June 1, 2011 – Reno, Nevada. — As a way to launch iMuzic.com’s new Digital Download Card program for independent musicians, Indie Artists Alliance held a compilation contest with the goal of creating three different genre-based compilations, Singer-Songwriter, Funk (Jazz and Blues) and Rock.
“The purpose of this compilation contest was two-fold” said Peretz, founder of Indie Artists Alliance and iMuzic, “First, we wanted to create samples of our new product and second, we wanted to showcase some of the best Indie talent across the country. Our new product empowers independent musicians to take control of selling digital downloads right from their website which dovetails with the creation of download cards that they can sell at shows. The old business model has been that Independent Musicians give away all their money to CD replication companies, iTunes and Aggregators. Our business model allows them to maintain control and profits.”
This showcase of talent ranges from veterans to relatively new and talented performers like Enzyme Dynamite known for his innovative and dynamic performances that has landed him on the same stage as Too Short, Lil Wayne and FloRida. Also on two compilations are S.F. East Bay’s Conscious Souls, an explosive and energetic mix of California rock, reggae and hip hop.
Hailing from San Francisco is Curt Yagi and his band, The People Behind Me. Yagi was voted 2008 Best of the Bay Singer-Songwriter by the S.F. Bay Guardian and has performed at many of the premier venues in San Francisco including the Fillmore and Yoshi’s. Michael Gaither, Tim Ponzek, nuCalee, Lynn Julian, Lani Ford and Nicolette Aubourg are all repeat winners from previous Indie Artists Alliance compilations and they all submitted fresh, new music for this compilation. The gem of this compilation is Madi Simmons. Madi is a reggae and R&B veteran who turns up the heat with his song “Living Witness.” Madi has been performing since age 15, with over 20 years experience.
The winners of these compilation contests are:
Tim Ponzek – My Mother’s Quilt
Michael Gaither – High and Lonesome
Michael Gaither – I Miss My Town
Nicolette Aubourg – Wild One
Joy Toujours and the Toys du Jour – Touchez Moi
Tania & the Revolutionaries – Pity the Fool
George Ellias – Ghost Town
No Boundaries – My Old Man
For more information about these bands: www.imuzic.com/songwriter
Rock (all sub-genres)
Trevor Simpson featuring Enzyme Dynamite and Neyelli – Addicted to that 808
Curt Yagi & The People Behind Me – Sweep Me
Conscious Souls – Adios Amigos
Lynn JULIAN AKA Cookie Cutter Girl – Get the Picture
Lani Ford – Drunkaholic
Accidental Tribe – Home Truths
nuCalee – The Dull Roar of Everyday Life
Les LaMotte – Where Are You Goin’
NovA – One More Trojan
For more information about these performers: www.imuzic.com/rock
Funk (Soul, Blues and Jazz)
Enzyme Dynamite – Fly Away
Conscious Souls – My Time to Shine (acoustic)
Rodney Talley – Son Shine
nuCalee – Dexter Dykes
Madi Simmons – Living Witness
Figaro Music – Take All of Me
Dez – Wide Awake
Chanise Queen – They Don’t Know What Struggle Like
No Boundaries – What if I
For more information about these performers: www.imuzic.com/funk
iMuzic.com has combined the power of digital downloads with physical product. iMuzic.com empowers musicians to take control of the relationship between the independent musician and their fans creating more control and profitability for the musician. For more information or a free copy of the integration guide visit http://www.imuzic.com
About Indie Artists Alliance:
Indie Artists Alliance is a resource center for independent musicians focusing on marketing, promotion, resources and some music licensing opportunities.
About Phil Peretz:
Serial entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Indie Artists Alliance and Media Media Inc, Phil Peretz is the author of 1,000 Resumes, One Job….An Employer’s Perspective. Peretz co-owns Nationwide Barcode, and he and wife Catherine Young-Peretz own Media Media Inc., located in Reno, Nevada. Media Media Inc. helps small and emerging businesses communicate via traditional marketing and social networking. For more information, visit www.mediamediainc.com.