Happy 10th Birthday Mixstream Radio!

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Happy 10 Years Mixstream Radio!!
Celebrating 10 years of streaming live DJ shows is quite a phenomenal tenure.
**Saturday June 9th we’re hosting a special show and we hope you’ll join us in chat**
Some personal thoughts I’d like to share:
Last Fall when I learned that the radio side of http://www.mixposure.com would celebrate a decade of live DJ shows I felt a huge sense of pride for what Dazed, WildCherry,and all of you Mixposure members have succeeded in building together.
Along with that pride I have a real fondness for the artists and their respective music, then there is my fondness and pride for all the past DJ’s, and our current DJ Team; Bubba, TV, Tricia, Larry and TeddZ.
We have a devoted chat room community of participants who often say that we are a family, I agree -We are definitely a uniquely rare music community!
Between the stellar caliber of music chops, the collective musicianship, the collaborations between artists, and the devoted support of listeners Mix has become a solid music site that remains a fresh and a credible source for anyone involved in music.
If you are a musician, a songwriter, booking agent, a band manager or someone looking for an alternative to mainstream over commercialized music then Mixposure is where you will find a place to call home.
After having the great pleasure of bringing Barefoot Rock n Blues to you every Sunday evening last summer I was asked to consider managing the radio station side of Mix, happily I will say with great satisfaction that I’ve not regretted agreeing to this adventure for one single second. This community, the listeners, the artists; their music, the collaborations between artists, as well as their friendships are a continuous source of personal inspiration, growth and encouragement. I’ve been involved in some aspect of independent  music since my first job booking local bands for a coffeehouse in the early 70’s but never has my sense of commitment and passion for this independent music philosophy been as strong as it is today at Mix.
I want to Thank you Dazed, WildCherry and all you Mixsters! Congratulations!
~ Toni
p. s. I’d like to add that if you are an Independent musician/songwriter of original music and not a Mix member I honestly and respectfully believe you are doing a great disservice to yourself and your music. We should talk.

Barefoot Rock n Blues Radio Show Tonight

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(my apologies to those followers who may have had this post hit their reader more than once. I’m trying new promotion tactics)


On “Barefoot Rock n Blues” this Sunday I’ll be spinning some of THIS Barefoot Lady’s favorite Indie Artist’s from the pages of Mixposure’s artist’s. I’m planning in late December on doing a “Barefoot’s 2014 Top 30 Tracks” from my past show’s.
Join me Sunday to hear who made this week’s play list. 8 pm eastern, you or your favorites might be included.

Where: www.mixposure.com/mix_radio

When: Sunday, November 23 @ 8pm eastern

For your enjoyment ~  https://www.mixposure.com/barefoot-music/audio/18323/barefoot-baroness-juke-joint-by-truevulgarians

Barefoot Baroness Juke Joint by one of my favorite things; The TrueVulgarians is just a sampling of what caliber of talent y’all hear on my shows, and will give you the sense of the warm & friendly community of music maker’s & listener’s we have at Mixstream Radio on mixposure dot com.

MIM Chain Reaction Series #2 w/ Toni Taylor-Helser

MIM Chain Reaction Series.
Here’s how it works.
On Wednesdays an ‘Interviewing Artist’ who will choose (tag) another artist and ask 10 questions which will be posted here to the group.
The “Interviewee Artist’ will have the until the following Wednesday to answer their 10 questions by posting their responses in the comment box.
Following the artist will choose a new (another) artist with 10 new questions and post a new post and continue with the Chain Reaction again.
#2 in the series – Barefoot Baroness aka Toni Taylor-Helser interviewed by Ron Kauffman
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From Ron: ” I tried not to use the same questions. Besides, I believe these are things people want to know about you.” 🙂

1. What is it about music that drives your passion?

I feel music on so many levels that I can’t imagine living without its impact in my life. That’s always been what drives my passion I think, that personal need to hear and feel music every single day. To let its inspiring and healing magic play out in my own life. Although music tends to be very personal I think music should always be shared because of its universal language and messages.

2. At what age did music become your passion?

I can recall being very young, about 3 years old and sneaking out of bed at to hear my parent’s jam with family & friends late into the night. Back in the day of big console television sets with picture tubes there was a cubby space under the picture tube that made a perfect listening spot for a small child. A hiding spot… not so much. I was caught a few times and sent back to bed, but after about the 4th time my parents realized I wasn’t giving up. I knew even then I needed to be part of it and they finally saw that in me. I lived all week for those Friday & Saturday night jams and began singing with this group of adults.

3. When you write, do you write melody and lyrics together, or separately, and why?

I am not a musician by any means (still only play AT playing the guitar) Both my parents however were musicians and music has always been a daily part of my life. Singing since a tot my parents use to say that I didn’t start talking; that instead I started singing sentences together. So in answer to Ron’s question, although I might hear a melody in my head I’m not adept at writing it. To date lyrics have been a separate thing for me. I need the music maker’s to turn what’s just a string of words into real music.

