North Shore five-piece Night Gaunts have already made it big. At least it seems that way when they tell me about their American tour that occupied them from June to August 2013. Three months, 31 states, 51 shows and thousands of new fans later they are home again. The band’s sound has been likened to Supergroove and Steriogram, but while they share the same high energy and similarly rapped lyrics, Night Gaunts’ sound is unique.
"We’re ska, but I rap and we use the synth which gives us a lot more versatility than traditional ska bands,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Jonassen.
We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic will stage mini concerts on its new domestic airline Little Red from September.
Album sales in the US hit historic lows over the last five weeks, with information and sales tracking system SoundScan recording the longest consecutive stretch in its history without scanning more than 5 million units.
New York based talent manager and independent artist consultant Ethan Schiff has published an interested post over at his blog schiffblog.com offering an alternative solution for bands keen to attract a label.
Damon Krukowski of American rock band Galaxie 500 breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services and explains what the music business' headlong quest for capital means for artists today. The following is a short e