It’s that wonderful time of year where love is in the air! Yes that’s right, and just to help settle the mood with that special someone, here is a list of songs that will make your ‘Red’ hot Valentine’s day perfect. So sit back and relax and let these musical gems do all the work.
1. “Lady in Red” – Chris DeBurgh:
2. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Elton John
3. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams
4. “Just For Me” – Al Green
5. “Red Red Wine” – UB40
So how will you be spending your Valentines Day? We have a hot date with Paradise Fears and Sunderland at their sold out show. Check them out for more tour dates!
Here at the Red Room, we’ve put on some pretty incredible shows. We’ve seen everyone from Snarky Puppy (recent grammy winners) to Ingrid Michaelson to Young The Giant. No matter who’s performing, the only thing we care about is that the music is great and the bands totally rock. After all, our slogan is “we live for live music,” after all. Not only do we love going to the shows, but we love learning from them as well. We’ve seen a lot throughout our 5 years, and for this week’s Friday Five, we’re bringing you some firsthand advice (from our talent buyers themselves!) on how to put on an unforgettable live show.
1. Promoting, promoting, promoting.
With the current technology of the internet and social media, it is important for you, your band or group to have a good bio. Your bio should consist of your influences and musical style. If you showcase any previous or upcoming music make sure it’s relevant to your current status. Lots of pictures and videos will help capture the attention of your audience, promoters and possible producers. It’s also worth thinking about helping your fellow friends, who might be other artists or might be admin at a venue; It makes you look good and also it might help you in the long run with future performances.
2. Stage presence!
So now your show is booked! Now it might be worth considering what you might look and sound like. Depending on your style, might you wear the tightest skinny jeans known to man with a ‘scraggy’ t shirt or dress like a CEO of a multi-million dollar business?
3. Banter with the audience.
Every audience in the entire world wants you to engage with them. Turn the frown upside down and make the crowd feel comfortable with your music and your presence.
When Sonicbids asked the question “what makes the Red Room unique?” to our talent buyer Jackie Indrisano, her response shows the positive energy bands have when they perform at the Red Room.
Jackie says, “the bands feel completely connected to the fans; it’s a connection that we’ve been able to nurture. And again, behind the scenes, it’s nurturing how the whole staff treats the fans and the bands. It’s a very warm, wonderful, loving experience in that room. It’s not like any other venue.”
4. Sound is key.
A tight band will make sure that all the instruments are in tune with one another. But it is also important that you are in tune with performance. If certain songs or pieces require certain instrumentation, make sure that the stage setup is to your favor.
5. Most importantly… have fun!
Yes that’s right, have fun. It give off positive and happy vibrations to the audience when they see that you are performing what you love. It’s always a good feeling knowing that the set you played made an impact on your crowd as well as yourself.
“If you’re gonna be in this industry on the business side, you have to have a huge level of compassion and empathy and honesty for that human being,” says Jackie.
We walk a straight line of eggshells with our heads down, and a resolve to just get by. We are careful not to speak out, or to offend, as our greatest fear is disappointment. And we are lonely. Then, suddenly, someone roars, “make your own damn sandwich!” And just like that, our empty hands are held by the warm sentiment that someone else understands.
The person was Emily Simkin, a student in Armsted Christian’s celebrated Flo’Ology class, and her statement was a biting message to the boy your mother warned you about. On Monday, December 9th, 2013, the Red Room had the honor of, once again, lending its intimate stage to Christian’s class of diverse Berklee students. To peers, classmates, teachers, and viewers on the web, Christian’s students did what so many of us struggle to do each day- told their truth.
Professor Christian defines Flo’Ology as “the manifestation of an idea…rooted in literary expression and spoken word poetry.” He goes on to describe it as “a contemporary term that is intended to encourage freedom, honesty and truth, through narrative writing, spoken word poetry, and freestyle verbalization.” Deeming their classes “sessions” and their class space an “environment”, Flo’Ology encourages its students to sit back, relax, and just be. Beyond the description in the Berklee Course Handbook, the details of Flo’Ology are truly known only to those who have had the opportunity to enroll. For, as far as one can tell, this is not a class that suffices to be explained by a black and white block of generic words, it is ultimately an experience.
