Getting It Accomplished: The Week In D.I.Y. And Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a6b9970c-150wiIn our guidance corner this week we give ideas for independent and DIY artists on how to prep their music for a vinyl pressing, make far better concert posters, stay away from widespread mistakes when placing together an electronic press kit, and significantly, significantly more.


REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Overview

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb08d1d8f8970d-150wiIn this edition of our look back by means of the previous seven days of business news, we examine SFX’s continued action against Robert Sillerman, Pandora and Shazam‘s additions to their respective platforms, Spotify’s recent enormous payout, and considerably, significantly far more.


Getting It Accomplished: The Week In D.I.Y And Indie Music

1(2)Our specialist tips for DIY and indie artists this week cover a range of subjects, from what to count on when functioning with studio musicians, to how you can inform if you are sabotaging your band’s good results, to how you can drastically enhance your digital approach making use of just two words.


Rumor has it…, I ❤ Streaming, and Snapchat makes a Spectacle: Liv Buli’s Week in Music and More

image from www.hypebot.comAn additional Friday, one more Liv Buli Reading List. Buli, the information journalist for Pandora’s Next Large Sound, frequently sees what is going to matter before the rest of us and fortunate for us, she shares it with us lesser beings on Hypebot .


By Liv Buli of Pandora’s Next Big Sound

When I wake up Saturday morning, till I don’t forget I don’t have to go to function that day.

No rest for the wicked, nor the music sector it seems. An additional week of massive stories dropping, from acquisition talks, to main milestones, to huge hiring moves. Here’s what you ought to know ahead of you head out for the weekend.

Spotify and SoundCloud have reportedly been in talks about acquisition. No comment from either party yet, and nothing has actually occurred yet, so y’all can calm down. It would be an exciting move. Between characteristics like their social neighborhood and the capability for music makers to directly upload tracks SoundCloud has something actually distinctive, but I am not completely certain how they would marry these services in practice. Tbd. Potensh.

YouTube hired Lyor — clutch move. Has it truly been three years because Google invested in 300? They are killin it btw (300 that is).

iHeart announced their intention to launch an on-demand service. Immediate reaction? You get a streaming service! You get a streaming service! Everybody gets a streaming service!

Oh and of course, all the deets on Snapchat’s (Sorry, Snap, Inc.) new spectacles.

Thumbprint Radio (from Pandora) hit some main milestones this week, among them five billion+ spins. If you haven’t listened to your private thumbprint radio station however, I’d very recommend it (though mine truly only plays Adele).

On the Predictions chart this week — A younger, far better(?) version of One Path, some seriously bizarre YouTube pop, and Cynthia Meng’s preferred band ever — Vulfpeck.

Alisa Xayalith from The Naked and Popular is amazing, and their new album is going to be sick. Right here are ten motives why you need to listen to it.

And in graphs this week: a spike on Wikipedia for Mary J. Blige, as nicely as for the Bruce Springsteen track she sings, soon after this teaser of what seems to have been an… ahem… eventful chat with Hillary Clinton went reside.

Now. This is a conflicting moment for me. Let’s be clear: #imwithher

Nevertheless. This has to be one particular of the most uncomfortable, awkward videos I have ever been witness to in my entire career of watching uncomfortable, awkward videos on the web.

I mean, Hillary’s face.

Dear lord, please fire whoever believed this was a good idea.

That is all I’ve got for roundup this week, go forth and conquer the weekend! Until we meet once more. ?


5.A Kraftwerk and Dance Music


Skrillex and a Time Machine by Deviant Art user Mushroom-in-fence

The phrases “Electronic” and “Dance Music” have turn into so synonymous more than the past 30 years that it is tough to bear in mind that there was a time, before Kraftwerk, when no one had thought to put the two together.

I can just about bear in mind, when I was in single digits, the sort of electronic music my father liked to listen to in the early 70s. Occasionally it took the kind of very abstract squiggles of sound on strange records with 1950s era depictions of atoms on them. A lot more typically, it came in the kind of Progressive Rock, lengthy suites of intensely cerebral electronic symphonies. I nonetheless have a lot of affection for those Prog records my Dad’d play, as I’d listen entranced, imagining my own extraterrestrial planetscapes taking kind in the virulent green of our 70s shag carpet, but let’s face it. You cannot precisely dance to this sort of issue:


Clink the link for this proggiest of Rick Wakeman Yes wibblefests

Listening to the rest of Kraftwerk’s breakthrough album, Autobahn, it is understandably simple to hear the wibbly space-rock of Kommetenmelodie and the gothic atmospheres of Mitternacht, and place them as element of the identical, cerebral tradition. Except anything occurred to Kraftwerk in 1975. They toured America for the 1st time, they went to New York City, and they found discoteques.


