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Thanks Hypebot. Been looking forward to another one of these.

My name is Chris, and after a long year of development, I am finally preparing to launch a new digital music startup for independent artists called Hitplex. The primary goal with Hitplex is to provide music's newest emerging talent a platform for potential worldwide exposure, and to become a popular music destination for music lovers. I just want to give them a legitimate chance at being heard.

Furthermore, Hitplex is also dedicated to upgrade the value of new music. As we all know, there has never been a greater depreciation on the value of new album releases. Worse, music streaming services (like Spotify) do nothing to help indie artists earn a sustainable income. Hitplex is designed to be a solution to each one of these problems.

I am soon beginning to actively recruit independent artists, and am always looking to network. Please feel free to contact me via chris@hitplex.com and view our current pages: www.hitplex.com and www.facebook.com/Hitplex.


Chris Mundela

PS - Sorry for the length, I'm just extremely passionate about this.

Nick Dolan

Hey Hypebot-ers,

My name is Nick Dolan, I'm a composer, music supervisor and sound designer for film and video games. I'm currently in pre-production on a new mobile game and in post on a few other projects.

I'm always looking for artists/bands and instrumentalists to work with, if anyone is interested in licensing work or plays an interesting instrument, I'd love to hear from you!


Happy Holidays everyone,

Nick Dolan

Ava Lemert

Hi Hypers ;-)
I'm Ava.
I'm a one-woman-music-mogul-in-the-making (enough dashes for ya?)
My music is Soulful. That's about all I can classify it as, I am a singer/songwriter but my principle instrument is the saxophone. No, not the Kenny G, please no.
I go funky, R&B and energy, so please don't fit me with Depends in your mind yet ;-)
Anyway, I love to meet people through music, I've learned so much through Music Think Tank and Hypebot, thanks for reading my intro here and I hope you'll reach out to me, not for help crossing the street, but as colleagues (wink)
Blessings in the New Year!
Luv, the Singing Saxstress of Soul™


and a bunch more places you can find me & my music:


Ava Lemert

Hi, Nick! Cool. I will stalk your links ;-) I play saxophones, but I suppose you might not find that interesting enough...

Ava Lemert

Wow, how awesome, Chris. I'm reaching out to ya. Love your PS, I feel ya, I write a lot, it's a good thing, love to cross paths with other passionate, creative souls such as yours. <3 Av.

Katie O'Halloran

Hello Fellow Hypebot Readers,

Katie O'Halloran here. I run A&R tip site I THINK I LOVE IT! (http://ithinkiloveit.com/).

We're always looking for great unsigned artists, songwriters, producers, and DJs to feature, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to get in touch using the contact info listed on the site!

- Katie

rich meitin

Hi Botheads;

My name is Rich Meitin, and I was in the custom-music and sound design creation biz in NYC for many years (TV, hi-end commercials, film, etc.). Now, I'm a teacher and I run a college degree program about the business side of music. The biz has been turned upside down, which presents a classic crisis/opportunity. It is up to people like my students to re-invent it. I am completely confident that this will happen.

Some folks bemoan the loss of the old record label model. I do not. It was only good for a tiny, tiny fraction of musicians, and had not supported much musical creativity since the time the biz became taken over by major corporations (wiith occasional exceptions that peeked through). What IS frustrating is not having a new working business model ... yet. But it shall come. That's also exciting! Plenty of opportunity, here.

If you think you can point to any truly promising new direction, let me know. I'll see if my students want to explore it and take it to the next level. Now is the perfect time.


Christopher Bright

Hi! My name is Christopher Bright and I'm a working musician from Southern California. I'm always interested in collaborating with other musicians, so feel free to contact me if you ever want to talk. I'm looking forward to checking out all your websites/projects. Thanks!


Nathan Joseph

Hey Everyone,

I'm a college senior and an aspiring music professional (in addition to a longtime Hypebot reader). After completing my Economics & Music Composition degree in May, I plan to seek employment in NYC. My work experience ranges from doing social marketing for a music booking agency to running a business plan competition for a major Indian IT consultancy.

At this early stage in my career, I hope to add value with my entrepreneurial mindset and strong work ethic while learning as much as possible about the music business – and business in general.

I am also honing my skills as a pop songwriter and producer. My latest work can be found at http://www.soundcloud.com/jeanstepho/.

Please feel free to reach out – I’m happy to chat with anyone and everyone! My email is njoseph@bowdoin.edu. Looking forward to meeting some interesting people!

Nathan Joseph

Vincent Satan


I'm Vincent Satan (it's of course a nickname). I'm behind the 3 years old an indie label called Cheap Satanism Records.

You can listen to a 17 track sampler here:


We've also just released the best Christmas Album Ever:



Vincent Satan
Cheap Satanism Records

Bruce Houghton

Thanks to the diverse group who have shared their stories so far. Please spread the word to your friends. The more the merrier!

Ben Fruin

My name is Ben Fruin. I am a co-founder at Listen Up and a current MBA student at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.

Listen Up helps artists better distinguish casual listeners from true fans, while providing music fans with a much easier way to interact with their favorite artists. I know this has been a challenging issue to solve, but we have spent the past 8 months learning from artists, artist managers, labels, and publishers. There is no better place to be for music than Nashville. I would invite each of you to contact me if you are ever in the area. Best of luck to all of you in the new year!

Please follow us on Twitter: @listenupfm and "like" our Facebook page. We are looking forward to launching Q1 of 2013.

email: ben@listenup.fm

Terrany Johnson

Hello friends,My name is Terrany Johnson also known as Tee-Double.Austin,Texas artist and music producer and founder of the Urban Artist Alliance which is an education organization to assist artist in how to create various revenue form their art.
Plus I have a lot of records of my own and love creating as much as I do breathing.

Stay connected and shine on.


Terrany Johnson


Isa Lopez

Hi guys!
My name is Isa; I' an up and coming singer-song writer; I act as well. I am a senior at PACE University in NYC majoring in Communications and minoring in English. I interned at EMI for about two years in the Classics dept. and then in publicity. Learning the business side of the industry was great and helpful for me; it was truly enlightening and made me love the industry even more.

