Saturday, December 29, 2012

NEW: Consulting Services for International Artists

Rockin' In The USA Guide
DMI is now offering inexpensive consulting services to help international artists understand the confusing process and decide whether this is the right time to invest in a tour of the U.S.A. With Rockin' In The USA international artists save valuable time and money, and have the tools they need to plan a tour within their budget.

Rockin' In The USA is a 27-page PDF guide that addresses the major issues international touring artists face:
  • Planning Your US Tour (timelines, geography, setting realistic goals)
  • Work Visa (who needs a work visa, visa types, risks vs. benefits, tools for creating a strong visa application)
  • Logistics (transportation, housing, per diem expenses)
  • Tour Issues (booking, festivals, performance agreements, publicity, promotion, merchandise, backline and rental gear, taxes and accounting)
  • Interactive Budget (customizable planning budget)
  • References & Resources (DMI services, further reading)
Skype Consulting is also available to discuss your individual situation. We can set up a convenient time to talk one-on-one about your unique needs in real time. For a special price you can download the Rockin' In The USA Guide and schedule a Skype Consultation.

See our Consulting Services webpage for pricing and more information.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Halfbreed Lovers & Mattox winter tour dates for December:

Monday, December 10, 2012

How about some Australian music for Christmas?

The video above was shot at one of our Voodoo Cowboy Session parties in 2011 by our friend Marty.  The McMenamins actually broke our long drought that night when their song Umbrella Town made it rain.

The McMenamins are an Independent Acoustic Folk / Roots /Alt Country Brother & Sister duo from Far North Queensland, Australia.  They are funding a new album through crowdsourcing site Pozible with support from people like us.  The plan is to go into a fantastic studio in January and have the new album out in time for Australian and U.S. tours in the summer and fall of 2013.

Pledge as little as $1 at and help support this exciting new album.  And for as little as $15 you can get a copy of the new CD as a belated Christmas present!  Hurry, the pledge drive ends December 15.

You can even try it before you buy it, so to speak!  One of the tracks for the new album, "My Way Home", was debuted at this year's Queensland Music Awards.

Visit them on the web at and listen to their music on SonicBids or iTunes.

Your pledge could get you a private party, a candlelit dinner, a skype concert, signed albums, and more!

"Rock-solid folk debut" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Fleur possesses a pristine voice... stretching from sotto voce lullaby lilt to animated cowgirl... Long Time Gone merits a place in the record store racks alongside albums by acts such as The Greencards and Nickel Creek..." - The Australian

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gina Chavez
Austin Latin-folk songstress Gina Chavez is on a quest for her second studio album and needs your help! Grab a costume and join us for a Halloween Happy Hour to raise funds for Gina's new album and for Dart Music International!

Date: Friday, October 26 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Location:  Mark McCrimmon's Office,  704 W. 9th St., Austin TX 78701
Live Music by Gina Chavez & full band

Complimentary beverages provided by Austin Beerworks and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Free Jim-Jim's Water Ice to the first 50 people!

Check out the great video and donor awards on Kickstarter:  GinaChavez and the Quest for Her Second Studio Album

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Dart Dispatch

HEAR THERE. EVERYWHERE. September/October 2012
Not in Today's Economy

Yep we've all heard the phrase "not in today's economy" more than enough lately. But the simple truth is that the general economy in the United States and around the world is exceptionally tight now and for the foreseeable future. In times like these it is natural to pull back on expenses. It is an understandable reaction to uncertainty.

Music and cultural arts are usually among the first things to be cut out of the ledger, whether it's our personal budgets or national spending priorities. But I urge you to remember the importance of the arts in our daily lives and the lives of future generations. When President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Endowment on the Arts into existence he noted, "Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish."

Groundbreaking events like the Austin Icon Awards, Dart Music International House, and free community events happen because of your participation. We have been able to reach thousands of people from all over the world using music to promote international relations through interpersonal interactions. Please commit today to support DMI. Your one-time gift or a small recurring donation will help us keep the lights on and continue to be a champion for international cultural education through music.

