Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2022

From 100 to 30! First step was to get down to 100 for the Top 100. Then down to the Top 50, and finally down to the Top 30 (here we are). Normally I would do a live countdown show, but my vision is all screwed up and I just cannot see the small print in my DJ software. I waited two weeks to see if it would clear up, and while it’s gotten better, I still cannot see the fine print clearly enough to go live. So unfortunately, there won’t be a live countdown show and I’m just posting the Top 30 here.

As a reminder, here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

As I noted in the Top 100 and Top 50 lists, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year and hope you’re as passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022 as I am mine!

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 30 for 2022:

#30: e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
#29: Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
#28: Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
#27: Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
#26: RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
#25: Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
#24: ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
#23: Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
#22: Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
#21: Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
#20: VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
#19: Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
#18: Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
#17: Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
#16: Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
#15: Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
#14: In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
#13: Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
#12: 1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
#11: Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
#10: Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
#9: Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
#8: Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
#7: CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
#6: Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)
#5: Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
#4: Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
#3: Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
#2: Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)

And the number one album for 2022 was….

#1: Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)

Synthentral Top 50 Albums of 2022

From 100 to 50! First step was to get down to 100 for the Top 100. Then I wittle it down to 50 for the Top 50 (here we are), and finally remove an additional 20 for the Top 30. The Top 30 will have a corresponding show with one song from each album.

As a reminder, here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

As I noted in the Top 100 list, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year and hope you’re as passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022 as I am mine!

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen (if you didn’t on the Top 100 list) and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 50 for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
Chinese Theatre – Unfinished Business (LISTEN HERE)
Claustraphobia – Vita Et Mors (LISTEN HERE)
Code 64 – Broken Rhythm (LISTEN HERE)
Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)
Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
Dagon – Owen Sebastian (LISTEN HERE)
Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
Die Robo Sapiens – Robo Sapien Race (LISTEN HERE)
Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
Electro Spectre – Stereo Dreams PT1 (LISTEN HERE)
Exsect – Opéra Mécanique (LISTEN HERE)
EXTIZE – MonStars (LISTEN HERE)
In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
Incirrina – Lip Led Scream (LISTEN HERE)
Jason Alacrity – The Criminal Class (LISTEN HERE)
Kim Lunner – From Dusk To Dawn (LISTEN HERE)
Kondratie – Москва (LISTEN HERE)
Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
Matthias & Marss – Plus One (LISTEN HERE)
Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
The Midnight Computers – Romantic Disaster (LISTEN HERE)
No – Domestic Pulse (LISTEN HERE)
Poison Point – Poisoned Gloves (LISTEN HERE)
Priest – Body Machine (LISTEN HERE)
A Projection – In A Different Light (LISTEN HERE)
Propter Hoc – History The Operator (LISTEN HERE)
Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
Reichsfeind – Darken (LISTEN HERE)
Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
Rue Oberkampf – Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)
Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)

Synthentral Top 100 Albums of 2022

Incredible amount of new music released in 2022! In previous years, I’ve had to start with 500+ albums and go through them all at the end of the year. This year I did it different: I only added albums to my “to be rated list” if I thought it had a chance to at least get in the Top 100. This narrowed my starting off point to just above 250 albums. Still a lot, but half the time to do the rating.

First step is to get down to 100 for the Top 100 (here we are). Then I go down to 50 for the Top 50, and finally remove an additional 20 for the Top 30. The Top 30 will have a corresponding show with one song from each album. Once I start removing albums from the 50 to the 30 that’s when it gets painful for me as an album I really loved gets removed because it had a rating of 8.62 and the album above it had an 8.63. Yes, it’s often that tight.

Here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

I expect people to disagree with my list because it’s subjective. In fact, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year. I hope your list is different and you are passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022!

Most importantly, I hope you discover new bands from my lists.