Right now I'm working on releasing my debut EP for the first quarter of the new yr. You can check out my music here:


Carole Billingsley

Hey everyone!
What a great idea, Bruce! Thanks for doing this!

My name is Carole Billingsley. I'm a social media strategist, and owner of Seek Social Media (http://www.seeksocialmedia.com). My company specializes in social media strategy development for musicians and entertainment industry pros.

Music, and the industry, are in my blood. My father is an entertainer and I used to be a professional singer. I also worked in marketing & promotions in the music and film industries for over 10 years.

I've had a couple of other careers as well - in education & non-profit - but my passion has always been the music industry. I started my social media company a couple of years ago and soon realized that my ideal clients are musicians.

So, here were are!

I love my job and love helping musicians with everything from initial set-up/optimization of their social properties, to long-term social media strategy development and implementation.

If I can be of assistance to any of you, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Website above, and here are my other links:

Thanks again, Bruce!


Hello everyone

My name is Gabriel, I am the founder of Mutilty.co a native mobile app for Facebook. That will revolutionize that way musicians promote, share, upload, and do business on Facebook. The platform is being built out for independent musicians. Stay tune we will be launching in beta in early 2013. If you are an independent musician look forward to hearing from you.

Mutilty.co will be launching in early 2013

Victor Purcell

Hi ladies and gents. I am new to hypebot (about 1 week in). I am currently a full time student at SAE Institute Atlanta studying audio engineering. I am also a music producer, song writer and marketing guy (co-founder of a DC based lifestyle brand/blog and 2008 Graduate of NCCU, BBA- Marketing).

I recently decide to leave a semi-lucrative non-music related career after 3 1/2 years and study/pursue my passion full-time (GI Bill is paying for most of it). I feel like now is the time to seize the moment since the recording industry is very vulnerable and in need of a game changer. I want to be in the position to be a part of that change. Plus I don't want to be old with regrets LOL.

I could go on about some of the things I am currently doing but I think this is enough for now.

Prediction: A tech startup will change the face of the industry...again LoL



Happy Holidays Hypeboters! My name is Nate Anderson. Checkout Songcasters.com a new music licensing and artist services startup launching in July. We partner with artists, composers, producers and songwriters to license their sounds to all types of visual media and commercial music buyers. We also work as song pluggers, live event bookers and broker artist/brand partnerships. Go to songcasters.com for more info and sign up. Thanks Hypebot for the opportunity to promote.

Placebo Fans Worldwide

What a wonderful idea!

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” ~Simon Sinek
Though a combination of the two is something to strive for, we would like to introduce ourselves as a entity who invest on a emotional level.

We are Placebo Fans Worldwide (PFWW). Our home base is the official Placebo fan forum, where news about the band is of course a huge part but we take pride in how many feel at home at the forum to discuss everyday life as well. Over the last years we expanded our activities to twitter & facebook and are currently working on a platform on Google+ and Tumblr. We have learned a lot from the articles of MTT to get to know the music industry, audiences of social media platforms etc. so thank you for sharing your wisdom.

As a fan community we try to make the connection with the fans on a personal level and promote interest in ‘our’ band as well as its community. All of our staff work on a voluntary basis and we have no financial means. Using the internet proves to have enough resources to make this possible and with our creativity, organising skills, time and love for the band we have come to quite a lot successes .

Viral campaign for lead singer’s Brian Molko 40th birthday

Fan video project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMwQpNe0VtY http://forum.placeboworld.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5562

Forum: http://forum.placeboworld.co.uk/forum/index.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlaceboFWW
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlaceboFWW

The purpose of introducing ourselves here is not to gain clients or to sell music but more a call to make fan action visible. Show what a dedicated fan base is capable of. We are bursting with ideas and welcome input and feedback from you, the professionals and other fan communities.

Jonathan Jaeger

Hi, I run a music website called HypedSound (http://www.hypedsound.com). I started it in college with a friend, and now I'm in NYC looking to take it to the next level. HypedSound has about 13,000 users signed up and over 20,000 tracks uploaded, but at the moment it's not solving any real problem or pain point for musicians and creative folks. I'm rebuilding the site from scratch with some awesome developers and designers and it should be out in a few months.

Would love to chat with anyone about the plans, or if you're interested you can sign up now and you'll be part of the relaunch! Until then, I'd be happy to feature some tracks from artists who join up. There's already a nice community vibe going.

Jonathan Jaeger
jonathan [at] hypedsound.com

Robal Johnson

Happy Holidays, everyone!

What an inspiration to see all of you out there following your dreams and driving this crazy industry of ours forward with passion and innovation. It is an honor to be among you and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in collaboration at some point.

I do a bit of everything, as most of us really do. I own and operate a merchandise company out of NYC and LA called PUMP Merch, I manage three artists in NYC and a brilliant recording studio in Brooklyn called Degraw Sound, I run a blog of new unsigned and independent music and interviews titled PUMP Sessions, and I am co-founder of a music app upstart called Album Jacket, which is trying to redefine the digital album for the tablet.

If you need merch, I'm your guy! If you are looking to record that new EP or album in New York City, please contact me any time. If you are a new artist and would like some exposure, feel free to reach out! Best of luck to all of you in 2013 and let's get to work saving Rock n Roll!

All the best,

Robal Johnson




Echo Talent is a Boutique Modeling agency and music booking agency located in Salt Lake City, Utah. We specialize in model scouting for the top editorial markets such as NYC, London, Paris and Milan. Our music booking and management arm is headed up by Rob Bennion and Amy Hatch, reknown veterans in the music business with thousands of successful bookings to their credit from headlining jazz festivals in Japan to Olympic performances before 60,000 people, they've done it all.

If you would like to inquire about modeling, please contact Erin at: 801-633-7702

If you would like to enquire about music booking or management, please contact Rob at: 801-636-8640


Clare Kelly

Happy holidays, Nick!
Thank you for reaching out on Hypebot. Incredibly interested in licensing opportunities for Scottish art rockers, Suspire (http://www.suspire.net). We have a number of instrumental tracks available for sync. purposes over and above the online sample tracks. I would deeply appreciate opening some further dialogue with you on this.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas from Glasgow.

