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January 25, 2010

Swanzai - Website Design For Indie Bands

Filed under: Band News, Band Promotion — ian @ 11:01 pm

Swanzai Design | quality graphic and web site design for bandsI was contacted by Michael Swando of Swanzai - he wants a link, I wonder if he’ll link back? I doubt it! I get the impression he’s on the up - he has done some very good posters. This is what he has to say about himself:

Swanzai.net is a small graphic design firm based in Chicago, IL, specializing in creating high-end show posters, websites, flyers, and merchandise for bands and musicians. We’ve got over 8 years experience and dozens of stunning posters and websites already created for bands in Detroit, Chicago, and Phoenix. On top of this, we’ve adjusted our pricing down to nearly self-defeatingly low rates, and pulled out all the stops to bring in every unsigned band who needs the step-up quality design can give you.

Hanging out, working, and living with numerous musicians and bands over the past 4-5 years especially has opened our eyes to the symbiotic relationship between visual artists and bands. Oftentimes a band can be identified by a unique visual style that accompanies their music in the forms of Album Art, Merchandise, Show Posters and now Websites, and similarly - the work that designers do could scarcely be possible without the legacy of musicians sharing their music for inspiration.

Swanzai understands this. We also understand the budget unsigned artists can be under, and the priority of getting your music out there so the world can hear. We believe our prices are about as low as can be justified, and we’re working to include more relevant discounted package deals. Not every band has the pull to afford a different show poster for every show, so we make it easy to buy a discounted set of different posters that are reusable - just write in the info for each show and keep your promos fresh while still stretching your buck.

Apart from being, in our opinion, pretty good-looking, Swanzai.net’s Web Products can help out the unsigned band in several ways. Starting at $150 for your basic landing site to $600 for a fully-automatic multimedia music-selling machine, each of our websites are 100% custom-made and never from a template. Integrating your web site into a Content Management System (starting at $300) not only gives every bandmate the ability to update your site from anywhere from a familiar (think Blogger / Facebook) interface, but allows us to easily incorporate advanced features such as selling your music, swag, & mp3s online, incorporating a blog, videos, and social media, and more.

Swanzai is a fresh, young update to the online band design scene. With fresh, unique, high-end work and the lowest prices around, we’re primed to become the go-to source for budget show posters and web sites for the Unsigned + Indie Band Scene. Rock on.

As I said I like Michael’s work, I was taken by the Amen Cowboy poster. One thing that did strike me as very odd though, Amen Cowboy who have got a MySpace, haven’t got a website!! Stranger and stranger, they haven’t even bought their Domain Name. www.amencowboy.com is still up for grabs - I like the name Amen Cowboy… I think I might do me some rustling.

6 Comments »

  1. Hey Ian, thanks for the feature! Amen Cowboy has had a tumultuous history — several band members have been scattered around the country but I’ve been told they’re moving forward on an album release for later this year. Pardon me if I misread, but are you saying you’re going to register amencowboy.com?

    Comment by Mike — January 25, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

  2. Swanzai Featured at UnsignedBandPromotion.com

    I’m proud to say Swanzai has recently been featured at the Unsigned Band Promotion weblog. The site is chock-full of resources for budding bands including featured band links, resources, and a long-running blog. They’ve even got a template …

    Trackback by Swanzai Design — January 25, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  3. No, I’m not going to register amencowboy.com, don’t worry I was only joking :)

    Still, I think a band should own their domain name, at the very least. It helps in name ownership disputes.

    Comment by ian — January 26, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  4. Oh, and Mike, thanks for the kind words and for linking back.

    I’ve got a couple of pages Band Promoters (normally #1 on Google) and Band Website Designers (normally #15/20!! on Google), I shall be including you on the latter very soon. God I must update the Band Promoters page soon, it’s so out of date - so is the Website Template (new one on the way V.soon).

    Keep in touch Mike

    Comment by ian — January 26, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  5. Hi,

    I wanted to contact Mike from Swanzai Design, not possible when I clic on the contact link.
    Would be great if I could be contacted by email. We are launching the album in 3 months and I need a kick ass website !

    Thanks a lot

    James (fendson@gmail.com)

    Comment by James — November 8, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  6. Hi James, seems to me that Swanzai may have gone :( Try Ross Barber of ElectricKiWi, see: http://www.unsignedbandpromotion.com/band-promotion-blog/2011/06/02/a-conversation-with-ross-barber-of-electrickiwi/

    Comment by ian — November 8, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

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