Wake The Dreamers Tour

We're hitting the road in December with our good friend Mobley (Mobleywho.com). Check out the dates below:

Mobley is an amazing one-man band from Austin, TX. that plays a one-of-a-kind blend of Alternative/Pop/R&B. His live show is impressive and full of energy as he bounces around from guitar to piano to drums, doing so seamlessly as he constantly engages the audience.

Catch Fever at Untapped Fest 2016 - Photo: Jason A. Smith Photography

Catch Fever at Untapped Fest 2016 - Photo: Jason A. Smith Photography

We'll also soon be releasing a collab track we did with Mobley so stay tuned for the official release.

We can't wait to play for you guys and meet some new fans. See you soon!

Behind The Scenes of the "I Should Have" Video Shoot

For those of you that don't know, we just released the video for our latest single "I Should Have". This shoot was one of the most fun, messy, and terrifying experiences we've ever had, and we recently thought, why keep those moments to ourselves? So here we are, writing this blog to share with you some of what happened behind the scenes.

This was the 2nd video in a row where we worked with our buds Jeromy Barber and James Templeton of Dinolion. These dudes do amazing work and, after a great experience shooting the video for "Lost Love", we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them again. Dinolion hired on the incredibly talented Jessica Collado and Aveda Adara to co-star in the video, as well as provide all choreography and makeup work. It's a great feeling getting to work with so many multi-talented and creative people on a project.

James getting things set up.

James getting things set up.

Finished setting up and Josh is up first for performance shots.

Finished setting up and Josh is up first for performance shots.

As you see in the video, our clean faces don't last long as our image quickly changes thanks to the help of Aveda.

First time makeup wearer.

First time makeup wearer.

Also first time makeup wearer.

Also first time makeup wearer.

Aveda

Aveda

While we're getting all made up with the help of Aveda, Jessica is sharing her beautiful choreography that can be seen all throughout the video. All dancing scenes were filmed at Match.

From left to right: Jeromy, Jessica, and James

From left to right: Jeromy, Jessica, and James

If you were wondering where the terrifying part comes in, well...that comes with having paint poured on our heads and with Josh being submerged in a baby pool full of paint. I can tell you that there is no feeling like watching your friend and band mate running out of air while his head is submerged, then coming up choking and gasping for air after having swallowed paint. It was our intention for us each to be submerged but after Josh volunteered to go first and nearly drowned, we were all a little shaken up. We found that we were actually able to use some of that footage though, as you'll see below, so Josh risking his life didn't completely go to waste!

Paint getting poured on your head? Not so scary.

Paint getting poured on your head? Not so scary.

Submerging your head in paint? Very scary.

Submerging your head in paint? Very scary.

Would you think that a baby pool full of paint is pretty heavy? We didn't think it would be. After Josh's near death experience, we attempted to clean up...and ended up making things much worse...

So there you have it! Some insight into the work that went into the "I Should Have" video. Hope you enjoyed!

Photos with Trish Badger at The Cistern

A few weeks back, we took a trip down to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern for a photo shoot. One of our great photographer friends, Trish Badger, had an idea for a shoot so we got together. Parking was pretty easy, and she had the passes for us. We went on a 30 minute guided tour snapping photos the whole way. The Cistern is really cool, and you should definitely check it out to catch a glimpse of some Houston history. You need to purchase tickets in advance, but they are very affordable.

Photos credit Trish Badger. 

Can musicians still make money?

Since taking the leap on January 1st, we have learned a lot about the music industry. With revenue from music sales taking a sharp decline with the increasing availability of digital music, there are many questions about the ability to live on a musician's income.

While it may seem impossible to make money like musicians once did, there is plenty of room for creativity, and many musicians are finding ways to become successful without huge record sales.

The chart below shows how much of a musician's music must be consumed (purchased or streamed) for the musician to earn the US minimum wage of $1,260. This is a monthly figure. The main source of a musician's music revenue comes from selling their own CD's at shows. They would need to sell 105 copies a month. Here comes the staggering numbers. To earn the minimum wage of $1,260 on digital outlets you need the following: 547 album downloads on iTunes or 1,846 single downloads on iTunes. 

