The Top 7 Rules on How To Get Your Contract Signed By Any Seller, No Matter What Price Or Terms

Hello Investor.

OK…Let’s see what you’ve done so far.

You sent out your marketing, hopefully on auto-pilot, but either way, the sellers called you, to solve their problem.

You spoke to the sellers over the phone. You built repoir with the decision makers (the Sellers), over the phone, by showing them empathy to their situation. I’m also assuming that you gathered all the necessary info, which you need to verify if you want to move forward with the next step, seeing the home and meeting the sellers.

Here’s where it gets good!

Moving forward, this article will greatly increase your chances (at what I personally like to call) in getting ink or closing the deal (meaning the sellers sign on the bottom line).

I always tell investors, you can be the most creative, have the best financing or be the best in your county for painting the interior of your home…

But, IF YOU CANNOT get the sellers to sign on the bottom line of your contract…

Nothing Else Matters.

That’s what this article will be focusing on, for you to take away from it.

1. All decision makers must or should be present, when you have your in-home meeting. If they both aren’t present at this time, then you’re giving a “1 Legged Pitch”…Good Luck! Of course, sometimes, there are genuine reasons you can’t meet with all the decision makers, and then it’s up to you if you want to move forward, or pass. Normally, I will not attend the meeting, IF all parties are not present. Word to the wise, you must ask them, upfront, if all parties will be present At the meeting, otherwise, they’ll purposely only have 1 decision maker there, and then it’s very easy to give you a stall tactic, on why they can’t sign…They need to talk it over with their partner.

2. You need to take a quick 5 to 10 minute tour of the home. You’re looking for both good and bad characteristics of their home. One of the biggest mistakes I see most investors make, is they start to beat up the sellers about the home, thinking they’ll get a better price, because they pointed out every little blemish in their home. You do not want to embarrass them, that’s the worst reaction you can get. Obviously, your making notes of all the bad stuff and needed repairs, and their could possibly be a time when you need to bring these into the conversation, but not unless the sellers are unrealistic about the needed repairs to their home. Also, if you can find any reason to give the sellers a genuine compliment about something, this would be a great time, during your initial tour of their home.

3. Third, they must LIKE YOU, period. Sounds basic, I know, but,”How do you get someone to like you?” In fact, it’s very easy, you need to get them to talk about themselves, which in turn means, you are the one asking questions, of them. Not as an interviewer from the police station, more as a concerned family member, looking to help them out of their situation, and you need this info, to help them. Normally, if you’re asking the right questions and they like you, they won’t shut up…which is what you want.

4. Fourth, they must TRUST YOU. I’ll promise you, if they don’t trust you, good night-it’s over, you’re done, stick a fork in ya, because it is not going to happen. You’d have a better chance scoring front row tickets to a Madonna Concert, then having the sellers ready to sign a contract with you. The easiest way to create trust is by not sugar coating everything you say to them, be honest and upfront. A lot of investors have a problem with this; tell them right upfront, that if you buy their home, you are going to make a profit…period. Your not there for your good looks, your there to create a Win-Win scenario. It also helps, to be a REAL PERSON, by that I mean, don’t be afraid to make fun of yourself, self-deprecating on yourself, always works great.

5. You’re a professional, be Prepared. Usually, I will bring with me a deal folder, which has all of my necessary paperwork (contracts, letter of authorization, deeds, land trusts, etc.). Also, I print out my computer research on their home, the comps and county information retrieved online. I also have a book of testimonials from my past sellers, as well a picture book with the last 50 houses, my team and I have completed. Now, if you’re a newer investor and don’t have 50 properties, you can always put together 5 character references from friends, work, family members, etc. and put it into a nice binder.

6. Be a consultant; tell them their options, EVEN if you don’t get the business. This is very important, be willing to tell the sellers, (if you know it in your heart) that YOU are not the best option for them, and they’d be better off going a different route. Here’s the catch, the alternative, would be for you to lie to the sellers, and unless their retarded, they’ll know your lying to them anyway, and now you’ve lost all your credibility. The funny part, they’ll probably still want you to buy their home, even though they can get more money using another option, because you were the ONLY one who was honest with them…people love honesty.

7. Assume the Sale and Close the Deal, BUT DO NOT be a used-car-salesman. Assuming, everything is going great; they like you, they don’t pass out from your low offer, and their asking you all types of buying questions (I.E. How soon can we close, and who pays closing costs, etc.), it’s now time to pull out your contract (never call it a contract, call it an agreement) and CLOSE THE DEAL. The best way, is simply, by asking, “If I can pay $XX, and I can close on this date, what your telling me is we’re ready to move forward, Correct?” And then SHUT UP and let them answer you.

