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Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Scott LeGere, who is a serial entrepreneur and college educator. Over the past 15 years, Scott has played key roles in the ownership and operation of audio recording facilities, indie record labels, media schools, and commercial music production companies. During this time, he also engineered Grammy nominated albums, produced critically acclaimed indie projects, and lectured on the music business and audio production. In 2010, he co-founded NoWare Media,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at hypebot
Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to artist manager and music producer JJ Italiano about whether the concept of a “favorite artist” has changed. Today’s music listener has unlimited access to streaming music across any connected device. They can follow the activities of favorite artists on a variety of social media platforms. We share stories from our history as music fanatics and industry professionals. We dive deep into a wide ranging discussion about how digital... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at hypebot
Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Maggie Vail, who is the co-executive director of CASH Music, a nonprofit group that is building both open source tools and an educational curriculum for artists. Previously, she spent 17 years at the indie label Kill Rock Stars. She talks with us about how to make sure indie artists are paid for their creative works. LISTEN NOW: PAST SHOW – Union Square Venture's Partner Andy Weissman Talks Music... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at hypebot
Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Andy Weissman, who is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Prior to USV, Andy co-founded betaworks, which both created and invested in social, real time applications and services. We ask him about how he thinks about the music startup landscape and why people choose one service over the other. LISTEN NOW: PAST SHOWS: How Secret Album Solidified Brand Beyoncé Top 10 Hypebot Podcasts Of 2013 How A NYT... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at hypebot
Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. When news broke that Beats Music would be developing a music service, I got so excited. Finally, a company would make a product that regular people might care about. The reality is that most music services are for music fanatics — people who care about music. But most people don’t care about music. They do not make time to discover music or put together playlists. They want popular music — curated by experts — while they wash dishes and feed the cat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at hypebot
Author's Note: This essay was published almost a year ago. The goal was to predict what the team at project Daisy, now called Beats Music, would need achieve in order to crack the subscription music model and reach the mainstream music listener. Now that Beats Music has launched, it looks like I got a few things right... I. Invisible Funnel Industry pundits and executives looked at the file sharing and torrent downloading craze, and saw millions of people who desired unlimited access to music but lacked a legal service to satisfy their needs. Stockpiles of MP3s and bloated iPods evidenced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at hypebot
Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Daniel Savage, who leads North American operations for Musicmetric, a startup which offers behavioral data for the music industry. He gives us his perspective on the Iron Maiden story that recently made headlines around the interwebs and what role behavioral data plays in helping artists make decisions. LISTEN NOW: KEY QUOTE: It's a really interesting landscape right now. As I said, I do think that there is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at hypebot
When Beyoncé dropped her fifth album on iTunes on December 13, it was a complete surprise. This has led many people to declare that she has changed the game by releasing an album that didn’t have any marketing or PR efforts behind it. So what should we make of all this? What does it mean for the music industry? Beth Martinez of Danger Village, a PR company that promotes emerging artists, and Alicia Yaffe of the Spellbound Group, a firm that develops online marketing and brand management for artists, discuss the Beyoncé album hype. LISTEN NOW: PAST SHOWS: CONTACT US:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at hypebot
Hypebot produced 32 podcasts in 2013, which featured dozens of influential music industry executives and thinkers. We would like to thank everyone who we interviewed on the show, as well as everyone who tuned in and shared these conversations via social media. We have big plans for the show in 2014. Here is a list of the top 10 most listened to podcast episodes in 2013: 1. Will The EDM Explosion Continue? Billboard writer Kerri Mason talks about the rise of EDM to prominence over the last few years and how it has changed the musical and business landscape. 2.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at hypebot
In this episode of the Deep Dive podcast, we are joined by Darren Hemmings, who runs the digital consultancy Motive Unknown and curates the music industry newsletter the Daily Digest. We talk with him about the top music and technology stories of 2013 — such as the increasingly heated music royalty debate and Pandora's abandonment of the Internet radio fairness act — and what these developments might mean in the new year. LISTEN NOW: PAST SHOWS: CONTACT US: Feedback? Comments? Ideas for discussion topics? Email [email protected], or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod on Twitter. Subscribe to The Upward Spiral on iTunes: Follow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at hypebot
In episode 35 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Ben Sisario, who reports on the changing landscape of the music industry for the New York Times. Sisario shares his thoughts on the beat he covers and how the stories he writes develop, YouTube’s plans for an music award show and subscription music service, and why streaming services more broadly haven't gained a larger foothold. We also deconstruct the recent virality of Miley Cyrus. LISTEN NOW: Feedback? Comments? Ideas for discussion topics? Email [email protected], or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod on Twitter. Subscribe to The Upward Spiral on iTunes: Follow @upwardspiralpod Related... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at hypebot
In episode 34 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Matt Voyno, co-author of the New Rockstar Philosophy, a book that strives to be a road map for starting a musical project in the digital age. We were excited to interview Matt, because we have been virtual colleagues and friends through about five years now. We discuss how Matt and his co-author started blogging, what has changed in the music and technology sector since then, how theory of one thousand true fans and direct-to-fan marketing has evolved in recent years, and what this new age means for indie artists. LISTEN... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at hypebot
The story of Goldiblox and the Beastie Boys has gained traction in recent days, and for good reason — it's a nuanced conflict with no obvious resolution. Goldiblox is a start-up toymaker with the noble goal of getting girls into engineering and teaching them STEM skills. Their viral video gave the Beastie Boys' "Girls" a female-empowerment lyric makeover without the band's permission, and then Goldiblox slapped the Beasties with a lawsuit as a pre-emptive defense against any legal action. Should Goldiblox be protected under fair use? Pundits from all sides of music and tech have weighed in, and Upward Spiral... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at hypebot
