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A Homegrown Venue: The Mint LA

Los Angeles. The name itself screams success. City of Angels. City of angelic singers is more like it. LA is one of the greatest hubs in the world for newfound talent. It’s not a surprise that the city is home to some very historic venues that have hosted some of the best names in music. Let’s take a closet look at one of those venues. It’s been in operation since 1937, known for its low ceilings but high esteem: The Mint LA

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History & Ambiance

Not only is this spot frequented by the greats, but it also boasts a marvelous social atmosphere. A tapas-style menu that features Asian, American and Southwestern-inspired cuisine offers a tasty experience. Couple this with the ambiance and they have themselves quite a mood. The red velvet curtains, disco ball, wooden walls and cushy booths take customers back to the decade when The Mint was opened. It’s easy to let oneself be transported back to a time when prohibition ended and people were letting loose to new and exciting sounds. Watch a video of Darren Criss covering Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” there. Let this candid smartphone video convey a sense of what the experience is like.

The venue might house some famous artifacts – Johnny Cash paintings, glass display cases full of souvenirs, and old vinyl on the ceiling – but the place itself radiates a historic feeling. Perhaps the most special thing about the place is its history. Every time an artist sets foot on that stage, they are standing where many before them made history. Performers carry with them the weight of LA’s music history as they perform, and the significance of the venue resonates with each note. The Mint is special because it is quintessentially “LA” – its character stems from its city; it has grown with the city and the city has grown with it. Both have experienced the city’s music scene since the 1930s, and they’ve been through a lot together.

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(Above) Band Nice Enough People performing.

Today at The Mint LA

Owner Todd Christiansen feels connected to the venue in his heart and by virtue of his location.

“Established in 1937, The Mint is one of the oldest clubs in LA.  We are there for the long term, do not change our character to fit the moment,” Christiansen said. “If you like good music, tasty food and drink, excellence in sound quality in a smaller, intimate setting then The Mint is your place. To our patrons, my hope is that they feel they can leave their troubles behind, come to the club, take in some great song, food and beverage, lose themselves in the moment a bit and leave with a smile on their face.”

Look at their page on Gigmor to get a better sense of their booking schedule, and try to drop by! If not for the music, stop in for a quick bite and a social, musical experience unique to this special LA locale.

Emma-Jane Thommen – UK to LA

From upbeat, mysterious funk to sweet, emotional soul – Emma-Jane Thommen has it all. This Gigmor artist has mastered strong range of style, and with each song, she tells her story with her smooth, simple harmonies. Perfect, limited accompaniment grooves with her in every song, and her sounds are easy on the ears – perfect for a long car rides or even meditation! Listen to her performing her original “Running with my Eyes Closed” at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

Emma-Jane has performed at some pretty notable venues around the world. A few of these venues include the Pyramids in Egypt, many US and UK festivals, on board the Queen Mary II on a cruise to New York, as well as at LA’s Greek Theater opening for Norah Jones & Corinne Bailey Rae. Watch this moody performance of another on of her original songs, “Open Eyes,” at The Hotel Cafe in LA.

 

 

She enjoys writing her own music, but also loves has quite a knack for covering songs. She covers many different artists but her recordings are always infused with her unique mysteriousness and sentimentality.  Her melodies are dark, beautiful, and smoky, and keep listeners hooked, as she evokes something in sound much deeper than her lyrics. Watch this artsy video with her chilling cover of Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good.”

 

 

Emma-Jane is currently stationed in LA, and performing regularly at Hollywood’s famous music venue, The Sayers Club. She is also on her way to a milestone moment, as she’s currently working on a soon-to-be-released EP with Elton John’s Rocket Music in London & LA. If you’re in London or LA, check her page for gigs and definitely look out for her to try to see her in concert; from her videos, it sure seems like she is a marvel live. Watch this last clip of her performing her original song, “Halfway House” at the Sayers Club.