8. BONUS: What happens, after you close for their signatures, and they don’t sign? No problem, we just need to take a few steps back, because we’re missing something. Most of the time, you’ve passed over 1 of their Hot Buttons (something that’s very important to them) and didn’t address it. The best way, is to flat-out ask them, what’s holding them back, from moving forward, right now. Listen to them, trust your intuition, does their reason sound genuine? A lot of people (including myself) just want one night to sleep on it, because they don’t want to make a rash, quick decision. If your still confused, let them know, you have a lot of opportunities on your plate, right now, and your offer is only valid or open for 1 week, from your meeting, after your deadline expires, your offer is off the table. I also like to ask them (the sellers) that if their going to be meeting with numerous investors to solicit bids, to let me try to beat the best offer, by giving me the last shot. Usually the sellers will have no problem agreeing with my request.

In conclusion, using these principles I’ve given above, will absolutely make you much more money, because you’ll know be able to close sellers on demand.

Remember, closing the deal is not a bad thing, only people or investors whom are afraid to ask for the business, hate closing. And more importantly, knowing how to close business (especially sellers) is one of the most critical attributes you need to have to be a millionaire entrepreneur.

Source by Mike Perl

Glee Concert Review by a 44 Year Old Dad, a Real Treat

My friends, family and colleagues are starting to wonder what the heck a grown business man is doing with this Glee show excitement. Truth be told, it has everything to do with the kids. It was another way for me to bond with the girls. The television series is good, but the concert pushed me to really appreciate, understand and support the show and crew.

Julia and I arrived an hour early. Cars were pulling into the parking lot like crazy, filled mostly with high school and college age girls. There were a few dads mingled in throughout the mix as well. Some of the dads had a face that said “I know, I am here for my daughter, this is important to her”. I shared a similar thought, a great night out with my daughter. Once inside the controlled mania continued. We promptly stood in line to get our concert going “gear”, a couple of t-shirts for Tracy and Kailey and a show program. 30 minutes later we walked about and found our seats.

The show started at 7:30 with plenty of screaming girls (think my ears were more sensitive to their screams than the loudness of the music). The opening act was an amazing dance act, lots of spinning and gymnastic moves, great talent. Then I thought the show was set to go and the screaming would subside, nope, an intermission. 20 minutes later the screams began again and Glee took the stage.

The show was amazingly well-organized. This is Glee’s first tour and they only have a handful of dates. With such few dates one would think it would be a small stage set, minimal changes and not much of a show. I was wrong. The show was a blend between a concert and a theatrical production, changing sets and scenes on average every 3 songs. They incorporated costume changes, moving back drops, lights, videos, and even incorporated a Cadillac Escalade and trampolines. I was also impressed by the group utilizing a full band. Great musicians certainly complemented the great singers.

The cast sang with the talent and vigor of Broadway stars (because some of them were) delivering a Broadway performance. The energy was high, action packed dance moves, interaction with the audience, great voices and tremendous skill provided a non-stop hour of interest. I did not take my seat.

The thought that this show is on its first tour and just getting started made this dad a believer of the Glee crew. It will be great to see how far this group will go!

Source by John Navin

Celebrity Booking Fees

Private bookings make up a nice portion of celebrity gigs these days. Private bookings can come from corporations, associations, wealthy individuals and more. Celebrities like doing these private engagements as it relieves them of having to rely on ticket sales to the general public. The gigs are also very accommodating to the celebrity from travel to meals and are usually laid back. Celebrities are often booked to celebrate an event such as a birthday, holiday party, but they are booked just as much if not more to entertain a corporation’s clients or employees at their annual party. This helps boost employee morale or enhance their bond with their customers.

Below is a list of what some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood make for a private engagement. Remember, these fees do not include travel, production costs, and other rider requirements. These fees are just what the celebrity is paid to perform. The buyer is responsible for covering all other costs associated with bringing the entertainer to their event.

Prices fluctuate a bit due to career swings, location of the event, date and other details.

– Carrie Underwood – $150,000 to $250,000

– Cher – $1.5 million

– Hall and Oates – $150,000

– Tina Turner – $2 million

– The Beach Boys – $200,000

– The Who – $2 million

– Kelly Clarkson – $300,000 to $400,000

– Larry the Cable Guy – $300,000

– James Blunt – $250,000

– Mariah Carey – $1 million

– Usher – $1 million

– 50 Cent – $600,000 to $700,000

– Michael Buble – $300,000 to $400,000

– Carrott Top – $75,000 to $100,000

– Bon Jovi – $1 million

– Lionel Richie – $250,000 to $300,000

– Rod Stewart – $600,000 to $700,000

Source by Joshua Gair

Layap – The Nomadic Herders of Bhutan

The mule skids on the wet ice and slides forward on the steep track. The man springs forward and grabs it by the muzzle. They both strain against the slope, breaking skids on the edge of the sheer precipice. The mule is lying on its belly, its forelegs dangling over the cliff. Braced precariously, inches from edge, the man strains to hold the animal on the narrow track. Within seconds, the man’s teenage son runs back and deftly unloads the mule, handing over the heavy packs to the woman standing behind the animal, holding it by its tail. Together they haul the mule back on the path. Far below them the mist swirls over the jagged rocks which line the bottom of the deep gorge.

