Erykah Badu Wants To Talk To Her Fans Through Fantrail
Austin, TX - FanTrail, a groundbreaking, FREE mobile platform for iPhone and Android launches today. The innovative platform connects musical artists and fans in ways that have never been possible before, and pays the artists when their fans use each app. FanTrail is the first platform to offer the artist's actual voice, a reward system for fans, and a direct relationship with the artist. Artists like Erykah Badu and The Roots are among the pioneers of FanTrail; theirs and other FanTrail artist apps are available on iTunes today, and on Android soon after.
Joel Rasmussen, Co-founder and CEO of FanTrail notes, "Artists and fans naturally want to connect, and this platform allows them to do so in a way that is more immediate, direct, and personal than ever before." Joshua McClure, Co-founder and CTO, notes "What's exciting about the platform is that it allows an artist to use their voice, their most powerful instrument, as their primary tool for reaching their fans."
FanTrail's patent pending technology, including LoveMail™ and the LoveMeter™, give artists a powerful new set of tools for reaching, engaging, and entertaining their fans. Employing elements of popular games, the platform keeps fans coming back again and again. Artists can post news and events, update all of their social media at once, send voice messages directly to fans, and even reward their most devoted fans with shout-outs, meet and greets, private messages, or anything the artist can dream up.
"What is perhaps most surprising," continues McClure, "is that we pay all of the artists on the platform. We share all of our streams of revenue with the artists, based on how many fans they have and how active those fans are." Rasmussen notes, "This has never been done before, and we've found an exciting way to align everyone's interests."
FanTrail is also launching a major competition -the "Sweetwater INDIE CUP" - for all 2200 showcasing artists at the 25th annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, March 15-20. Each band can build FanTrail apps in their name; the act that creates the biggest "fantrail" by recruiting fans for their app will win $40,000 worth of recording equipment, as well as a free recording at world famous Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bands can sign up at www.FanTrail.com .
FanTrail was created by entrepreneurs Joel Rasmussen and Josh McClure. Joel Rasmussen is a writer, publisher, filmmaker and digital audio expert. His critically hailed film "Before the Music Dies", starring Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Questlove, Erykah Badu, and others was called "the most important film a music fan will ever see", by Lee Abrahms, CEO of XM Radio. Josh McClure is a technology entrepreneur with a widespread background ranging from military intelligence to the video game industry. Over the years, he has founded several technology firms including Agile Poet, the firm that developed the initial FanTrail prototype.
Artists - independent or signed - can register for their own FanTrail app at www.fantrail.com. Fans can find their FanTrail apps at the iTunes and Android store online.
Sportn' Life Records Signs New Electro-Soul Duo Fly Moon Royalty
Seattle Hip Hop Label Releases Debut LP & Announces Upcoming Show Dates
SEATTLE, WA – March 7, 2011 – Sportn' Life Records announced today that it has signed a new act: Fly Moon Royalty. The Seattle duo consists of Action Jackson and Adraboo and their sound has been compared to Gossip, Janelle Monae, and Gnarles Barkley.
“It’s an honor to work with Fly Moon Royalty; the sounds they produce are incredible,” said DeVon Manier, President and Co-Founder of Sportn’ Life Records. “The labels roster keeps expanding, and now features a diverse set of talent with Fly Moon Royalty, D.Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, SK and Marissa. “We’re also growing the label in other ways, with a consulting and management division, a series of annual events launching in 2012, and more,” Manier said.
Fly Moon Royalty’s self-titled 10-track LP is a soulful, upbeat album with a unique combination of neo-soul, hip hop, and alternative, with songs written by the group, and features a guest appearance from Rachael Ferguson of NighTrain. For a very limited time, the album is available for free here in exchange for an email address: http://flymoonroyalty.bandcamp.com/ .
MP3: A. Driver - "King Driver" (prod. by J. Clyde)
Here is another track from A.Driver as he prepares for the release of his latest mixtape, Driver's Education. Driver has been known as a very good lyricist so now he decides that he wants to make that undisputed with the track, King Driver. Check it out!
J*DaVeY Kicking Off "The New World Culture Tour" w/ BLU
The rumors are true! We will be hitting the road this week and could be in your city, very soon!
This Thursday, March 10th, 2011 we kick of the "The New World Culture Tour" with our good friend BLU in San Francisco at 330 Ritch. We will then head south making a few stops; one being in our hometown Los Angeles at the legendary Key Club, before heading East to Austin for SXSW. The East Coast leg will begin in Atlanta at Masquerade and take us up through New York's historic SOB's, The Shrine in Chicago and back west to finish up in Seattle at Nectar Lounge.
We're really looking forward to giving you all something special so, make sure to get your tickets now, tell your friends and tweet #TheNeWorldCultureTour http://twitpic.com/45mblo for a chance to win exclusive merchandise when we get to your city!
