Saturday Night, Sunday Morning…

Linescratchers-Friendly Album Compilation Project Announced

Driftwood Tide Music has recently announced intentions to produce a 2 album set of music written and/or performed by LDS artists. One album will focus exclusively on gospel themes, while the other album will focus on secular music.  Basically, the goal is to showcase LDS artists in two settings, which are being loosely described as “Saturday Night” and “Sunday Morning”.   Linescratcher artists may find the “Saturday Night” album to be a great fit, and a great opportunity to showcase their talents.

Many artists lack the funds to do a full album, or even an EP, and produce it at a professional level – thus preventing them from having a decent product to sell, and material to promote themselves with.  This compilation will hopefully help mitigate this problem, while  showcasing talent, and providing opportunities.  These opportunities include being introduced to new fans, networking with other artists, improving your professional image, having merchandise to sell, and more.

All writers and performers need not be LDS to participate.   A song written by an LDS artist but performed by a non-LDS artist is fine, and vice-versa.  Bands need not be all LDS, but should have a significant LDS presence in the band.  These situations will be looked at on a case-by-case basis to see if it makes sense.

Ideally, this album will be mostly upbeat and energetic, but a solid ballad could be a welcome addition.  Even though this is considered secular music, the lyrics, music, and performance should still be  LDS friendly.. In other words, no off-color lyrics or themes, and no music that would be considered dark or chaotic.   Style wise, a fairly broad and diverse sound is desired, while still managing to have some cohesiveness by presenting a marketable sound that the Teen to Thirties crowd could enjoy.  Popular music in many variations is encouraged – rock, electronic, folk, dance, indie, singer-songwriter, indie-flavored rock, and even modern pop-country are all ok, so long as they can at least loosely fit in with or be associated with popular music.   In selecting the songs, extremes will likely be avoided in order to create an enjoyable collection that can garner wide appeal, while still attempting to create a diverse collection of music that will expose listeners to new sounds and styles.

This is a pay-to-participate opportunity, meaning that the cost of the CD manufacturing will be split among the artists.  The exact fee is yet to be determined but will be reasonable – an amount that could be easily met by simply selling a small portion of the merchandise that the artist will receive.  Driftwood Tide Music will handle the mastering at no additional charge to the artists.  For their participation fee, artists will get a stack of CDs and Download cards that can be sold directly by the artist for any amount they desire, with the full proceeds going straight to their pockets.   Artists will also get online sales through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, etc.  Proceeds from online album sales will be managed by Driftwood Tide Music and will be divided among the participants. Artists are responsible to provide a high quality recording of their song(s) for the album(s). These can be produced in a personal or commercial studio as the artist deems appropriate.

If you’ve been holding off on putting out a professional release, or if you just need something to keep your fans engaged in between full album projects, this is a great way to get a professional product to promote and sell, and most importantly, to help keep your fans engaged while opening doors to a whole new potential fan base.

Production does NOT need to be done through Driftwood Tide Music in order to be on the album.  In fact, they stand ready to provide referrals to other producers, studios, engineers, songwriters, etc, who can assist you with your project.  Additionally though, they are ready and willing to provide recording, mixing, producing, or other services as needed.  It doesn’t matter if you record your project at home or in a big studio, so long as the quality is at a high level. You are welcome to use an existing recording already (please just be sure to provide the UN-Mastered original mix so that it can be remastered).

Hopefully, this will be an appealing opportunity that can help expand awareness of Linescratchers artists, and provide opportunities to create new fans, and have a high quality product to sell.   We hope to get at least one independent artist who is more well known and established to participate in the album project, in order to help increase the exposure and distribution of the albums.

While the “secular” album from the set is a pretty obvious opportunity, please don’t discount the “spiritual” album as a non-opportunity, as the hope is that this album will be pushing the limits of the “typical” LDS spiritual album sound & style a little as well, and may still be a good outlet for some slightly non-traditional LDS spiritual music.

To be clear – this is not an official linescratchers sponsored project, even though we hope it will create opportunities for feature articles and music reviews on the site for those who participate, and more importantly – we hope it will help generate some great new music, and garner more attention for the site and for our collective efforts in showcasing some of the great LDS talent lurking in the shadows. All questions should be routed to Matt Mylroie / Driftwood Tide Music, either through the contact information on Linescratchers.com, or through the “contact” page at http://www.driftwoodtidemusic.com.

Matt Mylroie is a producer/engineer/musician/songwriter based in Florida, and a semi-regular contributor to linescratchers. 
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Saturday Night, Sunday Morning…

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: LDS Singers/Bands Needed

Calling all LDS musicians, singers, and bands – you are needed! Would you like to have one of your songs featured as a bonus track on an album that is expected to have significant sales?

