Category Archives: Indie Artists

Alicia Eris debuts new soulful EP ‘Retrospective 12’ and new music video

Los Angeles, CA – “Retrospective 12”, the debut EP by Alicia Eris, released yesterday online along with the music video for her first single, “I Moved On” featuring Syd tha Kid from The Internet (part of the Odd Future Collective). ‘Retrospective 12” is an alternative, Neosoul album with influences from Amy Winehouse and alternative soul group, The Internet. “I Moved On” released on July 30 with 2,000 downloads within the first week released and 200 downloads in a day. The song and EP are produced, and co-written, by Grammy-nominated producer, Dane Diamond of Classfaction.

Alicia Eris, age 15, began her music recording career…”

Finish the article “Alicia Eris debuts soulful new EP ‘Retrospective 12’ and music video” on Examiner.com here.

Alicia Eris Retrospective 12

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September 4, 2013 · 11:51 pm

Edgy Dance Pop – Marina and the Diamonds Releases Electra Heart

Marina and the Diamonds have just released “Electra Heart” in the U.S., which has previously been in the top of the charts in the U.K. Not sure why the U.K. gets these early releases and the U.S. is so cautious about upcoming new pop trends. This also happened with Ellie Goulding and her album which was popular in Europe and finally trickled into American radio here with “Lights”.

Marina and the Diamonds is a refresher from Lady Gaga. If you’re looking for edgy, dance pop, Marina is your girl. “Homewrecker” is on the top of my list, with Ace of Base beats and lyrics that are so true, it hurts. “Power & Control” is fun too, along with “Radioactive”. Her voice is full of soul, and I’d love to see a sing off with her and Lady Gaga. Although, I’ve heard rumors that her live performance is “forced”, which, with these pop personalities should be considered, her music is undeniably catchy and very popular in the indie scene. Will Marina and the Diamonds hit the mainstream American radio soon? Tough to tell when the edgy pop Queen, Lady Gaga retains the throne, but I’d love to see a face off between these two divas and who can be more shocking, lyrically and visually.

Marina and the Diamonds “Radioactive”

Marina and the Diamonds “Power & Control”

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New Indie Artist Page Added

To make things easier on this blog to navigate through, I will be adding new pages to help you sift through the content on the blog.

First up, is a list of all the indie artists I have mentioned throughout this whole blog, so if you don’t feel like rummaging through all my blogs, or don’t want to check out the “Indie Artists” tag, this page will list all the indie artists, a short description of the artist and a direct link to the blog they were mentioned in.

https://elenamusic.wordpress.com/indie-artists-to-check-out/

Nifty, huh?

I also want to do a Genre page, to find music genres easier on this blog. Let me know if you have any ideas of your own to help your experience of finding good music on this blog!

Thanks!

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Indie Artist to Check Out: Kelsey Skaggs “Facebook Admirer”

Since it’s kind of hard for me to pin down a day to talk about indie artists, I’m going to change the title of these posts from “Indie Artist Mondays” to “Indie Artist to Check Out:”

I found Kelsey on Myspace two years ago. I thought her song, “Facebook Admirer” was an instant hit. She’s still working on music, and I hope things get better for her, her lyrics are cute and right to the point. Skaggs is 19 years old and from Ohio.

Check out a Youtube of her performing live below and check out her website here: http://www.kelseyskaggs.com/

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My Examiner Article “Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin Interview on ‘Break the Cycle'”

I finally finished my Exmainer article, “Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin Interview on ‘Break the Cycle'” 

It took way longer than I thought, my first celebrity interview, I sat down at a cafe in Los Angeles and interviewed indie artist, Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin on the music video Baldwin directed.

Want to know how the article went? Check out the article and music video here: http://exm.nr/k1LSom

And, I would like to say, I don’t think I would have had this opportunity without your continuing support and readership to my blog, so thanks for reading!

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Miguel – Not Much of an Indie Artist Anymore

I first heard of Miguel when I went to the Viper Room last year to watch BMI’s The Next Fresh Thing, a showcase of new acts. I went to see Krys Ivory, I heard of her from an indie record label internship that I was in when I first moved to LA, and the event was hosted by BMI, so I thought I would go. When I first got into the Viper Room, Miguel was performing. The whole place was packed and he was killing it. I haven’t seen a performer so top notch like that in a while, and still haven’t since. He was dancing, singing on point and had amazing charisma.

After the set, I talked to him for a minute, telling him that he convinced me to be a fan, he was very nice to me. Not only was he a fabulous performer, but a genuinely nice person. I followed his career since, and he has performed at festivals, worked with Usher and continues to get bigger. His single is a slow jam, but live, he is extremely energetic, and is definitely worth seeing live.

This is his single, “All I Want is You”

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Another Belated Indie Artist Monday- Saints of Valory

Ah, I’m off my game! Maybe I should make it Indie Artist Tuesdays??? Haha.

Fans of Coldplay and Kings of Leon will definitely like this band from Austin, Texas. Check out their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/saintsofvalory. I like the song, “Sweet Disarray”

Check out this Youtube video here, but definitely check out their music on iTunes and their FB page.

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Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and What it Means for Indie Artists and the Music Business

I remember reading on Twitter and Facebook about Rebecca Black. Social media was blazing about this horrific song/video. Like one of those police car chases they show on TV from time to time, I was intrigued and had to look.

