Joshua Smotherman

Joshua Smotherman


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Joshua Smotherman

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Co-founder Middle Tennessee Music.com, Founder Indie Musicpreneurs.com, CMO UL Sounds.com, Songwriter/Producer BUNKSperience.com
Bio
Empowering independent creatives to be responsible Musicpreneurs in a digital, DIY era. I write for Indie Music Discovery.com. Also co-author of the book Getting Your Music Heard Online: written by indie musicians for indie musicians who prefer a DIY approach. CMO of Unlimited Sounds Publishing & Distribution, LLC based in Sacramento, California as well as co-owner of MPC Recording Company, a small indie Hip Hap label also based in Sacramento. And I teach digital marketing at University of the Pacific.
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Expertise
pr, music promotion, music marketing, web design, music blogging
Interests
music
Location
Sacramento, CA

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Matt Como submitted media.

Shooting Star (Lyric Video) by Como Brothers

Joshua Smotherman

From the moment the guitar kicked in, I was hooked. I started bouncing along to the groove and immediately felt lighter and happier. Very strong melodies, easily memorable, and a super catchy jam. This is definitely radio and playlist-ready with a wide appeal across genres. The lyric video is fun, equally as bright and further enhances the atmosphere of the song. Really digging this one! Como Brothers never disappoint!

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Suzanne's Band Down In Mexico by Suzanne's Band

Joshua Smotherman

This takes me back to that Jimmy Buffett "Margaritaville" type of vibe and does a really great job at capturing the tropical atmosphere and refreshing energy that comes along with disconnecting in such a place. The instrumentation is just right, in my opinion, and the mix is very clean allowing every element to stand on it's on while still creating a cohesive, catchy song. The only (minor) critique I have is I wish the vocals weren't so dry; just a hint of reverb or a slight delay could be just enough to make this song "pop" a little more (for me).

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

I was hooked from the moment I clicked play and heard the guitars and the intensity of the energy infused into this song. The transition into the verse was smooth and the melody really enriches the mood and the listening experience. The vocals fit really well into the mix which is well balanced, crisp, and clearly defines each element and sonic nuance of the track. This song really jams and it jams hard! The release of tension throughout the outro was the perfect ending to this sonic assault on my senses. I'm ready for a repeat listen!

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

Digging the energy of this song and the simple yet profoundly creative way you approached the video stuck out to me when reading your description of the song/video. The mix is clear and each element of the song shines through with impact. The vocal performance is passionate and goes well with the intensity of the instrumentation. The uptempo drums, in your face feeling, and excellent guitar tones really drive this song into being awesome. Rock on!

Austin Nolen submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

Really dig the instrumental foundation. The mix is clean and each element shines while working together well as a cohesive unit. As far as the vocals, it's near impossible to understand anything you're saying due to the filter(s) and/or distortion on the sections where those alterations are present. Some simple EQ or volume adjustments might be necessary to ensure the vocals do not detract from the well crafted sound bed. Overall, a solid track.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Joshua Smotherman

The driving rhythm, the sweet sounding tone of the guitars, the way the song picks up energy as it progresses into in-your-face alternative rockin' goodness is just enough to make you stand up and start dancing around with your favorite air instrument of choice. The drums are really bringing some heat to the neck breaking groove. The vocals sit in the mix just right further enhancing the impact of the song on the senses. This is a well crafted, hard jammin' tune that just keeps getting more and more interesting the longer you listen. When you get to the 4:40 mark... oh boy, buckle up! ...then the song ends and you're left wanting more.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

Really digging the more mellow, organic vibes of this version of the Springsteen classic. The instrumentation really sets the mood and presents the song as less of a poppy dance tune and more like an emotional, soulful, hit you right in the heart strings type of track. I also appreciate the more modern sound to this rendition. You have managed to maintain the original magic of the song while presenting it in a completely new light. Rock on!

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Joshua Smotherman

Catchy song! Really loving the reggae influenced instrumentation and the infectious passion that pours across in the performance. The visual treatment does a great job at enhancing the song and bringing more life to the recording. I bumped this multiple times before I wrote this so there's something to say about that!! Great track!

Jason Garriotte submitted media.

