Who Is Black Mountain Music & Media
A Multi Service Agency
Providing Management, International Radio Tracking/Plugging, Consulting
Black Mountain KC Music & Media LTD as we are legally known will turn 9 years old in 2023. Not a simple feat in today's economy, and certainly not an easy task to keep the doors open during the Pandemic. Located in BC, Black Mountain is licensed to provide service across Canada, and the USA. Check out our services and talented roster of musicians!
Worldwide Radio Tracking!
International Radio Distribution/Promotion
Black Mountain Music & Media started out as a Social Media Company. Over time our focus and passion has changed. With the name change from Black Mountain Social Media to Black Mountain Music & Media, not only was there a Brand change there was also a change in the services we started to provide. Our focus is now more on International Radio Tracking and Promotion, Management, and Artist Development. We still have a passion and fire for Independent Artists, and helping artists reach their own personal success whatever it may be is success to us.
Radio Promtion & Artist Development
Artist Development Part of The Package
As Black Mountain developed their service plan over the years they found Indie Artists were in need of much more than the standard Social Media service plan: making posts to social media platforms, developing content, etc. We found Artists required assistance with Brand Development, Interview Assistance/Coaching, Risk Assessment, Fund Sourcing, and assistance with Public Relations. To excel at Social Media Black Mountain believes all these areas of A&D must be well managed and developed, as a result we now provide a full Artist Development program! We assist not only emerging artists but established independent artists identify the gaps in their “team” or areas of their music business they are struggling to complete and identify ways to for the artist to better manage their business. Many of these tasks are areas Black Mountain Music & Media can facilitate allowing the artist to focus on recording and creativity.
We help the artist build a commercially viable product, establish a fan base, attain critical music business skills. (*out of house referral extra cost may apply)
*Exceptional vocals, musicianship and songwriting skills
Genuine Performance Ability
Image creation and maintenance
Plan of action, goal setting
Exceptional promotion materials, including photographs, press releases, and artwork
Business management skills
Marketing, publicity, and promotion knowledge, online and offline
Knowledge of producing, engineering, and mastering for International and National
Knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, and sales online, and radio airplay.
Good choices in members, staff, and advisors
Physical and mental preparedness
Basic knowledge of finances, accounting
Law and legal issues: publishing, copyrighting and trademarks
*Bookings and tours locally, nationally and internationally.
“Black Mountain Music and Media was just what I needed to push my song to all ends of this globe. I’m forever grateful for the exposure and their hard work!” - Jackie Guy Artist
The radio game has been changing rapidly over the past 10 years, and as we head into the 20's the entire music industry has been faced with a crisis never seen before. Many artists have had to make the hard decision to leave their careers behind, in order to survive. Other musicians are trying to figure out how to survive in a new world where live shows are on hold until who knows depending on where you are in Canada. When live music does come back where will we go to hear the music? Some of Canada's longest and most beloved Country Bars the closest we had to a our Northen Cousin's Honky Tonks are gone. So how do artists make money the honest way? Organically? There's only so many festivals in Canada... and a lot of talent. There's the road block right there. CANADA. Don't get us wrong we are proud Canadian's but we believe country recording artists need to look outside the borders of Canada. We are mainly a Grass Roots radio tracking company. What does that mean? It's a great term a music friend of ours coined for our company! As our friend stated we primarily go after Grass Roots stations. 1300+ at last count! Including the syndicated shows and stations. How does this help you? If you work at it you build new fans, and new fans equal what? Sales! Streams... and generally streams on Apple more than Spotify.
We know everyone isn't the same, so neither are our plans. We have 3 plans to suit different budgets and release plans. Each plan comes with the following:
- Distribution of your song
- With the distribution of your song and OneBio ©
- 2 tracking reports every week. 1 report tracks country count. 1 report tracks comments
- Follow up email every week to stations who have not added
- Arrange interviews and liners
- Support from our team
- Three packages 6 week, 12 week, 24 week. The 6 and 12 week packages extra weeks can be purchased.
For prices contact us today.
