Seems like streaming music online is the new black. It is definitely the way the future of music is going. This is because so many people listen to music on so many different devices and at different times during the day. Streaming music online is the perfect way to be able to listen to your music on whatever device you want to.
This festival is based in the region of Umbria in Italy and like a lot of Italy, it is extremely picturesque. And it just seems to be the most perfect setting for the most incredible Jazz festival.
Every year, I have a hosted a large music festival here in Palm Springs, California for past five years. It has been a wild ride since the first event and I’ve learned a lot about the industry and the business along the way. Today I want to share with you one of the biggest mistakes I made during the first event that nearly ruined our event’s reputation, but ended up generating a ton of buzz. This is one of the weirdest stories, but I love to tell it as it shows how you can turn a horrible business mistake into a genus marketing success.
The first event as held in October of 2008 and we had a huge number of big name artists to perform at the show. Up to this point, it took an entire year of planning to get this thing off the ground. The hardest part was getting people to believe in us and sign the big artists. We knew that if we couldn’t sign any big names, the whole event would be a total failure. No one would buy $100 tickets to a concert where nobody knows the artists. Once we miraculously were able to get a confirmation and deal for some big names, we started printing flyers right away and sending them out all over the Internet. A day before the event, everything was ready, and we sold 10,000 tickets!
The event started out great for the first few hours, but after people started consuming their beers and drinking their whiskey, the problem came up. It wasn’t that we were running out of alcohol, it was that we didn’t have any where for our patrons to use the restroom! We totally slept on the idea that people need to pee after a few hours of drinking! So many people were furious. Luckily, we called up a local company using Local Porta Potty and the only company that was able to deliver the same day only had one available. We needed like 16! When the porta potty finally arrived, people were even more upset. There was only one available and everyone had to share. After the event was over, we didn’t hear the end of it on Twitter and our Facebook, it was a mess.
After the noise died down a couple months later, we had to start planning next years event. When it came time to start promoting it we were worried about the backlash again. “Would they remember the toilet situation and not forgive us?” I thought. It was then that I had a genius idea. Instead of promoting the big artists on the main page, we took a risky approach and promoted porta potties right in the middle of our marketing flyers. It said “featuring 16 porta potties” and it was the biggest image on the flyer. People started laughing and it made local new headlines and went viral. It ended up bringing us way more business than we expected. This is the perfect example of turning misfortune into gold. That second year, we sold 16,000 tickets.
Being on a movie set usually involves a lot of privacy. Directors and producers want to keep everything closed off to the public. They want the movie to be secret. Of course there are lots of reports and journalists always trying to get the latest scoop. This is why you will see portable temporary fences surrounding a lot of movie sets. The fences are designed to keep people and others out. This article will go over some of the best reasons to rent temporary fencing for your next movie. A temporary fence doesn’t have to be that expensive. It’s a great way to keep everything organized and safe. In fact, in some area it is required by law to have your project fenced off. Especially at night when no one is around. Since this temporary fencing is part of the cost of doing business you can use it as a tax write off. With a fence you get a clear and set area for a movie. This will make sure your actors and other crew stay where they are supposed to. This is particularly important if you are filming in a public location. For example, the famous central park or a european cathedral. There are other people going about their daily business and a fence will just help to no disturb others.
Many times when you are shooting a blockbuster movie you will get whole crowds of anxious fans trying to get in on some action. A fence is a great form of crowd control so you can protect your actors and make sure nosy fans don’t disrupt the filming process.
also, if you are ever in an emergency. A temporary fence will allow you to keep everyone safe, assess the situation correctly, and take the correct action. This could be a life or death situation. Say something when wrong with the explosions on set and someone got hurt. Well having a fence would keep everything controlled and allow emergency services to find you quickly.
There are many different options for temporary fencing, but some of the most popular are as follows:
Chain link: a chain link fence is one of the best temporary fences you can get. It is very sturdy and you can make them very high. You see these kinds of fences everywhere, from construction jobs, to government projects, to movie sets. This is the best option if you can afford it, but if you can’t don’t worry as there are also much more affordable options.
Orange Plastic: Another option is to use port a posts and then wrap orange plastic around them. Of course this is not going to be very sturdy but it will give people the idea and help establish the boundaries, which is the whole purpose of the fence anyways.
