2016 begins my 11th year with my company Eva Dowd Productions International so much has changed but at same time so much is the same especially about my love for Music and the belief that it unites people regardless of our religion,politics or language.
I am looking forward to continuing to support my featured artists Umair Jaswal , Sanjeev T and the Motherjane fan base.
I am also super excited to be back as a Global International Judge for VIMA the South Asian International Music Awards founded by Siva Zaphod Chandran who I respect for his dedication in moving the Indie Music Scene forward in these uncertain times for musicians. Below is my Intro as a Judge, Pleas make sure to join VIMA Music Awards for all the latest updates.
VIMA 2016 GLOBAL JUDGES ANNOUNCEMENT : Eva Dowd (USA)
As we countdown to the submission date of VIMA 2016 (Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore) , we are pleased as peach to unveil our cool set of global judges who will comprise of celebrities, models, personalities, music experts, label heads, media and even the next generation of judges from across the world.
Global and Celebrity judges will make up 60% of the total scores while 40% will be scores from the public.
Today we present the second of our 100 global judges, Eva Dowd (USA)
Eva Dowd is an Award Winning International Public Relations Manager and CEO of Eva Dowd Productions International Located in Boston, MA.
Eva Dowd Productions International is all about the power of Music to unite the world in the one language we all share 'Music' with its passion and emotion that speaks to us all as individuals but unites as a global community no matter our native tongue, where we reside, our political or religious views music brings us together.
She is passionate about sharing Indie music with the World from countries where rock music is often not accepted and even banned, to herself and the Artists she works with as well as their fans. Rock Music is not a type of music, but a way of life.
An Industry Member at the Grammy Recording Academy, Music Ambassador at the global sensation Playing for Change as well as International Ambassador at the Music Industry site Music2Deal joining other Ambassadors the likes of Charles Foskett - UK (Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello) Stuart Epps (Elton John, Led Zeppelin) and in Michael Bisping – Germany A.S.S. (Russ Ballard, Bob Geldof).
Eva represents a small exclusive artist roster that she feels a kindred spirit with their passion and the music they create that speaks to her personally and hopefully the world. Her current Artists include Umair Jaswal (pictured right ) who has won numerous National and International Awards for his vocals including IndieGO Best Rock Vocalist in Asia in 2012 and is currently setting Pakistan on fire with his Coke Studio Mega hit Sammi Meri Waar, Umair will be touring globally in 2016 as well as launching his acting career.Umair has close to 500,000 followers on his FB page and we expect his following to soar past 1 million very soon.
Other long term artists include India's motherjane who have become one of India's most awarded rock bands including AVIMA's Best Rock Band in Asia in 2009 and will have the amazing accomplishment of sharing their music with the world for two decades very soon, this month they are opening for Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Her other Indian artist Sanjeev T (pictured below) was honored as Avima's “Most Inventive, Innovative and Creative Indie Act in Asia” in 2010 which anyone who has followed his career will realise it is just as true today. Sanjeev has also toured the World with Grammy and Oscar Winner A.R. Rahman as his guitarist.
"I was super excited when Siva asked me to be global judge because I know how much VIMA Awards and other the Awards SIva has spearheaded through the years to support Indie Music Scene can help take an artist to another level because of my 1st hand experience with my own artists. I love being introduced to new artists that are unique , fresh and full of passion and I am sure as a Judge I will not be disappointed in the talent that is presented.
One of the Artist's that is chosen by VIMA 2016 I will showcase on my Grammy page, Music2Deal Industry site for a month in hopes of expanding the reach of their music."
Do visit her main site Eva Dowd International (http://www.evadowdinternational.com/) to learn more about her passion promoting Indie Artists and the incredible artists past and present she has had the privilege to work with. Eva will sit on the USA Panel of judges for VIMA 2016 together with Greg Jackson who was featured yesterday.
2015 is behind us now, the older I get the faster the years seem to fly by. It also was my 10th year promoting artists many bands I assisted no longer exist, it is hard and I mean really hard way to make a living. I understand why many have given up on their dreams, though it saddens me greatly.
My focus has changed as well due to my time required to make a living as well. My free time is focused on on my main artist Umair Jaswal while I grow my successful career in the corporate world. I also still maintain all my Motherjane Angel sites and do my best to connect globally with the fans of the Motherjane who will have the major accomplishment of two decades rocking India and the World on Jan 24th.
I will never not be involved in the Rock Music because it is a not a genre but a way of life and all the musicians and fans are kindred spirits.
I hoping 2016 gives me more time for my passions than 2015 did.
2015 belongs to Umair Jaswal
I have been assisting the extremely talented Umair Jaswal for over 4 years now but in 2015 he skyrocketed to another level of success with all of the attention from Coke Studio which trust me is well deserved. I dare say 2016 he will take his music, acting and touring to a whole other level, learn more at his main site and download my latest press kit, would love to help you experience him live !
Motherjane's Clay Play top Ten Single of 2015 Rolling Stone Magazine
I was thrilled to see Motherjane's Clay Play was named one of the top Ten singles for 2015 by Rolling Stone Magazine article link. It is especially special as I watched the song come together when I visited India awhile back , I know 1st hand of the ups and downs with the band since I took on the persona of Motherjane Angel in 2008 and I happy to see them get some long overdue acknowledgment it not easy to keep a band together for two decades and Jan. 24th Motherjane does just that. I do try best to keep the fans updated and united and hope you visit my site for the band on facebook and download their press kit and contact me for more details.
This and That....
In 2016 I hope we all find time to embrace more of our creative passion,more music and all the things that tickle our toes and a World filled with less hate and much more Love !!!
Just a Rock n Roll Lover who loves meeting kindred spirits through Music & anything that tickles my toes and maybe yours too.