Written by Rita de Moura
The Voynich Code, founded in 2013 is a Portuguese band that states they do not have a specific genre. They consider themselves a modern metal band, which can be a very controversial statement in the metal community, one of the communities with the most sub-genres. The vocalist mentioned that music genres are very relative to the listener, and because of that The Voynich Code cannot say they are a specific genre such as Deathcore, Techno Metal and Djent, therefore their genre is a combination of different genres.
The band has four members, Nelson Rebelo, the vocalist; Vinnie Mallet and André Afonso who are the guitar players and the drummer Euler Morais. Curiously they do not have a bass player, which is uncommon for a metal band.
During this year the band has been growing exponentially, increasing their fanbase and having the amazing opportunity of touring around the world, performing in festivals and concerts in countries like Japan, the UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and many more!
The Voynich has been working very hard to break into the music market and has been thriving, in social media they have a total of around 20K followers between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. And gather around 4K monthly plays on Spotify.
The band has a strong team behind them that is crucial for their success, currently New Breed Agency books their shows nationally and internationally. Also, they are managed by Alex Boezeman that works for E.J Shannon Management, a management company based of Chicago, IL. For an up and coming band it is very important to have support in order to make them achieve the next level.
Written by Rita de Moura
The band Mòn was originated in Rome Italy in 2014. It is composed by five members, Carlotta Deiana, who is the female vocalist; Rocco Zilli, the male vocalist, guitarist and also controls the sound synthesizer; Michele Mariola who is the main guitar player; Stefano Veloci, the Bassist and finally Dimitri Nicastri the drummer.
Originally the band was aiming for an indie-folk vibe but the project quickly evolved and the band started experimenting with different sounds inspired from the music background of each member. Nowadays Mòn has achieved their unique and characteristic sound that explores analogical and rhythmic effects that are perfectly balanced and contrast with the melancholic and low vocals. They developed and original style that connects directly with the individual listening to it by using upbeat and fun to dance to instrumentals and at the same very intimate vocals. Mòn has gotten inspiration from many iconic European bands such as Radiohead, The XX, Foals, Beatles, Acrtic Monkeys and God Is An Astronaut.
Currently the band has a distribution contract with the reccord label Urtovox and all their shows and tours are booked by L'eretico Booking. The band has quickly grown in Italy since the release of their first album Zama in 2017. They have given several tours around the country covering it from top to bottom and even including the island of Sicily, where they usually perform in the city of Palermo.
Some notorious places the band has performed at include famous festivals such as; CRACK Fumetti dirompenti, a comics and music festival organized in Rome, where I had the pleasure to watch them performing live for the first time in 2017; Aspettando il Gargano Film Festival, that is hosted in San Giovanni Rotondo; the Retape Festival that takes place in Rome and also the Soundproof festival in the city of Benevento.
I believe that the band is ready to take the next great step and organize start performing outside of Italy by organizing an European tour. Indie-rock is definitely growing exponentially, specially in Portugal, the UK, Spain and France. Since Mòn's lyrics are in English most people are able to understand them and resonate with the band at a deeper level. Their music brings the crowds together and elevates the spirits of any audience, therefore they should try to break it outside of Italy in order to expand their audience and create more traction to their name. Having mentioned this, another great example for them to get their name known is to license their music to European TV shows, commercials and movies, this would be a great opportunity to expand and monetize the emotional connection their fans already have with their music. Mòn would be a great fit for TV or Film due to their indie-rock vibe, that matches perfectly the independent film scene in Europe.
Written by Rita de Moura
Amazon Music is an online music shop and streaming service created by Amazon. This project launched in 2007, was the first online store to sell music from EMI, Warner, Sony and Universal without digital rights management, which is a set of technologies that allow the use, modification, and distribution of copyrighted works.
This streaming service has been a huge success since it first launched and has been growing over the years. Amazon Music already operates in 28 other countries and is willing to keep expanding. For that reason, the company announced that they are launching operations in Brazil and several other countries in a short period of time.
The will to expand to Brazil can easily be explained since Brazil has the largest music market in South American and also the ninth largest market worldwide, creating a high demand for companies such as Amazon Music and also great opportunities. The arrival of Amazon to this new market could increase their income and put them up against their other competitors such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.
Written by Rita de Moura
As most of you know, 3300+Climbing is very proudly working with the hip-hop artist Loe Vale. Loe is originally from New York and decided to move to Florida in order to change his life completely. Our curiosity has grown stronger on his history. Loe was kind enough to open up to us and give an intimate interview that shares with us, and you, his life story and also his musical path and evolution.
Written by Murali Vageesh
Music has always been for our ears. Only for our ears.
Yes… I am aware that there are “music videos”. Some of which are great, some doesn’t make any sense, some we don’t even pay attention to. But what if I say that there is a medium where the musicians can let us into their imagination, to see it, and even feel it? What if I say, that music is going to engulf most of our senses and become a (virtual) reality itself?
