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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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Declaration Of A New Alternative: No Pop Is This Right? Headliners Cancel Fest Show Over Stage Size Continue reading
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Building Your Music Career While Keeping Your Day Job Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard To Your Band Indie Vinyl Subscription Clubs Are A Booming Niche 3 Tips From Jack Conte: "There’s no such thing as just being a musician anymore" MORE: Can Music Careers Be Jumpstarted On Vine? Do Your Band's Social Media Stats Make A Difference For Press Coverage? Build Your Music Career By Focusing On Regional And Niche Music Publications Getting Great Album Art On A DIY Budget Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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OK Go, Weird Al, and the YouTube Shortcut to the Top of the Charts The World's Highest Paid DJs 2014 25 Most Buzzed About Music Festivals and What The Fans Discussed Revealed By Eventbrite McDonald's Big Digital Push Includes Music As A Customer Reward Tango Adds Channels For Rhapsody and SoundCloud MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Join Our Online Music Industry Meetup NOW!Introduce Yourself To The Hypebot Community As SXSW Panel Picker Deadline Approaches, Which Are You Voting For? Funding SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Big Name Investors: Nas, Peyton Manning & More Music Streamer KKbox Raises $104... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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So many musicians and music marketers are using Instagram these days that you may already be using Hyperlapse, Instagram's new video app. Hyperlapse allows you to create time lapse videos with the support of image stabilization while you're on the move and then speed up the resulting footage. Thus Hyper[time]lapse. It's a great quick tool for anything that takes time including band setup, audience action, rehearsals, performances or other activities that could be related and quickly transformed into Instagram action. Instagram's new Hyperlapse app is free and even comes with a music video concept: "Walk through the crowds at an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Jack Conte now has a strong track record of success as half of Pomplamoose, as a musician/videomaker and as founder of Patreon. Conte recently spoke with TechCrunch for a back to school series but, except for the passing use of "student musicians," the interview is not about student musicians at all. It's for musicians getting started who want to create a career on their own terms whatever path they ultimately take. Here are 3 especially important tips from Jack Conte: 1) "Think long term." "If you sign with a record label, they’ll do everything for you – which is awesome... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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This was a busy week for funding news. In addition to SeatGeek, KKbox, Rockbot and JoyTunes, 8tracks was revealed to be closing a $1.28 million round and Exploration announced $5 million in funding. Plus, a bonus for the week came in the form of a fundraising tip from Bop.fm CEO Shehzad Daredia. 8tracks' New $1.28 Million Round Revealed 8tracks, whose "Internet radio [is] created by people, not algorithms," was revealed to be closing a $1.28 million round of new funding according to an SEC document: "Up until now the company has not only survived off of $1.5 million in funding,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Back in June the Tango messaging app/platform launched Tango Channels to offer special content partners an organic way to reach Tango users. Initially such major music brands as Spotify, 8tracks and Vevo were included. Tango's Channels are off to a strong start and more big music names are coming on board. You can now find channels for Rhapsody and SoundCloud among a growing group of music channels. Tango is a popular messaging app and, as many are discovering, such apps can seem a bit impenetrable for marketing purposes given they feature private communications. But part of the power of messaging... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Remember when Google Glass was a thing? At least to us media people? As Google Glass has gone from hard to get to available if you can afford it, it's mostly dropped out of music-related news. But yesterday Pandora launched a Google Glass app aka "Glassware" bringing the incredibly popular web radio service to Glass users. Pandora announced Pandora for Glass yesterday on their blog. Here's a mockup of what the app shows: Pandora for Glass was created at a 72-hour company hackathon: "During the Hack-a-thon this spring, one team developed a hack for Pandora on Glass. It was such... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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It's important to know what's happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter's making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough to verify, Twitter's analytics may tell you some things you didn't know but leave you wanting more. Given how many analytics products there are and how many of those have third party solutions to the problem of surfacing and displaying the most important information,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Vine's an interesting phenomenon. The 6 second limit on video length seems to inspire creative acts that may not translate into longer formats but it does create a proxy for measuring first glance marketability. While the early wave of musicians getting the most attention on Vine were already well known elsewhere, a growing number appear to be building real followings on Vine. But whether or not Vine will ultimately be more than a place where major labels discover or stage discoveries remains to be seen. I don't keep up with Vine enough to make any real historical claims but it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Brian Felsen, former President of CD Baby and its associated publishing service Book Baby, is now officially President of AdRev. Described as the "world’s largest YouTube music administration service," AdRev has "grown from humble beginnings as a Content ID admin and digital media licensing service to a multi-channel network generating over THREE BILLION monthly views." Though Felsen led many digital initiatives at CD Baby, he's now firmly in the digital age at AdRev. AdRev was founded in 2011 focusing on Content Id and digital licensing. They've grown into a multifaceted business that includes a YouTube MCN but also includes Content... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Indie subscription services of all kinds are doing quite well these days. In music we're seeing everything from Drip.FM's digital subscriptions to Turntable Kitchen's combination of meal fixings and vinyl in a box. Marc Hogan recently took a look at vinyl subscription clubs for Wondering Sound. He shows that, though some have folded, a wide range of such clubs are finding unique niches and variations on the theme of subscription vinyl. Marc Hogan kicks off his look at vinyl subscription clubs (via @hifidelics) with a heart-warming tale of indie act Sylvan Esso's return to the Billboard 200 due to Vinyl... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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JoyTunes creates apps that allow people to teach themselves to play music but they've also become a favorite of many teachers who encourage their students to use the apps to support practicing. Their apps generate revenue through paid accounts and in-app purchases. Recently JoyTunes completed a $5 million Series A round and, in what sounds partly like a leap of faith, are now giving registered teachers and their students free access to Piano Maestro. CEO and Co-founder Yuval Kaminka says it's a move to partner with teachers and grow the larger digital music learning pie. JoyTunes currently features two iOS... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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"Sources" fell flat on this one. It was widely rumored, though Variety is generally credited with first, that Google was buying Twitch Interactive and it would be somehow connected to their YouTube empire. Instead Amazon yesterday announced an agreement to acquire Twitch. The video network, which features people playing video games, has a huge audience and a great deal of content that has raised issues around music licensing. Twitch has addressed some of those issue but much remains to be sorted out. In addition, Twitter recently added concert live streaming. Amazon yesterday announced their agreement to acquire Twitch: "Under the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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A series of new hires and job listings for McDonald's Global Digital Team are catching attention as business writers and competitors consider their plans to create an ecommerce platform and offer music as a reward to loyal customers. While most positions are based at McDonald's Oak Brook, Illinois headquarters, the opening for a Product Director, Music and Entertainment may be based in the new San Francisco office McDonald's opened to build stronger ties with the tech community. CNBC reported on McDonald's recent appointment of Julia Vander Ploeg as their first U.S. VP of Digital. Vander Ploeg was previously at Ticketmaster.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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ReverbNation has closed its Reverb Store offering merch-on-demand. Apparently use by musicians was limited and ReverbNation will now be offering musicians a discount on merch in bulk orders through MerchOutfitters.com. Though this can't clearly be described as a trend, the ability to sell merch through a variety of outlets, from Spotify to live shows enhanced with mobile apps, may be supporting a shift away from the limits of print-on-demand to custom short runs even for artists with relatively limited merch needs. ReverbNation's issued this statement: "As of September 30, 2014, ReverbNation will no longer offer the ReverbStore to Artists. We... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Somebody needs to do a SpinMedia infographic. These last couple of years have been pretty complicated. New CEO Stephen Blackwell says that SpinMedia is now "100 percent focused on digital" with no bone other than "respect" thrown at print. He also claims to have gotten the job by wandering the halls talking up his vision for SpinMedia. With +300% growth announced for Blackwell's Death and Taxes in 2014 prior to SpinMedia acquisition, perhaps his appointment as CEO isn't as serendipitous as he makes it sound. On Friday Stephen Blackwell's appointment as SpinMedia CEO was officially announced: "In his new role,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Robb McDaniels: 5 Musings From A Digital Music Exec Who's Been Doing This A Long Time And Isn’t Even That Old Philip Kaplan: An Open Letter To Robb McDaniels, Founder And CEO Of InGrooves Boston Police Test Facial Recognition Software On Unknowing Music Festival Attendees Vevo Is No Longer For Sale, And I'll Bet I Know Why Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at hypebot
