Spaceship Days

Spaceship Days

Saturday, April 28, 2012

How I Joined Spaceship Days: A Drummer's Tale.

Auditioning for a band is an arduous task! 

 It's tedious.  It's nerve racking.  It's an all out hassle- a fight to the death to find people who actually work well with each other.

 Playing the drums now for over 10 years, I've had my share of auditioning and, while it's essential, it sucks.   Luckily, finding the talented crew in Spaceship Days was none of the above. I first heard the song Hanging From the Satellites after Bass-master Chuck contacted me for audition, and I was blown away at the quality of the recording.

  What astounded me even more is that It was only recorded by 3 people- sans a drummer, no less! Fresh out of playing in a failed metal band, I needed wanted to change my style and who I played with completely, and this was how to do it.  We agreed to meet that same week. The music coming out of that room  was refreshing and upbeat!  Gone were the dark tones and off key singing (or lack thereof) that I had become so accustomed to... 

 This was pop music at it's finest.  

  Greg and Chuck were very straightforward. There was no BS; just playing what was meant to be played, and I am happy to say I played it well.  After all was said and done, I am proud to be the official drummer for Spaceship Days!

I'm glad to be working and performing with them, and for all of our fine friends and fans as well!  Thank you!!

Rock On,

Rob Beeghly

Monday, March 26, 2012

Secrets in the Snow

  Our collective love of the cinema is well documented, so it gives us an extra special, happy dance inducing thrill to announce that our song Shadow Walking will be in the upcoming Every New Day Pictures production Secrets in the Snow

  Every New Day Pictures is a Raleigh based film company, which lends further proof to the fact that North Carolina is the place to be for talented indie artists of all kinds.  We hope you'll share with them the same great support you've given to us.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just Like Back in the Day

  Once upon a time, I had the coolest job any band person could ever ask for.  I worked in a record store.

  Besides being in the enviable position of talking about, listening to, and more or less breathing in music all day long, I got a (meager) paycheck and had an instant icebreaker for every pretty lady who walked in wanting to buy a CD.*
  *It was: "Are you looking for anything special today?" Never said I was smooth.

 I was also able and quite willing to talk to every musician who came in to post a flyer, every club owner who sold tickets through our store, and every Joe, Bob, and Judy with big dreams of music mogul-hood. 

  Some of the most valuable things I learned during those wild years, were all of the varied and interesting ways bands and artists promoted themselves.  This all happened before the Internet Revolution, so musicians were doing everything at 'street level' armed with nothing but their wits, moxie, and whatever money they could scrape together. Every day was a lesson in DIY.

 One of the really interesting phenomena from that time was the 7" vinyl single. Two bands would work together to release it. One group would have a song on the "A" side, the other on the "B". There was quite a bit of that sort of inter-artist cooperation at that time, although it eventually started to fade away.

We thought, why not bring it back?

 After a chat with our friends in the excellent band Haunting Heather , who had just had a song mixed by Greg - our very own producer and guitarist extraordinaire, we decided to do just that.

On December 24th 2011 Monochrome Daydream  will favor ears across the world with two brand new songs from our bands, in the truest spirit of indie artist cooperation.  Just like back in the day.  

 Find Monochrome Daydream in our Store beginning Christmas Eve.

  Naughty or Nice, we hope you enjoy it.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

From One Indie to Another: 4 Tips to Effective Cross Promotion

  Cross promotion is one of an Indie's  greatest tools. 
  On paper, it gives an artist access to potential fans they might not have reached, complete with a ready made endorsement from someone who's work said potential fan already (presumably) likes.  If used with a little bit of forethought, and a splash of common sense, cross promotion can be efficient, far reaching, and most importantly free.  Here are a few things to think about.

1. Don't Keep Score

  Sending out CAPS LOCKed emails scolding someone for not commenting on our latest status update, re-tweeting you, or only posting three of your links when you shared four of theirs just isn't helpful. Take things as they come and keep it moving.

2.  Say "Thank You"

   This is probably the easiest thing to do, but the hardest one to remember. Time zones, crowded news feeds, and busy Real Life make it difficult to catch everything nice that someone says about you. On the occasions that you can, use the two magic words that your Mother taught. They still make a difference.

