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Getting You Name Out There: Internet Marketing with Carl Dawkins

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Meet Carl Dawkins –

Hello all, and welcome to the next installment on how to further yourself as a musician in the industry. This article is currently being written from a tour bus in India, where I am touring with a metal band from the UK called ‘Cypher16’. Thankfully enough, the way I got this tour resulted from exactly what I am going to talk about today – promoting yourself in the right way to get you noticed.

The tour of India was secured through several actions that had resulted from various bits of promotion I had done. The first was one point I have talked about in other articles – letting everyone and anyone know that you’re available. The band ‘Cypher16’ had heard from someone they knew that I was available at these times. Someone else (who was also informed that I was free) had also let them know to check me out. This is the foundation that can lead to getting the gig, but most of the time it would end here, and neither party would end up working together, be it through them finding someone else, or circumstances changing, or the tour being pulled. If you do get the gig, then well done—start building up a good working relationship. If by chance it didn’t end with securing the gig, we need to look at how to increase our chances of getting the gig after this stage, and there are several ways to do this.

The main point of what I’m about to talk about follows one simple rule, “get yourself noticed”. I guarantee, whatever you’re doing, and no matter how much promo you’re doing, you can always do more. I’m sure I could mention quite a few bands that are now big that you would not have heard of, and I’m sure you could reel off a few bands I too have not heard of – but me telling you about the band is instant promotion for them, as you have now heard of them. The same applies to us as musicians. If you leave a good impression, or in fact any impression at all on someone, your name may come up in conversation, or at the very least they would of heard of you and would pass you on to someone else via word of mouth. Point being; tell everyone you’re available, and looking!

To keep yourself more visible, sign up to loads of different Internet sites. The internet is still a great way to get you out there and can hold a lot of the information on one page for someone to look at. Check out my site (which just redirects to MySpace) www.carldawkins.co.uk

I’ve had the site done professionally, until my proper .co.uk was finished – it contains videos, a CV, bio, artists I’ve worked with + pictures and contact info—everything someone needs to find out about me. Also, update your sites regularly – I am still constantly updating mine, and I still need to record and upload more video and audio examples. So keep on top of your sites, and when new gigs start to unfold, let people know! Let the local papers know as well. Any sort of exposure is important, and the more people that know about you and what you’re doing, the better!

Try to stay on top of all of the above. Its hard work, and needs to be done constantly, but its worth it! And, as busy as you’ll be taking care of all that, keep a balance, and don’t let your practice time suffer.

I have added some sites below, but there are many more to find by just looking through Google!

Good sites to sign up to

MySpace – www.myspace.com
Reverbnation – www.reverbnation.com
Forums – type ‘session bassist/musician’ in Google and sign up to the free sites you find where you can chat and network with other musos.
Sign up a .com and link to your MySpace, or other free site – example –www.carldawkins.co.uk
Type bass forums into Google and sign up to any sites that come up (only the free ones) as well as typing in key words such as ‘musicians classified’
www.craiglist.com
www.gumtree.com

Good sites where you pay to be signed up
www.Starnow.co.uk
Musicians jobs – type into Google

The above two have different types of work in all styles coming in daily

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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New Gear: Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar

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Black Ice Boost and Distort, Battery-Free Modules for Bass and Guitar…

Black Ice Enterprises introduces Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort, small, battery-free devices that can be easily installed in a bass or guitar.

Black Ice Boost offers two selectable stages of up to 7 dB of boost, broadly concentrated in the midrange frequencies to add humbucker-like qualities to Strat®, Tele® and other types of single-coil pickups. Black Ice Distort is an overdrive module that can be configured to offer anything from slight overdrive to distortion. Both models are compatible with all passive guitar pickups and electronics (they’re not compatible with battery-powered active pickups).

Black Ice Boost (SRP: $119.95; MAP, $79.95) can be installed using several wiring options, including a simple “stealth” install that utilizes a single push-pull pot, and a dual-switch option that allows users to select between two different levels of boost. For those using the boost along with Black Ice Distort, a second push-pull pot or switch can be used to select a clean or distorted boost.

The Black Ice Boost module is approximately 2/3 the size of a 9-volt battery, and can be easily installed in most instruments with no routing or permanent modifications required. The tone of the instrument remains completely unaffected when the boost is bypassed.

In addition to use with popular single-coil pickups, Black Ice Boost can also be used with other pickup types. Use it to fatten up a P-90 style pickup, or add girth to a low-wind humbucker. Jazz Bass® players can use the additional midrange content provided by Black Ice Boost to produce a sound that’s reminiscent of a P-Bass® or soapbar-type pickup. Black Ice Boost is not recommended for use with high-output humbuckers and other dark-sounding pickups.

Black Ice Distort (SRP: $27.95; MAP, $21.95) is an overdrive module that can be configured for just a touch of grit, or a more aggressive grind, all the way to a 1960’s-flavored fuzz. While its battery-free circuit will never replace the more refined sound of a well-designed pedal, it provides handy, there-when-you-need-it access to a variety of fun old-school flavors, and is a great way to add additional textures to an already overdriven amp or pedal. Bass players will especially dig its raw dirty grind.

Like Black Ice Boost, the sugar-cube-sized Black Ice Distort provides a lifetime of tone with no maintenance or power source required. A variety of wiring options are included that let you activate the Distort via a switch or push-pull pot, or by easily converting your guitar’s tone control into a control for the Black Ice Distort circuit. It can be used in conjunction with the Black Ice Boost for a wide variety of useful tones.

Black Ice Boost and Black Ice Distort are now shipping.

Visit online at www.blackiceoverdrive.com

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

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New Gear:  D’Addario’s New Humidipak

D’Addario’s New Humidipak Absorb Protects Instruments Against Excess Moisture…

Utilizing two-way humidity control technology, D’Addario’s new Humidipak Absorb protects against damage to wooden instruments in environments with too much humidity. 

Humidipak Absorb allows players to safely return an instrument and case to the ideal relative humidity level. Using Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control technology, Absorb automatically soaks up excess moisture at a safe rate, re-establishing the right humidity level and eliminating the guesswork of revitalizing your instrument. 

Like all the Humidipaks before, using Humidipak Absorb is easy—there’s no dripping sponges or manual adjustments. All players need to do is put the humidification packets in the included pouches and place them in the instrument case, close the lid, and relax. The instrument and case will remain at the optimal 45-50% relative humidity level for 2-6 months. 

D’Addario’s other Humidipaks, Restore and Maintain, are still available for those who need to increase and sustain the humidity around their instrument. 

To learn more about Humidipak Absorb, visit ddar.io/absorb-pr 

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