Ralf, dans la Discothèque

It doesn’t sit easily, does it, the image of uptight, self-conscious, semi-autistic Ralf, strutting his stuff on the dance floor? In truth, it’s precisely the idea that Mike Meyers lampooned in Sprockets (the music is, tellingly, Kraftwerk sped up a bit, though the character was reportedly based off an encounter with Klaus Nomi). Much of Flür’s needling of Hütter in print seems to boil down to the observation that Ralf as a young man was seriously uncomfortable with his personal physicality and not specifically enamoured of possessing a body.

Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance!

I imply, it’s absurd, the notion of obtaining a body. To really feel like a thoughts, an intellect, trapped inside this rotting bag of meat, complete of bacteria and oozing with fluids. Grotesque! And sex… the idea of taking these fleshy appendages, lubricating them with a bit of mucus, and rubbing them up against a single another… it is vile, isn’t it? Getting a body is outrageous and undignified, to have to schlepp around one’s brain in a meat-locker, like a “tired soccer mom schlepping her little ones around in a station wagon” as a former bandmate of mine after place it.

Until one particular day, you find out dancing. The freedom of the dancefloor, the compulsive rhythm of the beat, and in dance, getting a body is not an imposition or a liability, but a joyous, wonderous experience of liberation and release. And suddenly, the appeal of rhythmically contorting one’s fleshy appendages in close proximity of a member of one’s preferred gender, wow, that concept becomes enticingly incredible. I was a sprecky, uncool teenager, hopeless at sport, but I produced these astonishing discoveries of the possibility of bodies in the discos of New York for myself, in the late 80s. I undoubtedly like to imagine Ralf and Florian getting a related knowledge in 1975.


Ralf and Florian, displaying off their moves

To be fair, discoteques had been not an American invention as the French name would imply, they were invented in Paris. (Ironically, the Germans were responsible, as the Nazis banned reside music in French dancehalls.) But it took New York, with its dazzling profusion of nightlife, to actually ideal the synthesis of drinking (and lots more chemical enhancements in addition to), the dancefloor and the DJ. Around 1974 or 75, an explosion happened in African-American dance music, as the syncopated party beat of Funk met the sophisticated sheen of Soul, and Disco erupted onto dance floors, a shockwave that echoed outwards across Europe and the States from its epicentres in New York and Philly.

Lot of rock bands on the other side of the Atlantic, from the Rolling Stones to Rod Stewart, tried going disco in the late 70s, as a sales gimmick or an attempt to keep relevant. But Kraftwerk didn’t go disco, so much as Kraftwerk and Disco collided, and each mutated. Disco changed Kraftwerk, as Ralf and Florian became dedicated devotees of the dance floor. But Kraftwerk, too, changed disco.

By 1975, the mixture of fast-paced dance beat and luxurious soul voice merging into a swooning simulacrum of sexual ecstacy on the dancefloor was currently in location. Donna Summer time, Queen of the Disco, was ruling the dance floors of New York City with a song that sounded like this:

Donna Summer – Really like To Enjoy You Infant

It’s sinuous and seductive, but the instrumentation of acoustic drum kit, electric guitar, bass and string section remained primarily unchanged because the 50s. Following Kraftwerk, Donna Summer and her producer, Giorgio Moroder, hooked themselves up to the Machine, and in late 1977, the sound of the future was genuinely born.

Donna Summer time – I Feel Adore

Back in Düsseldorf, a slightly miffed Florian had to reassure fans that Ralf had not been replaced with a sexy American lady, as a lot of individuals mistook the track for the newest Kraftwerk single.

To be fair, Kraftwerk were experimenting with dance music as early as 1973, as Ralf und Florian’s Kristallo and Tanzmuzik show. (Well, to be fair, pre-Kraftwerk Ralf and Wolfgang were both playing 60s beat music in dancehalls as early as their late teens. No, actually, there had always been a dance element to at least half of Kraftwerk.) But it’s genuinely by the Trans Europe Express album that Kraftwerk had got inside dance music and dance music had got inside Kraftwerk.

