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Philly Free Song Friday is bringing a free show to Bourbon & Branch next Friday

 

Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec
Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec

Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.

“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”

Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →

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Sunshine Superman won’t get left behind in the DIY music age (playing Fergie’s Pub tonight)

Photo by: Matteo Raffaelli
Photo by: Matteo Raffaelli

“I think that if you are not a DIY band, you’re behind.”

Philly guitarist Lewin Barringer is talking about going totally independent, and how it is the “new usual” for musicians worldwide. In doing so, musicians have taken it upon themselves to handle the business side of being a band along with, well, actually being a band.

Instead of simply writing, recording, and showing up for their fans (which is not the easiest job in the first place), they must also edit and produce their own work, book gigs, and most of all promote themselves. With YouTube’s rise in popularity as a home video platform with an average of over six billion hours of its videos being watched per month, it’s no wonder that Sunshine Superman – Barringer’s Philly-based folk-pop band – has taken to promoting itself with a YouTube channel of home-recorded performances.

Taking a look at the trio’s channel, SunshineSupermanPA, you’ll see a stream of 28 self-produced videos performed set in a variety of locations and pulling from a variety of genres. The band shows off their plucky originals, like the recent “Baby Give Me Your Hand” video, alongside of covers ranging from Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Their channel has just over 1,000 subscribers and more than 135,000 total views. Barringer admits that the numbers might not be huge, but he keeps his cup half full by saying, “it’s like playing for 300 people a day.”

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