Clay Davis Records

Leland Robinson

Hi Bruce and Hypebot readers i wish everyone Happy Holidays and a safe new year.
I'm Leland Robinson i am a music composer/ music startup founder and CEO of Muzieo. I worked at Warner music group in Artist promotions i got the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing Artist and help them connect with Their fans. I started Muzieo before i was working at WMG and i saw how the product could really push the industry forward so decided to quit working at WMG and focus on Muzieo full-time.
Muzieo is a mobile-based on demand Music social discovery service that using gaming mechanics to bring artist and their fans together where users get rewarded for playing what they love. Our goal is to make discovering music cool again and provide a way for fans to connect with their favorite artist on their mobile device. We see a big opportunity for us in the market because consumers need a product that allows them to personalize their experience on the go.
We was in a startup showcase featuring music startups through out the world.
We will be the first in our market to provide mobile to mobile sharing technology. Currently We just reached a great milestone in our product development where the product has reached the Alpha the stage where you can play music located on your device. Soon i will be looking for Alpha testers and any feedback will be great
Please feel free to reach out to me at Leland@Muzieo.com or muzieo.com/ as well as twitter.com/Muzieo. Thanks!

Leland Robinson

Kyle Billings

Hey Everyone!

My name is Kyle Billings - I'm a college student at Berklee College in Boston. This past semester I began casually consulting with several artists throughout my community including a singer-songwriter by the name Carly Tefft and a lo-fi artist named Dylan Ewen - to name a few. My goals have been to help them strategize and grow as professional entertainers without compromising the integrity of their artistic inspirations. It's a creative mission blurring the borders between "what sells" and what the musicians are trying to say. I've really enjoyed the challenges on the small scale thus far.

I'm very interested in the inter-workings of our volatile industry. I really do enjoy observing the market as a fundamentally human environment. For many of us, our passion for music has brought us to where we are. That's what makes this business so great, we aren't here to simply be employed. We're all here out of a general desire to see music remain such an integral part of everyday life.

I'm certainly still learning and experimenting! I'm currently studying business with a focus in international music marketing and management along with a minor in psychology. I'm a guitarist and electronic music producer by hobby and I maintain an academic interest in neuroscience and its connections with music and business. If anyone is interested in having a conversation, please get in touch! I'd love to talk with you.

Kyle Billings


Juma Music

Hey everyone,

My name is Juma: I'm a recording artist/songwriter/producer and co-founder of the Inniss Entertainment Group - a music production and marketing hybrid focusing on creative artistry with a conscience.

I believe music is unmatched power that should be used for the greater good and would love to connect with anyone who feels the same and figure out where/how I can help serve your vision.

Feel free to check out some of my musical works via any of the links below and/or shout me out via email at juma@jumamusic.com.

t: @jumamusic

Stay blessed, not stressed.


Juma Music

Hey Kyle, I noticed your at Berklee? I actually just wrapped up at Emerson. I'm from/live in Boston - we should connect!


Hello Hypebot,

I've visited this site daily for more than a year.
It's helped me tremendously in my creative pursuits.
Special thanks to Hisham.

I am the anonymous artist behind WE HAVE A GHOST.
I released my debut album on Halloween of 2011 and physically this Halloween.
My sound has been described as "NIN vs Spiritualized"
though I am not locked town to a particular genre.
My goal is to make the most out of the connections we make via social media.
I recognize I am nothing without my fans and try daily to get to know them and help them get where they want to go in life.

I recently became an Advisor for music startup RockStar Motel - we focus on the relationship between artist and fan. Rewarding fans for their efforts by offering one of a kind experiences.

Thanks for keeping me informed. I owe part of my success to Hypebot.




Tanner Guinn

Hi guys,

My name is Tanner Guinn. I own with Scott C Shephard at a small boutique management/marketing firm called 2Kings Marketing/2Kings Management. I'm a master at networking and web design. I also have a really keen ear for music. I own a Twitter page called VIPDJz. I'm friends with John Lockwood, for those familiar with the Michael Jackson Estate. My roommate Donny Opoku use to work for Andre H. and had an artist signed to Warner back in the day. He says he quit the music business, but I'mma re-hire him when I get paid. Lol. I've worked/promoted with Warren G, Mark Morrison, Hayes, Lloyd Banks, Shyne, etc. Mostly urban, but I can do any genre. I'd love to do Alternative Rock seeing as it's being phased out. I managed Hopsin for about two years. I A & R'd his "RAW" album. Freed him from his Ruthless Records contract. That was when I was 17. I'm 21 now. Just trying to find someone willing to invest or hire.

I love the fact that Hypebot gives people the chance to network. Will gladly invest in their advertising when I get a good situation.



Yay! Hello everyone! I am an avid hypebotter. I sing and write in a band called Deluna. We live in the land of grapes--Napa, CA--but I feel the start of a music scene coming..... With a new theater, Porchfest and other festivals in the works, and good local bands, I think these are exciting times. If anyone is headed this way for a visit, let me know!

Twitter @serfdeluna

Nick Dolan

Hey Clare,

Suspire has a great sound, I'll definitely keep you guys in mind! I've got the website bookmarked on my browser.

Happy Holidays to you and Suspire!



Hey crew,

My name is Anthony Frasier. Im a tech entrepreneur from NJ. Currently writing a book with my partner James Lopez titled "The Phat Startup." Where we will be teaching readers how to build a startup using hiphop culture as a reference. Im also just interested in the latest in music tech, so I keep my eyes on hypebot quite alot.

would love to chat sometime. follow me on twitter @anthonyfrasier

Tom Dennehy


I'm Tom Dennehy, a software and consumer audio industry veteran in both hands-on design and product management based in metro Detroit MI USA.

I than hypebot and to Music Think Tank for publishing and promoting several of my op/ed pieces this year. I write about our evolving relationship with music — physical v. weightless digital; possession/ownership v. access; low-res v. high-res. I hope we can continue the conversation into 2013 and beyond.