- Social Media Management.
- Attend gigs and photograph/record for Social Media (posting afterwards is not extra)
- Experience in crowdfunding. Need help? It's a big job!
- Attend shows and sell Merch
- Consulting services
- Radio tour services: driving, photography, documenting tour on Social Media
BlackMountain Music & Media Doesn’t Have Clients We Have Family!
Extented Members of the Team
Aspen Beveridge is a musician, audio engineer and producer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a guitarist and vocalist in the rock band, League of Wolves (Inside Pocket/Warner Music Canada). Beveridge studied recording arts at the Banff Centre (Alberta) and also in Provence, France while attending the Mix With The Masters program. He has worked and studied under many reputable producers such as Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Weezer), David Gleeson (Third Eye Blind, Pearl Jam) and Jacquire King (James Bay, Kings of Leon). Over the course of his career, Beveridge has also worked as a composer, sound supervisor, and mixer for a variety of web-series television programs and independent films. He now owns and operates Skullcreek Studios, based out of Saskatoon.
NEWS FROM THE MOUNTAIN!
Pinky Simms of Black Mountain Wins
2022 ISSA Promoter of the Year
Pinky Simms CEO of Black Mountain Music & Media and International Radio tracker came up big at the 2022 ISSA Awards in Georgia, winning the 2022 International Promoter of the Year award. Pinky stated she had no expectations of winning and thanks all our clients and radio partners.
Hiedi Hyacinth On Fire
Sends 1st single to Cdn Radio & Int Radio
Hiedi Hyacinth sent All The Good Ones Are Crazy to international radio in May and has over 1025 adds! Now she has released All The Good Ones Are Crazy to Canadian radio in late July! Her first Canadian release!
Shawn Adams On Telemiracle
Raising Money For Kin Moosejaw
Our very own Shawn Adams was in Moosejaw in late January, filming a performance for the mainstage of the Kin Telemiracle Telethon. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, no artists were allowed to be on the actual Telethon live so all performance were filmed ahead of time. Shawn has recieved great support from the media of Moosejaw in his efforts to support the only all Canadian service club Kin Canada.
Cotswold Country Feature
Black Mountain Music from Canada
Cotswold Country radio approached Pinky Simms to produce a one time show called Black Mountain music from Canada, featuring the music we have submitted from 2019-2020. Nov 7th the first time the show will air, with a repeat on Nov 8th. The show will also be broadcast on Atlantic Country. Cotswold Country can be found on NCCR in the UK.
Meta Data Tagging
What is all this talk about Metadata?
It's in my streaming upload isn't that enough?
Are you getting paid?
Without the proper Meta Data on your tracks the answer is no! Meta-What? You may be asking yourself is this another thing I have to learn to do? Again, the answer is no! However, as an artist you do need to know if your music is properly tagged. Whose job is it to properly tag my music?
It is your producers or engineers’ job to put the Meta-Data on your tracks.
Why do I need this?
You may be asking yourself why do I have to do this anyways? I don’t have to do worry about any of this when I release in Canadian radio? Besides I entered all the same information when I uploaded to CD Baby or TuneCore, can’t I just use those tracks? The short answer is, no.
International radio release is not like releasing to Canada, or the USA for a variety of reasons, but for today let’s just focus on song distribution. In Canada as most artists know, a song is uploaded to radio through a system known as DMDS. Many artists and engineers are familiar with Joe at RDR, when Joe uploads a single to DMDS he enters all the meta data manually. DMDS then tags the Meta Data automatically to the song.
There are some electronic tracking systems for the USA and International radio, the largest being MPE. MPE works like DMDS. But wait, before you start thinking fine, I’ll just use MPE, unless your name is Blake Sheldon, or Miranda Lambert you may want to rethink this plan. Even the biggest artists in Canada (other than Shania) are just getting known on the international stage. MPE is similar to a large iTunes for Radio. They search your name to find you. Now they do have ways of finding emerging talent BUT let’s be realistic with only a small little profile card to sell yourself how likely are you going to be added? So back to sending your music out with a company such as Black Mountain or by yourself. So how is your music going to be sent? The simple and short answer is your music is sent over in an email in either MP3 or WAV file format.
