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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 with Archie Hamilton, who runs Splatter, China's first integrated music promotion and brand activation agency. His team manages campaigns for brands seeking to leverage music effectively in their communications strategy. He also runs Split Works, which promotes music independently, owns and runs three of China's biggest festivals and books artists all through SE Asia. We talk about the current state of music in China. LISTEN NOW: The Upward Spiral... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at hypebot
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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 with Dan Cantor, who is former CEO and co-founder of exfm, a social music discovery platform that enables people transform music blogs into playable mix. In recent months, his company was acquired by Rhapsody International and he became their VP of product. We talk to Cantor about his company, the music startup space, and Rhapsody’s future. LISTEN NOW: The Upward Spiral Podcast Subcribe on iTunes Follow on Twitter Send... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at hypebot
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Excerpted from Kyle Bylin's new collection of essays Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution. I was ten when I recorded “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim off the radio onto cassette tape. Twelve when the music video “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem premiered on MTV’s Total Request Live. The idea that I could reach out and connect with the artists I liked didn’t exist yet or at least wasn’t familiar to me. MySpace didn’t catch on where I grew up — almost no one that I knew had it. Artists were perceived as unreachable.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at hypebot
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If you read Hypebot, you know music technology writer and user experience researcher Kyle Bylin. Whether in his writings or on the Upward Spiral podcast, Kyle has always sought to understand not just how music consumption and the music industry are changing, but why. Now he's published a much anticipated collection of his best essays. I've read it, and it is unequivocally a 'must read' for anyone who cares about music and its future. - Bruce Houghton From the book: The most interesting thing about this book is that it’s written by a North Dakota kid who dreamed of being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at hypebot
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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 Eric Ronning, who is the EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Digital at adLarge Media, an audio advertising sales representation organization. Prior to joining adLarge, Ronning served as the EVP of Emerging Media at TargetSpot and the founder and managing partner of Ronning Lipset Radio. We talk to Ronning about the future of music streaming and targeted advertising in connected cars. LISTEN NOW: The Upward Spiral Podcast Subcribe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at hypebot
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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 upwardspiralpodcast@gmail.com, or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod on Twitter. Subscribe to The Upward Spiral on iTunes: Follow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at hypebot
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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 upwardspiralpodcast@gmail.com, or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod on Twitter. Subscribe to The Upward Spiral on iTunes: Follow @upwardspiralpod Related... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at hypebot
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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
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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
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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 upwardspiralpodcast@gmail.com, or Tweet to @UpwardSpiralPod... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at hypebot
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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
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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
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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
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By Daniel Turner (@dantrnr), with contributions by Nicole Nord, for sidewinder.fm, 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
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By Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm) of Sidewinder.fm 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
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By Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm Jason Herskowitz recently participated in an extended discussion with sidewinder.fm 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