The last few months here at NRP have been very busy. We’ve busy putting the final touches on The New Rockstar Philosophy Book and there simply were not enough hours in the day to put up all of the great links our readers have sent us. So in the spirit of spring cleaning here are a few of the more interesting websites you should check out:
The Sixty One is a really cool website that helps musicians and audiences discover each other. Fans use Digg-style thumbs-up to rate the music that’s uploaded, but here’s the rub: Each rating costs you points, and you get more points if you rate up a song that lots of other people rate up too. So each point is valuable that cuts down on the crap bands. They have a very friendly and intuitive interface and the songs play all the time. No cutting the tracks when you go to find out more info on a band. It’s very cool and I would definitely recommend this site to solid independent musicians.
Minimum Noise is perfect for the independent musician that wants to collaborate but isn’t finding the right people. The website allows you to “crowdsource” music production. This means that you can have somebody make the bassline, beats or vocals for your music while you focus on the things that you are best at. Or, you can make money helping somebody else with their music if they are requesting something that you do well. It’s a really interesting idea and the sky’s the limit for what you can create.
DiscRevolt is a new way to give your fans music without lugging around discs on your tour. Artists upload MP3-formatted songs to the DiscRevolt site and design artwork for a plastic download card. DiscRevolt prints the cards in-house with a unique PIN code on the back, and artists then distribute them to fans at live shows and on the web. Fans enter the PIN code on the DiscRevolt site and receive credits to download that artist’s media. This is a really cool idea and the whole thing smells of the future. Check out their website for more details.
WaTunes, the company who provides digital distribution 100% free is getting into the social media market. Their plans are to lauch a website in May that will be a competitor to MySpace music. Users will be able to have their own personal profile and be able to share music on their site. The company plans to have ringtones, videos, playlists, and a premiums service as well.
So it looks like the online music world is becoming a very crowded place indeed. But no worries, NRP will be here to let you know what’s worth your time.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUtSfjGvB3k]
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