How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry


This …

“Most of the equipment required to create music has been absorbed into the DAW, while the software continues to get easier and easier to use. The end result is that artists can create music more quickly, more efficiently and less expensively than at any other time in history.”

and this…

“You have the power now. What are you going to do with it? For the first time in its long history, the American music business is firmly in the hands of the artists and the consumers. You have the ability to lead the industry wherever you want it to go.”

gave me an enormous natural high of enthusiasm and energy back in 2009, when I recorded “I Count on U“, which was quickly picked up by independent promoters, web radio stations and social media friends and fans. Now, if only I managed to lose this deeply ingrained concept of inadequacy I might get to dust off that excitement I then felt and along the lines of what the article says and maybe take another stab at it (I felt exactly the way the article proposes when realizing for myself for the first time in 2009 that I had my fingertips on most of the recording tools I had been dreaming of since age 16 or so).

Apart from just me and my gazing at my belly-button, all of this actually sounds like great news for any aspiring artist/composer/music producer. In a nutshell: Write that attention-capturing hit song, pitch it to a major corporation and start counting the money… or something like that ;-)

Thanks to Paris Cesvette for bringing this article to my attention!

via How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry.

The Spotify Problem, Solved (In 3 Steps) | Startup Musician


The Spotify Problem, Solved (In 3 Steps) | Startup Musician.

Kere Buchanan kindly brought this article to my attention. Spotify’s current business model is the death knell to the efforts of independent artists (and the established ones as well in the longer run). But this article here offers a doable, plausible solution without anyone needing to sacrifice. Actually, following this reasoning the value of music could be restored. And for the sake of keeping music alive, below described easy fix seems a fair deal to me. Thanks for sharing this, Kere Buchanan! And to those of you, who love the Westcoast sound, don’t miss Kere’s excellent albums “Starting Over” and “Goodbye Yesterday”. Also great, though slightly different in style, his debut “Kerosene”.

Natalie Brown Toronto Vocalist & Songwriter | Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B » All new, original Christmas song EP “This Christmas” released today!


Natalie Brown Toronto Vocalist & Songwriter | Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B » All new, original Christmas song EP “This Christmas” released today!.

Here comes a very special Holiday/Christmas music project to you from a very gifted artist with a special story to share in regards to this music release. Take the time to read before you listen, it’s worth it! Consider purchasing her EP for yourself or loved ones and share. Thanks!

Essential WordPress Plugins for Musicians | Electric Kiwi | Web Design for Bands, Musicians and Artists – Electric Kiwi™


 My words exactly: WordPress is the ideal platform and technology for the independent artist. It’s easy to learn, well supported and features a host of plug-ins extending its functionality into your one-stop technological vehicle.

Essential WordPress Plugins for Musicians | Electric Kiwi | Web Design for Bands, Musicians and Artists – Electric Kiwi™.

Audiam.com launch their services in the U.S.!


Preliminarily speaking, this is great news for indie artists publishing their music as YouTube videos or otherwise having music available on YouTube. Audiam.com will scan YouTube’s vast catalogue and search it for videos containing your original music, videos or composition and then claim your share of ad revenue on your behalf – which you are entitled to, presuming you control the rights to the composition. At 25% commission for their services, here is another opportunity to shake out a few bucks from the big money making machine in the cloud! And as of yesterday, they are offering their services in the U.S. as well. Spread the word and more importantly: Get your music uploaded to them, so they will know what to be on the lookout for – on your behalf!

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Why Trent Reznor returned to a Major Label | WeCab | We Create Art And Beauty


Thought so: It’s simply impossible to manage the effort of self promoting music on a major scale – not before we managed “(quantum) non locality on the macro scale” (i.e. being in one or more places simultaneously). Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails tried and gave up. Other independent artists promote themselves very consistently and successfully, but it seems you can’t reach the bulk of fans this way.

Article in German: Warum Trent Reznor wieder mit einem Label zusammenarbeitet | WeCab | We Create Art And Beauty.

TSBW #25 Music Labels, Guitar Building, Live Music and More – YouTube


Here’s an interesting discussion on a live G+ Hangout among independent artists and formerly signed ones about the way where the business is headed and what the opportunities are for independent artists – if you’re willing to wear different hats and put in a major effort, that is.

TSBW #25 Music Labels, Guitar Building, Live Music and More – YouTube.