Freedom by Chords of Truth

Joshua Smotherman

Loving the groove on this one. It immediately had me nodding my head and moving my body around. The instrumentation is sweet and the mix is well balanced allowing for each instrument to shine through clearly. The Joslin guitar solo is equally sweet. Really digging the lyrics/message being communicated through this sound bed. The vocals also sit nicely and were treated well for the overall vibe/style of this song although at specific points I feel the vocal track might be too loud. All in all this is a really solid song with substance and depth I can appreciate.

Jenni Ferchenko submitted media.

Who Am I Trying To Fool? by Jenni Ferchenko

Joshua Smotherman

Very strong song. The vocals are impactful and enchantingly soulful. The instrumentation is very engaging and lays a solid soundscape for the vocals to further express the emotions driving the vibe and lyrics on this track.

Martin Tillman submitted media.

Zero Gravity by Martin Tillman

Joshua Smotherman

The dramatic/cinematic build of this song really caresses the emotional strings. This would be perfect as the soundtrack or theme music during a profound awakening, a metamorphosis or traveling through space. This mix is pristine and the elements blend really well together creating a very impactful, enchanting bed of sound. I'm a big fan of this one, I would listen again and again.

Silvia Nikoletti submitted media.

Loving You (Official Video) by Celeste Buckingham

Joshua Smotherman

This cinematic visual does a great job at symbolizing and visually expressing what love feels like. The vocal performance keeps you engaged as the hauntingly peaceful piano plays out the roll-around-in-the-dirt elegance we refer to as love. I dig it!

DeepWit Recordings submitted media.

Intuition (Original Mix) by Stijn van Wijk

Joshua Smotherman

This is a really tasty jam. I'm moving, bouncing, and sliding around the room as it plays. Real chill vibes backed by a solid foundation of groovy rhythms and percussive elements that bring the energy to life. This definitely puts me in the mood for Spring as the frequencies, vibrations, and energy in this song come to life and transform throughout it's 6 minute and 20 second duration. I'm loving it!

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Second To Last by Gretchen's Wheel

Joshua Smotherman

This has a great sound with a really clean mix. I appreciate how each element stands out but still forms a cohesive song. The most unique aspect of this track is the vocals. A fairly unique style compared to most Nashville produced music I have listened to. After listening to this single, I'm ready to go check out the rest of the album. Job well done!

Billy R. Preston submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

Excellent cover! Really dig the emphasis on the piano. As soon as the song started playing I was filled with nostalgic feelings. I appreciate the presence of the vocals and how all the elements sit tightly but cohesively in the mix. The 3-part harmonies really helped add a galactic texture to the track. This is great example of what cover tunes should be like. The essence of Bowie's original recording is maintained while adding refreshing and stylistically pleasing variations. Two thumbs up.

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For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Joshua Smotherman

Great job at getting across what Fluence is and does. I think you might pack more punch and draw in more attention from people if you had a different voice over. The current voice sounds tired/bored and isn't really firing me up to run off and sign up for Fluence. I feel like a different, more enthusiastic voice would do a lot more for grabbing interest.

To spread Fluence around more, you need to get us, the curators, talking about it, posting it on social media, and writing articles or conducting interviews with your staff. Having the custom widget embed is a big step forward for increasing the buzz around Fluence...as long as people are using it.

Max Rosengren Falk submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

Great song with a lot of passion and energy behind it. This video definitely enhances the music as it is supposed to do. The underlying progression from a natural to an urban setting did an excellent job of portraying the deeper meanings and conveying the story. I also notice symbolism and imagery I'm not familiar with (since I'm not from Sweden) but know enough about history and culture to recognize the cultural and historical significance of such symbolism. Very polished and well put together video. This is a band I would feature on my music blog for sure. Interested in hearing more.

State.com submitted media.

Joshua Smotherman

If you can get bloggers talking about this, I think you can pick up quite a bit of traction. Most bloggers love expressing their opinions... I would also suggest crafting videos/ads/promos catered to specific markets/demographics. You would also benefit from allowing bloggers to interview someone(s) from the company to discuss the platform, inspiration, motivation, and goals. The video above was humorous and did a great job at piquing interest..but I'm still not sure what the product is about and why I need to go use it...

From this specific video, I am not rushing off to go download the app. I'm left wondering what's the purpose of this? ...despite how humorous I found the video.