Independent Ear Christmas Giveaway "GET CREATIVE" Contest

The Independent Ear Christmas Giveaway GET CREATIVE contest!

Starting on Monday December 12th & running through Wednesday December 21st. We want you “Get Creative”  and submit us your most creative “Independent Ear” inspired piece of content. It could be a meme, cover song from one of our artists or bands, or anything your creative heart desires! Post your best creative piece to all social media and make sure to tag us Facebook @IndependentEar, Instagram @independentearofficial as well as make sure to use the hashtag #IEXMASGIVEAWAY

 

  • No Purchase Necessary.

  • Must be 18 or older to win.

  • IE staff will vote on the submissions.

  • Winner will be announced LIVE on December 23rd on Independent Ear Facebook Page.

  • We reserve the right to use the name(s) of selected winner(s) across all websites & social media platforms.

  • Available to all across the world.

  • Selected winner(s) will be contacted for shipping information following the livestream.

  • Winner(s) will receive a package shipped to them by in the first week of January.
Posted on December 12, 2016 and filed under Independent Ear, Contest.

Independent Ear, Joins forces with ILS (UMG/Caroline)

Independent Ear is pleased to announce their new alliance with Independent Label Services Group (ILS). ILS, a subsidiary/partner of Universal Music Group & Caroline Distribution, has been working with many artists and labels all over the world such as Brian McKnight & Culvert Music. "Today is a day that has been many years in the making for Independent Ear." says Independent Ear Founder and CEO Phillip Ryan Block.

With many new releases in the coming years this relationship will prove to be a great one. Staff and artists alike are buzzing with excitement about this new alliance. "It's rare that I've seen a company especially one at the level of ILS that share many of the same values that Independent Ear does. I am proud be part of the ILS Group UMG/Caroline. We’re excited to have them as part of our growing team." says Independent Ear CEO.

Independent Ear, originally known as Independent Ear Productions was formed in 2011 with the knowledge of the following; many artists/ bands go their entire lives without getting the recognition they deserve & the music industry is intrinsically flawed. CEO and Founder Phillip Ryan Block saw a need for a label unlike any other in the industry and build the values on that - something different and something inclusive. As of April 2014 became incorporated as Independent Ear, Inc. Independent Ear, Inc has released music from artists artists such as Nick Urb, Retro Youth, and Rabid Young.

Independent Ear Mission Statement:

We only stand alongside the hardest working musicians, musicians who by their own strength burn a path into today’s music mainstream. We form the team of management, recording, branding, and booking that pushes the hardest working artists ahead to their full journey’s end. We don’t shirk from naysayers. We overcome them. We don’t listen to trends. We make them. We don’t cower at obstacles. We burn a path.

The ILS Group Mission Statement:

ILS offers a North American and international solution for independent labels, studios, and artists seeking professional yet personal physical / digital distribution solutions and marketing services. We specialize in championing new and established content directly through our partnerships with the world’s largest and leading music distributors and marketers including the Universal Music Group, Caroline for music and Unidisc, and Cinedigm for non-music visual entertainment.

Posted on November 9, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Music, News.

Independent Ear Proudly Welcomes Andrew Valentine

Over the last several months we created quite the friendship with Scottish Alt/Country Singer-Songwriter Andrew Valentine! We were pleased at the release of his debut solo EP "Hand Over Fist" earlier this year & couldn't of been more excited to announce the release of his ALL NEW SINGLE. 

"Castles" will be available everywhere digital music is sold on September 2nd 2016! 

To keep you entertained until the release of the single Andrew & his crew put together this awesome music video that we are proud to release as his welcome to the Independent Ear family.

