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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Reaching Fans, Without Help From A Record Label

Jonah Nilsson sings for the Dirty Loops. (Facebook/Dirty Loops)

Though the groups Dirty Loops, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, and Mister Barrington don’t have major recording label deals, their music is reaching fans far and wide through the Internet.

Dirty Loops’ covers of Adele and Justin Bieber songs have over a million hits each on YouTube, and the other two bands sell their recordings primarily through their web sites.

Longtime DJ Steven Cantor, of the cloudcast “Beats and Pieces in the Cloud,” tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that all three bands are are made up of accomplished musicians who use a minimum of studio trickery to produce their sound and put their spin on popular music.

“It’s people really playing…and that energy comes through and gives it a freshness as well,” he said.

Steven Cantor’s Picks

  • Justin Bieber, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Terius “The Dream” Nash, Christopher Bridges, Christina Millian “Baby” performed by Justin Bieber, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, and Dirty Loops.
  • Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi “I Remember”
  • Mister Barrington “Mister Barrington’s Daydream”
  • Lady Gaga, Akon, Red One “Just Dance” performed by Dirty Loops
  • Adele and Paul Epworth “Rolling in the Deep” performed by Dirty Loops.


  • Steven Cantor, creator and producer of “Beats & Pieces in the Cloud”

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  • Call_Me_Missouri

    This music is horrible and completely unoriginal.  These are good songs arranged as bad impressions of Stevie Wonder songs.

    • Gew1976

      You must just be rediculously jealous because anyone with a musical ear enjoys what’s incredibly cool, fun, and creative behind their work.  it’s not sold as “original” material and any professional knows there’s nothing horrible about it.  …just sayin

  • Aronmaiden137

    Please people. Play your own music.  If your as good as they say it will stand on it’s own.  I mean Adele, Beiber and Lady Gaga?  Please play original stuff!!!

    • Richst99

      you should tell that to charlie parker

  • http://twitter.com/BolaKaraoke Abolade Majekobaje

    Cool music on the show today. I don’t usually like a lot of pop (unless it’s R&B), but loved all these cool remixes!

  • sretawh

    Pretty good covers, but you left out Pentatonix – they do amazing work, with only five voices! They’ve made some pop tunes actually listenable for me. http://www.youtube.com/user/PTXofficial

  • Mja3rider

    Louis & Genevieve originals like ‘I Remember’ are taking root in the NY jazz scene. Real good unadulterated stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.ddrew David Drew

    If you guys like this stuff, there was a band a while back called Them Roaring Twenties you might like.

  • Andrew Renault

    Lous Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s “Think Thoughts” is one of  my favorite albums from the last 5 years. In addition to stellar musicianship and production, their music videos and promotional videos are very entertaining. I also can’t help appreciating the fact that they seem to do it all by themselves with help from friends and families, rather than major labels who demand artistic servitude.

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