Those are some of the most popular options available, but your bet is to call a temporary fencing company such as temporaryfencingpros.com and see what they have to offer. Usually a professional company has lots of options you can customize according to the job you have.
Lets face it! every one has to go to the bathroom at one point or another, even movie stars! Many movies sets, especially when they are filming on far away locations have portable bathrooms. This allows everyone from the actors, to directors, to writers to be able to relieve them self when they need to. Most of the A list actors have their own trailers, which have their own private bathrooms, but you are still going to need portable restrooms for all the extras and others you will have on set. The great thing about portable restrooms is they aren’t as bad as you would think. Portable bathrooms can be customized to look very luxurious and be very homy. This article will go over some of the best solutions for people using portable bathrooms on movie and tv sets.
First of all your the portable bathrooms need to be portable. We have a few options in this department. You can either use a portable bathroom that can be loaded separately onto a trailer or a truck or you can get a portable bathroom that has it’s own wheels. With these kinds of portable bathrooms you can carry them around with almost anything. All you have to do is hook the hitch up and you’re good to go.
Now there are several options you can get with your toilet. Some of the most popular being:
Showers: You never know how long you are going to be on a movie set. When you are off in a far away location shooting, you are going to need a place for your crew to wash off the grime.
Heating and Cooling: Depending on where your shooting this may or may not be necessary. If you are shooting in a super cold environment you might want heating for your portable bathroom. If you are shooting in a super hot environment, then you’re probably going to want cooling.
Space is always a good thing to have. Some times people need somewhere they can go to relax, which brings us to our next amenity.
Privacy: This is a huge concern for everyone. When they go to the bathroom to do their business, they don’t want to worry about people peeping in.
There are just some options. Whichever company you work with, make sure they customize the portable bathroom to your needs and your movie set. Speaking of companies to work with. A world renowned portable toilet provider is portabletoiletco.com They have lots of experience and they are happy to work with movie producers. to make sure their portable bathroom experience is a good one.
The other night after hitting the local bars with me as the designated driver, while driving home my car died. I pulled to the side of the road and called for a tow truck to come pick up my vehicle. Let’s just say it wasn’t very fun babysitting 3 drunken friends while waiting on the side of the road for the tow truck. Meanwhile I was upset about my car dying mainly because this is the fourth time it died in the last year. When the tow truck driver arrived he heard me complaining about the car and I had decided to start looking for a new vehicle the next day. He told me about a place that gives cash for cars called Boomsold and told me he could tow it there for me if I wanted. I had nothing to lose because I certainly didn’t want him towing it to a garage where I could put more money in to the car so I told him to go ahead and tow it to the place that would give me cash for the vehicle.
The next morning I called the place up and told them that I was the owner of the mysterious vehicle that had been towed to their place the previous night. They invited me to come down and talk about what they would give me for the vehicle so I borrowed my brother’s car and drove over there.
I was very surprised about how straight forward the process was. We sat down and talked about the value of the car and then they showed me the different price points the car would fetch based on the different condition types. They assessed the current condition of the car with me standing next to them and their assessment was fair. From that point they made an offer that was 12% less than the book value of the car for the current condition it was in (because obviously they need to make some money on it as well) and told me that I had 14 days to consider the offer at which time the offer would be void.
I accepted their deal on the spot and they cut me a check. Overall the whole process took less than an hour and I walked out of there with one less headache that day. Now all I have to do is find a vehicle that is going to be reliable and within my budget. Luckily the tow truck driver told me about Boomsold so that I don’t have to deal with putting an ad up for the sale of the vehicle and have to deal with all the morons who want to come by and see the car or ask me 100 questions and negotiate. I spent less than an hour to get rid of that heap and I got a fair price out of the whole thing. I am super excited that I would probably go that route whenever I want to sell a vehicle in the future.
If you bought an iPhone 4s in the US then chances are it’s locked and can only be used with the carrier you bought it through. But locked phones prevent you from doing more than just switching cell providers, you also won’t be able to customize the background, icons, or sounds on your phone or download any apps that aren’t offered in apples app store.
The reason apple and the major cellular companies cite for deciding to lock iPhones is that they want to ensure your phone works as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Since all apps sold through iTunes must be reviewed and approved by apple they can help ensure they all work properly and don’t contain any malware or other software that will affect your phone’s functionality.