Showroom Dummies frequently gets credited as the 1st dancefloor smash for Kraftwerk, but it’s the first track on that album that demonstrates to me just how far disco had got into their DNA. Really early reside performances of Europe Endless from the 1975-76 tour show that it began life as a fairly diverse song, with a shaeffel beat and a weird electronic blues progression in the bass sequencer:

Europe Endless, reside in 1976

By the album’s release in early 1977, the song was pure streamlined Euro-disco. The arpeggiated chords propelling the rhythm are run through the echoing doubled delay that would supply Giorgio Moroder’s signature production its lift and bounce. Kraftwerk had been employing octave-hopping synthesised basslines given that at least Autobahn, but on Europe Endlos, the bass has been syncopated ever so slightly to match the distinctive shuffly hi-hat cymbal, straight off a disco dancefloor.


Europe Endless – I’ve gone over my YouTube limit for this post, so please click on this hyperlink to examine the final album version

Metall Auf Metall, despite the fact that not strictly electronic, except in the Music Concrete sense (the metallic sounds truly have been recorded employing hammered sheet metal in the studio) was the track that launched a thousand samples (and even far more lawsuits), as the song really took off in New York’s discos. DJs began to mix the clanging industrial beats of the extended middle section of Trans-Europe Express into longer and longer remixes, switching back and forth in between two decks to hold the beat going for ecstatic, trance-like lengths. Hearing the outcome on the dancefloor for themselves, this strategy so impressed the songwriting nucleus of Kraftwerk that they started employing it for themselves.


I’ve gone more than my video limit again so you’re going to have to click the link and pretend this is a video for Spacelab.

On Man Machine’s Spacelab, the band dispensed with even the fundamental formula of a pop song, selecting alternatively to dive from the sparse introduction straight into an ecstatic throb. It sounds like the extended dance remix of some missing original, with only the bones of the supply track’s stems displaying by means of the eiriely detached floating melody, and the endlessly repeated, vocodered title.

By Computer Planet, the line among song and extended dance remix had become so blurred that the joyous pop bleat of Pocket Laptop, with its speaking calculator solos, blends seamlessly into the funky electro maelstrom of Numbers, ahead of mutating yet once again into an extended mix reprise of the title track.

Tour de France has so several remixes and extended dance 12 inches, that it’s almost not possible to tell which version is the original.

Yes, that is Tour de France in the original Breakin’

By Electric Cafe / Techno Pop (the album that Ralf practically remixed out of existence – its release was reportedly slated for release, and then recalled at the final minute somewhere around 6 instances – altering the title at least 3 instances, after even following it was already released in some nations) this approach had turn into reductio ad absurdum. There actually are only two, maybe 3 actual songs on the record the rest consists of increasingly abstracted remixes in the style that was coming to be known as House. As jams, yes, they’re amazing, taut and funky, but the trick of jumping from writing the pop song to releasing the remix appears to have skipped the critical step of actually writing a memorable song.

But the synergy of Kraftwerk and dance designs from Disco to Electro to Home shows a single of the extremely uncommon – possibly exclusive – instances of music by white musicians not just poaching or shamelessly thieving from African American genres, but actively collaborating and providing back.

One WEEK // One particular BAND

Red Hot Chili Peppers Premiere &quotGo Robot&quot Music Video

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new music video for the disco-flavored “Go Robot,” which was shot more than two days in Brooklyn, was directed by Thoranna Sigurdardottir (Zelos, Noah).

It was inspired by and recreates classic scenes from Saturday Night Fever and characteristics the identical locations utilized in the film. Dancer and performer Stephanie Crousillat (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More) tends to make a cameo.

The band’s new album, The Getaway, which was created by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, Is out now. 

Guitar World

Pandora Hopes To Announce New $5, $ten Per Month Music Solutions Tomorrow [UPDATED]

Pandora-logo[UPDATE two] It really is no secret that Pandora is about to launch a Spotify like on-demand streaming music service. Precisely what type it will take and how it will differentiate from the competition could turn into considerably clearer tomorrow.


Pandora is pushing hard to put the final touches on the label offers needed to launch a paid on-demand streaming music service. The aim is to give CEO Tim Westergren a main announcement to share when he hits the stage for an interview at the Citi’s International Technologies Conference in New York on Wednesday afternoon.  

Westergren’s appearance will come within hours of Apple’s massive unveiling and could calm jittery investors. 

“As I’m typing this, I’m told Pandora nevertheless does not have all of the labels locked down,” recode’s Peter Kafka wrote early Wednesday afternoon. “But that sort of pre-launch brinksmanship in between a music service and music labels is not uncommon, and these items frequently get resolved in the hours prior to a deadline.”

