Keeping it simple this week, here is a recap of everything that has gone up on Free Music Archive since we started working with them a few months ago. The list is fascinating to look at, and gave me a chance to reflect on The Snake Records as an entity, what it is, and what it could be. I have talked a lot about technology and how it has changed the rules of the industry forever, as have we all, but every time a new post goes up on FMA, the validation in reality of the matter is proven. Time and time again now, I have seen artists get staggering responses to their singles, responses I know my appreciation would not have been lost for back when I was performing in bands, check out the numbers…
Looking at the statistics from FMA, I am proud to say that no track posted has received less then 850 listens, and the most played track has received a whopping 7,506 listens, since it was posted on August 22nd, only 2 months ago (that’s over 100 a day for those of you who are counting, and you know I am). Only 9 of the 46 artists from The Snake have been posted thus far, and I would be surprised to find out that you aren’t as excited as I am, to see the future response to our FMA presence. Now I have to take a moment to thank Jason, the FMA administrator whom invited me to this highly regarded group of music industry pioneers, the reason I am writing this today, it truly is an honor to walk among this crowd, you have my eternal gratitude. On that note, without further ado, the snake presents ‘the FMA list‘. @TheSnakeRecords
This past Saturday we hosted our first event at a great new space in north Williamsburg, Muchmore’s. The new DIY space’s warm atmosphere proved to be the perfect setting for those looking to catch the nights finest lineup. With Puh flying in from Sweden, Sharpless riding in from Chicago, and Lil Kids making their debut performance, Sugarcube turned out to be one of the most genuinely fun shows we’ve had since starting these shenanigans. Beginning with a down-tempo set from Brooklyn’s Happy Lives and ending with the insane sounds of The Harmonica Lewinskies, The Snake, Mavy Entertainment and Dingus are proud to bring you some images from the show. (Photography by Sam Martin-Delaney)
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor and priveledge to announce to you, once again, our free event in collaboration with The Snake Records. We’ll be breaking in a brand new venue, Muchmore’s with the likes of Lil Kids, Puh, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Sharpless and Happy Lives. We strive to keep our shows as genre bending as possible (it can get weird) and tonight is no different. Be ready to get hit with sagapop from Sweden, pervasive hip-hop from the block and the big band power of New York City among other musical treats. Admission is FREE FREE FREE and the show is ALL AGES. We’ve got a cash bar in the main room so bring your drinking hats and let’s get funny. Check out the facebook page for details and be sure to come say hi- I’ll be working behind the bar. @Dingusonmusic
In conjunction with the Meme Movement and an international group of thinkers, we present to you The Snake; a digital singles label collecting, recording and promoting a remarkable list of DIY musicians. The first eight releases (and all future releases) are available for free download on the respective artists bandcamp pages. The first set of tracks range from acoustic beauties like Sweden’s Puh to the eccentric electronic artist Basic Printer.
A conversation with Jakob Sindahl, frontman of Swedish band Puh:
Dingus: Let’s talk a little about your origins. Who formed the band? For what purpose and how?
Jakob: Well, the funny thing is that our band actually began as a solo project with no one but me. I had been playing in a typical alternative band with some of my mates and the two-note chords were beginning to feel mundane. I wanted to do something of my own with nothing but me and an atmospheric guitar. After writing a few songs I found that I missed the opportunity to write for several instruments and began imagining instruments to write for. Suddenly my solo project had become a seven-people orchestra and my well thought-out lyrics had been switched to the shimmering notes of the glockenspiel. Our band is actually just me, writing songs that I think sound nice and telling a group of musicians what to do. Often I imagine writing for movies or books – sort of a dream for me.
Does Puh have any plans to release a full length?
We haven’t got any plans for anything, to be honest. We just like to play fun music together and besides, we could never raise the cash it would take to record a full length album.
How does Puh record the singles? What kind of technology are you working with?
We’ve been working in an extremely small studio in the center of our home town, Norrköping, with a technician financed by our local government. We were offered 10 free hours in the studio if we signed a few papers and the decision was easy, of course. The studio was very, very small and worn out sm 57′s were lying everywhere. The studio snare was broken to pieces by some metal dickheads so we had to steal one from the nearby music school!
The government funds the arts on such a local level? That’s pretty amazing.
Yeah, it’s pretty remarkable they do that. As sort of mentioned, the gear was not the best but we managed to get one of our wicked-technician friends to record everything for us so all worked out fine.
Straight from Sweden, Puh’s new single is riveting. With pure instrumentation and an overzealous ambition they’ve constructed something fabled. If indeed this track is performed by a fully stocked band, the site must be a one to see.
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
Dingus is dedicated to the search. It's here, on this humble blog that we shed light on bedroom artists in their most defining moments. If you want what's popular today, Dingus is not the blog for you. But, if you want what's fringe, pure and passionate then you've somehow landed on the right URL. So check back daily and enjoy your fellow peers' endeavors.
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