Ensuring apps work well on your phone is part of the reason apple decided to lock the iPhone 4s, but the bigger reason has to do with money. By requiring all app purchases go through the app store, apple is also ensuring that all app revenue goes through the app store. They have attempted to monopolize the app marketplace and remove any possible competition.
But fortunately there are steps you can take to unlock you phone which will allow you to use any cell carrier you want and download any app you can find. The process for unlocking your phone is called “jailbreaking”. To jailbreak iPhone 4S you need to take advantage of the iPhone 4s Jailbreaker. Doing so will unlock your phone and give you the freedom to use it however you see fit. I mean, it’s your phone, you paid for it, you should be able to use it anywhere and with any app you please.
So after you’ve gone through the jailbreaking process and your phone is unlocked what do you do next? Well, the largest collection of iPhone 4s apps on the web can be found using Cydia. Cydia is an app that works like the app store on your phone but in addition to apple authorized apps also has apps that haven’t been approved yet. Cydia refers to apps in their store as “packages”. Search for packages or browse through categories to find apps you’re interested in. Buying and downloading is very similar to using the apple app store and you’ll need to enter your contact information and credit card details to make purchases.
After unlocking your phone you’ll be all set to download your favorite music or video player. No more will you be solely reliant on iTunes, with it’s mediocre sound quality and restrictive video options. Explore new apps that let you stream music from your home computer or edit your own songs on the fly. By unlocking your phone you’ll be able to use it however you please.
The biggest concern most people have about buying unauthorized apps is that they will damage their phones. While this is a valid concern the likelihood of that ever happening is miniscule. But there are a few steps you should always take to protect yourself. First, only download apps from reputable sources. Large scale stores like Cydia do their own review of each app to make sure they’re safe and should be fine for you to use. Be hesitant of software that’s only available from the developers site and not listed in any app stores. That may mean they weren’t able to pass inspection.
Also pay close attention to app reviews. Other users who have had negative experiences with software are likely to report them in the comments so make sure to read through a few before deciding whether or not to download it.
Jailbreaking your phone will give you the freedom to us your iPhone 4s the way you want to use it, whether that includes taking your phone to a new carrier or downloading apps that aren’t offered in apple’s on-line store.
The Wire is another hit show by HBO. I have to say, I watched the entire box set (all 5 series) in about a 2 week period as it was just that addictive. Yes, by the end of it, I was so sleep deprived and was officially walking around like a zombie, but I just couldn’t stop watching.
Set in the neighborhoods of Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire is about the different facets that the city of Baltimore faces – drugs, the corrupt seaports, the governing system of the city, the dysfunctional school system and finally, the news media. There are consistencies across all the series with the police characters who are trying their hardest to combat the different and dysfunctional components of Baltimore.
The true power of The Wire is in its authenticity. The city of Baltimore has struggled for a long time with crime, drugs and corruption and The Wire accurately portrays this. The first series really sets the scene for the undercurrents of drugs and crime which are present in the other facets of Baltimore.
In the first series, you get a glimpse of the drug scene in Baltimore. Needless to say, it is so rife and widespread and you see many characters come and go. Some quickly (due to being murdered) and others last the entire series. But what is apparent, is their passion for drugs and money with a low appreciation for human life. Like in real life, people are killed daily in Baltimore, often with little remorse or consequence.
The second series shows how corrupt the seaports are. A sad realization which highlights the importance of a police presence in all forms of transportation. The third series shows corruption present in a different form, the state governing system. Once again, another sad realization of the current state of affairs and shows how flawed the governing system is. It also demonstrates how corruption and the lure of money permeates all echelons of society, even the upper classes. The fourth series shows how the school system is failing those who need it most – those in poverty who are desperately trying to better themselves and improve their situation. The fifth series is a great series which ties the show together.
Overall, the show depicts the many confronting aspects of human society when it is riddled with poverty, drugs, addiction – all which results in crime of the highest order. It certainly raises the question of how can a first world country like the United States, can have such poverty, low education, unhappiness and crime. It also dramatically highlights the stark disparities between rich and poor with the gap between them just continuing to widen. Whilst it is a first class show, it does leave you a little depressed due to the accurate depiction of the current state of many states in the United States. It is certainly giving themselves a good hard look in the mirror at some of the flaws in their society.