$ 5 Per Month Alternative

In addition to a new Spotify-like $ 10 per month offering, Pandora will launch a $ 5 version that delivers much less flexibility than the new premium tier, but adds functions that go beyond its totally free digital radio service, like limitless skips.  

“The $ 5 provide will be killer for them,” an business insider told the Post. “Pandora has 76 million users that listen for totally free. It will have an less difficult time to get them to pay $ 5, so you may see some people switch back to Pandora.”


Obtaining It Carried out: The Week In D.I.Y And Indie Music

1(2)Independent DIY artists gather ’round! We have a multitude of helpful ideas for you this week, from  how to advance a show like a pro, to YouTube optimization for musicians, to five truths about advertising and marketing which artists have ignored for far also long. All this plus far more!


Music Dealers Founder Responds To Site’s Demise, Unpaid Artists

image from www.hypebot.comEarlier today, we reported that synch licensing internet site Music Dealers had shut down leaving several artists that created music offered via the website upaid. Now, Eric Sheinkop, the founder who raised much more than $ 9 million to fund Music Dealers but has because left to co-found shopping startup desirelist, has responded to the closure:


It was nothing short of a privilege to be element of the group that founded Music Dealers in 2008 and grew it to a company that, by the end of 2014 had paid out millions of dollars to emerging artists and earned a spot on Inc Magazine’s list of America’s Quickest Developing Organizations.


When I left in early 2015, I was proud of all that we had achieved and confident in its continued development.  It saddens me that Music Dealers is facing these challenges and I still remain hopeful that they can discover a resolution that will assist the company recognize its potential as soon as once again.” – Eric Sheinkop


More: $ 9 Million Later, Music Dealers Abruptly Shutters Sync Licensing Service, Musicians Go Unpaid

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Pokemon Go: A Competitive Social Formula For The Music Industry? [George Howard]


Guest post by George Howard

I’ve long believed that in order for any internet or mobile app to accomplish the highest level of good results, it have to be social, entertaining and competitive. I conceived this framework years ago upon finding out about Cross Fit, which is extremely considerably defined by these attributes.

Nevertheless, it was transferring this considering to the digital space that helped me create a framework that I use to this day when vetting goods, services, or tips with respect to establishing/investing in them. In other words, if I can’t rapidly determine that a item passes the “Social, Exciting, and Competitive Test,” I’m not interested.

The SFC Framework

Social just means something that is far more enjoyable when accomplished in groups. This attribute increases the likelihood of the solution addressing network effect problems, and thus shifting the burden of promotion from the brand to the buyers. 

Exciting in this context is defined as anything a single does to combat boredom. The dopamine hit can be a little distraction from tedium (a Facebook FB -1.09% Like) or a massive one particular (VR).

Competitive is not a binary “I win/you lose” dynamic, but rather some element of game mechanic “achievement.” When I originally conceived of the SFC framework, I employed Foursquare Verify Ins as an easy explainer of the “Competitive” prong.

Turntable.Fm and Other Examples of SFC Merchandise

For these who keep in mind, was a wonderful item that facilitated people coming with each other in a virtual space (social) in order to play the music that they loved (entertaining), and, primarily based on the reaction to this music from others in this room, attain specific achievement rewards – far more impressive avatars, longer DJ sets, and so forth. (competitive).

For these of you who are interested in checking out now… You can not. Much more on that later. But there are plenty of other examples that are at present in action. LinkedIn LNKD +.08% utilizes “competitive” game mechanics to gently goad folks to finishing their profiles. Guitar Hero and many other video games (those of the MMORPG ilk being particularly good examples) to lesser or greater degrees got the entire “SFC” framework proper. Yelp YELP -.75% and Tinder employ this SFC strategy to great good results in their respective verticals.

Pokémon GO As The Apotheosis of SFC


NEW YORK, NY – JULY 11: Folks exit Nintendo’s flagship retailer, July 11, 2016 in New York City. The achievement of Nintendo’s new smartphone game, Pokemon Go, has sent shares of Nintendo soaring. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Photos)

Nonetheless, it’d been a even though because I’d noticed an implementation of the SFC attributes in a product with the force of execution as I did a week or so ago. It was throughout this time when the complete on SFC Tsunami crashed upon the world in the form of Pokemon Go.

