My guest on the show today is Billy Fields of WEA Distribution - that’s Warner, Electra Atlantic in case you didn’t know. Billy is the “vinyl guy” at WEA and certainly qualifies as a record junkie. When I walked into his office at 50th and Broadway in NYC, he was spinning a Siouxsie & The Banshees record, and it was loud. And when his boss came in for a minute to chat, he didn’t turn it down, not even a little. Billy shares his thoughts on the business realities of vinyl, how labels choose what to release, the challenges facing record stores, and the tangible passions that music on wax inspires.Read More
My guest on the show this episode is Justin Barker, Founder/Director of Slice Music, a UK based streaming and content consultancy. He is also the Director of Streaming Strategy, Global Artist & Label Services for PIAS, and previously held curational and operation digital roles at Universal Music Group dating back to 2006. Justin has been riding the edge of the streaming music wave for a decade, and has a unique perspective on the history and evolution of the streaming music space.Read More
My guest on the show today is one of the original gangstas of the digital music business: Larry Miller. Half a decade before Apple launched iTunes, Larry was carving a path. In 1998, he co-founded a2b music, one of the first digital music distribution companies. He went on to become President of Reciprocal Music, another groundbreaking digital distribution & technology company, and later co-founded the Or Music label, which won a Grammy with their artist Los Lonely Boys.Read More
Want to win some awesome vinyl courtesy of the best damn record club on the planet, Vinyl Me Please? It's pretty easy.
All you have to do is hop onto iTunes and leave the "How To Fix The Music Business" podcast a written review and rating, then either tweet @thetrickness or send an email here letting me know which review it is and username you posted it under. Here is the iTunes store link to the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-fix-the-music-business/id1134598225?mt=2
From now through October 31, 2016 I'll be giving away a cool selection from the Vinyl Me, Please catalog,Read More
My guest on this episode of How To Fix The Music Business is Sheryl Crow Musical Director & Guitarist Peter Stroud.
Peter also is part of a band called Big Hat with guitarist Audley Freed and a band of killer musicians. In 2012, Big Hat self released their debut EP, with no record company involvement, so all the promotion and marketing was up to the band. The track “Feather In The Breeze” was added by fans to a couple of popular playlists on Spotify and over time, got over a MILLION plays. Because there was no record company involved, the money went straight to the band. There’s a lot of debate and mystery about where the money goes in streaming, so when I invited Peter on the show, I asked him if he could share the real numbers of what the band got paid...he gracefully agreed. I think you’ll all find this very interesting, I know I did - its not often that artists share this kind of information.Read More
At the helm of Beggar’s digital business is our guest on the show for this episode, Simon Wheeler. As the largest independent music group of labels in Europe, Beggars Group can change the landscape of digital music with their strategic decisions; and Simon has helped crafted and execute these strategies at Beggars since 1997. He’s been inside the guts of every significant digital music opportunity the industry has faced since the beginning. And in this episode of How To Fix The Music Business, we get deep inside the streaming music landscape, what it means for independent labels, and where Simon feels we’re heading after 20 years in digital music.
Our guest on the show today is Cameron Schaefer from Vinyl Me Please, a record club that is all about bringing vinyl to their members that will transport them into the present moment and delight them. Cameron is a partner and Head Of Label Relations at Vinyl Me Please and yes, he does have one of the best jobs in the world. We’re going to talk about what vinyl means to the future of the music industry, and yeah we geek out a bit.Read More
Our special guest for this episode is Rusty Anderson, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney. He’s got a brilliant new album out with his band Rusty Anderson Afternoon called "RAA" and we chat about how the record came together. He talks about making and marketing his own records, working with the legendary McCartney, his experiences playing in the band Ednaswap and on hit records by a long list of major artists. Rusty also shares his thoughts on the state of the music industry.Read More
In this episode, we talk with Hayley Rosenblum, Music Campaign Stategist for Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding community platform. She shares advice about how to create experiences that will engage fans and win their support, lessons she learned in her years working with DIY pioneer Amanda Palmer, and how the post-Napster generation values music differently, but just as importantly as every generation that came before.Read More
Spotify rules the streaming music world, although not everyone agrees that's a good thing. Has Spotify made it impossible for artists to make a living, or is the best thing to ever happen to them? In this episode of How To Fix The Music Business, we talk with Sandy Smallens, who for the past 4 1/2 years was the Head of Artist Marketing and Original Content at Spotify.Read More
Tim Bierman has worked with Pearl Jam for nearly 20 years, managing their highly successful direct-to-fan platform Ten Club. Years before the music business realized how important direct-to-fan was, Pearl Jam & band manager Kelly Curtis were cultivating a unique relationship with their fans and with their label, Epic Records. Tim and I chat about the band's unique live gigs & the community and creativity that have made them a modern day Grateful Dead. We talk about the band first steps into the digital world around their 2000 album "Binaural", building an affinity team internally vs. outsourcing, Periscope and fans live streaming gigs. Tim also shares his advice to artists on what they should prioritize, and we geek out on Repo Man and World Party, Alabama Shakes and Blake Mills.Read More
I'm close to the launch of my new podcast, How To Fix The Music Business. It's crazy how long the "to-do" list is for launching a show. I've booked guests and recorded interviews, picked a showname, grabbed the URL and had great artwork done, got a Libsyn hosting account, bought a Heil mic and learned how to use HIndenburg editing software (painful to realize how many times I say "like" and "um" per minute). It's been a pretty steep mountain to climb and I'm about 6 weeks into the process.
So because I didn't have enough to do already, I decided to create my own music for the show.
Coming soon: How To Fix The Music Business - a unique podcast focusing on the challenges facing the music business, informed by the past, present and future of the industry. Hosted by music industry veteran Jim McDermott.Read More