If you haven’t yet started watching or even heard of Breaking Bad, let me be the first to tell you to get your skates on, and either download the entire series, or get down to the shops to buy the entire box set. There is little point just buying the first season to see if you will like it, as I can almost guarantee that you will be hooked from the very first episode. It is so captivating that you can kiss goodbye the next couple of weeks, as you be watching back to back episodes on the edge of your seat. Seriously, it is that good!
So, what is the story about?
Don’t worry, I won’t be giving you any spoilers by telling you the premise for the show.
Breaking Bad’s main character is Walter White. White is a middle class high school chemistry teacher who gets diagnosed with cancer. He is given only a few years to live and is faced with expensive cancer treatment he is going to have to pay for. To add insult to injury, he has a son who has cerebral palsy and his wife is expecting their second child. Concerned that he will be leaving them with a financial insecure future, he decided that he has nothing to lose, and decides to make crystal methamphetamine. Crystal methamphetamine is a chemically produce class A drug which is highly lucrative and also, the latest drug crazy. Fortunately for Walter White, he is also privy to the knowledge of how to make it, given he is a chemistry genius and all.
He has this epiphany whilst doing a drive with his DEA agent of a brother in law and he sees just how lucrative crystal methamphetamine is. So, whilst he knows how to make chemically pure crystal methamphetamine, he needs to find a way to sell it. This where an unlikely duo are formed and Walter teams up with one of his former chemistry students, Jesse Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman is a young, crystal meth user himself who is simply looking for a way to get access to more crystal meth and also make a bit of money on the way. So, Jesse becomes the salesman of the famous blue meth, and Walter White is the brains behind the business. They really are an unlikely duo and their dynamic makes for compelling television.
As the seasons process, and Walter and Jesse develop a name for themselves in the crystal meth circles, it starts to get interesting. Like most situations where drugs are involved, the circumstances turn ugly and guns and egos play a major role. There are some seriously heart racing moments and I guarantee that you will not even want to stop watching for a toilet break.
What is interesting is the character transformation. Walter who starts the show as a kind, empathic, dedicated science teacher, turns into somewhat of a hard-nosed criminal who will do anything to protect his family and huge amount of income that he earned. I’m sure this is actually what happens in real life.
For those of you who have had your head in the sand or just ear plugs in your ears and you haven’t heard of Spotify, let me tell you, it’s awesome! Streaming music is the way of the future and sadly, I envisage will be the end of the humble retail music store. These days, with iTunes and companies like Spotify, people are just no longer buying hard copies of music, rather just downloading it onto their computers or mobiles. Times have really changed.
What is Spotify?
Spotify is a music streaming company where you sign up and get access to millions of songs, for a nominal monthly fee. You are not buying the music, you are buying the ability to listen to any music in the library (which is HUGE), whenever you want, and on any device (computer, tablet, mobile etc).
You can create playlists which is essentially downloading the music to your device. And you can have over 3,000 tracks from the Spotify library in a playlist on up to 3 devices. This means you can listen to those songs even when your computer is offline or on another computer which has Spotify installed. When creating a playlist however, it is recommended that depending on what data plan you have, that you download your playlist whilst on a Wi-Fi connection, to avoid going over your data limit.
One of the great things about Spotify is obviously their vast range of music available to listen to. In fact, they have 20 million licensed songs and so, they officially have the largest music library of any of the other streaming companies. It’s like having your own private iTunes library.
They also can make suggestions as to what music you may like, based on the music you listen to. This is a great way to discover new music. It also integrates with Facebook, so you can find new music based on your friends recommendations.
If you are unsure whether you will like Spotify or that you will use it to its full advantage, you are able to trial it for free for 6 months. Obviously the company want you to get so used to having it that you can’t live without it, but I actually think it is a great way to work out if you will like it or not. And depending on where you live, you may actually be able to get longer than 6 months for free. They launched recently in Australia and New Zealand and were offering their users free access for an unlimited time. Obviously that won’t remain that way, but they are clearly trying to expand into new markets very aggressively.
Spotify has been so successful, that there have been many new entrants into the market. In fact, Google are looking to grab a slice of the online music pie, so clearly there is a big future for this industry. Their main competitor is Pandora and there are pros and cons with both services.
This has been making headlines around the world, especially in Australia. This latest story highlights just one of the many reasons why I love Katy Perry. I just love a woman with attitude who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I especially love that as a celebrity, she is using her fame and influence for issues that she believes in, rather than just promoting herself. In my opinion, it is such a noble and effective way to get messages out to people.
