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Lead Into Gold – Episode 2 – with DMV Music Alliance

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Alchemical Records presents Lead Into Gold, a monthly global web series featuring music industry professionals and advocates impacting local and international music communities and creative industries. Guests (who are sometimes artists themselves) from a variety of backgrounds such as management, production, and promotion join the Alchemical Records team of contributors to discuss current industry news and introduce listeners to a day in the life of our guest, as well as ways for indie artists to learn more about the kinds of roles that could contribute to developing their team.

Guests from a variety of backgrounds such as management, production, and promotion join the Alchemical Records team of contributors to discuss what a day in their life looks like as well as current industry news. Together they’ll help indie artists learn more about how different administrative and production roles could aid in the development of their team

This month’s guests are Dave Mallen and Dani Weymouth of DMV Music Alliance. The DMV Music Alliance is a Washington D.C.-based grassroots non-profit committed to uniting and serving the needs of the thousands of artists and industry professionals across Suburban Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. As the first area organization of its kind, the Alliance provides educational, networking, and financial resources to local music professionals and creates and supports strong community-based initiatives, positioning the DMV to be celebrated as a vibrant, nationally recognized music scene.

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Soft Punch - Above Water album art: A painting of a pond and two dogs embracing overlaying it, one wearing green pants.

Stay Afloat with Soft Punch — Above Water

Soft Punch, aka Rye Thomas, of Washington D.C. released his debut album, Above Water on September 15th, after years of working on it.
The album is a labor of love that Soft Punch, the stage name of Rye Thomas, has been working on for years since the diagnosis of his chronic illness. It takes you through the highs and lows, mourning the freedom lost, and celebrating the things that he is grateful for in his day to day life. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his process of writing the album.

The titles of albums are the first thing that an artist sees. That, and the artist’s name. When I first heard the name ‘Soft Punch’, I was intrigued. It was gentle but intentional. “I don’t know if I had a specific ‘A-ha, Lightbulb’ moment, but I was interested in words that sound good together and have multiple meanings,” Thomas said. “It’s a gentle hit, and a nonalcoholic punch. It’s the image of something harsh and something soft is interesting to me. I think I lucked out.”

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