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 100 for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
ÆON RINGS – Enemy (LISTEN HERE)
Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
Angry Pete – Misanthrope (LISTEN HERE)
Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
Avarice In Audio – Our Idols Are Filth (LISTEN HERE)
Ayria – This Is My Battle Cry (LISTEN HERE)
Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
Blaqk Audio – Trop D’amour (LISTEN HERE)
Blind Passenger – Teamwork (LISTEN HERE)
Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
Buzz Kull – Fascination (LISTEN HERE)
C-Lekktor – New World Disorder (LISTEN HERE)
Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
Chinese Theatre – Unfinished Business (LISTEN HERE)
Claustraphobia – Vita Et Mors (LISTEN HERE)
Code 64 – Broken Rhythm (LISTEN HERE)
Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)
Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
Curse Mackey – Immoral Emporium (LISTEN HERE)
CZARINA – Arcana (LISTEN HERE)
Dagon – Owen Sebastian (LISTEN HERE)
Das Leiden – Chapter I, Dies Irae (LISTEN HERE)
Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
Die Robo Sapiens – Robo Sapien Race (LISTEN HERE)
Dina Summer – Rimini (LISTEN HERE)
Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
Electro Spectre – Stereo Dreams PT1 (LISTEN HERE)
Electronic Frequency – CON:TRAST (LISTEN HERE)
ElektroTerapi – Diagnose: Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
ELM – Penetrator (LISTEN HERE)
Encephalon – Surfacer (LISTEN HERE)
Exsect – Opéra Mécanique (LISTEN HERE)
EXTIZE – MonStars (LISTEN HERE)
Fractal Age – Another Way (LISTEN HERE)
Francesca e Luigi – Dirty Disco – The Ultimate Album (LISTEN HERE)
Ginger Snap5 – Make Me Bad (LISTEN HERE)
Give My Remains To Broadway – My Will Is Not My Own (LISTEN HERE)
Harsh Symmetry – Display Model (LISTEN HERE)
Headless Mannequins – Shadowland (LISTEN HERE)
Hidden Souls – All That We Destroy (LISTEN HERE)
Humans Can’t Reboot – No Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
IDEON – Forever Can Wait (LISTEN HERE)
Ill Humans – New Light (LISTEN HERE)
In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
Incirrina – Lip Led Scream (LISTEN HERE)
Jason Alacrity – The Criminal Class (LISTEN HERE)
Kim Lunner – From Dusk To Dawn (LISTEN HERE)
The Kolour Kult – Reception (LISTEN HERE)
Kondratie – Москва (LISTEN HERE)
LAU – Circumstance (LISTEN HERE)
Liquid Modern – Circle & Light (LISTEN HERE)
LMX – Habits & Addictions (LISTEN HERE)
Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
Martiné – My Mind – The Hand Grenade (LISTEN HERE)
Matthias & Marss – Plus One (LISTEN HERE)
Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
The Midnight Computers – Romantic Disaster (LISTEN HERE)
Miseria Ultima – In Colors Of Void (LISTEN HERE)
Movie Camera – Memory / Display (LISTEN HERE)
My Own Burial – Breathing Sorrow (LISTEN HERE)
No – Domestic Pulse (LISTEN HERE)
Noise Resistance – Stripped (LISTEN HERE)
Panic Priest – Psychogoria (LISTEN HERE)
Peppy Pep Pepper – Decline (LISTEN HERE)
Perel – Jesus Was An Alien (LISTEN HERE)
Poison Point – Poisoned Gloves (LISTEN HERE)
Prager Handgriff – Das Letzte Gefecht (LISTEN HERE)
Priest – Body Machine (LISTEN HERE)
A Projection – In A Different Light (LISTEN HERE)
Propter Hoc – History The Operator (LISTEN HERE)
Pure Obsessions & Red Nights – Let Your Obsessions Run Wild (LISTEN HERE)
Rebel Empire – Street Art (LISTEN HERE)
Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
Reichsfeind – Darken (LISTEN HERE)
Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
RROYCE – RROARR (LISTEN HERE)
Rue Oberkampf – Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)
Saft – Dansar Med Satan (LISTEN HERE)
She Hates Emotions – Happy Pop Music (LISTEN HERE)
Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
Stereoskop – Silk (LISTEN HERE)
Sweet Tempest – Going Down Dancing (LISTEN HERE)
Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
Tempers – New Meaning (LISTEN HERE)
Tragic Impulse – Distant Worlds (LISTEN HERE)
Undine – Ether (LISTEN HERE)
Unidad Obscura – Entre La Agonia (LISTEN HERE)
Unify Separate – Music Since Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
X Marks The Pedwalk – New/End (LISTEN HERE)
Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)

Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2020

Top 30 Albums of 2020

There was so much amazing music in 2020. 2020 saw more singles/EP’s than albums. In 2019 I had 612 albums and this year I only had 447. I narrowed that down to the Top 100, then Top 50, and now it’s the Top 30 albums of 2020!

I have several rules I work with when getting to my Top 30 list:

  • In order for an album to qualify, the album must be in my library, either through purchasing it on my own or given to me by the band or label. There were quite a few albums released in 2020 that were not provided to me by the band/label or I was not able to purchase.
  • To qualify it must be an album. There are plenty of lists out there for “top songs” that cover singles and EPs.
  • To qualify as an album it must have at least seven original songs. Remixes, new versions, cover albums, compilations, and “best of” do not qualify. Intro and outro songs as well as brief intermission style songs do not count toward the total of original songs. This year instrumentals no longer counted since I stopped playing instrumentals on the show.
  • All albums are weighted so that an album with 7 songs has the same point system as an album with 12 songs.
  • I judge each song individually. Then rate the album overall based on the individual song scores, the listenability of the entire album, etc.
  • I post the lists alphabetically and do not list or post them in a “countdown” style.