Of the fourteen students who took the stage that night, no one shared the same last name. And yet, time and time again, they referred to each other as “family”. It is enough to make one realize that, despite what a standard dictionary might preach, family isn’t about being related. Family is about being able to relate. By that definition, the students of Flo’Ology are nothing short of a family.
Much like the Flo’Ology class, the Red Room is not just a venue- it is an environment. From student recitals and big name concerts, to class presentations and guest lecturers, the Red Room is a space for people to share what they have created, in whatever form it takes. And what other reason to share than to encourage the realization that we are somehow connected to one another? As with most Red Room events, Flo’Ology only served to perpetuate the facilitation of human connection. Because, when it comes down to it, people really aren’t all that bad.
With the stage packed up and the clock counting closer to 11pm, the clusters of patrons and performers began to break apart, and wander out of the venue’s heavy double doors. But whether you walked home with someone by your side, or strolled onto Boylston in a party of one, after Armsted Christian’s Flo’Ology Experience, no one left the Red Room feeling alone.
Alright everyone, it’s time to explain yourself- we’re talking about your artist biography. As a potential fan, I want to be interested enough in you to give your music a listen. As an editor, I want to receive a bio that is primed and ready to hit the public. As a good samaritan, I am here to help. Read on to learn the Red Room’s 5 must-know tips for writing your artist biography. (DISCLAIMER: All of these examples are inspired by real bios we have had the pleasure of editing, we are not being dramatic.)
1. Give us the nitty gritty, but make it pretty.
I want to know what to expect when I venture to your SoundCloud. Are you folk? Are you metal? Are you folk-metal? If you cannot answer this question, take the time to think long and hard before you start writing. If you are serious about pursuing music as a career you need to look at yourself as a business, and your bio is your main marketing strategy. Think of 5-10 words you would use to describe and market yourself, and consider who your target market is. Furthermore, please scale back your creativity here- if you say you’re the musical equivalent of quiche, I am no closer to knowing anything about your art. Now I just think you’re weird, and am craving quiche.
2. This is no time for nostalgia.
If you are currently a child, please disregard this tip. If you are not currently a child, I would prefer not to hear about when you were. Were you born? That’s great! But all of us were, so I encourage you to leave this out. Also, writing about how you turned to violin after a failed stint on your YMCA soccer team only tells me that you were not very good at soccer. If I am reading your artist bio, I want to know about your music as it stands today. So please, let’s live in the now and keep the past in the past.
3. Keep it up to date.
Have you won a Grammy since you wrote your bio? That’s important. You should put that in. Please update you biography often, we as a society frown upon neglect.
4. Remember, our attention spans are dwindling.
Case and point, most of you probably haven’t read this far. Hopefully you have spent some time piecing together your biographical masterpiece, now people have to read it! Meet your readers halfway and keep it concise. An ideal length for your short-form biography is 250-300 words. Granted, you can have a more detailed long-form biography to live on your website, but even that should cap at 750 words. There is an art to brevity, do your best to become a master.
5. “Start with lightning and leave the rest to chance.”
For this tip, I am borrowing the above quote from my 11th grade US History teacher. You don’t have much time to make a first impression, so make the time you do have work in your favor. If you are leading with an irrelevant fact about yourself, I am not inclined to seek out your music. Why? Because if you, the artist, don’t even choose to make your music the showcased subject, why should I have any confidence in it? Pull me in, get me interested, get me excited. It’s not easy, but the more time you spend carefully crafting this integral piece of your marketing strategy, the less time you’ll spend trying to explain yourself, instead of booking gigs and getting to play your music.
Public Service Broadcasting has a great bio! Come see them play the Red Room on 2/28/14 at 8:00pm.
