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Tribe of Noise musician featured on Time Square, NY

As the winner of the One Billion Fans Contest - a Tribe of Noise initiative - Dereck Rose is featured on the World’s Largest Digital Billboard in Times Square, NY! His winning music can be found and shared 24/7 on the Tribe of Noise site.

Musician Dereck Rose Wins One Billion Fans Contest

AMSTERDAM, April 9 /PRNewswire/ — Although CD sales are down there is still a lot to be gained by connecting musicians directly to company sponsors. Re/Max sponsored artist Dereck Rose was recently picked by an international jury consisting of Arne Frager who hosted the illustrious Metallica in his studio, Gary Platt founder of Full Sail University, Mike Linksvayer VP of Creative Commons Worldwide and Sem Bakker, nineties bass hero who played the major European concert stages.

During the last six months ten artists were carried to the top by fans direct internet voting. This year’s winner of the One Billion Fans Contest, Dereck Rose, was hand-picked by an international group of music connoisseurs.

Rose, a self-described “singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician” was born in Jamaica, moved with family to England where he was misunderstood and thus wrongly placed in a school for autistic children. A world citizen, he traveled throughout Europe, crossing into Israel, which he credits for his true musical inspiration.

One Billion Fans Judge, famed Arne Frager, owner of Plant Studios, host to many of the world’s greatest artists among them Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin, said of Rose, “Excellent music and poetry, very versatile, a true Artist.”

The One Billion Fans Contest was an initiative of Tribe of Noise, the music sharing site which invokes Creative Commons to insure the legality. Mike Linksvayer, Vice President of Creative Commons Worldwide, said it is “innovative and forward thinking to allow the commercial use of music” and it can be done easily through the by-share alike license.

In keeping with the Tribe of Noise mission, artists were matched up with corporate sponsors. Rose’s Re/Max sponsor, Melissa Miller, lauded, “Dereck defines his sound as ‘True Homemade Music’ that caught our Real Estate eye and listening to his “Painted Boots” sealed the deal.” Re/Max In Motion promoted his music on their site, blogs, and shared his MP3s with their sphere of influence.

Another OBF judge, Gary Platt, co-founder of The Recording Workshop, Full Sail University, and Ex’pression College said, “Quality on Tribe of Noise is fantastic, I’m turning all my producers and people who need great music onto Tribe of Noise. Platt has worked with Bon Jovi, King Crimson, and McDonald’s.

As the winner, Dereck Rose will be featured on the World’s Largest Digital Billboard in Times Square, NY. His winning music can be found and shared 24/7 on the Tribe of Noise site.

ABOUT Tribe of Noise - the largest worldwide community connecting musicians & companies by sharing music legally & hassle free! All music on Tribe of Noise is uploaded by independent artists under a Creative Commons 3.0 By Share Alike license. To find out more about Tribe of Noise, go to

Winner of “One Billion Fans” contest announced

Mike Linksvayer, April 9th, 2009

Last fall we posted about the One Billion Fans contest run by the music website TribeOfNoise. Today the winner has been announced (pdf press release) — Dereck Rose, a Jamaican-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.

Congratulations to Dereck Rose, the jury-selected winner, and the other top ten finalists (I can actually recommend the top vote getter, Bleeemo)!

Also congratulations to TribeOfNoise for pulling off the contest. To be completely blunt, the site looks more crassly promotional than many sites hosting music under CC licenses. However, just as bluntly, there’s a need for hard core promoters of freely licensed music (note that “hard core” modifies “promoters”) — judging by promotions for mass market music, that’s needed for mass market success, and there’s no reason freely licensed music shouldn’t compete in such arenas.

TribeOfNoise is also more innovative on the licensing front than most sites. All music on the site is available under CC Attribution-ShareAlike. Here’s an explanation sent last month from Hessel van Oorschot, the site’s “Chief of Noise”:

Artists like Moby, Nine Inch Nails and Radio Head made the first moves towards an alternative form of music distribution. A Dutch company called Tribe of Noise takes it one step further. At Tribe of Noise, composers upload their music under a Creative Commons license and allows companies to download, remix and commercially use the music FREE and 100% legal.


“While the traditional music industry is still in the repressive mode by introducing digital rights management and sending out the watch dogs, we rather think in solutions for like-minded spirits”, says Sandra Brandenburg, founder of Tribe of Noise. “It was not difficult to find thousands of independent artists worldwide who believe in sharing their music, and who actually encourage fans and professionals to freely distribute and build upon their work.”

“We take the Darwinist approach; adapt and you will survive. So instead of resisting change and become extinct you want to embrace change. People are going to share music, so give them something to share. Simultaneously the artist builds an inner circle of valuable contacts. Game developers ($50 billion industry), advertisement agencies ($750 billion industry) and others are more than willing to pay for music. Getting Exposure is the name of the game.”

Mike Linksvayer - jury member One Billion Fans

Mike Linksvayer - Describing Tribe of Noise and the One Billion Fans Contest.

Bio: Vice-president of Creative Commons, worldwide. Previously he co-founded Bitzi. He has over ten years' experience as an enterprise software, web, and multimedia developer and consultant.

Gary Platt - jury member One Billion Fans

Gary Platt - Describing Tribe of Noise and the One Billion Fans Contest.

Bio: Co-founder of Full Sail University, The Recording Workshop, and Ex'pression College for Digital Arts. Beyond his experience in education, Mr. Platt also possesses an extensive audio career having worked with major label artists ranging from King Crimson, Bootsy Collins, Bon Jovi, Prince, amongst many others.

Music in Games

Visit the Holland Pavillion (5422 NH) @ the Game Developers Conference (March 25-27) in San Francisco.

TRIBE OF NOISE, the preferred partner of gamedevelopers in need for great music, will give away 500 exclusive access codes to an online selection of FREE, READY TO SHARE GAME MUSIC!

See you at the Holland Pavilion (March 25-27)!

FD (Dutch Financial Times)

FD March 11, 2009
(Dutch Financial Times, Nationwide)

Article about how Tribe of Noise is offering a modern solution for companies in need for music. Instead of copyright infringements, royalty and sync hassles Tribe of Noise is offering a free, 24/7 accessible and 100% legal solution (Creative Commons licensed) for brand managers, game developers, advertisement agencies, video sharing communities, broadcasters, filmmakers etc. Worldwide!

Ready to Share Music and thousands of composers, songwriters and bands interested in connecting with companies. Join Tribe of Noise! It’s FREE of course.