"This is Andrew's best & most honest work to date in his career & I couldn't be more proud to have him as part of our family! " - Phillip Ryan Block  Independent Ear Founder & President

FREE MUSIC COMING SOON WATCH THIS VIDEO

In case you missed this announcement last week, here it is for you in BLOG form

Independent Ear Records and Jerry Dale Harris has decided to offer Jerry's new album for FREE! We feel that finances should not keep Jerry's fans from his music!

www.jerrydaleharris.bandcamp.com
www.independentear.com

We also are sending out press releases (link below) to media outlets, Internet radio and radio stations worldwide to promote the album. Please help by sharing this press release with anyone in the media world who might wish to do interviews/album reviews etc. THANK YOU!


Press Release:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx_B0uNMlH72eG9rOUNxLUdXUzQ

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/JerryHarrisWorldwide
https://www.facebook.com/independentear

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JerryDaleHarris
https://twitter.com/independentear

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/jerrydaleharris/
https://www.instagram.com/independentearofficial

Posted on July 11, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Blog, Independent Ear, Music, News.

Independent Ear RADIO

In partnership with our friends over at WBOM Radio in Rockford, IL we will be kicking off the return of the Independent Ear Radio Show. A new station, new hosts, new interviews, new surprises & more importantly some KICK-ASS new music.  

All shows for the foreseeable future will be pre-recorded including all interviews. This show will feature music from all artists and bands on the roster as well as from artists & bands hand selected by the Independent Ear crew. You will be able to tune-in through right here on the Independent Ear site as well as through the WBOM site.

For consideration of placement on the show & interviews you can email info@independentear.com or submit through Reverbnation (starting 7.11.2016)

#StayTuned to our social media for the date & times of the shows!! 

Posted on June 28, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Blog, News.

SXSW Here We Come!!

Independent Ear Records artists Falling Through April, Nick Urb & Ozonna are heading to SXSW!

It’s about time that Independent Ear Records(IE) makes its presence felt at one of the world’s largest music festivals. IE is excited to partner with Music Gorilla & The Music Box to showcase three artists/bands from their immensely talented roster.

While it’s not the first venture to SXSW for Falling Through April & Nick Urb for their label & label-mate Ozonna it is. For this… the label’s first foray into the SXSW world they chose to team up with one of the best partners to have in the SXSW world, Music Gorilla. Our co-sponsor & distribution partner The Music Box is the #1 Music Related Subscription Box is also excited to bring their name to SXSW for the first time.

Falling Through April, Nick Urb & Ozonna will be performing on March 17th at Burnside’s Tavern located at 413 E. 6th Street in Austin, TX. Nick Urb will take the stage at 4PM, Ozonna will take the stage at 5PM & last but not least Falling Through April will hit the stage at 6PM.

Nick Urb

Ozonna

Falling Through April





Posted on March 3, 2016 and filed under News, Music, Independent Ear, Announcement.

NYC Alt-Pop Star Ozonna Joins Independent Ear

It’s time to meet the latest hit-bound import from the U.K. Independent Ear is proud to introduce singer/songwriter Ozonna and announce the physical release of his debut U.S. EP, “Believe It to See It.”

Through an arresting fusion of pop, dance, African rhythms and other world music influences and engaging lyrics, “Believe It to See It” traces the 21-year-old singer/songwriter’s musical journey from Nigeria to London and currently to New York, where he now resides.

While living in London, studying vocals at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music, Ozonna began performing around the London club circuit. The series of performances were so well received that he released his infectious debut single and video, “Me and You on Top” generating a growing buzz.  The ensuing momentum propelled Ozonna’s move to New York in 2013 to record his debut EP “Believe It To See It”

“I wrote the title song while reflecting on how far along I’ve come with my music,” says the Nigerian-born Ozonna. “From London to New York, recording an EP and album, and working with people I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago … A lot of things I’ve wanted for a long time are coming together.” 

Hearing is indeed believing. Blessed with an acute ear for skillfully blending diverse rhythms, penning insightful lyrics and vocals ranging from bass to falsetto, Ozonna showcases those talents on the five-song suite comprising his new EP. Beyond the title track, the set boasts the feel-good “We Glow” (his first U.S. single, released in 2014), love-themed “Wonderland,” social commentary “Corrupt Mind” and the life-affirming “Smile.” His dream team of collaborators includes Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Lennon, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys), Grammy-nominated producer Jimmy Greco (Beyoncé, Paramore, Miley Cyrus) and hit-making songwriter/producer Russ DeSalvo (Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Santana). 