4. What do you consider success as a writer / artist?

I find success in knowing finally that I no longer need to look outside myself for validation and contentment. Knowing too that I am able to share that awareness through my words so that others might identify with it is absolutely where I see my success in writing. Having someone share with me that what I wrote has impacted them is absolutely my most satisfying reward, that I see as my success.

5. I know your very passionate about Indie Artists / Writers. Why is that?

Firstly Independent music/arts is what I was raised on and the community I grew up in. So some of my passion is pure sentimental devotion. Secondly there is a spirit that I am humbled by with Indie Artists, it’s the desire and maybe even need to create their art, regardless. Regardless of the artwork’s destination an Indie Artist does it because of the journey. Thirdly I am enchanted by indie music for music sake, and I feel a kindred spirit with artist’s who work so hard to create their amazing music without the losing any creative control. Deep Respect!

6. How do you feel about chasing the near impossible dream in today’s music industry?

Well, well…. I could be very wordy answering this and write a novel length response, but suffice to say that IF I had given up on chasing ‘my’ near impossible dream I’d not be doing what I am today. My feeling is that chasing dreams is what inspires hope, and I am not about to ever abandon Hope.

7. You have tons of fans. I’m sure they’d all like to know what kind of support you have at home?

That’s so kind of you Ron. Thank you. Interesting question and I am going to be very personal in my answer because I realize today that not practicing what I am most passionate about [because it denied someone else’s comfort] was killing my spirit. This is very personal subject for me and I think supporting what your loved ones are most passionate about IS part of being emotionally invested in that relationship. I believe that emotional investment is the foundation for any home and community. Today I live alone and love that my bizarre lifestyle and hours no longer tread on anyone else’s joy. Support today for me comes from daughter, grandchildren, close friends, and the Indie community of artists themselves. My daughter Janis is my #1 fan, she embraces my “Barefoot Baroness” alter-ego respectfully and devotedly as an individual chasing her own dreams, this means the moon and stars to me.

What inspires you to write?

People. People and how we as a humanity navigate life on the Universe’s terms and timetable.

9. If you could write music with your favorite writer, who would that be and why?

Oh my… there are so many. Many of them may not be household names. If I had only one wish then it would be Jackson Browne.

The why? Because Jackson has impressed and impacted me since a young teen with his lyrics, and music compositions. That a young man could be so transparent with his feelings and express them at just age 16 with lyrics and an acoustic guitar left me in awe. Songs like “These Days” and the volumes of storytelling that he’s written in song has touched me for more decades than I’ll admit to.

10. You’re the “Barefoot Baroness!” What inspired that name and idea?

My maternal grandmother nicknamed me “Barefoot Baroness” as a young girl because of my great distaste for wearing anything on my feet. Even socks. The nickname and the distaste for anything on my feet stuck throughout the years into adulthood. In 2006 I created a blog for my writing, albeit it took me a couple of years to find the courage to publish anything. Naming my blog “Barefoot Baroness” was the first time I considered using the nickname on any professional level and it has snowballed; in 2012 I founded Barefoot Music Group as part of my dream chasing that I spoke of earlier, and in June of 2014 I began an independent radio show called Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mixstream radio.

Thank you Ron, great questions that made me stop to think about my responses. I enjoyed this, hope y’all enjoy my responses.

Post Note: *see below

The TrueVulgarians are a brother-sister independent duo that honored me & my alter ego Barefoot Baroness by writing and recording a promotional song for my radio show Barefoot Rock n Blues. It’s a song, not just a promotion. …..

A song that I am humbled and honored by Bill & Jackie creating for me. What a gift! Thank you both.

*Here you can have a listen. https://www.mixposure.com/barefoot-music/audio/18323/barefoot-baroness-juke-joint-by-truevulgarians

Watch next Wednesday as I tag Ira Walker to be the next link in the Chain Reaction Series.

Mixstream Radio Goes Global

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Notice To The Universe & all Earthlings:
Mixstream Radio has added two new European Time Friendly shows to our Live DJ Hosted presentation’s of the best Indie Music on the planet.

 With even more shows soon TBA.

Don’t forget that you can listen any time 24/7- to 100% Independent on Mixstream Radio @ http://www.mixposure.com/mix_radio/

Please Join us in the Chat Room Zoo during the live shows,
It’s Where some of the coolest music collaborations are born.

On-Line Busking ~ Supporting Live Music

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On-line Busking & House Concerts 

Music and how it’s being created, performed, and even recorded is evolving all the time in new platforms in which an audience of fans hears and experiences music today. 