A few meters behind, a 73 year old woman is sitting on an icy path, inching forward on her buttocks, using both her hand and feet to maintain her balance. She sits still and watches calmly as her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson save the family mule and a year supply of food grain.

An hour later, along with other families, they reach a swift stream. Without a thought the men, women, children hitch up their Ghos and Kiras (Bhutanese dress) to the waist and wade across, oblivious of the water which is at about freezing point. Young men pass lewd remarks at the women who are forced to expose their upper thighs to avoid getting their kiras wet. The women respond with quick witty remarks.

By evening, families are camped along the way in caves or under leafy trees. They care for the horses first and then sit down to a simple hot meal. By dark, after a few bottles of Ara and Sinchang (Local brewed alcohol and wine); they share their experience of the past months. This year, the highlight was the meeting in Gasa (District Head Quarters), where they met their King and Queens. They marvel that their king walked just as they did, all the way.


The four day journey from Punakha, usually stretched over several weeks as they relay a year’s food supply, brings the Layaps home to one of the most spectacular region in the Kingdom of Bhutan, the raw natural beauty of the high alpine range.

Spreading upwards from 12000 feet above sea level, Laya sits on the Lap of the 7100 meters Masagang, One of Bhutan’s 20 virgin peaks which are above 7000 meters. The mixed conifer forest above Gasa Dzong, dotted with maple and rhododendron in full bloom, merge into groves of birch, juniper, maple and mountain cane. The entire slopes are richly colored by wild flowers.

Across Bari-la and Kohi lapcha, two rugged passes, the terrain leaves behind the tree- line and the vast alpine grassland undulate towards the great northern glaciers. High above the crystal waterfalls which often cut through the ice formations on the cliff side, and the clear rapid streams, are their sources, the turquoise fresh water lakes many of which the local population hold in sacred awe.

This is the world where the snow leopards roam, where the blue sheep, Sambar, and Musk deer graze in solitude. Lower down, this is the home of Takin, the Himalayan black bear, numerous deer and the wild dog. The winged inhabitants of the region include the raven, wild pheasants, snow pigeons, the red billed cough, the alpine swift, the snow partridge, and the black necked crane.


The Layaps called their home Bayu, the hidden land, with good reasons. The cluster of villages is completely hidden by ridges and appears suddenly when the travelers reaches the first houses. The people believe that they are protected by an ancient gate leading to the main village. It was here that their guardian deities kept a Tibetan invasion at bay. In an important annual ceremony, the Layaps pay homage to the protective forces which turned all the stones and trees around the gate into soldiers to repel the invaders.

But if such legend is history in Laya, history is also Legend. This was the place where Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal entered Bhutan. In a journey which resounds with conquest of human and supernatural dimensions the Shabdrung crossed a chain of Mighty Himalayan ridges and entered Laya from Tibet. In a small meadow below the villages, called Taje-kha a chorten shelters the footprints of the shabdrung and his horse.

History and legend are still the realities of today. The pristine mountain ranges have not succumbed to changes over the centuries. Neither have its people, like in many other parts of Bhutan, the land nor have the people existed in a harmony which the modern world does not adequately appreciate. And it is in this context that the Layaps must be viewed. It is against this rugged backdrop that they must be understood.


“The Layap smell”, is one well known comment. “You cannot depend on the Layaps, is another, often from civil servants. “The Layaps are backward”, say people living in the lower valleys. “The Layaps are alcoholics,” say many who know them, most people stop to look when a layap woman passes by in her distinct, perhaps ‘quaint’ kira. Some would point her out to friends.

The Layaps is all of these, if you do not look beyond the surface or if you do not understand him in the right context. A discerning observer would probably find, however, that the Layap has far more substantial qualities to be admired than those passing these derogatory comments.

If the Layaps are weather beaten as the alpine rangelands they are as untamed and unpredictable as the forces of nature which are sometimes harsh That is why, perhaps, the frustration of a civil servants who finds that the Layap cannot be bound to a deadline or even to a responsibility. When you call them they always say yes but never turn up, explains one District official.

