New Video / Previously Unreleased Track: A Closing Window

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014

I chose to record a previously unreleased track, “A Closing Window” for the Houston Songwriter Series at Dean’s Downtown. I’ve been booking and hosting this series every Sunday night 8-10pm. Thanks to Runaway Sun bassist Matthew Davis Buehrer for a great audio mix and Justin Nava for his video...

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House Concert in the Heights!

Posted by on May 2, 2014

I am performing a house concert in the Heights this month. Here is all the show info and ticket information:  Kolanowski Studio Presents – Andrew Karnavas Saturday May 17th. Doors Open at 7:00, 8:00 showtime. Tickets are $20 This is a private party. Attendance is by invitation only. RSVPs with payment are required due to limited seating and will be on a “first come/first served” basis. Please arrive between 7:00 and 7:45 pm and join us for drinks and food prior to the concert. Music will begin at 8:00 pm. See attached invitation and reservation information below. RESERVATIONS Please complete the attached form and return with payment to Kim and Greg Kolanowski 420 Harvard St. Houston, Tx 77007 or use the Paypal information below. The cost is $20 per person. You may pay by check or Paypal. o If by check, make the check payable to Kim Kolanowski. o If by Paypal, use greg@kolanowskistudio.com as the email address for payment. Also, please include a $1.00 processing fee (as well as necessary information about your reservation). We will happily return your payment if you cancel in time for us to accommodate someone on our waiting list. FOR PAYMENT BY CHECK PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING AND RETURN IT TO US: Our address is 420 Harvard Street, Houston, Texas 77007. Name: ______________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________ Email_______________________________________ Number of reservations ______ @ $20.00 each = $ _______ for Andrew Karnavas, May 17, 2014 Performances are presented at the house of Greg and Kim Kolanowski, located in the Houston Heights. CDs are available for sale at the concert. If you have any questions, email us or call. • Our telephone number is (713) 802-0232 • Our email addresses are kim@kolanowskistudio.com or...

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DIY Music PR – Part 1: Build Your Media Contact List

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013

DIY Music PR – Part 1: Build Your Media Contact List

You’re in a great band. You have a great live show and a great new album. Great! It’s time to let the world know! It’s time to contact the media. You don’t have a publicist, and you don’t know how to afford one or where find a good one. How about a DIY approach? Where do you start? Let’s start with building a media contact list. 1)   Build a media contact list. Here is a sample excel sheet that I use that will help you get started: http://bit.ly/DIYMediaContact Print Media, Online Media, Music Blogs, TV Shows, Radio (I would suggest a separate contact list for radio). Get online and research who writes about bands in your genre and /or who reviews shows at the venues where you perform. Are you playing your hometown or a different city? If you’re from Texas and playing in New York, make sure the music writers you contact write about touring artists. 2)   Follow submission guidelines. Most sites state where and how to submit materials. CD or mp3? Dropbox or Soundcloud? Things like that. 3)   Personalize your submission. Avoid the ease of sending out a mass email. 4)   Give them time. Print media works a month to several months in advance, and online media outlets need at least a couple of weeks to review your materials. 5)   Follow up via email or phone, depending on the contact’s preference. If you don’t follow up, you won’t get any coverage. Media contacts are very busy creating content, and they receive story requests every day, all day. They will forget about you. They’re human beings. Follow up. 6)   Have a story. Bands underestimate their role in crafting their own reviews. “Hi, we’re a new band putting out a new album and it sounds awesome” isn’t a great story. Maybe you recorded your awesome sounding album in an abandoned tire plant and that’s why it’s titled Rubber Factory. That’s interesting. What did it smell like in there?  What was the strangest thing that happened during the recording process? Why did you decide on that location?   If you can intrigue a media contact with a great story, then they might write about you. You need to give them a starting point. If they are interested, they’ll ask you questions and the story takes shape. Rubber Factory was the third first Black Keys record, and the first one to make the...

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Welcome to Daytrotter!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013

Welcome to Daytrotter!

  I’m happy to announce that my Daytrotter solo session is now live! Wedding Day is a previously unreleased track making its world debut. CLICK TO LISTEN This was a great experience, and a really busy day! Justus Brake (bassist on “See Me Again”) drove from Cleveland to Chicago through the snow the night before.    We woke up late and I drove us to Rock Island, IL the following morning for our afternoon tracking sesssion. My buddies Eric and Vytas came along too. Daytrotter sound engineer Mike Gentry recorded my session. There are around 25 sessions recorded per week! This means Mike is an awesome engineer. It also means Daytrotter has an unmatched live performance archive. Earlier this year, Forbes named Daytrotter the #1 site for music lovers. Some of my favorite sessions are M. Ward, Billy Joe Shaver, and Local Natives. Check out the trailer for the documentary, Welcome to Daytrotter. After the taping we ate a quick lunch and motored back to Chicago, arriving just in time for our show that night at Honky Tonk BBQ. The life!                                                ...

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AndyRoo Goes to Washington!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

AndyRoo Goes to Washington!

What an incredible weekend in DC! It was a dream come true, and I can’t wait to do it again. After performing for five plus years, I have learned that things happen when they should. You get into the dream venues, you get invited to open for big name acts, and you get good reviews in the press when you are ready. When I first started out, I was frustrated that these things didn’t happen right away, but that kind of mindset is wrapped up in the excitement and ego boost of getting an album done, especially when it’s your first album. You expect the world to stop and listen to it, and every music writer to review it, and when that doesn’t happen it can be really discouraging. But I think the real reason behind these things not happening is that you are not ready for them to happen in that moment. When the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invited me to perform an AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse show there, I knew I was ready for that to happen. And when I finally got booked at Jammin’ Java, a highly competitive venue I have tried to get into for a couple years, I was finally ready. I knew how to make flyers for the show, I had a network to help me promote it, and I had two years of performances in front of kids that taught me a good deal about what works and what doesn’t. This was my whirlwind weekend in DC! Grace Rodriguez took lots of pictures with her Google Glass and filmed the shows (a HUGE thanks to Jay Berckley for lending me his video camera). Show videos coming soon! Friday June 21: Flew from Houston to DC and performed the Smithsonian NMNH show. What an honor and thrill. After the show we dropped by Smithsonian Folkways to meet the people behind the Smithsonian Institution’s non-profit record label and arguably the most important record label in the country. Listen to Folkways Radio daily to hear music you would never otherwise hear before. They were gearing up for the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Saturday June 22: Morning show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna,VA, a couple hours of sightseeing in DC, and a 4:30 PM flight back to Houston! Jammin’ Java was one of the most professionally operated venues I’ve ever played....

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