FCC votes to disable Net Neutrality, Here’s how you can fight back.

A note from our Editor In Chief David Martinez on today’s FCC vote:
In today’s modern age, digital exposure has become a key aspect for success and exposure for local bands in the local music scene. It is one method of communication that has always been accessible by anyone looking to express themselves and to reach new audiences across the state and the country.  
We here at OCML Digital truly believe that both information and the ability to express yourself online should be easily and readily available. Unfortunately, today we are here to let you know that due to 3-2 vote, the Commission stripped away those neutrality protections. This is not the end of the line. There are several steps that need to be taken. If, net neutrality can’t be saved in the courts, perhaps it can be saved in Congress with the help of both parties. The fight doesn’t stop here; Here are some ways to be involved.
Plus, you can join the ACLU in bringing the fight to Congress here.

Check out Krista Marina’s acoustic session!

Thursdays in OCML mean Acoustic Sessions! Our throwback thursday today, is showcasing a very talented individual with not only great musicianship but also great stage presence. Ladies and gentlemen we bring you Krista Marina.
Raised in a cultural household, Krista developed an ear for dynamic vocals and appealing melodies. As soon as she discovered songwriting, Krista began taking music more seriously.

At age 14, she joined a band with close friends with whom she fostered her art and performed countless gigs for five years. Lead singer, keyboardist, and cajon player of the group, Krista performed at notable venues, such as the Troubadour and the Viper Room. Meanwhile, at Huntington Beach High School, Krista was a part of the Music Media Entertainment Technology program of the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA MMET) through which she cultivated her songwriting and performing skills, and discovered her interest in production.

In June of 2016, Krista released her debut EP, “Bittersweet,” which she wrote and co-produced. The following November, she collaborated with producer Arc North to create “Meant To Be,” a single she both sang and co-wrote. Krista continues to write for herself and other artists, lend her voice to collaborations, play shows, and immerse herself in various pockets of music. Although Krista’s music stretches across genres, there is a certain intangible element about it that signifies a Krista Marina-type style that sets her apart from the rest.

Make sure you follow Krista Marina on Facebook | Instagram | Website

We’re No Gentlemen release new music video titled “Night”

Hailing from Los Angeles, alternative rock band We’re No Gentlemen is premiering the music video for their track “Night,”  The video, directed by Henry Arres, is centralized around the general theme of loss, and allows every member of the band to have their own individual story. Originally a simplistic performance-based concept video.

“Night” developed into a deep visual, directly based off of the song’s lyrics. Although still intermixed with performance scenes, the video allows a look into each band member’s personal experiences with both negative thinking and loss. About “Night”, the band states:

“Night” is a song about wanting to let go of hurt. It’s a build up of all of the experiences that have now become you. It’s about wanting to let go of negative and suicidal thoughts. Most of the band has been affected by loved ones taking their own life so this song is very dear to our hearts.

Follow We’re No Gentlemen online! Check out their Facebook | Instagram and Website

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RIVALS releases new single titled, “Moonlit”

RIVALS ended 2017 with a bang! after releasing two new tracks. First, it was the previous single titled, “Low” which is a tad darker and different than their previous work. Now, thats always a good thing to have bands evolve and explore new horizons. Today, RIVALS released their second track titled, “Moonlit” off the long awaited album ” Damned Soul set to be released in February 2018.

In an interview, Kalie Wolfe stated, “Moonlit is about me. It’s about my past. It’s about my future. It’s about those around me. Those who’ve hurt me. Those i’ve hurt. I’m not perfect, I never will be, but all I can do is try to be the best version of myself.”

Their full album is set to be release on February 2nd on SmartPunk Records.
You can now pre order your copy here
Follow the band on their social media. Keep up to date on new content and upcoming shows
Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

Rising star in the House Community ready to take the stage this Friday.

One of the nicest guys in the House Music Scene here in Orange County Thomas Garcia stopped by our HQ as he prepares for his upcoming show OCML Presents: All Through the House Fri/15th. Inspired by the OffSpring and NOFX at 10 years old, it  encouraged him to pick up a guitar and teach himself on how to play it. Aside from the mainstream inspiration he was also encouraged and took part in the schools music program in which he picked up the viola along side other instruments. As he grew he decided to start creating house music, so branding became the next step.

After several brainstorming sessions he decided to just go with his name Thomas Garcia as his stage name. Since then, he performed in several locations throughout Southern California and one of them being EDC in Las Vegas Nevada to which to this day is one of his biggest moments in his music career. What sets him apart from other DJ’s is that he tries to create new music everyday as he stated;

” My music making process begins with a beat and from there I begin to build my initial idea. The process takes around two hours to complete a full song.” One piece of advice he’d give to up and coming artists is to, “Work on something everyday, no matter what.”  Check out his recent Artist Spotlight interview with OCML down below!

Don’t forget to check out Thoma’s Spotify playlist!
Also follow him on Facebook  |  Instagram  

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How to use your art to influence social change with Brad West | OCML Podcast

Brad West the lead singer with Against The Sun, Political Science Major and a huge avid supporter for the Homeless Advocacy and Outreach Programs in Orange County. In this episode we will talk about the methods to influence change using your creativity. There is no better way to get peoples attention than with a creative outlet. Several methods include, painting, designs, songs, music videos etc that a band can do to express their dissatisfaction or agreement about any topic.

