James Taylor, Steven Tyler, the Pixies…
Over the years, the city of Boston has given us some iconic figures in entertainment; today we have the pleasure of introducing you to yet another. If you can for a moment, imagine if Jamiroquai and Steely Dan had a musical love child – well in our minds, the results would be Harry Jay Smith and the Bling.

We’re extremely proud to bring you an exclusive interview with Harry Jay Smith, who fronts this band on the rise, as he gets ready to blast off on a summer tour through the Northeast. Their debut EP, Truth, reached #1 on the Bandcamp neo-soul chart, as well as #3 on the r&b & soul charts within 5 hours of its release!!

Songwriting is more than a melody. It’s more than a few chords and words. Songwriting is more than stories about losing and finding love, and it’s more than whatever gets you through the night. Songs are the catalyst that have brought people together across the globe for generations. Songs and those who craft them are meant to ignore, cross and obliterate barriers – bridging the gaps we’ve created over the centuries: race…religion…language…nationality…

A lot of you out there have heard of the very talented singer – songwriter Bret Levick whose songs have appeared in dozens of TV shows like, Sons Of Anarchy, Shameless and most recently FOX’s Lucifer. But for this week’s Earbits newsletter feature we really wanted to a more intimate exclusive view on this accomplished musician that is quickly becoming a household name around the country. Bret was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions, and go into some serious personal depth about his early start in music, who he looks up to and is inspired by, his views on the music industry and lastly, what he is currently listening to at this very minute, and actually… a whole lot more!!

With Earbits releasing their new and improved Playlists on Android, I decided it was time to put together a list of my favorite tracks on the platform. After all, I’ve got 100+ Favorites, and having them organized into a Playlist would really make it easy to rock on-demand. I figured I’d spend ten minutes slapping together the songs I have marked over the years, and voila! 240 minutes of perfectly-curated music that will be my go-to soundtrack for months to come. Right?

Earbits just got a huge facelift, giving you a lot more options directly on the homepage. More importantly, we’ve made sharing your favorite songs with friends even easier. Previously, if you shared songs from web or mobile, your friends could click those links and listen to those tracks from our website, but not from a mobile device. The new iPhone and Android apps will now auto-play any tracks you share with friends or across Facebook.

Check it out! Here is a classic track from Grammy winning artist, Alabama Shakes. Give it a click! See what we mean, and if you like it, be sure to share it or anything else you discover.

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Maybe you’ve heard, Earbits was acquired earlier this year and we’ve been hard at work building an all new mobile experience.

Click here to grab the new app in the Apple App Store!


Here are just a few of the awesome features of our new mobile app.

  • New User-Friendly HD Interface

This latest release includes an interface overhaul with an increased focus on the ability to build a catalog of favorite artists and explore them on-demand.

  • Build Your Own Library

We have rolled out another great feature for our artists, and I’m excited to tell you about it.

You can now customize a slide-out ad that will show up when your music plays on Earbits, providing listeners with a way to click through to any promotion you have going. Whether you are looking for votes in a contest, selling a new album, giving away a free download, or any other number of uses, these ads are a great way to engage with your fans.

Custom Promo Ads for Artists on Earbits

You can access the slide-out promo ad by logging in to your artist dashboard (https://dashboard.earbits.com/dashboard/login), and setting it up is simple:

 

One of the perks of having your music on Earbits Radio, is a built-in mailing list that collects the email addresses of new fans, helping you expand your listener-base by engaging with them. The email addresses/data you accumulate are yours to add to your official mailing list, turning them into real fans and customers. That means you are going to need a game-plan for marketing to them on your own. Below are a few tips that should help you convert these new fans into loyal followers:

  1. Add them to your list right away and send them a note thanking them for joining your list. You might want to look into a mail service, such as Mailchimp.com.