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Everpress. Create original merchandise for your label with zero upfront costs.
Posted By : Alex Powell
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Posted Date : February 22nd, 2018
Traditionally if you wanted to create bespoke clothing and other merchandise for your label, you've probably baulked at the costs involved, or been intimidated by the minimum runs associated with printing a t-shirt emblazoned with your carefully designed label logo. Well, we're happy to say that the days of forking out serious cash to get some label gear sorted are behind us, as we've teamed up with Everpress to bring freedom to your merch needs.

Everpress offers you a simple way to create quality - and potentially profitable - merchandise worldwide, making it super easy to connect with fans, promote your brand and sell beautiful custom products instantly, with no upfront costs.

The process is extremely straightforward: once you have your design you can send direct to Everpress or upload it yourself to their campaign builder. Next, choose your garments, how much you want to sell them for and launch your campaign, which is effectively a pop up shop). Then share the link with your social audience and collect pre-orders for the duration of the campaign, which can run anything from 1 to 30 days.

As the sales roll in, you can view the live sales statistics and your projected profits in your dashboard. Then at the end of the campaign, Everpress print all the orders in one batch and ship directly to your fans worldwide. Best of all, the minimum run is just five items, so there's no risk of sinking a load of money into stock you may struggle to shift.

Profits are paid seven days after the campaign finishes, and if there are any customer service questions or issues with delivery fans come directly to Everpress, so you won't have to spend any time fielding queries from your customers.

Two types of printing are offered: screen printing or DTG Printing, the latter of which is highly recommended for full colour designs and intricately-detailed images. There's a huge range of garments to choose from, including long and short sleeve t-shirts, vests, sweatshirts and hoodies, while Everpress also give you helpful guides on how to make sure your artwork is print-ready, and even offer marketing tips on how best to promote your range.

For more information and to get started, Click here.

 

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Label Worx Recommends Universal Audio Hardware & Plugins.

Our News   /   December 3rd, 2018

Label Worx Recommends Universal Audio Hardware & Plugins.

