It’s been a busy few months on the platform as we worked hard to get rid of some minor bugs and roll out the full features of the mobile app.
What’s more, some great new releases have hit the platform, with the lights of Von Barz, SawBoss, Shankledip, Phillip Stevenson and loads more.
We just added a new R&B and Dancehall playlist for you to enjoy, featuring loads of fresh new talent. Gemini Management helped complile the list, with more songs to be added later over the course of the next week.
We hope you enjoy listening! Stream it here
It’s being said more and more often. ‘You don’t need a record label to make it as an artist’. Almost everywhere people are saying that you do not need a record label to make it big in the music industry. Everywhere on social media, I am seeing posts that the days of the record label are ‘gone’, and you can now make it big on your own, as an ‘independent’ musician.
Unfortunately I do not believe this is the case and neither will the latest set of financial accounts for the big 5 major labels who recently reported higher profits.
The key word here is ‘big’. If you want to make it as a regular, mediocre artist, and simply survive in the music game, doing a few gigs a year and barely making the same salary as a top level ranking Police officer then sure, it is possible to make it independently, without the need of a label. In fact, there are many people doing this, and if this is enough for you then of course, it works. But if you want to make it ‘big’, as in selling out gigs for 200+ days a year, attending numerous events, becoming an influencer and earning at least a six figure salary then I am afraid to say you will need the assistance of a big label.
You see, you can’t get access to certain playlists, events, features, sponsorship deals, celebrities, shows and more without the right connection, let alone the money. You need at least $50k minimum to really make an impact. Actually, the rise of social media has made it so much easier to make it in the music world without having to get help, but only a few really make it big relying on just social media alone. And even if they do make it, most of them end up turning to a record label at the end anyway, as they know this is what they will need to sustain their ascent and grow their exposure even further.
After a year of preparing the app and testing it for full release we are now pleased to announce that the beta phase will end and full functionality of the app will run from 1st November 2021. It may take a few days after the 1st for all changes to completely take effect.
What the new rollout essentially means is that you will be able to access a few more features that were restricted or non-existent before. Reported bugs have now also been fixed and the whole look and feel should be smoother and a whole more seamless.
Some of the key new features include making it easier to purchase songs, the ability to tag others when uploading songs, commenting on blog posts and multiple options for payments (Stripe and PayPal). Some bugs such as problems with uploading an album have also been removed. A new update containing the latest version of the app with all the features should be live in the Google Play store within the next few days; we hope you enjoy using the app and welcome any feedback you have.
The new album from the Christian Rap singer has landed, read on to find out more about the story behind it.
Mike Pennino is a New Jersey native living in North Carolina who loves Jesus, people, and hip-hop. On a new transformative musical journey, his goal is to help people experience the power and glory of Jesus.
Before heading to college he stumbled upon Christian Hip-hop, which led to reading the New Testament for the first time. This eventually led Mike to understanding why Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Jesus did all of it in order to free us from our sins, heal us, and reconcile us back to God.
When it finally clicked for Mike, he was all in and placed his faith in Jesus. Long story short… God won his heart and saved him.
Since then Mike graduated from UNCP and released his first mix tape Absolute Reality in 2016. On January 2021, Mike released his new single Just A Glimpse. Every song or piece of art shows us a glimpse of the artist. On Just A Glimpse Mike gives the listener just a glimpse of himself, his life, and what Jesus has done. And more importantly, it’s Mike’s hope that in every song he makes that the listener would be able to get just a glimpse of the One who made them, loves them, died for them, and rose from the dead. To hear this wonderful good news!
So Mike is pulling no punches when it comes to sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly in life. Being real and transparent because Mike wants his music to help people. To help people have a relationship with God, help people overcome their struggles, help people heal, and help people become who they were made to truly be. Listen to Mike Pennino on the TuneSick player now.
We’ve covered a lot about Eris AKA DJ Pedz recently, after a short break away we can’t get enough of her and we’ll keep posting regular updates as we take you on the journey for the dj as she embarks on a djing career.
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to meeting with Eris. In the most recent interview she shared that she’s working on a new mixtape to be released hopefully in the new year, as well as that she has been practicing rapping and mcing, something that has been a long ambition and passion for the artist. Growing up, she was inspired by the lights of artists such as Wiley, DJ EZ and most recently Flava D. You can see this translates into the sounds that Eris plays when mixing and we can’t wait to hear the net set, mix or rap that comes out.
You can watch the special interview here.
The world of music is full of so many different and vibrant characters. Raspeck is one of them. Raspeck was inspired by his son to make music. When he was growing up he yearned for music, it was a passion that he never quite got enough of as a child, something that he does not want to repeat for his son. Not having as much music as he would of liked as a child has made him more and more determined to pass on his love and passion to his son SingJahlion.
As well as singing and performing Raspeck his also a producer and manages his own record label. In our recent interview he opened up about his love for music and what inspires him to push it, as well as his plans for the year ahead. Tune in to the full interview here.
Stream Raspeck in high res.
After the Covid pandemic hit Nineside switched it up to music. As a fit athlete, he was actually training for the Olympics before this, but now the whole game has changed.
Born into a home with a taste for a variety of music, and an avid Gospel singing mother, he was engulfed around music from a young age. From gospel, to oldies and Mid 2000’s hip hop and R&B, to the sound of the new age, it’s all become an apparent influence in his work.
Working with A&R team BoomSound Factory, he has just released his new album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, which has already clocked up tens of thousands of streams online.
Check out the new release here, and keep in touch with NineSide to watch the journey.
After months of interviewing a range of different musicians, singers and DJ’s, it was time for Lily Herbert to change seats and be the one being interviewed. As an aspiring DJ herself, Lily has been working a lot over the past year, building her experience, connections and just generally slowly getting to grips with the whole music scene here in London. It has been a long and wild journey for Lily, to say the least.
The beginning of the journey saw a lot of practice, learning how to DJ and developing her mixing skills. The arrival of Covid and lockdown brought live events to a major halt and meant that opportunities for live performances were non-existent. However, this never stopped Lily – also known as DJ Pedz – from finding other ways to be creative and plan for when the lockdown finally ended. She contacted different venues, continued to work on her musical skills and even transformed her whole look, to get ready for when playing live would start up again.
Lily is back with a bang and look out for more to come from the artist, as she says in the video interview, there are gigs currently being planned as well as the possibility of producing some music as well. You can watch it here.
DJ Earlino from Bedfordshire is another up and coming House and Tech House DJ currently making waves in the London and UK Deep House underground scene. After the downside of Covid he was forced to turn to production as a way of keeping himself busy and unleashing his creative side. Now he has recently released ‘Broomstick’, currently doing the rounds on SoundCloud and TuneSick.
The list of events just keeps on growing, some of the recent gigs include Astoria, The House Effect, Karma and Little Red Arts. Catch him this Halloween dropping some trick or treats at The Hideaway, Friday 29th October 2021.
Originally from Hawaii, Lily Fausett is currently studying Film at university in London, United Kingdom. Coming from a musical family, she has always been passionate about music since a child, having been surrounded by various instruments and constantly listening to songs being played in the background. A lot of her early childhood was spent listening to her father play, watching in awe. This is evident in her admiration of live music today and in her music recording that she is currently doing.
For Lily, who is also of Nigerian descent, music is definitely a massive form of ”escapism”, and more or less her medication, as it has helped her ”mentally with all sorts of life challenges.” Losing family is hard for anyone to deal with and having something to keep you going is something extremely valuable to hold onto. It’s definitely her go to place.
Watch the short video with Lily here.