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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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Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Raleigh 2
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Iggy Pop Lectures The Music Industry - 3 Takeaways How To Fix Streaming Music's Business Model Why I Consciously Misuse Professional Terminology When Writing About Music Marketing Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at hypebot
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Bandcamp CEO on The Best Way To Support Artists, Bootstrapping A Profitable Startup 3 Underexplored Opportunities Your Band Should Investigate Steve Rennie On The New Music Industry: It Really Is Easier But The Tough Didn't Go Away Bandcamp Tests Patreon Style Artist Subscriptions, Adds Unlimited Video If You Only Pay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at hypebot
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While wrapping up my final week at Hypebot I've been preparing Crowdfunding For Musicians for a return to action. The music crowdfunding landscape has gotten a lot more interesting and certainly deserves a dedicated site. In addition, I updated Music Biz Blogs including adding a number of new blogs. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at hypebot
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There's so much noise separating the world from you and your music. So much so that free giveaways are a major form of music marketing. That means finding new ways to cut through the noise and build a listening audience are always worth considering. Here are three opportunities that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at hypebot
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Smule appears to be going from success to success with its roster of karaoke and music apps designed for participation as well as listening. Over the last year they've turned their efforts to building a platform for those users many of whom are now part of a growing community. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at hypebot
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Playlists.net, originally ShareMyPlaylists, is basically a giant database of Spotify playlists. The company was acquired this week by Warner Music Group's WEA for an undisclosed sum. It will continue operating on its own as well as going further with the use of playlists for marketing new music. Apparently that's something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at hypebot
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A lot of music tech doesn't exist for the benefit of musicians. But neither do a lot of music companies. Bandcamp is strongly focused on musicians' needs but Tyler Hayes wonders if they have a streaming problem. Blend introduced Stem projects this week with the help of OK Go. Simplecrew... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at hypebot
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If you're familiar with karaoke/music video creation apps StarMaker and The Voice then you're familiar with the work of StarMaker Interactive. People use the apps to pick well-known songs and create music videos featuring their own voices. Now StarMaker is launching a YouTube Multi-Channel Network (MCN) so that videos can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at hypebot
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Kevin Andrews is a Nashville-based choreographer and movement coach who works with country musicians on their stage presence in addition to such activities as choreographing music videos. He's focusing in on a specific niche but what he's doing is a good example of what a lot of solo acts and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at hypebot
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Don't get me wrong, mailing lists are important, especially optin email lists of your fans who really want to hear from you regularly. But lists of people, whether fans, writers or influencers, can give one a false sense that your public relations all come down to distributing a regular email.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at hypebot
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Like a lot of artists, Grimes has learned about business on the job. She's also young and female which can create challenges especially when people assume those facts tell them something important about her ability to take care of business. Though the artistic/entrepreneurial journey never really ends, Grimes has reached... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at hypebot
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Classical music orchestras face many challenges these days. Season subscriptions are dropping and a shift to promoting individual events and exploring alternatives seems to be the order of the day. At this point none of the challenges are a surprise but a number of orchestras are showing they still have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at hypebot
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SoundCloud, the platform for sounds, has had quite a rough few months starting around June. First they alienated large swathes of what appears to be their core user base with site changes. Then they entered into and are apparently failing at negotiations with major labels. Now it looks like they're... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at hypebot
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Dear Musicians: Most Fans Don't Really Care About You, Says MIDiA Study Artists Confront Spotify At Soho House Meeting Streaming Music and Fixing The Tyranny Of Choice Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at hypebot
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10 Things You Must Do At The 10th Annual A3C Hip Hop Festival The Musician's Guide To Sending A Proper Press Release Glen E. Friedman's First Lesson For Music Photographers Culture Collide and BandPage Make Upcoming LA and SF Summits Free For Students and Musicians 5 Lessons For Building A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at hypebot
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Apple Settles Potentially Massive iTunes Lawsuit Bandzoogle Founder Chris Vinson Reflects on 10 Years in Music Tech Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Names 2015 Nominees + How You Can Vote Everclear Spoofs U2's Apple Album Giveaway SoundCloud Rightsholder Discussions Hit Impasse, Labels Question Site's Future MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at hypebot
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Until now, at least for me, the face of Amazon has been images of Jeff Bezos and a variety of local delivery personnel from the UPS, USPS and Fed Ex. Now Amazon is making a move that will put some New Yorkers face to face with Amazon employees. The store... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at hypebot
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On Wednesday an unidentified SFXE short-seller writing for Seeking Alpha took already tumbling shares in SFXE to a new low. The negative analysis was partly based on the fact that no public announcement of CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman following through on a plan to buy stocks in his own company... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Today's music tech funding news includes an interesting new entrant, Spring Moves, that provides streaming music in a fitness app. It's also been revealed that Rdio has been selling equity but that much of the investments is being paid in the form of promotions. And ROLI, who make that weird... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at hypebot
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So much of the future of music, especially in the aesthetic wake of the 20th Century, is about how new technologies will affect our experience of music. One example, that of Brainwave, involves enabling simple control of your mobile music with hand gestures as an early step in wireless human/machine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Whether or not you're in the "content is king" camp it's pretty obvious that adding a content element to one's website is a popular way to connect with customers old and new. Even Amazon and Google have their mitts in the game. But StubHub seems to be taking a focused,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Google is planning a series of free, open workshops for folks in Nashville. They'll be focusing on music and helping those who haven't embraced the Google empire do so with a greater likelihood of success. For most participants YouTube will be the big area of interest but Google will also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Equipboard is an interesting new startup that, on the face of it, is a crowdsourced site for posting the gear musicians use. But when you dig in you see it's quite a bit more than that combining multiple sources for gear identification but also fashion spotting and ecommerce. In addition,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at hypebot
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Today concert discovery and friend matching app Jukely announced a $2.4 million seed round led by Northzone and 14W bringing their total raise to date to $3.3 million. Jukely, which helps connect music fans with shows and friends with which to go to shows, previously teased their unlimited concert subscription... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at hypebot