Blog: http://inaurem-a2d.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @InAurem_a2d

John Hyland

Hello Hypebot and thanks for all the great info. We have a modest music discovery blog featuring mostly indie rock, inspired by the diy aesthetic of bands like GbV and Centro-matic called When You Motor Away.

We are not reinventing or revolutionizing anything, just trying to support artists we like by giving a little more exposure. Have heard a lot if good new music in 2012.

We welcome submissions, and will write about em if we like em.


Hello everybody:
I'm Beth from Electrotype, which is an alternative art rock uno from the Philadelphia, PA area. (An "uno" is my term for what is essentially a one-person band.) I do it (almost) all myself: vocals, keyboards, guitars, composing, lyrics. I do it all but drums (I use a sequencer and loops but even that I edit to the nth degree). And trust me, I'm working on drums.

My website, from which is linked nearly every social media page ever, is http://www.electrotype.us .

So this August my EP, 7.50 (Seven and a Half), was released on CD, which is available at CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/electrotype) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/7-50-Seven-Half-Electrotype/dp/B0094GW928/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1346706089&sr=1-1&keywords=electrotype). I did the CD artwork too. (I told you I do it myself!)

Or you could get it on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electrotype/id560294345). Whatever floats your boat.

And I'm in what is basically a Twitter contest sponsored by the Grammy people (http://www.grammyamplifier.com/electrotype_music).

Thanks, Hypebot, for this opportunity. And thank you all for reading this.



Steady Fingers

Ok, here goes nothing.
Hi there,
Steady Fingers here. A do-it-all-yourself singer-songwriter from Istanbul with an interest in a schizophrenic range of genres: blues, film scores, folk, ambient, rock, instrumental stuff etc.
Despite nearing my sell-by-date, I'm trying to be a bigger fish, just like everyone else.
I will not thank Hypebot because I do not want them to think that I'm sucking up to them, and to show that I'm ruthless and will do all that it takes to make it in this wide wild world.
Seriously, I will not.
For those who like to wander: http://www.steadyfingers.com/

Victor Gashnikov

Hello to everyone.

I'm Victor from Moscow. I play piano and write songs. Currently working on my debut instrumental album. Trying to be independent musician. (:
I'm open to any kinds of collaborations.

Feel free to check out my links:

Wish you happy New Year and Merry Xmas!


Barbara Leung

Hi everyone,

My name is Barbie. I represent Young Beautiful in a Hurry, an up-and-coming Los Angeles indie rock/pop band with a hint of glam.

Just wanted to wish you all a happy holiday. And, in honor of the spirit of the season, I wanted to share a special holiday song with you. https://soundcloud.com/ybinahurry/slim-pickins-this-christmas

It's called Slim Pickins' (This Christmas), and it describes a holiday season for the at-risk, the down-on-their-luck, people with more hope than money, more soul than credit. Fittingly all proceeds from the song will benefit a charitable organization Homeboy Industries that help at-risk and gang involved youth.

Please enjoy. :)


Nung River

Hey there, my name is Chris. I'm one of 5 folks in this band "cloudeater" in Atlanta.


I've been a hypebot lurker for awhile but an "introduce yourself" post seemed an appropriate time to do just that.

Glad to see new folks continue to try and figure out this music industry thing

Chris / cloudeater

Walter McDonough

Merry Christmas Everyone

Walter McDonough, Esq.
Boston, Massachusetts

Future of Music Coalition
Sound Exchange

Bruce, thanks for your great work!


Holiday wishes to all, gentlefolk, with salutations and merryment!!
The Earl is currently laboring away at "Mancini-Morricone" a tribute to much-favour'd composers. Just put finishing touches on "The Good, The Bad, and The Baby Elephant Walk"
Also to come in the New Year is a collaboration with
CAPTAIN COOPER http://davecooper.yolasite.com/
on Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"


Hi everyone, my name is Lauren and I am a recent law school graduate. I passed the New York bar exam and am currently looking for work in New York City. I hope to practice intellectual property and corporate law for the entertainment and technology industries (and the music industry in particular!).

Here are some links to learn more about me:
Website: http://www.laurenmmack.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenmmack/

I'm also very active on Twitter, so feel free to follow me for news on music and technology law: https://www.twitter.com/musicn3rd

Any help finding a job from the Hypebot community would be amazing, whether it be some advice, an introduction, or a lead (you can find my email on my website). Thanks to Hypebot for being a fantastic resource and happy holidays to you all.



Hey everybody! My name is Adam and I recently graduated from a small college in Massachusetts with a major in Creative Writing. I keep up pretty actively with most of the trade charts (Billboard, Mediabase, etc.) and recently started a blog where I write a variety of articles, including profiles of new artists, theme playlists and my weekly top 40 chart/year-end chart. I'm an audiophile and I'd like to consider myself a pop music guru. Hey, who else is going to remember that one obscure single by your favorite act that peaked at #36 in 1998?

Dream job would probably be some sort of editorial job at a major music magazine (Billboard, maybe Rolling Stone) or an A&R type position at a record label.

You can check out my blog at: http://popgoesthecharts.wordpress.com/

Here's my latest top 40 chart from December 23, 2012:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adamfsoybel/
Twitter: @AdamFSoybel

Thanks for holding this and I appreciate you guys checking my material out! Any feedback would be great.

Have a great holiday season,

Justice Aaron

Justice Aaron (aka METAFORM).
Avid Hypebotter for 3 years.
Composer of dark electronic porn music filth.
Currently work and reside in Tokyo.
One man (+ fans) operation.
3 LP`s, 2 mixtapes, 1 single, 0 covers.
Downloaded over 300,000 times via torrent.
Working on concept EP trilogy for 2013.
Aim to make a living without sacrificing integrity.
Seeking licensing/sync/sponsorship/revenue opportunities.
In it for the music, broke.


Hi I'm Kelland Drumgoole, the Founder of SoSoActive.com. I have been featured on HypeBot several times and I love the diverse community of music industry professionals that Bruce and the team has brought together.

Looking forward to more great things from us all in 2013! Cheers....