Thank you for stopping by and listening to the OCML Podcast! We are a group of promoters, artists, and fans that enjoy local music! This Podcast will help up the up and coming artist get to know the local music scene. You will gain a perspective and knowledge from us the promoters, fellow artists and fans that host this show. It will also help you get a better idea of the local music scene and how it works. If you like what you hear, subscribe using the links provided down below.

Make sure you check out the song/band of the week “The Sugar-Hold On”
Follow them on Facebook  |  Instagram  | Website

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Doug chats about his inspirations growing up and about the band Dreams of Vertigo

We sat down with Doug Ferguson lead singer of the band Dreams Of Vertigo and also avid supporter of the #EndPayToPlay movement. We sat down and chatted about his inspirations growing up, his taste in music and also about his band. Check out the full interview down below. Also, Check out the OCML Podcast in which he was a guest and chatted more in depth about his support in the anti pay to play movement.

Check out this podcast episode in which he talked about Ending Pay to Play

Doug Ferguson stops by and chats about the #EndPayToPlay | OCML Podcast

New Study: Musicians are Three times more likely to suffer from Depression according to study.

The launch of a new mental health hotline offering support for those in the music industry has officially launched with 24/7 service. This Service was created by a great charity Help Musicians UK after a recent study showed that musicians were three times more likely to suffer from depression compared to the general public. The research was spearheaded by Sally Gross and Dr.George Musgrave of the University of Westminster.  It was the world’s largest study which had 2,200 musicians surveyed. The largest groups of participants are self identified as musicians. The Study also accounted for other music-biz roles, including management, label or music publishing, audio production and crew.
(For more info check the Study)

An official statement made on their official website states: “With 96 years of experience, Help UK understands the complexity of working in music and recognizes the need of support to reflect the nature and unique challenges those in the industry can face”.

“If you want someone to talk to, or even explore avenues for help ongoing support, get in touch, anytime. We’re here to help”

For anyone in need to talk to someone the hotline number is 0808 802 8008 and it operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We do understand this is a service currently exclusive in the UK, but there are several hotlines here in the United States that can help you out if you ever need to talk to someone. 

Check the list down below and see what best helps you.

Remember you are not alone, there is always someone to talk to.

L.A. Co. Mental Health/Crisis Line……..800-854-7771
Suicide Prevention Center (24 Hours)…….213-381-5111
Suicide Prevention Crisis Center…….310-391-1253 (24 Hours)
Rape Treatment Center (24 Hours)……….310-319-4000
Alcoholics Anonymous (24 Hours)……….213-936-4343
Narcotics Anonymous (24 Hours)……….909-622-4274
California Youth Crisis Line……….800-843-5200

Check out the new music video by Sabrina Lentini

“Dorothy Gale” is the name of the latest single by Sabrina Lentini, a very talented Orange County Musician with a captivating live acoustic performance and a genuinely awesome artist. We talked to Sabrina about her latest music video release:

What is the story behind the name of the track, “Dorothy Gale”?

Sabrina: “Dorothy Gale” is inspired by a huge part of my childhood- my love for The Wizard of Oz. The movie and its music take me back to being a little girl, singing and dancing with my grandma at her house, channeling imagination and wonder. I wanted to pay homage to these wonderful memories, the story itself, and the main character Dorothy, who I always wanted to be. It’s really a coming-of-age story for me, because I’m telling a new story, one that guides Dorothy beyond the yellow brick road to find her new home within herself.”

What inspired the overall aspect of the music video?
Sabrina: Even before I recorded the song, I was daydreaming about the music video, and I could not wait to wear my ruby slippers that my mom made for me a few years ago. I wanted the video to be simple, so the lyrics can take the listener on a journey. It came together so quickly and beautifully, and I’m so proud of the final product. My mom and I went driving around the Orange Circle and found the most perfect, magical little house for the video. It was exactly what I had envisioned, and to look up and see the purple steps and the white porch railings and the way the sun shined on them was magical. It just felt right. Just like I pictured Dorothy’s childhood home in Kansas.

With the year coming to a close what are your plans for 2018? 
Sabrina: My goal right now is to get this song heard as much as possible. It means so much to me, and I hope it touches those who hear it. I’m also very excited to release more music in the near future and to build my fan base. I’m writing lots of new material and performing all over OC, and I’m definitely planning on traveling to Nashville again soon in the new year!

Check her out on social media by clicking the respective links: Facebook  |  Instagram | Youtube

Running your Band as a Business with Andrew Brown | OCML Podcast

Thank you for stopping by and listening to the OCML Podcast! We are a group of promoters, artists, and fans that enjoy local music! This Podcast will help up the up and coming artist get to know the local music scene. You will gain a perspective and knowledge from us the promoters, fellow artists and fans that host this show. It will also help you get a better idea of the local music scene and how it works. If you like what you hear, subscribe using the links provided down below. 

This episode: Episode 59 with Andrew Brown of AMB Tax Services. Running Your Band as a Business, Treating it Like a Start-Up and Doing Business in the Digital Music Industry. How to start your business, partnership vs. LLC. It is something that all bands regardless in the number of members should know. Last thing you need is the good ol’ IRS at your door asking for their share of the money. 

Also, check out this great local band from Long Beach California named, “Of Limbo”. They are the band of the week for this episode of the OCML Podcast. Listen to their track at the end of the episode title “Let’s Get Fucked Up”.

Music: Of limbo – Let’s Get Fucked Up