My Brightest Diamond - Pressure

  • @mybrightestdiamond is coming to New York with a brand new recording also coming in September, you’re welcome.
  • Sep 25
    New York, NY

@greatcaesar aims for the heart with a vulnerable blend of brass, voice, and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships.

The NYC band’s 2014 debut phenomenon, Don’t Ask Me Why, combines art and activism in a video that juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for sexual equality. Supported by figures as varied as Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Superbowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video has already challenged hundreds of thousands to take a stand for love and equality.

Don’t Ask Me Why is available now via all major digital outlets, and will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse).

Great Caesar is comprised of John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar) and Stephen Chen (saxophone, also of San Fermin).

Playing at Glasslands Gallery Friday, August 8th 

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Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) On Why Your DIY Band IS Ready To Tour Right Now


(photo: Mitchell Wojcik)

July 28, 2014
by Evan Weiss


"Touring while still a fledgling band isn’t just about gaining exposure, it’s about figuring out how to function as a band and as people."

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NEW MYTHS - False Gold

newmyths are a local band from Brooklyn playing ghosty, pulsating music, heavy on the drums and dirty on the guitars. They are playing @PianosNYC all month long in August for their residency kicking off next week, August 7th! Don’t miss them! 

THU AUGUST 7, 2014 - 7:00 PM

New Myths withThe Exiles,Loose Buttons,Kate Faust

Pianos NYC || 158 Ludlow St, New York, NY


Paint Party 7/19/14 Spike Hill photo by: N.G. Salaam of @e9productions @wearethewilderness @emergingartistsconnect
Tattoo Money
We Are The Wilderness
Corina Corina

Featured Artists:
Laura Caseley
Bianca Garay
Nicole Paap
Karl Vetter
Stephanie Germatta
— at Spike Hill.

@liebeskindsol an incredibly attractive and talented duo from Argentina performing at the #LICFLEA in Long Island City, NY. 


We are currently taping all new episodes for #Nativestreams with the hopes of eventually raising funds for a web launch later in the year! Artists, do you have a ridiculous and beautiful, raw and ugly story as a New York native or transplant who feels a deep connection to NYC? Do you have passionate opinions on art here in this diverse multi-media mecca and can convey your history and journey with clarity and humility? Please email we tape in Greenpoint right out of N.G.’s apartment and hope to hear from you soon!

N.G. Salaam - founder of elevator9 productions


Every once and a while a band comes along and crafts so many stylistic changes in a song, it really makes you thrilled at just how sweet they tie together. Here is a band called wildonestheband from the Portland scene on tour right now headed to NY. They have two dates in NY, August 12th and Pianos and August 15th at Glasslands.

Bio:”In late 2012, Wild Ones was on the verge of collapse. Guitarist Clayton Knapp had blown out an eardrum, the band’s original drummer left the group and his replacement, Seve Sheldon, was in the hospital with a punctured lung, practicing songs on a drum pad with a tube sticking out of his chest. The band’s members had funneled all of their money into a debut record, Keep It Safe, that had taken a year to write and nine months to record and mix.”

…paying your band is a risk for a venue, not an asset…


The otherside of the coin, I think both are in a working relationship and that if both the venue and musicians find the middle ground and there is no offense defense game then everyone gets what they want, what do you guys think?

"Put on your "business goggles" and look at your band through the eyes of a venue operator and you will see a financial risk, not an asset. This happens for a lot of reasons. Many of you fail to stop and think about how many other bands walk into a venue on a daily basis and shower the owners with promises of sold out shows. Then the night of the show arrives and you bring in around 100 people. Why is this such a huge financial risk for the venue? Not only would they be in the hole for what they agreed to pay you for performing, the owners would have scheduled too many employees to work (waitresses, bartenders, cooks, hostesses, dishwashers, bussers, etc). That is a lot of money to not make back because you made empty promises about crowds you knew you couldn’t bring. And imagine how pissed off the employees would be if they were told they had to work on a Friday or Saturday night only to get sent home two hours into the shift. In that case, not only is the venue out a lot of money, now their employees are unhappy.

Want to know how you can clear this hurdle? Develop a strong reputation for drawing big crowds on a consistent basis. There are two things you can do to start down that road. The first tip is to start putting a serious and legitimate effort into collecting e-mails and expanding your fan base. And don’t just collect e-mails, segment them. That means be sure to get the zip codes of every person signing up. Want to impress a venue owner and put yourself in a better BUSINESS position to leverage more money? Slap down a list of 800 e-mail subscribers all living within a twenty mile drive of the venue. That is 800 people you can market to directly about that show.

The second tip goes hand-in-hand with the first. Many of you need to start branching out and stop playing in the same geographical area night after night. I see so many bands doing two and three shows a week, every week, in an area of about a 20-mile radius. I’m not talking about bands in major cities; I’m seeing this from bands in rural areas. You are damaging the demand for your product, which is weakening your business leverage against the venue. People are less likely to come to your show on a Friday night when they know they can see you Saturday or Sunday night…or some time next week. So many of you are burning out your audiences and it is ruining your ability to get more money from venue operators. Stop saying, “I’ll start playing venues that are farther away when I have more fans coming to my shows here”. Go do it NOW so you can build up your fan base, play more cities, and make your shows back home MEAN something when they happen.” - Wade Sutton of Rocket to the Stars.

…the fine line between “art” and “business”

"You can be an "artist" in the privacy of your own home or when you are recording or when you are playing at an event that doesn’t involve money. But once you step into the realm of playing in exchange for cash, you leave the sanctuary of being an "artist" and enter the no-holds-barred world of "business". That changes the rules quite drastically because the level of expectations becomes much different and you suddenly introduce several variables of which you have little or no control over. Once money is involved you become a businessman (or woman), a marketer, and a customer service representative.

The music business is a business of relationships and you need to have good relationships with your fans as well as the venues at which you are hoping to play. Yet I see so many of you burning bridges by publicly blasting the venue operators for not giving you what you want instead of creating a better situation for yourselves. And you CAN make a better situation for yourselves. I know you can because there are bands out there right now “making it” just fine, only they aren’t sitting around bitching and moaning about the current state of things and are finding new ways to thrive in the evolving business environment.” - Wade Sutton of Rocket to the Stars