UK music magazine NME has just published their Top 50 Albums of 2013. Coming in at number 49 on the list was Red Room alum Daughter, with If You Leave. If you haven’t already (which honestly, why wouldn’t you?), give the album a listen and tell us what your favorite songs are.
We’re lucky to have had Daughter on our stage, and we can’t wait to continue following along with all of their successes. Congratulations, guys!
In our post-Thanksgiving stupor, the Red Room team decided concede our Friday Five voice to a website that has already said it best. With the advent of a plethora of social media platforms, came the near extinction of the dedicated band website. If WWF advertisements have taught us anything, we know we should never become complacent with extinction, so we are fighting back! The article below was originally published by CD-Baby’s “DIY Musician” website, and we couldn’t agree with it more. Visit the original page here, and do your part to repopulate the internet with band websites.
Last night the Red Room hosted one of the most hectic, but exciting shows in its 5-year-old life. What was so great about it, you ask? Read on to findout…
1. Some of Berklee’s best, all in one place
A total of 11 acts took the stage last night to give it their all for the crowd. Each act performed two of their original songs selected by the Red Room’s talent buying team. From William Gittens’ rock infused r&b, to EDM DJ/Producer, Dav3, almost every genre was represented. The one commonality between the different acts, was that they were all awesome. Not a single performer didn’t bring their all, and for good reason, because…
2. Two of music’s heavy hitters were in the crowd
Founder and CEO of SonicBids, Panos Panay, and Def Jam founder, Lyor Cohen were the night’s two special guests. Over the bridge at MIT earlier that afternoon, Cohen gave a talk on his new Google-backed music and content label, 300. Berklee alumnus, Panay moderated the presentation, which then opened up to Berklee and MIT students’ thoughts on the new venture. Our artist showcase at the Red Room was a great way to give Cohen a taste of the cornucopia of new acts that could find a home at his new label.
3. If you wanted feedback, you got it
Lyor Cohen stayed well after the last act to chat with all of the night’s performers and give his honest feedback, should they solicit it. He posed for pictures and shook hands, and if a baby had been present, I am almost certain he would have kissed it.
4. Berklee’s business world and performance world collided
It is no oddity for a music business student to get hands-on experience managing a band while in school. Not only was this a good chance for Berklee students to perform for Cohen, but it was an opportunity for them to be seen by competent and driven student-managers. Classic Red Room, beginning beautiful mutually beneficial relationships.
5. My iTunes got some new friends
Of all of the amazing things that happened, by far the best was that we got to hear what all of our classmates and friends have been up to. I certainly discovered a few new favorites, and you have the chance to as well! If you missed the show, never fear, I have a list of all the performers and links to their shows right here!
One breveloquent patron summed it up best as he flowed out of our doors post-show and exclaimed, “man, there’s just nothing like LIVE music!” From the flame-adorned tour bus parked outside the venue all day, to the Twitter ticket give away, there was much buzz surrounding last night’s concert- and we were not let down! The Red Room is no stranger to great shows and even greater musicians, but here are 5 reasons Young the Giant left us star struck.
1. Sameer’s vocals made us melt
There is no bummer quite like finding out your favorite singer just doesn’t cut it in a live setting. Not a single bummer was had at last night’s concert, for Sameer’s vocals were as buttery in person as they are on my iPod- perhaps ever better. Switching between a classic carbon mic and a more common dynamic mic for different parts of various songs, Sameer added so much depth and intricacy to the vocal structure of the set.
2. We got to basque in the beauty of their newest songs
YTG’s most recent album, It’s About Time, is nothing short of incredible. With the same vivid lyrical imagery of their first album, but a dash more weight and sonic depth, this sophomore album will quickly grow accustomed to the repeat button. So go download it on January 21. Would we ever steer you wrong?
