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Welcome, Shujon!

April 23, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Shujon Mollah QA Engineer The OrchardIntroducing Shujon Mollah, QA Engineer

I grew up variously in Melbourne, Brisbane, Houston TX, in addition to shorter stays at a few other cities in the US, Asia and Europe (thanks to a mom who worked for an airline). Eventually we settled down in New York, where I lost my childhood Aussie accent, eventually attending college upstate in Cornell.

Since graduating, I’ve worked in IT for Kaplan’s test prep division, for TheStreet, the financial media company owned by Jim Cramer, and now find myself at The Orchard, which feels like the next big step in a life that hasn’t followed any kind of rhyme or reason, and which I’m totally fine with because that just makes things more interesting.

I’ve gone through a number of different musical phases recently and while I’m currently listening to mostly EDM and Hip-Hop on my Spotify playlist, if you looked at it a couple months ago it was a lot more Indie Rock/Pop. If I’m not at work or hanging out with friends, chances are you’ll find me in the gym, where I’ve caught a pretty severe case of the weightlifting bug. I’ve only been training for about a year total, but it’s a passion of mine and I hope to eventually compete.

I didn’t have any pics of me handy so I had to snag an Instagram of me with one of my all-time favorite Olympic lifters, Dmitry Klokov.

Welcome, Michael!

April 16, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

michaelearlsIntroducing Michael Earls, Director of Technology

I’m really excited to join The Orchard and work with all of the talented people here. I come from Tunecore — some of you may have heard of it — where I ran the software development team for the past three years, helping to build a platform for their publishing and synch licensing businesses along the way.

My career in tech started about twenty years ago producing real magazines, maps and environmental graphics in the era of Desktop Publishing. I starting to cobble together my first websites just as the initial dot-com boom went bust. I went back to school to learn Java at night and was fortunate enough to work on the first web sites for American Express Publishing (Food & Wine, Travel and Leisure magazines).

In 2007, I made the leap to social networking, running the dev team for fotolog.com. During my time there, the site grew tremendously, at one point registering as the second most popular site in Chile after Google. Unfortunately, its decline was just as awesome. In any case, I was really proud of the work we did to scale the site up to meet the demand.

In my twenties, I worked as a foot-soldier in the music industry, taking the vow of poverty to play in loads of crappy Punk Rock bands, not least among them the mighty Gang Green. I spent a couple of years getting in and out of the van, either with my own band or roadie-ing for the likes of Indie Rock stalwarts Bettie Serveert and Buffalo Tom.

I live in Brooklyn with my wife, two boys, mother-in-law and a beagle named Gatwick. I’m from Boston, perhaps you have heard of our Championship Sports Teams.

The Marketplace Presents: Naked Press

NakedPressHiring a publicist can be daunting and expensive. We’ve sought to make it easier for you with the launch of Naked Press in The Orchard Marketplace.

With a focus on UK press — an important market, to say the least — Naked Press will pitch your release to targeted outlets including The Guardian, TimeOut, Mojo, Uncut, Q Magazine, Drowned in Sound, The Times, and more. They can take on artists in any genre and come at an exclusive discounted rate of £80 per press release, negotiated specially for you.

How do you get started? Just install the app in the Marketplace for the artist you’d like to promote, verify your artist name and contact email, and fill out a description of the release in as much detail as you can muster, including genre to key in on, specific requirements, highlights, deep, dark secrets, and more. Well, as long as you’re ok with seeing those last ones in print — that is the goal, after all!

Once you’ve sent that off, Naked Press will review your request and reach out via the email you provided. You’ll discuss the release directly, get the approvals needed, and Naked Press will work its magic on your behalf. Check back in the app 7 and 21 days after your press release has gone out to review number of contacts reached, opens and click rate. You can also access a PDF copy of the release for your records.

Get a visual tour of the app below:

Naked Press is available via The Orchard Marketplace. Find out more about them on their One-Sheet.

Pick Jason Pascal and Erol Cichowski’s Brain at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

JasonPascal_ErolCichowskiWith the Billboard Latin Music Conference coming up in just under two weeks, we at The Orchard are excited to have our very own Jason Pascal, VP of Licensing & Associate General Counsel, and Erol Cichowski, VP, International, represent us throughout the conference at multiple panels. The Latin Music Conference, taking place in Miami, features a host of musical performances, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, showcases and panels.

The first panel on which we find one of our own is Meet the Executives: One on One Sessions with Key Players. On this panel, taking place on Monday, April 21 from 3-5PM, Erol will speak, discuss, and share what it means to be a modern executive and give helpful advice to up-and-coming leaders along with other key music industry executives from companies such as YouTube, Billboard and Sound Exchange.

On Wednesday, April 23 from 6-7PM, Erol and Jason will be co-working a roundtable as a part of the Tú a Tú Roundtables & Happy Hour, discussing what we do best, digital distribution.

These are bound to be some great panels and discussions, so if you’re in Miami during the conference, come find us! We’ll be at the JW Marriot Marquis.

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!

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