The Layaps are also as open as their environment, normally free of social inhibition. Men and women are open and relaxed on issues like the boundaries sexual behavior. This, in fact is, often exploited by occasional visitors like tourist guides, military patrolmen, and civil servants.

Survival has also sharpened the wiles of the Layap. Today, it is a nightmare for District officials to pin a Layap herder down on a number of yaks in his herd because he wants to avoid tax. Call a Layap family for official duty during the busy season and the best bet is an old woman who is not needed at home.

But inside the rough Layap exterior is a tenderness which is invisible to the casual observer. Every Layap, for example, identifies with a 46 year old horse owner who risked his life to scale and icy cliff to his horse which had fallen. The man was oblivious to the bitter cold as he sat with his dying horse for two days, feeding the animal water from his cupped palm, the water mixed with his tears.

The Layaps are most tender in their feelings for the Yaks which are the mainstay of their semi-nomadic existence. They officially own about 2000 of Bhutan’s 30000 yak population, both believed to be reduced figures. The 300 to 400 KG beast of burden is a source of food, shelter, draught power, transportation and part of the layap Identity.


The carefree life-style comes with the alcohol consumption by the layap men. Nearly every men drinks heavily, often losing time, effort and hard earned money in drunken stupors and converting all the hard toiled food grain into alcohol. 63 years old Ap Tshering claims to be a typical example of the Layap man. “I have lived a hard life,” he says with a proud smile. “Now I have two important goals in life. I brew sinchang (local wine) during the day and I drink it at night.”

In this patriarchal society where girls are married early and move to the husband’s home, polyandry is on the decline. With clear cut gender roles the woman bears a serious domestic responsibility, looking after the Yak herds, digging the fields, weaving the traditional clothing, and generally keeping the home and family together. The men are responsible for trade and the transportation of goods, their own and for the Government.


With about 60,000 semi nomadic pastoralists spread across the kingdom’s northern region, the 800 or so layaps share a strong community spirit. They are fiercely protective about the image of their community. Internal squabbles are normally settled within the community and even a child will not divulge the name of a Layap who is guilty of some wrong doing.

As a community, the Layaps are also proud of their self sufficiency in the basic necessities of life despite the day to day physical difficulties. Wealth is measured by the number of Yaks in a herd or the volume of rice. The Layaps are also quick to inform the visitors that they constitute an important proportion of the Workforce in Gasa District.


There is a strong spiritual element in the cohesion of the Layap community. The men pay obeisance to their Pho-la, the local guardian deity. Every archery match, every business trip, every journey, every development project starts with a prayer at the Pho-la’s sacred shrine, a small chorten above the village.

Like the broader Bhutanese society the advice of the village astrologer is sought on most activities and the local medium is usually consulted during illness. It is the legacy of the Shabdrung that the Layaps celebrate the Bumkar festival to plant barley and the Aulay festival during harvest.

A superstition is strong and is, in fact, one of the protective forces of the Layap identity. E.g., the distinctive Kira (women’s cloth) of Layap women has been kept partly because of the belief in its necessity. A superstition also controls etiquette and other aspects of the local traditions.


The layaps are traders, bartering their animal products for food grain and other edibles every winter. Starting in late October, when nature offers a respite between the rains and the snow, they move to Punakha, their horses and every person laden with Yak meat, butter cheese, incense plants from the wilderness and sometime trans border goods like dried fish, shoes and brick tea. By March, when the trail becomes accessible, they move back with rice, oil, salt, sugar, chillies, clothing and shoes.

The only relief in this annual venture is a visit to the popular Gasa Tshachhu (hot spring) where they join people from all parts of the country in the baths which are believed to be of curative value and a boost to general health.

Yak products account for 49% of Layaps earning, 18% comes from trade, 15% from animal transport and 4% from tourism, the last benefiting only 5 or 6 horse owners who are in contract with tour operators in Thimphu.


It is largely the exposure from these annual trips that have given Layaps a view of a rapidly changing world outside. A handful has ventured as far as Thimphu. And, in recent years, they have watched the widening gap in economic progress with some dismay.

The urge to reach out and pluck the fruits of progress which their fellow citizens are enjoying is beginning to gnaw at the roots of Layap culture. The goal of one man was to build a house like the one he saw in Punakha, a woman preferred a car so she would be spared a heavy loads, a young girl envied the Punakha School girls, and an eight year old boy rolled his father’s hat around the campfire, his mind on the plastic toy cars he had seen in the shops.

Two women who had been selected to visit Thimphu in a cultural entertainment team returned embarrassed about their Kiras because they were clumsy compared with the nylon kiras of the Thimphu women. When told by a Thimphu official that the beautiful and unique Laya kira should be preserved she retorted. “So you can send tourists to take photographs of us?”