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favourite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, UA was re-founded in 1999 with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analogue recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analogue technology. As a result, UA has become a go-to manufacturer of both analogue hardware & premium quality plugins used in electronic music production, with their range boasting some of the most authentic analogue emulation plug-ins in the industry. As Label Worx's in-house engineers, Matt Abbott and Alex Powell are long-time devotees of Universal Audio's extensive range of production kit. Here, they share their thoughts on what makes them the stand-out choice for producers, regardless of experience. Who are Universal Audio? Universal Audio are legendary. They have been producing some of the finest compressors, pre amps and other bits of amazing gear since the 60's. Most professional studios have pieces of their equipment as they have made so many timeless classics like the 1176 compressor. In the last 10 years they have shifted a lot of their focus in to making DSP based plugins that run from hardware processors. We have built the Label Worx studio around the UAD platform ever since we shifted from Creamware years ago. What makes them stand-out? UAD plugins are arguably some of the most accurate reproductions of very expensive, vintage & new hardware. A lot of other companies have attempted to capture the flavour from old gear and not quite got it as good as Universal Audio with their UAD plugins. The fact that their plugins run seamlessly from hardware DSP processors also frees up memory on your machine. Even using the latest Mac Pro with nothing but onboard plugins can be tasking on the CPU. The UAD system allows you to free up a lot of the power on your machine, while giving you the best sounding plugins you can buy. What UA kit do you currently use? Currently and for the last three or four years, our whole mastering chain is built up with UAD plugins with the Apollo audio interface & a UAD Satellite at the heart of it all. We use a mixture of the more clinical, precision plugins with some vintage classics to add the colour and tone of analogue mastering while maintaining a noise free signal path, using only UAD plugins. What are some of your favourite plugins? Pultec EQ's - These are the best sounding models we have ever heard. We use this in the mixdown stage to add colour to the track. There is something super silky about the Pultec EQ which makes this our favourite EQ for adding weight to something. The Pultec also works differently than any other EQ. You can boost & cut the same frequency which gives you this insane laminated sound. If you're not using it, you should be. Ocean Ways Studios - This is absolutely insane for bringing vocals to life: perfect modelling of the recording setup with mic emulation at Ocean Ways Studios. You can use this as a reverb or just for adding spatial texture to a vocal. Flat, dull vocals all of a sudden have this incredible space and depth. We actually tried this out by accident and now it is one of our favourite plugins. Oxford Dynamic EQ - For when multiband compression is just not right, multiband EQ with a threshold. Perfect for tidying up and taming tracks or parts that are a little messy. It is a super clinical EQ that can also add a great level of lamination to your sounds. We use this in mixdowns and mastering. Everything SSL or Neve - To put it simply, anything Neve or SSL is the bomb. Both very different colours to work with but as powerful as each other. From compression to EQ. .These are the most powerful tools you can use in a mixdown (in our opinion). EL-8 Labs Distressor - We previously used a real pair of these on a some projects a few years back and couldn't get over how good they are if used as a parallel compressor on drums, bass and even a full mix, providing you have a super clean mixdown. UAD have made the only perfect software replica we have ever heard and we're so pleased we can now use this in our setup, without paying a fortune for a real pair. Hand on heart we think this is the best modelled UAD plugin they have ever created. Which tracks have you worked on that use UA gear? All of our Label Worx Mixdowns & Masters are done using UAD plugins and hardware. We have mixed records down that have been released on Sony, Warner, Universal and some of the world's biggest dance music labels including Do Not Sleep, Toolroom, CUFF, Revealed, Spinnin and a whole lot more. Every order that leaves our studio is jam packed with UAD goodness. Who would you recommend UA to? Beginners, experienced pros, etc? I would recommend UAD plugins and hardware to everyone. Get on board and learn each plugin you buy inside out. Each plugin comes with a comprehensive manual that gives you a little history on the plugin and the best ways to use it, how to set it up and yield the best results. I never read such intuitive instruction to ever come with a plugin. UAD plugins are the closest thing you can get to having a studio worth hundreds of thousands of pounds but at a fraction of the price. Some of the worlds best mix engineers use UAD because they are so close to the real thing, and you can't take racks of gear on the road with you. Interested in finding out more about Universal Audio products? Head to https://www.uaudio.com

Wise words from Connor - Plan ahead in 2019.

Label News   /   December 10th, 2018

Wise words from Connor - Plan ahead in 2019.

Our Senior Operations & Content Manager, Connor Devine shares his best tips for 2019 and how you can plan ahead and be prepared for next year. You should always be working to a goal with your label, what you determine the goal to be will be individual to you, however having a goal helps you stay focused and stop time wasting. The last few months of the year is a perfect time for you to assess the year gone and plan for your year ahead. You have already done the legwork for your holiday releases and January and February generally quiet down which essentially gives you a month or two to regroup and get ready to smash the year ahead.

Rotor Video - Exclusive Label Worx Offer

Industry News   /   December 10th, 2018

Rotor Video - Exclusive Label Worx Offer

Rotor is an intelligent video creation tool for musicians and labels, built by a team who've developed video tech for YouTube, produced award-winning music videos and managed major record labels. Their tools are currently being used by over 100,000 independent artists and labels like Warner, Sony and Universal. They've just updated their tech to include new audio analysis engines that make it easier to create better videos, along with adding 3000 unique video clips to their library for you to use. Every month, they'll be adding more clips, more styles and more tools.

Mixcloud launches 'Select'. A 'Fan to Creator' subscription service.

Industry News   /   December 4th, 2018

Mixcloud launches 'Select'. A 'Fan to Creator' subscription service.