Virtual reality – VR, might change the way we experience music. We won’t be wearing headphones and shutting our eyes and hoping no one calls our name when Slash was just about to play that sick intro lead line of Anastasia anymore. We will be lost in a realm where nothing else can be perceived but the music and its own unique representation!
In 2016, Queen, Google Play and Enosis VR, created a 360 –degree virtual reality take on the groundbreaking video for the band’s 1975 hit song – Bohemian Raphsody. The visual changed on where your gaze fell and the sound changed as you turned your head. Neon themed Freddie in his signature tank top would flamboyantly move around you, sit beside you and play his white piano while trying to eat the mic, as vibrant polygon bubbles float around you, in a kaleidoscopic atmosphere.
Even live concerts are becoming virtual. NextVR, Live Nation and Citi are collaborating to create VR live events. This way, they can open up the live concerts to a wider audience and people who cannot make it to the concert, will nevertheless feel immersed.
We human beings crave to sense emotions of other people and music is a projection of the artist’s emotions. If we could sense that not only with our ears, how cool would that be? I believe that is how songs like Bohemian Raphsody must be experienced… at least for once.
Recently, Youtube added a Sponsorship feature to a small number of their content creator channels as part of a beta experiment. It started with only gaming channels but now has expanded to every type of content shared on the platform.
With this new feature, fans from all over the world can now directly pay their favorite creators by subscribing to a monthly subscription in the value of $4.99. This not only helps their favorite YouTubers generate more revenue but also gives some perks to the sponsors. Some of these perks include giving fans access to custom emojis that they can use to comment on videos and live streams, a sponsors community tab, public-facing badges next to the user name, which will appear in all comments and live chats made, and also exclusive live chats offered from time to time depending on the YouTuber's availability.
If you are a content creator or an artist yourself this is indeed great news for you! Research done on the beta version of the YouTube's main website and app has shown that fans have been very responsive to this new feature and are willing to support their favorite creators. One of the first YouTubers to use this sponsorships service acquired more than1,800 sponsors over a three month period. This can seem like a low number but it that the YouTuber will earn a great additional profit of $8,982 to what he/she is already making out of ads and views. And this is just the beginning!
This is a great incentive for creators since a massive amount of videos and channels have been demonetized by YouTube in the past months as a result of a stricter language and content policy.
This new sponsorship program can mean that YouTubers will be able to improve their content quality and invest more time and money on creating better quality content! So don't be afraid on investing in who you enjoy watching and believe would be a good investment because the sponsorship subscription can be terminated at any time with just a few clicks.
Written by Rita de Moura
After years of very restrictive timing for videos Instagram finally reshaping its conditions with the goal to attract the younger audiences and lure them away from YouTube.
This new feature will expand Instagram's video time from one minute to 10 minutes, for normal users and verified accounts will be able to upload videos as long as one hour!
But why is Instagram doing this? Facebook, Instagram's parent company has very low numbers when it comes to a young users, most people using the app in the United States are between 25 and 34 years old. On the other hand Instagram's analytics show that the app is most common among millennial, which are between 18 and 24. With the effort of attracting more and more users and keeping young people interested in the app they decided to implement this feature, which is known as IGTV. It will operate on Instagram's or a new app will be created called IGTV, which is a marketing strategy for Facebook because it is a method that will generate more opportunities to include payed advertising.
IGTV's video format is only going to be vertical in order to fill smarthphones full screen without flipping it. Which will limit some content creators but please others.
What is your opinion on this new feature? Are you excited about it or do you think it won't be useful?
Written by Rita de Moura
Joe Mulherin aka nothing, nowhere. is a North American rapper, songwriter, and producer. The artist started uploading songs on Soundcloud on 2015 and began performing solo in underground clubs in Burlington, Vermont. Nowadays he performs with a group of musicians but still keeps the solo artist name of nothing, nowhere. He has toured around the country with popular bands such as Real Friends, Fall Out Boy, Tiny Moving Parts and La Dispute.
So far, nothing, nowhere. has released five albums and over ten music videos in a four year period of time and has experienced incredible growth in his fanbase as well as his professional career.
On February this year he signed to Fueled By Ramen, an American record label owned by Warner Music Group with distribution from one of the company's main labels Atlantic Records. This will certainly bring the artist more visibility and spread his fanbase across the globe.
He also is very passionate about film and attended film school in college. This love for cinematography correlates with the passion for music and nowadays he directs and produces his own music videos. Also, he has directed, co-edited and shot many other short films, including One Day wich screened at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in France.
Unlike many other rappers Joe Mulherin never used cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. Actually he advocates for animal and human rights and is an active straight edge vegan.
Check the Joe's music on youtube, bandcamp, soundcloud and check his official website! Also, if you are interested in knowing more about this him and follow up with what he is currently doing follow his instagram,facebook and twitter.
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