Last year I had the privilege of playing a couple of my songs at Lollapalooza on the Kidzapalooza stage. Along with the gig I received a free artist guest pass which I gave to my friend and excellent photographer David Kindler. David caught my show and then we went and explored Lolla. We slipped backstage, hung out at the artists lounge and listened to all the great music. It was a lot of fun. Another kindie band playing on the same stage as I that day was the band Play Date. When David geeked out a bit at seeing them play he quickly pointed out to me that Greg Attonito is the Lead vocalist for the punk band Bouncing Souls (good stuff). I had never heard of them as my punk music knowledge has
Photo by David T. Kindler
come later in life. Introductions were made. Shanti (Wintergate) and Greg are really nice folks and play some solid kids music as a duo. We then went our separate Lolla ways. That is till David got hired as a photographer at Riot Fest a month later and who should happen to be playing… Bouncing Souls. Who should he run into… Greg and Shanti. There’s a story there but I shall leave David to tell it. Anyway earlier this year I got a text message from my friend David and how he had just finished a secret Ninja Pajama photo shoot with Play Date. They stole my photographer! Then in the mail I received an advanced copy of the new Play Date CD from MY publicist and amazing human being Elizabeth Waldman Frazier (Recess Monkey, Laurie Berkner, Laura Doherty). They stole her too! The humanity!!! Well in all my rage and anger I did manage to listen to the WE ALL SHINE CD and it’s pretty darn good. Stevie the Fox opens with a happy pop vibe and cool rhythm. Ninja Pajamas is a quirky, rap, one of a kind lullaby but not really. It’s pretty cool. My favorite song is the total rock out over the top Ruin Your Appetite which totally hearkens to Greg’s punk rock roots. Did I forget to mentions Shanti’s stellar vocals? She really shines on the closing song Goodnight. This is a good listen for the whole family as my kids can attest to. What can I say? It’s hard to stay mad when folks hire quality folks and put out quality product. Buy this CD and support an independent artist today! I also posted a video below from a previous CD.
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Tagged bouncing souls, Children's, David Kindler, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, kids, kindie, music, photographer, Play Date, PR, publicist, punk, rock
Poochamungas just had a new CD released and took many steps to make sure the public hears about it. I mentioned to our publicist (Elizabeth Waldman Frazier has been amazing) the other day that an article used “kiddie rockers” instead of “kindie rockers.” To which she matter of factly said “If you walked up to someone on the street and asked them what kindie was they’d have no idea what you were talking about.” She is correct in that assessment. We as a community, especially artists do ourselves a disservice by not promoting as much quality kindie product as possible. Poochmungas just released a CD and in terms of community support I say this. It’s never as good as you want but not as bad as you think. Paul Crowe of The Boogers has been awesome. Marc Bazerman been supportive while promoting his own upcoming release. Mr Singer always likes and shares us on FB. Story Laurie and Lori Henriques have help been really helpful as well. Gina McHatton, Kurt Gallagher and Tito Uquillas gave us a nice mention on Facebook. But I think that’s about it. Privately I have had fantastic support. Publicly not nearly as much. My personal belief is that some feel that if they promote others that their work somehow diminishes. Untrue. There is also the fact that working to book gigs, promote gigs, make CD’s, etc. is a vastly time consuming effort to do. One tends to get tunnel vision. Competition and jealousy aspects also come into play… Why did he get played by Kids Place Live and not me? If they buy his CD they won’t buy mine… Get over it. We need to help each other. This genre won’t grow unless we collectively promote the genre and not just yourself. Reach out and help someone who’s music you like or an artist you respect. If you share your fan base those fans aren’t going to abandon you. If someone does promote you remember to promote them back. What does it take to like someone else’s show while meandering through Facebook. Share someone else’s CD release, Kickstarter funding or gig? Write some kind words? When talking about your music use the word kindie (though someone is trying to make 2K off domain rights to kindie.com right now) so it becomes part of peoples vernacular. When someone writes an article not just about you but someone you like or respect. Like and share it. Stefan Shepard has a great blog (and podcast) called ZooGlobble . The Kindie Manifesto is something everyone should read. Do yourself a favor. Read, listen and share what he’s promoting so ZooGlobble grows and with it the platform for us kindie musicians. James Zahn and Jeff Bogle have shed some serious props on their blogs about kindie music. Link them to your website. Promote their stuff so they grow and with it our platform. It’s important you give blogger writers their due so their blogs can grow! Promote the radio shows and blogs that review and play kindie music even when THEY AREN’T PLAYING YOURS, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE. That’s what I’m trying to do with this blog and on FB and Twitter. All it takes is a few minutes a day by each of us and all kindie artists benefit. It doesn’t mean you still aren’t going to have to work your ass off cause you are. I’m not asking you to start a blog. But take a few minutes a day and get out of the tunnel and see the whole picture. Don’t like my music? That’s OK. Find that which you do. There’s a big bright kindie world ahead of us if only we all help it along. Cause if we don’t, who will? I have listed some of my favorites blogs and Radio shows that support the genre below…
Blogs –Out With The Kids, The Rock Father, Gooney Birds Kids, Kids Can Grove and the afore mentioned ZooGlobble.
Radio – Kids Place Live, Imagination Parade, Musical Merry-Go-Round , Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, Kids Corner and The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
These are just a few and their are plenty more. Listen. Share. Support.
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Tagged BASF, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, James Zahn, Jeff Bogle, Kids Place Live, kindie, Kindie Manifesto, Lori Henriques, Marc Bazerman, Story Laurie, The Rock Father, Zooglobble
Now that the new CD is done, packaged and on it’s way it is time to enter it into various programs to be judged. This is one of the many ways to get exposure so more people become aware of the music. We have entered into the National Parenting Publication Awards and one other, but the one I’m really want to enter is the GRAMMY AWARDS now that I am a voting member and allowed an entry. Because my CD is brilliant! It is sure win over the voters and Poochamungas shall walk upon that stage just like the Okee Dokee Brothers did last year… So goes the scenario in my and many other artists head. The truth of the matter is while the band has had a small amount of success. Not a lot of people know who and what are the Poochamungas. When I mentioned entering the CD for the Grammy to my publicist Elizabeth Waldman Frazier (Waldmania!) in a email she politely replied that our time and investment (this becomes a marketing thing unto itself) is placed better elsewhere at this point in our career. That is a painfully honest thing to say. I won’t say it didn’t hurt a little bit to read in the email, but she is absolutely correct. Which is one of the reasons I hired her. Because I have to look no further to fellow artist Brady Rymer and the BRILLIANT (so good it deserves caps!) Love Me For Who I Am. The fact that it didn’t win is OK, even understandable. The fact it failed to be a nominee was a travesty. It truly was one of the best written, musically performed CD’s I heard that whole year (2011). Then you include the fact he wrote it about autism with help and ideas from people with autism, it’s astounding. On top of that Brady is one of the best live performers you’ve ever seen in any kind of musical forum and has played all across the country. That leaves little room for Poochamungas getting a nod. Not that the CD isn’t good enough because I definitely believe so. It’s just not the only criteria it’s being judged upon. Maybe the next one we take a shot at the ol’ gold gramophone. Till then you just keep grinding away at it.