Kidzlikedanny2 Launched

The charity ‘Kidzlikedanny’ was formed in January 1997. It was started by Lin and Dave Lloyd, parents of Daniel Lloyd with the help of brothers Matt Tyler (Matthew Lloyd) and Jacob Lloyd. Daniel was born on the 2nd of December 1987 at City Hospital, Birmingham, and is autistic.

A total of over £1600.00 ($3200.00) has been raised by the Kidzlikedanny charity so far. Organisations who have benefited from KLD are Baskerville Special School (Birmingham), Gorse Farm Residential Home (Marston Green), Uffculme Special School (Birmingham), Longmoor Special School, The Pines, The Birmingham Centre For Arts and Therapies, and The Northern Support Group, Poplars Residential Home and many more…..

The money is used to purchase specialised equipment or items not covered in the school or organisations normal budget. Sometimes the money is used to fund trips out, for families with autistic children. The cost of these days out can be quite expensive, as much manpower is very often needed.

Most recently “Kidzlikedanny” has turned its hand to CD’s and Digital downloads to generate funds. All releases are on Dannyboy Records.

Last years effort Kidzlikedanny (1), is on sale at all good digital music stores including iTunes, Napster, eMusic etc…

All arists on the CD’s donate a track and all its proceeds from the CD sales and digital sales to the Kidzlikedanny funds. Kidzlikedanny (1) acts featured were Jacob Lloyd, Scorched Earth, Subrosa, Motorcycle Stunts, Hey Pablo, Rozagy, Blue Nation, Hoden Lane, Matt Tyler, Satchel Blue, Apollo, Voices In The Fog, Karl Bayley, David Garside, Amoa, Angels Exist.

The follow up release “Kidzlikedanny 2” has just been released (March 2008). The line up this time (Aaron Yorke, Cracked Actors, Caroline 7, Crisis Blues Band, Everett, Ian Babington, The Kidzlikedanny Choir, Kristy Gallacher, Matt Geary, Mavoxor, Onion Child, Quill, Raging Angel and Raymond Froggatt.

Every track downloaded makes a difference as 0.79p ($1.58) goes straight into the Kidzlikedanny fund from every song purchased!

Without the support of many fantastic friends and family, KLD would not be able to help support organisations, whose aim it is to make autistic children’s lives as happy and fulfilling as possible.

Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2 can be found on all good digital music stores worldwide including iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Amazon, 7 Digital etc….

Itunes link for Kidzlikedanny 2:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=275544399&s=143444

For info or queries email at: davelloyd4928@yahoo.co.uk

or kidzlikedanny@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 07847 340 664.

More info can be found about the albums (Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2) at www.kidzlikedanny.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

Dannyboy Records Myspace can be found here: www.myspace.com/dannyboymanagement

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The NBT Music Columns : The CyberPR Blog (Ariel Publicity)10

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Man Behind The Monitor:  Zack Daggy of MothPod Today we’re interviewing the creator of The Mothpod Podcast to learn a little about his show and ‘the New Media Water Cooler’ 

Trevor:  What got you into podcasting and how did The Mothpod get it’s start? 

Zack:  Well, I’ve been listening/watching podcasts since 2005, but I actually became involved with it in 2006. You see, I was interviewing for a scholarship at the journalism department of my university and the topic of how their online paper could be improved came up. The first thing that popped in my head was podcasting. So long story short, I left there being put in charge of putting together their first podcast, The only trouble was I didn’t know the first thing about RSS! So during the summer of 06 I had a crash course in podcasting that finally ended with me starting my own test podcast called The Mothpod. Funny thing is that this little “test” podcast started gaining an audience. Now 70+ episodes later I’m proud to say that The Mothpod has a solid fan base that it’s still growing.

 T:  What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a podcaster? 

Z:  Time. To be a podcaster, you have to be willing to dedicate quite a bit of time. A typical episode of The Mothpod takes a full week to create. 5 days of pre-production (selecting music, collecting audio bits, etc) 1 day to write the show notes/credits, and 1 day to actually record the show. For special episodes like my Rocktober episode, some times the pre-production work can take as long as a month.

 T:  You seem to be very active on Twitter, what got you into it? 

