The Beatles were like gods when it came to melodies. Hell…. John Lennon even claimed The Beatles were bigger than Jesus! Ooooops….. Crowd reacted by buying more Beatles records and merchandise and burning it or so that’s how the story goes. I think this was the first proof for the theory of “no publicity is bad publicity.”
While I was grinding my teeth against the pavement in the Boston music scene I was lucky to discover some amazing talent through word of mouth of local promoters. My friend Lexi, a Boston music scene veteran, put me onto an artist by the name of Bleu. This guy out of Berklee made a lot of noise around town with his benefit shows which included some of Boston’s finest like the Bosstones, Guster, Letters To Cleo. This guy would just win people over with his pop sensibilities and hooky choruses. Bleu went on to release an album through a local indie label and would eventually get picked up by a major. But not all stories are fairytales as most of you know! Especially when it comes to dealing with major labels. Bleu got to release some awesome music and tour with some big acts. Bleu eventually parted ways with the label. Unfortunate scenario or a great decision for an artist who cares about maintaining his creative freedom? As it is slowly being proven by guys like Butch Walker, Amanda Palmer and many other now self sufficient artists. The music industry model has changed and is still in the process of morphing into something new and unique. Bleu was able to raise money through fan funding (kickstarter) for recording and marketing. Unfortunately I have really come off topic. I decided to write this blog entry in order to share a band that I think is a band to watch as they are growing quickly and word about them is spreading. A band out of Boston who’s lead singer was a air traffic controller in the Navy. Thus the band’s name is Air Traffic Controller. I have a strong feeling that this band is about to be heard on a lot of college and specialty radio in the upcoming weeks….
Also did I forget to mention that my entire rant on Bleu was because Bleu produced Air Traffic Controller new album and single? Oooooooops! Must of slipped my mind until now….
So here it is friends. A video from one of Bleu’s old albums:
and a video from Air Traffic Controller who you’ll be hearing a lot on the radio I’m sure…. soon enough.