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Band Letter Newsletter #59

posted Sep 10, 2008, 5:17 PM by Vu Nguyen
From Ariel

September 10 , 2008

Newsletter #59

Hello from Ariel!

In This Week's Issue:

  6. New Media Pioneer: Michael Butler of Mevio and the Rock and Roll Geek Show


For all Bloggers, Podcasters, and Internet Radio sites we've got 90+ PODSAFE artists that have free downloadable music for your site available for you!

All music from each of our Cyber PR artists is made available to all of our Cyber PR New Media resources (i.e. bloggers, podcasters, internet radio, webzines etc.) FREE to download for promotional use on their site.

We also have been contacted by a few podcasters and bloggers who had no idea that ALL of our now 90+ (and growing) bands are also AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS!

Here is how you can interview any of our artists:

Login - Select the band you want to interview and press the "interview this artist" link on the left hand side and you can choose questions from an extensive list or you can make up your own

Login - Select the band you want to interview - "Setup a Phone Interview" link on the left hand side


Christina will be in DC and since her stay will be very short, she would love to meet up for a drink!

Friday, September 26, 2008
7:30 - 9:30 PM

Nellie's Sports Bar
900 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-NELL (6355)

Green Line to U St or Shaw

She’ll be on her mobile phone (718) 877-5605

Thanks and looking forward to meeting you all in person!

Please email her at and let her know you will be coming so we know who to expect!


Kristoffer Ragnstam
Rock, Alternative, Pop
It’s difficult to put Kristoffer Ragnstam simply. He is a Swedish rock musician who is at home in most parts of the world and within any musical genre, a drummer who was a born front man. He’s a singer-songwriter in the most literal sense of the designation: he writes the songs he sings, but the similarities between guitar strumming self-absorption and Ragnstam’s extroverted observations that bound over the confines of genre end there.

The Pimps of Joytime
Funk, Soul, Dance
The genre-defying Pimps of Joytime pay homage to funk, afrobeat, latin and hip hop, combining loops and live playing in a way that is seamless and infectious. The joyful noise you'll hear is a heady musical gumbo sure to get you moving. Their eclectic debut album "High Steppin'" is available now on Wonderwheel Recordings.

Featured Artist Video:
"Cry Little Sister (Cave Club Mix)" by G Tom Mac
G Tom Mac aka Gerard McMann's body of work as an artist & songwriter has covered a massive array of ground from his powerful Goth pop classic Cry little sister he wrote and performed for the movie the Lost Boys through the many diverse films & TV shows he has featured songs in from "Chasing Amy", to Ice Cube's "The Players Club" to mention a few, and a wide variety of TV shows that range from "Scrubs" to "The Shield." Along with a prolific amount of songs that have been covered by KISS, Carley Simon, Robert Plant & Roger Daltrey.


Featured Blog:

A Million Watts of Sound
Jen D. Rafanan lives and breathes all things creative. An established designer, photographer & illustrator, she has written numerous poems and short stories since childhood - some of which have been published. Jen has always had a love for the written word and possesses great passion for the way music is integral in her life. Revisiting her writing talents after a few years of focusing on other creative areas, she now focuses her written expression through poetry, blogging, and songwriting. -- LIFE. Love it. Breathe it. Live it. Bleed it.

Featured Podcast:
Indie Music Sampler Podcast
A former DJ and musician from near Portland, Oregon presenting samples of independent music hoping listeners will encourage artists and buy their stuff. Musically, the program is cenetered on the Pop genre, wandering into folk, blues and rock territories as well.

Featured Internet Radio Station:
Boomer Buddies
Boomer Buddies Barbershop Banter With Indiana Dave and Jim Two Baby Boomer Practicing Pundits talking about the topics you want to hear about and solving problems our elected officials can't seem to figure out. Tune in to hear songs from Cyber PR Artist Chris DeMarco

New Media Pioneer: Michael Butler of Mevio and the Rock and Roll Geek Show

As the premier social media community, Mevio is the only network providing single-click access to the best in new media in audio, video, podcasts, and music to be delivered to your computer, iPod, mobile device, or television.

Q: What is the background story of how Mevio came along?

A: Mevio was originally Podshow. The company was founded by former MTV VJ Adam Curry and his business partner Ron Bloom.

In 2004 Adam had been messing around with audio blogging, before the term podcasting existed. He and Dave Winer were experimenting with adding enclosures to rss feeds and podcasting was born. Soon, podcasters were starting shows and shortly after, Podshow was started. They signed some of the early producers including my show (The Rock and Roll Geek Show), Dawn and Drew, Yeast Radio and some others.

Back then, people were playing whatever music they wanted on their shows. Then people started getting worried that the RIAA may not like that so Adam and some other creative minds started a place for bands who actually wanted to be heard on podcasts to post their music and The Podsafe Music Network was born. Shortly after, Adam and Ron asked me to quit my job as a house painter and work with artists on the network. 4 years later, it is THE place for bands, record labels and content creators to connect.

Q: What do you see the future of Mevio being?

A: I can't speak for the entire company, since I only work on the music network but my goal is to have every record label, band and aritst on the network. I want independent content creators to have as much power in the music business as radio stations had in the good old days. It is my dream to have back catalog available to podcasters. I can't speak for everyone but as a content creator, I want to play not only up and coming independent artists but also bands that were a part of the soundtrack of my life.

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

A: I am partial to 70's rock and punk because that is what I grew up listening to. My favorite bands are still Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ramones and Joan Jett.

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have affected you most?

A: When I reach out to some of the major labels to try to get their artists on the Podsafe Music Network, some of them still think that posting an mp3 on a website is piracy. The indies have been posting mp3s on their own websites for a few years not but the majors are a little harder to convince. That being said, the majors are now starting new media departments so there may still be hope for the dinosaurs.

The Podsafe Music Network now deals with some of the largest digital music distributors and independent labels in the world and I am really proud of that.

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel podcasts has the same power?

A: I think the labels are slowly realizing that by releasing a song from their artists to blogs and podcasts does more good than harm and can actually help break a band. For example, last year, there was a band from Australia called Airbourne. No one in the US or Europe had ever heard of them. I started playing them on The Rock and Roll Geek Show and listeners seemed to really like them. They emailed the band and let them know they discovered them from my show. Soon after that, got a CD from the band's management and offered an interview with the band. I interviewed the band and continued to sing their praises. Now that band has taken the country by storm and has released one of the best selling independent hard rock records this year.


Ariel Hyatt founded Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR 12 years ago and her firm has worked with over 1,000 musicians and bands of all genres. The Ariel Publicity mission states that all artists deserve to be heard and there is a place for artists of every level to receive exposure. Ariel Hyatt has managed to place tens of thousands of artists in countless outlets from national magazines and TV to the most grassroots online fanzines. Her company is now 100% digital and helps artists increase their online exposure. She is also the co-founder of, a company that creates newsletters for musicians.

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