Z:  I first heard about Twitter on Geek Brief TV with Cali Lewis. It was introduced as “micro blogging,” and it seemed like something worth checking out. Of course, Twitter isn’t much like a blog, but more like a passive chat room. This I found incredibly addictive.

 T:  Why is Twitter important for a Podcaster, Internet Radio Station, etc.? 

Z:  I like to refer to Twitter as “The New Media Water Cooler.” Almost everyone in new media uses Twitter to talk about what is going in there lives, or whatever gossip they my have overheard. It’s just a really great way of staying connected with your peers.

 T:  Has it impacted your listenership for the Podcast? 

Z:  In a six degrees of separation sort of way, I suppose it has. Through twitter I’ve been able to more easily collaborate with other podcasters, and thus produce a better show. Anytime you can improve your podcast, you’re bound to pick up more listeners. Of course, the increased Web presence of being on any social network helps too.

 T:  Are there any other social media/networking sites your very involved with that isn’t widely known yet? 

Z:  The latest one I’ve been playing around with has been Utterz. If Twitter is micro blogging, then Utterz is micro podcasting. You can post text, images, or audio in each post. Plus it will forward your posts to your Twitter page. It’s pretty cool.

 T:  What’s next for MothPod? 

Z:  Next for The Mothpod is project Mothpod New Year. It’s an extended New Year’s special that will feature 15+ tracks not yet available on The Podsafe Music Network. I contacted a bunch of bands and artists I worked with in 2007, and they were kind enough to supply some exclusive tracks to bring in 2008. So I’m really excited about it.

 

Check out Mothpod New Year, and all the other episodes at http://www.mothpod.podshow.com/

The NBT Music Columns: Thoughts From M.I.A.M.Inc

miaminc.jpg Martin Johnson from the Digital label Money Is A Must outa Cleveland writes for us. this week: Myspace

You may have 40,000 MySpace friends who know your face (until you change your main pic), but do they have a connection with you or your music?  PT Barnum once said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens—nothing!” As a master promoter, Barnum understood the importance of making a splash and just how to do it. With the right advertisement or exhibition, he could easily attract people to his circus the first time, but what about after that? How would he get people to keep coming back for more? He knew that he would have to offer an unforgettable experience, something that was more than they had ever expected.

I think a lot of people have the wrong idea about how to promote music on MySpace. I think Bob Baker of TheBuzzFactor.com said it best: “The only thing that determines your material success with music is the number of fans you have who are willing to spend money on your CDs and merchandise and pay admission to your live performances. That’s it. It doesn’t matter who your manager is, who produced your CD, how many radio stations are playing your songs or what critics are writing about you. None of that matters in the long run.”

The goal of your MySpace page should be to build a strong fan base not to make a lot of friends. Fans buy your music and pay to hear your perform live; friends expect a free copy and want to get into your shows free. Some artists believe that if they obtain a certain number of friends and get so many plays, a record company will sign them. That is not true! I know that you hear lots stories about how people are discovered on MySpace, but most of those claims are overblown by the media. I guarantee that those artists were not exclusively promoting their music on MySpace.

When people visit your MySpace page let them experience you and your music. How do you convert a visitor into a fan? The same way you write a good song or make a good friend—you share a piece of yourself with that person. Write blogs that tell visitors about your hopes, dreams and goals and how you’re planning to accomplish those goals. When people see that you’re trying and have a plan in place, they are more likely to want to help you achieve those goals. 

Give them some music for free. People do not buy music based on a 60-second clip. Giving away music gives you, the artist, a chance to get that special one-on-one time you’re your visitor during their drive to work, a workout, or while they are doing house work. You don’t have give these visitors the original song from your album, but you can give them a live version or an acoustic version. Just give them something they can download and listen to whenever they want. Remember, purchasing music is three-step process: hear, like…then buy. They might have to hear a piece of your music twenty times before they like it enough to buy it. So give them a chance to really like your music. 

Send them to your web page. Keep in mind that one hundred friends on MySpace who truly like your music and who are willing to pass the word along to others are far more valuable than 40,000 strangers who claim to be your friend but who have never visited your MySpace page long enough to hear your music.