How independent radio is helping even the playing field in the music industry is a strong indicator of the changes, especially for Independent musicians. 
The evolution in the music industry is fascinating and recently I have been following the ongoing debate about artist’s compensation. 
Whether it be from music accessed via the old-fashioned ( and hopefully not extinct) CD/Record store, digitally through the Internet, or live performances, it’s obvious that most artist’ are still not being compensated righteously.
Music sites routinely offer up incentives for their music contributors, listener’s are measured, yet typically most music sites have no further interest past how many hits/views an artist page receives. 
Many of these sites offer free artist’s pages and a platform to charge for downloads of their music, but unless the artist has a strong and wide fan base they make little from their music sales. 
Live performances still are how artists create the kind of exposure that sells their music.
The marketing savvy band/artist knows that building a demand for their live performances is what creates the exposure they need to sell their music and merchandise. . 
But even setting a fair price for performance compensation is difficult,  and all the while there’s the risk that ALL of an artist’s music is being made available for free. 

It’s obvious that the mainstream music industry in general have consistently failed to respond to what the artist’s needs to make an adequate living, what the listener wants, and what the current realities to cyberspace and music are.

Admittedly there is no shortage of great music and access to it today, and for both the music maker’s and the listener’s it’s become  a matter of choices. With little surprise live music performances (despite the quality of recorded music) is still the popular choice for fans to hear and see their favorite artists/bands. 
Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to hear.
Making that happen is easier today than ever.
On-line Busking, aka Net-Busking is fast becoming one of the platforms to see a favorite artist’s live gig, and in the privacy of your own home. Much like the pay-per view sporting events that family & friends get together for, so are people “Busking” music. 
“Busking” is a common term for the act of performing in a public area for voluntary donations of change.
I just experienced my first On-line Busking performance The artist I watched streaming his music live was doing so for free on the Internet, on a site set up for this kind of platform, and there is a way to tip the artist available on this particular site. I’m not naming the site only because I am not advertising the site, but if you search you’ll find a few links.
Instead I am hoping to engage a discussion here about this particular platform. From a personal perspective as a music fan I see great potential that this is a phenomenal way to support Independent Live Music,  and to hear and see live performances
An artist/band needs only a web-cam & microphone, their music, and they can be live streaming or pod-casting right into our homes. 
On-line Busking into House Concerts can get create more visibility to build a wider fan base. Performances for those who live outside the main tour hubs would have the option of live performances that the artist’s offer, while this concept of performing for fans allows the artist’s and fan’s to create a meaningful connection and making life-long fans. I see even the potential for fan’s to really have th power of the people right at their finger tips in deciding which songs will became chart toppers.

Along with the benefit of exposure for the artists there is this idea of the Virtual “TipHat ” (Tip Jar) so that listener’s may actually tip the performers who are busking online. That’s the other half to Busking -“Tips”
Sites that specialize in On line Busking have the ability for fans to tip in place. I am a fan of this concept ands aw it in action today.
I read a really good article that spells this concept out better than I. http://futureofmusic.org/article/virtual-tip-jar-or-charity-case
Making a living as an artist has never been easy, the largest percentage of artist’s in the business are performing their music out of a passion & devotion, making the cliché “Starving Artist” more true than we’d like to see. 
I’m beginning to see the real advantages to On-line Busking. 
What’s your thoughts? 



Barefoot Rock n Blues Encore w/ Trevor Sewell

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This Friday, August 29th, 2014. 7pm GMT – 1pm EDT
Hear Trevor Sewell’s newest album release in it’s entirety in this special encore presentation.
“Face To Face” is a beautiful acoustic compilation of Trevor’s signature style and sound an independent (and spontaneous) project recorded at Capital Records Studio in L.A.
I personally fancy the music of just a musician & their instrument, no bells, no whistle’s. Just the pure music.
Hope y’all will be joining Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mixstream Radio on Mixposure.com



In Trevor’s words:

This album is very different to my usual electric offerings as I just wanted to see what the songs were like when they were completely stripped back to just one guitar and one voice – it was completely unplanned and there was no set list. I was in Capitol Records in Hollywood to record tracks for my new electric album which will be released later in the year and the engineer set up my acoustic and a microphone and as I liked the sound through the headphones I just said ‘ Can I make an acoustic album while I’m in position’ – Joe the engineer just smiled and said ‘why not?’, so that’s what happened and less than 3 hours later the Face To Face album was in the can – we could have easily gone back and added lots of other instruments but that would have defeated the purpose so the only rules were no overdubs just one guitar, like I say there was no set list so I just played songs that happened to pop into my head at the time and Joe let me know when we had ten tracks. To sum up, although this was recorded in a studio it is in every way a Live album, so if anyone comes to my solo shows this is a good representation of what it sounds like. Capitol is a great place to record in and I managed to get started on my new electric album later that afternoon but with the bonus of an unexpected extra album already recorded, so all in all I think it was possibly one of the most productive days I’ve had in any studio – If Carlsberg made studios … thank you Capitol. ”  

~ Trevor Sewell  

That’s Friday August 29th @ 7pm GMT-1pm eastern

where: http://www.mixposure.com/mix_radio/