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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009
- T h e L o v e l e s s S o u n d -
Alternative. Indie. Progressive. Pop. Rock. Combinations of them all. Whatever it is you want to call it, the music is what you'll remember. The Loveless Sound, started by Micah J. Tappe in early 2008 has recorded 40+ songs, released a 5-song demo entitled "Oracle" and the 12-song EP "Epic Drone" on iTunes. More than 3 singles are in the works, as well as a new 7-track EP.
This blog will chronicle the events Loveless Sound has made and will ask of it's readers to help sculpt the band's future. We'll be asking the listeners (the fans) which songs they like best, and what songs they want to hear live. You'll also get info on The Loveless Sound. Band bios, musical backgrounds, news, press releases, merchandise, tour dates, mailing list promotions, song updates, downloads, and more!
Here are some "Loveless" links to check out.
The Official Loveless Sound Web Site: www.LovelessSound.com
Loveless Sound on MySpace: www.myspace.com/LovelessSound
Loveless Sound on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LovelessSound
Loveless Sound "Oracle" on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=297643621&s=143441
Loveless Sound "Epic Drone" on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=306820822&s=143441
The Official Loveless Sound Merchandise Store: www.zazzle.com/LovelessSound
More to come!
Have a "Loveless" day!
-The Loveless Sound-
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
To Be In A Band:
You don't need an agent. You don't need a manager. You don't need to be signed to any record label or contract anymore - and for good reason!
It has been proven and shown in the past that it is solely the artist who has to buy their musical equipment, write songs, write lyrics, practice and rehearse for days, weeks, and months on end. Needless to say they should have some sort of musical experience and talent. Find enough funds to pay someone with the means to record and a less-than-par demo tape of their music. The artist then has to find enough time in the day to schedule a gig or two around town where they are required to entertain listeners while maintaing image, live sound quality, and a shred of respect amongst the ever-cruel music scene.
This begins the story of almost every band ever formed. There was a step-by-step process. Most (over 90%) of band activities stop here. Very few find themselves renting vans and driving across the state to play a show a bar they've never been to for just enough money to get them back home. If a band reaches this point, they deserve and "A" for effort and must continue truckin'!
Usually, the band, whether good or not does not get noticed enough to make a difference or a big enough impact to effect their musical lives. However, a very few percentage of those who make it this far either have the right connections, or are in the right place at the right time to be recognized and noticed. It could be a bigger band with ties to recording labels. It could a record label representative. Or, It could be many people's votes during a "battle-of-the-bands" that determines the band's initial outcome. This is the beginning of a contract, which history has shown ALWAYS helps the band even though almost all contract constrain the artist to some degree. In fact, bands used to say that in order to make any kinda of legitimate profit off their own music and/or shows, they would HAVE to be signed to a label or recording contract. Well... not anymore.
The music industry is completely changing, and it has been in flux for a while now. What bands today are doing is setting up online accounts through such companies as "Tune Core", Reverb Nation, and CD Baby. The Loveless Sound used Tune Core for the iTunes releases. By signing up for free with them, artists can now upload recorded music, any artwork, and any written details they want included. Then they'll pay on average $3 a song to submit their works. This pays for the UPC product code and digital distribution. After that. Tune Core takes about 3 weeks to digitally distribute the music and information to iTunes, mp3.com, rhapsody, etc... From there, once the work is bought, and after everyone else is paid, the artist still gets a 60% gross cut on items sold. So, it's not bad at all for the artist, and it's easier for the artist is get recognized sooner AND without a constraining contract.
There are still record labels and contracts being offered daily, and it looks as though it will continue to be that way for a long time, but with technology and the ever-present changing of times, newer artists have more readily available opportunities to showcase their music across the world as never seen before in the industry. There are far more chances for bands to be recognized and far more options to take in recording, gigging, and promoting. As a further note to all musicians and bands alike everywhere. Remember, no matter how much you want the band to be about the music, the music industry is a business. A game. Play it right or get out.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009
So, why Loveless? Why the name? What does the name have to do with the music? Why did you choose such a name as "The Loveless Sound" to represent who you are and describe what you do?
These are just a few of the many questions I get from time to time, and feel as though they undeniably need answering.
I chose "Loveless" because I realized that some of the best music and lyrics I write come out of heartbreak, falling out of love, being dumped, or void of emotional attachment. I can also say that some of my best music and lyrics come from love. However, no one can know what my 'love' or someone else's love feels like because we all experience love in our own way. But, universally, we all know what a broken heart feels like. It the reason for the name of the band. It's the reason for some of the names of songs, and lines of lyrics. Love, whether in love or out of love, is the reason I do what I do, write what I write, and sing what I sing.
I never intended the name of the band to be in any way negative, or depressing. In fact, the songs prove that Loveless Sound's music is just the opposite. In many songs, there is a distinct happy sound that echos through verses or is harmonized in choruses. I'd also like to express that although it may not feel good, being loveless isn't always a bad thing. As I said, this is where a lot of my good music writing comes from. It could also bring about something positive to someone else's life. It is in these times that we find ourselves. We truly look at the bigger picture, ask the harder questions, try to find something substantial in our own lives, realize self truths, and reveal more of ourselves to others.
So, in conclusion, to snuff out any misleading assumptions on the band's name, I have chosen "Loveless Sound" because that's what I know. The band was created for myself and myself alone. It is a project fully devoted towards music and the creation of something I consider to be beautiful. It is a collaboration of my works and presented only to those who choose to listen. I'm not here to take over the world. I'm only trying to make this small, pathetic, little time of my life in this world a little more enjoyable, adaptable, and endurable for myself. The music is the sound from the 'loveless' or raw emotions we all feel from time to time. The 'loveless sound' IS the music - written of the soul, taken of true feeling, and sang with an unrestricted unveiling of myself for myself.
Tell us what you think about the music. Tell us the songs you like, the songs you don't like, and everything in between. We like honest opinions! Thanks.