Mixcloud offers over 15 million radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts produced and uploaded by over 1.3 million tastemakers and curators According to Mixcloud, Select uses a 'flexible channel-based' subscription model that allows creators to set their own price, starting at 2.99 per month in local currencies US Dollar, Sterling Pound and Euro. Creators receive a share of profits from their subscriptions, while the artists, labels and publishers played in their shows receive royalty revenue. Mixcloud's proprietary content ID system identifies individual tracks and associated rights holders. The platform has recently announced direct licensing deals with the likes of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Merlin, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and ICE (a joint initiative between PRS, GEMA, and STIM). The first phase of Select has gone live today (December 4) with 47 Mixcloud creators, ranging from DJs including Afrojack, Nicole Moudaber, Lefto and John Digweed to Mixcloud stars such as DJ Blighty and Low Light Mixes. Channels created by independent radio stations Brooklyn Radio, Soho Radio and Red Light Radio, record labels Defected Records and Axtone Records and curators Clash Magazine and Stamp the Wax are also available. Mixcloud says that it will be rolling out additional features, such as exclusive content and direct messaging with subscribers. Nikhil Shah, Co-Founder at Mixcloud said: 'There's a lot of creative energy that goes into crafting a DJ mix, radio show or podcast in order to inspire listeners, and until now, these creators have been left out of the revenue mix. 'We've been working hard to design a model alongside the industry that recognizes the value these creators bring to the music ecosystem, and today we're excited to share this with the world.' Nico Perez, Co-Founder at Mixcloud added: 'Mixcloud Select is our pioneering move toward building a fair and sustainable ecosystem that works for audio creators, artists and listeners. 'We want to enable fans to get closer to the culture and communities they care about while ensuring that everyone involved in the creative process is recognized and rewarded accordingly. 'Through building the Mixcloud community, we've identified a strong trend around loyalty and depth of engagement between listeners and their favourite audio creators. These fans can now take the next step by directly supporting creators' livelihoods. 'In turn, this leads to increased discovery and more income for artists, who are at the core of Mixcloud. We're excited to continue bringing creators and fans closer.'

Black Friday Offers

Our News   /   November 22nd, 2018

Black Friday Offers

We're happy to announce our Black Friday offers! These offers will be available over this weekend only and are available to Label Worx customers new & old. We've got offers on Royalty Worx, Demo Worx and Mixdown & Master orders. Check ou

CUFF - Amine Edge on Royalty Worx.

Label News   /   November 19th, 2018

CUFF - Amine Edge on Royalty Worx.

Royalty calculations are perhaps one of the most misunderstood aspects of running a label, but it's one of those tedious tasks that need to be done. As a label owner, especially if you're doing everything yourself, your focus is understandably on signing and promoting music, and if your anything like the vast majority of labels, finding the time to get your head around all the many aspects of royalty accounting can be nigh-on impossible. If you're one of the many labels that don't have a royalty accounting system in place, Royalty Worx is exactly what you need. It allows you to generate statements branded to your label and pay artists quickly and easily, all at a super-affordable price that even the most fledgeling labels should find attractive. With Royalty Worx already built specifically for dance and electronic music, we've launched a new service, Royalty Worx Accelerate. This takes all of the admin work completely off your hands - including statement imports, currency conversions, third-party licensing, physical sales imports, statement generation and invoice management - leaving you more time to do what you love about running a record label. One of our biggest Royalty Worx Accelerate clients are Amine Edge & DANCE's CUFF label. Hailing from Southern France, Amine Edge & DANCE have built their own musical empire, drawing inspiration from early house, Phili Soul, hip-hop and everything in between. The men from Marseille have set about developing their own signature sound and have over the last few years made an indelible mark on the dance music landscape as a result of their raw talent and versatility as producers. Their label, CUFF, has now been going strong for 4 years and has released more than 60 singles and EPs from artists including Shiba San, Chris Lorenzo, Nathan Barato and of course Amine Edge and Dance themselves. CUFF is one of the many label's that use Label Worx's industry-leading distribution and royalty accounting services; something that Amine says has been invaluable in the label's development. 'We've been with Label Worx for about three years now, and it's been one of the best decisions we made from a business perspective' says Amine. 'As a label boss and a busy worldwide touring DJ I never have enough time for the organisational side of running a label, so having Label Worx on board has saved me a huge amount of time, which is absolutely invaluable. 'Before we started working with them I never really had a handle on all the different revenue streams, but the Label Worx service really streamlines the process. Their inside software is very smart and lets you deliver really professional statements for our artists. ' 'Not only is the service affordable, it also streamlines the process of collecting royalties from different avenues of catalogue exploitation. I think there will be a lot of artists missing out on a lot of potential revenue, and Label Worx can definitely help labels get on top of it. But for me, the most important thing is that the Label Worx crew is not only a system that is extremely efficient, but it's also run by a group of people who are incredibly passionate about music. It really feels as if they care: they helped us at CUFF in so many ways, so I really can't thank them enough!'