Ozonna’s left-field yet colorful perspective also shines throughout the video for “Believe It to See It.” Directed by Blake Farber and filmed in South Africa, the video fully captures the song’s tribal and African influences as well as the raw energy pulsating throughout the EP. 

“My music is multi-cultural,” says Ozonna. “It’s not a Nigerian, New York or London thing. I can tell different stories everywhere.” 

Independent Ear has big plans for the “BITSI” EP include a worldwide physical release on March 4th, 2016 as well continued touring & festival appearances throughout United States & United Kingdom. 

PRE-ORDER "Believe It To See It" EP CD HERE


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“What can I say about Ozonna? His music has captivated me since being introduced to him by Alexia from Music Gorilla. He is the type of artist that only comes around once in a lifetime & we couldn’t be more excited to have him be a part of our musical family. We have big plans & expect many great things for Oz & his music in 2016.  ”        

- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.

- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.

 

 
Posted on January 25, 2016 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Music, News, New Release.

Charlotte, NC based Alt-Rock band Falling Through April officially joins Independent Ear.

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Following the critically acclaimed success of their 2015 EP “Risks & Rewards” & their award of IMEA “Rock Group of The Year” FTA is looking to a bright future ahead with burgeoning indie label Independent Ear.

Falling Through April has toured the US extensively with bands such as Adelitas Way & The Pretty Reckless. The have also performed at SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Florida Music Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference. More recently the guys were awarded the IMEA award for "Rock Group of the Year". In early 2016 the will be performing alongside Breaking Benjamin, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf & others on the Axes & Anchors Cruise.

The music video for their song titled “Broken Feet” was recently selected to be played in retail locations across the country through the remainder of 2015 & into the new year. FTA has plans for a new single in early 2016 followed by a new EP in the summer throughout it all the guys will be hitting the road hard in 2016 both in the US as well as overseas.

“To say we are excited about these guys would be a massive understatement! They are some of the hardest working artists in the industry today & have accomplished so much already. We have many big plans on the horizon for them & are looking forward to very successful future that is surely ahead for them. FTA will rise to the top of the Rock charts in 2016  ”        

- Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear.

To Learn More About Falling Through April:
Website | Facebook | Twitter Instagram | YouTube

Pick up their latest EP "Risks & Rewards" everywhere digital music is sold or in physical copy from our store.

Join Us In Welcoming Nick Urb To The Independent Ear Family

Clawson, MI based Acoustic-Folk Singer-Songwriter Nick Urb joins Independent Ear.


On the verge of the release of his new single & sophomore album the singer-songwriter joins forces with Rockford based indie music company, Independent Ear.

To follow up on the success of his self-released album “We Were Able” Nick has been in the studio most of 2015 working on his sophomore release & he also reached his kickstarter campaign goal over the summer of 2015.


Nick’s 2012  debut album titled “We Were Able” was a highly successful album and has amassed well over 7.8 million plays on Spotify. Planning is underway for the official release new single "Emily" followed by new album on digital, CD & Vinyl. Be on the lookout for tour dates in the US as well as overseas!

  “I have been a fan of Nick & his music since before the release of his first album. Getting to work with him on this new album is truly an honor & I look forward to the bright future he has in front of him. From what I have heard of his new album it will be even more successful than his first.”   - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear. 
 

Follow Nick on his Social Media:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube 

Join Us In Welcoming Nick Peay To The Independent Ear Family

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Louisville, KY based Singer-Songwriter Nick Peay joins Independent Ear.

