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From the second he heard Erik B and Rakim, Bandbasher CEO DeCarlos Garrison knew he wanted to be in the music business. He joined a few hip hop groups as a young man, but then, while studying to be an engineer, he found his true calling: management and deal making. ...
 
Garrison was soon managing several groups, one of which scored a Top 40 hit. He closed big deals, travelled frequently. Then, Garrison met his future business partner, Gleb Teper, a developer whose family came to Florida from the Black Sea port of Odessa. They wound up chatting one day and struck up a friendship that blossomed into a working collaboration. Together, they bashed out Bandbasher: a digital platform which helps users perfect their music business acumen, keep all assets handy, monitor social feeds, analyze the impact of promotional pushes, and deal with finances.

Bandbasher’s video-based learning resources cover a variety of subjects, including branding, collaboration, budgeting, project management, distribution, networking, music videos, and record deals. When users are ready to put lessons into action, Bandbasher acts as a master control hub. Teper adds, "Our goal with artists is to help them conduct themselves as a business, with both the right knowledge and the right tools.”

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  • 12/15/201712/15/2017

From Friends to Collaborators: Bandbasher Amplifies Users’ Skills and Ideas via Connections, the Platform’s New Professional Networking Feature

Bandbasher, the career management platform for musicians, wants to help its users amplify their impact by connecting. Its latest suite of features, called Connections, rolls professional networking and social camaraderie together to create a useful social tool for artists.

“It’s a way to build your support system,” explains Bandbasher co-founder and CEO DeCarlos Garrison. “You need someone who’s on the same page, who’s going through the same struggles, to...

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  • Stop The Breaks, Article, 01/24/2018, The Future of Hip Hop Text
  • TechMuze, Interview, 01/18/2018, Respect The Process! Navigating the Music Industry With DeCarlos Garrison Text
  • The New Music Industry Podcast, Interview, 01/11/2018, You Can Achieve Your Desired Level of Success as a Musician – with DeCarlos Garrison of Bandbasher Text
  • Black Enterprise, Article, 12/27/2017, Bandbasher Allows Artists To Build Their Industry Network Through The Platform Text
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12/15/2017, From Friends to Collaborators: Bandbasher Amplifies Users’ Skills and Ideas via Connections, the Platform’s New Professional Networking Feature
12/15/201712/15/2017, From Friends to Collaborators: Bandbasher Amplifies Users’ Skills and Ideas via Connections, the Platform’s New Professional Networking Feature
Announcement
12/15/2017
Announcement
12/15/2017
The Connections feature via Bandbasher makes transitioning from friendly chatting to professional collaboration remarkably simple. From one easy dashboard, users can broaden their network, navigate shared struggles, boost motivation, and connect over skill sets and aspirations. MORE» More»

Bandbasher, the career management platform for musicians, wants to help its users amplify their impact by connecting. Its latest suite of features, called Connections, rolls professional networking and social camaraderie together to create a useful social tool for artists.

“It’s a way to build your support system,” explains Bandbasher co-founder and CEO DeCarlos Garrison. “You need someone who’s on the same page, who’s going through the same struggles, to motivate you. We want our users to talk about their goals and aspirations, about their skill sets.”

Once users start connecting, they will find all the tools they needs to support their projects on Bandbasher. The platform makes transitioning from friendly chatting to professional collaboration remarkably simple. “No one has really done a great job on musician-to-musician social networking,” notes co-founder and COO Gleb Teper. “There are lots of stand-alone platforms and services, but none where you can manage aspects of your professional life in a single, easy dashboard.”

As Bandbasher’s user base and paid subscriptions grow, the company hopes the energy will build, and more and more fruitful connections will help users make the most of their skills, creativity, and business acumen, aspects of the music trade all bolstered by Bandbasher’s educational videos. Subscriptions open up the entire catalog of educational resources to Bandbasher users.

“We’re really pushing musicians to gain the knowledge they need to be empowered,” says Garrison. “We think Connections adds another layer to this, as musicians will be able to learn from and work with each other in meaningful ways.”

Announcement
12/15/2017

10/18/2017, Exodus: Migrate and Manage Your Soundcloud Tracks via Bandbasher’s New Tool
10/18/201710/18/2017, Exodus: Migrate and Manage Your Soundcloud Tracks via Bandbasher’s New Tool
Announcement
10/18/2017
Announcement
10/18/2017
Sometimes, the cloud bursts, or threatens to. With the shaky status of popular services like Soundcloud, the last thing music professionals need is to have their assets left hanging. With Bandbasher, the artist management and education platform, users can backup their audio tracks, descriptions, images, albums, plays, and likes. MORE» More»
Sometimes, the cloud bursts, or threatens to. If you are a label, artist, or manager, the last thing you need is to have all your assets left hanging. The shaky status of popular services like Soundcloud has gotten music professionals worried about what to do next.

Bandbasher, the artist management and education platform, has the solution. “We heard the concern from artists, and we decided to make it easy for anyone to move all their assets, including likes and other data, to Bandbasher,” says CEO DeCarlos Garrison.

Migration is easy. Bandbasher users can move their audio tracks, track descriptions, images, albums, plays, and likes to their account. “This is a great backup,” Garrison explains. Storage on Bandbasher is free for 30 days and remains free for 200 minutes of files thereafter. Data on plays and other factors are incorporated into the Numbers dashboard on BandBasher, making it easy to see what tracks are gaining an audience. Users can also direct potential listeners to stream tracks via Bandbasher.

