We’re back! A little hiatus but don’t you worry your pretty little heads! We have a great line up of new artists to review for you to enjoy. I’d like to start this off with an official welcome our newest ArtistView partner, Empire Music Promotions. EMP has the same core values as ArtistView has and we are so excited to experience new music with him. We had a chance to catch up with the owner, Ryan Donnelly, recently. You may remember his name from an earlier article we did about his photography. He has been busy lately helping artists expand their reach into the vast world wide web. Check out this interview we did with him about his new venture in music promotions.

Where is Empire Music located?

Empire Music Promotions is located in Calgary, Canada at the moment. Although since I love to travel, it travels with me in the form of all of my technology. Who knows? One day it may move to Vancouver, L.A…is Mexico an option? Haha.


What kind of bands/musicians are you looking for as a client?

We are looking for honest and professional musicians, the ones that take their craft and art seriously, the ones with music worth listening to. Although I appreciate the passionate drive of the focused musician, it becomes truly difficult to promote someone that doesn’t believe in having a properly recorded album or single.

Do you focus on artists from a certain area or are you open to working with artists worldwide?

I enjoy music from all over the world, and focusing on the genres and styles found in my backyard will never be enough. We will work with anyone from anywhere, as long as we feel that Empire Music Promotions can benefit that artist, and that the artist can add something to E.M.P.

Why did you decide to start a company like Empire Music Promotions?

I worked for a great music promotion company for quite a while, and as I wrote articles, reviews, interviews, and built professional relationships with bands and industry experts, it became something I wanted to explore on a more serious level, and in my own way; sometimes in life you just have to try things on your own.

What are all the services you offer?

We offer guaranteed quality press for starters, as well as help with creating a proper Press Release, EPK, and even Venue Help. Generally speaking, our aim is to help artists create a usable “music press portfolio” in which to share with the public and among their social media sites. The sort of building block needed to open certain career doors in the music industry.

Do you plan on offering more services?

Yes we do, and the next thing we are looking to add is a premium band website service. It is clear that a bands website, along with anyone online really, is the single most important focus a professional minded person can have; and sadly, many bands overlook the critical cornerstone to their own musical empire.

Do you have a network that you can turn to when a client needs a service that Empire doesn’t offer?

We do not offer services that we cannot provide. Although I will personally put in the overtime to help a band gain exposure, I won’t promise anything that I cannot deliver. At the very least, if a band has a question, I will try my hardest to find the answer.

What is your 5 year plan with Empire?

Keep moving forward, and find new ways to help musicians gain exposure.

Do you have any success stories from your clients that you would want to share?

I have enjoyed promoting some great artists, and two that come to mind are Laura Hickli and Russell Lee. Laura is a stellar musician, she puts so much soul and passion into her music that she will no doubt make some serious waves in 2017. Russell Lee just released his new music video “Picture”, as well as coming off some incredible live shows, namely Canada’s longest running Country music festival in Dauphin, Manitoba, and I could not be happier about the quality of music that we work with.

What bands/musicians inspired you to want to work in the music industry?

That is a tough question, haha. I mean, music in general is something that is a part of my everyday life. I constantly search out new music to become my daily soundtrack, and for that reason alone I want to spread the word of all this great music that I find.

Who do you look up to musically?

Maynard James Keenan of TOOL, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle is a true musician’s musician, and I will leave that up to the public to decipher, but Tom Petty, Dallas Green, and The Black Atlas continue to inspire me.

What are your thoughts on the notion that a musician needs to be signed by a major label in order to be successful?

Those days are over. This new brave world is free from the old school business practices, and artists can now create their own successful destinies by navigating the social media waters properly.

What are your thoughts on music streaming sites like Spotify?

Streaming services are a bit of a double edged sword to me. On one had I think they open up another road for musicians to take to reach their fans, and on another hand I feel they help to diminish the physical music sales that I have gown up with. It might just be me, but I enjoy purchasing my music from the stores on launch day, it is still as exciting today as it was more than twenty years ago.

In your experience, what is the most important thing a band/musician should do to help them succeed?

Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself. Be inspired but do not duplicate. Be your weird self and celebrate it in your music.

Fun Facts:


Yeah…I owned this too. Guilty!!
T U R T L E Power!

First album purchased: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack. Laugh all you want, but that was a great day in my life, haha.

Guilty pleasure artist: 8-Bit video game soundtracks. I don’t know why, but that music makes me smile.

Last song you listened to: Stu Larsen “Thirteen Sad Farewells”…such a beautiful song.

Last concert you attended: I saw “The Abrams” recently, blown away by their skill and passion. Great show from start to finish.

Next album you plan on purchasing: I am looking forward to purchasing the new “Thrice” album.

3 bands/musicians that everyone should be listening to: The Black Atlas. Circa Survive. Sub Rosa.


We would like to thank Ryan for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions and we look forward to working with Empire Music Promotions and his artists! Make sure you check out all the artists he mentioned in the interview. We did and we were not disappointed.

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