Category: Unfinished Mail

September 1st, 2021

Unfinished Mail – September 2021

 

masked crowd
Welcome to September which feels a lot like July. Instead of the summer winding down things are heating up. 
 
This past weekend I was at a 3-day outdoor music festival but the music was only part of the reason. It was more a chance to catch up with friends I haven’t seen since COVID began. It was a reunion. Some people were standoffish. Keeping a few feet away while talking and fist-bumping, or elbow-bumping. Many others were ready for the full long overdue hug. The question was “How are you doing?” which could be read many ways – “Thank God you’re still around”, “Did you/Do you have it?”, “Are you safe?” There is a desire for everything to be normal, and a fear that it is not. There were many masked faces and hand cleanser dispensers. There was also a lot of music, smiles, and a sense that we aren’t done yet. Now we wait to hear if there were any infections from the music fest (there have been from others). This coming weekend I have more multiple-day music events. 
 
While I was at the music fest I texted a friend of mine. He was unable to make it. He was waiting for the results of a COVID test after a possible exposure. He was someone I’d been looking forward to seeing. There will be more reunions. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC 

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August 1st, 2021
a day in the life
 
July has come and gone quicker than I expected. It’s a Friday night and I received nearly 60 new videos and songs today. It is new music Friday when music drops worldwide. To get a glimpse at my schedule, new music Friday normally begins for me at 10pm MST on Thursday. That is when new videos drop at Midnight EST. If I’m lucky I’ll see something good and have a lead on it for a few hours. I’m normally up by 5:30 to prep for 7am MST which is 9am EST when the next big batch hits. Around 10 or 11 MST I’ll start to get any West Coast releases. I usually try to keep a list of what is upcoming so I can prepare for it. The list is 24 pages long and growing. Normally by 5pm MST I’m slowing down posting. 
 
August is Underground Music Showcase (UMS) a local music festival over 3 days. It normally happens in July but because of COVID has been pushed back. It is a 3 day festival with national and local acts. This year it will also be a reunion of friends I haven’t seen since COVID began. We’ll see if Delta has us masked during it. 
 
The year is quickly coming to a close. This year the cycle is different. Normally I’d expect things to slow down for December & January. This year we’re still catching up with delayed tours so there will be no break. We’re all in overdrive. Welcome to the summer and the year of music which stretches from 2021 to 2023. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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June 1st, 2021

Letter From The Editor

 
welcome-back-summer-2021
 
Alix Dobkin died recently and I was surprised by the lack of coverage. Dobkin was a singer-songwriter and feminist activist. She pre-dates Ani DiFranco and came from that generation born during World War II. According to Wikipedia she was the first American lesbian to do an European tour. As we jump into pride month I think it more than appropriate to remember her. 
 
It is a rainy Memorial Day weekend and I’m looking at my “to do” list. In May we started the “Arts Lead Sheet” and the response has been good. It also feels good to me to be able to give you resources that can help. As we dive into a non-pandemic summer the shows begin to multiply. You may have also noticed we have new live show photos. My antsy photographers are more than glad to be shooting again. 
 
On Friday I was speaking with a new friend in Melbourne about the latest lockdown. It is a reminder that, although live music is back, everything can still change in an instant. Welcome back to summer. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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May 1st, 2021
Letter From The Editor
 
Party Like It's 2019!!
 
May 1 is officially two weeks after my 2nd vaccine shot so my immunity is built up. I have shows on my calendar to see live again. I feel like Rip Van Winkle waking up from 100 year nap to explore the world again. I hope things are improving where you are. May is the start of summer festival season. As you’ve already seen FEMMUSIC is previewing a lot more events. The good news is there are more events to preview. We’re also sending our photographers out and hope to have more photos soon. We’re back and hope to bring more and more and more. 
 
