Nolan Jodes

Nolan Jodes

Nolan Jodes



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White Rabbit by The Minimum Wage

Alan Cross

I like it, although it took a couple of listens for everything to really sink once. Once it did, though, my head was bopping along. 

Good job with the visualizer video, too. You gotta have something on YouTube so people know you exist. 

What's the plan now? You'll need some kind of social media strategy to get the word out on what you're doing. I'd seriously think about getting something on TikTok right now as well as Instagram. Those are the big word-of-mouth platforms these days. And make sure you respond to everyone who leaves a comment.

I should point out that the multiple uses of the word "godammit" is probably going to turn off some radio programmers. (Listeners can be so goddam sensitive these days.) 

Keep it up--and let me know when more music is available.

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Afraid Of Everyone by The Minimum Wage

Alan Cross

Nice. There's a Future Islands sort of vibe here but with an organ (Hammond? Lowery?) instead of a straight-ahead synth. And pretty good for a social-distanced lockdown recording, too. However, it does make me wonder how this song would have taken shape had everyone been in the same room in a studio environment with an outside producer. Some real magic can happen under those circumstances. 

Another thing: Playing songs live in front of an audience that will tell you the truth about your music in real time is VERY important. Keep working on your stuff, but it won't be ready for prime time until you work it out in front of an audience over multiple gigs.

This is a good proof-of-concept but not yet a finished product. But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?

Try to circulate this among as many people as possible to get as much feedback as you can get. 

What's the plan for this? Is this just a proof-of-concept to show what you can do when you can finally perform live? Is that even in the cards or is this just a welcome distraction from COVID?

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Alan Cross

Nice track. No notes for me on songwriting, performance, recording or production.

Now some questions: 

1. What are you planning to do with this song? Take it to radio? Look for a sync license? Use it to secure a record deal?

2. This isn't far off the mark when it comes to what's happening in contemporary Canadian country music. That's a format I'd consider targeting. And don't forget about the CBC. They love this sort of stuff, especially over on Radio 3.

3. If radio is your thing, look for a radio plugger to help you get to all the proper programmers and music directors. They can help you rise above the noise.

4. Good move having a lyric video. It's essential to have something (anything!) on YouTube. And you'll also need to be on Spotify, Apple Music and all the other streaming music services.

5. What's your social media strategy? You'll need to find a way to cultivate relationships with your new fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

6. How often do you play live? The more you can get in front of strangers who will tell you the truth about your music in real time, the better.

Lemme share this on my social networks. That should give you some good reach.

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War Face by Nolan Jodes

Alan Cross

I like it. Not all songs need a chorus. Kinda Imagine Dragons-y but without the histrionics. Good production and performance, too. The discordant strings are a nice stuff. Very Velvet Underground-like.

Now some questions.

1.  What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Soundtracks? All these paths need to be investigated.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word.  

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations and public radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Wanna know if your material is great? (1) Are you friends and family raving about your stuff? (2) Are people actively seeking you out? If the answer to both those questions is "yes." You may have something on your hands. If not, then maybe what you're offering just isn't good enough to cut through all the noise. Remember that no one has a RIGHT to have their music heard. Your music has to demand people's attention on its own.

7. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. I suspect you already know that, though.

8. Record labels are weird these days. They're all about pop and hip-hop. You may be best going about things on your own until such time that a label can't ignore you any longer. Word of mouth is going to be your best friend at this point.

9. If the budget allows, get something up on YouTube, even if it's just a lyric video. That's still the biggest source of music discovery.

Hope that helps. Lemme share this on my social networks. That'll be good for about 100,000 people.

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Baby, Won't You Get Me A Beer by Nolan Jodes feat. Laurel Minnes

Alan Cross

Nice stuff. Good male/female vocal interplay. No notes from me on songwriting or performance. The only thing I wonder about (and this is a small thing) is the drum sound. I wonder what another producer might do with that part of the production? It's just a thought, not a criticism.

Now some questions.

1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Soundtracks? (I can see that one working well for obvious reasons.) All these paths need to be investigated.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word.  

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. Streaming isn't country's/root's friend right now, but if you get on the right playlist....

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations, public radio and commercial alternative/AAA radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. But I have a feeling you knew that, right? A couple of slots at the right music festivals could be the thing that starts the crowd singing along (and "Won't You Get Me a Beer" is a great vocal hook), which might just get word of mouth going. Country music conventions (especially the radio ones) would be a good gig, too.

7. And if budget allows it, try and get something up on YouTube. That's still the biggest source of music discovery in the known universe.

Glad to share this on my social networks. That should be good for about 100,000 people or so.

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You Belong in My Arms by Nolan Jodes feat. Sammi Morelli

Andrea Young

Much to like here, but a bit uneven in spots.   Its got different elements in the vocals that are more separate than joined together.  Vocals together are a bit shaky.  --And I wrote those 3 sentences before reading your description below about how the song was recorded, so that's interesting that I picked up some of the methods of how it was recorded when I listened to it before knowing anything about it!  I really like the melody and lyrics and style and vocals too, I just think it needs more work before it would be ready for playlists and shows. Hope you continue on making music! Thanks very much for your submission, love your story, good luck with your music! 

Alan Cross

This is really nice. Good production, fine performance, a fun backstory, a few surprise. (I wasn't expecting the banjo and the semi-trashy drum sound for example. The drum sound works, by the way. That wasn't a criticism.)

I'd call this radio-ready for adult contemporary stations. You will, however, need some help cutting through the noise. I'd recommend a radio plugger and a publicist to deal with that.

Is this part of an album? Are you looking to get signed? Do you have a manager? An agent? How about a social media strategy? These are all next steps that need to be considered.

Think, too, about getting something on YouTube (even a lyric video) or BandCamp. Those are two sites that early adopters troll looking for the next big thing. 

Another thing: Have you considered that you might be a live performance act rather than a recording one? With the state of the music industry today, most of the cash is found not in selling music but in getting gigs. That's why I asked about a manager and an agent.

Again, very pleasant stuff. I'll share this through my social media channels. That's good for at least 100,000 people  Good luck!