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Baby Blue by The ocn

Abdul Karim Siraji

Great Voice Tone! The music production is great too. 
Though it would be great if it was  a bit shorter to keep the best parts and tighter .
Low end could be better in MIX

SD Hox

I like this track. Great vocals and a sweet, surfy, guitar line. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work. I'll definitely include in upcoming playlists.

Hugh McIntyre

The song was really cute, and I enjoyed it. I thought the middle part where it fades and then returns was a bit odd, but otherwise, very fun.

Alan Cross

This is sweet and cute. It reminds me a little bit of an Australian band called Frente that was into a similar sort of headspace back in the late 90s. They had a couple of hits, too. If you haven't heard of them already, look up a band called The Muffs from the same period. I think you'll enjoy them, too.

The only quibble I have is the bridge between the two halves of the song. It seems to me that something needs to be fleshed out a little more. The two parts need more solid connective tissue.

Beyond that, I have these questions:

1.  What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Royalties from YouTube? Soundtracks? All these paths need to be investigated. 

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in, especially to your YouTube channel (I'm guessing you know that, right?) I like how you're trying to turn early fans into evangelists. You want to build that online fanbase (likes, Twitter and Instagram followers, etc.) because labels love to see that kind of fan engagement before they take a chance on a band.

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations and public radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Wanna know if your material is great? (1) Are your friends and family raving about your stuff? (2) Are people actively seeking you out? If the answer to both those questions is "yes." You may have something on your hands. If not, then maybe what you're offering just isn't good enough to cut through all the noise. Remember that no one has a RIGHT to have their music heard. Your music has to demand people's attention on its own.

7. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. I expect that you know that.

8. Record labels are weird these days. They're all about pop and hip-hop. How do you want to market this? Alt? Pop? That decision will impact what kind of uptake the song has.

Let me spread this to my social networks. That'll be good for at least 100,000 people. 








Bob Lugowe

Cool lo-fi dreamy and beachy sounding song with a really interesting break in the middle, nice work! I thought the lyric video you made for this was cool and would suggest submitting that instead of the soundcloud link for the future. For your first song, you're definitely off to a good start. Make sure to play gigs and work on building a local following and making the right contacts. Not sure what your plans are long term but consider working with a publicist if you're looking for more attention around this release. Def make sure to take good promo photos too. Best of luck!

Andrea Young

Love the vocals and energy on this and adding the track to my Aspenbeat radio show this Saturday night 3/30 that airs on Aspen Public Radio (www.aspenpublicradio.org) as part of my 'Women's History Month - Female Vocalists' month- long focus on female vocalists. Also adding to Spot 'New Music Gems' playlist (http://bit.ly/aspenbeatnewgems)  I feel the song needs further development, its a bit repetitive to my ears and doesn't quite grab me as much as I'd like it to, but I really appreciate the raw talent and focus of the track.  Hope you both keep on developing your sound! Including all of your links and description below definitely helped.  Thanks for your submission!  Good luck with your music and please follow Aspenbeat on Spot as you can! http://bit.ly/aspenbeat


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