It is an enlightened policy that the Royal Government of Bhutan has sensitively pursued in the mountains of Laya. The goal is to improve the life of the people without upsetting the delicate balance in the distinct cultural identity of the people, the pristine natural ranges, and the rich wildlife.

Finely tuned to the migratory pattern of the people, the priorities reflect an emphasis on improving the Yak herds and fodder, on the crops, on the road, and on the transportation of goods.

But the main benefits of development in Laya have come from the establishment of Health unit, a veterinary service, and the School. The Layaps however, place their long term hopes on a 100 or so children who represent the education of the community.

The Layaps have not been aware of the image of backwardness they suffer among a section of Bhutan’s population. “Once educated, our children can face other people with pride,” said one weary mother. A 56 year old father summed up the general sentiments, “Last month, when I went to Thimphu, my son read the bus ticket and showed me where to sit,” he said glowing with pride, his right hand gripping the boys shoulder. “I did not have to face the shame of sitting in the wrong seat.”


Laya today confronts an issue which Bhutan, as a nation, has been grappling with for the past four decades. If change is inevitable, will the experience be more harsh than the bitter winds which blow over the mountains?

It is a question with a familiar ring to it. It is a question facing Bhutan. The Layaps represents the Bhutanese population on a smaller scale, the harmony with their natural environment, the deep pride in their unique cultural identity, and the fierce will to protect their home.

“We Layaps have our good points and bad points.” Explains one village elder. “But in the end, our biggest pride is our land and our self. Yes we go out to trade, buy supplies, to drink, to flirt. We complain about our hardships, the heavy workload, and the tough road. We are embarrassed about our backwardness. But we would never want to be anything but a Layap.”

Source by Druk Tshering

Oval Space Cinema x Songkick

We’re psyched to announce the return of our live-music film series at East London’s Oval Space!

We’re back this season with specially curated screenings through October and November, aimed to spark conversations about the live experience and how it’s captured on film. Join us in one of London’s most unique venues for hot popcorn, cold beers, great chat, and some of our favourite music documentaries piped through the enormous OS soundsystem. It’s gonna be so great.

Here’s what the next few weeks have in store.

Tuesday 25th October 2016
UK premiere + Q&A with director Harry Israelson


Shot in the heart of the Mojave desert, Live From Trona captures a sun-drenched sonic experience from Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi. Performing all new live arrangements in the psychedelic shadows of the Trona Pinacles, the film pays homage to those classic rock docs of a distant era. Just what the doctor ordered. Tickets / Trailer

Thursday 10th November 2016


It’s a pretty safe assumption that in the three decades since, no band has come close to matching the vision, audacity or bravado of Talking Heads in 1983. Heralded as one of the greatest rock movie ever made, Stop Making Sense just exists in class of its own. Directed by Jonathan Demme (who’d later smash the Oscars with Silence of the Lambs), the film captures David Byrne and co off the back of their Speaking In Tongues tour, in a bombastically staged but totally visceral live experience. As we drum our fingers waiting to see what Byrne does next, discover (or rediscover) a solid gold masterpiece. Full volume. Tickets / Trailer

Tuesday 22nd November 2016


Mistaken for Strangers isn’t your typical band-on-tour-documentary. Tom Berninger, younger brother of The National frontman Matt, is reluctantly invited to tag along as a roadie for the band’s High Violet tour in 2010. What comes next is a car crash in slow motion, which Tom captures on film almost accidentally. Set against a pivotal period for one of modern music’s most important bands, the story graduates from a life-on-the-road cliche to a testing and touching deep-dive into his relationship with his “golden child” older brother. Tickets / Trailer

Tickets are on sale for all screenings now. See you there!

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Photo Pass: Ethan Holland

Ethan Holland is not your standard music photographer. He’s entered the scene with unprecedented access to capture images of Mac Miller, Drake, Metro Boomin, Travis Scott and more. He’s also currently interning with iconic photographer and director Danny Clinch — oh, and he’s just 17 years old.

For this edition of Songkick’s Photo Pass, we’ll learn about Ethan’s prodigious journey, including his love of hip-hop, stories from some of his favorite shoots and lessons learned from starting his career at an early age.

Tell us a bit about yourself, Ethan.

I’m 17, I live in New Jersey, and I’m in my senior year of high school.

When did you realize you liked photography?

I realized I wanted to take pictures during my freshman year of high school. I was really into sneakers, so I had started a little sneaker blog and just began taking pictures for it there. I always really liked music because I grew up in a place where music was everywhere, so I was already very cultured when it came to that. I was always at these shows, and I kinda felt as if I was just watching. I wanted to do something a little more than that.