Hello All,

My name is Jim Cannella and I have been a longtime reader of Hypebot, music industry veteran/survivor/believer and one-time developer. After many years in the concert business I now work for The Recording Academy as Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for The GRAMMYs.

Appreciate all the insight and knowledge which comes from this site and community. Happy Holidays and here's to many more years of innovation and growth for our business. We're very lucky to spend our time following our passion for music.


@jim_cannella on Twitter

Bruce Houghton

Thanks for all of your kind words. Have a happy holidays and please give this post a Like, Tweet or whatever you can to spread the word. The more the merrier. Happy holidays.


Hey Hypebot,

I am the President & Founder of FanManager, a digital agency that specializes in fan activation and engagement. We are approaching 8 years in business in March and have worked with some amazing artists like Depeche Mode, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas, Phish, 2NE1, Infected Mushroom, Grace Potter, Big Head Todd, and many others. We have some exciting tech announcements coming in 2013 as well as some new partnerships.

Our website is : http://www.fanmanagermarketing.com

It will also be a heavy conference season for us as well so hope to see you at the SF Music Techs and SXSWs out there.

Happy holidays,

Erik Koral

David Baker

Thanks so much for doing this Bruce!

I'm David Baker, founder of Spins.FM (http://spins.fm). We are reinventing the radio request line using social media. Our app helps artists and radio stations engage fans by making it fun and easy to request songs on local radio -- still the most proven way to drive demand for shows and increase sales.

Artists using Spins.FM include Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Diddy, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Mac Miller, Nicki Minaj, and many more. Radio stations and artists can install the request app on their Facebook page, or embed it on their website, to receive comprehensive request reporting by fan location.

We were recently named one of the 10 finalists in Marketing & Social Engagement at MidemLab 2013 (http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/12/midemlab-2013-names-30-music-tech-startup-finalists.html).

Happy to connect with any artists looking to get more radio play, or radio stations looking to boost listener endagement, or any developers / designers looking to join a music startup in New York City. Email: david@spins.fm

Thanks again Bruce,

Mike James

Yo my name is Mike Juneyer and iSing smooth songs!!!!! I'm a "do-it-yourself-er" one man band. Writing, Recording, Mixing, and Mastering!!!!!!!!! I love it!! I breath it. Check my website out at MikeJamesJr.com. Email me at jamesjuniormusic@gmail.com


Hi all,

I am Lee Altman. My business, Secret Studio®, LLC, publishes independent music, licenses content from our catalog of content, and provide consulting for projects incorporating independent art into commercial opportunities of all kinds. I am also a mediocre artists who has captured a few moments of musical competence and likes to share them.

Dan Menapace

Hi, My name is Dan Menapace. Ive been playing bass for 20 years. I have a post rock band called the Illogistical Resource Dept. and an electronic based soundtrack type project called Suboculis. We just released our debut album on our new netlabel focusing unique for forms of sound.


I'd like to thank the Hypebot staff for providing so much useful information to musicians and the rest of the music industry.

Happy Holidays

Dan Menapace

Cool sound you guys got. My band the I.R.D. are interested in playing in Napa. We're based out of SF. Keep us in mind for any shows you know coming up this year. http://www.facebook.com/IllogisticalResourceDept


Charlie J. Wilson

My name is Charles Wilson, managing member and publisher of Palm Row Music based in West Palm Beach. PRM had an unbelievably successful year in 2012. Due to the success I had personally as an affiliate of one of the largest indenpendent publishers in the country, a group of supporters in my network notifying me that I needed to incorporate as an independent publisher in my own right(was planned to happen in 2-3 years maybe by 2015. Also this year we only offered demonstration recordings and not album, EP or otherwise.We are set for an intersnational media launch/press release the 2dnd week of January. PRM has a publishing and a production division. The producion division is headed by Steve Thomas(Capitol Nashville) and we do demo,EP/mini-albums and traditional album recordings again to all begin with the revamped and much more powerful company stemming from bolstering both divisions. My email is publishing@palmrowmusic.com. I've been reading your stuff for quite some time now and wondering how I could become part of this FMC or gain access to the discussions that precede the articles, etc...I've been blessed with AlL the 'old-way' contacts that are part of my music family so I'm blesed but I'd like to innovate throughout this industry overhaul pariod. I don't want to discuss particular people or anything more on trhis forum but if you couled send an email to that adddress telling me a little more about what you guys do / all about.

Diana Stimmler Winkler

Hi everyone! Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Diana Stimmler Winkler.I have a ministry called DSW Ministries with my husband, Brian. We take our personal stories and our music to promote awareness for domestic violence victims.We educate, encourage and empower people to break free of the abuse! Our music genre is Christian music or inspirational type music(original and cover tunes).We reach out to churches, women's groups, youth groups, and anyone else who will invite us.I have an album I released in 2008, and now recording our second album called Break These Chains. This will be the first time I will be including my original songs on the project. (I am looking for someone to master the album once we are finished recording, BTW, so feel free to drop me a line if you know anyone good you recommend.)We are beginning songwriters and welcome anyone who wants to co-write with us.(I do well with lyrics, but need help with melodies.)You are welcome to visit my websites and find more about my vision and music.I am on Facebook and Twitter too.Thanks to you all!



Hi All !

I am a big fan of hypebot!

My name is Winston and earlier this month I launched a new start up: The Music Licensing Directory www.musiclicensingdirectory.com a revolutionary new platform created for artists, bands, producers & industry professionals that lists & analyzes 400+ companies globally that license music into Film,TV, Advertising & Games, as well as provides regular opportunities for getting your music licensed.

You can reach me at : support@musiclicensingdirectory.com




Hello all, it's your boy Matthias Galica. Been a long time since I rapped at ya', and at the moment I suppose we can say that I'm the big mouth representing both ShareSquare (http://getsharesquare.com/) and BEASTMODE.FM (http://beastmode.fm/). Hooray!

