The Blacklight – Aurovine. The debut album from West Yorkshire & Manchester band the Blacklight. Intrinsically northern in attitude and ambition, the Blacklight capture a vibrancy and energy reminiscent of some of the great musical giants of the north of England. From the laugh out loud funny ‘Older Women’ to the pop-emotional intensity of ‘Tooley’s Tune’, written for the death of a teenage friend in a tragic hit and run accident, from the angry rant of ‘Twisted Animation’ to the chilled and easy style of ‘Smoke Rings’ and ‘Summerblime’, the sheer scope of this debut album makes it an unusual one, and the originality of the songwriting gives it a style all of its own.
Bill Madison has released a specially recorded track to help the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. Inspired by the storms that have ravaged this country over the years and how people need to come together to overcome both natural and human adversities. All proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund – Aurovine.
Idoleyes – Aurovine. An artist influenced by rap music in the 90’s. Experiments in styles ranging from Westcoast, New York, and southern rap.
Internet radio station globegigradio is running 2 shows per week featuring Aurovine artists. The two shows are broadcast between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday (The Unsigned and Independent Review Show) and on Sunday at the same time the Aurovine Chart Show is broadcast with a rundown of the top 30.
The show is presented by indie music specialist Dave Blundell and on Thursday he is joined by Aurovine founder Ken Foster.
The show is broadcast from the globegig website and fans/bands can join in by using the chatroom on the webcam page. The show is also pioneering a video section using the webcam feed. There is also a live interview feature, music industry news, competitions and advice for unsigned and independent artists.
Previous podcasts can be found at this address.
As part of our ongoing development programme we have announced new features this week.
We’re delighted to release our music player widgets ahead of schedule. Many of our competitors who have been around a lot longer than us still don’t offer this feature. Our artists have reached out to us and they’ve told us they want promotion and they don’t want to pay for it. We already pay our artists the best rates on the web but we agree that this isn’t enough. We’ll be rolling out our free viral marketing system in the next few months and the first stage of that is our widget integration.
Our widgets are automatically created for all our artists and they can even promote individual tracks or whole albums. The widgets are iframe based and can be used with Facebook, WordPress, Joomla and all html sites. All the widgets are free for everyone. If you have 100 tracks you’ll get 100 free widgets.
We have 2 colour themes ready now and we’ll be introducing more sizes and themes as our development work continues.
An example of the widgets in action is shown above. You can also view one as part of a web-page here
We’ve grown rapidly since launching in May and now host over 1500 tracks.
Our feedback shows that this is what bands and fans have been waiting for and the more features we add, the more sign-ups we are getting. People see us as fellow fans and appreciated we are trying to level the playing field for everyone.
There’s a lot of pent up anger surrounding the streaming services out there and we’ve provided a solution to an industry struggling to come to terms with its own evolution.
We also have our first social login facility for fans. They can collect badges and kudos just by listening to tracks and sharing links socially. Fans can log into the system via Facebook on the homepage.
Another feature coming in ahead of schedule is our label integration. Independent labels can now take advantage of Aurovine’s groundbreaking innovations and manage all their artists from one login. More details here.
Aurovine’s Start A Label Initiative
Another remarkable feature will come as a big boost to students, graduates and music fans looking to survive during our crippling recession. Aurovine have introduced an initiative for individuals or small companies to launch their own record label. All the setup costs are free and they can start earning straight away. More information on the system can be found here.