What were you listening to when you made that realization?

The earliest stuff I was into was probably Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Travis Scott. Travis was a big one, because he was the first artist I met and was really familiar with his music. I met him when I was 13 or 14 — that was just crazy, to meet someone who I listen to all day.

What were some of the first shows you shot?

The first show I shot was The Fader Fort during CMJ [Music Marathon] 2014, when I was just 15. Mary J. Blige and ILoveMakonnen were the two people I shot, and the photos were so bad, they were terrible. But it was really cool; I had grown up watching people photograph live music and then I was actually doing it. The photos were completely unusable, but it was still cool.

There’s definitely a hip-hop focus on your Instagram and website. Would you say that’s your preferred genre? Any favorite artists?

Yeah, 100%. Favorite rappers…I’m all over the place because I know there are people who don’t like a lot of the new stuff coming out. I like everything, so I can go as old as all the original Nas stuff, all that original West Coast stuff, and then my new favorite rapper is 21 Savage. His ideals probably don’t match up with mine completely, but I think he’s really interesting. He’s definitely the realest rapper out there from what I’ve been told and the stories that I’ve heard. Some of those stories I don’t know if I can tell.

Kanye’s my favorite rapper of all time probably — I don’t get bored of his music; there’s always new underlying things that you keep hearing. For me, at least.

Can you tell us about your work with Metro Boomin?

I haven’t been on tour with him [yet], but I’m lucky to have shot him on multiple occasions. I met Metro at SXSW this year, back in March, and took his photo. After he saw the photos I took of his performance, he asked me to send them to him. I asked for his email and he just said, “Here’s my phone number.” I sent him a bunch of photos, and said, “If you ever need anyone in New York let me know.”

Later on, I saw he was coming to New York so I texted him and spent like, five hours with him that day. Now the last couple of times he’s been in New York, I’ve been really lucky for him to let me tag along and shoot a lot.

I think Metro and I get along well because he was heavy into music and working when he was my age — we’re doing very different things, but we’re both working full-on. He was in the tenth or eleventh grade, driving six hours to Atlanta to make beats. He’s great. And his music’s good, I love his music.

Metro Boomin

[This photo of Metro] is really important to me just because that’s the first time I really met Metro and if I screwed that photo up, my career would be very different than it is. So I’m happy that it came out nice and he liked it.

Tyler The Creator

I was at Madison Square Garden for the [A$AP] Rocky and Tyler [The Creator] Tour and someone just introduced me to him [Tyler]. I have the Golf Wang app [he created], and on the app there was a cooking video about some waffles that had this special recipe, so I made them and they were amazing. So we literally talked about waffles for five minutes and then he went on stage.

Metro Boomin & Travis Scott

[This photo of Metro and Travis Scott] was over the summer. Metro had gone on [stage], and then Travis came on. After Travis got off stage they saw each other across the room and just ran over and hugged. It was kinda funny. It was at the Ford Amphitheatre in Coney Island. We all just hung out for two hours and the venue was trying to kick us out the whole time, but no one wanted to leave.

Travis Scott

[This photo] was cool because it was the first time I really got to shoot Travis Scott against something and it kinda made up for not being able to shoot him when I first met him, so that’s why I like these. This is at the same place (Ford Amphitheater). And then he posted it on Instagram but didn’t give me credit. [laughs]

Kanye West - Meadows

When I shot Kanye West at Meadows, the media picked up this photo and used it in the context that he was leaving, but it was taken like a half hour earlier. When he left, everyone was just confused. I was watching with Chris Rock and Jaden Smith from pretty close and we thought it was a joke. Then security was like, “We need to get out of here right now” because they thought there were gonna be riots or something. I wouldn’t call it rioting, but there were a lot of people hopping fences to try and leave because everyone just wanted to go home. We ended up hanging out backstage for like a half hour and he let me take this just before he left.

Jaden Smith

Thanks for coming in and sharing, Ethan. One more thing before you go — the quick fire round:

Mac or PC? Mac.
Canon or Nikon? Canon for Digital, Nikon for Film.
Future or Drake? Drake during the day, Future at night.
Wu-Tang or A Tribe Called Quest? Wu-Tang.
Tacos or Burritos? Tacos.

Ethan will be taking over our Instagram account today, November 8th.
Check it out here!

View more of Ethan’s photography on his website and Instagram.

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Songkick Announces Shazam Integration to Put Live Music in the Hands of Hundreds of Millions More…

With an upcoming product integration, the world’s leading artist-ticketing and concert discovery platform partners with one of the world’s most popular apps to enhance live music discovery for millions of fans.

