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‘Complexity is Overrated’: Songwriter/Producer David Pramik on Getting the GRAMMYS’ Attention

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From News, posted 1.22.18. BMI’s Senior Director, Creative, Jessa Gelt sits down with the up-&-coming songwriter/producer to discuss collaboration, technique and earning a Best Rock Song GRAMMY nomination for co-writing “Go to War” by Nothing More. Read more...


Year in Review: Indie 2017

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From News, posted 12.06.17. For BMI’s Indie bands, 2017 was a year of exploration and experimentation, intriguing new releases and incredible chart successes. It was also punctuated by unforgettable live performances—such as the BMI stages at SXSW and Lollapalooza—that thrilled loyal fans and lured new ones into the fold. Here, we’ve rounded up some of… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: AJR

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From News, posted 12.06.17. An indie-pop band of brothers with an Ivy League pedigree, AJR stands for Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, a Columbia University alum, junior and freshman, they’re packing rooms across the country with their contagious energy and irresistible songs. They got their start a decade ago busking in the streets of New… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: CVBZ

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From News, posted 12.06.17. Don’t ask what CVBZ stands for because it’s not an acronym. Pronounced “Cubs,” it’s Sean Jacobs’ stage name and a playful way to spell the last four letters of his surname. Blending elements of synth-pop and soul with heartfelt lyrics, CVBZ earned more than 13 million streams on Spotify with his… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Sofi Tukker

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From News, posted 12.06.17. Despite a high-profile ad placement and a GRAMMY nomination, NYC-based duo Sofi Tukker (Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) came together practically by accident. A restless citizen of the world with musical aspirations she initially wouldn’t acknowledge, Hawley-Weld encountered the formerly hopeful professional basketball player Halpern at an art show at Brown… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Atlas Genius

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From News, posted 12.06.17. Australian indie-pop band Atlas Genius first made their mark in 2011, when their barnstorming single “Trojans” made them an international sensation, leading to a record deal with Warner Brothers that paved the way for their debut album When It Was Now, and even further acclaim. Following a two-year tour and some… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Frenship

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From News, posted 12.06.17. Frenship is the L.A.-based duo of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who first came together via a mutual love of the stirring pop of the 80’s. The duo’s sound is crisp and anthemic, lushly produced and brimming with soaring choruses over driving, electronic beats. Frenship signed to Columbia Records and released… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: MAX

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From News, posted 12.06.17. A NYC-born singer/songwriter/actor/dancer with a powerfully versatile voice, MAX has been steadily making a name for himself online, having already accrued more than 1.2 million followers on YouTube, 200,000 followers on Twitter and 940,00 likes on Facebook. His pop-soul singles like “Gibberish” have earned him accolades from MTV, who called him… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: The Federal Empire

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From News, posted 12.06.17. Not long after the release of The American Dream, their 2016 debut EP, folk-pop trio The Federal Empire were labeled a “supergroup” by Affinity Magazine, and it’s easy to see why. Lead singer Chad Wolf also fronts the multi-platinum–selling band Carolina Liar, McKay Stevens has been nominated for a GRAMMY (for… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Michael Blume

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From News, posted 12.06.17. With his unbridled passion and soul-baring rawness, Michael Blume is known for captivating listeners around the country. His debut EP, When I Get It Right, teems with thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics that are both personal and universal. With a musical background rooted in the prestigious Yale University a cappella group, Blume… Read more...


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