I fully recognize that my list is subjective and that others will have different lists or disagree with my choices. I love that others have different lists and are passionate about different bands and albums! Regardless, listen to the music and give it all a chance. I have “LISTEN HERE” links next to each album title, so give each band and album a chance and listen and support the bands you like!

While I don’t list the albums in a 30 to 1 list, I think the highest rated album deserves to be recognized: my Number One Album of 2020 is “Singularity” by Voicecoil.

The Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2020 (in alphabetical order):

11Grams - Humanicide
11Grams – Humanicide: LISTEN HERE
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder - Children Of Nature
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder – Children Of Nature: LISTEN HERE
Alphamay - Conformity
Alphamay – Conformity: LISTEN HERE
Ashes 'N' Android - Razors Edge
Ashes ‘N’ Android – Razors Edge: LISTEN HERE
Assemblage 23 - Mourn
Assemblage 23 – Mourn: LISTEN HERE
BlakLight - Music In A Time Of Uncertainty
BlakLight – Music In A Time Of Uncertainty: LISTEN HERE
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun - Sadness Between Cities, The
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun – The Sadness Between Cities: LISTEN HERE
A Covenant Of Thorns - Black
A Covenant Of Thorns – Black: LISTEN HERE
Croona - Nobody Loves You
Croona – Nobody Loves You: LISTEN HERE
Daniel Hall - Dark Horse
Daniel Hall – Dark Horse: LISTEN HERE
Ego Bliss - What The Future Holds
Ego Bliss – What The Future Holds: LISTEN HERE
ES23 - Only Melodies Remain
ES23 – Only Melodies Remain: LISTEN HERE
FCH - Synaesthesia
FCH – Synaesthesia: LISTEN HERE
Frozen Plasma - Gezeiten
Frozen Plasma – Gezeiten: LISTEN HERE
Kim Lunner - This Is Me
Kim Lunner – This Is Me: LISTEN HERE
Kiss Of The Whip - We're Not Here
Kiss Of The Whip – We’re Not Here: LISTEN HERE
Klonavenus - Motion:Less
Klonavenus – Motion:Less: LISTEN HERE
Klutæ - Queer For Satan
Klutæ – Queer For Satan: LISTEN HERE
Korine - The Night We Raise
Korine – The Night We Raise: LISTEN HERE
N-Frequency - Signs Of Evolution
N-Frequency – Signs Of Evolution: LISTEN HERE
Neuroactive - Minor Side​-​Effects
Neuroactive – Minor Side​-​Effects: LISTEN HERE
The New Division - Hidden Memories
The New Division – Hidden Memories: LISTEN HERE
Noise Resistance - Insights Of Ego
Noise Resistance – Insights Of Ego: LISTEN HERE
Pandoria - Clean
Pandoria – Clean: LISTEN HERE
Pitch Yarn Of Matter - Legacy
Pitch Yarn Of Matter – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
Provision - Hearts Turn Dark
Provision – Hearts Turn Dark: LISTEN HERE
Technophobia - Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars
Technophobia – Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars: LISTEN HERE
Vandal Moon - Black Kiss
Vandal Moon – Black Kiss: LISTEN HERE
Vaylon - Legacy
Vaylon – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
Voicecoil - Singularity
Voicecoil – Singularity: LISTEN HERE

Social Media Advice For Bands

I’ve been asked for advice now and then about certain social media activities for bands: sometimes from bands and sometimes from fans. I certainly don’t espouse myself to be some kind of expert. What I can say is that I have 30 years of experience running groups and doing social media outreach for organizations (majority non-profit). There are way too many things to cover and tons of nuance, so I’ve decided to do a list of ten things I’ve noticed pages (bands and non-bands alike) do or not do over the years. Take this for what it is: friendly advice from someone who wants you to succeed! Or ignore me completely. After all, in the long run, it’s your page and your band and your decisions to make.