Most importantly, I wanted to drop off my favorite holiday season mashup track for everyone's entertainment. Enjoy :P

♫ DJ Schmolli - Jingle Bells Pon De Floor http://beastmode.fm/track/1345267?ref=galica via @BEASTMODEfm


Hey everyone,

Derrick from Tunezy.com here. We are a music start-up which aims to help musicians monetize engaging fan experiences (think meet and greets, skype chats, private concerts, etc). We recently won the Billboard Futuresound Innovator's Showcase and you can read up on us via HypeBot here: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/11/tunezy.html

Feel free to shoot me an email if you'd like to chat! Always open to it: derrick[at]tunezy.com.


Patrick Gall

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

My name is Patrick Gall from SpotTrot - we're a startup that powers mobile commerce for a number of musicians and entertainers, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, as well as a number of many others.

As more and more fans visit online stores through their mobile devices (smartphones & tablets), it's important that musicians make it easy for mobile shoppers to shop and purchase their products. If you're serving up a full online store shopping experience to users who are viewing your store on a 3.5 inch screen (the size of an iPhone screen), you're likely missing out on sales.

To learn more, feel free to email me at pgall[at]spottrot.com or check us out at:

@spottrot (twitter)

Wishing everyone a safe a happy holiday season,


My name is Prophesi and I am working on my fist hip hop album. I have been writing for two years and now I am at a place where I know my brand.my music will be all positive but still different from the rest. if possible I would like to work with more producers that can cater to my style. currently I reside in Atlanta...my email is armusicwrites@gmail.com


Ted Cohen here, been rambling around digital music scene for 20+ years. Currently, we help start-ups deal with licensing, distribution, funding, & general strategy input. http://www.tagstrategic.com. If you'd like to connect, I'm @spinaltap, ted@tagstrategic.com.

Christian Young

Hey HypeBot,

My name is Christian, and I am a starving artist. I am a 24 year old Southern California-based Contemporary Rock/Blues Rock Singer-Songwriter. I have been writing songs and playing guitar for 10+ years. I've studied music online through Berklee, am a veteran, and have spent years living in LA living, playing, and collaborating. I have played the HoB Sunset, Viper Room, Skinny's NoHo, and various other venues throghout the city. Not knowing what the industry was about, I sought in vain to be discovered by a mogul singing in a bar or club. Needless to say, it never happened. I have made a website (www.christianyoungmusic.com) FB page (facebook.com/christianyoungmusic) Soundcloud (soundcloud.comp/christianyoungmusic) and even a Reverbnation, but with only being able to promote via my Twitter (Twitter.com/ChristianWhy) it's difficult to engage fans. Now I'm pretty destitute and living in San Diego trying to get into the scene out here but with little means to do anything more than the demos I have online now. I need some help to get something going! I would appreviate anything, a suggestion, a collaboration, or even some direction. It would mean the world! I am very diligent about getting back to people and do everything I can to accomplish what I say I will do. Please shoot me an email at Christian@ChristianYoungMusic.com if anything comes up!

Also, I am trying to possibly put together a West Coast tour in the latter half of 2013. I would appreciate some contacts eerywhere from San Diego to Vancouver!

Thanks a bunch and Happy Holidays,
Christian Y.

I.D Grun

Hello Hypebot,

My name is I.D Grun and I've been a music blogger for three years now.
My latest project is www.an-hedonia.tumblr.com.

A blog for music enthusiasts tired of listening to big radio hits and highly commercial music. The aim of this project/blog is to widen the reader's musical horizons with music recommendations and lists from less popular or up-n-coming artists. It's mainly focused in electronic, modern classical and indie music and has an editorial approach.

Regain your aural pleasure!

There are various links on my page if you would like to contact me, follow or recommend me anything you like.

I.D. Grun.


Looking forward to seeing you guys pitch @ midem! :)


Hi everyone!

My name is Greg and I work in biz dvlpt for MIDEM, one of the several music conferences that you regularly see on Hypebot. I'm 24 and originally from Washington DC although I currently live in Paris. Hypebot has been such a big influence on my day to day work as it gives me a great vision on the trends taking place and the people who regularly contribute to making the industry a better place for musicians!

I appreciate this site's consistency in delivering great material and bringing together awesome people who are passionate about what they do. Like most, I must admit that it's brought on a lot of inspiration for future projects of mine.

Hit me up if you'll be in Cannes next January! gpesce@live.com


My name Is Ohmare, aka International O. I own a booking/mgmt company in Houston.
I started out working with hip hop acts, now im looking to spread my wings with different genres. Aside from my company (Flycat Music Group).
I also work for thr board of the new music festivsl in Houston called "Springboard South".
Im also a member of the WeGet Network, in which I will be hosting urban panels in 2013.
Im currently in talks for another venture. I love to help when I can or even give advice. I live the music biz, so if anyone needs help Ill tryny best to be of assistance.
Follow me @internationalo


Hello all you cool cats, Rango here, known to some of you as Matthew Meadows. I bring the metalish from Seattle, the Emerald City, and I spread it around from the UK to LA. I'm a retired ballet dancer, a computer programmer, a singer/songwriter, a ReverbNation Seattle top-10 artist, and I'm currently recording bits as one of the villains in an opera called Liberteria. I released Etherati back in February 2011, a 100% solo effort, and I've been on a rocket ever since (burn, baby, burn), with multiple TV & film opportunities and collaborations with artists around the world in the ensuing months. Now I'm finishing up Temple of Zither, my 2012 album, and producer Stuart Epps is mastering the best tracks. Smokehouse, the lead song on the album, was Stuart's gift to me on Christmas Eve and we're kicking off 2012 with it because it's sticky & sweet, with just a touch of heat. Thank you so much for your support so far, it's really been quite amazing. See you at rangothedog.com!

\m/~(-.-)~\m/ moo. moooo! moooooo!!!!








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Paul Loeb

Hello everyone! I'm Paul, I'm a producer, label owner, and entrepreneur. I'd like to highlight two projects, and I'd love your feedback! I ready Hypebot every day, and I think it's a great community and resource for everyone in this industry.

http://PaulLoeb.net <-- Download my latest remix for FREE

http://DropTrack.com <-- this is a new service I started for artists and labels to send elegant digital promos of their music to radio, DJs, bloggers, taste-makers, etc. It's currently in free beta, so sign up and let me know what you think!