Now for everyone's favorite way to listen: Streaming services. For an artist to make the minimum wage of $1,260 off of streaming they would need 70,391 plays on Google Play, 29,302 plays on Tidal, 70,000 plays on Beats Music, 104,132 plays on Rhapsody, 180,000 plays on Spotify, or 700,000 on YouTube.

This data is precisely the reason we choose to focus on other ways of making money. Namely, merchandise sales and performance fees. We want to encourage our supporters to listen to music however they see fit, but we also believe people should be informed about the current state of the music industry so that they can support the artists they love in a way that makes the largest impact.

Our suggestion? Use the digital outlets to find new music you love. If you get to the point where you want to purchase something from an artist; spend wisely. The best place (where they keep the largest percentage) is at their live shows. Start buy paying money to see them perform. If you can't make it to a show, buy merchandise and music through their webstore, not a label site or secondary retailer (Like Bestbuy, etc.). The more layers between you and the artist, the smaller percentage they get. Buy a physical copy as they get a larger percentage and most physical copies come with digital downloads included, which are typically higher quality audio than what you find on iTunes. Buying non-music merchandise options also provides a boost to an artist's income, so purchase T-shirts, Hoodies, Stickers, etc.

For the latest Catch Fever merchandise, click here.

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Music Writers inspire us!

We've been honored to receive some great press over the past few years as a band. Here are five articles written by music writers that inspire us, and the reasons behind that inspiration. 

 

Royal Blood Self Titled - Jeremy Hart

This review by Jeremy Hart of Spacecityrock.com is particularly special as we came across it during a turning point for us as a band. Formerly a 3-piece band, we had just lost our drummer and were trying to figure out how we should move forward. We had discussions about proceeding as a 2-piece but doubts crept in as we wondered if it was something we could pull off. We've been fans of Royal Blood for a while and Jeremy's enthusiastic and creative description of the band's sound inspired us, so here we are. We've been displaying the 2-piece juggernaut for the last 8 months, which has coincided with the most successful period we've ever had as musicians, so I'd say we made the right decision. Thanks for the inspiring words, Jeremy!

http://www.spacecityrock.com/2014/09/23/royal-blood-royal-blood/

 

Tame Impala Currents - Ian Cohen

As fans of Tame Impala, there are few words written that can capture our full appreciation of their music. Ian does a masterful job of reaching deep to detail the raw emotion found in the songs. He also speaks in a language we can understand, by writing about the more technical aspects of songwriting and sound selection. A review should clue a future listener in to what they will find upon first listen, and this review does exactly that. 

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20578-currents/

 

Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked - Ryan Bray

As we're very quick to admit, Brand New is one of our favorite bands. When you click an article to read a writers opinion on one of your favorite bands, you do so with a nervousness in your gut. When a writer takes the time to get the story right, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Ryan is up to date on the Brand New saga, with all of its twists and turns, and he ties it all in with an honest approach to what the songs say to him and what could've been done differently. 

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/07/album-review-brand-new-3-demos-reworked/

 

Local Love: Catch Fever - David Garrick

Every band needs an advocate, a catalyst, an early adopter who believes in them from the start and helps in spreading the gospel that is your art. David Garrick is that person for Catch Fever. In early 2014, we released our first record "Shiny Eyes" to a full house at Warehouse Live in Houston. We were introduced to David that evening and handed him a copy of the newly pressed record, hoping that he might like it enough to give it a brief mention on Freepresshouston.com. What came of that exchange was more than just a glowing review...it was affirmation for a young band that needed it. It served a purpose far greater than just boosting our egos or even helping to get our music into the ears of new fans. This review was a motivator for us. A motivator to keep going, to work harder, to continuously improve. This review helped shaped who we are as a band and as individuals.

http://www.freepresshouston.com/local-love-catch-fever/

 

St Vincent Self Titled - Jessica Hopper

It's always refreshing to find someone who is fully committed to their calling in life. Jessica Hopper is that. You can sense a passion for great music in every review she writes. We love her review of St Vincent's Self Titled almost more than we love St Vincent's Self Titled record; and that's a lot!! Jessica has published books and is all in on her life as a music critic. Here's to her always writing about great music. 

http://www.spin.com/2014/02/st-vincent-self-titled-spin-essential/