I am producing an album project right now of pop/rock music that is targeted towards Christian teens, and LDS Young Women in particular. The album is in the pre-production stages currently, but recording in earnest is expected to begin early next month, with a single out in April and the full album out in May. The general theme of the album is to promote the values taught within the Young Women Program, but in a non-preachy, upbeat way.

We also would like to use this album project to help aid listeners in the discovery of new, exciting, and positive music – YOUR music! That’s right, we aren’t looking for slow, stuffy, or stereotypical “Sunday only” music, we are looking for strong songs that are fun, engaging, fresh sounding, and positive. They don’t need to have a Christian or LDS specific message, they simply need to avoid the pitfalls of worldly music and leave the listener engaged, inspired, or entertained with a positive, LDS youth friendly message.

I need your help. We have 3 to 4 slots available, and the planned album release will be here before you know it. If YOU or someone you know might be interested, please see the following link to see the general album concept, and also get full details on the inclusion of other artists.

This album is being written and produced with the assistance of LDS youth, and will feature vocal performances by LDS youth. The message will connect, and the music will be happening. We expect good distribution of the album as the word gets out and really feel this is an EXCELLENT opportunity for a new or lesser-known LDS artist to get some great exposure.

Click HERE for more information.

Please check it out and direct any questions to me through the kickstarter site or through my contact information on this page.

Thanks, and we look forward to helping promote your music as part of this project!

 

Matt is a music producer, engineer, and writer.  This album project will feature not only his work but the work of some youth, including his 2 daughters.

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: LDS Singers/Bands Needed

Blurring the Lines

Linescratchers is known as “the site for LDS musicians who don’t make LDS music” , but… with all due respect for that motto, perhaps a better motto should be “the site for LDS musicians who don’t make TYPICAL LDS music.”

Recently, our own fearless leader and visionary founder,  Arthur Hatton, proved this with his own album release of spiritually influenced music that certainly doesn’t sound anything like the “typical” LDS music.   He has blurred the lines.

My own recent album release, a pet project that was long overdue, also blurred the lines – not so much in a spiritual sense as Arthur did, and not by directly speaking or preaching of gospel doctrines, but with most lyrics clearly drawing on themes and values that are expressly taught and encouraged as part of LDS teachings, certainly my own project was “in the world but not of the world”.   In fact, I’m working on a new project now that will push this concept more than I have ever done before, but that is a story for another day.

As Linescratchers has recently moved into a new chapter of leadership and direction, I have reflected on the meaning and value of the site as we move forward, and frankly, I think that the blurring of lines is a good thing.  How does one define when music is or is not “church related” music?  While I certainly create categories in my mind, it is ultimately impossible for me to completely separate “church” and “secular” music in my own original works. Why? Because as a believer and a follower, it is impossible for my belief system to not impact my creative works.

My understanding is that this site was created somewhat out of frustration that it seemed that anyone who claimed to be both LDS and a musician was instantly stereotyped into a very narrow box. There has been for some the perception that being LDS and living/working/creating outside of that box would lead to being ostracized.  In all fairness, neither of these perceptions translate 100% into reality across the board, but as an LDS musician, I certainly have seen and experienced this to some degree at some time or another.  The linescratchers mission has been to help bring awareness to LDS musicians who don’t fit that box, but whose work is still a worthy art.

So, has the linescratchers mission been watered down, become outdated, or forgotten?  I say absolutely not!  I think it is great to see more acceptance of LDS musicians making music that contains spiritual themes, but doesn’t quite fit the perception of what LDS music is “supposed” to sound like.  I think that it is great to see the blurring of the lines – remember, we aren’t talking about blurring the lines between right and wrong or good and evil. We are talking about blurring the lines between what is considered secular music and what is considered church music. If we are diluting the church message with secular music – that is the equivalent perhaps of mingling the philosophies of men with scripture, and is not a good thing.  But if we are enhancing secular music to include more spiritual and value driven content, that is a wonderful thing indeed. And, if we are tastefully expanding the available options of styles of spiritual music, that is also a wonderful thing.  We are taking a good thing, and making it better by expanding it.

God gave us talents, and he intends for us to use them.  I challenge LDS musicians to not be afraid to blur the lines in the right way.  Don’t be afraid to wear your faith like a badge of honor, and let little messages, spiritual moments, and a strong value system creep into your “secular” music.  Music that is raw, real, and honest connects better with listeners anyway, and little in life is more personal, and real than someones deeply held beliefs.

I will continue to make music that is not intended to be spiritual or church oriented but upon close examination, it will be hard to overlook the beliefs and the lifestyle that influence who I am and how I create.  Yes, blurring the lines is a good thing. I am both a secular AND and religious artist – I’m proud of it, and in doing so I will help to continue to fulfill the mission of linescratchers in my own little way.

 

Matt Mylroie is now a full time music professional, operating under the name of Driftwood Tide Music. You can learn more at http://www.driftwoodtidemusic.com

 

 

 

Blurring the Lines