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Dani Oliva

Entertainment Lawyer

Dani is an indie music aficionado. Dani produces the Toronto Independent Music Awards in Toronto, Ontario and practices Entertainment and Media Law in Los Angeles, California.

The Best Music Gear For 2016

As a band manager and musician, I am always looking out for quality music gear. I've got the inside scoop of some of the best portable and playable gear available this year. Excited? You know I am. Whether innovative or just plain fun, here's a look at my personal picks.
01/05/2016 12:05 EST

4 Essential Social Media Tips for Brands and Bands

Plug Yourself! Photo Credit: Crystal Morris 1. BE CREATIVELY CONSISTENT How do you plug yourself on social media? Create new relevant content on a regular basis to keep existing fans interested and m...
02/20/2015 12:19 EST

NAMM 2014, A Musical Gearhead's Disneyland (Part 2)

NAMM, short for the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. This is Part 2 of a feature on innovative music products and the best gigs at NAMM 2014.
02/11/2014 05:41 EST

NAMM 2014: A Musical Gearhead's Disneyland

NAMM, short for the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Every January, NAMM organizes a trade show that features innovative music products, recording technology, and sound/lighting technology. Here are my top picks.
01/29/2014 05:18 EST

October Edition: What You Should Be Listening To

Warpaint are on the verge of releasing new material and it's worth getting excited about. You may have heard of the all-female quartet through their former ties to Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, or actress/drummer Shannyn Sossamon; good attracts good, and the foursome stand on their own.
10/23/2013 05:23 EDT

What You Should Be Listening to Right Now

I'm weary of the so-called 'Supergroup'. They're frequently overrated and tend to under-deliver. But, when I heard Meghan Toohey, Nicole Fiorentino and Patty Schemel were playing together, my dormant 90s soul lit up. In come The Cold and Lovely. Their EP, Ellis Bell, features 6 slick alt-pop tracks mixed and mastered by Dave Cooley.
09/10/2013 06:03 EDT

When Bands Fake Their Online Popularity

To the untrained eye, social media numbers are important. However, if you delve, you'll notice inconsistencies. For example, a band may have a ton of "followers", but few likes on their photos. Alternately, a band may have lots of Soundcloud plays on a particular song, but few comments. Do not let buying popularity become the new form of radio DJ payola.
08/29/2013 05:25 EDT

3 Common Mistakes Bands Make Onstage

Performing live is difficult for most musicians. Successfully conveying emotion to a crowd takes practice. Even professional musicians make mistakes. One great gig can be the difference between fame and obscurity, so don't sabotage your debut before you even arrive. Follow these tips to avoid shooting yourself in the foot onstage.
06/05/2013 12:24 EDT

Making It In Music: It's Who You Know

You start with one person. And if you can get one person to really like you and your band, I mean gushhhh over you like a 13-year-old over One Direction, then, one fan will become two, two will become three, three will become four. So chill out, take off the sunglasses, and hang with your fans.
05/13/2013 12:21 EDT