On the heels of his recent single “When You Can” & his latest album “Sobering” Nick looks to continue his evolving his career by partnering with the ever growing music company Independent Ear. On top of promotion of his two latest releases Nick & Independent Ear are preparing for his next album as well as a full schedule of touring set to kick off after the holiday season. 

Nick’s latest album was released back in September via digital music portals and on CD, has been met with overwhelming positivity by fans & industry professionals alike.  "It’s rare to hear originality and honesty combined together these day in the business. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to find both qualities resounding through the music of Louisville’s Nick Peay. His uncomplicated, heartfelt songs could soon be heard all over..." says Keith Chachkes of Hot Indie News.

“We were blown away by not only Nick’s music but also by the dedication he has to his craft. Nick is an exciting artist with a lot of potential & we are looking forward to watching him develop into the star we know he is. ” - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear Records.

Get Nick's latest EP "Sobering" on CD & get special digital downloads of "Sobering" & his hit single "When You Can". http://www.independentear.com/store/nick-peay-sobering-special

Posted on October 16, 2015 and filed under Announcement, Independent Ear, Blog, News, Music.

Q&A with James Rawson

1.     What is the most memorable show you’ve played?

Playing Jive in Your Ear Festival last month was fantastic! I've been transitioning and reshaping my music and live shows. At the festival, I was able try out a lot of new musical ideas. Thankfully, they all worked. :)

2.     What has inspired you lately?

Spirituality. I've been on a book spree. I've been reading five books at once ranging from Joseph Campbell Mythological Studies to "Religion for Atheists" to "V for Vendetta." I'm definitely in a metaphysics headspace right now. I'm reaffirming my ideas with faith. It's a lot of pondering, and it's a lot of inspiration. I've already started writing new songs from all this reading.

3.     What is it like being on tour?

It's a mad dash. I have to coordinate all of my tour dates with my job at Starbucks. For some shows, I'm doing the "superman": punching out, changing in the bathroom, and leaving straight from work to the show. It makes for super long days: 14-16 hour days. Being on tour is also this great adventure. I meet so many different people and so many different places. I feel like I'm in a Walt Whitman poem. I'm surveying our nation and all of its great and weird people.

4. When did you become involved in women’s charities and who motivated you to do so?

I’ve supported women’s rights and women’s charities my entire career. Since my very first release, I’ve given back to charities and organizations who stand up for women’s rights. Who motivated me is a really personal question. I show my motivation all throughout my music, and at concerts, I talk directly with my fans about my motivation. So, if you really want to know why I care so deeply about women’s rights, you need to come out to a show. Face to face communication is really the only way to share something that personal.


5.     What instruments are you classically trained in?

In college, I studied both cello and jazz guitar, and I played in the orchestra as well as the jazz band. Classical training is both studying an instrument and Western music theory and history. So, I studied two instruments and learned how to write music. I studied conducting, orchestration, music history, and ear training. Classical training is about learning a specific instrument, but it really is about developing your entire self into a musician. The cello part was easy. The ear training, sight singing, and theory tests were the hard part.

6.     What is your favorite part about Rockford, IL?

My home. There’s wonderful things to visit in this city like Anderson Gardens or the Rockford Art Museum. But, what I really love is coming back to my family, to my home: going to the park with my wife and kids, doing yoga in the backyard, curling up with my wife and a marathon of Parks and Recreation. In the large sense, this city is my home. It’s where both my parents are from and where both of their families are from. My roots go deep in these streets. So, my favorite part about Rockford, IL is that it has given me a home, both in the large sense and the small. My wife and I met at Rock Valley College. My kids were both born at Swedish American Hospital. I have an amazing family, and in so many ways, it’s thanks to this city.

7.     What message do you want your fans to understand about your music?

That I make love music. Music about sex, loneliness, romance, passion, rejection, hope. Everyone of my songs deals with love. Love has been the driving force of my life, and my music is a journal of my life. I sing in poetry and mythology, but my songs are the story of my life. And my story is all about going from isolation to love, from the forest black to the sprawling city.

