2013 will see the release of the OBSESSION album an exciting collaboration with jazz pianist Fabio Gianni as well as the first “THE EGH PROJECT” deep house/lounge album.
So… there is a lot to look forward to!
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WOW…. although we have not made it to the Swiss finale for the Eurovision song contest….. Blick (as already mentioned, Switzerlands most read newspaper) was kind enough to write about us and the song we submitted. Particularly interesting is the fact that they changed the song title to “Mödling – Austria” instead of “E2E”…. as well as reprinting a false statement! Sooooo cool!!!.
after you registered at SF or with fb you can vote here: http://www.eurovisionplattform.sf.tv/videos/e2e
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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONSTANT SUPPORT!
Marco, Eric and Sebastiano
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Why Music Venues Are Totally Lost (…. and not only in the USA): An Open Letter from a Professional Musician
Why Music Venues Are Totally Lost: An Open Letter from a Professional Musician
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Jazz musician Dave Goldberg wrote a pointed and darkly humorous open letter to LA club owners that I thought was worth sharing. In it, he argues that it’s actually a counterproductive practice for venues to book bands who are willing to work for free. And when I say “counterproductive,” I mean it’s bad for the venue’s business.
To read the whole letter, click HERE. But below are a few of the highlights:
Just the other day I was told by someone who owned a wine bar that they really liked our music and would love for us to play at their place. She then told me the gig paid $75 for a trio. Now $75 used to be bad money per person, let alone $75 for the whole band. It had to be a joke, right? No, she was serious.But it didn’t end there. She then informed us we had to bring 25 people minimum. Didn’t even offer us extra money if we brought 25 people. I would have laughed other than it’s not the first time I’ve gotten this proposal from club owners. But are there musicians really doing this? Yes. They are so desperate to play, they will do anything.
But lets think about this for a second and turn this around a little bit.What if I told the wine bar owner that I have a great band and we are going to play at my house. I need someone to provide and pour wine while we play. I can’t pay much, just $75 and you must bring at least 25 people who are willing to pay a $10 cover charge at the door. Now wouldn’t they look at you like you are crazy?
“Why would I do that,” they would ask? Well, because it’s great exposure for you and your wine bar. The people there would see how well you pour wine and see how good your wine is. Then they would come out to your wine bar sometime. ”But I brought all the people myself, I already know them,” they would say. Well maybe you could make up some professional looking flyers, pass them out, and get people you don’t know to come on out. ”But you are only paying me $75, How can I afford to make up flyers?”
You see how absurd this sounds, but musicians do this all the time. If they didn’t, then the club owners wouldn’t even think of asking us to do it. So this sounds like a great deal for the club owners, doesn’t it? They get a band and customers for that night, and have to pay very little if anything. But what they don’t realize is that this is NOT in their best interest. Running a restaurant, a club, a bar, is really hard. There is a lot at stake for the owner. You are trying to get loyal customers that will return because you are offering them something special. If you want great food, you hire a great chef. If you want great décor,you hire a great interior decorator. You expect these professionals to do their best at what you are hiring them to do. It needs to be the same with the band.You hire a great band and should expect great music.That should be the end of your expectations for the musicians. The music is another product for the venue to offer, no different from food or beverages.
When a venue opens it’s doors, it has to market itself. The club owner can’t expect people to just walk in the door. This has to be handled in aprofessional way. Do you really want to leave something so important up to a musician?
This is where the club owner needs to take over. It is their success or their failure on the line, not the musician.The musician can just move on to another venue. I’ve played places where for whatever reason only a few people have walked in the door on a Saturday night. The club owner got mad at me, asking where are the people? I turned it around on him asking the same thing? Where are all the people? It’s Saturday night and your venue is empty. Doesn’t that concern you? What are you going to do about it? Usually their answer is to find another band with a larger following. This means the professional bands get run out of the joint in favor of whoever can bring in the most people.
He then makes the point that professional bands will have a somewhat harder time playing the “friend and family” card because, well… they’re pros! They play every night.
But here’s where the club owner doesn’t get it. The crowd is following the band, not the venue. The next night you will have to start all over again. And the people that were starting to follow your venue are now turned off because you just made them listen to a bad band. The goal should be to build a fan base of the venue. To get people that will trust that you will have good music in there every night. Instead, you’ve soiled your reputation for a quick fix.
If you asked a club owner, ”who is your target demographic?” I doubt they would answer ”the band’s friends and family.” But yet clubs operate likeit is.
… would you expect the chef’s friends and family to eat at your restaurant every night? How about the dishwasher, the waitresses, the hostess? Or how about the club owner’s friends and family? You see,when you start turning this argument around, it becomes silly.
So what does Dave suggest? Start fighting back, with calm, reasoned arguments. He explains:
I’ve started arguing with club owners about this. It happened after I played a great night of music in LA. We were playing for a % of the bar. There were about 50 people there in this small venue, so it was a good turnout. At the end of the night, I go to get paid, and hope to book another gig. The club owner was angry.
