So a blogger of the blogosphere has asked you to do an email interview (condensed way of saying he or she will email you interview questions and you will email them back the answers), cool. Whether you have a professional publicist, a friend behaving as your publicist, or you are taking the DIY approach does not matter- this article is for you.
- Kyle Williams | Exposure is BS…Mostly
- Wallace Collins | All The Big Streaming Sites Have Been Hit With New Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Recordings
- Lukas Caminzind | How to Build Buzz for Your Next Release (German Rap Edition)
- Ken Dardis | Don’t Ask How to Succeed
Pay no attention to the number of returns (61.4 million). Consider, instead, that there are thousands of people who believe they have the recipe for “you” to succeed. Digest a few of their words. You quickly find them based on rational thinking, logical steps, work, and - mostly - luck.
Exposure is mostly BS…mostly
If only I had more…
From the days of playing guitar for various bands to seeking out more listeners for Seeds of Music, exposure has always been a term on the tip of my frontal cortex.
It started with the Turtles suing SiriusXM, but now all of the leading providers of streaming music are involved in lawsuits concerning pre-1972 sound recordings. New lawsuits have been filed against Apple’s Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group/Grooveshark.
- Julie Geller | What I Learned From Writing One Song A Week
- Lonley Vagabond | Declaration of a New Alternative
- Jorge Brea | How Do Feature Placements in Stores Work
In addition to the monthly music videos that I have been releasing since June of 2013, I recently challenged myself to write a song a week for ten weeks based on the Torah portion from the Book of Genesis.
This was hard. And it took a lot of time.
And it was completely awesome.
Here’s what I learned:
In the digital age, in the age of social media, in an age where the music business model has virtually disappeared, the silos between eras and genres no longer exist. Commercial and non-commercial is the new paradigm. In a brief moment of inspiration I coined a new term, No Pop.
As a distribution company, our efforts have gone beyond just the delivery and fulfillment for record labels and artists. We’ve branched out into various other services (Publishing Administration, Neighboring Rights, etc.), but of course, being that the word “distribution” is in our DNA and literally, our company name, it’s our core business.
It is still the very top of a brand new year! It is an ideal time to set your goals. I see a marked difference between artists who set finite goals and those who do not.
Ask yourself: Is this the year I want to make a difference for my musical career? And if so – what difference and how? Then it’s time to reach into that treasure chest - your mind and formuate a KILLER PLAN for this year.
- Simon Tam | 6 Phrases That Make You Sound Like a Diva
- Jason Ventua | Jason’s Music Predictions for 2015
Oh, my default self? I call her IKIA: Impatient Know-It-All. (Replace “Impatient” with “Insufferable” if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Yes, my default self is also a dork.) She has lots of evidence that supports her know-it-all-ness, like her years of touring, recording, licensing, and a $30k fan-funding story to boot. That, plus speaking at SXSW and writing a successful e-course for musicians pretty much makes it impossible for IKIA to learn anything new, let alone be a likable contender for collaboration.
- The streaming battle will continue with more artists’ pulling/banning albums and materials from services like Spotify or Pandora.
- Beats and Apple will take their place in the streaming game. Apple waited too long to get into the streaming game, they will stick to what they know best and maybe even abandon the whole streaming service. Apple’s decision to do so will surprise many, however, Apple is smart enough to know when to fold before failing. Low subscription numbers will make Apple back out of the streaming services.
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(Updated April 6, 2015)