Tuesday, December 22, 2015

James Bennett

After watching a songwriter’s showcase at The Bitter End, the legendary NYC night club made famous by Bob Dylan, journalist Samantha Kaufman once wrote the following about James Bennett, “With a brief introduction of the two men accompanying him Bennett broke into a song oozing with immediate southern feel.

Although he denied any writing of country music it was almost as if the tone of his voice desired it as lyrics of reaching for dreams and fighting through tears filled the room. 

Bennett certainly didn’t look like any cowboy I’ve ever seen sporting ripped, dark jeans and a typical blue t-shirt but it was apparent that actively writing in Nashville got to him whether he liked it or not.  

As the night continued, Bennett opened his heart with honest songs of heartbreak and the journey it takes to get through it. 

By the end of the set, he created such a genuine connection with the audience you left not only with a view of his music but of his heart.” 

Since then, Bennett’s songwriting approach and style remains the same blend of lyric-based, adult contemporary music that can’t deny a subtle country music influence. 

His song “Clicks” tells a story about effortlessly falling in love.  Bennett’s favorite music accomplishments as a singer songwriter have been winning the John Lennon Award and Grand Prize for the Country Music Genre in the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and singing “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe in the grand finale showcase at the Disney World American Idol Experience in 2014.  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bitta Blood feat Dave East

BITTA BLOOD aka the Punisha, born Richard Sewell, is the hot new dancehall reggae artist whose latest single “TURN IT UP” is setting to burn up the airwaves worldwide.

BITTA BLOOD, born in St. Ann, Jamaica, migrated to the United States of America at the age of six. BITTA BLOOD now hails from Bronx, New York.

BITTA BLOOD started his musical career after being inspired by dancehall reggae icons Bounty Killa and Assassin. During the early stages of his musical career, BITTA BLOOD recorded several tracks produced by Bounty Killa’s former producer Jazzwad, and collaborated with New York Hot 97 DJ Mister Magic.

In 2011, BITTA BLOOD teamed up with producer BlackSpyda to record his hit single “TOUCH IT”, and DAGCK Promotions, who manages him, to record his other hit singles “TALK BOUT DAT”.

In February 20112, BITTA BLOOD recorded a Remix feature with Major Lazer on the hugely successful cross over electro-style reggae single “ORIGINAL DON”. In mid May 2012 BITTA BLOOD released his single “JUST COME OVER” a cross over rhythm-reggae which features the soulful R&B artist Dayzi Duce. “JUST COME OVER” was well received by music listeners, who describe it as the ultimate cross over pop, rhythmic, reggae song.

BITTA BLOOD’s raspy voice, sharp delivery, and vast lyrical content has surely set him apart from his counterparts, and has put him at the forefront of becoming a dancehall icon like the artistes who inspired him to become an entertainer.

Sunday, December 6, 2015



Co-Author of the Future of Music  book, founder of Berklee Online and one of the people who brought you MIDI
Hi, I’m Dave Kusek and the director of New Artist Model. I’ve have taught music business and music management to tens of thousands of musicians from around the world through my books, live events and online classes. I’ve had the honor of helping millions of people live their dreams in music.
I co-wrote the The Future of Music book which has sold over 50,000 copies and am a regular music blogger. In that book we predicted the iPhone, Siri and Spotify. I helped to get the MIDI standard started long ago and was a pioneer of digital music at Passport Music Software where we helped hundreds of thousands of musicians create music. I was also the co-creator of Synare electronic drums and developed one of the first digital sequencers.
I have always been an advocate for independent musicians and my contributions have helped make it possible for you to do what you do today in music production, business and independent music marketing.
As the founder and former CEO of Berklee Online, the world’s largest music school, I have helped teach tens of thousands of students around the world and created hundreds of online music courses. At Berklee College of Music, we won the award for the Best Online Course eight years in a row. I taught music business at Berklee for 14 years and have worked with tens of thousands of musicians to help shape their careers.
I’ve worked with artists, songwriters, performers, promoters, managers, label people, publishers, booking agents, and A&R reps. I love the music business and think this is a great time to be a musician.  I hope that you will join me and take one of the programs or online courses in the New Artist Model online music business school.