[UPDATED] Online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap has raised $6 million in funding to accelerate product development and to bring its popular cloud-based platform to new markets.
Staying organized and productive is absolutely essential for any entrepreneurial artist, but with such a variety of tools available, it can be hard to know which one's will actually be beneficial. Here we look at five essential tech tools that any artist will find helpful for their day to day organization.
Ever since Spotify removed one of its core features - song lyrics - earlier this year, users have been clamouring for their return. So there was cause for excitement when it was announced that lyrics were included in Spotify's Japan launch yesterday.
Is live music about to experience its own Napster moment? Concerts are touted as the part of music that digitization can not replicate. But augmented and virtual reality are changing that. Why sit in row 200 when can have a more immersive experience at home via your Oculus headset. A handful of artists like OneRepublic are already experimenting with the medium.
As the artists vs. YouTube battle rages on, Mark Mulligan suggests that the real underlying issue is that the four minute music video, while it worked well for MTV, is no longer suited to a modern YouTube, and that artists need to begin creating lengthier videos, both to maintain user interest and multiply their ad revenue.
Fans engrossed in using their smartphones to share a show present a dilemma for musicians. They want fans to spread the word, but expect them to experience the performance and not distract those around them. Artists from Adelle to the Lumineers and now Slipknot have found their own solutions.
Now that Spotify has drawn a line in the sand over Apple's app store rejection, supporters of both sides are starting to comment. Unsurprisingly, so far most, at least in tech, are lining up behind rebel Spotify.
Alicia Keys recently joined the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Guns N’ Roses and many more who want you off your phone at their events by turning to Silicon Valley startup Yondr – a company dedicated to creating "phone-free spaces" at concerts, events and other places. They're not alone, as more musicians and entertainers are speaking out at the interference phones are presenting at live shows. What's really going on here? Can it be argued that rampant narcissism at live events is getting out of hand these days?