Last week TechCrunch reported that a huge percentage of Rdio staff were laid off. Months earlier, Slacker and Rhapsody also laid off staff. This trend begs several larger questions: Are these layoffs just the start of a correction and we will being seeing more soon? Are we on the verge of a major consolidation in the online music sector? Are the growth strategies and business models at the streaming companies sustainable? The Deep Dive examines these difficult questions alongside startup founder and industry pundit J Herskowitz. LISTEN NOW: Feedback? Comments? Ideas for discussion topics? Email [email protected], or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at hypebot
Rock concerts changed my life. More specifically, Jade Nielsen, the man behind the scenes of the concert market in Fargo, ND changed my life. He didn’t book the first show that I attended — Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie — but he certainly booked dozens of the ones that followed. I drove 2 and a half hours (i.e. 155 miles) from my small farm to the big city to see Shinedown, Disturbed, Seether, and many of my other favorite artists. These early concerts grew my interest in music and sent me down a path that led to my current career... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at hypebot
In episode 33 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with JJ Italiano, who is a manager, producer, and major label veteran. Italiano got his start managing Flobots, who rose to alt-stardom with “Handlebars” and then signed a major label deal. After parting ways with them, he managed I Fight Dragons and MC Lars, among others, and also worked at Universal Music Group on the Gotye album. But more than any of this, Italiano is one of our favorite people to talk with about why the new music industry is still beholden to old-school benchmarks and music tech theories. Listen below:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at hypebot
Last week a ton of Hypebot readers gathered for our second Los Angeles meet up. It was a fantastic time filled with excellent cocktails and wonderful conversation. We saw many of our friends from the previous event and met many new people in the community, too. Corey, Jason, and I started this event because we wanted to connect Hypebot readers to each other and encourage them to have meaningful conversations about the music and technology industry. We couldn't be more pleased with how many readers came out and shared their in-depth expertise about their different worlds. See photos from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at hypebot
By Daniel Turner (@dantrnr), with contributions by Nicole Nord, for, a music and tech think tank. Recent months have seen more than one questionable launch of a high profile music app. Most notable were the biting criticisms surrounding the Samsung-Jay Z app and Twitter #music app. Herein we provide a brief analysis of key lessons that music industry professionals and music app developers should glean from these costly blunders. Privacy Matters. “Privacy” in the digital space concerns the ability to make meaningful decisions about what personal information enters the online ecosystem and who has the ability to capture and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at hypebot
By Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm) of and Live Nation Labs. In late 2010, Pandora set out to create a new Internet radio experience. Pandora wanted to rebuild the popular service to be “faster, easier, and more social” while remaining familiar to longtime users. By July 2011, Pandora started to roll out its new site to subscribers, collect their initial feedback, fix programming bugs, and make further improvements. Months later, the “New Pandora,” which now allowed users to share songs with friends and learn more about favorite artists, launched for everyone. After over a year of testing and perfecting the user... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at hypebot
By Kyle Bylin of Jason Herskowitz recently participated in an extended discussion with about Apple's highly anticipated iTunes Radio product and whether it can attract the interest of the mainstream consumer. He is a core-contributor to the multi-source music platform, Tomahawk, and co-founder at Hatchet Industries, a yet to be unveiled stealth project. This is a condensed and edited version of the phone interview. Initial Thoughts Sidewinder: Much of the critical reception of iTunes Radio has consisted of balking at its similarities to Pandora. Industry pundits and market analysts are saying that Apple isn’t being
 innovative enough; it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at hypebot
By Kyle Bylin of Sidewinder is conducting a survey about iTunes Radio. Please enter your responses in the form below. In the coming weeks, I will be contacting a number of people for a follow up interview. I plan to analyze the results and publish an extensive summary of the findings in a future blog post. If you have any questions about the survey and how your anwsers may be used in the blog post, please leave a comment below and I will respond. Thank you! Loading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at hypebot
By Kyle Bylin of When we talk about music, these two questions always come up: 1) Has music listening become a background activity? 2) Are music listeners overwhelmed by the plethora of options available online? In this interview panel, three thinkers in music and tech — Wesley Verhoeve (Family Records), Amber Horsburgh (Big Spaceship), Refe Tuma (music blogger) — provide extended thoughts on these challenging questions. Can music ever move to the foreground of the casual listener’s attention? Is the reality that most listeners are doing something else and listening to music, often to enhance the activity at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at hypebot
No particular order: Anything You Want—Derek Sivers Contagious: Why Things Catch On—Jonah Berger Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business—Luke Williams Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination—Hugh MacLeod The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think—Eli Pariser Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back—Robert Levine Freeloading—Chris Ruen I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted—Nick Bilton Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath in Your Industry—Stephen Denny The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses—Eric Ries The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business—Charles Duhigg Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped—Dean Budnick, Josh Baron
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By Kyle Bylin of It's an important question. There are hundreds of websites and applications that promise to expose listeners to new music. But can they make money? Are they worth money? This is where the discussion becomes challenging for many music startups. They don't always provide value beyond what established services already do, and in many cases, their music discovery tool is one others could easily build. Thus, it's rarely a defensible business. Below four music and tech experts weigh in on if they think music discovery is a feature or product. Vote: Feature 
Jay Frank | Owner... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at hypebot
By Kyle Bylin of Twitter #Music is a music discovery tool. You can lean back and listen to each music chart like a radio station, but you often need to pull out your iPhone and skip past undesirable songs. Given the low ranking of Twitter #Music in the App Store charts a month after its launch, some industry pundits are calling the app a flop. It may be that the appeal of music discovery is limited to a niche audience. Below four music and tech experts weigh in on who music discovery appeals to and why. 1. Active Listeners... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at hypebot