  1. Unless you have directly harmed someone (emotionally or physically) you should not apologize on your social media (or on stage for that matter). Having technical difficulties? Been absent a bit too long from your page? Post the wrong thing? Don’t apologize. Instead, thank people for their patience or understanding. What sounds better, “Sorry about the technical difficulties everyone” or “Hey, thanks for your patience as we get this sorted out!” Thanking your listeners/page visitors puts the ownership of being awesome on them. It let’s them know how appreciative you are for their behavior and not how apologetic you are for yours. Don’t say you’re sorry for not posting in a long time, instead thank your readers for their patience.
  2. Don’t put your personal drama on your band’s page. It sucks that your band is broke and can’t afford to pay the rent. It sucks that last night’s venue short-changed you or only let you perform for ten minutes instead of the planned thirty. We have all been there. Post that stuff on your personal page if you must, but your band page should not be where you are complaining about your personal life (even if it’s band-related). It’s not that people don’t care, per se, it’s that people have their own personal drama they are dealing with and the majority of the “that sucks” or “sorry to hear that” posts are just that: posts that are meaningless. Air that out with your friends on your personal page (or your actual real life friends) and not on your fans.
  3. Along the same lines as #2, do not talk smack about other bands on your page (or on stage). By all means call out egregious behavior like racism, homophobia, etc., but just because you don’t like a band doesn’t mean a damn thing to your fans. You only risks isolating some of your fans who do like the band you’re talking bad about. Music is mostly subjective and whether or not you like it does not mean others will not. For example, I would never say that a comedian is bad. I say instead (because it’s true), that the comedian is not funny to me. So I would never say that Band A sucks, just that Band A’s music doesn’t appeal to me or “it’s not my thing.”
  4. Make sure your About section is filled out as much as possible. Provide a link to your Bandcamp page or main web page. List your band members and what they do (keyboards, vocals, guitar, programming, etc.). Specify your genre(s) and fill out the “bands you like” or “influences.” In the About section on Facebook, make sure you fill in a “username.” The username should cause your page to come up immediately. Have someone check for you who is not an admin. If they put in @bandabc and it comes up with six different pages, then you need to modify it. It amazes me how many bands don’t think about this. You want your fans, radio shows, and DJs to tag your band and the easiest way to do that is to have an @username that definitely comes up with your band and not something else. You may have to modify it to @bandabcofficial or @bandabc.info or similar to get it to come up immediately in a tag. Play with it until someone can tag your band easily in Facebook. If you luck out and your FB “username” matches your Twitter or Instagram handle: BONUS POINTS!
  5. If you’re going to use an image to bypass Facebook’s algorithm that forces you to “boost your post,” that’s fine, just don’t forget to include a direct link in the first comment. Don’t make your fans search for the event page or manually type in the web page that’s in the image.
  6. You don’t have to respond to every fan’s comment, but you should at least post in the thread where fans have commented. Something along the lines of “Thanks for all your feedback everyone” or “Keep the comments coming, we love and appreciate your input!” Even a simple “thanks” from you can make a fan’s day.
  7. If your band’s page is tagged by a radio show, DJ, magazine, or genre supportive social media group (the page itself, not readers or fans of that page), then you should at a minimum like the post. You should consider posting a “thanks” of some kind in the comments. You should definitely think about sharing their post: not just when it’s only about your band, but when your band is included among others. The scene is equally as important as your band. Without a scene, your band has no support network. Sharing this stuff introduces your fans to other bands and vice versa. It increases awareness of the scene(s) and increases the fan base across the spectrum.
  8. Speaking of the scene(s), it is important that you support them. You are not an isolated band. If there are no other scene bands, no clubs, no groups, then there is no fan base for you. Don’t be afraid to tag other bands in the scene(s) (especially if sharing a radio show or magazine that mentions them). Don’t be afraid to introduce your fans to other bands or share music you like that isn’t yours. Hopefully the band you tag is just as awesome as you are and will reciprocate. As I say all the time, “If you don’t support the scene(s), then there won’t be any scene(s) to support.”
  9. There is nothing wrong with posting things that aren’t “professional” if you are willing to engage your fans with fun things. Don’t post something like “What’s your favorite holiday meal” and then not interact with those who respond or not posting your favorite holiday meal as the first comment. It’s perfectly fine to have fun with your fans on your page and interact with them in ways other than sharing your videos or events. If you do, you need to actually interact with them. Don’t ask them to participate if you are not willing to participate.
  10. Last, is politics/religion. There are definitely bands who are political in nature with their lyrics and that’s perfectly okay. If you are not one of those bands then you need to weigh the risks of posting political or religious stuff on your band’s page. You risk isolating some of your fans. Obviously there are legitimate reasons to isolate some of your fans (like a band posting that anyone who is a racist should not be their fan), but if you’re not going after the big fish of racism, homophobia, etc., then be careful. Use your personal page for politics/religion unless you fully understand the ramifications and consequences of posting on your band’s page. I’m not saying don’t do it: what I’m saying is understand the fallout that can come from doing it.

Best of luck to all of you as you pursue your musical dreams. I want all of you to succeed. I want the scene(s) to be stable, thriving, and full of amazing talented folks! Keep making music. Keep doing what you’re doing! Keep the synth-based scene(s) alive!