Become A SoundCloud Master and A Master Of Your Rights On SoundCloud

Between updating their subscription plans and experimenting with more visual profiles (still in early beta), SoundCloud has been on fire lately. ComScore even recently reported that their traffic increased by 26% in one month, making SoundCloud the 8th fastest growing site in the U.S. Though it’s certainly evolved since its launch in Berlin in …

The Team Behind The Orchard Machine [Infographic]

You might know The Orchard as a global music and film distribution company but do you know much about the people behind the name? We have over 175 employees worldwide all hailing from different backgrounds, boasting different lines of expertise, and coming from all walks of life. We thought it’d be fun …

Use YouTube To Go Beyond The Music Video

Videos are by far the most engaging form of social content. This isn’t exactly a new discovery, but there’s a lot of missed potential by bands that claim to have a YouTube presence. The common misconception is that your music videos go up on YouTube and you’re done. Although MTV …

Get In On The Crowdfunding Action with RocketHub

Between Amanda Palmer and Veronica Mars, crowdfunding has proven its worth beyond the shadow of a doubt. In one year alone, global crowdfunding initiatives grew 81% to generate a reported $2.7 BILLION. Of that, music-related projects represented a very respectable $202.5 million, i.e. 7.5% of all raised funds and 4th most …

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Freeloader Friday: Thee Oh Sees, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Ft. Matt Berninger), Honeyblood, Kina Grannis, Nothing & Sebastian Bach

Thee Oh Sees - DropIt’s that time again! The weekend has arrived. And with it, quite an array of music out there to get you going on your 2-day hiatus. So, as always, we’ve compiled our own little list of ditties for you to enjoy.

First up, Thee Oh Sees‘ latest track off their upcoming album. This one’s a flurried frenzy of guitar riff delights with plenty of nods to power-Punk Rock. Following suit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s latest tune comes parading out the doors with a riveting bass and those alluring, wiry vocals from Ounsworth paired alongside the dark drawl of Matt Berninger’s (The National) voice. The cherry on top of this guitar-themed track sesh? Glasgow gals Honeyblood have a lush twee-Rock track that plants a seed of 60’s Go-Go girls in the mind — maybe it has a little something to do with that “Go, go, go on” line? Regardless, these are some pure Rock babes.

Freeloader Fridays wouldn’t be complete without a few pleasing-to-the-eye music vids, so let’s see what we’ve got this week. There’s Kina Grannis’s totally charming lyric video that includes quite a cast of YouTube characters. Then, Nothing’s kind of hilarious video of them rocking out ultra hardcore to a completely phased-out audience that eventually riots with tomato-throwing. And, finally, Sebastian Bach really turns up the heat with scantily-clad seduction to drive the “Temptation” theme home.

So there’s the short, sweet and varied playlist for all you Freeloaders this week. Enjoy the weekend, and see you back here on Monday!

Thee Oh Sees: “Drop” track premiere via Stereogum
Drop out April 19 on Castle Face Records

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (featuring Matt Berninger): “Coming Down” track premiere via Pitchfork
Only Run out June 3 on CYHSY

Honeyblood: “Killer Bangs” track premiere via Pitchfork
Honeyblood out July 14 on FatCat

Kina Grannis: “Dear River” lyric video premiere via YouTube
Elements out May 6 on One Haven

Nothing: “Bent Nail” video premiere via YouTube
Guilty of Everything out now on Relapse Records

Sebastian Bach: “Temptation” video premiere via Loudwire
Give ‘Em Hell out April 22 on Frontiers Records

All Eyes on SXSW 2014: From Our Client Managers

SXSW2014March may be over, but we’re still reeling from our SXSW experience. More than 30 Orchardites were in Austin this year, including a handful of our Client Managers, and they wanted share some thoughts and memories from the conference. Without further ado…

João Brasil‘s DJ set from The Orchard’s Happy Hour on Friday 3/14 was one of my favorite sets. His mash-ups of Baile Funk brought a much needed dance party vibe. Kind of the right place, right time, right grooves all coming together at once.” – Corey Sheridan

“Standout shows included Haley Bonar at the Ginger Man; Marijuana Deathsquads at The North Door (Totally Gross National Product Showcase) — Har Mar, Channy from Polica were guest vocalists — Astronautalis at Holy Mountain (First Ave Party): he does a freestyle rap at every show based on ideas from the audience. This one was about missing planes and bunnies. It was amazing. And Riverboat Gamblers at Jackalope: Mike Wiebe with a tambourine on a bar, then going behind bar to get/make people’s drink orders.” – Sarah Sandusky

“For me, the highlight was having the opportunity to meet with all of the labels I work with and spending time with them at our happy hours, various meals and their shows. It’s always awesome to put a face to an email and connect with people in a more relaxed, sunshine-filled environment. Joining the team over at Rock The Cause to participate in their panel on cause-based music during their day party was an honor; RTC and their teams are some of the most dedicated people working through music to make a change in the world. Additionally, having a chance to check out all the FatCat artists who have releases coming out later this year, including We Were Promised Jetpacks, Paws and Honeyblood, was pretty great. Stand out show though was closing this year’s SXSW trip with Travis Barker and Yelawolf :)” – Amanda Suriani

Eli Cook’s virtuoso blues-rock guitar wowed the crowd at Rowdy’s Saloon. Eli’s debut album for Cleopatra, Primitive Son, will be released on April 29th 2014.” – Riker Griffiths

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas’ showcase at the Palm Door on Sixth on Friday, 3/14.” – Valeri Travagliante