“I’m proud to say we’ve built a technology platform that will enable every artist we work with, and every fan who uses us, a chance to seamlessly discover new artists and immediately have the opportunity to see them live.”
– Matt Jones, Songkick CEO

Songkick today announced a product integration with Shazam that will feature our hundreds of thousands of upcoming events within the Shazam app — a significant milestone to seamlessly connect the experiences of discovering artists and seeing them live for hundreds of millions of fans.

The new feature, which will be rolled out in 2017, will integrate Songkick’s concert data directly into the Shazam app, making artists’ tour dates available to users at the very moment they’re finding new music they love. Songkick will also bring this streamlined experience to exponentially increasing numbers of fans, with access to Shazam’s global community born from the app that has been downloaded more than one billion times.

“In partnering with Songkick to create this new offering, we are able to further connect the dots from discovery to fandom that make up a strong artist-to-fan relationship.”
– Fabio Santini, Chief Product Officer, Shazam

This announcement comes on the heels of a landmark year for us: Since merging with CrowdSurge in 2015, Songkick has received international attention for working with artists to improve the live experience, using technology to make sure artists sell more tickets to fans through accessible discovery while at the same time reducing the number of tickets sold to scalpers. Today, fans who use Songkick are doubling their concert attendance each year.

“The moment of discovery is such an important time to educate the fan about a show,” said Matt Jones, CEO of Songkick. “I’m proud to say we’ve built a technology platform that will enable every artist we work with, and every fan who uses us, a chance to seamlessly discover new artists and immediately have the opportunity to see them live. Shazam plays such a pivotal role in music discovery, and we’re excited to expand our reach to millions of more live music fans around the globe, ensuring Songkick is available wherever fans are engaging the most.”

“We’re constantly looking for ways to branch out in new ways to serve our users, focusing on what is important to music fans,” said Fabio Santini, Chief Product Officer, Shazam. “In partnering with Songkick to create this new offering, we are able to further connect the dots from discovery to fandom that make up a strong artist-to-fan relationship. We are extremely excited about bringing this to our global community in 2017.”

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And We’re Live!

We’ve teamed up with Shazam to link music and concert discovery, making it easier to find shows in your area

“Songkick and Shazam are both dedicated to making music fans’ lives easier, and we’re excited to see the impact of this enhanced discovery experience.” — Matt Jones, Songkick CEO

Remember when we announced Songkick’s partnership with Shazam late last year? We’re excited to share that our product integration is now live, introducing live music to hundreds of millions of Shazam users worldwide.

Initially teased in November 2016, the new integration means Shazam users are now able to conveniently access concert dates as part of the app’s recently launched “Discover” feature. “Discover” is curated by each user’s music taste and updated daily to include cards featuring new songs, videos, playlists — and now, Songkick concert data. By combining forces, we’re building on the loyal, global fan bases both Songkick and Shazam have built, making it easier for music lovers to discover information about upcoming concerts at the same time they’re discovering new music.

“When an artist announces a tour, fans who live near the venue will see a relevant concert card as part of their ‘Discover’ experience,” said Fabio Santini, Chief Product Officer at Shazam. “We think it further streamlines music discovery on Shazam, and we can’t wait for fans to see it in action.”
The Songkick cards have been integrated into Android version 7.6 and iOS version 10.6, and are available to all users beginning today. To enjoy the new feature, users will need to enable location permissions on their devices.

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A Home for Live Music

When we first merged Songkick and CrowdSurge back in June 2015, we had one goal in mind: to make the live music experience better.

Eighteen months in, we still believe the only way to achieve this is by using technology to help artists better engage with both new and existing fans, to enable music lovers to discover new acts on the road, and to make sure fans get fair access to tickets for the bands they love the most.

Songkick is focused on progress and innovation, and we have no intention of slowing down. We’re continuing to innovate, and perfect a platform that further empowers artists by connecting them directly with their fans through better discovery. And in turn, we’re keeping tickets affordable and easy for fans to access. The newly-merged Songkick has dedicated a lot of time and effort toward combating ticket bots and other scalping tactics that prevent fans from purchasing concert tickets at fair prices.

These problems are widespread and growing: the secondary market for concert tickets has doubled in recent years to over $8 billion and brokers and scalpers are more successful than ever. Around the world, artists and fans (those that suffer most from industrial scalping) have expressed outrage at how unethical and non-transparent the ticket sale process is.

Thankfully, Songkick is not alone in its fight against bots and scalping: on December 15, President Obama signed into law a bill that marked a turning point for our industry.

“The connection between artists and fans is so important, and it’s an honor and a pleasure to lead a company that is strengthening that connection every day.”