8.     How has being involved in music changed you?

It hasn't. Music, art is not an external force in my life. It is an internal force. My music is the purest form of myself. It pours out. The external force of scheduling, schooling, and setting up my music as a sole proprietary business has pushed me to make certain decisions like what type of day job to pursue and where I need to live. But music itself has not changed me. It's only brought out more of my inner world to the whole world.


9.     Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Art is a pyramid career. Only a few make it to the top while there's gobs at the bottom. That’s because, as an artist, you have to master so many separate skill sets. For example with music, you have to first off master actually playing music. You have to learn at least one instrument. Then you have master not just how to play music but how to write it. Those seem like the same skill but trust me they're not. Then you have to master performing which has nothing to do with the muscle memory of playing your instrument or the ear training and theory knowledge it takes to write music. These are all separate skill sets just within music. But then to really make it, you have to master business skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, graphic design skills, etc.

So take a breath, and brace for the long haul. If you manage your expectations and pace yourself, you won't burn out. You won't make crappy art. And you will at least earn the chance to make it.

10. What is your favorite song lyric that you’ve written?

Oh man, that's an open door for my narcissism, haha.

I beat and bend my lyrics until I can say I'm proud of each song. There's lots of lines I’m proud of. But an artist is always too close to their art to really enjoy and savory it. That's why artists love other artists. One thing my poetry professor would always says is that poets can only enjoy other poets’ lines.

 

"Are you ready for love?" That's one of my favorite lyrics.

Posted on October 5, 2015 .

Intern Blog: Get To Know Caitlin Korshak

Hello!

 My name is Caitlin. I am very excited to be joining the Independent Ear family. I just graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Film and Media Production with an Audio concentration. I have always loved music and when I was a freshman in high school I went to my first big concert. From that moment I knew I wanted to work in the music industry. While in college I had the opportunity to do a semester in Nashville. In the program I was on the technical track and got to work on lighting, front of house, production manager, stage management, and a stage hand. I was also paired up with an artist and recorded them in the studio. At the end of the semester we went on a tour to different colleges. That experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and that is what made it so great. I fell in love with the atmosphere and want to continue my journey in the industry. I cant wait to expand my knowledge and grow in my skills. My main goal throughout all of this is to help people achieve their dreams. I have a passion for music and people, and I think this will be a great adventure.

 

Posted on October 2, 2015 .

Your Musical Taste and You

Your Musical Taste and You

By Stacy Wandrey

 

When two people meet for the first time, one of the first questions asked to break the ice is usually, “What kind of music do you like?”.  This question starts a conversation about mutual favorites, or ends quickly depending on their response. The answer to this simple question is actually a subconscious description of your personality, because your musical taste can reflect certain aspects of your character.

 

A recent study was completed regarding what people talked about when they first met and looked at five main personality traits: openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability. This study paired two people together and found that the participants that talked about music had a better sense of these personality traits in the other person.   

 

Research has also suggested that the different musical genres indicate certain personality types such as:    

    Blues music: high self-esteem, creative, outgoing, and gentle.    

    Classical music: high self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease.

    Rap music: High self-esteem, outgoing.  

    Country music: Hardworking and outgoing.

    Indie music: Low self-esteem and creative.

    Rock/Heavy Metal: Low self-esteem, creative, not outgoing, gentle.

Whatever your preferred listening habits, music is a unique part of your personality. These studies risk oversimplifying musical taste and character, but for the most part studies of introverts and extroverts show a similarity in personality and musical choices. If it’s good, listen to it.    


 

References:

Cooper, Belle Beth. "8 Surprising Ways Music Affects the Brain." Buffer Social. N.p., 20 Nov. 2013. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Dean, Jeremy, Dr. "Personality Secrets in Your Mp3 Player - PsyBlog." PsyBlog RSS. N.p., 05 Feb. 2007. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.





 

    

 

Posted on October 2, 2015 .