Primitive Man hurled molten lumps of awesome dissonant crust at the Relapse showcase.” – Riker Griffiths

“I had been waiting for five years, patiently, to finally see Tinariwen. The last schedule performance they had in San Francisco was a few years ago, and I was traveling at the time. While the performance only consisted of six of the core members of Tinariwen, it didn’t at all seem thin, or that any parts were missing. In fact, it all seemed perfect. The show featured all new material from their new album Emmaar. While the set was short, it certainly did not disappoint. As the show came to a close, the band played through the last song “Chaghaybou,” bringing up members of their crew who danced on the stage. Shortly thereafter the lights went up, but the crowd was chanting for more… a true rarity that you don’t see often at SXSW, given everyone is too busy hustling from venue to venue.” – Corey Sheridan

Forest Swords at the Pitchfork showcase at Central Presbyterian Church — some gorgeous weather-beaten dubtronica here.” – Riker Griffiths

The Districts — a rag-tag group of underage rockers from Lititz, PA. They recently found a home at Fat Possum Records, which seems to be the perfect fit for the up-and-coming lo-fi rockers. The Districts had the dreaded early 12:00pm-12:30pm slot at the Another Planet / Noise Pop party at Red Eyed Fly. As they began the set, you could tell that the crowd was not giving the young group even half of their attention. However as the first track really opened up, and the riff-heavy rock took over, EVERYONE’S attention was now centered on these kids. The room began to fill out from the outside stage, and soon enough it was a full-on rock concert. The youngsters left it all on the stage — sweating through their clothes by the end of the second track, and leaving the audience in awe on how they magically avoided knocking each other over while rocking out on stage. Rare is it when you get a group of youngsters that demands a crowds attention at SXSW — even rarer when it’s that early in the day. In my years of attending SXSW, I feel like I have only seen one other band that had this effect on the crowd. And that was Delta Spirit, before they were “Delta Spirit.” Keep an eye out for these kids!” – Corey Sheridan

“Eoin Loveless from Drenge rocking out so hard at the British Embassy day party during “Bloodsports” that he accidentally unplugged his guitar. He seamlessly plugged it back in and carried on with the song.” – Valeri Travagliante

Until next year, folks!

Go Laura Tesoriero, First Female Chair of the Latin Grammys Board!

lauratesorieroWe work with some kickass people. Laura Tesoriero, The Orchard’s Regional Manager for Latin America, just got elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Latin Recording Academy, a.k.a. the organization that puts up the Latin Grammy Awards each year. Laura is the first female Chair the Board has had, and she certainly has the expertise and passion to accomplish great things in her new position.

Beyond overseeing The Orchard’s Latin American operations, Laura also serves as CEO of EPSA Music, a label focused on preserving the Argentine Tango and Folk music Laura grew up with. In addition, she brings her experience in A&R, marketing, manufacturing and publishing to the table, not to mention her long-time involvement with the Latin Recording Academy as a founding member of the organization.

Fellow newly elected members include Founder/CEO of Brazil-based MCB (Music Consent Branding) Marcelo Castello Branco, Latin Grammy winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Ventura, and Founder and current President/CEO of Somos TV Luis Villanueva. The outgoing Chair of the Board, Luis Cobos, was named Chair Emeritus. In addition to organizing the Latin Grammy Awards, the Latin Recording Academy also supports the Latin music community as a whole, putting up educational and outreach programs and attempting to improve the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. We look forward to seeing Laura spearhead some exciting new initiatives!

Welcome, Maggie!

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maggie leyden, client relations manager, film & TV at The OrchardIntroducing Maggie Leyden, Client Relations Manager, Film & TV

I’m very excited to be joining the Client Services team for Video Distribution here at The Orchard! I grew up in Yonkers, NY and previously, I was at Sesame Workshop for about 6.5 years doing International Media Distribution — mostly TV & DVD. Before going global, I also worked on the U.S. side doing client relations for all local PBS stations. While nothing will quite compare to the surreal experience of running into the Muppets in the workplace… I’m ready to get started on something new and learn more about what you all do as well!

Other things about me… I’m a big TV binge-watcher (currently House of Cards & still not fully recovered from Breaking Bad) and loyal Bruce Springsteen fan. I love to get any and all TV, movie and music recommendations and something tells me this place is full of them so I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Remembering Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music

frankie knucklesThis morning, we woke up to the news that the Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away last night. Knuckles is largely credited with nurturing and promoting the Chicago house sound throughout the 80′s and beyond… Wait, let’s stop there. House music. Why do they even call it that?

Well one story goes like this. When he left New York for Chicago in the late 70′s, Frankie had a residency at a club called The Warehouse. He played at The Warehouse until 1982. During  his tenure, his style and selection as a DJ in the post-disco era was unrivaled and groundbreaking. When The Warehouse closed in ’83, he began playing at another spot, the Power Plant, and the crowds who came to The Warehouse followed suit. Meanwhile, enterprising club owners across the Windy City were looking to fill their own dance floors and one such owner put up a sign in front his establishment: WE PLAY HOUSE MUSIC. Frankie was driving with a friend when he saw this sign. House Music? “You know, that’s the kind of music you play down at the Warehouse!”

When your style as a DJ lends itself to the naming of a genre, you’re a legend. When your productions influence an entire generation of producers, you’re a pioneer. And when you manage to do both during your time on this earth, you’re Frankie Knuckles. House music lost its Godfather last night, but he leaves us with countless tracks to celebrate his life.

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