Moon Coil Media

August 2, 2022

A couple of our artists, Eric Oberto & Amulet are featured in the latest issue of one of the only print magazines in our scene, Procession.

Check out the details below:

https://bit.ly/3zKFJGI

For more information:

Eric Oberto
Amulet

August 1, 2022

The goth/industrial/electronic music community suffered a tremendous loss just recently.  Dave Heckman, Co-Founder of Metropolis Records passed away unexpectedly.  There’s no doubt that the community wouldn’t be the same were it not for the label’s existence.  Below is the Facebook post and statement from Metropolis Records,

We’d like to send to Dave’s family and the staff at Metropolis Records our heartfelt sympathies and we hope for peace for them in the coming days.

Here is the statement from Metropolis Records

Metropolis Records is devastated to announce the death of our founder and label owner, Dave Heckman.
Dave passed unexpectedly on Friday, July 29th. Dave is survived by his wife Gail, and their two children, Colin and Nina.
Dave also leaves behind an indelible mark on the world of underground music. Dave was a Penn State graduate with an MBA from Temple University, and had extensive experience in retail distribution, but more so, Dave loved music. In 1991 he and Gail opened Digital Underground, a music store near South Street in Philadelphia. The store soon found a niche importing hard to find Industrial and Darkwave CDs from Europe. This success inspired him to start Metropolis Records, and in 1993 he started the process of building a roster and partnerships with bands and labels overseas. Through the labels early, rapid growth, through the turbulence of the industry shifting towards digital, and so much more, Dave kept us going. His vision for the future of the company never wavered.
Underneath his almost larger than life personality, Dave was someone who had heart and drive to do the best he could for his artists, employees, and music in general.
Dave loved us.
To our family of artists, our partners, and our friends:
We will be reaching out to you as soon as we are able. This is all so emotionally overwhelming for us.
As always, feel free to contact Jim, Jerry, Athan, or Gary if you need anything, or have any questions. Gail is also responding to Dave’s emails, texts, and phone calls for the time being. Rest assured that we are in more than capable hands. Gail, who built and her own highly successful company. and has at times been a silent partner in Metropolis, will keep us going strong.
Gail, Jim, Jerry, Athan, and Gary will be dedicated to continuing Dave’s legacy and keeping Metropolis going. We have wonderful distribution partnerships, and we plan to build on our other artist support network.
We need a breath. We need to grieve. We are heartbroken.
On a personal note, Dave was so much more than Metropolis. He was a mentor, a friend, a confidant, a father figure. We will miss him immeasurably. Thank you, Dave. for everything.
We love you.
From the entire Metropolis Records Family:
Gail, Colin, Nina, Jim, Jerry, Athan, Gary
July 25, 2022

Chaos Control was kind enough to do an interview with The Royal Ritual recently.  Check out the link below. And be sure to check out The Royal Ritual’s debut full-length release, Martyrs.

Interview with David Lawrie of The Royal Ritual

The Royal Ritual’s latest album, Martyrs is available now!

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THE ROYAL RITUAL is the brainchild of renowned producer/sound designer, David Lawrie. “Pews In A Pandemic,” contains rich soundscapes as well as foley elements that combine to replace the function of typical elements. For example, instead of a snare drum, Lawrie uses an intriguing blend of gunshots mixed with steel barrels and hydrophonic recordings.

Many synthetic elements of the song were actually crafted from sampling recorded elements and manipulating them into synthetic instruments. This “meta” approach lends itself to the B-Side of the “Pews…” single – a cover of Phildel’s “Glide Dog” – where the original song was analyzed by a wavetable synthesizer and used as an element throughout The Royal Ritual’s version – a vast departure from the sparseness of Phildel’s original arrangement, into a much heavier, industrial affair.

The single is available in digital format as well as in a limited, engraved wooden USB which contains additional material.

July 19, 2022

The title of this post makes no sense, right? Perhaps in and of itself.  But hear me out.

I’d been wanting to write a post like this for a while but I saw something on another PR person’s site that inspired me to go ahead and do this.  The post was incredibly misguided and unprofessional, not to mention the fact that it broke a number of rules about what PR really should be about; common sense rules.

If we focus on relationships in this business, results will follow.  The “R” goes before the “P” in reality. So really, what does this mean?

Yeah everyone wants to make a living and survive and with a bit of luck, like what we do.  I’m extremely blessed that I can say I love what I do and I’m grateful to be able to survive from it.  But this isn’t about me and this isn’t about being “transactional”.  It reminds me of something Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society said; “These are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life, but poetry, love romance..  these are things we stay alive for”.

So then the question becomes, “How do we put the R before the P in our professional lives”.  Answer? It’s really simple, actually….

By treating people the way we want to be treated ourselves.  Business shouldn’t be like the stereotypical “business” transaction… cold, clinical and transactional. You have to think of the end-user perspective both in business and in regular day-to-day life.  A person walking into a shop might have enough money in their pocket for a product, but they could also have families, debt, other obligations – life outside that business transaction.

