We had the great privilege of hosting the indie artist of indie artists- Rachael Sage at #PutnamsUnplugged on Sunday, May 10th. In preparation for the show, SLB went to her indie label offices of MPress Records to do a two part interview. The first part of the interview we discuss Sage’s artistry from visual to musical influences. She also discuss her new album Blue Roses as well as her extensive touring. We also hear live clips of her performance at Putnam’s Pub & Cooker. We also discuss songwriting, collaboration with Judy Collins on a Neil Young cover tune – Helpless. She shares insight into her world with a tenderness, as we hear the angst of being an artist and the ever question of when are we ever ready to collaborate with those that we have come before us.
Part 2 we cover how her indie label Mpress came about and how she finds and signs artists, also how should an indie artist present themselves to a label, dos and don’t, etc.
Listen to podcast interview on SLB In The Trailer page
SLB In The Trailer Ep11
In this episode we interview the uber talented Matt Nakoa with his classical piano background and a lifetime of musical influences he blends jazzy vocal scats with pop guitar riffs and lush piano appreggios to make you swoon in your seat. We discuss unplugging to connect back to life, booking an independent tour, songwriting and collaboration. We even drift in time to his favorite time of Paris in the 1830s. Matt Nakoa is not only talented, but laser focused on his musical mission and charges his songs with thought provoking lyrics. Take a listen to how he is navigating the indie music scene and has pulled up his roots to help his music fly. This episode includes great live clips of Matt’s performance at PutnamsUnplugged musical series in Brooklyn, NY. Download the episode and take it with you on the go.
@SLBloodhound @MattNakoa #PutnamsUnplugged #SLBInTheTrailer
Listen to podcast interview on SLB In The Trailer page
It has been an exciting undertaking to continue to develop a music scene in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Brooklyn at Putnam’s Unplugged. To learn about the booking process from the venues prospective, but also knowing the artists perspective. It has been helpful in so many ways and also helping Sweet Little Bloodhound in launching a weekly podcast and the launch of our new album. There has been a strong learning curve and with aggressive deadlines we have had to maneuver to stay on track and keep ahead of the game. This week’s featured artist- The Mona Dahls came by for an interview before their show and we got to speak with them about their influences as a band and their favorite indie artists. We also got into their pockets and figured out what their purpose is… we hope you enjoy the podcast. Let us know what you think, we are planting the seeds all over the internet. You can find the podcast on our website and on these other sites.
YouTube (includes slides of performance and PR shots of The Mona Dahls)
All are easy to share, so be sure to spread the word and keep sending your favorite indie artists our way. We have a lot of exciting plans about where we will be moving the SLB Trailer soon, so keep checking back.
6 episodes in and learning every episode. This episode we learned the importance of microphone stability, which might seem obvious, but it wasn’t when we were recording, however it became evidently clear on editing as we shared 2 mics between 3 people and there was a lot of mic noise. Also on previous episodes we were able to include live clips from the performances, but we had sound level issues on the recording – not clear if it was because both Cal and Pete used pedals and EQ’d themselves or if our levels were not adjusted from the mixing board, therefore we included a little SLB Don’t Take It Personal Clip. Check it out here
This episodes we discussed
Identifying your audience, Artist EPK services – Sonicbids, Reverbnation, Video platforms YouTube and Vimeo
Link to the Identifying Your Audience article and tips by DigiFreq
This video/podcast is the first episode of “SLB In The Trailer” featuring commercial photographer Kim Nicholais, who will be photographing and documenting “Putnam’s Unplugged”
Putnam’s Unplugged is a weekly Sunday Night Music Series at Putnam’s Pub & Cooker, 419 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY hosted by Devlin Miles of Sweet Little Bloodhound, who will interview all the featured artist for our weekly podcast series of “SLB – In The Trailer”.
SLB – In The Trailer podcasts focus is to help other indie artists with tips from acts that are also out there making it happen and figuring out what makes them tick and how they approach their songwriting and where they draw their influences.
In this episode Kim and Devlin discuss what they are hoping to build at Putnam’s with a community of songwriters and bands that are all competing for some air time in NYC and how this little Brooklyn venue and neighborhood can bring the cool back to gigging in NYC and be an intimate place for artists to connect with their fans and for fans to feel a part of the show. Feel free to leave comments on how to improve it, questions you want to ask, or better yet come to “Putnam’s Unplugged” and be a part of the excitement.
Introducing: (drum roll)
SLB In The Trailer Episode 1 Kim Nicholais
Related Links to Podcast:
Nicholais Photography http://www.NicholaisPhotography.com
Bride-and-Joy Photography http://www.Bride-and-Joy.com
Putnam’s Pub http://www.PutnamsPub.com
Sweet Little Bloodhound In The Trailer https://www.sweetlittlebloodhound.com/InTheTrailer