hold the potential for bringing fame. Throughout the book, I explore the dangers that lurk along the way and offer biblical-based encouragement to equip those on the journey. If you are interested in hearing more about the book and taking a look at the new blog site, please visit http://keithstancil.com
Artist Garden Entertainment Signs TAL
New Alternative Hip Hop Artist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 7, 2015 —Artist Garden Entertainment announces the signing of alternative hip hop artist, TAL (Tal Zentmeyer), to an exclusive management deal. Based in Tampa, FL, TAL shares his blend of alternative hip hop and speaking at churches, youth camps and festivals throughout the south and northeast.
“From the first video I saw on-line, I knew there was something special about TAL. His unique artful way of story telling and delivering God’s message of hope, instantly drew me in. While its difficult to put him in a specific box, TAL’s musical vision and versatility reminds me of Christian hip hop group Social Club and top selling mainstream artist, 21 Pilots.” states Artist Garden President, Keith Stancil.
TAL honed his performance skills while attending the inCharacter discipleship program and later earned both an Associates degree in Biblical studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts of Ministry from Summit Bible College in Bakersfield, CA While serving as Interim youth leader at Van Dyke Methodist Church in Lutz, FL , TAL felt called to launch his full time music ministry.
For further information, visit http://talxmusic.com or contact Artist Garden Entertainment.
One of the great things about being an artist manager is living life with our artists. Seeing their career grow is rewarding but watching their personal lives flourish is pretty special. This week Holly Starr announced her engagement and wedding date as the first first blog post on her new website. With both a new record on the way and the October wedding, Holly has much to be excited about. Click Here to read Holly’s wedding post.
Fourteen years ago, during Universal Music’s presentation at the NARM convention, Taylor Swift was introduced to the music industry. One could hear a slight bit of nervousness in her voice as she sang a few of her songs for the room full of critics. Little did we know how that little girl would change the music industry.
Last night, as I read the news that Apple Music had changed their decision to pay artists for streams during the 3 month launch, my heart was filled with gratitude for that little girl turned woman, Taylor Swift. Her letter to Apple single handed impacted every artist, songwriter, producer and record label in a positive way. Taylor exemplifies the artist no one thought possible in our modern age of entertainers. She has responded with grace in every situation the music industry has thrown her and showed the world how to lead. Taylor has endured incredibly tough situations throughout her career including jealous artists and music industry folks slamming her ability to sing, Kanye West sabotaging her MTV Video Music Award moment and of course all those boyfriends that treated her poorly. In every situation, she has responded with incredible wisdom and leadership.
Taylor – Thank you for being an example to the world, thank you for showing us how to lead and thank you for using your platform for something more than just yourself.