Neighbouring Rights - What is it all about?

Industry News   /   November 19th, 2018

Neighbouring Rights - What is it all about?

The music industry is forever evolving, whether that be technological, social or legislation based, opportunities to exploit new and existing revenue streams constantly present themselves. Over the last few years, you are probably hearing more and more about Neighbouring Rights and with good reason. Neighbouring Rights is one of the fastest growing revenue streams in the music industry today. In 2016 alone, revenue from Neighbouring Rights topped $2.1 billion which was up 4.4% from the year before and is still growing strong. Neighbouring Rights are in no way the new kid on the block, in fact, they have been around since the Rome Convention was signed in 1961 and in the USA when the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty was signed in 1996. We won't bore you with the details here but feel free to dig into this at your leisure. So what are Neighbouring Rights? Well, these are rights related to the public performance and broadcast of sound recordings. Not to be confused with publishing or 'mechanical' rights though, there is an important distinction here. Mechanical rights are rights associated with the reproduction of recorded music whereas Neighbouring Rights relate to the public performance and broadcast of music. Why now though? This revenue stream has been around for years, why only now are we exploiting Neighbouring Rights? Well, there are multiple reasons, mainly the fact that many countries that signed the Rome Convention haven't had the infrastructure in place to pay rights holders. Advancements in technology combined with communication and cooperation between countries growing have also helped pave the way to build that infrastructure. And with certain revenue streams such as CD and Downloads declining, the industries hand has been forced to adapt. Now for the burning question on everyone's lips', who is owed royalties? These royalties are generally split 50/50 between the performing artists and the master rights holders (who in most cases are the record labels). So, if you are a performing artist or a record label who has had your music broadcast on radio, TV, in a public place such as a bar or restaurant or on new media somewhere in the world, then there will be money owed to you. That's great, isn't it? There's money available that we didn't even know was there. Now where's my money and how do I get it? There are a few companies out there that will be able to claim Neighbouring Rights royalties on your behalf and they will usually take a small fee for doing so. On the flip side, you can try going to each territory directly, but who has time for that and most of the time you will be banging your head against a brick wall of bureaucracy. Companies like our sister company 'Lime Blue' have systems, contacts and direct agreements in place with over 60 countries worldwide that will save you buckets of time.

We're pleased to Welcome Simon to the Label Worx team.

Our News   /   November 14th, 2018

We're pleased to Welcome Simon to the Label Worx team.

We are pleased to welcome Simon Birkumshaw as our Head Of Label Acquisitions & A&R. Simon previously worked at Defected as A&R, Champion Records, Madtech & Madhouse as Label Manager and currently runs his own label and events in London under the brand 'Sense Traxx'. Simon will be working alongside our senior team to acquire new business for Label Worx and to manage existing and new relationships with stores and other outlets for your music. Welcome to the team, Simon!

YouTube have paid the music business $1.8bn in ad money over the past 12 months.

