Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Podcast action - 211015

Sponsored by "Miles Davis".

Material from D(O)UB(T) has featured on a number of recent podcasts, to wit:-

Clicking on the links should take you to the podcasts, but not directly to the D(O)UB(T) tracks. I think you are big enough and bold enough to find the tracks yourselves.

Great big greasy shoutouts to Steve Somerset, Don Campau and Lucas Biela for playing the tracks.

More to come? Who knows?



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gomorrah EP - 171015

Sponsored by "Music (random)".

Here it is -  the final EP release to promote D(O)UB(T). Out now on Bandcamp...

Additional tracks are Is Everybody Happy Yet?, The Book Of Passwords and an instrumental demo version of Gomorrah.

Hope you enjoy it.

More news when I have it...



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's a wrap (pretty much...) - 230915

Sponsored by "Four".

I've just sent the last of my planned promo e-mails, thus wrapping up the promo campaign for the album. What happens after this depends on reactions to those e-mails and to any other spontaneous promo actions I might take going forward. Undoubtedly, there will be occasional postings on this blog as significant events occur, but as far as I can see, this will be the last you will be hearing about D(O)UB(T). Until the next thing you hear...;-).

It's been a blast doing this project, and while I feel a certain amount of sadness as it reaches its end, I am satisfied with a job well done. Some people have been known to say nice things about the album (shock horror).

I will leave you with this celebratory mugshot (literally).

Till the next time - au reservoir!



Saturday, September 19, 2015

"D(O)Ub(T)" on iTunes/Promo progress - 190915

Sponsored by "Last Played 2015".

So it seems that an album called D(O)Ub(T) is up on iTunes. It's D(O)UB(T) by any other name, thanks to my good buddies in CD Baby...

...when I was uploading the album, it kept forcing the title to read as "D(O)ub(T)", I asked CD Baby to change this, which they did in fairness to them, but it ended up as D(O)Ub(T) on iTunes. It has to be said that something similar to this happened in relation to Optimism 1 - Experience 0. I presume that this is a "thing" with iTunes. Slightly annoying, but no big deal.

In other news, the Facebook/Twitter stages of the promo campaign are over. Getting some nice reviews from punters, but no action from the meeja. This is not unexpected... Currently, I'm slogging my way through a list of e-mail addresses I data-mined a few years ago. Most likely a lot of these are obsolete by now, but there's only one surefire way to find out...;-).

Finally, and I don't want to jinx this, but there is a distinct prospect of an audio interview on a podcast over the next week. Further details as they emerge.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mare Nostrum on The Eclectic Eel/Promo progress - 090915

Sponsored by "Music (random)".

Just found out that MARE...was played last night on The Eclectic Eel. You can listen to a stream of the show here:-

Big thank you to Graham Lovatt for doing the honours!

In other news, the mailing list and Facebook stages of the promo campaign have been completed. Next stop - Twitter.



Monday, September 7, 2015

D(O)UB(T) is (o)u(t) and ab(o)u(t) - 070913

Sponsored by "Music (random)".

So D(O)UB(T) has finally been unleashed on the world. And here it is in all its "sonic glory"...

The album is initially released via Bandcamp with a number of bonus tracks, full artwork and access to a free download (via Mediafire or Dropbox) of a full album mix.

I am currently uploading the album to CD Baby to facilitate release, within the next few days, via the usual major digital retailers. The CD Baby version will not have the bonus features, so if you really want those, ya gotsta go to Bandcamp, aiiii...?

In the meantime, if you want to hear streams of the full album mix, you can go to Soundcloud...

...or to Mixcloud... you can't say you haven't got a choice, can ya?

I hope you get a chance to listen to the album. If you like what you hear, be sure to tell your friends. And let me know too...;-).

More news when I have it.



Friday, September 4, 2015

Release date and preparatory work - 040915

Sponsored by "Music (random)".

I can now confirm that D(O)UB(T) will be formally released on next Monday, 7 September.

The album will be initially released via my Bandcamp page. The Bandcamp version will have some exclusive bonus tracks and will also offer the purchaser the option of a separate (i.e. not via Bandcamp) download of a full album mix, with all relevant crossfades. The full album mix will be available to stream via Mixcloud also.

After the Bandcamp upload, I will be using CD Baby to distribute the album to a variety of digital retailers, including, principally, iTunes. The CD Baby version will be the basic version of the album. I have to say that, barring one issue which was my own fault, I have always found CD Baby very decent and quick to work with. The album should be available on iTunes within a day or two of uploading to CD Baby.

Once all that has been done, my promo work will start. I'll do the easy stuff first - Facebook and Twitter. Then comes the slog of contacting websites and blogs, via a contact list which I've built-up over the last few years. Truth to tell, those contacts have been next to useless for me in terms of getting attention/reviews/whatever, but I feel I owe it to the album to try and push it is as far as I can within the limits of my resources (i.e. zero resources). To that end, I have put together a press kit of the album, featuring high-resolution MP3s, graphics and pictures and a short one-page press release. This has been uploaded to Megafire and Dropbox.

I had to make a slight change to one of the graphics re. credits.  I also had to encode one or two tracks at 320 kbps (they were only at 192 kbps).

Speaking of graphics, in case you haven't seen the album cover anywhere else on the internet, here it is...

Just in case anyone gets offended by the use of Christian imagery on an album cover (there's no accounting for people's capacity to take offence), the Bandcamp version of the album will feature as a bonus an alternative album cover. I'm getting all Barney Bubbles/Do It Yourself on yo' ass...

The link to the Bandcamp page will go up on Monday, so be patient until then...;-).