3. It was personal
The Red Room can hold up to 200 people, but YTG decided to take a more personal approach- only 90 tickets were made available. In collaboration with Radio 92.9, tickets were distributed to contest winners, lucky callers-in, and those who were quick enough to purchase them online before they sold out (within 24 hours!). This made for an incredibly intimate evening. Though the crowd had plenty of room to spread out, everyone got as close as they could to the stage to dance and sing with the band.
4. A few lucky Tweeters’ dreams came true
In addition to the Radio 92.9 contests, YTG also held their own Twitter contest to give away tickets. The band tweeted a picture of the reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center. A few retweets would be randomly selected to win free tickets for the show. Check out the photo:
5.There was a post-show meet and greet
Special VIP show-goers had the chance to hang out after the show and meet the band. Pictures were taken, hugs were given, and some fans even cried. The band even demonstrated their photobombing skills:
Thanks for a great night, Young The Giant! And thanks to Radio 92.9 for helping us make it happen!
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As we have said many times before, it is the Red Room’s 5th anniversary. In typical anniversary fashion, we figured it particularly apropos to go through all of the reasons why we are so in love with our beautiful venue.
1. It’s a cheap date
The Red Room cringes at the thought of a live music experience cutting into your ramen noodle fund- so don’t smash your piggy bank just yet! We were recently voted one of Boston’s Best Cheapest Music Venues by CBS Boston, and we are pretty proud of it. We also often have student ticket prices as well as free ticket giveaways on our Facebook page, so we do our best to keep you entertained on a budget!
2. Your birth-year doesn’t matter here
We know that age is just a number, but unfortunately it usually matters to bartenders and bouncers. That means for many of us who have not quite made our way to those numerical benchmarks of 16, 18, or 21, seeing our favorite band at a local club could mean waiting a few years. The Red Room, however, embraces Nirvana’s famous adage, and encourages you to “Come As You Are“. Whether you are just learning to walk, learning to drive, or learning to put your dentures in, the Red Room wants your company.
3. It can set up the best blind dates
If your iTunes just isn’t doing it for you these days, don’t suffer! There are plenty of fish in the sea, and at the Red Room, the fishing is good. We are a venue that houses national acts as well as local bands, country stars and jazz cats, acoustic guitars and well equipped laptops- with all of that variety, the one consistent thread that ties it all together is good music. Whether you fall early for the opener, or get courted into a relationship with the headliner, chances are you’ll leave the Red Room with a new EP to play on repeat.
4. It’s reliable
Your time is valuable, and the Red Room has no intention of wasting it. We won’t make you wait around for the show to start, and we have no intention of making you miss your curfew, With very few exceptions, all of our shows begin at 8PM and have you on your happy way by 11PM at the latest. So, whether you plan to go home and sleep, or be out all night, coming to one of our shows can fit seamlessly into your schedule.
5. It can get personal
If you have ever wanted to be sweat upon by your favorite lead-singer, the Red Room can make it happen. Prefer to be on the cusp of the action? We can do that too! Our intimate set up lends itself perfectly to both those who want to practically melt into the stage, and those who like to observe from afar. Our room is marvelously simplistic, because at the end of the night, its about the music.
The Berklee Groove had some great things to say about the Red Room show featuring the Parkington Sisters (who recently played at the World Series Game 6 with the Dropkick Murphys) and its opener, Tall Tall Trees. Read more about it here!
It has only been 5 short years since the Red Room was born, but many of us cannot remember a world without it. It makes sense, then, that we would throw a big bash to celebrate the little room that holds a big place in our hearts. So, on October 29, everyone who had a hand in raising the Red Room, gathered just there to acknowledge their hard work, and the masterpiece it created. The Red Room is known for always housing a good time, and this party was no different. Here are 5 highlights from the night!
We summoned back two former Red Room acts to perform at the party. Amy Allen, kicked off the night with an awesome cover of Lorde’s “Royals”, featuring back up vocals from two Red Room employees, Kaylee Bugg and Hillary Lacombe. Her soft and sweet Taylor Swift-esque vocals warmed us up for a lively, biting set from Lily and the Parlour Tricks. It’s no wonder these acts packed the Red Room earlier this year!
