Artist Development, and Music Production www.digitalbear.com The Importance of Follow Up - Here it is! Sort of a double Oops from last newsletter: last newsletter we promised this article the following month. As many of you know, we've been having some server trouble since, and this is our first newsletter in a while. So without further ado: Follow up is hard, but its importance can't be stressed enough. Many artists send me demo packages, but few ever follow up. The same is true with EPKs or any other sort of submission. Let's look at why follow up is so important and why it's so hard. More... New Gear at DBE Studio Mike Castoro's wonderful Wunder Audio CM7 has joined the DBE arsenal. This is a beautiful, hand built, modern replica of the famous Neumann U47. All the spectacular warmth, clarity and larger-than-life presence in a modern elite package. Guitars and amps: A Jordan Tishler original 1967-ish Fender Stratocaster, hand build by JT from original vintage parts including pickups from 1967. Reeves Custom 6 head (Reeves was the original designer of Hiwatt). Marshall 1983 2204 50 watt head. Avatar 2x12 with Celestion Blue Bulldog speakers. Recent Acts at DBE The New Collisions cut two tracks with JT at DBE, Underground and Parachutes on the Dancefloor. Two more tracks, They Caged Us Kids and Constellations, are scheduled for the next month. Of note, these tracks are for an upcoming "new millenium" marketing, distribution, and sales vehicle being developed for TNC by DBE. Check them out here! The newest release from The Guy Mendilow Band, Skyland, edited and mixed by Jordan Tishler, mastered by Mark Donohue at Soundmirro is available (whew!) Click here!. Digital Bear Entertainment Studio For Sale DBE continues to offer this grand home/ facility for sale. Located in Boston MA (Jamaica Plain), this stunning condo comes complete with built in, David Moulton designed studio. Encompassing over 3000 sq feet on 3 levels with 3 bedrooms, two full baths with Jacuzzi, deck, private entrance/garden, stunning ceilings and period oak woodwork. The studio is over 1000 sq feet with stone-lined live room. For more info, email house@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Music Licensing (for TV and Film) www.dbemusic.com Site for Artists www.songsforsync.com Site for Supervisors How Not to Get Ahead As we think about values in the political arena for this approaching November, how so how about some plain-old Values for the Music Industry? If getting ahead, making money, and becoming famous is all you're about then this article and, indeed, the music business is no place for you. Music is fundamentally about art, its connection to humanity, and the connections it fosters between people. Selling this art is the business of music - and we can see how well that's been going lately. The music business, if it is to be reformed, improved and resurrected needs to ground itself in its core value once again. A good place to start is with the values of its practitioners. More... DBE Signs Dave Booda for Production and Management Dave Booda is the name of an audacious young singer/songwriter. Now signed to a management and production deal with DBE, JT was stunned last spring when he met Dave. "I was sitting in the hallway chatting with some industry buddies at the John Harris' Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference, when this kid walks right up, pulls up a chair and whips out his guitar. He says, 'I got something I gotta play for you.' I was sort of mid sentence with my friends and only half paying attention when out comes this song, "'All My Love.' My jaw hit the floor, my conversation forgotten entirely." That rare combination of eye-pleasing appearance, piercing songwriting, and captivating voice sets Dave Booda apart. JT and the DBE staff are now working round the clock with Dave to refine his style and make him a household name. More to come, def. Don't Eat Ramen For The Rest of Your Life! dbemusic.com, continues to recruit more wonderful songs. Particular opportunities exist for rhythmic hard rock/metal, hip hop, latin pop, and rhythmic/heavy electronica. Click the here for all the details. dBE.Music specializes in placement of music in TV, Film, Advertising and other sound for picture uses. dBE.Music takes a very hands-ons, boutique approach to selling your music to Producers and Music Supervisors. This means that they can trust that we bring them only the best music and the right music for their needs, and that your music is heard and taken seriously. Sign up @ dbemusic.com. Damn this is good! The new CD from Drumlin is worth paying for! You all know how rarely I gush about anything. Drumlin is a band from Nova Scotia comprised of 4 family members, only one of who is over 18 years (I believe). Mackerel Skies, their disc, is a collection of songs written by Nova Scotian songwriters over the last century, and collected by folk-archivist Helen Creighton. This ambitious disc manages to present these folk songs with modern production that makes them fresh and listenable. In fact, some are quite danceable. Well packaged in eco-friendly materials, clad in browns with traditional instruments on the cover, the CD is a wealth of interesting tidbits about Ms. Creighton, Nova Scotian history, and the Gaelic origins of the band's name. Yet, the production by Tim Feswick is a masterful preservation of the traditional element of the songs combined with modern instruments, sonic signature, and arrangement. The songs are obviously traditional in subject - quite a bit about fish and fishing - and yet the band evokes Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Proclaimers, and even occasionally The Monkees (go figure). Fellow Nova Scotian rockers April Wine come to mind on the album closer, Homeward Bound. Standout tracks include Sailor Boy, Let Go Your Bowline, The Twa Brothers, and Silvy. I guess I'm just a sucker for a good song - modern arrangement just turns my head. Go buy this disc! www.drumlin.ca Enter the Jordan's Picks Contest for a chance to have your music reviewed by veteran producer Jordan Tishler. You'll get to see your review in the space above and get a great industry quote. Winners also receive a free hour of our Music Consultation Service, a $49 value, to improve already great projects. To enter, download, fill out and sign this PDF, send it along with your latest and greatest (doesn't have to be a whole album) on CD (or CDR) to "Jordan's Picks" c/o DBE PO Box 301090 Boston MA 02130. 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