The vaccine is what makes returning to normal or semi-normal possible. If you haven’t had a shot, get one. Make sure you get both doses for the vaccines that require it. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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April 1st, 2021

Unfinished Mail – April 2021

 
spring-music
 
It’s April. It’s Spring. We’re heading towards 25% of 2021 being done and there are signs of re-opening. SXSW had its first online festival and we’re looking forward to Canadian Music Week doing the same. I’m hearing of national shows coming in October, or earlier where you are. The question is now Festivals. This month we restarted our Festival of the Month area with a big disclaimer: FEMMUSIC is returning to having a Festival of the Month. Currently, we are only listing festivals that are actively selling tickets or are only online. Yesterday I was talking with some photographers and we’re curious to see what rules will exist to shoot live shows when things re-open. Will there be limits on the number of photographers? Will it squeeze out small outfits? There are still many unknowns as we move forward. The good news is we’re moving forward. 
 
If you know me then you know FEMMUSIC is not my only gig. Since before FEMMUSIC started I’ve been involved in the local scene and a local non-profit called The Colorado Music Business Organization. COMBO for short. During Covid COMBO has taken up a lot more of my time. COMBO works to inform and educate Colorado musicians on the business side of the biz. It has been around for 20 years. In 2020 I rejoined the Board of Directors as Secretary. I also work on helping program general meetings. It is unpaid work that benefits the community. I take great pride in it. Post-Covid the local community will come back and we need organizations like COMBO to figure out what the new normal is. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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March 1st, 2021

Letter From The Editor

 
I Started the Marathon Out of Breath
 
Welcome to Women’s History Month. For FEMMUSIC, it is just another month.  February flew by so quickly I felt like I was constantly trying to catch up. Now the marathon begins. SXSW starts in 2 weeks. You will find some SXSW artists featured this month as we work towards our annual preview. Canadian Music Week is not far behind. 
 
In February  Facebook banned News in Australia. I was reading how “news” included music festivals and other sites. It made me ask the question, “Is FEMMUSIC news?” If Facebook wanted to do the same thing, would FEMMUSIC go? It is a strange twist to see a private company ban a country. Normally it is the other way around. China banned BBC. Trump tried to ban TikTok. Where and when will it stop?
 
This month should be insane. I’m spending the last days of February trying to catch up because everything moves faster now. 
 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC 

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February 1st, 2021
woman-holding-eyeglasses
 
The vaccine is out. Numerous ones from England to China. People are getting vaccinated. 2021 may be the end of COVID-19. Except for:
 
1. Rapidly spreading variants
 
2. Supply issues with the vaccine
 
3. Too many people getting sick and dying everyday
 
February is Black History Month. It is a month to honor leaders who have made a difference. I heard this morning that the Black Lives Matter organization may be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It is great to hear, but like so many other nominees, we are still waiting for peace. The demonstrations of last summer still pound in our ears. The promised changes have become minutia to COVID-19. The problems remain unanswered. 
 
Late last week I received a concert notice from a major promotions company. It promised a live show at a large local venue in April….2022. This week the first artists were announced for SXSW 2021. I will be scouring them soon. SXSW 2021 is virtual this year. For every ray of sunshine I see, there are as many clouds. 2021 will be the year of change. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC 

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January 1st, 2021
Letter From The Editor
Happy-New-Year
 
We made it to 2021! We have a vaccine. Now we only need to vaccinate 7.60 billion people for our life to be back to normal. The sooner the better. 
 
2021 is shaping up to be a big year in music. 2020 was gigantic with quarantine albums across the spectrum. 2021 will be a big launch year for the big labels and the big name artists. I expect to see the usual flood of releases before and after SXSW (Virtual) 2021 in March. We also have the Grammy awards in January. 
 
The question we’re all waiting for is when will touring return? Touring could start tomorrow if people were vaccinated and people would come. Both are hard questions. We’re all hoping summer of 2021 will be filled with tours and festivals. We’re all wanting 2020 to be a bad dream. We’re ready to wake up now. 
 
Here’s raising a glass to see 2020 gone and a new year begin. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC 

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December 1st, 2020
empty opry
In 2019 I saw 172 shows. I came home late and woke up early and every night was an adventure. I was working with 5 photographers and working on getting them access every day. Before COVID hit I’d seen over 30 shows for 2020 and was eyeing some great shows to come. Then the world stopped. 
 
