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Introducing Indie Musician Gabe Hizer

GabeHizerCoverGabe Hizer is a Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter, originally from Long Island, NY. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, played in various rock and pop cover bands in the 70s, and more recently led a blues band for a couple of years. He is now performing as a solo artist, featuring his complex guitar arrangements, well-crafted songs, and wide vocal range.

He is clearly influenced by the singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, such as James Taylor (especially in his guitar parts), Joni Mitchell (especially his use of high falsetto notes), Jackson Browne, etc.

A born musician, Gabe Hizer was already playing the accordion at the age of 6, the ukulele by the time he was 8 and the guitar by age 9. Known for his amazing guitar skills and his ability to incorporate blues, jazz, soul and pop into his original songs, Gabe has come a long way since his ukulele-days.

Are Indies Doing the Dirty Work for Major Labels?

guitarcaseIt seems like the dawn of a bold new era for the music industry, especially if you’re an indie artist. Major labels are going down, and indies are on the rise, right? It sounds nice, but an article posted today by Fortune (which can be found these days on CNNmoney.com) claims that the indie boom is, in fact, the single greatest thing ever to happen to the majors. Why? Because all the money, and all the talent, is still flowing up.

Here’s How It Works:

For the last decade, major labels haven’t had the cash they once did to promote artists, which means 3 things:

  • Fewer artists are being signed.
  • Less marketing heft is being put behind musicians that do get signed.
  • Bands that aren’t successful after the first single are dropped. Fast.

Award Winning Indie Musician Ann Sweeten Keeps Making Her Mark

AnnSweetenContemporary Pianist/Composer, Ann Sweeten, (www.Annsweeten.com) has crafted a signature sound over the course of 8 chart-topping albums and 2 Italian compilation albums over the past 13 years. Often placed in the New Age genre, her style is decidedly unique, embracing not only the classical realm, but aspects of jazz, film scoring, and popular music. Sweeten’s music has aired and been reviewed across the world to wide critical acclaim. Her music is also played on Internet radio, DMX/Spafax Music, Muzak, Clear Channel, AOL Music/XM Audio Visions channel, XM Satellite, and Music Choice (Soundscapes).

Musical Achievements:

10 Reasons Why Every Musician Should Join Twitter Now

twitterOverwhelmed with maintaining your MySpace page, blog, podcast, e-mail, website, tour updates and everything else online to promote yourself?

Twitter is an ingenious solution that will give your fans more of you and it takes less than 3 minutes a day to stay on top of everything without your computer!

I’m just back from summer vacation where I spent a relaxing 11 days in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest right after having attended Gnomedex07. At Gnomedex, I learned A LOT about Web 2.0, social networking and blogging and my next several editions of Sound Advice will focus on things I learned.

Straylight Run’s Frontman John Nolan Is On Tour

johnnolanJohn Nolan, who is the frontman of Straylight Run, is currently taking his solo project on the road.

Nolan has hit the month long tour with Person L and Brian Bonz.

Tonight was the first show of tour with Person L and Brian Bonz and it was a lot of fun. Camille and I played a song with Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs, and they played two songs with us. We’ll be working on doing some more collaborating with them and hopefully bringing Person L into the mix soon. Thanks to everyone who came out tonight, and many thanks to Person L (who was amazing this evening!) for taking us on this tour!

Indie Musician Matthew Ryan Releases Dear Lover Today

MatthewRyan_DearLoverIndependent musician Matthew Ryan is releasing his latest album, Dear Lover, in digital format today. The CD is available at most digital music stores including: iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, The Nokia Store and more.

I had to make sure I put in the right CD when the intro to “City Life” blared out of the speakers. With an electronica vibe accompanying Ryan’s vocals, it gives a refreshing feel to a familiar voice. Ryan’s previous albums also included some songs with a hint of electronica sound, but “City Life” is a track that takes it to a new place.

Ryan keeps an upbeat tempo feel with the title track, “Dear Lover,” which begins with a heart felt vocal asking, “Tell me what want. Tell me what you want…,” over a simple distorted riff. This song proves to show how emotionally sound and powerful his vocals can be. There are very few artists in the rock genre whose vocals can outshine the instruments.

Matthew Ryan To Release Digital Album of Dear Lover

mrchi1Independent musician Matthew Ryan has announced that he will be releasing a downloadable version of his latest album, Dear Lover, on Oct. 27th.

Ryan posted a bulletin on Myspace, which included a few lyrics from the album:

#9 The World Is… (Copyright PlasticViolin 2009): “I started out with wonder, With air on my teeth, Careful what you wish for, There’s something underneath. Because the world is held together, With lies and promises, And broken hearts, And brand new days, For you to start… all over again.”