New Blogs from Caustic, our resident opinionated ranter, music promotions adviser, and motivational speaker!
Get Creative in 2013:
It may sound stupid, but what I really wish people would do more of in 2013 is make art. You'll hear from every naysayer on earth that there are too many crappy bands right now, or too many terrible writers, or a gabillion horrible artists ruining every scene and style. The internet, as we all know, allows for anyone to get their name out there.
Do you know what, though? I'd rather have a million shitty artists out there ruining everything for everyone than a million people not expressing themselves creatively. Click Here To Read More
Self-Promotion: Giving Them A Reason To Listen:
The easiest rule of thumb for promoting is if you don’t see artists you admire doing it, you probably shouldn’t do it either. Maybe you think you’ve found some sneaky way to buck the system in the way you’ve been doing it. Maybe you think you’re being a “rebel” and showing as hard as you can that “you don’t care…BUT OH GOD PLEASE LISTEN TO OUR SOUNDCLOUD PAGE”. Maybe you’re just stupid, but either way HOW you’re doing it may make you or your band look bad. And if people aren’t checking out your music at even a slow rate (and it’s generally a really slow rate) then it’s obviously not working for you. Click Here To Read More
The Disservice of Lazy Sampling:
I’m one of those people that gets extremely frustrated by lazy sampling. What I mean by that is when people use not only the same sample sources, but the same exact samples as other artists have used in other songs. I’m not stomping around the streets and screaming about it daily, but I’ve been listening to this music for long enough (over 20 years) to actually dismiss an entire album if I hear a sample that I’ve heard for…over 20 years. Click Here To Read More
VF Presents an Interview with La Carmina: International Goth Fashion Journalist.
La Carmina's alternative Goth fashion, travel and pop culture blog has led to international TV presenting, press trips and appearances, including New York Fashion Week.
She's a Huffington Post Travel journalist, author of 3 books (Penguin and Random House), and hosts TV shows for Discovery, National Geographic, Food Network, Travel Channel and more.
Visit her site for spooky-cute Harajuku fashion, Goth nightlife, youth subcultures, theme cafes and Scottish Fold cats. Vampire Freaks got to chat to La Carmina about Jpop, Jgoth, her life in TV, food and also Scottish Fold cats. Click Here for Interview with La Carmina