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The new monsters catch some rays... What do you think they will be called? #DoctorWho #BTS #behindthescenes #monsters

The new monsters catch some rays… What do you think they will be called? #DoctorWho #BTS #behindthescenes #monsters

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Doctor Who Season 9

New monsters are coming to Doctor Who Season 9. BBC released a brand new yet unnamed monster/creature/life form/robot.

The Doctor Who Instagram account has been teasing Whovians with glimpses of what seems to be a new monster. This photo shows multiple versions of the same monsters. While it is being introduced as a new monster  many Whovians think it is a monster wearing studded armor.  Some of us are thinking Daleks, Cybermen or a Sontaran like Straxx.

They remind me of the bickering robots in Doctor Who Season 7 “Dinosaurs on A Spaceship”

The caption on the above Doctor Who Instagram photo invites Whovians to chime in, “The new monsters catch some rays,” said the Instagram caption. “What do you think will be called?”

You can add your ideas on the official Doctor Who Instagram account.

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Barbara Ireland's Turning Back Time

Barbara Ireland's Turning Back Time

Return to the classic jazz & blues nightclubs of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s where dim lighting, suits and gowns, and the scent of perfume and whiskey filled the atmosphere. Ireland’s sultry vocals shimmer above passionate jazz performances & hot sax solos.

Barbara Ireland has recorded sexy songs! The kind of music that make you want to rip his clothes off.   It is difficult to do justice these standards and almost in possible to please me singing  them. I admit I was skeptical when I started listening.   Ireland’s voice and styling brings out the best in the songs she has selected. “Turning Back Time – Classic Songs To Kiss By”  has won me over.  Purchase on CDBaby.

Read a complete review at Seattle PI. See excerpt below.

Seattle singer-songwriter Barbara Ireland’s new album is a world apart from the glam-punk she once performed as a member of The Fags and other bands.
Ireland’s new album, “Turning Back Time: Classic Songs to Kiss By,” is a sultry, sumptuous collection of jazz and blues from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

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Bands are sometimes confused about what a publicist does, others aren’t aware they exist.  When I started the website I rejected the idea of press releases, then some how Luck Media and I came together.  Their well written press releases and the caliber of their entertainers changed my mind. I have met some excellent bands through them.
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This Q&A is with Jen Onsum a I publicist I respect. She is with an excellent company Luck Media and her answers should clear up the publicist/press release confusion.

1. What is a press release? A press release is a written document used to announce news to the media and the public. The news can be a new single/video, new album, tour, special show, chart success, endorsements… basically anything deemed to be newsworthy.
2. What is a publicist? A publicist is a representative hired to make sure the media knows about you and works to get you media attention. They also work to help get you in the public eye.
3. What does a publicist do? A publicist does a variety of activities. The basics of what a publicist does is write and distribute press releases, sends out press kits, pitches interviews / album reviews / TV appearances / show reviews / show previews / spotlights / etc., coordinates interviews. But it goes much beyond that… we consult on photos, image and branding. We solicit event participation and help secure endorsements. We provide media training to prepare you for interviews. We attend interviews and events with you when necessary. Basically beyond the basics we help shape your image and your career and help make sure you are the best you can be. Also, in this digital age, we also help with your online presence from advising on your social media efforts to providing and managing content.
4. Why do I need a publicist? Publicists are the experts on the media. We know how to reach them and what they’re interested in. We have established connections with them to utilize to get you the coverage you need and deserve. We also have connections with various aspects of the entertainment and business industry that we can utilize to help build and enhance your career. We are very resourceful and full of insight.
5. Does my band need to have certain qualifications to hire a company like Luck Media? You should have music available or that will soon be available. If there’s no music, there’s little we can share with the media to introduce you to them and get their interest. Beyond that, the more active the band is with shows etc., the better.
6. What do I need to look for it I want to hire a publicist? You definitely want a company with experience and especially in your genre. A company known for having a good reputation and that can provide references is also important. They should also show enthusiasm and interest in working with you by showing they have at least checked you out by referencing something about your music, sound, web site, etc., as it’s easy to just say “Yes, of course we can work with you!”
7. What would I want to avoid? A company that doesn’t have experience and especially in your genre. Check out their web site. If there’s not a lot of information on the web site about the company, services, past and present clients, examples of their work, and complete contact information, you should look elsewhere.
8. How much does a publicist cost? The cost really varies. It varies from company to company and the kinds of services provided.

When you think your band is ready to break out you can reach Jen Onsum at 
Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.
1131 Alta Loma Road, Suite 404
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 818.232.4175
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Ampeg Endorsements For Bands

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This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping bands locate endorsements and sponsorships
Becoming an Ampeg Endorser Artist

Ampeg Endorsement Program. To be considered for endorsement, please provide the following:

  • a copy of your current CD (and video if available)
  • a current press kit including contact and management information
  • a current tour schedule
  • dates of your next Seattle, WA performance
  • a list of Ampeg products you currently use and product you desire for endorsement.

Send the noted items to the following address:
LOUD Technologies Inc.
Artist Relations Department/Ampeg
16220 Wood-Red Road NE
Woodinville, WA 98072 USA

Due to the large volume of endorsement requests, we are unable to respond to all packages received. However, please be assured that all requests are reviewed.


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A few answers to: How do I get an endorsement or sponsorship for my band?

This is what I have learned working with bands over the years.

It is fairly easy to get the endorsement rights for your MySpace page or website if you don’t suck. An endorsement says that you use the equipment and the company has agreed to let you advertise that affiliation. No money or equipment changes hands.

BUT if you want sponsorship with  money and equipment you need visibility. Giving a local band equipment or money isn’t a good deal for a company. You are probably already using their equipment and the people you are playing for aren’t their customers. Your fans aren’t going to go out and buy the equipment you are  using.

Zildjian outlines their criteria clearly, “The criteria for evaluating new Artists includes a high profile playing situation, which provides maximum exposure for Zildjian. It also includes, but is not limited to, a record released on a major record label that is charting on Billboard’s Top 200, a video in heavy rotation on MTV/VH-1, other TV exposure and headlining a major tour.”

This is not to say that a few companies won’t work with you.  Jägermeister sponsorships for instance has  relatively easy criteria is to get a sponsorship but, they only give full sponsorships to  about 200 bands.

This is from their website “once we decide we dig their scene, we supply them with giveaway items where legal. Items are branded with the Jägermeister logo and the name of the band. From posters to guitar picks, t-shirts to hats, we cover our bands.

In return, we simply ask for a little love… mentioning Jägermeister between and during sets, imbibing a shot on stage, hanging a few banners, or wearing a t-shirt. ”

You would have to decide if you are willing to do a commercial for Jägermeister at a show.

One band will say it is selling out, another will say it is a good way to get merch for the fans.

Their requirements are easy
*All band members are 21 or older
*You have a LOVE for Jägermeister
*Your band plays at least 6-10 shows per month

Spend a little time on the internet or make a few calls and you can find out the criteria for sponsorships for any major company.

Keep in mind that for a small band to approach someone like Fender for a sponsorship is going to be a waste of time.

Try something a little different, check out the local companies in your area.  Music Shop’s, CD Shop’s, Cafe’s, Bar’s, Restaurant’s, Club’s? Is the drummers dad a dentist? Does the guitar player’s mom own her business? Go to these companies and offer to put up a banner and add their name to your merch if they pay for the merch.

The more shows you play the more likely you are to get endorsements and sponsorships.

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1.) Ampeg Endorsements For Bands

It has to be a mutually beneficial relationship for an endorsement to occur normally. Does the artist give the endorsing company the proper amount of exposure to the demographic the company is seeking? Paul Warren