The degree to which Pokémon GO embraces the SFC framework is practically textbook in nature. Not only does it convene men and women through standard on-line methodologies, but it’s truly facilitating offline social interaction as properly. Pokémon GO is quite entertaining in that it is combating boredom to such a degree that virtually anything other than playing Pokémon GO seems to be “boring” to a lot of. With regards to competitors, 1 of the truly ingenious components of Pokémon GO’s game mechanic is that it is achievement based in an egalitarian way. Although there’s an apprehension of entry with respect to a lot of other MMOPRG games, in which new entrants are deterred by feeling that those who have been paying longer will swiftly embarrass/dispense of them, Pokémon GO has facilitated a technique that rewards longer-term players although not delighting/not intimidating new entrants.

In so performing, Pokémon GO has produced a “Customer as Teacher” dynamic in which much more knowledgeable players are reaching extra dopamine blasts by teaching new players, and as a result accelerating the growth trajectory.

The Exclusive Challenges Connected To Music

Even while I’m delighted to watch this articulation of my SFC theory taking more than the world, I’m equally distressed by the truth that – aside from the aforementioned and Guitar Hero – we actually have not observed a music-associated item actually explode in this manner. Objectively, we must have.

In other words, exactly where has our Pokémon GO for music been, and/or when will our Pokémon GO for music emerge?

Music is innately social, enjoyable and competitive. To be clear with respect to “competitive,” again, this is NOT necessarily in an I win/you shed manner (although, as Name That Tune to American Idol, and every little thing in amongst has shown, music certainly can be traditionally competitive), but rather from the sense that numerous levels of achievement in music – from mastery of an instrument to knowledge about a distinct artist/genre – are so attainable for so numerous.

Sadly, if is any indication, it may be a whilst before we see a music-related item that attains even a fraction of Pokémon GO’s success…though, as I discuss below, it might be sooner than later.

1 of the causes the founders of closed down the service was that “the expense of running a music service [was] too high-priced.” At least some of the expenditures the founders are referring to are music licensing expenses.

To be abundantly clear, I am neither saying nor implying that the charges connected with licensing the music is what resulted in shutting down. Nor am I saying that or any other service that utilizes music should not compensate the rights holders for the use of the music.

There are usually any quantity of reasons why goods don’t succeed, and far be it from me or any individual else to attempt to simply sum up a product’s failure. In other words, even if had been in a position to get all the music they wanted for cost-free, they nonetheless could have failed customers could have just grown tired of the service, and so on.

Nevertheless, the truth that in the years since the launch of, I am tough pressed to point to other examples of music-connected apps that strike this SFC balance (and please leave me examples in the comments, as I’m confident they exist), combined with the reality that Pokemon Go has shown us the way forward with respect to what a effective “SFC” product may look like a clear threshold moment has been reached.

That is, if some music-associated item does not emerge and capture the world’s focus – even if only a fraction of the focus that Pokemon Go – through an artful Social, Enjoyable, and Competitive implementation – that presents a difficulty.

The difficulty that has historically been the bugaboo about innovation in this space is classically summed up as an “Innovator’s Dilemma” issue. That is, the incumbents in any space are pleased to continue serving their existing customers, and are as a result indifferent to any threat from companies…until it’s as well late.

One of the most incredible passages in the new book Chaos Monkeys illustrates this concept by way of the story of how when Facebook outgrew their space, they relocated into new workplace space that had been inhabited by Sun Microsystems. Mark Zuckerberg even insisted that some of the old Sun insignia keep on the walls in order to remind Facebook personnel of how rapidly giants can fall.

But the music sector giants have seemed somewhat far more durable than these in other industries, and many have not (but) fallen.

1 theory around this durability/ability to steer clear of classic Innovator’s Dilemma plights is that these music organization incumbents have benefited from laws and information asymmetries that have enabled them to hold competitors from innovators at bay longer than they would have absent these “tools.” Rightly or wrongly, there are no shortage of examples of organizations who have either gone out of enterprise or are facing potentially insurmountable troubles due to the challenging dynamics associated to the licensing of music.

As such, numerous innovators just bypass the music space totally. As I wrote in an article entitled, “Could Blockchain Save SoundCloud And Investment In The Future Of The Music Business?,” a dynamic has been developed that now deters outside investment into the music space due to high degrees of threat with respect to profit/exits.

My sense, nonetheless, is that we are approaching some degree of breakthrough.

Amongst emerging technologies, which could resolve certain technical/systemic problems with respect to music rights holders, shoppers and entrepreneurs (such as Blockchain Technology), escalating client demand/lack of understanding/acceptance of suboptimal music integration into their world, and extremely clear examples – as evidenced from Pokemon Go’s clear articulation of the SFC Framework – of the way forward, I do think we will begin to see new and fascinating music-connected products that satisfy customers, rightsholders, and entrepreneurs.