You have the power to keep the arts alive in your community by supporting organizations like DMI, shopping at your local independently owned record store, going out to see live performances, or making your own art. In these tough times - especially in these tough times - your support is vital.
- DD

Artist of the Month: Tammurriatarock
They’ve been compared to bands like Gogol Bordello and Manu Chao, and their style is referred to as Italian world-music, gypsy-folk-rock, and even “rock-folk-swing.” Enrico Capuano is the band’s founder and is known in some circles as the “Bob Dylan of Italian folk-rock.” He and singer Dunia Molina of Tammurriatarock spoke with us from Rome on the eve of their 2nd US tour.

“Our style is Rock Italiano,” say Enrico and Dunia. “Italian rock is very different from American rock. We try to keep the Italian roots and mix the traditional music with rock sounds and reggae. The base of our music is Tarantello. It's from South Italy - like American country music. It's like when you try to mix rock music with country music. It's underground music. We mix these kind of sounds with progressive music and old school music of the 70's.”
Listen: Traccia from the album Tammurriata Rock

The Foreign Resort

Artist of the Month: The Foreign Resort

I got to talk with Mikkel and Morten from The Foreign Resort to talk about their ambitious touring schedule and how important it is to team up with bands from the countries you are visiting. We got to feature them at the2010 Dart Music International House, where they blew the roof off the place. Check out the video for "Take A Walk" and tell me they're not great.

TFR have been working on a new album over the summer (with new bass player Patrick Ryming and long-time guitarist Henrik Fischlein) and are now heading out on a globe-trotting world tour. Between the Iceland Airwaves festival, touring Denmark with LA band Nightmare Air, and coming back to the States in October for several festivals and club dates - it's a pretty busy fall 2012.

Listen: Delayed from the album Scattered & Buried

Sauti Sol

What We're Listening To:
Music from around the world that is dominating our play list this month. Click on the link to listen and purchase.

Sauti Sol (Kenya) - "Love or Leave"
The Valery Trails (Australia) - "Ghosts And Gravity"
Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children (Greenland) - "Good For You"
Astro (Chile) - "Colombo"
Kabul Dreams (Afghanistan) - "Don't Try to Freeze My Mind"
Tokyo Sex Destruction (Spain) - "It Was '69"
Steven Brian (Hawaii) - "Going Home With You"
Residual Kid (Austin) - "Friend"

Suggest music for the Dart Dispatch.
Travel Tip:
As a musician heading to an overseas festival or tour, there are some unique concerns posed by international traveler that don't usually come up when playing at home. Most of your backline will have to be rented or borrowed locally, so make sure you have arrangements for amplifiers, drumkits, and other gear that you can't bring with you. Bands coming to the US, for example, normally bring guitars, effects pedals, computers, drum breakables (snare, cymbals, pedals), and electric keyboards. Be sure that you have power transformers if necessary for keyboards or electronic gear that require them.

Partner of the Month: Disc Nation
The team at Disc Nation have been huge supporters of Dart Music International. The photo to the right is a special edition mini marker disc they created for us. Disc Nation is the world's largest online retailer of disc golf equipment and active supporter of great community organizations like the Beyond the Lights Celebrity Disc Golf Classic.
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf. Players use flying discs and play holes that start with a tee area and end with a Disc Golf Basket or Target. The object: complete the hole by putting your golf disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and is governed by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). There are over 3,800 courses worldwide with over 3,200 in the U.S.

Upcoming Events

September 23- October 22: Tammurriatarock US/Canada Tour
September 27-29: The Foreign Resort European Tour
September 28- October 23: Jackie Bristow Arizona/Texas Tour
October 4-19: The Foreign Resort US Tour
October 26 - Backyard party and Kickstarter fundraiser with Gina Chavez - 6:00pm at Mark McCrimmon's Law Office, 704 West 9th Street - 6:00 to 9:00pm
October 31: The Foreign Resort at Iceland Airwaves

Let us know about your upcoming event, or suggest an idea for a DMI event.

