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.
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
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!
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!
Another #IndependenceDay is closely upon us here in the United States & to celebrate we are offering a 16% off sale for all in our store!
From all of us here at Independent Ear have a very happy & safe 4th of July weekend!!
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.
Falling Through April
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.
“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.
We had some great moments in 2015 but we are looking forward to kicking off 2016 with a BANG!!
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.
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
Take a moment and imagine ... what would your world be like, if music never existed? How about if all music disappeared tomorrow?
I was recently asked to write about my thoughts. I was to write about the importance of independent music. This led my mind to many different things.
In truth, independent music is a difficult thing to pinpoint. It means a lot of different things, depending on who you ask.
Music, at the heart of it, is about expression. When you see a ukulele on a street corner, or a bagpiper playing in the fields. These people are expressing something in a way that may come easier to them than words. And just like with books, not every person will like what you have to say.
Independent music has the ability to break free from rules. Rules about what instruments you can use, or what material you can sing about. I know musicians who walked out on rich record labels. They were being told what they could and could not sing about.
Miles Davis. Thelonious Monk. Frank Zappa. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. These are just some of the musicians who have challenged what music should be. And we should thank them for that.
You and I may not agree on who the better artist is. Though where would music be, if these people were never given a chance?
Some of the most amazing music ever accomplished was with unusual pairings. Jazz has been home to some of the most beautiful, and some of the most bizarre riffs I have ever heard. Aggro1 had a mashup between Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Gorillaz. And how about mongolian throat singing paired with a banjo?
There are people that believe these groups should have never met. Yet if you look up "ah sho dekio," by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, I challenge you not to tap your feet!
Independent music is a lot of things, because it CAN be. And we need to make sure that it stays that way. We need to make sure that there is a platform for the unusual. Without the independent musicians, the music scene would be one-dimensional. The music world often overlooks the effect that independents can have on it.
This is why there needs to be the independent. To remind not just the music world, but the world at large: there are more options out there.
by Patrick M.
If you didn't get a chance to read our newsletter from earlier this month, check out this Q&A that Blake did with the guys from Impending Lies!
A little insight from the new addition to our team, Blake Burris!
Thank you all for making our 4th Anniversary Celebration the best one yet!!
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Huge thanks to our hometown record stores for their support!!
Check out the debut single from Devolve!!