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311 Going Indie for March Album (Billboard Exclusive)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5839799/311-confirms-march-release-for-new-album-exclusive

 

INgrooves providing global distribution and marketing for 311's March 2014 independent release.

The Omaha rockers will release their 11th LP in conjunction with 311 Day, taking place in New Orleans

It may be the band’s 11th album, but 311′s first new release in nearly three years will be a first for the Nebraska rockers: fully independent.

The band confirmed today (Dec. 16) the upcoming release of its next album, its first to be released solely on its own 311 Records. The currently-untitled LP has a March 11 due date.

Indie status may be a relatively unfamiliar concept for the reggae-tinged rock act after years of being signed to a major label, but frontman Nick Hexum says it’s one of the best moves 311 could have possibly made — especially after forming an agreement with INgrooves, which will distribute the album.

“It’s a distribution with services, which is so cool because they let you pick… alright, do you guys want to spend money on this type of promotion or that type of promotion?” Hexum tells Billboard. “It really allows us to feel involved and we can make sure that we’re being represented in a way that we want and we think is effective.

“The label system is corrupt; they’re so incompetent with their ability to bring any value to the table. It’s just a rip-off.”

Though little can be revealed about the album beyond its drop date, Hexum confirms that there’s a renewed sense of creativity that abounds with the untitled release, which he says was recorded mostly separately in each band member’s home studio after its summer tour in 2013.

“It feels less conservative to me,” he says, admitting the album takes some “left turns” and will at times explore some “weird” sounds. “But as always, there’s a lot of riffs and really good high energy stuff that’s going to be great for a live setting. We realized a long time ago that we’re primarily a live band, but I didn’t want to get too locked into just making crowd rockers. So I think there’s a good diversity of tempos and feels and arrangements, lots of distortion guitar and big rocking parts but then there’s some trippy, chill-out moments and even some hard rock, like dual leads that some might say could sound like some old classic rock.”

The album marks the return of producer Scotch Ralston, who more recently acted as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ soundman. Ralston was behind some of the five-piece’s earlier releases, like 1997′s “Transistor” and 1999′s “Soundsystem.”

“We asked him to come back and run sound for us, and it really improved our live sound,” Hexum explains. “The fans noticed that. Because he did the ‘Transistor’ album, which is kind of our most beloved fan favorite because it’s so eclectic and everything, there was a lot of excitement from the fans about that kind of creativity coming back in with him. So we started talking about new songs and he had so many ideas and just so much enthusiasm that it was like a steamroller of excitement. So we had to say yes to having him produce us. It turned out to be a great decision.”

All roads currently lead to March 11 — 311 Day — which will be held in its most recent iteration in New Orleans. Along with releasing the new album, the quintet will perform at the New Orleans Arena.

56th Grammy Awards: Congratulations to our Nominated Partners!

Congratulations to all of our label & artist partners who have been
honored with nominations for this year’s 56th Grammy Awards!!

Category 10 – Best Dance/Electronica Album
A Color Map Of The Sun
Pretty Lights
[8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records]

 Category 16 – Best Alternative Music Album
Lonerism
Tame Impala
[Modular/Interscope]

 Category 48 – Best Blues Album
Seesaw
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
[J&R Adventures]

Category 49 – Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture Of You
Guy Clark
[Dualtone]

Sweetheart Of The Sun
The Greencards
[Darling Street Records]

Category 51 – Best Reggae Album
One Love, One Life
Beres Hammond
[VP Records]

 The Messiah
Sizzla
[VP Records]

Category 65 – Best Album Notes
Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard:
Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936

Nathan Salsburg, album notes writer (Various Artists)
[Tompkins Square]

INgrooves Music Group’s Dave Zierler Joins Music Business Association’s Board of Directors

 

December 9, 2013 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, has added Glenn Dicker, Co-Owner of Redeye Incorporated, and Dave Zierler, President of INgrooves Music Group, to its Board of Directors. These two independent distribution representatives expand the Music Biz Board to 18 members representing different parts of the spectrum of music commerce, including physical and digital as well as content companies.

 

“Both Glenn and Dave have played a huge part in the music industry’s growth, helping a myriad of young, independent artists find their fanbases through Redeye and INgrooves’ distribution services,” said Jim Donio, President of Music Biz. “Now, as members of our board, they will bring an important voice to the table as we create a vision for the future that is beneficial to all of our members.”

 

“More and more innovative new music companies are springing up every day, and they need an organization like Music Biz to support their interests and give them a framework for success in today’s dynamic music marketplace,” said Zierler.  “I’m happy to be able to lend my voice to the discussion as a Music Biz board member and am looking forward to getting started.”

 

Zierler got his start at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advised Silicon Valley clients, before joining startup venture capital outfit ITU Ventures, which invested in early-stage technology companies emerging from college and university campuses. He entered the music industry when Universal Music Group Distribution created a new division dedicated to business analysis and invited him to join. In 2004, he became the first direct employee of the reactivated Fontana, creating the company’s financial infrastructure and working on all of its major deals. This led to a position as EVP and GM of INgrooves in 2007 and a reunion with Fontana in 2012, when it was acquired by INgrooves.