This article is about my two cents about the music video and more about the plight of the indie artist and what it takes to get noticed.

In the past, let’s say, about twenty to thirty years ago, in order for musicians to get their music out on a national and public scale, they needed to get signed by a record label. There was no getting around it, you needed to play the clubs, hope for an A&R man (Artist & Repertoire) to scout you, meet the head honchos, then they would brand you, or “develop” you. Create your look, prepare you and get you ready, and then you would make albums, tour and become a star.

The name of the artist game has changed significantly in the past few years, and it’s still changing this very moment. What’s going on? The internet. The internet kind of gave the public their own right to pick and choose the music that they wanted to hear, from all over the world. The public didn’t want to pay $20 for an album of one or two good songs and the rest crap. They wanted to buy that one or two songs (or download for free) and ignore the rest.

The record labels crumbled, but wait, not so fast, it’s not what you think it is.

In a way, it was good for indie artists and musicians. Indie artists, if they were good enough, almost in an American Idol fashion, could be voted into the mainstream if they got enough hits on Youtube or Facebook. A&R guys changed their game, instead of being discovered in a club, they’ll look for the next big thing on the internet, if you’re already generating buzz, then you’re a surefire hit, and probably a gain to the company. But, for the first time, indie artists who didn’t make it big, could make a living touring, making music without becoming huge names. If you hit the right niche market, you could tour and use social media and the internet to gain fans, you can release music yourself and do it all yourself.

The DIY Musician was born. But, again, it’s not what you think it is. The DIY Musician can only get so far. Without a record label, the DIY Musician cannot get national, or international stardom without the big marketing campaigns the record labels have under their belts.

And then, there are those who are lucky enough to get national attention with that ONE Youtube video. Greyson Chance, the Lady Gaga covering kid, got major attention after a flawless cover of one of Gaga’s classics, “Paparazzi”. Rebecca Black, an indie artist also found fame, for all the wrong reasons. Rumored that her parents paid $2,000 for a demo (the going rate for a demo is $1,500 per song from producers, believe it or not), Black made a song that was called one of the worst songs ever made. Her tone is flat, even aut0-tuning couldn’t really fix this song. The lyrics might as well have been from a Dr. Seuss book. It was a train wreck that everyone had to watch.

In spite of that, it was such a mess that it made her famous, she got into the iTunes Top 100 charts, and that $2,000 investment her parents made was the wisest choice they probably have ever made.

I heard from someone on Twitter, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t write it down, but they basically said you have to be really good in music or really bad, you won’t get noticed if you’re in between. Rebecca Black was really bad, and it paid off. Social media helps indie artists, the really good ones do get through and unfortunately, so do the really bad ones. There is a way for indie artists to get out there, do-it-themselves and follow their dreams. Instead of the record labels controlling what we hear, more and more the public is taking what they hear, and dictating what they like, even if they don’t like it, and making it popular.

An interesting time in the music business.

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Indie Artist Mondays: M.4.T.P. – Collective Indie Artist Release & Los Angeles Downtown Artwalk

For this week’s Indie Artist Mondays, I’m going to write a personal blog about musicians that I know here in LA.

M.4.T.P. (Music for the People) is a compilation album of indie artists. My friend and previous beat maker for my release, “Butterfly” (available on iTunes, look up my name Elena Ovalle “Butterfly”), Dane Diamond, has put together various indie artists and is releasing a series of EPs. The music has various genres, from pop to indie rock.

To hear some tracks, click on this link: http://m4tp.bandcamp.com/album/6b

A release party for M.4.T.P. “The Heart as a Theory” will be at Los Angeles Downtown Artwalk this Thursday, April 14th, 8pm -11pm. There will be free copies of the release at the event. Every month  in Los Angeles, there is an artwalk of local artists that has grown very popular. You can check out the Facebook invitation here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192409257470559

Here is the Downtown LA Artwalk WordPress site: http://artwalkla.wordpress.com/

Check out the links, music, and drop by the Artwalk in Downtown LA this Thursday if you’re in town.

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Indie Artist Mondays: Gaby Moreno

I’ve been on hiatis from this blog this past week because I’ve been busy looking for a new place to move into and a new job, plus mixing a new song and other things. I got a new job and a new place to move into today, it’s funny how things happen all at once. I’m still reeling because in a week everything is going to change, so it’s a lot. But, let’s go forward here.

Here’s my second installment of Indie Artist Mondays, like I said, it’s quite difficult to keep finding indie artists every week to talk about, but for now, so far so good.

For this week’s Indie Artist Mondays, I’m introducing you to the Guatemalan singer, Gaby Moreno. I was first acquainted with Moreno at a performance for Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWiM) Singer/Songwriter night. Moreno’s voice was unique; she has a disarming personality in person. Calm, positive and soulful, Gaby Moreno commands a stage presence, and her voice sucks you right in. You can tell she’s a sweet heart too. Her music is indie-soul.

Gaby has been getting a lot of buzz here in LA as well. I hear a lot of music professionals talking about her talent. She’s touring the U.S. right now and has an album releasing April 5th called Illustrated Songs.

Check out her out!

Gaby’s website: http://www.gaby-moreno.com/

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