2020 is not the year the music died. It is something else. This year I’ve listened to more music than ever before but lost the live element. The streaming world has come in and I’m watching pre-recorded, or pre-staged shows. There isn’t as much stage chat and you feel a gap of the interactiveness of a live show. I miss the clubs. I miss the obnoxious drunk singing in my ear. I miss the overzealous teens rushing to the front of the stage. I miss the sweaty insanity of a sold out night. I miss the chance to talk to the band live and buy merch. I miss that moment when you exit a hot club to a chilly outdoors. 
 
I feel Zoomed out. I miss seeing my friends in the club. There is a magic to live music. You see both the good and the bad. Some of the best nights have had improvs and mistakes that make it human. 
 
2021 is the hope of live music…eventually. Will bands tour? Will fans come out? Will live venues survive to have them? 
 
My December issue is always my best of the year. I judge a lot by live performance. You can do anything in a studio. What you can do live changes it. This year it feels like a virtual extravaganza. I have more music to choose from but less of the soul of seeing it live. 
 
Happy holidays and let 2021 be the year it comes back better than ever. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC 

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November 1st, 2020

Letter From The Editor November 2020

terrified-woman

 

Normally when I start a new issue I’ve been building up all month and have notes and leads to follow. Not this month. I feel more like I’ve survived a storm and am holding on to debris as I sort everything out. Sadly the storm hasn’t passed. Today is Halloween. I look forward to Halloween and watch scary movies. I’ll do that tonight after the work is done.

November is coming down to the first week. Forget Thanksgiving. Forget Veterans Day. In the US, Election Day(s) have been fought over for years now. I’m a Politico. I read multiple news sources when I wake up. I follow city races. I follow state races. I follow national races. In October I’ve seen multiple platforms dive into the election. FEMMUSIC is not a political site so I haven’t saturated you with my opinions nor made every post a political message. That is not to say that we don’t have themes that reverberate in FEMMUSIC. FEMMUSIC by its nature is about equality. FEMMUSIC is not about white men, nor white women. It is about music and trying to shine a spotlight on voices you may not have heard. Music is not a neutral platform. Music is a megaphone to the world of our views, our heartbreaks, our values…whether you dance to it or not. FEMMUSIC will always let the music play.

The Terror this November is the paranoia, fear, anger, sorrow that has made us all lesser beings. We have been bombarded from morning to night with messaging, ads, txts, calls, saying that the world will end if you choose the wrong candidate. We’ve been bottled up and subjected to this for months. We’ve been living in our own echo chambers. We worry about whether we will sing “Hallelujah” or “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” when it ends. I’m an optimist. I believe the sun will come up on November 4, and 5th. The planet won’t fall off its axis and leave us spinning into the unknown. The world will survive and so will we. The music will play.

Take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Repeat. One day this will be a memory.

Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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September 30th, 2020
Letter From The Editor
Death of Ego
 
Is there sunlight? Is it day? It is night? The days have blurred together so much it is hard to tell what month it is. All we know is it is still 2020 and things are still bad. Last week SXSW announced 2021 would be virtual. Last year when they cancelled the world stopped. Now it is one more festival to watch on a monitor instead of in person. 
 
The title of this month’s Letter comes from an interview I saw with Phoebe Bridgers. Artists live to express themselves and without the energy of an audience it is all static. When your ego is based on that feedback, you are unsure of yourself in this time. The clichés of WWII perseverance have grown old as well live behind closed doors. Sadly all the forecasts I see say no live music until 2021. Keep writing. Keep producing. As the winter comes the days will be shorter and the nights longer. Use the dark to your advantage. Your ego is as much who are you, as what you do. 
 
I’m still eyeing some online festivals for the end of the year and the music keeps coming. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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September 1st, 2020

zoomed-out

In March the term “Zoomed Out” meant nothing. In September it is more than a buzzword. In a normal week I’m catching 2-3 webinars about our industry. These focus on the big questions of music festivals and venues, to the important questions of generating revenue by streams alone. I watch Indie Week, Mondo, Music Cities Together and continue to search for more. It keeps me plugged in to where we are worldwide and if/when we can see each other at shows again. On top of that I’m trying to catch the music festivals that are streaming, or FB Live shows. Many days it feels like I never leave my computer.

