During the past four months, Hypebot has been presenting to you bi-weekly episodes of The Upward Spiral Podcast as a way to turn our daily coverage into deeper conversations; providing extended insights and discussions around various topics surrounding today’s evolving music space and how technology aides in its transformation. Ten episodes in, the show continues to tackle some of today’s major issues within the music / technology field, while bringing on a number of industry guests to add smart, passionate and insightful voices to the discussion.
“In recent years, I've gotten heavily into podcasts. In fact, they've replaced music as the main type of audio I listen to in my car. I enjoy many different types of shows – comedy, interview, pop-culture commentary – but I found myself dissatisfied with the handful of music-industry podcasts that were available. No disrespect – the creators of those podcasts are smart and excellent people – but I felt like I wasn't finding the kinds of discussions or podcasting styles that I wanted to hear. Now, I'm the type of person who can talk forever about music industry issues, and I know a bunch of intelligent folks who have strong opinions on those topics. So I figured I'd just create my own show!
“The idea behind The Upward Spiral was to bring intelligent, opinionated folks together for a conversation about issues that really matter to artists, professionals, and people who care about the future of the music industry. I wanted the discussions to be a mix of practical advice and big-picture ideas. The show also allows us to pick up on hot topics from earlier in the week and have an extended conversation about them – going deeper than blog comments and Tweets allow.
“We've heard brilliant commentary from industry leaders like Ian Rogers and Robin Davey, and we've gotten insightful perspectives from independent artists & professionals like guitarist Aaron Tap and Katie Rentfro of Magnolia Red Management. I look forward to more chats and interviews with smart people from all corners of the industry.”
Kyle Bylin, co-host:
“During a dinner conversation, Jason and I first talked about starting a podcast. We always chat about the music and technology trends, so why not create a show where can we do just that?
“Jason floated the idea of calling our new podcast ‘The Music Industry Futurecast’ or something like that. After giving it some thought, I suggested that we call it, "The Upward Spiral." To me, it was a nice, clever hat tip to the downfall of the music industry. The name grew on Jason, too.
“He believed that it aligned with our optimistic view and related to the D.I.Y. artist movement and rise of online streaming. So here we are now — ten episodes in — and I'm excited to record the next show and see where the conversation takes us next.”
Hisham Dahud, co-host:
“This podcast has been a fantastic way to translate some of the bigger things going on within the music business, and approach it from an analytical and conversation-based perspective. We’re constantly seeking to explore the deeper truths. The three of us all come from very different and unique backgrounds, which makes for very interesting feedback loops and conversations around whatever topics we choose.
“While the spark of a particular topic may first ignite on Hypebot – or elsewhere for that matter – this podcast provides a way for readers to place themselves in the middle of the discussion table with fellow music / tech nerds who can literally talk for days about the subject matter (thankfully, they’re limited to about 60 minutes per episode). The addition of industry guests has been phenomenal in tying it all together and providing a current and up-to-date take on the issue at hand.”
Listen back at previous episodes:
Episode 10: Interview w/Incubus Manager Steve Rennie, Advice For Bands, And More
Episode 9: Grizzly Bear's Twit-troversy, Apple's "iRadio" & More
Listen / download all previous Upward Spiral epiosdes at the archive here.