The internet has made it much easier to think about music globally, but a lot of creativity still bubbles up from local music scenes. What city will be the next next Seattle? Is Chicago a hot bed of indie music? A graphic that maps the 1,316 official SXSW 2013 showcase acts from the US offers some insights.
Canadian Music Week kicks off Tuesday in Toronto featuring the Canadian Music Fest and a bunch of other festivals, conferences and special events. PledgeMusic is participating in multiple ways with its official Canadian launch and sponsorship of this month's free mixtape from The Coffee Shop Project featuring Audio Blood artist clients.
This year's SXSW keynote feature's Dave Grohl offering a wonderful journey through his career, his love of music from Edgar Winter's "Frankenstien" (Grohl sings the riff) and “Gangnam Style" guilty pleasures, to Nrivana and far beyond. Music is Grohl's religion and this will remind you of why it's yours.
SXSW Music 2013 is underway! But perhaps your boss cut back on travel or you blew your budget on a trip to Midem. Either way, you can't afford to head to SXSW this year, but still don't want your hip rating and your Klout score to sink to the Osmond family level. There's still hope. Use these strategies to pretend that you jetted into Austin for a few hours.
SXSW is full of music tech news, some of it during SXSW Interactive and some of it during SXSW Music. Announcements include new offerings from major companies like BitTorrent and Vimeo, launches and updates from smaller companies, winners of the SXSW Music Accelerator and even a list of favorite apps compiled by Digital Trends that includes a number focused on music.
Monday was the last day of SXSW Interactive, which means people are posting lists of trends purporting to distill this incredibly wide-ranging event into a few key trends — “takeaways,” if you will — from the event. These hopefully say something about where we are, both culture- and business-wise, as of March 2013.
As the action heats up in Austin, analytics firm Musicmetric offers a look at whose hot and whose not at SXSW. What new bands are getting the most buzz? What about last year's hot bands? The infographic also shows that SXSW has had a significant effect in boosting the online profile of its performers. At
SXSW 2012, performers saw a 30% average increase in daily new fans during the
If you're not attending SXSW Music this year you may find the media coverage a bit off-putting at times with its assumption that you're on the scene. But there are some nice options for enjoying what's happening even if you're not present in 2013. Multiple free music samplers of bands in attendance are available for download, events are being livestreamed and media outlets are live blogging and videotaping on the daily.
In four days, I’ll be leaving Los Angeles to attend my eighth South by Southwest Music Festival. Having been attending festivals for over ten years now,
I’ve developed a few methods for surviving the madness that comes with integrating into a crowd of thousands of festivalgoers for days on end. If you’re
serious about your festival experience, you’ll want to figure out a way to enjoy yourself, see a ton of great music, and possibly escape without coming
down with the SXSW Plague that puts out 90 percent of the music industry in the two weeks following their return from Austin. To wit, here are three major
lessons I’ve learned that have helped me not hate music and life for the month after SXSW ends:
Spotify and Troy Carter's social media startup Backplane are taking this year's SXSW music hack day to a another level with the edition of live performes. DJ Reflex, New York City Queen Dawn & Hawkes and Paper Hotel (picuted) will provide the backdrop for a roomful of music tech's best creating with API's from Spotify, The Echo Nest, YouTube, Topspin, SeatGeek and others.
Steve Gottlieb is likely best known for his indie label TVT Records which was ultimately sold to The Orchard after 25 years of operation. Though he never truly went away, helping found A2IM among other accomplishments, he's back in the game with Shindig, a platform for video chat events. Initially focused on book-related events, Shindig is now adding music to the mix and offering bands at SXSW a special promo opportunity.
The crux of the message: people are focused on the wrong question. It's not about "how do we make people pay for music" but "how do we let people pay for music," by making it such that people want to support the artists they love. And the way to do that is by building a real connection with a core group of fans. It's not unlike core concepts we've discussed around here for a long time:
If you're just now thinking about how to get the most media exposure out of your trip to SXSW Music, then you're way behind the curve. But there's still time to make some meaningful moves that can improve your trip beyond the immediate experience.
SXSW used to be a place where, if you got booked, you could just show up and make things happen. But the growing noise of more bands, more fans, bigger acts and hyperactive brands means that just showing up is likely to result in a very weak ROI.
As SXSW Interactive
winds down and SXSW Music begins, there's a moment when the
tech freaks and music geeks overlap. It's the Official SXSW
Music Meets Tech Meetup including free drinks, a free-for-all meet-them-all,
and, for the first time, a scavenger hunt to help you to meet everyone.
SXSW is coming up and everyone is going. Everyone is talking. The Grammy's didn't let you win this year, so now is your big opportunity to make a splash at the largest independent festival in the world. Unfortunately, you are not an accepted artist this year to that either and time is running short with less than 2 weeks left.
Music at the movies was the unofficial theme of the 2013 Academy Awards, and many big names preformed: Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, host Seth MacFarlane, Kristin Chenoweth, Shirley Bassey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Norah Jones and the cast of "Les Miserables" all appeared. Despite an Oscar night fascination with music, just two Academy awards honor it directly.
At the always wonderful SF Music Tech conference yesterday, I went to what should have been a fascinating panel discussion about "artist revenue streams." It had Kristin Thomson from the Future of Music Coalition, talking about their wonderful artist revenue streams project, as well as Steve Rennie, who manages the band Incubus, among others. And then there was the third panelist, East Bay Ray, of the band The Dead Kennedys.
I had a very full day at my first SF MusicTech. I was impressed with the level of serious dialog, with the fact that women were much better represented here than at many of the tech conferences I’ve been to (35 – 40%), and, perhaps most importantly, with the mix of technology, business, and artist/creative-types represented. Many music conferences attract one type of attendee or another, but this one seems to do a really fine job of bringing them all together under one roof.
Music Hack Day San Francisco 2013 — the latest iteration of this itinerant gathering of software- and hardware-hacking music technology wizards — happened this past weekend, while the rest of us were getting ready to be sad about whatever happened on Downton Abbey (don’t tell me). In order of presentation, here are all the winners from Music Hack Day SF 2013. (selected winners will present their creations at SF Music Tech on Tuesday):
It's not too late to get a discounted ticket to Tuseday's SF Music Tech ( Use the code 'hypebot' here). But one of the most anticipated pre-events, Music Hack Day San Franciso, is over. Paul Lamere, the Director Of The Developer Platform at The Echo Nest put together this Storify-powered recap of the weekend's fourth annual event.
What was your favorite moment of the Grammys last night? Five bucks says you tweeted about it.
From Taylor Swift’s Alice-in-Wonderland-esque opening performance, to LL Cool J’s final shout-out to the Beastie Boys, the 55th annual Grammy awards went off with great fanfare, proving once again to be the biggest night of the year in music. Dubbed the “hashtag Grammys” for good reason, socially speaking it was one of the biggest years yet. Next Big Sound tracked five times the normal volume of tweets during the ceremony. With all this online activity surrounding the event, it makes sense to break down the data.
By Kat Drucker, Strategic Consultant for Canadian Music Week and Digital Media Summit (@kitkat5656)
Live music industry trade magazine Pollstar's annual gathering and awards took place last week in downtown Los Angeles. The LA Live area was a bit of a whirlwind of music industry - with Pollstar Live, AEG Expo, EventLive Expo, and Grammy set-up all happening next door to each other. With the Pollstar Awards closing the event on Thursday night, venues, promoters and agents came from as close as across the street, to as far as Singapore and Dubai in order to participate in this one-of-a-kind industry event.