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The Venue Ladder What is it and how does it help.

An early learning stage developmental ladder for new and upcoming bands by which they participate in Open Mics and play smaller shows to learn about themselves and the band. Have them understand their abilities, their style, their stage presence etc, it’s a great way to help develop the artist the right way, without having them search for help in the pay to play circuit. 

The Steps on participating on this venue ladder.

1.  You play your first show with us at 4th Street Market or Acoustic Tuesdays.

2.  Open Mic at the House of Blues in which you will be playing in-front of OCML promoters and

     the GM of HOB.

3. The Rush Bar Show or DCSVR Thursdays at the Foundation Room in HOB

4. Perform at the Parish Room in HOB or at The Constellation Room at the Observatory OC.

5. You are now in the House of Blues System and be booked to larger festivals.

OCML and the House Of Blues hosted the first OCML DSCVR Show with great success.

A great line up in an elegant location with some good vibes turned the first OCML DSCVR Show at the Foundation Room in The House of Blues a great success. The first ever line up showcased Taken Days, Population U, Sweet Hayah and OCML Records very own The Standard Affiliates. Later that night the new line up for the next DSCVR show was announced later that night. Click the link down below to see the new line up!

Don’t miss the next OCML DSCVR Show at The Foundation Room Thursday November 16th. 

New music video by Miki Ratsula titled ” Wishing Wells” and chats with us on what inspired the music video.

Miki Ratsula stopped by and chatted with us in regards to her latest music video. Talked about what was the inspiration behind the music video, the track and the possibility of a new album coming out.

The name of the track is inspired by the lines, “I’ve stared down wishing wells counting the coins that have fell..” and “Dreamers, I wish you well with the stories that you tell..”.   For the song it represents both a literal wishing well in which people throw coins and make wishes, and it represents the song’s theme of dreaming/wishing.

My girlfriend, Hope Reim, and I directed the video together. Visually, we wanted to use color to communicate the effects of a healthy vs unhealthy environment on an LGBTQ person. At the beginning of the video where there is tension with an unaccepting parent, the colors are colder and less vibrant. But when editing shots of the pride festival, we really wanted the colors to pop.
I have some songs lined up for recording, and while I could release them together as an EP, I am leaning towards releasing them all as individual singles over time.

Follow MIki on Facebook, Youtube and make sure to check out “Wishing Wells” down below. 

The OCML Podcast celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary!

In the midst of all the chaos from the House of Blues Shows, preparation for the OCML Monster Mash and the actual event. The OCML Podcast turned 1 year old and in the spirit of OCML the team got together, gathered a few beers and recorded a special One Hour podcast which you can listen to it now!

Special thanks to Producer Mike Stark and the LA Radio Studio!

Sat down with the guys from Of Limbo and chatted about their latest album and music video.

Dave: First and foremost, thank you for taking some time off to chat with us for a bit.
So lets start with a simple question. What inspired the name of the track?
The name of track is taken from the lyrics and concept of the song. It’s about promising to someone you will stop fucking up, but then continually disappointing them and yourself.  “I know you’ve heard it all before.  I’ve had every last chance and a few more.  I swore I was done for good for sure.  You’d never have to see this me, anymore.  But then it happened again.”

Dave: As a designer, I love when bands take that extra step in making proper lyric videos or music videos that have that artistic touch.  Who directed your music video and what was the artistic inspiration behind the style?
Video was directed by Brandon Troy Vancour, an LA based film student.
We gave him a Pinterest board that we felt fit the mood we were going for, as well as a couple rough double exposure compositions Jake made that didn’t end up working when we tried it in editing. The only real concept was us rocking out with some cool color treatments on the video.

Dave: You are one of the few bands that have that ability to stretch into different styles of rock music. What inspired this album?
Exactly that, the desire to make new, refreshing rock again. The scene has become stale with imitators. Bands are constantly rehashing old Sabbath, AC-DC or Zeppelin sounds. It’s becoming increasingly rare to find bands with truly new takes on rock. Just like the film industry nowadays is completely saturated with shitty reboots of old classics (Ghostbusters, Jumanji, etc.), the music scene is no different. Nicotineis us proving that there’s still uncharted territory.

Dave: What is one of your favorite track from the Nicotine Album to perform live?
Well the one that ALWAYS gets the crowd going is “Let’s Get Fucked Up”. Although it may not be our favorite song on the record, there’s no better feeling than playing to an audience that’s bouncing off the fucking the walls.

Dave: How would you describe the sound of this new album to any new potential fan?
 Modern rock, with a 90s flair. But as you said yourself before, every song sounds different, so it’s hard even for us to pin it down like that. 

Dave: What inspired the name of the new album? also i noticed that the merch correlates with the title of the album, was that part of the deal?
We’ve been selling that line of “unfiltered” shirts for over three years now…and it’s interesting to see that all these high fashion brands like D&G are putting out their own vintage cigarette designs. But as far as the album title, it really is an unrelated coincidence. Nicotine just pertains to the concept and lyrics of the title track.

Dave: I’ve attended a ton of  local shows in the past few years and your shows along side “Them Evils” live shows are pretty wild and awesome. What is one piece of advice you’d give fans or bands in today’s music scene?
It’s always been about making a rock show a party again. I can’t tell you how many shows I’ve been to where the people just stand there like zombies that have been herded into a room to just stare at the meat on stage and robotically clap when a song ends. You know the craziest thing about it? All it takes is like two people at the front to start losing themselves, dancing and having a good time to break people out of this weird self conscious trance. It’s as if sweeps across the rest of the crowd like an electrical current shocking them all back to life and everyone has so much more fun after that. If you want a passive, one sided entertainment experience, go to a movie.

Check out their latest single and music video “Happened Again” and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram


OCML partners with The House Of Blues this Thursday for the first ever DSCVR Show.

After a successful run at the House of Blues in Anaheim, OCML will be partnering up not only in launching an Open Mic Night every Thursday Night but also this Thursday with OCML DSCVR Show at the Foundation Room. Launching with the idea that it’ll be the place to discover great new talent and also this show will be a step in the OCML Ladder to the Main stage process. 

Its a don’t miss show! This Thursday October 26th 2017. 
Kickoff at 7:30pm  
Free Event
21+ Event 

Showcased at OCML DSCVR this Thursday


OCML and the House Of Blues Anaheim launch Open Mic Nights.

OCML and the House of Blues Anaheim have joined forces in launching an “Open Mic Night” every Thursday in their beautiful Restaurant Stage on the first floor.  They began taking submissions earlier today! Here is what you need to know!
They are asking for you to send the following:
-Artist/Band Name
-Band Members Names 
-Youngest Band Members Age
-Stage Plot/Plug in List
-Upcoming Shows.
All this information is needed for proper booking. Failing to not include the asked information will not guarantee a place on the bill.
Their first show begins Thursday, November 9th.


Lead singer from Gus McArthur performs a spoken word at LA Radio Studio.

Gordon Allen lead singer from Gus McArthur performs a spoken word at LA Radio Studio. Gordon along side with other OCML Team Members have witnessed the harsh environments of homelessness here in Orange County. John Safari and the team are involved in resolving and helping homelessness here in Orange County by placing a few porta-potties, serving food and water, providing blankets, sweatshirts etc for winter.

We spoke with Gordon to get a word on what inspired him and he replied,
“While working with OCML Axiom Video Series having witnessed
the injustices placed upon the homelessness.”