Recently, I had the pleasure of being Jim Hanke's guest on episode 40 of the Vinyl Emergency podcast. Jim and I geeked out on records, and I shared some of my stories from the major label salt mines. Anyone interested in vinyl should check out Jim's show - I had a blast doing it and JIm sure knows his records!Read More
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 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
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
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
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