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HAAM's 7th Annual HAAM Benefit Day will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. HAAM Benefit Day, presented by Whole Foods Market, is a uniquely Austin event where businesses donate 5% of the day's proceeds to HAAM to support musicians' health. Musicians, most of whom are HAAM members, perform throughout the day at retail stores, outside stages, City Hall and more. The event runs from 6am to well past midnight and community members are invited to shop, eat out, listen to great live music and enjoy!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halfbreed Lovers Song Featured on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

The lovers crew have been busy moving on up to the east side this month with songs featured on the CFDA 2012 Fashion Awards,, PGA Golf Tour, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Foreign Resort are back with a new collection of tunes to whet your ears! Scattered & Buried is a collection of remakes, remixes, and new material that continues the bands guitar-laden sonic assault. "Delayed" sets the tone from the opening line, "Stop killing me, we should never be apart" then follows with crushing guitars, and breaks off into an epic journey. "Lost my Way (2012)" evolves from their Offshore release by stripping away the new wave pop to add a new level of aggression. No TFR release would be complete without a haunting piece to lose yourself in. "We're gonna drown before we give in" is the defining theme behind "Tide". In addition, you will find remixes by Novachild, Sway, and Evol that take fan favorites and re-work them into completely new atmospheres that express The Foreign Resort's music in an anomalous light.

The Foreign Resort will also make another stop in the States in October, traveling around the East Coast, and giving New England another blast of sonic, gooey goodness.  Iceland will also get a dose this year in Reykjavik, as they head over to play Iceland Airwaves!  We can only imagine how Sigur Ros, and Swans must feel about sharing the stage with these 4 Danes!

Available on CD and digital download 9-25-12, and limited edition vinyl (MONOLATHE webstore only) late October.

Press download here!  Includes album, cover, poster, and one-sheet. Please email for a physical copy and a badge.

Press for The Foreign Resort:

"This is a too-short five song EP from these Denmark dynamos, it's Swervedriving shoegazed Britpop with a nice goth edge. This band is epic! Remnants of Killing Joke and Joy Division lay in their wake as they pick up random sonic body parts left by bands ranging from The White Lies to U2..."-The Big Takeover

"...there's some really good, loud stuff here that nu gaze fans of M83 and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart should enjoy."-Consequence Of Sound

"A cold-blooded, solid and brutal crowbar of an EP that really should open doors for The Foreign Resort.  They will surely grow big..." (5/6) 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our final summer monthly residency celebrating Dart Music International and The House of Songs on the rooftop at 219 West.

Thursday, August 30
8:30 - 11:00pm

FREE show ... Happy hour specials until 9:00 ... Beautiful view from rooftop deck

8:30: The House of Songs presents Eric Beverly and the Sunday Best
Eric Beverly and the Sunday Best create a unique blend of rock, soul, folk, and blues. Based in Austin and rooted in childhood friendship, the band released its debut album “The Sunday Best” in May 2010. CDBaby’s Music Discovery Podcast calls Eric “a great rocking songwriter.” Through Eric’s involvement in the House of Songs, he has co-written songs with a number of international artists including Claudia Scott, Nana Schwartzlose, Steven MacDougall, Bo Bech Christiansen, Maria Guttesen, Lene Drachmann, Mike Højgaard, Albert Raft Rasmussen, and Kristian Harting.
The House of Songs invites talented musicians from various countries to collaborate, then helps them share their work with audiences around the world.
The House of Songs invites talented musicians from various countries to collaborate, then helps them share their work with audiences around the world.

10:00: Dart Music International presents: Johnny Goudie
Johnny is a rock & roll musician in Austin who plays with bands Liars And Saints as well as Skyrocket. He also plays solo gigs around town and is working on a new EP. Johnny's podcast "How Did I Get Here?" is one of the most popular programs with Austin music people these days. He played at the first big event I ever produced, and it's a real thrill to have him round out this summer series. Catch up with him at

219 West is a 21+ establishment featuring award-winning food, spectacular daily happy hour specials, and a commitment to live music on West 6th Street.
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We hope to see you there!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Halfbreed Lovers Announce Summer Tour Dates

The Halfbreed Lovers & Cigarettes After Sex will soon be heading out on a U.S. Summer Tour presented by Trade Wind.