What Meta Data Tags are needed?
When you show this list to your producer or engineer, they may question you on why you need some of the information listed below. Feel free to bring this page and show them! The following Meta Data is almost identical to what is uploaded to CD Baby when you upload your single, and it is the same Meta Data uploaded to DMDS. If your single was not properly tagged and you have now decided to release to international radio you cannot just download your song off of CD Baby, Spotify or any other streaming platform. The Meta Data does not stay with the file. The reason for Genre is stations overseas play multi-genre shows unlike Canada. They don’t know you yet, so they need to know your genre in the event your song goes to a Central Music Director and then is forwarded to the correct Programmers. Having the ISRC Code insures you get your Royalties. Naming the performer, and songwriter does not always insure you get paid.
Please note, having this information tagged onto your single at the time of Mastering is much easier than after! Not many producers have the program to add Metadata to WAV files after mastering. You do not have to wait to have for CD Baby or TuneCore to issue you an ISRC Code. Ask your producer or engineer to help you find a company.
Finally, here is the list of Meta Data you need! If you wish to keep a copy of this article for referencing later see the files below, under "Downloadable Meta Data Info". For engineets and producers I have included a printable list of the Meta Data required.Feel free to download and share with your producer/engineer friends.
I feel this should be a no brainer but it actually is commonly missed and can cause your song to be rejected!!! Make sure your song is properly titled on the file itself.
Example: track name Final Mix. mp3 WRONG
Example track name artist name.mp3 Correct
Meta Data Tag
-Songwriter Name (s)
-label (if applicable)
*WAV files cannot have Meta Data added to them after mastering. They can, it’s just more difficult to find legitimate programs. Again, why it is best to have this done before mastering is finished.
*Just send the ISRC code along with the song like DMDS. This is not how DMDS works, and if your song does not have your name and song title on it the file will not even be opened. Without the ISRC code you will not get paid Royalties. International radio receives anywhere from 3-5000 songs a month. They don’t have time to enter your codes manually.
*If the song has the Meta Data on it for CD Baby or another streaming platform, you’re fine. Wrong the two things have nothing to do with each other.
Downloadable Meta Data Info
Radio Tracking Clients
Sweet Summer Nights
"One Good Radio"
Tracking Steve Newsome first release for 2020, "One Good Radio". Feb 2020.
Girls Like Fishing Too
Tracy's first release in 2020 off her upcoming EP Sept 2020. Tracked May 2020
I'm Not 29 No More
Before Loretta's Moonshine was even released to radio, our friends at CFCW radio in Alberta featured Tracy as their Country Music Alberta Home Grown Artist of the month. Loretta's Moonshine video was put up to Youtube and had over 1500 hits within 24 hours. Now as LM heads out to International Radio January 12th, the video is at 3k views in just over a week online! Watch on our "Pinky's Country Pick's" page.
Every Step of the Way
An Alt-Country, single taking International Radio by storm. Within the first week out the feedback has been phenomal. Recorded in Nashville with some of today's top session players. A feel good song, performed in only the way Ollee Owens can.
International recording artist from Calgary, AB released Heartache Heartbreak to International Radio Feb 9/21. In a climate of 3-5000 songs being sent to radio a month, a situation never seen before, Kim's single is already rising to the top of the lists. A Country girl through and through it is surprising to hear her put out a Modern/Pop country song. Recorded at award winning studio MCC, the mix is fresh and fun.
Blue Seas & Palm Trees
Dolter's second release in 2021 to International Radio. Blue Seas & Palm Trees brings out the Barenaked Ladies influence on Travis, with the fast talking intro and pinches of "fast-talking" sprinkled throughout the song. Dolter's single has been referenced as a "Canadian Jimmy Buffett or Kenney Chesney". Blue Seas & Palm Trees is a true summer anthem!
