Stewart Lupton :: Unsigned-Only Music Competition :: AWAL

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MusicMakers News: Week of May 28th, 2018

StoryRevenue, and Balance:  The late Stewart Lupton serves as a role model of artistic evolution and musical influence. Then, learn how you can win through your music with Unsigned Only. Lastly, find out about digital distribution with AWAL - Artists Without a Label.

Stewart Lupton, the lead frontman of Jonathan Fire*Eater, passed away on Monday, May 28th at 43 years of age. Jonathan Fire*Eater is a band known for their influence; while they had a short run, bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol all say they had an impact on their own music. They laid the groundwork for New York City’s early 2000s indie-rock Renaissance, forever creating their mark on the music industry.


Though they started early as a high school band with impressive success, it took them years before they discovered their ultimate sound. In Lizzy Goodman’s book Meet Me in the Bathroom, Lupton described finally coming into their own: "It was a really wonderful feeling," Lupton said. "We had gone from an amalgam of inspirations to an original vibe over a couple of months. We did three-chord punk rock, but we did it in our own way. It was golden."


How did you discover your sound? How do you think it will evolve? What mark do you want to leave on the music industry? How will you be remembered?

Read more about Jonathan Fire*Eater >>

Unsigned Only is currently hosting the last portion of its music competition. Enter your songs - cover or original - for a chance to win prizes, mentorships, and more. Every entrant gets 100 free spins on Radio Airplay. Enter your song between today and June 6th for a shot at their Home Run prize:


Home Run: “There is nothing like cash to help finance a new album, buy new gear, prep for a tour, etc. One lucky winner will be selected to win $1,000 in cash. Additionally, the winner will receive a 500 CD Duplication package from Disc Makers. This promotion accepts both cover songs and original music.”

Learn more here >>

The world of online music distribution can be daunting and difficult to understand. AWAL - Artists Without a Label - is a platform that can help you navigate online streaming and sales. Founded by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby and acquired by Kobalt Music Group in 2012, AWAL is an amazing distribution service for independent artists, and it has been used by acts like Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Moby, and Jay Sean before they signed onto a label. They work transparently with over 200 digital retail partners, including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Learn more about AWAL and Kobalt Music Group >>

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About Ray Archie

Ray Archie is the Executive Director of Notes to the Soul, Inc. is infinitely the musicians’ advocate. It comes from the heart as Ray is also a musician who plays cello, bass, & piano and has performed internationally with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson-Thomas, LSO, SF Symphony orchestra, & many others. Ray crosses the boundaries of classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, and soul music. Ray is an award-winning musician who has toured extensively worldwide since age 12. He has over 30 years of music industry experience, 12 years of broadcast experience, created large-scale consumer-facing products and has set international standards for audio.