Today mark's the 10th anniversary of my first posts on Hypebot.com. What began as an exploration of the seismic changes overtaking the music industry to share with the artists represented by our Skyline Music agency, has become a must read for those building the new music industry.
At some point, I realized that Hypebot had become a "trusted source," and we've never taken that responsibility lightly.
No one ever really knows what theory, experiment or startup will gain traction and deliver value to musicians and fans. So because Hypebot has always been one of a small handful trying to make sense it all, it seemed particularly important that we be fair, balanced and open-minded. I hope that we've succeeded.
I owe a very special debt to Kyle Bylin for shaming me into upping our game 5 years ago. He read everything I wrote so carefully and contributed so brilliantly, that I had to give him a job as Hypebot's first paid writer and then editor. Hisham Dahud took on that role when Kyle left for Billboard, and in recent years Clyde Smith has helped keep the flame alive.
There are too many regular contributors to thank individually, but their voices are an essentials part of the conversation. I'm also indebted to our sponsors, particularly Reverb Nation and Bandzoogle, who keep us from losing too much money on what continues to be a labor of love.
Most of all, thank-you all for reading. Every page view, tweet, like and comment is still a wonderful and motivating gift.
My first two attempts at posting on July 1, 2004:
Onward to 10 more years!