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Clyde Smith
Asheville, NC
Clyde Smith is a contributing writer at Hypebot.com and maintains a writing hub at Flux Research.
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A recurring theme of business writers is the topic of personal psychology and success. Often this comes in the form of looking at an aggregate sample of successful entrepreneurs, figuring out top psychological traits and saying you need to be this or that personality type to succeed. Yet research into entrepreneurship has repeatedly shown that successful business people have all sorts of personality types. A recent post at Diy Music Biz looks instead at what musicians must do to succeed leaving the door open for a wide range of personality types. Sure, there are personality types that are unlikely to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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As YouTube continues its long disruptive trek to replace broadcast tv, among other things, they've been developing what could be called a hits strategy. They're starting to run tv ads for top creators to reach an even broader audience and they're identifying top channels for "Google Preferred" ad status. Last week Tubefilter uncovered promo materials and the channels that are being identified as the top 1% in their respective verticals including music. I was surprised to hear that YouTube was running tv ads for creators like Michelle Phan but I would assume that's a short-term tactic not a long-term strategy.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Vube.com seems a bit too good to be true. It's a user-generated music video site that features cover songs and monthly cash prizes for those who get the most likes. Vube hit the top 100 global web sites on Alexa in its first year which is quite an accomplishment. Yet it hasn't appeared in any major tech blog nor had I heard about it till this time. I spoke with two co-founders and was very interested in what they had to say. However it left me puzzled about their backstory and searching on the web cast a shadow on the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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DJ Kaskade yesterday announced an interesting approach to a 5K run that seems influenced by The Color Run. There will be activities at the "pre-run plaza", a 5K run in which costumes and glowsticks are encouraged and a concert to follow. Kaskade will run in the 5K in Denver and perform afterwards. Other U.S. cities will follow though it's unclear who will perform at those locations. Kaskade took to Tumblr to announce The Spark Run. Kaskade explains he "had the opportunity to partner up with some friends and create The Spark Run" which he then describes: "The Spark Run is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Emmis Communications may be known for radio but they're putting money into a DJ's web and mobile operation. Funkmaster Flex, a well-known hip hop dj at New York's Hot 97 radio station, also runs Flexco which creates websites and mobile apps for other radio stars. Though the exact investment amount is not public, Emmis ends up with 40% of Flexco. Funkmaster Flex has long been a key player in New York hip hop due largely to his longstanding gig at New York's HOT 97. Back when I was following his work he was putting out a lot of mixtapes with... Continue reading
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When I interviewed two of ToneDen's co-founders back in February, they told me they were planning a trip to SXSW to broaden their music industry contacts. So I decided we should touch base afterwards and find out what they learned on their first music industry networking excursion beyond the Bay Area. We finally got the chance to do that last week and to also chat a bit about their new customizable SoundCloud player. I previously described ToneDen as an About.me for music. But they actually started out with quite a bit more including a single page site designed for fans,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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A variety of classical music groups are trying to reach new audiences these days. I've written about some of them (see links below) but until B-Classic came out with its K-Pop choreography music video featuring the music of Dvorak, I had yet to see an approach that truly missed the mark. I could be totally wrong but it seems unlikely that watching attractive Korean women in shorts moving their hips side to side will attract young people to concerts where they'll actually focus on the music. B-Classic is a Belgian classical music festival that's trying to leverage "the power of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The attempt to raise $5 million on Kickstarter to buy Wu-Tang's upcoming single copy release seems like a positive move based on what the creators told a media outlet. But the campaign has numerous flaws that suggest it's unlikely to reach its stated goals of raising the money and of purchasing the album. And, if they did, there are other problems they would encounter. For example, buying an album doesn't give you the right to freely redistribute it. The Intentions Seem Positive Before I go through my list of obvious flaws with this campaign, let me say that if the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Copyright, Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and The Hypocrisy Of The Music Industry #Fangagement: Artists Crowdsourcing - Chris Robley Of CD Baby Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Indie Labels Speak Out Against Negative Effects Of Major Labels On Record Store Day The Exodus From Social Media: Passover Symbolism In Our Own Musical Careers TuneCore Quarterly Artist Payments Hit $34 Million, Download and Streams Jump 75% De La Soul Sends Fans Of Their Free BitTorrent Bundle On A Record Store Day Easter Egg Hunt Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Ended Today With $6.22 Million Pledged Repetition Is Key To Writing Hit Songs Bonnaroo Plans Hackathon At Southland, Announces 5 Year Partnership With Red Bull Music Academy Apple To Integrate Shazam Song Recognition Into Siri, iOS 8 Can Symbolic Objects Revive Music Collecting? MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs New Music APIs Launch From Beatport, Seevl and Equestrian Beats Kerrville Folk Festival Founder Rod Kennedy Passes 6 Classic Record Stores From Film, TV and Fiction Ultra Music Festival Gets Stay Of Execution Patatap Really Is As Fun and Artsy As It Sounds Music Publishing News... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Jacobs Media's latest survey of radio listeners, Techsurvey10, finds that "radio is on both sides of the tipping point." That sounds painful but, as it turns out, they're saying that many listeners are still tuning in to broadcast aka terrestrial radio via traditional sources while a growing number are listening to those stations digitally. It's one of the more interesting points of a survey which I feel could use a glossary for those of us who find radio important to the music industry but aren't part of the radio industry. Jacobs Media's Techsurvey10 surveyed "core radio listeners" to compare differences... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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MusiXmatch has added lyrics to all sorts of places from Spotify to karaoke mics and now to YouTube music videos. This week the fully licensed lyrics company released an extension for Google's Chrome browser that adds lyrics to any YouTube music video for which they have the lyrics which is a lot of songs. Given the popularity of lyrics videos it should be a welcome addition to those who want to follow or sing along while still seeing a fancy music video. Though I haven't written before about MusiXmatch I have an ongoing interest in the use of lyrics to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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I've been posting about creative music videos for the last couple of years at Hypebot. Generally I feature videos using new tech, particularly consumer web apps, to create music videos. Today's batch features a Cut Copy video that utilized 3D printing, a fanshot video by Kodaline using FanFootage and two music videos that use edited GIFs, one from Rob Cantor and one from Ilan Benjamin who created an unofficial video for Tropkillaz. 