Moses (Jamplify)

Hello all,

Thanks to Bruce and Hypebot for doing this. Moses from Jamplify here. Jamplify enables artists to motivate your fans to spread the word for you! You can create campaigns to reward fans based on how many other folks each of them drive to check out your music, videos, merch, or shows! Check it out at www.jamplify.com, and email me at moses@jamplify.com, if you're interested in running a jampaign!



Hello everyone, I'm a DJ and producer from New Orleans, LA. I've been mixing EDM music, mainly House (Progressive, Vocal, Electro, etc.), for almost two years.
With the start of a new year, I'm planning to start my own radio show/podcast to possibly create more interaction with my audience.
Check out my past mixes on MixCloud and chat with me on Twitter. Let me know your favorite EDM track of 2012.

Thanks Hypebot and all the readers,

antònia folguera

Hello my name is Antònia Folguera, I am based in Barcelona and do radio and internet Tv, among other things. I used to collaborate in an online radio platform that only played free music, like 10 years ago. I've been a netaudio activist since day one, and I've done research on online music distribution for the last 6-7 years or so. Occasionally I teach workshops on the new music industry, and advise artists on how to use social media for music collaboration and promotion.
For the moment all of the things I write are in Catalan or Spanish.

Jessica Johnson

Very cool. I'm new to the site, but love the idea of networking with other artists and industry pros. If any musicians are interested in collaborating, feel free to contact me. I'm always looking for instrumentals and music productions. :) www.jessicajohnson.net Happy New Year!!


Hi Derrick,

Just heard more great news on the Tunezy front. Congrats on being named one of the top five startups to blow up in 2013 by the Toronto Standard! Glad to be working with you in the New Year. Really appreciate your collaborative spirit with independent artists and providing a unique service for us.


Young Beautiful in a Hurry

Virginie Berger

Hey Hypebot-ers,

I'm Virginie Berger, from France. I run DBTH (www.dbth.fr/en). DBTH was founded to provide media relations, strategy, and networking to amazingly cool people and companies in the creative space.

The Agency focuses on creative and marketing strategies and development to accompany individual artists, cultural industries and emerging entertainment technologies.
We are also specialized in building value for international brands entering France/ Europe by leveraging new media, web, mobile, and social technology.
We support structures in their international development (Europe, Middle East and emerging music markets).

DBTH also develops specific services oriented toward entrepreneurial artists and their professional affiliates.

I am also the editor of Don't Believe the Hype (virginieberger.com (in french), a website specialized in music marketing and the host of radio show «On refait la musique» (“Music re-loaded” N.o.T.) on Radio Neo.

I am the author of the book "Music and Digital Strategies" (2nd edition, IRMA Publishing), French version everywhere, English version on Amazon and iTunes.

Don't hesitate to contact me!

Twitter @virberg
Email vberger@dbth.fr
web dbth.fr/en


Tom Miller

Has it been a year already?!!

My name is Tom Miller of Tritone Mobile Recording and I travel the east coast doing the mobile recording gig. Tracking live albums at venues, EP's and LP's in the artist's home or rehearsal space. Then I bring all the tracks to mix in my home studio outside of Baltimore.

Aside from the audio, I am first and formost a seasoned pop/rock/funk/country drummer who is available for tours and recording sessions.

I hope that this time in 2013 we can all post here again, and I wish everyone an successful year with music.

Love and peace,
Tom Miller


Hello Hype-ers,

We are The Grimm Generation. Greetings from New England.

The Grimm Generation sound has been described as “Morning After Music” and “Radio Songs For Voyeurs” though we have personally described as “If Alan Lomax and Ziggy Stardust had a baby.” It’s creepy, suburban pop-noir made and played by creepy suburbanites. Carmen Champagne and Jason P. Krug started The Grimm Generation as an outlet to tell real time stories of cheap excess and alcohol, but with the addition of Lys Guillorn (lapsteel, banjo, bells, rawk guitar), Eric Bloomquist (bass) and Julie Drechsler (cello) and Kerry Miller (drums), the group has evolved into more a sweeping soundtrack of a movie that may be your real life.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grimm-Generation/349516682318, http://www.youtube.com/user/grimmgeneration

Thanks to Hypebot for giving us tomorrow indie playbook today.

Psychic Rites

Hi all,
I just released my first ep as Psychic Rites. Download it for free off the Aural Sects bandcamp page.


I'm stuck out here in North Idaho, looking to make some connections with other people in the music industry. Aside from audio composition and production I work with video and I build instruments - from guitars to synths -

Anyways, Hope you enjoy the ep. Get back to me if you have any feedback or a project in mind.

Mike Siemens


Hello Hypebot community!

My name is Andrea, and I run a house show booking agency. Yes, it's true! Based out of Nashville, I work with a handful of folk / acoustic / Americana singer-songwriters. I've been booking house shows and house show tours since 2011. Things have been growing a lot in 2012, and I can't wait for 2013.

I'm continually looking to grow my network of host homes all across the USA. If you know of anyone who may be interested in hosting, please send them my way!

And if you're interested in partnering or would like to learn more, hit me up via email.

Best and thanks!

Andrea | House Show Agency

Reid Foster

Katie! I work with a handful of signed artists, and am in the process of setting up a new agency managing some more unsigned ones. Can't quite spill the beans on the latter yet, but here are links to the signed ones if anyone's interested.


I'll def be in touch about ithinkiloveit.



Reid Foster

Definitely interested in hearing more about Listenup.fm. Will e-mail ya.


Lance A Schart

Merry Christmas Hypebot.

I am Lance A Schart, a Chicago-based freelance music supervisor, synchronization licensing, corporate sponsorship (product placement), and media relations professional. I am also an experienced project manager with more than 15 years of financial development experience (fundraising). My most recent project is QWERTY The Movie (Bill Sebastian), which received three (out of four) stars from legendary film critic Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun Times), and won “Best Film Music” at the Nashville Film Festival.

