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Napoleon IIIrd’s Sound Installation at Union Chapel

As part of Union Chapel’s Open House Weekend, acclaimed solo artist Napoleon IIIrd is to produce a brand-new site-specific sound installation.

The installation will be produced from scratch in the run up to the Open House Weekend on the 20th and 21st September, and will run throughout the weekend. It will draw upon both the experience of those who regularly use and rely on and Union Chapel, and the fabric and history of the building itself.

The work will incorporate recorded words of people involved with the Margins Project – a homeless and crisis charity based at the chapel – as well others who attend and perform at Union Chapel, collecting their views, thoughts and feelings about their relationship with the building. These words will then be used as impetus for a composition, combined with music and sounds inspired by and created in the Union Chapel.

On the 21st, live music will be performed using the chapels unique Henry Willis organ, which has been recently restored, amongst other instruments. Collaborators include includes Tom Rogerson (Three Trapped Tigers) and artist Joanna McCormick.

Many people who regularly attend concerts at Union Chapel are completely unaware of the service and support that The Margins Project provides for people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in the local community and beyond. The purpose of this installation is to connect the experience of Margins Project participants with the public visiting the building throughout the Open House Weekend, serving to increase public awareness of this important work. Charitable donations will be collected at the site.

Further information on the Margins Project can be found here.

Further information on Napoleon IIIrd can be found here; follow his new album and future projects on Facebook and Twitter.

He is currently working on the follow up to his widely acclaimed second album “Christiania” (pure inspiration” – Sunday Times, “perfect” – NME, “rich, complex and beautiful” – MOJO).

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“The $150,000 Music Degree” Free Ebook

Former Taylor Swift manager and private consultant Rick Barker (Music Industry Blueprint) and longtime radio journalist / professional artist developer Wade Sutton (Rocket to the Stars) combine nearly 40 years of radio, marketing, public relations, and live performance instruction experience into one publication for artists seeking careers in commercial music.

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This book covers a wide array of subjects including: – When artists should consider hiring a manager – How to prepare for radio tours and interviews – The importance of PROPER live performance training – How to sell sponsorships for live shows and CD releases – Building fan bases through the use of e-mail marketing – How to go about hiring a booking agent – How artists can better communicate with the media – Information on hearing loss prevention for singers and musicians “The $150,000 Music Degree” also includes reprints of two of their most popular publications: Wade Sutton’s “Why Bands Need To Stop Bitching About Venues” and Rick Barker’s “Quit Bitching About Record Labels”.

This book is VITAL to all singers, musicians, bands, and managers looking to navigate the modern music industry without making many common mistakes that could doom your career before it even gets started. About the Authors Rick Barker, Music Industry Blueprint (www.MusicIndustryBlueprint.com) Rick Barker is looked upon as one of the music industry’s best marketers and artist developers, having spent two years managing the day-to-day operations of superstar Taylor Swift. He also created the “Nashville To You” radio tour, which played a role in the early development of several acts, such as Little Big Town and Sugarland. Barker’s impact on music extends to the industry’s record labels. He was the first record promoter hired by Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, where he had a role in the label’s first Number One record with singer-songwriter Jack Ingram. Barker later went on to found his own marketing and consulting firm, at which his first client was Sony Music Nashville. He is also the mastermind behind the Music Industry Blueprint, a development service now teaching artists from around the world everything they need to know about the complicated music business. His marketing strategies have since been featured in a number of publications, including Billboard Magazine. Wade Sutton, Rocket to the Stars (www.RockettotheStars.com) Rocket to the Stars creator and director Wade Sutton spent nearly two decades working as a radio journalist before founding one of the largest artist development competitions in the eastern United States in 2010. Since creating Rocket to the Stars, Wade has worked to help singers and bands around the world by teaching them how to better interact with the media and fans, helping them prepare for interviews, writing artist biographies and press releases, and assisting in the creation of their electronic press kits. He also serves as a live music producer, helping artists make their live performances more entertaining, resulting in those clients making more fans, increasing their e-mail subscriptions, and making more money. His articles on artist development have been read by people in more than twenty countries and have been shared by top music industry officials and voice instructors, marketing experts, radio stations, and bands. Wade is also a contributor to several websites, including Music Clout. Includes a forward by John Dwinell of Daredevil Production in Nashville and author of Amazon Best Seller “Music Marketing On Twitter: How To Get 1,000 Loyal Music Fans Every Month in Just 15 Minutes Per Day”.

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Vök will release their Tension

The MuseBox Records today announced the signing of Iceland’s Vök . While the young trio and their dreamy electronica pop have held the attention of their native Icelandic press since 2013, international fans are now starting to take notice. This fall Vök will release”Tension,” their debut EP on The MuseBox Records. A tour of the United States in support of the record will follow. More information on Vök is available on the band’s official Facebook page.

Shortly after forming, Vök won an annual band contest, “Músíktilraunir,” which is the Icelandic version of a battle of the bands. The third member, guitarist Ólafur Alexander, joined the band shortly thereafter. Vök has since been generating significant hype in the vibrant music scene of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. With a sound mainly comprised of soft electronics and melodic vocals, guitar also plays a prominent role in Vök’s sound and places Vök a bit more in the realm of indie-electro, thus resulting in comparisons to Florence and the Machine, The XX, and The Knife.