Musicians and Music Fans Build Free Web Sites
to Promote Musical Endeavors
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 18, 1999 - Musicians, as a whole, are very
dedicated to their craft. They spend endless hours rehearsing, writing
songs, and reading trade magazines; basically, doing whatever it takes
to improve their musicianship. This leaves little time, however, for
public relations and marketing. A new Web community called OnlineRock
is helping musicians and die-hard fans use the Internet to promote
their musical endeavors.
At OnlineRock, music enthusiasts can easily create their own Web site,
post messages on the site's bulletin board, chat interactively with
others, and learn about new online and offline music technology. All
of the site's services are free, and OnlineRock gives its members
10 megabytes of Web space (more upon special request). Better yet,
unlike other online communities, OnlineRock's member sites include
no annoying pop-up ads.
future of music is on the Internet," said Steve Beck, founder
of OnlineRock. "I've been playing in rock bands for more than
18 years and know how difficult it is for many musicians to get the
recognition they deserve. Our members, however, have the necessary
tools and information that they need to promote themselves. They can
easily build their own Web site and include sound files, graphics,
tour dates. It essentially becomes their online promo kit for the
whole world to see and hear."
currently has hundreds of members from all over the world, including
pop songwriters from Singapore, alternative groups from New Zealand
and heavy metal bands from Norway. One of its more renowned members
is Ike Willis, former lead singer for Frank Zappa (http://www.onlinerock.com/musicians/ikewillis).
"OnlineRock gives me a great way to stay in touch with fans and
promote my Zappa tribute tours this summer," said Willis. "It's
obvious why the music industry is all abuzz about the Internet."
In addition to musicians, OnlineRock caters to the needs of music
fans and industry professionals. Many members have created fan clubs
and mailing lists for popular artists, while a variety of music related
professionals have established sites for activities ranging from booking
acts to selling instruments online.
OnlineRock is an online music community where musicians, industry
professionals and fans promote their musical endeavors. At OnlineRock
members and site visitors can easily build their own Web sites, post
bulletin board messages, chat with fellow music lovers, and learn
about related technology. Founded in 1999, OnlineRock is based in
Palo Alto, Calif.