3.  Remember Your Non-Musical Friends

    Bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, painters and poets need love too.  Most other artistic mediums go hand in hand with music anyway and Indies of those other ilks can help spread your sounds to a completely different type of listener. Which is sort of the whole point.

4.  Use All The Forums Available To You

    On the internet, the possibilities are endless.  Resist the urge to look at everything through Facebook colored glasses. Reach as far and wide as time, net savvy, and motivation will allow.

Indie artist solidarity is a wonderful thing.  Use it.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Everything Is Something to Someone.

Art is subjective. It always has been, and always will be, I get that.

  But enough already.

  All the ranting about this genre, or that genre not being "Real" music is just silly. Not caring for something doesn't strip it of its value to another set of ears.You can't ( shouldn't) knock somebody for painting in colors you might not use. Unfortunately, it seems that musos are guilty of this quite often.

 Shame on you.

 Think back and remember when your parents said the something similar about the newly acquired album (or cassette!) blaring in your bedroom.

 "You just don't get it." is what I said. And they didn't, but maybe they weren't supposed to.

 Music exists to make a listener laugh, scream, protest, cry, grin, pump a fist, reminisce, jump, wiggle a bum, tap a toe, relax, get hype, persevere and on and on and on...

If it does so, then the music has served its noble purpose: To make someone feel something.  
That is all.

Music can do that whether it has guitars in it or not.

So please, unclench, keep breathing, and let the art be art.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's All Indie!

  We of Spaceship Days are pleased to announce our nomination for Best Pop Artist in the 2012 All Indie Music Awards.  Sponsored by All Indie Magazine and The Great Unknown Presents podcast, the goal of the AIMAs  is to recognize independent artists from around the world in a showcase to take place in Hollywood CA, during Grammys week. There are many excellent artists involved, in quite a few categories.

  Listeners will determine the final few nominees with the winner decided by a panel of judges. Voting is easy. There is nothing to register; no form to fill, or mailing list to sign up for. No muss, no fuss.

  A vote for Spaceship Days takes just one mouse click.



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As always, we thank you for your friendship and support.

M, C, & G

Saturday, October 8, 2011

From One Indie to Another: 4 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Local Music Scene

We go and see a lot of shows.

  Most of the time, bands are pretty good, occasionally not so much, but sometimes they turn out to be very good or even exceptional.  Now and again we'll come across one that's of the kick ass variety which is to exceptional what The Hulk is to May Parker.

  Recently we saw a band that was of the latter sort, a Raleigh, NC group called The Design

  Their fantastic performance got us to thinking about those nights when we just decide to stay in, and miss out on shows in our venue rich neighborhood.

 Well, we shouldn't have.

 Why?  Here are 4 Reasons You Should Support Your Local Music Scene.

1.  Branching Out

  As an artist, what better way to meet people to expand on your list of contacts, swap gigs with, tell war stories, and talk to people who really understand whats its like to walk a mile carrying your guitar case? As a fan: if you like band A, and they are playing with band B, there's a good possibility you'll like band B as well.  Musos are adept at crafting complimentary bills, and now you have a new artist to jam out to in your car.

2.  It's Yours

    Ever since Seattle took over the world in the early 90's someone has been proclaiming a city, or region The Next...whatever.  Technology might have made such a concept obsolete, but there's still something to be said about the little extra bit of swag that comes from knowing the bands in your town are great.  If you're one of them, it helps you elevate your game. If you're one that loves them, it gives you something to share with people who complain about not having any 'good new stuff' on their MP3 player.

3. Meet Girls (or Boys)

  Pop. Rock. Hip-hop. Metal. Electronica. It comes by many different names, but music brings people together.  For you single types you can't do much better for a built in ice-breaker than to talk about the band you just saw.

4.  You Might Be Missing Out On Something Awesome

 Wouldn't it be cool to have seen that 'next big thing' in a little club up the street, then had a chat and an adult beverage with them?  Its probably happening somewhere right now. Next time it could even be happening to you.

  But only if you're at the show.