Tour Dates:
07.25.12 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace
07.26.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
07.27.12 - Ft. Worth, TX - The Where House
07.28.12 - Arlington, TX - Caves
07.29.12 - Houston, TX - TBA
08.01.12 - San Diego, CA - The Office
08.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
08.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
08.05.12 - Santa Monica, CA - Central SAPC 

Friday, July 6, 2012

We finally posted the cool videos from last March's "Hear There. Everywhere." event!  Check out the animations and music videos from all our performers on the DMI YouTube page.   Each video has information about the artist's home town created by Shiba Scream Studios.  Videos by Anoraak, Bali Yaaah, Bandella, The Boxing Lesson, Kalu James, Lauren and the Black List, Moonlight Social, Karl Morgan, Tee Double, and Zona Tango.  Please post comments and forward them to your friends!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dart Music International and Mark McCrimmon present a Backyard Concert this Friday!

Kalu James on kickstarterThis Friday (June 15) we are inviting our Austin friends to a free special performance by Kalu James.  Come enjoy adult beverages & snacks and show your support for DMI and this exciting Nigerian singer/songwriter as he previews his upcoming project.

"Some Sort of Fusion" is a creative project where he and his band are deliberately trying to create a fusion between the acoustic-stripped down songs and full band-soul/blues/folk/rock induced tracks. This project will be a 2 album (acoustic and band) release.

When:  Friday June 15, 6:00-9:00pm
Where:  Office of Mark McCrimmon, 704 West 9th Street, Austin
Cost:  FREE, donations to support Kalu James and DMI are strongly encouraged

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Music to Start Your Summer

Music With A View: Real Music Thursdays at 219 West with Mauricio Callejas / Lauren Burton June 7

FREE live music, happy hour specials, and incredible downtown views of Austin.

8:30 pm Mauricio Callejas
     Mauricio Callejas is a troubadour from El Salvador. With beautiful lyrics, Mauricio sings about daily lifes, tales that happen right before our eyes. He relased his first solo CD “Cosas de la Calle” in 2002 in El Salvador and then he moved to Austin to continue his studies and pursue a professional career in songwriting and recording. He recorded a second album, Magico, in Austin TX in 2008 with Stephen Doster who produced the 10 songs of this album. After more than 20 years creating songs and working on his music, Mauricio has performed in different venues in Latin America , the United States and Canada. He is the founder of the first songwriter directory of Central America, and produces a weekly radio program that is broadcasted from different radio stations around the world.

10:00 pm Lauren and Bryan from Lauren and the Blacklist
     Don’t let the X’s on their hands fool you: 19 year old Lauren Burton and her band, the Black List, have burst onto the Austin music scene with all guns blazing. Named “Band of the Month” by RoomThirteen magazine, Lauren and the Black List are destined for big things in 2012.

All shows are FREE on the beautiful rooftop deck of 219 West, located on West 6th Street next to the former Momo’s and Katz Deli.
612 West 6th Street

219 West is a 21+ establishment featuring award-winning food, spectacular daily happy hour specials, and a commitment to live music on West 6th Street.

Roy G. Guerrero Disc Golf Course Grand Opening - Saturday June 9

In coordination with the City of Austin's grand opening of the Roy G. Guerrero Disc Golf Course, Dart Music International will be on-hand providing live music.  We will also have a booth with DMI goodies and drinks for sale.

8:00 - Disc Golf Demonstrations
9:15 - The Inverters (featuring Mark Wilson of the Mau Mau Chaplains)
10:00 - Grand Opening with City Officials
10:30 - Billy Wilson of Latin At Heart
11:30 - Nick Gimbey 
12:30 - La Vida Buena
1:30 - Kalu James

Kalu James will also be on-hand all day with information and participation opportunities for his Kickstarter initiative Some Sort of Fusion.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer in Texas:  Music on the Roof

It already feels like summer in Austin, and what better way to enjoy it than with live music on a rooftop deck with your friends.