The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act declares tickets purchased by computer software in the United States an “unfair or deceptive act,” making it illegal for anyone to authorize such transactions directly or indirectly. This directly aligns with one of Songkick’s core missions: making the ticket-buying process easier and more effective for fans to see their favorite bands live. With BOTS, and additional government actions around the world including the UK Competition and Markets Authority launching an investigation to address how ticket scalping and bot use conflicts with consumer protection law, real efforts have been made this year to improve the ticket-buying experience. We commend these government efforts and the benefits they will bring artists and fans, but unfortunately they can only address part of the problem plaguing the concert industry today.

While the secondary market has exploded and scalpers are making high-demand shows less accessible than ever, as many as 40% of tickets continue to go unsold across the industry each year due to lack of concert discovery. The market inefficiencies we see today are the same ones we faced 10 years ago when I was promoting shows, and in many respects they’ve gotten worse since then. That’s why I’m so proud of what we’re doing at Songkick. Discovery is in our DNA, and our innovations attack two massive problems at once: getting real fans into high-demand shows at the prices artists want them to pay (instead of what scalpers want to charge), and getting more fans into other shows where poor discovery is constraining ticket sales.

“By selling directly to fans, we’ve seen that tickets sold through our technology are 4x less likely to end up on secondary sites”

The connection between artists and fans is so important, and it’s an honor and a pleasure to lead a company that is strengthening that connection every day. As we look back on 2016, we’re very proud of our accomplishments in the first full year Songkick has been out in the marketplace with its own anti-scalping technology. By teaming up directly with major artists including Adele, The Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Metallica, Olly Murs, Sigur Ros, and many others, we’ve prevented more than 100,000 tickets from entering the secondary market via scalpers and bots these past 12 months — saving fans over $50 million in total. And by selling directly to fans, we’ve seen that tickets sold through our technology are 4x less likely to end up on secondary sites.

This is perhaps best exemplified by our partnership with Adele for her recent tour, which we’re thrilled to help bring to a historic conclusion next summer. In order to ensure fans had the best access to The Finale, Songkick sold two thirds of the house for the four concerts at Wembley Stadium — the largest reserved concert in UK history. It was exactly one year ago when we first teamed up with Adele to ensure her tickets ended up in the hands of her real fans, and to date, we’ve sold almost half a million tickets for Adele worldwide on this touring cycle.

One out of every five attempts belonged to scalpers, bots, and fraudulent accounts, and were prevented from access to the advance sale. This left less than 2% of the venue’s seats from appearing on secondary sites for all four dates. By comparison, the industry average is typically 20% for in-demand shows.

“Our success in combatting scalpers this year proves that any artist can take control of the live experience, and better connect with their fans if they have the right tools to do so.”

As we look to the future at Songkick, we reflect on some of the other moments and surprises that have made the live experience great, for artists and fans alike. Last month, we partnered with The xx and their team as part of our Fan Rewards program, to mail free tickets to their 2017 UK/European tour to some of their biggest fans. This was the first time anyone had heard about these highly anticipated shows, and influential music sites including Pitchfork and NME covered some of the fan reactions. This year we also remember monumental ticketing moments, including traveling around the world with Metallica and ticketing three stadium shows in Mexico, and four nights in Denmark at a brand-new arena where they were the first rock band to ever perform.

As a transformative 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to expanding Songkick’s support of artists and fans even further in 2017. Our platform is now available in 61 countries around the world, making Songkick the world’s leading artist-ticketing and concert discovery platform. We continue to do great work with partners as well: this year we added Pandora to our family of partners, which also includes Spotify, Soundcloud, and the recently announced partnership with Shazam that will roll out in 2017. Songkick was founded on the promise of improving the live experience: to be a bridge that connects artists directly with their fans. Our success in combatting scalpers this year proves that any artist can take control of the live experience, and better connect with their fans if they have the right tools to do so.

Thank you to everyone who supported the value of live with us this year. See you at the next show!


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Introducing: Add to Calendar

With the newest update for our iOS and Android apps, we’ve released a feature that will make buying tickets just a little bit easier. Meet your new best friend, “Add to Calendar.”

Now, after updating to the latest version of the app, you can add a concert to your iPhone or Android device’s calendar straight from inside the Songkick app:

On iOS, you’ll find a “share” icon in the upper right corner of any event page. Clicking that icon will bring up a control center menu with sharing options, including “Add to Calendar” — when prompted, make sure to click “allow” to give us access to add the events to your calendar.

On Android, all you need to do is click the calendar icon in the top right corner of your screen, and it’ll create a new event in your default calendar app.


Time to start tracking — less time spent adding events to your calendar means more time to find shows!

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