2. We learned the etymology of the “Red Room”
One intriguing aspect of our venue is that it is housed within Berklee’s Café 939. Rather than absorbing the Café’s title, the Red Room took on a name, and life, of its own. Originally, the designation was informally used within the office as a “pet name” for the venue, because of its bright red walls. It wasn’t until John Mayer, one of Berklee’s most notable alumni, came to check out our space and, by pure coincidence, called it the “Red Room” that we realized this was a name that would stick.
3. Past and present Red Room employees were there to celebrate
As detailed in our post last month, the Red Room has seen many great student employees in the past 5 years. Many of our alumni turned out to celebrate what their hard work through the years procured. It was exciting to see those who built the Red Room’s awesome reputation meet those who were perpetuating it. When it comes down to it, a venue is only as great as the people behind it, and the Red Room has some exceptional people.
4. A few “extended family” members came
The Red Room has some phenomenal friends around Boston, such as writers for the Boston Globe, who came to celebrate with us. It takes a lot of work to make sure that our fans, near and far, don’t miss an opportunity to see a great show, and our partners in Boston do so much to help us. However, as close as our relationship is, most of it has
been developed through e-mail. Our party was not only a great chance to thank them for all they do, but also put faces to the names we’ve been doing business with for the past 5 years. It’s always nice to get to know your family!
5. Every cog in the Red Room wheel got a chance to celebrate why we do what we do
The Red Room is an incredibly special place. Not only is it all-ages, but it is a space that has housed big names, fostered growing artists, and discovered hidden gems. Its intimate vibe provides a safe place for performers of all types, and ensures a great time for patrons. It takes many people, many hours to make the Red Room the inspiring place it is, and maintain its esteemed reputation. Reminiscing together about all of the fantastic events in the Red Room’s short life, and what the Red Room has meant to all of us, further served to remind us that the Red Room is not just four walls at 939 Boylston St., but a tangible representation of the irreplaceable phenomenon that is live music.
So, happy birthday, Red Room. We look forward to so many more!
One thing we love about Boston is the plethora of activities that are constantly taking place. However, with something amazing happening every 20 feet, it can be hard to keep up. Our team at the Red Room would hate for anyone to miss a great show, which is why we have put together so many ways to keep you in the loop. Here are five tools you can use to make sure you know what’s happening at our awesome venue!
1. The Blog
If you’re reading this, you probably already know what an incredible resource the Red Room blog is. We cover the past, present, and future of the Red Room, music, and beyond! Not only can you find out when your favorite artist will be here, but chances are you will discover a new sonic love as well.
You are here.
2. Our Newsletter
Every month, the Red Room can deliver a nice, compact, summary of all things Red Room. Highlights from our blog, YouTube, and of course a list of all the shows for that month. It is a great way to get a hearty dose of all the great things we have going on.
A preview of our November newsletter.
3. The Streets of Boston
For our Berklee-area patrons, being in the Red Room know is as easy as looking around you. We have an incredible street team that travels all around the surrounding area promoting shows with good old fashion posters. Something catch your eye on a Starbucks bulletin board? Go online and learn more about it, or better yet, just come to the show!
Some light reading while you wait for your Pumpkin Spice.
Just like all the cool kids, the Red Room also has a Facebook. If you give us a “like” all of our upcoming shows and breaking news will be delivered straight to your newsfeed!
What’s not to “like”?
5. Go to a Show!
The best way to stay connected to the Red Room is to come visit us. We always have a few of our awesome staff members at our shows, and one of them will always be working the door. Want to get the inside scoop before anyone else? Go to the source and strike up a conversation with one of us- after all, we are the experts!
Are you excited? The CMJ Music Marathon 2013 is finally here! The showcase features over 1,400 bands in more than 80 venues in New York City in just 5 days… That’s a lot of great stuff. We’re feeling like proud parents this week, as many of the acts have played the Red Room recently (or at least once before). Take a look at just five of the many Red Room alumni who will be showcasing. They blew us away, and we’re sure New York City will love them just as much as we do.