NOW before I go further, this is not an opportunity to put myself on a soapbox or whatever.  But hear me out. I’m just using examples.

When I conduct business, I try my hardest to make it personal, not simply transactional.  It’s not just about me “taking” by getting results from the media outlets or DJs.  People running blogs, zines, sites…  they have lives outside of their writing.  They have families, debt, responsibilities, stress, a flooded Inbox from other PR people.  Step outside the box and think about this. If I know one of my writers is going through a rough time….  death in the family, they just got out of the hospital, they are having personal or financial problems, they just lost a pet etc..  I’ll check on them.  “Results” will hopefully come later.  But for the moment, this is a human being going through a stressful time and they need to know someone understands.  This isn’t about “oh look what I do”.  This is about treating someone like a human being.

If they lost someone to cancer, make a donation to the American Cancer Society in that person’s honor.  If they lost a pet, make a donation to the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.  Did they get Covid? Call and see if they are feeling better.  Is it something less stressful like they lack a skill and need some help? Post and ask the community.  There was enough division in the world the past couple of years.  Tell people you give a shit.

Anytime I send a friend request or ask a DJ if they want to be in my DJ promo pool, I take 20 seconds or less and send them a DM. Before I go any further with that, let me tell you about this post that I saw tonight.

NOW onto the post that triggered this…

Another PR person posted (almost sounding proud) that they had to create pretty much a standard form response because apparently they frequently get inquiries from artists.  That’s their first mistake..  sending a form email any time they get an inquiry from an artist.  There’s no harm in taking a minute (find the time… even if you have more than one job… this is someone’s art) and listening to their music..  why they came to you in the first place.

The post went on RIGHT ON to say they had a flat “monthly” fee and took clients for a minimum of two months.  So right away, they requested a non-negotiable four figure sum which is only discounted when booking more than two months. Ok…  back up a second.

People bring us singles, videos, EPs, LPs and sometimes request a longer term working relationship (There’s the “R” word again). It’s fine to have a price grid.  But for God’s sake, don’t put someone’s project in a damn box. Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that I’m honorable and not a backbiter.  So let me break this down to a general list of things that I believe are “DOs” and “DON’Ts” in this business:

  1. DON’T come off as arrogant and bring money up right in the VERY beginning. Listen first.  Someone put their heart and soul into their music.
  2. DON’T push someone into feeling obligated to do a longer-term business deal
  3. DON’T advertise “specials”. (I know some will disagree with me on this but hear me out).  If you advertise “specials” for your services like a certain percentage off or whatever, you are making a generic, blanket statement that says, “your project isn’t any different than others.” If you are going to discount, make it exclusively within that relationship with that specific artist.
  4. DONT be an asshole.  Don’t say things like you don’t have time to click on a link if you aren’t receiving money.  We all have lives and responsibilities.  These artists come to us and deserve to be treated as if they are special. Because, guess what?  They are. Sure it’s ok to have standardized procedures but that leads me to the first, “Do”.
  5. DON’T assume that the artist headspace is the same as that of a business person/strategist.  So their approach may not be the same as ours. Sometimes artists have both mindsets (business and artist) but just don’t have extra time. Example: I couldn’t write a song anymore to save my life.  But I could help artists with promotion and business direction.  In other words, read Number 4 again.

 

  1. DO be flexible. If someone is a referral, give them a discount after you reached an agreement. Consider payment arrangements (within reason of course.} We can be flexible and not have clients take advantage.  It’s a mutual respect thing.
  2. DO see how they are doing outside of providing business updates.  They, too are human and have other things in their lives outside of music and business
  3. DO be transparent to clients and potential clients, honest but not an A-hole.
  4. DO tell a potential client at least a couple of things that you appreciate about their music if you approach them.  It’s not cool to come off like you are only there for money.  You’re establishing these things called “relationships”, remember? Plus if you can’t appreciate something as a fan, how can you “sell” it?

 

So that’s all I can think of for now.  As I said, the people that know me, know my work ethic and they know I don’t backbite or act arrogant.

I’m just a PR guy.  I’m not the best by ANY stretch of the imagination.  I just try to make tomorrow better for business and my clients as possible… whether it’s researching new services or doing behind the scenes organization, reaching out to new DJs.

I’m very blessed to be in the position that I’m in.  But it’s not just about being transactional.  Be transformational and build relationships regardless of how long they last.  In business and in life, treat people with respect.  It goes a LONG way to clients and for your legacy.

Relationships first…  Publicity will follow.

 

 

July 19, 2022

He all.  I found this video today and I just had to share it.  There should be more like these.  But this one is on Victoria Fashen’s channel.  If you’ve not seen her channel, check it out.  There is some great content on there.  Some of you may be wondering what is the “IA” at the end of LGBTQ (which most are already familiar with).  It’s actually “Intersex/Asexual”.  So there you go…  you learn something new every day. Anyway, check it out.  She’s kind enough to feature Male Tears who are are now working with.