“Where are your people?” he asked. ”All these people, I brought in. We had a speed dating event and they are all left over from that.”
I pointed out they all stayed and listened to the music for 2 hours after their event ended. That was 2 more hours of bar sales, because without us, you have an empty room with nothing going on. He just couldn’t get over the fact that we didn’t walk in with our own entourage of fans. Wasn’t happy that we kept a full room spending money. Right when we were talking, a group of people interrupted us and said ”you guys sound great, when is the next time you’re playing here again?” The club owner, said ”they aren’t, they didn’t bring anyone.”
I went home that night bummed out and sent him an email. Telling him most of what you are reading here and how his business model and thinking is flawed. After a lot of swearing back and forth, because I’m guessing that musicians never talk to him as a business equal, he eventually admitted that what I was saying made sense. BUT, that’s not how LA clubs and restaurants work. And he has bands answering his craigslist ads willing to do whatever it takes to get the gig. It’s been a couple of years now since that conversation. I called his bar, and the number is disconnected.
So what do you think? Can this battle be won by reasoning with one venue at a time? Or have the economics of the live music world shifted forever beyond our influence? We’d love to hear about your experiences as a live musician. Please feel free to comment in the section below.
Chris R. at CD Baby
[editor's note: Most talent-buyers, venue owners, show promoters, and club bookers do not resemble the sleazy pay-to-play club booker pictured above. Most of the time it's best to view them as partners or allies in your event's success. Treat these industry professionals with courtesy and respect. If they give you cause for argument-- stay calm, state your points, and be ready to walk away! You can choose to never use a certain bridge again. It doesn't have to burned down entirely.]
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CASTAGNOLA, Switzerland, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — When Eric van Aro read a European tabloid report that his mother, famed Italian singer Caterina Valente, had been hospitalized following a nervous breakdown — a patently false story — he knew he had to set the record straight. So van Aro (http://www.ericvanaro.com, http://www.eraki.com), an acclaimed singer and producer in his own right, did what he does best: he went into the recording studio. The result is the new deep house track EVIL GAMES (The Tabloid Song), a searing indictment of today’s “report first, ask questions later” style of tabloid journalism.
“Tabloids have always made up stories about my family. But the reports about my mother being hospitalized were particularly damaging because they had begun to be picked up by more mainstream news outlets,” van Aro explained. “Although they were completely untrue, these stories came out just as my mother was grieving the loss of her brother, my Uncle Pietro, and our family friend Peter Alexander. It was hurtful and unnecessary.”
EVIL GAMES is a cooperative effort between van Aro and Marco Finotello, one of Italy’s foremost house music composers and producers. Though van Aro’s lyrics are at times wry — “No news ain’t good news/So the papers say/Truth don’t matter/Lies are better/A malicious game” — his message is crystal-clear: those who distort truth for the sake of selling tabloids are playing a dangerous game with other people’s lives.
An energetic dance track set to an intoxicating house beat, EVIL GAMES marks van Aro’s 4th release on the deep house music scene. Though van Aro has a strong jazz background, his albums have spanned everything from country western to world beat. EVIL GAMES, however, may be his most personal work to date.
“Marco Finotello and I worked hard to make an irresistible deep house track with a message to a particular segment of the media,” said van Aro. “I hope EVIL GAMES helps raise awareness of the damage done when lies are passed off as news.”
EVIL GAMES (The Tabloid Song) is available internationally in The Original Mix, The Radio Edit, and The Deep Mix from iTunes, Amazon, and other digital music retailers. Watch the music video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKwaIsGHGn4. Learn more at http://www.ericvanaro.com and http://www.eraki.com.
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A demonic game — but those expecting something satanic from this song will be disappointed, even if the devil did have a hand in it.
That is exactly what this is all about — the confusing headlines and tales told by the darker sides of the media, who like to loudly spread often invented, sensationalized stories that do not reflect the truth.
“Only bad news is good news” is one of the most common principles applied in the world of news. And bad news that has just been invented is then dished up as questions, giving evil flight to new rumors.
Don’t you think that’s strange?
For Eric van Aro & Marco Finotello, this is all good reason to provide a humorous musical critique, accompanied by an intoxicating house beat, of the devilish games played by this segment of the press in their track “Evil Games”, which has been met with great enthusiasm and high praise by the international house music scene.
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“Evil Games (Original Mix)” starts off with a low bass mid tempo synth beat, a perfect tempo for workout music . The singer’s voice is a low-baritone as if Frank Zappa and Barry White got together for a coffee conversation, and then decided to call it a DJ-set. The vague lyrics of the song have political overtones and are reflective of the economic and political uncertainty of the times: “No news aint good news so the papers say.” The vocal tone and quality when the lyrics “Evil games. Stop em playin’…” are sung, sounds strikingly similar to pop singer Seal’s breath-taking, soaring voice. The end of the song tails off into the wind with some fussy-sounding muted guitar fills and a drunken frenetic beat. The contemporary and soothing sounds would be a good fit for a movie drama scene or even a television commercial.
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