“Don’t assault your fans: the gig etiquette guide for bands and venues” – The Guardian
This article from The Guardian has been written for the website’s music blog, and is on the topic of gig etiquette for bands and venues that host them. As our digital artefact is a music blog this source is useful in looking at the style and content of the post in order to compare it against our own. The general layout of the post clearly shows the points that the author is trying to make, and provides a focused approach with subheadings. The inclusion of a video breaks up the post to stop it from being a long of text, however I think placing it further down the post would have worked better or having a photo after one of the other points as the post is quite a lot of text to look at.
“A guide to gig etiquette” – The Guardian
This article on The Guardian’s music blog is about the type of behaviour that should be expected from people going to gigs. This is relevant to our digital artefact as it gives inspiration for what sort of posts we could incorporate into our blog. The post has some useful information in it, and the content has a comedic overtone that helps to draw away from the harshness of some of the points. However, the layout of the post makes it seem like there is more writing than there is which can be off-putting to some readers as most blog readers tend to skim through long posts instead of reading everything. In order to avoid this on our blog I would try using subheadings for each point, or making some of the points smaller, to try and keep readers on the page.
The Undiscovered is a website dedicated to finding new and unheard music and sharing it with followers of their site. The website allows you to search through genres or through different categories like original songs or covers. This is really useful to our digital artefact as this is the sort of site that we are hoping to achieve but within the Sydney/Illawarra area as opposed to globally. This site is also very useful as it has a submissions allowance which could potentially be something that we work into our own blog.
“How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There” – Goins, Writer
This blog post is useful for our digital artefact as it provides good advice for how to get more people reading your posts. There are several points that are helpful that we can incorporate into our posts. The way that the post is presented works really well because there are different styles being presented. For example, the block quotation provides a break and draws the eye towards it, while the hyperlinks stand out from the text in the bright red. These make the post more intriguing and easier for the audience to read as it provides a change from the standard body of text. The use of the hyperlinks also adds to the post as it takes the reader to other relevant sites, which we can use in our posts to link to bands’ sites.
8tracks is an internet radio that allows users to create and listen to playlists, or to upload their own music or remixes. It’s a great site for getting used to searching out new music and discovering new artists, which is helpful for our digital artefact as we are hoping to find new music in the Sydney and Illawarra areas. It allows you to search for playlists based on moods, genres or artists which is a good way of searching, particularly through mood which is something that we could look at putting into our blog in the future.
BryanStars – YouTube Channel
BryanStars is the #1 music interview channel on YouTube and is run by Bryan Odell. He has interviewed many famous rock and punk pop bands since he started the channel and it’s inspiring to see how successful the channel has become. The first videos on the channel were not very good quality as he was only starting out but you can see the improvement in the videos and the content as the years go by. This shows that even the most successful interviewers and bloggers had to start somewhere, and that there are skills that you gain through the course of it that can help you to become better. Watching the interviews has helped me to get a grasp of the sort of questions bands prefer to answer, which will be helpful for future interviews that we do.
Bandsintown is a website and smartphone app that allows the user to search for upcoming concerts and events in their area. As our digital artefact is about finding new music and upcoming events this app has been very useful in helping to look for events around our chosen area. It also allows the user to search through recommendations based on their music preference or to see all events happening near them.
“Here Are The Shitty Interview Questions You Should Never Ask Bands” – Noisey
This article on the Noisey Vice blog is incredibly helpful to our digital artefact as interviewing bands is something that we are hoping to be doing more of as we go on, and this post gives a good insight into the sorts of responses we could get to poorly constructed questions. The way that the post is written is very humorous and sarcastic, but still important and clear of its intentions. This is a good article for us to follow as it lists a number of questions that bands are tired of hearing, and shows the difference in the answers you’d expect versus what you will actually receive. It also challenges us to come up with more interesting questions so that we keep the bands interested in what we’re saying.
Going Solo is an Italian-based music blog that promotes new music and having an ‘active role’ in the music industry. The blog has different categories that you can use to search for new music, such as their charts where they suggest things like the “Top 50 Songs of 2015”, or the top albums that incorporate the new music they have found throughout the year. This sort of approach is another way that we could look at our posts for our digital artefact, as we could do posts about the top tracks we find in a month or similar.
Spotify is a music site that is excellent for finding new artists and bands, as there are lots of new artists that get their music on Spotify to try to make a name for themselves. One way that it allows users to find new music is through their “Discover Weekly” playlist that suggests new music to you based on what you’ve been listening to in that week. There is also the option to browse different playlists and new releases that allows you to find new bands and related artists. This is useful for our digital artefact as we can use this to try searching for bands that we might not have heard of before.