Q&A w/ Glamour Assassins

1.     What inspired your song “Ain’t So Young”?

The entire album Ain’t So Young is about the complicated and often turbulent relationship with music and its creation. The title track is central to examining that relationship through themes of loss and acceptance of mortality – whether it be literal or figurative.

2.     What direction do you see your music going?

Our first album has a strong new wave-indie rock vibe, and while it’s likely that our future music will continue to draw from these influences, we refuse to pigeonhole ourselves in this regard. Our music will undoubtedly evolve and being able to experience that evolution firsthand is one of the most significant thrills of the creative process

3.     What message do you want your fans to understand about your music?

That we write music not for fame or money but simply for the sake of creating something people can relate to. That we all share similar emotions and experiences. And that we write good songs.

4.     What is the most memorable show you’ve played?

Probably our album release show in August. The album was a long time in the making so this was a satisfying moment for us, and we were fortunate to be joined by some truly remarkable bands in Mission Zero, If Jesus Had Machine Guns and Brighter Than A Thousand Suns.

5.     What matters most to you?

Hope.

6.     What is your favorite part about being a band?

Creating something that wasn’t there previously and the vulnerability that comes with putting that music in front of people. The emotion of performing. The knowledge your music has touched or inspired someone else.

7.     Can you tell me what makes your band stick out from the rest?

Our combination of raw emotion with subtlety and nuance. We bring this to our recordings as well as our live performances, and it’s a key element of what sets us apart. The emotion brings an energy and urgency to the music, while nuance brings a sense of artistry and refinement. Both are crucial for the kinds of songs we seek to create.

8.     If you could collaborate with any famous musician, alive or dead, who would it be? 

Personally it would be Joe Strummer from The Clash. I wouldn’t be doing this without his influence.

9.     What is your favorite song to play off of your new album Ain’t So Young?

I think we all might have varied answers to that question and we get enjoyment from playing all of them. Personally, I enjoy “The Day Rock & Roll Died” because it sets the tone for the remaining songs both musically and thematically.

10.  What are you doing when song ideas pop in your head? 

It’s not very sexy - usually while playing guitar or synthesizer. There are lots of ideas but usually you can tell when a good one appears. One that could become a great song.

Posted on October 1, 2015 .

New Haven’s Glamour Assassins Teams Up With Indie Label Independent Ear.

 

This week New Haven, CT based Indie Rock band Glamour Assassins inks a new deal with burgeoning midwest based label & music company Independent Ear.

Coming off the heels of the release of their debut release “Ain’t So Young,” the indie rockers were looking for a partner that would help take their career to the next level, and they found that partner in Independent Ear.

 

Their album was released back in August via digital music portals, and this coming Friday, the 25th of September, their album will be available for physical pre-order as well as digitally through Independent Ear’s website. IE is home to artists such as James Rawson, London has Fallen, and Impending Lies, so Glamour Assassins will be in good company.

“We were completely impressed with Glamour Assassins from the time we first heard their music, and we look forward to developing them into one of the top of the bands in indie rock today ” - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear Records.

Independent Ear Releases US issue of "Abstract Ritual" from Omega Diatribe

Available NOW everywhere digital music is sold! The latest US issue of "Abstract Ritual" from Omega Diatribe!

PHYSICAL CD w/ Digital Download:
http://goo.gl/cahT5i
iTunes:
https://goo.gl/NiZ6Jo
Google Play:
https://goo.gl/XvpHmt
Amazon:
http://goo.gl/DW9ws6

"Not being terribly familiar with much from this realm, Omega Diatribe doesn't immediately bring to mind any other bands, which is probably a good sign. I'm really looking forward to hearing more, and would already cite them as a favorite from this swath of modern extreme metal. An excellent EP: the blunt heaviness sucks you in, the creativity and quality keep you engaged. Hell, I'd probably even go so far as to say that this will be a likely contender for one of the best of 2015 in my book." - Andrew Aversionline of NoEcho.net
Posted on September 11, 2015 .