Industry News   /   November 9th, 2018

YouTube have paid the music business $1.8bn in ad money over the past 12 months.

YouTube has claimed that it paid out over $1.8bn to music rights-holders in the 12 months to the end of September this year, in advertising revenues alone. The figure is revealed in Google's new 'How Google Fights Piracy' report, in which it's also claimed that YouTube has paid out more than $6bn to the music industry to date - $3bn of which has come from the monetized use of music in videos via Content ID. These numbers get extra interesting when we turn back the clock a little bit - and, naturally, when we also look into how they compare to Spotify's industry payouts. YouTube's $1.8bn claim suggests that it's been paying out circa $150m per month to the music business in ad money over the past year.

Denon DJ Drops SC5000 Prices Dramatically To $999

Industry News   /   November 9th, 2018

Denon DJ Drops SC5000 Prices Dramatically To $999

What would it really take for DJs to consider changing their rider to Denon DJ gear? How about a massive, $900 off price drop? Starting this week, Denon DJ has dropped the price of the SC5000 players to just $999 for the rest of the year (they're usually $1,899 each). What does this price drop mean, and should DJs switch? Keep reading for our thoughts inside.

Is your address up to date?

Our News   /   November 6th, 2018

Is your address up to date?

We understand that people move home or business frequently and it's important that you always keep your address up to date in your settings. Firstly, we legally need your address as your distributor and secondly, if your address is out of date, you won't receive a Christmas card from us. for those who have, you will know that each year we go to extra effort and have something special designed for us. The last couple of years have seen a Simpsons theme, Grand Theft Auto theme and more... What will we be doing this year?

Spotify subscriber growth slows, as paying customer base hits 87m

Industry News   /   November 1st, 2018

Spotify subscriber growth slows, as paying customer base hits 87m

Spotify has revealed its latest paying subscriber numbers as part of its Q3 2018 earnings announcement. The company ended September with a global subscriber base of 87m people, it has confirmed.

Job Opportunity - Lime Blue Music (Neighbouring Rights)

Our News   /   October 30th, 2018

Job Opportunity - Lime Blue Music (Neighbouring Rights)

Lime Blue Music is a rapidly growing London-based company that specialises in the worldwide management, collection and distribution of Neighbouring Rights, one of the fastest growing revenue streams in music. Working primarily within the electronic and urban scenes, our goal is to maximise Neighbouring Rights income for our clients through our direct relationships with collection societies, detailed data through our bespoke online portal, and rapid accounting. Below is the detailed job specification and if you think its for you, please send your CV and covering letter via email to jobs@limebluemusic.com Company: Lime Blue Music Position: Artist & Label Acquisitions Location: London, United Kingdom Salary: Competitive CLIENT ACQUISITION -Market research for new potential clients -Meeting, emailing and calling new potential clients -Drafting agreements & negotiation of contracts -Client repertoire analysis and capture -Client on-boarding -Strategic development for client retention -Travel in UK and sometimes international to meet business needs WHAT WILL YOU DO -Maintain an effective sales pipeline ensuring that it is developed, researched and built through a combination of self-sourcing and following up on prospect sales leads. -Proactively identify potential clients through a variety of methods (e.g. social media, radio play, charts, etc.) and to convert these into clients. -Ensure client's repertoire is being correctly identified and claimed through a variety of methods. -Identify and build relationships with managers, decision makers, and influencers within the music business. -Attend networking and other events to sell, create opportunities, and build relationships. -Maintain updated & accurate notes in the CRM system for all prospects & leads. -Educate and advise customers about neighbouring rights, their sources and income. -Regular meetings and reports to management. SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS -A minimum of 3, ideally 5 year's experience in the music industry -Experienced with digital platforms and new technologies -Excellent knowledge of record labels and artists -Excellent written and oral communication skills -Proficient with Mac, Microsoft Word and Excel, Salesforce, Keynote