3D Printing a Music Video? Cut Copy - We Are Explorers Cut Copy released a BitTorrent Bundle featuring the above music video for "We Are Explorers" from Free... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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OpenAura is an interesting new project from IODA founder Kevin Arnold that, most noticeably, aggregates images from musicians' official web presence. Artists can claim those pages or "Auras," add additional content and monetize them. Today OpenAura added The Associated Press, Pitchfork Media and others to the mix. Content owners can add additional pics and info to artists' Auras and join in the hoped for monetization.fest. Up till now OpenAura has been benefiting from the wide range of imagery available through social media to create visual portraits from official media. It's a great idea though I have to wonder about some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at hypebot
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You're a smart musician who's got an official website so that you're not just building up somebody else's social network. You check out site states probably emphasizing how many visitors you're getting, where they came from and, as much as you can, why you got sudden surges or drops. Though that puts you ahead of many, there are deeper level to the site stats aka analytics game worth considering. I recently came across a treasure trove of information from Chartbeat that makes a clear case for what to do next. Chartbeat provides website analytics. You sign up for an account,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at hypebot
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Collecting music in the digital age is often perceived as an individual problem, which it is because collecting is personal, but it's also a problem for musicians as a whole who benefit from the human compulsion to build collections. Losing a connection to collecting doesn't devalue music as art but it does undermine a force that can help support the business of music. As Gilles Poupardin of Whyd points out companies like his are attempting to create digital spaces for collecting music. While Qleek, a project currently in the design stage, offers an unlikely physical solution that one can use... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at hypebot
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Bandsintown can now claim 10 million "registered concert-goers." Not sure if that includes registered musicians who also go to concerts but, any way you look at it, that's a lot of people registered for concert alerts and related action. In fact, it's pretty hard to imagine 10 million anything and so Bandsintown has found not just one or even two ways to help you understand their incredible growth. They've got three ways to help you understand what it means to have 10 million customers. Bandsintown is understandably proud of reaching 10 million registered users. So proud that they want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at hypebot
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StageBloc has become a unique hybrid web service as they've developed from what initially appeared to be a blogging platform to a more complete social platform that provides creators with the tools to do such things as communicate with fans and customers from one's own site, build a social network as part of the larger StageBloc network and sell both digital and physical items. They continue to iterate and this week launched Living Bundles, an innovative digital bundle to which items can be added after the purchase. I've been following StageBloc's progress since 2012 and I've been consistently impressed by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at hypebot
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Bonnaroo is an innovative festival on many levels. They will be partnering with the new Southland Conference to stage a Hackeroo, a Bonnaroo-focused hackathon, June 9 right before their own festival June 12 to 15. They also recently announced a partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy that will bring RBMA Bass Camp to the festival. RBMA will also have an after-hours stage and will create a special village including permanent facilities. Bonnaroo has long struck me as one of the more interesting and innovative festivals in America's growing festival scene. From supporting those in need to providing luxury options... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at hypebot
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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow programmers the ability to access data and services from other companies to build their products. The release of a new API typically signals opportunities for new products as well as new relationships between companies. Beatport's new API launches with lofty goals while Seevl wishes to share data with those who've expressed interest. On the other hand, Equestrian Beats (logo at left) inhabits a world of their own where the next developer you meet just might be a Brony. Beatport Plans To "Elevate and Advance" With API Beatport announced it's new API with the lofty goal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at hypebot
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To gear up for Record Store Day, The Guardian shares their picks for six of the "best fictional record shops" from tv, movies and books. At one point some of these must have been held up as examples of a disappearing phenomenon. The vinyl revival has turned things around for many record stores, though it's never easy, and now these fictional shops are part of a history that continues, a history in which the stores now remind us of the books and movies. Michael Hogan's list in "Smell the vinyl: six of the best fictional record shops" has a couple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at hypebot
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One now time-honored tradition for new business funding is the business plan competition. But often they're laden with limitations or college registration requirements that make them irrelevant to most founders. 43North is a bit different. Yes, you'll have to spend a year in Buffalo, New York but the prizes start at $250k and go up to a million dollars. And, unlike most tech funding sources, 43North is open to individual entrepreneurs who don't write code. 43North, billed as the "world's largest business idea competition," is one of those events that will likely live up to its billing. Details of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at hypebot
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DJ's Adapt To An Increasingly Popular and Corporatized Electronic Music Scene Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at hypebot
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The Secrets Of Marketing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" from Manager Zach Quillen Adam WarRock: Making It As A Niche DIY Musician Funk Volume CEO's Social Media Secret? Put The Work In and Communicate Directly With Fans YouTube Tells Creators: 'Build A Fanbase, Not An Audience' Amanda Palmer Hits A Million Twitter Followers, Releases Town Hall Session w/Zoe Boekbinder Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at hypebot