1. Julia Easterlin
We’re pretty confident when we say Julia Easterlin has never not wowed an audience. With her killer vocals and loop machine in tow, the one-woman-chorus creates an unbelievable soundscape at every single show. She’s played the Marathon quite a few times before, and is always welcomed back with open arms. Clearly, they just can’t get enough of her.
2. Lindi Ortega
Ortega has been called “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra,” and every time she comes to the Room she leaves us wanting more. She’ll be here again on October 22!
3. Emily King
Emily King is a gentle soul/funk/rock storyteller. Though she works independently, she’s managed to open for international acts Maroon 5 and Emeli Sande. Her fans went crazy for her at the Red Room in September- hopefully we’ll see her again soon.
4. Foy Vance
The Irish singer/songwriter performed at the Red Room just this week on his way to CMJ and blew us away with his honest and heartfelt set. If signing with Glassnote Records earlier this year isn’t any indication (Glassnote is home to Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and more), we have a feeling Foy Vance is going to blow up very soon.
5. Betty Who
We blogged about Betty a few weeks ago, and seriously can’t believe how quickly her career has taken off. Since she played the Room earlier this year, her single was featured in a viral video, she’s signed a record deal with RCA and has started working on her second album. Look for it early next year!
Good luck to all of our Red Room alumni playing CMJ this week! We hope to see you again soon!
Tomara Petty and Cole Bingham- two former employees of the Red Room, mixing work and “play”!
By Virginia McMahon
Besides being a phenomenal music venue, the Red Room also serves as a real-life classroom for a few Berklee students. From talent buying to ticketing to concert promotion, a great portion of Red Room operations can be attributed to student employees’ hard work and dedication. As much as the Red Room has benefitted from these essential employees, many of whom are Music Business/Management majors, the benefits are often mutual. We checked up on five former employees to see what they are up to now, and how their experience working for the Red Room lent itself to their careers today.
1. Cole Bingham
Cole is the most recent Red Room alumnus. After graduating this year, he accepted a marketing, ticketing, and PR internship position with Cirque du Soleil and moved to Las Vegas. On how the Red Room prepared him for his career today, Cole says “working at the Red Room gave me great experience in understanding ticket sales, how to use different platforms for social media and how they are different in gaining ticket sales, and also how to present yourself professionally in and out of the office.”
2. Nicole Bono
After Berklee, Nicole followed her passion for publishing to the Copyright department of BMG Chrysalis Rights Management. Having learned the inns and outs of booking and concert operations at the Red Room, Bono had a leg up at her various internships, which lead to job offers. Bono deems the Red Room “the best ‘class’ [she] ever took at Berklee.”
3. Kerry Fee
Kerry moved to LA after Berklee and is now an assistant manager at Career Artist Management , which is a host for artists such as Sara Bareilles and Robin Thicke. As a Talent Buyer for the Red Room, Kerry learned that in your career and in life, you will get out what you put in. Beyond beginning her career at the Red Room, Kerry also began many lasting friendships, yet another benefit of a job and work environment she says kept her “inspired”.
4. Kelly Haechler
From Boston, to Dubai, to London, and finally Abu Dhabi, Kelly has taken the Red Room’s influence global. She has worked as an Event Manager for LiveNation, a Ticketing Manager for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, and is currently the Operations Manager for Live Events at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Kelly says her experience in ticketing for the Red Room taught her everything she needed to know in order to feel confident pursuing her career in the music business.
5. Stephanie McNally
For Stephanie, the Red Room was “a baby step into the real world.” After Berklee, Stephanie stepped off to Santa Monica to begin her career as a Tech for the famed composer, Hans Zimmer. Being a team player and learning how to conduct herself as a confident professional are two skills Stephanie attributes to having acquired at the Red Room.
We wish all of our Red Room Alumni the best of luck, though we know they probably won’t need it!