BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast has become an important tool for exposing new BMI songwriters and artists to key industry professionals and fans alike. Since its release in May 2005, more than one million listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.
All editions of the BMI podcast are available at bmi.com/podcast, as well as from iTunes at bmi.com/itunes and Yahoo's podcast directory at podcasts.yahoo.com, or you can listen on the go with mobile podcasting services like Pod2Mob. The first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory, "See It Hear First" is currently rated five out of five stars at Yahoo! and has won the "5 Star Award" from PodSpider, one of the world's largest podcast databases.
In addition to hearing great music from an array of vital new songwriters and artists, podcast listeners can also vote for their favorite artist to help them win a CD duplication package from Disc Makers, the leading CD manufacturer for the independent musician. Winners get 1,000 discs, a prize with a promotional value of more than $10,000.
Oh No! Oh My!
Nashville-based trio Oh No! Oh My! weave crisp, electronic backbeats with folk-inspired guitar strums and harmonies to create an experimental electro-pop-folk hybrid. The sunny vocals often relay tongue-in-cheek stories and declarations, and members Greg Barkley, Daniel Hoxmeier and Joel Calvin have each mastered several instruments apiece, including banjos, drums, guitars and accordions. Hear this band of tomorrow today on "Walk in the Park."
God or Julie
Manhattan's God or Julie embraces the blues both emotively and musically. Members Jon Paul, Adam and Aaron were sneaking into New York City blues clubs while still in high school and moved on to absorb bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Silverchair only after "trading licks and downing shots with blues players "four times our age." After adding Marc Slutsky on drums, the three friends became four, and the group's brand of emotionally charged rock struck a chord with listeners. Hear their guitar-driven sound on "Say Your Last Goodbye."
Pianist/vocalist Jesse Gage and drummer Craig Myer form the Brooklyn duo O.T.I.S. The charismatic pair cites the Flaming Lips and Coldplay as chief influences, and the result is a creative combination of the saucy and the melancholy, anchored by Gage's classically trained piano background. Savor your first taste of O.T.I.S. here on "Weight of the World."
Seventeen-year-old Justin Nozuka began singing and writing songs five years ago and now boasts a breathtakingly mature voice destined for greatness. Born into a deeply supportive artistic family, Nozuka claims he has never had a moment's doubt as to his life's purpose. A melodic and lyrical wunderkind of sorts, one can only imagine the musical territory this young man will explore and conquer in the many years to come. Hear Justin Nozuka first on his song "After Tonight," then learn more about this young artist through BMI's exclusive podcast interview.