Australia is approaching their national elections shortly and one of the contentious issues is same-sex marriage – seems like it’s an issue all around the world, not just here in the United States.
So, the story goes like this. Katy Perry was being interviewed by a mainstream and hugely popular radio station in Australia. During her interview, they were accepting questions from listeners on the show.
Turns out, one of the listeners was one of the candidates for the federal elections, Tony Abbott. Tony Abbott, who apparently is a devout Roman Catholic, is widely known to be opposed to same sex marriage (despite having a gay sister!). Anyway, Abbott asked Perry if she would be coming back to Australia any time soon and she cleverly turned the conversation around and back on Abbott by saying “Oh come on, that’s not a political question. Let’s talk about gay marriage. Yeah, buddy, that’s right. Love is equal! I love you as a human being, but I can’t give you my vote then. I just don’t believe in your policies, so that’s what a lot of people should be doing.” Ouch! Perry is obviously a huge supporter of gay marriage and has apparently taken part in rallies on the issue in the US.
I think she was really clever to be able to give Abbott such a quick comeback, especially during such a political time in Australia. I’m sure she would have caught him completely off guard. Abbott replied “Now you’re interviewing me!” and then proceeded to ask her if he could use her as his anthem.
In my opinion, Abbott’s response was a typical Politician response, by not actually answering the question. I mean, why didn’t he take the opportunity to talk about gay marriage? But importantly, she would have reached out to many of her fans (of which there would be thousands) and hopefully evoked some thought into their minds about marriage equality.
Anyway, I love Katy Perry even more for not taking the opportunity to promote herself or any of her up and coming albums at a time like that. But rather, use the air time by talking about something that she is so passionate about and clearly quite contentious is Australia’s forthcoming elections. Most other musicians would have used the opportunity to talk about themselves and what they are up to, rather than dismiss that entirely to talk about an issue that they are passionate about.
And by the way, her new album comes out in October and features her popular song “Roar”. I for one, cannot wait to hear it and will definitely be downloading it from the iTunes store as soon as it comes out.
Breaking up is never nice and sadly, more often than not, ends badly. And bands are no different.
Bands are often formed with the best of intentions and a mutual love of music. Jam sessions by band members are often bonding sessions were magic is made and dreams are conceptualized.
However, what happens with members don’t see eye to eye and decide to go their separate ways? You get a break up. Throw success and ego into the picture and things generally seem to get ugly.
I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 worst band break ups of all time
- The Beatles – I believe they are deserving of their #1 spot in worst break ups of all time. They were one of the most successful bands of all time, and the world was in shock when John Lennon announced the “divorce”. Some might say, many fans are still mourning their break up, especially since with the death of John Lennon, a reunion is never going to happen. And sadly, the “divorce” turned ugly pretty quickly and sadly, lawyers were involved and there were plenty of rumours about the break-up floating around as well. Nasty!
- Guns ‘N’ Roses – Such an iconic US band, they experienced huge success. G N’ R were renowned for their offstage antics and drug addictions. They had an equally dramatic break-up where they refused to attend the same events to avoid being in the same room as each other.
- Oasis – Who can forget the Gallagher brothers. Their rise to fame was epic and they produced hit after hit. However, sadly not all was so rosy between the brothers and they had a long history of altercations and many other band members quitting the band. There are many rumors as to what was the straw that actually broke the camels back, but apparently they got into a physical altercation and Liam smashed Noel’s guitar whilst backstage at a festival in Paris. And that was the end of Oasis. Noel stated on Oasis’ website that the band was over and that “I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer”. Ouch. Apparently they have not spoken since the event – sad, given they are brothers and all. I do know something, I do know that I’d hate to be sitting at their family table at Christmas time!
So there you have it. My list of the top 3 band break-ups of all time. Sure there are many more which could have made the list, such as The Sex Pistols, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police or The Pixies. But the band mentioned above were so epic, they were deserving of the top spots. Needless to say, when a band does break up, the people who are most upset are the fans. And I’m sure there are many fans still mourning the end of the bands mentioned above. I know I am mourning the end of The Beatles and Guns ‘N’ Roses. Obviously I don’t hold any hope for The Beatles reforming, but there is still a glimmer of home that Guns ‘N’ Roses may get back together, although after reading all the reports, it appears unlikely.