Play Deep School open day in London 3rd & 4th of November

Label News   /   October 25th, 2018

Play Deep School open day in London 3rd & 4th of November

Play Deep School is holding its inaugural Open Day on the 3rd and 4th of November at Play Deep Studios in Kings Cross, London. Swing by the studio for an informative panel, free workshops, a hardware tour, and our inauguration party. Play Deep School offers a unique learning experience and personalized tutoring from professional, working electronic music producers in a world-class, state-of-the-art production, recording, and mixing facility in the heart of London. Among the courses offered are basic & advanced electronic music production, analogue synthesis & sound design, mixing, mastering, soundtracking, as well as online courses.

SoundCloud announce direct streaming to Traktor, Serato and more.

Industry News   /   October 23rd, 2018

SoundCloud announce direct streaming to Traktor, Serato and more.

SoundCloud have announced a partnership with Native Instruments, Serato, Hercules, Mixvibes and DEX3, revealing that you can now stream SoundCloud's catalogue directly into the DJing software. SoundCloud are offering high-quality AAC 256kbps streaming for anyone who has a SoundCloud Go+ subscription. 'Until recently, digital workflows for DJs were limited to downloads and physical media, but streaming workflows are the future,' said Kerry Trainor, Chief Executive Officer, SoundCloud. Details of how the streaming infrastructure will actually work are yet to be announced - we assume the files will cache to avoid any dropouts. It will be interesting to see how SoundCloud integrate the 190m tracks on its platform into DJ software GUI. Whether or not creators and artists will be notified when and where their music is being streamed, and if the analytics will reflect it, is another bit question. DJ Mag predicted this earlier this year with our 'Streaming is Coming to the Booth' feature, but what's interesting here is that rekordbox dj and Pioneer DJ are not on the list of collaborators. Could they be working on their own bespoke streaming service that bridges hardware and software? As the consumer streaming wars step up among Spotify, TiDAL, Apple Music et al, it seems the DJ streaming wars are only just beginning.

What will Brexit mean for DJs?

Artist News   /   October 22nd, 2018

What will Brexit mean for DJs?

At 11 pm on the 29th March next year, the Article 50 clock runs out and the UK will leave the European Union (EU). A quick recap for those of you who haven't been paying attention: in 1973, the UK joined the European Economic Community, which would later become the EU. It was a grouping of European countries, initially set up after the horrors of World War II as an attempt to pool resources, promote trade and maintain peace between the member states. In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU. In the two years since then, the UK government has not managed to put together a comprehensive and workable Brexit deal, leaving both the details and the bigger picture for industries in post-Brexit UK uncertain. This is certainly true for the music industry in general and dance music in particular, where the impact of Brexit on DJs and performers currently making a considerable part of their living in Europe is unclear. Many of the bigger DJs and acts also have production staff, lighting crews, sound engineers, road crews, drivers, agents, artist liaisons, promoters and managers, all of whom will be affected by Brexit.

Spotify - Welcome to The Game Plan

Industry News   /   October 8th, 2018

Spotify - Welcome to The Game Plan

On a daily basis, tonnes of Label Worx clients ask us how they can grow their Spotify artist profiles, how to use the data they receive in their Spotify for Artists account, how to understand their audience and lots more complicated questions. This week, Spotify has launched 'The Game Plan'. This is a powerful suite of videos explaining how to use Spotify for Artists correctly and maximise your chances on the platform. over the coming months, this library of information will grow into the ultimate go-to place, if you want to excel at growing your Spotify.

The Label Worx Ultimate Guide to ADE

Industry News   /   October 7th, 2018

The Label Worx Ultimate Guide to ADE

Every year the near entirety of the dance music industry descends on Amsterdam to attend ADE. With networking opportunities aplenty, ADE is sure to play a major part in laying the landscape for your upcoming year. We have put together a few key pointers to make sure you're prepared. Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned ADE veteran, we have put together a list of our key pointers to make sure you make the most of your time in the city.

 

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