ALSO, we just recently added a very special guest and ILLaV8r family Def Sound as direct support so, be sure to catch up on your Def'isms at defthesound.com and enjoy a special treat from Mr. Sound below ;)
In the meantime, head over to jdaveybaby.com and grab your tickets now before its too late!!!
We can't wait to come rock out with each and every one of you!
Thursday, March 10th - San Francisco, CA @ 330 Ritch Friday, March 11th - San Jose, CA @ The Pagoda Saturday, March 12th - San Francisco, CA @ SOM - Black Morris DJ Set Sunday, March 13th - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club Monday, March 14th - Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser's Tuesday, March 15th - Houston, TX @ Ground Hall Friday, March 18th - Austin, TX @ Suite 101 - J*DAVEY & BLU Friday, March 18th - Austin, TX @ Nuvola - J*DaVeY ONLY Wednesday, March 30th - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Tuesday, April 5th - New York, NY @ SOB's Wednesday, April 6th - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar Thursday, April 7th - Washington, DC @ LIV Friday, April 8th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge Saturday, April 9th - Chicago, IL @ The Shrine Sunday, April 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Love Lounge Thursday, April 14 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge - J*DaVeY ONLY
For Immediate Release -- The Justos Mixtape Awards are gearing up for their 15th anniversary, officially sponsored by Europe's #1 urban magazine Yo! Raps, www.yoraps.com, and full service marketing and promotion company Yo! Promotions, www.yo-pr.com .
"The next award show is going to be epic!" says DJ Slayer, the company's new Owner and Chair. DJ Slayer was a close friend and brother to the Founder, Justo, who passed away tragically in 2005. It's been a few years since the last mixtape award show. The Justos’ 12th Annual Mixtape Awards was held April 29, 2008 at The Symphony Space in New York City. Since then there has been another transition of ownership but one that has been well embraced by the mixtape community.
A.R. expounds, "We're coming back with a full plate. The Justos Mixtape Awards is thee brand that recognizes mixtape industry professionals around the world. That's why we are especially exited to have Europe's #1 urban magazine, Yo! Raps, as our media partner."
Yo! Raps and Yo! Promotions Founder/CEO Kai Denninger says, "Being an official sponsor for the 2011 Justos Mixtape Awards is an honor for us. Yo! Raps and Yo! Promotions always stay connected to the movement and the artists and DJs who run this movement."
The Justos are scheduled to take place in the 4th quarter of this year with several events preceding including the 2nd Celebrity DJ Pool Tournament presented by DJ Slayer; an official Nominee Ceremony; The 2nd Mixtape Masters Marathon (M-III); The Street Album Top 10 Showcase, and other special events.
The 15th Anniversary logo was designed by multiple Justos Awards winner Miami Kaos, who also has the "Mixtape Graphics Designer Of The Year" award named in his honor. Miami Kaos says, "It was a [his] pleasure and an honor to take part in the design. To everyone in mixtape game, The Justos are our Grammys".
Nominations are currently open for all members of the Justos’ official website. It's the first of three phases to help determine the overall nominees.
Click the following link to sign-up and nominate your favorite DJs, Artists and Mixtape Professionals: www.TheJustos.com .
ABOUT YO! RAPS
Yo! Raps is an award-winning global online magazine launched in 2006 and has quickly emerged as one of the premier urban music websites on the web and is European's biggest urban online magazine. Our primary purpose is to provide information about Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B combined with multiple daily updates to the young urban demographic at its website. Yo! Raps has become a key strategic partner of record labels, press agents, and artist managers in the promotion of urban music.
ABOUT YO! PROMOTIONS
Founded in 2008, Yo! Promotions is one of the leading boutique media relations, promotions and marketing firms in the U.S. specializing in the entertainment and urban culture. Since the company's launch, Yo! Promotions has developed a trustworthy reputation for representing up-n-coming, underground and major music acts during the halcyon days of the dot com boom.
Pharoahe Monch premieres his first visual from W.A.R. (We Are Rengades) out March 22nd. A 10-minute short film, Pharoahe Monch evokes raw emotions as he brings viewers on a journey of a police raid gone dramatically wrong.
"Clap (one day)" is directed by Terence Nance. Original score by Lion's Share Music Group. Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Kim Howard & Josiah Small.
Fans who buy Pharoahe Monch's W.A.R. album from iTunes will receive the short-film with purchase.
Check out the new Video "Smorgasbord" from Robot Robinson, the First Official single from the Robot Robinson project due out April 12th! Robot Robinson is a collaboration project w/ International Electronic producer Robot Koch and world renown emcee/entrepreneur John Robinson. The duo comes with a Space Funk, minimalistic snap thump with "Smorgasbord" which Robinson says "I am giving you a variety of different styles and sounds. In all my projects. This project is droppin' on my Born Day! What better way to celebrate than with a GRAND Experiment! Get ready for 'ROBOT ROBINSON!'" This forthcoming album is not only very different from what you are used to fr om John, but it is profoundly progressive and an exceptional display of where hip hop and electronic music most suitably converge.