Real Music Thursdays at 219 West
DMI, THOS, Billy, and Nick
Dart Music International and The House of Songs begin a monthly residency on the last Thursday of each month through August.  The setting is the beautiful rooftop deck of 219 West, which moved earlier this year to 612 West 6th Street, next to the old Katz and Momo's (Map).  Music begins at 8:30pm with bands representing the international cooperative spirit of DMI and The House of Songs.   

On March 31 we are very pleased to have some Austin musicians who really "get" both organizations.  

8:30:  The House of Songs presents Nicholas Ginbey

"Lyrically driven melodic acoustic indie-folk reminiscent of Daniel Johnston or The Modern Lovers"

10:00:  Dart Music International presents Billy Wilson

"Billy Wilson, the smooth and dynamic voice that fronts the much acclaimed Latin At Heart, has now begun to move into his own as a solo performer.  The latin undertones of his new sound is reminiscent of the large band but with the intimacy you would expect from a solo performance.  Expect songs about love, passion, and heartbreak, all delivered in that intense, melodic package for which Latin At Heart is known.  The talented singer songwriter is currently performing solo shows in and around the Austin area." 

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Every Thursday our own Michael Renner and Dave Dart will be bringing great live music to the 219 West deck at 8:30.  We hope to see you there all summer long for the amazing happy hour specials, breathtaking view of the city, and great music from some of Austin's best performers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

SXSW El Paso Showcase

Splendid Sun Productions will be hosting a showcase of some of El Paso, TX best talent, Friday March 16th at The Trophy Room. There will be live performances by The D.A., Late Empire, The Lusitania, Slowhands, and Bulletproof Tiger along with last year's Dart Music International participants, The Halfbreed Lovers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

InternInAustin January 31

Dart Music International is excited to announce that we have partnered with campus2careers, the fastest growing entry-level job board on the net and a local start-up, to help Music companies and artists in town find interns for the Spring semester through InternInAustin. InternInAustin is the nation's first citywide internship program and includes a website and events to connect local small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and nonprofits with students all year. The most recent Internship Fair, in September, connected 150 employers and 600 students for Fall Semester internships. Meanwhile, more than 90% of the companies who attended the Fair said it was very useful for finding an intern and would attend a future fair. You can watch a video of the Fair HERE.

The next InternInAustin Fair is scheduled for Tuesday January 31st from 5:00-8:00 PM at the AT&T Conference Center and there will be a dedicated section for companies and artists in the Austin Music Industry. If you are interested in finding an intern for the Spring Semester, register to attend the program's next Internship Fair by clicking HERE. For only $25, you will get the opportunity to connect with an intern(s) that can help you with social media, marketing, sales, website design, market research, bookings, and more for the Spring semester and beyond.

If you have any questions about the event or program, please contact If you would like to get a headstart on finding an intern or to line up specific candidates you would like to meet with at the fair, go to and click Join Now to get started. As a member of the Austin Music Industry, you automatically get 50% off any of campus2careers' already inexpensive plans. Just use c2c-music when you check-out on the Payment page. (Note: any employer with a paid plan on the site attends the fairs for free).

Students - What you can expect as an attendee of the fair:
• No Booth Bling or suites, just networking with employers
• Local employers who have never recruited on campus before
• Chance to find a great internship in Austin this semester
To learn more, watch this quick 3 minute Video of our Summer Fair.
Students (First 600 to RSVP) - FREE (must register by Jan 30th) at

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Album from The Halfbreed Lovers

It's been a long journey for The Halfbreed Lovers. Their two years of writing and recording have finally resulted in a new album entitled, "For Some snd Not Others".
This long awaited project will be released on February 10th, 2012. The CD release party will take place at The Lowbrow Palace in El Paso, TX. It will also be available for preview and download on

With nods to Victor Talamantes' former bands Egon and The Bellakun, this fast paced shoegazer/indie rock piece is defintely something worth checking out