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What You Need To Know About Music License Agreements Before Signing One Musician Gets A Record Deal Through Tinder, Another Can Pay Her Rent Solely From YouTube The Rise Of Indie Streaming Catching Attention With Your Album Artwork How To Promote Your Band With Your Own Postage Stamps MORE: How To Double Your Pinterest Followers In Just 5 Minutes A Day How To Make Your DIY Tour Stick Out From The Rest How To Collect Both Kinds Of Music Royalties Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at hypebot
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Before Agreeing To Soundcloud's Terms And Conditions, Read The Fine Print As They Add Monetization Apple's Tim Cook Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Dr. Dre Takes Challenge and Passes It On NFL Weighs Pay To Play For Super Bowl Half Time, Band Makes Offer of $2 Million Spotify Launches Serendipity: A Real Time Global Listening Map, Artists In Residence Program MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Album Cover Art Redesigned With Misheard Titles Music Writer News: Medium Launching Music Mag, Tyler Hayes At FastCoLabs Sara Bareilles, Sony Music And Epic Records Sued For Copyright Infringment House Of Blues Dominates America's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at hypebot
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The shift from print to the web as well as the shift to user-generated writing has affected both music and music tech writers though often in different ways. For awhile outlets for music writing were shrinking unless you started your own blog or site. But outlets for music tech writing have gradually grown with the rise of digital communication. Now Medium's bridging the gap a bit with the upcoming launch of a digital music mag, aka music blog, on its platform. One music and tech writer, Tyler Hayes, who's using platforms like Medium has recently been writing more for FastCoLabs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at hypebot
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Some services improve as others degrade. Twitter is now officially sometimes adding tweets to your feed from people/brands you don't follow. This can include retweets of tweets that were favorited but not retweeted. Vine, which popularized the video equivalent of a tweet, is getting more complex in a good way with uploads from one's camera roll and editing. SlideShare, not usually discussed on Hypebot, may be a bit more relevant because they've gone free and added video. But all three fail in corporate communication. Twitter Tries To Quietly Add Noise This news might not affect those of you following so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at hypebot
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A little over a year ago TuneWiki, which dispayed the lyrics to the music you were playing, announced it was shutting down. It then earned a year long reprieve via acquisition by Vert Capital. Now it's said to have gone offline without paying its bills. Apparently Vert Capital just stopped paying, aren't returning reporter contacts and seem to have dumped what was left of Tunewiki in the ditch. Ah, the romance of startup life! TuneWiki used to be a big deal. You can tell by all the TechCrunch headlines on Crunchbase which is sadly still the best music tech startup... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at hypebot
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Danish headphone and audio accessories creator AIAIAI has been working with important artists and indie labels on special editions of their TMA-1 headphones. Previous collabs include Young Guru and Fool's Gold. Earlier this year they released an edition with Stones Throw. In a new promotional effort, they're inviting rappers to rap over Stones Throw's first release, "My World Premiere", using your headphone mic. TMA-1's are not required. Back in February AIAIAI released the TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition Headphones (with the RapMic Headset). Now they're giving you a chance to "rap over "My World Premiere" and possibly win a Stones Throw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at hypebot
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Last week Maker Studio's last co-founding YouTube star officially left the Disney-acquisition. This week Lindsey Stirling joins the YouTube MCN declaring in a press release that she's "one step closer to becoming a Disney princess!" For a canned quote it sounds pretty much like something Lindsey Stirling, who's created her own lane in the entertainment industry, might say. Given her aesthetic direction, such an outcome does not seem that unlikely. Yesterday it was widely reported that Lindsey Stirling has signed with Maker Studios. Maker Studios is one of the top YouTube Multi-Channel Networks bringing together over 1,000 channels by 2012... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at hypebot