Moving the tracks involves a password and a few clicks. Bandbasher takes care of the rest.

This new feature is one of several the platform is rolling out as part of its ongoing crusade to bring powerful business tools to independent musicians, managers, and labels. “I went through enough as a manager to know how hard it is to learn everything you need to know, and how hard it is to keep track of everything,” Garrison notes. He spent years working for labels and repping artists (including those who scored Top 40 hits). Garrison and Teper translated that management experience into a series of video courses and management tools to keep every aspect of a music project running smoothly.

“If you’re spending hours trying to back up assets, those are hours you can’t spend reaching out for shows or press, or recording in the studio,” states Garrison. “Bandbasher wants you to work on your career, not mess with your accounts on various platforms.” 
Announcement
10/18/2017

09/20/2017, Schooled: Bandbasher Harnesses Management Knowhow and Tech Savvy to Help Music Visionaries to Ace the Business
09/20/201709/20/2017, Schooled: Bandbasher Harnesses Management Knowhow and Tech Savvy to Help Music Visionaries to Ace the Business
Announcement
09/20/2017
Announcement
09/20/2017
Bandbasher is a digital platform which helps users perfect their music business acumen. Their video-based learning resources cover a variety of subjects, including branding, collaboration, budgeting, project management, distribution, networking, music videos, and record deals. MORE» More»

Veteran artist manager DeCarlos Garrison has a telltale photo: A group of beaming people after a successful meeting at a major label, when an artist he repped got that coveted record deal. 

Fast forward to a mere ninety days later, and a very different picture emerged. The label stopped returning calls, ignored emails. The artist, so promising just a few months before, had done everything in his power to ignore good advice and plowed ahead with a deal that was far from ideal. Garrison fought hard to save things, but couldn’t.

Moments like these, when even the strongest managerial moves couldn’t salvage business matters, got Garrison thinking. “On my last tour in Europe with one of my artists, I had this moment,” he recalls. “I had put so much on the line to manage these musicians. Their success directly affected my life and livelihood. If they didn’t listen to my advice, it was painful, personally and financially.” 

Garrison knew there had to be a better way to help artists find a professional path forward. Bandbasher was born. The service offers musicians, managers, and labels everything they need to perfect their music business acumen, keep all their assets handy, monitor their social feeds, analyze the impact of promotional pushes, and deal with finances. 

“When we started Bandbasher, we wanted to get people knowledge, one bit at a time,” says Garrison, the company’s co-founder and now CEO. “We didn’t just want to share tips; we wanted to provide real instruction. You get the information and then go apply it. Then you come back and see the next step.”

These carefully organized video courses, customized for a variety of roles in the business (artist and producer are two popular tracks), get users started. Bandbasher then offers the very tools they’ll need to follow best practices, features from tracking projects to payment.

“We’re trying to change the whole way the business gets done,” Garrison exclaims. “We’re open to all users. We want artists and managers to succeed. We want labels to succeed. We’ve built our tools with this goal in mind.”

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From the second he heard Erik B and Rakim, Garrison knew he wanted to be in the music business. He joined a few hip hop groups as a young man, but then, while studying to be an engineer, he found his true calling: management and deal making. He scored a job with Def Jam, promoting their artists in his local community. “I got to talk to fans, to DJs, to all sorts of people, face to face, and I loved it.” He’d drop into phone meetings at the label, absorbing everything he could about all facets of the business. He forged ahead as a manager in his own right.

Garrison was soon managing several groups, one of which scored a top 40 hit. He closed big deals, travelled frequently. But he longed for his own business, one that would keep him closer to home and family. Then Garrison met his future business partner, Gleb Teper, a developer whose family came to Florida from the Black Sea port of Odessa. They wound up chatting one day and struck up a friendship that blossomed into a working collaboration. 

Together, they bashed out Bandbasher, based on ideas Garrison had been mulling over for years. “I had had the domain name forever,” Garrison remembers. “I knew I wanted to do something, but when Gleb and I teamed up, it really took shape.” 

They decided to provide career support for users the way a manager would. “We address something people don’t want to admit to. They don’t understand where the money is,” notes Garrison. “This is a great time to be an artist or to be a music professional, but you have to focus on the business. You have to know as much as possible.” 

Even signed artists, Garrison emphasizes, need to be well-informed and proactively pursue opportunities their label may not see. “A label or a manager can give an artist a lot, a lot of resources, connections, and advantages,” Garrison states. “But it’s still up to you as an artist to make the most of it, to put in the work.”

Bandbasher’s video-based learning resources reveal exactly where the work is and how to do it well. “Once you get to our platform, you can educate yourself,” explains Garrison. “It’s your base, and you can control your future from here. We’re gathering all your tools and resources in one spot, where you can check email, post to socials, track revenue, see your budget if you’re on a label, keep your files, work with your team. You can monitor your airplay, your publishing. You can see your whole career.”

“We show artists and their teams where they are gaining traction, the demographics on different platforms,” says Teper. “We map things out for them. Our goal with artists is to help them conduct themselves as a business, with both the right knowledge and the right tools.”


Bandbasher
Bandbasher is a digital platform which helps users perfect their music business acumen, keep all assets handy, monitor social feeds, analyze the impact of promotional pushes, and deal with finances. Their video-based learning resources cover a variety of subjects, including branding, collaboration, budgeting, project management, distribution, networking, music videos, and record deals. When users are ready to put lessons into action, Bandbasher acts as a master control hub.

Announcement
09/20/2017