She Gets Me
Travis Pickerings incredible Neo-Traditional first release to international radio She Gets Me hit international radio August 23rd. Produced by the one and only Jason Barry of BC's own Dean Brody, this relatable country tune is shaking things up for this talented songwriter. Within the first two weeks Pickering had 500 adds! Check out the sweet video under Video's From the Mountain!
Sometimes you hear a song and it just hits you. You're transported into the song and its speaking right to you... thats "Somewhere". The softer side of Travis Dolter is a beautiful side of Travis Dolter. Watch for the official video to drop soon!
When You Come Around
Myranda Christi's second release to International Radio. An upbeat single about the feelings you get when that special someone comes through the door!
From Jeff Catto's EP "Songs For My Wife" comes a beautiful single "Friends". They say your spouse should be your Best Friend! Catto captures the message beautifully in his latest release.
A fun summer time single, released worldwide just in time to get the world on their feet dancing. Michael Travis also known as Michael Powell is an multi talented country artist with a passion for Elvis! If you don't find him on a country stage you will find him belting out those Elvis tunes. That's Tequila LMS Records.
From CMAB recording and performing artist Steve Pointmeier, comes his first release of 2022. An absolutely beautiful ballad about looking for true love. Check out the Official video.. it's like a mini movie!
Travis Picking featuring Larry Pickering
From multi ISSA nominee comes a brand new summer single Fallin's featuring Travis's father, Larry Pickering. This fun summer single, highlights both Travis's writing skills once again and his Nashville sounding voice. Nothing beats the harmonies of family and Larry and Travis are the Canadian male Judds!
Steve Pointmeier is not slowing down! With barely a breath between "Sway" and and his brand new single "Rowdy On" Steve has international radio turning heads. "Rowdy On" is a fast upbeat, Texas Dirt summer time single. Turn it up, and get your Rowdy On.
Justin Sutton's sophmore international release, Greyhound! Another true country single from the big voiced artist from Alberta. A fantastic single about boy meets girl, boy gets dumped...and girl leaves on a Greyhound!
Tommy J Ehman
An upbeat single with an amazing message. Tommy Ehman’s first international release but no stranger to Canadian radio with music charting numerous times. Another artist showing worldwide radio how talented Canadian Country is.
Dreams and Gasoline
When a relationship ends and a woman gets mad often times you get...gasoline! Not with Shelley Lynch! She took a break up and turned it into Dreams and Gasoline! The title track off her upcoming EP. A powerful voice that brings us back to the sound of the 90's the best decade of country music!
Cold Beer Communion
Released to Canadian radio in Nov 2020, our great friend Steve Newsome waited to release Cold Beer Communion to Internationl Radio until March 2021. Steve's voice has matured since his last release "One Good Radio". With a new whiskey smooth sound. His latest song, is masterly produced by award winning produced by Bart McKay. The laid back, groovin orchastration fits perfectly with Steve's laid back sounding voice. Lay back and chill with your favourite beer.
Stephen B Lawrence
Stephen B Lawrence releases his first full Interantional release with Black Mountain Music & Media with an edgy country rock ballad. Staying true to his form, Crazy is about how it feels when everything you love is gone. Country rock as a genre has gotten grittier over the years and Stephen's voice has the perfect edge to pull it off. Crazy now streaming everywhere.
Heartache Heartbreak Remix
Following in the footsteps of her idol Shania Twain, Kim Thompson has released her single Heartache Heartbreak in a total dance bar format! Many Canadians may not be aware but Twain released a dance mix version of Up! to Europe only back in the early 00's, and Thompson being a huge Twain fan is following in her footsteps. Thompson's most recent single is being released only to International Radio, smart marketing as Europe is know for loving a great dance song! If you're looking for a song to dance to around the patio this summer download Heartache Heartbreak the Remix whereever you stream your favourite music from.
July 6th Pure is released to international radio. From the beautiful piano solo to strength of her "pure" voice this love ballad is sure to make an impact on radio around the world. A hidden gem from the Alberta praires we expect Myranda will be impacting radio for many years to come. Pure is the first single off her upcoming Record.