In our brave new world I feel like I’m getting an education on a world we are still discovering. It is filled with more questions than answers. The vast majority have the answer – next year. Maybe. Possibly. The music keeps flowing and expanding as my inbox is filled daily. What happens next is the question we all want to know.

Sincerely,

Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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August 1st, 2020

Letter From The Editor – August 2020

Hot summer_

 
The summer has been heating up across the board. From the increase in COVID cases, to the increase in protests, the world continues to turn in a fiery mess. July has been a busy month for music, and I’m beginning to get the October releases. A few days ago Taylor Swift dropped her latest album which means anyone else who did was ignored. I also heard word of Kylie Minogue dropping a new album soon too. You can see the oxygen leave the room when big releases are put out. Swift’s videos had millions of watches before being 12 hours old. 
 
You may notice a theme this month. I have 2 country tracks that came in late but were instantly appealing. In July the Atlantic had a wonderful article on the lack of diversity within country music. I will admit that partially influenced bringing you Reyna Roberts. 
 
August continues to look to be hot. I don’t expect COVID, the protests or music to die down anytime soon. Stay safe and keep listening. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz

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July 1st, 2020
editor's desk
 
Today is Juneteenth and June has already seemed to be half a year long. When June began we expected our focus would be on PRIDE month. The narrative changed with the George Floyd Protests. June is now a celebration of many things from Black empowerment to LBGTQ rights and recognition. July, I have no predictions on what the narrative will be. The constant stream of companies, artists, and people trying to defend their legacy and embrace a world that has been here continues. From Black Out Tuesday to Black Lives Matter there has been a recognition that change will happen. Not when. Not if. 
 
The only constant has been a steady stream of music. I wake up every day to a new track or video from an artist I know or need to know. Music won’t stop for a pandemic or protest. There are still music videos made before lockdown that have high production value. I expect soon we will see a time where animation and homemade videos remain. Live shows are coming back slowly and there is the question of whether they will be safe. Right now only the largest promoters have a plan that is expensive. For those that think the virus is done…we still have a ways to go. 
 
July is typically the big festival month. I’m trying to preview streaming events as they come up. They are coming together quicker than ever. 
 
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay united. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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June 1st, 2020
Mental-Health-AND-Music
 
I write this exactly halfway through May and am getting ready to post Janet Devlin’s interview. At the same time, I’m looking at doing an interview with Liza Anne. The common theme is mental illness. Last year we interview Elohim about her struggles with anxiety. There was a time when speaking about mental illness in the industry would be frowned upon. Everyone was expected to be the ideal version of themselves (the 50’s) or a superstar (the 80’s). Showing weakness destroyed that myth and made you human. In the days of #MeToo mental illness is normal. 
 
As we enter a new phase of new normal we’re all suffering cabin fever. Life has been put on pause but the mind keeps moving. The new normal may be here for a while and we all need to be here on the other side. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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May 1st, 2020
Hope
This weekend I watched Global Citizen’s One Earth Together at Home. It was inspiring and hopeful and different from any other global concert I’ve seen. I remember Live Aid, Farm Aid, Live 8, and Live Earth. It was mindblowing to see concerts on huge stages with thousands of people being broadcast to the world. It was a feeling of unity and togetherness. Together at Home was different. The stories that were inspiring were from the front line workers: the doctors and nurses. The songs, many of them covers, were hopeful but lacked the energy of a live show. Today there is more talk of what an artist’s home or studio looked like than the message. That was not the case in 1985 when I saw Live Aid. 
 
