Hello! My name is Edward Edwards and I was born in Edwardsville, IL. As a child I came to love music by listening to my father play piano, my mother sing and my elder siblings’ record collections. My own musical obsessions started in 1983 with the purchase of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and I’ve enjoyed an eclectic and limitless variety of artists ever since. I’m coming from nearly a decade of work with Beggars Group USA, home to 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records & XL Recordings and am thrilled to be continuing my adventure at The Orchard. In addition to music, I study and appreciate nutrition, psychology, sustainable farming practices, physics and The Muppets.
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015, which were held in London earlier this month, will be etched in our memory for numerous reasons, not least for the astounding performances by Joseph Moog and Pavel Haas Quartet.
It was also a great night for some of The Orchard’s classical label clients, whose artists and recordings accumulated no less than 6 awards. We’re very proud to be working with such talent, and send our heartfelt congratulations to the winners, and nominees!, who were honored this year.
But not anymore!
Recently, our friends at Rdio rolled out their newest offering, Rdio Select. For $3.99 a month, mobile subscribers can keep 25 songs at a time for as long as they want, and replace them with up to 25 new songs every day. Rdio Select also includes unlimited access to ad-free streaming radio with unlimited skips and high quality audio at 320 kbps.
Hold onto your Pumpkin Spice Latte because this is the FIRST Freeloader Friday of fall 2015! It’s true, I’m actually wearing a flannel shirt as I type this and I counted twelve pairs of Ugg Boots during this morning’s commute. Just kidding. But really.
For you avid Freeloader Friday readers, you may remember our feature of the Futurebirds’ music video, “Deadbeat Hits.” Well, today is the release day for the accompanying album and it’s available to stream, start-to-finish, right here! Hotel Parties serves up a heaping portion of glowing, gentle, and twangy Indie-Rock anthems. For those still in need of a chill-out soundtrack for this weekend, look no further.
YouTube has had quite a year. Not only has the company updated its video player and released its new beta premium service, but the team has also been hard at work expanding the reach of YouTube Live. We’ve told you about how streaming live events can garner attention and interest in your channel; Q&As and live concert broadcasts are great ways to interact with your fan base. Now, YouTube is calling attention to live streaming in a different way.