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“The secret to tuning vocals is not to go too far. Sometimes things aren’t tunable and believable. Most of the great records that we’ve grown up with have loads of tuning issues.”Ian Shaw, producer. Interviewed in MC Feb. 2013
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Music Connection is seeking a bright, motivated individual to intern with our staff at Music Connection’s offices in Van Nuys, CA. This is an unpaid position for school credit ONLY. Individual will experience a dynamic environment that includes: proof-reading and fact-checking, social media tasks, web maintenance, artist & reader relations, phone calls, attending music industry events, and more. Hours are flexible. This is a rare opportunity to take part in the day-to-day operation of both the print and online activities of a prominent music industry resource. If interested, email a brief cover letter to markn@musicconnection.com.

 

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MC’S FRIDAY FREEBIE: LAST WEEK’S WINNERS, THIS WEEK’S PRIZE
Last week’s winners of CAD Sessions MH510 headphones were Al Sparks of Florida and Jeremiah Lind of Hudson Valley, NY. MC’s next Friday Freebie is courtesy of Fargen, manufacturers of professional tube amplifiers. The company is giving away its FXUL8TR, a revolutionary way to add studio quality effects to any amplifier setup, without the need for a built-in effects loop. Retailing for $350.00, this unit takes the traditional concept of a wet/dry/FX rig to the next level. So ENTER NOW! Go to the Music Connection website and look up in the top right corner for the words “FRIDAY FREEBIE.” This drawing happens THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 1st. Winners are announced every Friday after 1 p.m. on the Friday Freebie page. musicconnection.com.
N.Y.C. FEMALE DJ CONTEST FEB 1ST
Los Angeles event production company, Soul Spinners Society, is launching Madam of the Mix Open Turntables in New York City. Lady DJs of all levels are invited to sign up and showcase their skills. The event is first-come first-served and DJs should be prepared to rock a 30-minute set. The first event will take place Feb. 1st. Clique Vodka is the spirit-sponsor for the evening, and sponsor Amoeba Records has donated gift cards valued at over $100 for the DJ voted “crowd favorite.” The night will also feature guest sets by Los Angeles based DJ’s Jahkova & Brazilia. Bar 2A (25 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009) in the East Village is the venue. Registration begins at 10pm day of show. To pre-register, visit www.soulspinnerssociety.com.
INDIE-POP SEEKS SPRING 2013 INTERNS
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FEMALE DRUMMER CONTEST OPENS
Hit Like A Girl 2013, the second annual global contest for female drummers, begins accepting entries online on Feb. 1st. The event is produced by DRUM! Magazine in conjunction with TRX Cymbals and Tom Tom: The Magazine for Female Drummers, with the support of major drum equipment companies. Finalists will be judged by a panel of world-renowned drummers including Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s), Elaine Bradley (Neon Trees), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Kim Thompson (Beyonce), Shauney Recke (Pussy Cat Dolls, will.i.am), Meytal Cohen (independent), Dawn Richardson (Four Non-Blondes, Tracy Chapman) and Hannah Ford (Prince, Bellevue Suite). Winners will be announced in mid April on http://Drumchannel.com.
GRAMMY WEEK EVENT FROM WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION
Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market and partners are holding a GRAMMY® week benefit on February 6, 2013 at East West Studios in Hollywood to support Whole Planet Foundation’s global micro-lending programs. Featured performers include Ozomatli, Meiko along with more artists and special honorees. Produced by Clamorhouse and Planet LA Music, with support from brand partners including Gibson Pro Audio, Sambazon, Chivas Regal, Hubert’s Lemonade, VOSS Water, Popchips, KIND Healthy Snacks, Thrillcall and Viddy apps, and more. Private event with very limited passes available to industry guests. For details, email: contact@planetlamusic.com.
BUTCH VIG DISCUSSES PRODUCING, DRUMMING, MUCH MORE
In the February issue of Music Connection–now available in Guitar Centers and bookstores nationwide–producer-engineer-drummer Butch Vig talks Nirvana, Green Day, Garbage and gives candid advice to other producers on the rise. “You can try to predict how a record will flow and what’s going to happen, but inevitably it always ends up being…” read more at http://www.musicconnection.com.
RADIO SHOW FOR GUITARISTS LOGS FOURTH EPISODE
Music journalist, guitarist, songwriter, and actor Oscar Jordan continues to bring the funny on Oscar’s Guitar Shop. The fourth installment aired on Jan. 4th on LATalkRadio, which has a significant traffic rank and reaches millions of listeners, averaging upwards of 12,000 to 30,000 downloads a month per show. This Internet radio talk show mixes music, guitar talk, gossip, humor, and information on the latest guitar accessories. Sponsored by Music Connection, upcoming Oscar’s Guitar Shop shows have these guests tentatively scheduled: Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Ron Thal (Guns & Roses) Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea), Johnny Winter, Brian Ray (Paul McCartney), and Neal Schon (Journey). For more info contact Oscar Jordan: 818-259-5622 / oscarsguitarshop@gmail.com; http://www.oscarsguitarshop.com; http://www.facebook.com/oscarsguitarshop.
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On Feb. 5 during Grammy week, the Grammy Museum will host the premiere of a documentary titled “Happy On The Ground: 8 Days At Grammy Camp.” It chronicles 83 hand-picked high school musicians from around the US who were brought together by Grammy Camp to write original material alone and together, and produce a showcase concert in only eight days. In the documentary, the group is mentored by Gavin Rossdale, Barry Manilow, Boyz II Men, Dave Koz and Dave Krusen of Pearl Jam. The film was created as a tool to encourage funding in public schools for music education, and showcases the raw talent that is waiting to be discovered. Below is the media alert with more details and here is a teaser for the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjDcWYtLkgA.
USA SONGRITING CONTEST ACCEPTING ENTRIES
Entries are currently being accepted for the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Winning songs of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Café” as well as Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Visit http://songwriting.net+ for a complete list of winners.
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BRAND-NEW ISSUE, UPDATED DIRECTORY
Music Connection’s new February issue–featuring legendary producer Butch Vig on the cover–contains our exclusive Directory of Producers & Engineers. Like all the info in MC, this updated list of professionals can help any career-minded individual make something happen. See the newest guide at http://www.musicconnection.com/amp or through our Digital Edition
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GLORIA BENNETT, VOCAL COACH TO AXL ROSE, ANTHONY KIEDIS, EXENE, VINCE NEIL…
Gloria Bennett, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 25th, in San Diego, CA. Gloria was a noted voice teacher and author in Hollywood for over forty years. She was a regular advertiser in the pages of Music Connection magazine. Her students included Exene Cervenka, Susan Rhee, Keb’ Mo’, Dexter Holland from the Offspring, Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses, Vince Neil from Motley Crue and many, many others. She came from a musical family. Her mother was a piano teacher and her father sang in the chorus for The Metropolitan Opera Company. Formal training for Gloria as an opera singer began at the age of thirteen in New York. Some of Gloria’s highlights included performing with the Amato Opera Company, hosting her own radio program devoted to classical music, and helping form the Sacramento Opera Company. A coloratura soprano, Ms. Bennett studied with such greats as Queena Mario, Galena Prengel, Gunda Morden, Rosalie Miller, Felix Popper and Maestro Nicolai Palumbo. She is survived by her children Margo Essman (Gene) from San Diego and Martin Bennett (Linda) from Las Vegas.
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Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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