We are living in “interesting times.” I’ve gone from barely sleeping and out every night to asleep early and well-rested. The artists I love are doing live streams to stay alive. I’ve made it my mission to put out resources for artists (not just musicians) on free money to make it through this crisis. On Wednesday one friend I know asked if I’d heard of anyone getting local money from these resources. I haven’t. There aren’t press releases for that. I think most artists desperately want the money but don’t want to admit to being in a dire situation. It is a matter of pride and self-worth. It is also a message of hope. If one artist hears that another got money from an organization it brings hope that their application can be accepted. If you know people who have received money from local, state, private organizations (including those on FEMMUSIC COVID-19 Resources list) please tell me. I want to show those signs of hope so others can see. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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April 1st, 2020

Letter From The Editor – April 2020

CDC-coronavirus-image
 
At the end of 2019 I decided to discontinue my “Unfinished Mail” column. I was running out of things to say and I didn’t feel it added anything relevant to FEMMUSIC. Then 2020 happened or more precisely, COVID-19. The world has been turned upside down in way unimaginable to everyone. I know many friends out of work. Years ago I started Live World Magazine as a way to expand FEMMUSIC. It never took off. Live World describes how I am. I live for live performance. The music, the energy has fed me through some of my hardest times. Now the clubs are silent and we live in a fear of social contact. 
 
There are some changes to FEMMUSIC during the pandemic. I’ve suspended the Festival of the Month section until we have festivals again. I will continue to have the COVID-19 Grants and Resources for Artists links for as long as they are necessary. I’ve slowed down during the crisis. Being cooped up never really fit me so I feel like I’m working through my own depression. That said, the show will go on. The music doesn’t stop and neither will I. I continue to hunt for new artists and will bring them to you. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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December 5th, 2019

Unfinished Mail –  December 2019

Year End
It’s December or my case the week before Thanksgiving. FEMMUSIC like all music magazines makes our December issue The Best Of The Year. It is never an easy decision. I like to think FEMMUSIC is a place for the underdogs. The artists coming up. This year there were a ton of releases. Yesterday the Grammy Nominations were put out and even they accurately reflected a diverse year, which is rare. I’m behind on all the albums on my own wish list. 
 
It’s now the first week of December and a cold and I have been in combat for two weeks leading to a very late deadline. The Best of the Year will be up soon. For now, finally, December 2019
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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November 1st, 2019

Unfinished Mail – November 2019

snowy-concert

It’s November and I’m sweating deadline again. October is supposed to be slow. This one wasn’t. I’ve been to nearly 20 shows and been working on a lot of projects. As I write this we’re getting over our first big cold front of the year and I feel like I’m thawing out. The end of the year usually means things slow down. I expect by January I’ll be begging to see a show. My calendar next year already stretches to October and I have tix in hand for shows in January and February. 
 
We’re busy working on a big project for next year. It is in a similar vein to our Tour Managers & Women in Studio Production pieces. 
 
In the meantime, stay warm. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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October 1st, 2019

Unfinished Mail – October 2019

autumn-music
I write this on September 27 which is much too close to the deadline for the new issue. It’s been a rough month. I had surgery on Friday the 13th and felt like I lost a week because of it. Losing a week during the summer is insane. Our industry moves too fast for that lax time. The good news is the October issue is here. The bad news is November is breathing down my throat and it’s a busy one. November marks our previews of 2 Australian Music Festivals – Australian Music Week & Melbourne Music Week. We also have work of some great female shows in NYC in both October and November. 
 
I’ve been having this discussion a lot recently. Placement in non-traditional areas. The exercise group Peloton recently was sued for copyright infringement. They have music in their service and haven’t been paying for it. These are stationary bikes, etc… I also received a soundtrack for a book recently and even heard of a wine and playlist combo. When we talk placement we usually mean TV & movies. Getting a song in a popular movie usually causes movement in the industry. What does placement in a good book do? Books have trailers as do comic books. Can you get your music in there? Think outside the box and get placement in places where your fans live. That may change with your demographic. 
 
Fall is officially here so we begin the period of early sunsets and long nights…filled with music. My 2020 calendar is already exploding with shows. Fall traditionally means the wrapping up of touring season and the beginning of recording season. What have you learned over the summer? What songs have played out well? What needs work? 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Alex Teitz
Editor-In-Chief
FEMMUSIC

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