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Dani Oliva

Entertainment Lawyer

Dani is an indie music aficionado. Dani produces the <a href="http://www.torontoima.com" rel="nofollow">Toronto Independent Music Awards</a> in Toronto, Ontario and practices <a href="http://www.olivaesq.com" rel="nofollow">Entertainment and Media Law</a> in Los Angeles, California.
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Debate Comes Down To

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Debate Comes Down To Respect

Transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex people are not sexual deviants. The rest of the population does not need protection from them. This line of thinking creates unnecessary fear at the thought of encountering a transgender or gender nonconforming person in a public restroom.
03/09/2017 12:30 EST
The Best Music Gear For

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
Rock Music Ain't What It Used To Be - Except Maybe For

Rock Music Ain't What It Used To Be - Except Maybe For This

I remember the exact moment rock music died (for me): Nov. 14, 2004. The Distillers, fronted by Brody Dalle, were on the bill for Holiday Havoc festival in Los Angeles. I was in LA that day, but was obligated to attend the American Music Awards so I missed Holiday Havoc, and instead watched Anna Nicole Smith slur "Do you like muh boddd--ehhhyyy?" at a teleprompter.
02/21/2014 05:56 EST
NAMM 2014, A Musical Gearhead's Disneyland (Part

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

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
Playing Music? Starting a Band? Don't Forget This One Crucial

Playing Music? Starting a Band? Don't Forget This One Crucial Step

In 1990, Guns 'N' Roses had an issue with their drummer Steven Adler. Adler's live performance was impaired. Adler contended that it was due to an opiate-blocking drug, Slash thought Adler couldn't kick it anymore. Either way, Guns 'N' Roses wanted Adler out and had no way to expel him from the band.
11/28/2013 05:14 EST
October Edition: What You Should Be Listening

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

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

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

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

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 <em>gushhhh</em> 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