A Press Kit (also called a Media Kit) is a must, it allows a quick scan of the best possible material that will show you as a professional to industry pros and clients.
What You Need
1. Bio, Articles, Interviews, Press Releases, News Clippings, Reviews
2. Photos: Head Shots, Studio/Location, Live Performance
3. Media: CDs and EPs, Videos, MP3s for digital promotion and distribution
Following are examples of some material posted on SongwritersMarketplace.com that could be in your Press Kit. Having links to pieces like these offer a great promotional tool. Post the links on your Official Website, ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter to increase your exposure and fan base.
This is an excerpt from an interview with the talented songwriter Ben Cooper, by Songwriters Marketplace staff members – Interview by Ken Lehnig Content Design, David Dodds.
Ben Cooper grew up in the magnificent city that is Fort Wayne, IN. When the songwriting bug bit him he moved to Nashville, TN, where he earned a degree in audio engineering from Belmont University. With both his natural and aquired skill, and a bit of deserved luck, Ben signed a songwriting deal with Bobby Rymer at Writers Den Music Group.
Ben Cooper is one of the most promising young songwriters today. Teaming with Gordon Kennedy, Cooper’s stardom has been rising in the music industry after his collaboration with songwriter Kennedy led to a Grammy nomination for Ricky Skaggs’ CD Mosaic. Eight of the fourteen songs on Mosaic were co-written by Cooper and Kennedy. He also gives popular workshops, sharing his knowledge and insights. As a one-man show, Ben is a full time producer, performer, musician and songwriter.
Ben’s latest album, the Beatlesque “The Way I See Her“, is produced by Godon Kennedy, and includes guest musician Ricky Skaggs.
Ben, we were introduced by a mutual friend, Cliff Goldmacher, he suggested strongly that we would enjoy a chat with you – he was right. Your story would be inspiring for any new, or for that matter veteran songwriters. Tell us a little of your journey and where you come from.
After growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, I followed my love for songwriting down to Nashville, TN. I got a degree in audio engineering from Belmont University. This education allowed me to produce my own demos for practically no cost. After graduating, I worked some odd jobs that still allowed me to pursue songwriting as a career. A year and a half later, I signed a publishing deal with Bobby Rymer at Writers Den Music Group (which was called Montage Music Group at the time). I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to be mentored by veteran songwriter Gordon Kennedy, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s Grammy-winning song “Change the World.”
When did you decide to be a songwriter?
I took piano lessons from when I was six years old until I was 17. For the most part, practicing scales and sonatas felt like homework every week. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. When I was 14 my parents bought a piano that had MIDI capabilities, allowing me to experiment with some recording and sequencing in an early version of the computer program Cakewalk. I decided that if I could record something, I might as well come up with something worth recording. It was then that I realized the aspect of music that I fell in love with: songwriting.
Your story is not the usual one – tell us about your first stint on the road?
Well, I’ve never officially really toured as a musician. However, I did go out on the road for a few months with Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn as Alan’s mascot. You can find a picture of me with Alan at thesongbirdproject.com (believe me, it’s worth seeing the picture). I attended Belmont University in 2003 with the aspirations of becoming a…
Read entire interview: Ben Cooper Interview
This is an excerpt of a review of Robert Cowan’s fantastic ‘Little Monsters’ written by Ken Lehnig.
It is usual, and if we could say that there is an editorial policy on San Diego Acoustic.com, it would be that we write, on this site, about singer/songwriter artists and bands that perform original music, with or without doing cover tunes. I am breaking that rule, this once, because I know that this band is going to venture into some original material, and I’m just getting a head start, and letting you know, about a local San Diego treasure.
I have just sat in front of my computer screen and listened to a new EP of a local San Diego band mischievously named ‘little monsters’ and what a kick it has been. In a world where music is to often delivered with shameless lip-sync, stolen samples, mind-numbing digital drum and bass tracks, and an irrelevant dance and an absurd fashion show, this group is a breath of fresh ‘something’ that you probably weren’t even aware you needed. (Trust me you do!) This is just the Blues, Swing, and R&B delivered adroitly, deliberately, joyously, with a true love of the genre, and as unpretentiously as it could be done, with as much fun as a person, as a fan, could stand. The whole CD was recorded in one day @ Studio 350 and engineered by William Driscoll – produced by band leader and founder, Robert Cowan – all pointing to a professional and artistic proficiency, with nothing lost in the work. The CD was recorded with a ‘Live’ feel, that gives you an honest expectation as to what you can expect when you hear them perform live – a rare thing these days, with all the digital monkeyshines that are available.
I had the chance to see and hear these talented folks at their first CD release party and was just entranced, while I was movin’ to the groovin’. Here was music I grew up with and got to hear with fresh ears. Looking at the younger faces in the audience, (that would be most everyone in the room), I could see the delighted light of discovery, and the enthusiasm for this ongoing-ly relevant musical style. There are many bands rehashing and miming R&B and big city Blues tunes. But it is so often done with a softening and ignorance at the core at of what makes the genre what it is. This is a truly American music; this is musically telling us about what doesn’t work between a man and a woman, this is telling us how tough life is, this is getting up and getting through it and finding some solace where you can – and the voice that sings it knows it, and the players playing it have got to get us to know that they know it – so that we, the listeners, really know it. little monsters know it and they sure-nuff get it across to the audience that they are going to know it too…
Here is the link to the entire review: Little Monsters Review
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