I am interested in working with producers and directors to identify, cultivate and solicit product placement agreements and to help negotiate music licensing contracts. The key to success in each of these areas is early engagement, during pre-production whenever possible.

While I am based in Chicago, I have the flexibility to travel to either coast for business. I maintain a valid US Passport and have film and digital marketing contacts in LA and NYC; business contacts in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia; and access to a growing number of channels in China and Japan.

Please feel free to view my LinkedIn profile at LinkedIn.com/in/LanceSchart; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4584857/resume, or connect via Twitter @LanceASchart.
Continued success,

Lance A Schart
Chicago, IL USA

Death Chamberz Music

I promote and manager Jakob22 and run Death Chamberz Music

Who is Jakob22? What is the Fang? Why the mask?
These are constant questions you will hear when people speak of Jakob22.

Jakob22, hailing out of Toronto Canada is a new name on the game but not a
rookie on the microphone. For years perfecting his craft in the
streets of Scarborough, Jakob22 is a veteran in the art of MC’ing.
Jakob22 might just become a known to the world but is far from a rap
rookie, working with some legends in his time.

Jakob22 is a storyteller, a street poet, a battle rapper, a conscious
MC and a fiction author. Jakob22 has decided he is bringing back the
true art of lyricism back to hip hop.
To inquire why Jakob22 wears masks in his videos is best described
through Jakobs own lyrics in his song “Night Terrors”

"Jakob is all nightmares and dreams
I stay hooded and masked up because my image don’t mean a thing."

Jakob22 chooses to let his music define his image instead of his image
define his music. Jakob22 was growing tiresome with what some were
calling hip hop nowadays and had a real distaste for the music.
Believing that in the cycle the world is ready for some real MC’s
again Jakob22 has decided to be the solution to the problem



Love the site sent some material


Signing up now. I will say the thing about these sites is how do you get actual fans and not just musicians posting there own Music. How does it actually promote the artist to anything


Hi there!

My name's Andrea. I am an italian student. I have been living in Los Angeles for 4 months now, as an exchange student. Now I got two internships in the music business: one I have been doing from home online and another at a record label in Beverly Hills starting in January. I am really excited and thankful for all of this. I also met a lot of intersting people who are in the music biz.

I have been reading Hypebot since forever cos I always want to be on top of music news. Plus, I have a small notebook where I write down every post because I am writing my senior thesis on Music Digital Marketing and Hypebot is definately my greatest resource. I love what you guys do. And you are doing an amazing job!

I also emailed you Bruce, a few days ago to ask you some advice on my senior thesis, don't know if you got the email :) but don't worry :)

I will leave for y'all my email and fb/twitter link. Reach out for anything! :)


Take care guys!



Love Jamplify, as a fan!

I wish more artits used it. I am going to suggest it at the record label I am working at (The Collective Sound).

Keep up the great job Moses!


Great to see this site. I'm a folker these days who has worked in many different genres as an artists and manager. I'm promoting my newest Lojah project.
Creolized folk music: from Caribbean rhythms to Celtic melodies, blues, rock and Irish pub tunes.
Like me on facebook: http://facebook.com/Lojahmusic


Hey Dan! Sounds good dude, I like your stuff too. We have some shows in the next few months I am down to play. Please keep in touch...


Hey Tanner, cool site I checked it out! Impressive stats especially considering you're 21. I followed you on twitter. My info is right below if you're curious. Good luck and keep in touch.



I could never underestimate the power of a blog. I like your motto-- only writing about what you like. I will be reading!

I will be in touch when my band finishes the EP. In the meantime you can listen to our humble beginnings if you wish...

F. joel

How can i join your party? Please i want to join with you. Help me by give me information.

Katia Kei

Awesome, Chris. Thanks for information. Reaching out to you ;-)

Katia Kei

Hi, Nick!
Thanks for the links ;-)
I am working with a Russian artist who is a composer and who plays a lot of different instruments. He would love some licensing work, especially given that he has already written music for advertising, movies and even for kids' theater shows. Here are some links:

Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Katia Kei

Katia Kei

Happy Holidays, Ava!
Thanks for information ;-) Reaching out to you

Katia Kei

Hi, Christopher!
Loved your links and your music ;-)

Alexander - R

Happy Holiday everyone!
I'm new to the site, but I love this wonderful opportunity of connecting with people. Thanks Hypebot!
I am Alexander - R, composer, multi-instrumentalist musician, poet and actor from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
I've released my first solo album in January 2012 (New Age) and just finished a quite successful tour in France.
Planning to release another solo album in 2013.
Check my music on http://soundcloud.com/alexander_r
I'd love to hear what you think and what's your favorite track.
Please feel free to connect on FB : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexander-R/289997154345140

Thanks and take care!

Alexander - R


Hi there, I'm Sam. I play keyboards in the black metal band Anagnorisis based out of Louisville, KY. We were turned onto Hypebot about a month ago and the tips and news here are invaluable. Enjoy reading the commentary greatly. As a band we use social media heavily as our main marketing/promotion tool. All our music is available for free, if anyone is interested: anagnorisis.bandcamp.com.


Check out Soldiers of Peace hiphop/edm instrumental on Occupy Wall Street soldiersofpeacemusic.com :) . . . we need female vocals!


Hiya, I'm ThaGataNegrra, alt hip-hop artist, DiosaAnimanga. Part Of The Machine for 3 Miles Entertainment, an fledgling indie hip-hop label in Newark, NJ. My work is summed up thus: imagine a Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes'/Del Tha Funky Homosapien vocal delivery hybrid, lyrical content reminiscent of Janet, De La Soul, and Eminem, all slapped on a technicolour New Wave hip-hop cosplay rave in Tokyo.
My project is a little thing called GATA City; currently being pushed by both BrainMuscle Media and 3 Miles Entertainment.
I'm also the founder of The Alliance for Alternative and Eclectic Hip-Hop, a grassroots movement I am working on for fringe hip-hop artists from its four elements.
I'm always looking for like-minded folx to chat and work with; love collaborating. Out there trying to find the audience who "gets it".
I'm found at:
Come say "Nyan". (^_^)

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