 

 

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No booking agent required: Introducing the gigs marketplace

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Gigmor’s new live music marketplace. Our mission is to develop innovative technology that addresses inefficiencies in the music business. We started by matching musicians with compatible players in their area. Today, we added a crucial element: connecting independent artists to paying gigs without a booking agent. The Gigmor network now has 50,000 artists who have played at over 1,500 venues in the US and Canada.

Our team has been working tirelessly to build the new site. It’s a next generation booking platform focused on helping talent seekers find and book qualified talent. A talent seeker is anyone looking to hire musicians, e.g., talent buyers, venue managers, promoters, booking agencies, event planners, festivals, colleges and individuals.

For Talent Seekers

Talent seekers can now publish gig posts. Gig posts describe the time and date of the gig as well as artist requirements. When artists apply to those posts, talent seekers can see their music, social media and gigging history. . Members can follow each other, allowing them to track the posting and booking activity of other members. We’ll soon be adding robust analytics tools that will help quantify emerging artists’ fan bases by city or region.

For Artists

Unsigned artists can now book their own shows without a booking agent. Performance opportunities will be found on the gigs page. Getting booked is as easy as clicking apply. The artist profile is a fully featured EPK (electronic press kit) with every piece of information a talent seeker would need to book an artist. Our goal is to make the booking process simple. This will create more live performance opportunities for indie artists.

Artists can also make Avail posts. An Avail post is basically an artist availability for a block of dates. This will be a valuable directory of independent and unsigned artists.

Be Your Own Booking Agent

We’re super stoked about the new site and only getting started. We have a ton of game changing enhancements in the works.

We want more people to experience the joy of live music because Gigmor has made it easy to find and book the right talent!

How to book your own shows

Gigmor’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Four years ago I had a dream: to build technology that would help musicians find compatible players in their area. As any artist will tell you: the right musical connections can change your life!

Since then I’m proud to say we’ve achieved significant traction and national recognition as a musicians’ network and matching service. Now we’re building a best-of-breed booking marketplace that will streamline the process of hiring live talent.

Starting Gigmor combined my two greatest passions (apart from my family): technology and music. I couldn’t have imagined the journey ahead. High highs, low lows.

We’ve had some great victories: winning a Silicon Beach startup pitch competition, awesome coverage in the LA Times, Forbes and Billboard, achieving over $566K in share reservations in our crowdfunding campaign, gaining the trust of 50K musicians and a thousand industry pros on a bootstrapped budget.

Today the dream is becoming a reality. But we’re still in the first inning. There’s so much more to do! To make that dream happen, we need you. We need your investment now to build a live music marketplace that will attract talent and industry players around the world!

Help us make a dent in the universe! Visit our StartEngine crowdfunding campaign.

Best,

David Baird
Founder/CEO

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Find more gigs: Announcing Gigmor 2.0

We are excited and proud to announce that Gigmor just took a giant step forward in introducing our Premium subscription service. Signing up will continue to be free but artists who are serious about their careers will now have the opportunity to find gigs and take advantage of our matching and messaging features for $9/month or $90/year. In addition, we’ve added many enhancements.

What’s New:

  • Gigmor Premium
  • New Landing Page
  • Streamlined Sign Up
  • GigScore (Moneyball for bands)
  • New Explore Pages make it easier to browse our member base
  • Improved Search
  • Improved Profile Page Design
  • Custom URL’s for Premium members, e.g. mojosoul.gigmor.com

Gigmor-Explore

Steven Kornblum has joined Gigmor as our CTO. Steven is a passionate musician and technology professional with a 20 year track record of building music and entertainment sites, including the American Idol website and online community. Expect big things ahead with Steven’s leadership!

Find Gigs

Our top priority now is to grow the demand side of our live music marketplace to become the go-to destination for talent buyers and event planners to discover and book talent.

Music Box GM, Joe Rinaldi, says “Gigmor is building smart technology that will help emerging bands and musicians find gigs at venues everywhere.”

If you haven’t heard about our equity crowdfunding campaign, there is no better time to get in on the ground floor of the live music revolution. Join us by reserving your shares on our StartEngine campaign page!

Help us #playitforward!

RESERVE YOUR SHARES IN THE LIVE MUSIC REVOLUTION!